The Huawei Mate 9 has definitely been one of the most leaked devices this year. The company’s upcoming flagship phablet has been leaking for a long time now, and the leaks have intensified in the last couple of weeks. There’s a good reason for that, this phablet is expected to arrive either this or next month, and it will be the most powerful smartphone Huawei had ever manufactured.
Two variants of the phone have so far been reported, the regular Mate 9 will ship with a flat display and without a home button below the display, while the Mate 9 Pro model will sport a separate home button below the display, and its display will be curved. Needless to say, the Mate 9 Pro variant is also expected to be more powerful in terms of specs.
According to a leaked manual for the Huawei Mate 9, the Huawei Mate 9 will ship with a hybrid dual SIM setup, which means you’ll be able to use the second SIM slot in order to expand the device’s storage via a microSD card. This manual also confirms that the phone will sport a dual camera setup on the back, and the illustration on the photographed paper more or less proves that the leaked design of the Mate 9 is spot on. In addition to all this, the manual says that the phone will sport with a dual camera Leica setup, and that the dual tone flash will be a part of the offering as well, same goes for the laser autofocus, and the infrared sensor. This setup uses one color and one monochrome sensor two improve the dynamic range of pictures. Specifications for the rear camera setup are said to be set at one 20 megapixel sensor and one 12 megapixel sensor.
The manual also confirms that the Mate 9 will come with a dual tone LED flash, a USB Type-C port, and a microSD card slot for those who require additional internal storage.
While we’re still talking about cameras, Evan Blass has tweeted another interesting bit of information. The latest bit of info on the upcoming phablet pair states that they’ll feature 4x optical zoom and the top-spec version of the dual-curved Pro model will cost an exorbitant $1300.
The prohibitive price aside, I’m not entirely sure how that zoom can possibly be implemented in a smartphone, not without a sizeable hump. A periscope arrangement (Asus Zenfone Zoom style) is one way, but the Mate 9’s back just doesn’t look like it’s got that going on under the panel – it’s too thin and there’s a fingerprint sensor where the periscope assembly would be.
Also, since we don’t know whether ‘4x optical zoom’ means actual optical zoom, it is quite possible that Huawei will borrow Apple’s trick and simply include a secondary (telephoto) lens on the back which will have a different field of view (chances are we’ll see a separate telephoto lens here), so that when you switch from the primary lens to the secondary one, it seems like you have 4x optical zoom. This is not optical zoom per se as we’re talking about switching cameras here, not actually zooming with a single sensor, but the end result is the same, so it doesn’t really matter.