Surprising absolutely no one, Huawei has today confirmed that the Huawei Mate 9 phablet will be powered by its Kirin 960 chipset. The SoC was officially unveiled at an event last week. The Mate 9 will be announced in Munich on November 3, which is next Thursday.

Mate 9

We definitely expect to see the 960 in the Mate 9, but Huawei’s track record has shown it’s likely to use the processor (or tweaked variant thereof) in next year’s Huawei P10 flagship as well.

Official details of Huawei Mate 9 have not been released but several leaks have surfaced giving fans an idea on what this device could bring to the table. The Mate 9 is assumed to look the same as its Huawei Mate 8 predecessor, but only with a sleeker design and more improved specifications. Just last week, renowned tipster Evan Blass released an image of what is believed to be the new Mate iteration. Based on the image, the device will feature a dual-lens camera, a fingerprint scanner located on the back part of the smartphone and a USB-Type C port.

Huawei Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro are more or less going to have the same specs save for the display. The former might come with a 5.9 inch full HD flat display while the Pro variant might feature a 5.9 inch dual edge curved Quad HD resolution display.

The Mate 9 might cost up to a whopping $1,300 in its most high-end iteration. It should have 4 or 6GB of RAM, 64, 128, or 256GB of storage, a Leica-branded dual rear camera with 4x optical zoom, and a 5.9-inch touchscreen. This will be 1080p in the base model, whereas the Huawei Mate 9 Pro will reportedly have a curved QHD panel.