At a recent press event in Munich, Germany, Huawei announced two new phones — Mate 9 and Mate 9 Porsche Edition. Today, the company took the stage in China, where it has also officially released yet another addition to the Mate series.
This newer, more powerful device goes by the name of ‘Mate 9 Pro’ and is identical in terms of specs as well as design to the Mate 9 Porsche Edition. It does, however, drop the famous German car maker’s branding, which makes it a bit less prestigious in some people’s eyes.
The lack of the Porsche branding has obviously affected the price tag of the device, as the Mate 9 Pro is quite a bit cheaper than its more pretentious brother. Pricing starts at 4,699 Yuan ($686 USD) for the version with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, while the 6GB/128GB model retails for 5,299 Yuan ($774 USD) in China.
It could be argued that this is somewhat of a reasonable price, given the fact that the phone sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD curved AMOLED display, a Kirin 960 64-bit Octa-core processor, a dual Leica branded camera setup (20MP and 12MP), an 8MP selfie snapper and the latest version of Android, 7.0 Nougat.
If Huawei decides to bring the Mate 9 Pro to Western markets (US and EU), we can expect the price to increase thanks to VAT and other taxes (especially in Europe). But our guess is that the device, unfortunately, won’t see the light of day in markets outside China. However, if you really want to get your hands on one, you might be able to (eventually) buy it through a few third-party sellers. We’ll keep our eyes peeled, and when or if we spot a great deal, we’ll be sure to let you folks know.