Is Huawei set to announce a Note 7 clone?

Mate 9 renders and details pour in

Huawei will hold an event in Munich, Germany on November 3 to introduce the Huawei Mate 9 to the world. We’ve heard some interesting reports, but we haven’t gotten a good look at the Chinese manufacturer’s Galaxy Note rival until very recently.

Venture Beat has published an exclusive on the Mate 9, complete with renders and more details about the upcoming premium smartphone. According to the tech site’s two sources with knowledge of the discussions, Huawei is set to announce two versions of its Mate device: one with a 5.9-inch, dual-curved edge display, similar to that of Samsung’s now-discontinued Note 7; the other, featuring a more traditional, flat screen of the same size.

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The former has been dubbed Long Island internally, the non-curved model goes by the nickname Manhattan. Huawei must really like New York. Both phones are equipped with top-end specs, with the curved model allegedly getting the proper flagship treatment. Long Island is said to meet the standards required to run Google’s Daydream VR, meaning a Quad HD screen is present on the device.


Huawei’s non-curved Mate 9, according to Venture Beat sources

If all of this sounds tempting, we remind you not to get your hopes up, because it sounds like the more premium Mate 9 won’t see an official global release and will likely be exclusive to customers in China. In any case, we’ll wait to hear from Huawei next month, but we wouldn’t rule out a change of heart, especially in light of the Note 7 cancellation and Google’s limited-release strategy for the Pixel handsets.

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If we were in Huawei’s corner, we’d make a stronger push for the curved Mate 9. Because if we learned anything from the Note 7’s best days, it’s that people adore a sloping display that bends both ways. Mirroring the Note 7’s home button and front aesthetic — we’re not sure if it helps or hurts the Mate 9.

As for its core specs, Huawei’s next-gen release is tipped to feature a state-of-the-art, in-house processor with as much as 6GB of RAM and 256GB storage capacity and a pair of 20-megapixel cameras around the back.

Source and image credit: Venture Beat

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