The previously rumored Huawei-made Nexus smartphone for this year recently became a hot item in the rumor mill once again, as a mysterious device from Huawei was recently spotted on China’s certification agency, the Telecommunication Equipment Certification MIIT or more commonly known as TENAA. The device — which had neither a name nor any information as to its specifications — looked very similar to the company’s previous Nexus phone, the Huawei Nexus 6P.
Our first glimpse of what is rumored to be the Mate S2 on TENAA shows that it looks identical to the Nexus 6P, except for the missing front-facing speakers and its bottom speaker being replaced by Huawei’s branding. Another difference is the power button positioned below the volume rocker in the Mate S2, whereas the volume rocker sits below the power button on the right edge in the Nexus 6P. A black camera strip housing the rear camera sensor and LED flash can also be seen in the device, along with a round-shaped fingerprint sensor located just below the strip.
Despite its close resemblance to the Nexus 6P, the Mate S2 is expected to feature completely different specs. According to rumors, the Huawei Mate S2 will feature a 5.5-inch full HD Force Touch display and will be powered by its homegrown HiSilicon Kirin 960 64-bit octa-core SoC, paired with 4GB of RAM. The device is expected to sport a 16MP rear camera and an 8MP front facing shooter, with a non-removable 3,500mAh battery to keep it running.
According to an International Data Corporation (IDC) report, Huawei was a top smartphone vendor in China during Q2 2016 with a market share of 17 percent. According to another IDC report, the OEM ranked third, only after Samsung and Apple, in the list of top five smartphone vendors in the global market during the same quarter.
“With Huawei number one in China at the moment, Huawei’s remaining challenge will once again be penetrating the U.S. market at the high-end to compete with both Samsung and Apple,” says IDC. Huawei is selling many of its smartphones in the U.S. The Mate S2 will be the company’s high-end phone and will probably hit the U.S. soon after it is launched in China. Huawei may launch the rumored Mate S2 during the upcoming 2016 IFA. This is it for now, stay tuned for further updates.