The Huawei Mate 9 could be one of the most surprising phone launches of the year. The latest flagship release from the Chinese smartphone maker is one of the most powerful Android devices on the market today. There are plenty rumors suggesting that the Chinese manufacturer will soon release a Lite version. The mid-range smartphone has been certified by the FCC and it will come with the BLL-L23 FCC ID.

Huawei Mate 9 Lite

Inside the Mate 9 Lite we’ll find a Kirin-branded chipset, but it won’t be the Kirin 960 clocked at 2GHz, as many tech websites claim. The device will be powerful enough because it will support 3GB of RAM, and there will be two SIM card slots that will allow users to expand the internal memory with a capacity of 32GB. It’s pretty certain that on the rear side will be placed a dual camera setup, but it remains to be seen if Huawei will use the same camera sensors from the Mate 9 or not.

First images of the Mate 9 Lite that leaked on the internet revealed that the phone will have a fingerprint scanner on the back, as well as a single LED flash sensor. The phone will come pre-installed with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and reports say that the release date is imminent. The Lite version will have the same design as the Mate 9, but most likely, instead of aluminum, Huawei will use plastic to cover its body.

Mate 9 is power packed with the intelligent and machine learning algorithm based Kirin 960 1.8 octa-core processor running on EMUI 5.0, on the back on Android 7.0 out of the box. The brilliant and vivid display of colors are achieved through 5.9" FHD screen with 337 ppi, supported by 4000 mAh battery that can last for 2 days. The shocking Supercharge feature will restore full battery life within 20 min. That's 50% faster than Huawei Mate 8, 40% faster than Huawei P9,

Although the phone is best priced at $775 in the US, we fell it should be nudged down to make it more attractive and competitive to woo more buyers, Huawei Mate S2 will probably fill this gap.