Huawei Mate 9 images leak online ahead of November release

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Chinese smartphone maker Huawei is putting the finishing touches on its new flagship phablet.

The successor to the hugely popular Mate 8, which boasts a 2 day battery life, the Mate 9 is set to be officially unveiled by Huawei at an event on November 3rd.

And now photos of the new handset have been leaked online ahead of the release.

The photos, posted on Twitter by famed tech leaker Evan Blass, show the new device, complete with its Leica branded camera and fingerprint reader.

These most recent images, which Blass posted on Oct 22nd, come just over a week after he shared two other versions of the Mate 9 – a flat edition and one which featured a bezeless dual edge curved display.

According to Blass, the new Mate 9 is set to be available in three colours for the curved edition and four colours for the flat design.

The curved Mate 9, codenamed Long Island, will feature improved hardware, including a 5.9 inch QHD display, with an Octa Core Kirin 960 processor alongside 6GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

Huawei Mate 9

Image: Evan Blass / Venture Beat

Huawei Mate 9

The flat edition of the Huawei Mate 9, codenamed Manhattan, will feature similar specs but still include a FHD display, meaning it should be more affordable.

Both devices are expected to run Android 7.1, with Huawei’s EMUI operating system.

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The Huawei brand has grown rapidly in recent years and has now established itself as the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world behind Samsung and Apple.

Huawei’s growth in its native China, as well as in Europe has also been mirrored in Thailand, with the company opening a new regional HQ in Bangkok earlier this year.

Huawei will be hoping the Mate 9 can fill the void left by the now discontinued Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Huawei’s latest flagship smartphones, the P9 and P9 Plus are currently on sale in Thailand from 16,390 baht and 20,990 baht respectively.

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