Yesterday was a big day for Huawei - it introduced the second-generation Leica camera on the 5.9" Huawei Mate 9 phablet and the premium 5.5" Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design. Both devices are scheduled to launch soon and look beyond promising.
Many people saw the Porsche flavor as the better Mate because of the higher-resolution curved AMOLED screen, but its price is hard to swallow - the phone goes for €1400. But we may have some good news for those liking the Porsche model better than the regular Mate 9.
A Huawei rep at the event confirmed for komputerswiat.pl that the company wants to bring the Porsche model experience to the masses and a similar model is in the works already. It will be cheaper than the standard Mate 9 probably due to the smaller screen and size, but it will have the similar curved design and screen as the Mate 9 Porsche Design. Maybe the Huawei Mate 9 Pro is still happening under a different format, say Mate S2.
There is no word if this rumored Mate 9 will keep the QHD AMOLED panel, but if the model is indeed to be cheaper, then a downgrade to 1080p seems likely.
The Porsche-less Mate 9 flavor, if real, will reportedly go official by the end of this year, and probably launch in early 2017. The smaller and AMOLED-featuring Huawei Mate S was announced before the Mate 8 last year, but this year Huawei may have decided to swap the two premieres and launch the Mate S2 after the Mate 9.
Thanks, Dawid, for the tip!