The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is DEAD. But that doesn’t mean you’re all out of options for a stunning Android phone in late-2016. You have, for instance, the Google Pixel range or, if you want something that looks almost identical to Samsung’s Galaxy phones, the upcoming Huawei Mate 9.
Picking up where last year’s awesome Mate 8 left off, the Huawei Mate 9 features an all new, curved design option just like Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Note 7. I say, “like”, but what I mean is almost identical. The Mate 9, from a distance, is indistinguishable from a Samsung phone.
I mean, just look at them!
The specs for the handset are said to be some of the best Huawei has ever plopped in a phone as well. We’re talking QHD panels, an insanely powerful 64-bit, eight-core HiSilicon Kirin 960 system-on-a-chip, 6GB of RAM and full support for Google’s Daydream VR platform.
“The main camera,” notes Venture Beat, “meanwhile, has been tipped as a dual-lens, dual-sensor Leica design — similar to the company’s first-half flagship, the Huawei P9 — but with the lenses and sensors both set to see improvements at f/2.0 and 20 megapixels, respectively.”
Earlier on this year I penned an article called, “Meet the Huawei Mate 8, The Best Phone You’ve Never Heard of.” That phone literally blew me away; the battery life was unlike anything else I had ever tested and it looked and felt great. The software, as it is on all Huawei phones, was terrible. But that was it for the negatives – everything else was brilliant.
For this reason, I have HUGE expectations for this handset. Big battery life, big design and big performance are all almost certain to feature heavily when this handsets gets official. The only thing I am hoping for is new software. Do that, Huawei, and you’ll have yourself a new regular customer in the shape of me.
I’ll update you as soon as I know more re: price and release dates.