The year 2016 has been all about dual camera setup and dual-edge display technology on smartphones. Though Samsung has been using the dual-edge curved display tech for a while now, Chinese smartphone manufacturers like Xiaomi and Huawei have started opting this tech very recently.
Rumours are abuzz that the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Note 2 will tout a curved dual-edge display and apparently, the latest smartphone purported to join the bandwagon is Huawei's Mate 9 Pro.
Evan Blass (otherwise known as @evleaks) a popular leakster shared renders of what could be the Huawei Mate 9 Pro revealing a dual-edge curved display.
He has also revealed a few other features to expect from the standard Huawei Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro smartphones. Let's take a look at them one by one.
A QHD display to complement the dual-edge curved design
Complementing the dual-edge curved design, the Huawei Mate 9 Pro will rock a 5.9-inch QHD display (1440x2560 pixels). Whereas the standard version - the Mate 9 will feature a Full HD display. Evan Blass attributes the considerate bump in the resolution of the Mate 9 Pro to the Google's Daydream VR support.
Powered by in-house Kirin 960 SoC
Apart from the variations in display resolution, there are not many differences between the two smartphones. At the heart of the Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro will be an in-house 64-bit octa-core Kirin 960 chipset.
Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box?
According to someone familiar with the company, only the Pro variant will offer Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box with the standard Mate 9 running the Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Dual camera setup co-engineered by Leica
Akin to the one on the company's previously released flagship, the Huawei P9, the Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro will feature dual camera setup at the back co-engineered by Leica. The pixel count, however, appears to be bumped up to 20 MP. Additionally, the camera is speculated to support OIS, the one that was missed by the company on P9.
Pricing and availability
The Huawei Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro are tipped to launch on November 3 at an event hosted by the company in Germany. The Pro variant is speculated to be priced at USD 1,300 which roughly translates to around Rs. 87,000 and the standard Mate 9 is rumoured to bear a price tag starting at USD 480 (approximately Rs. 32,000).