No word on any release outside of China for now.
Huawei has announced a third variant of its new Mate 9 for its home market of China, following the announcement of the regular Mate 9 and its pricey Porsche Design-branded sibling. As Gizchina reports, the Huawei Mate 9 Pro is basically a Porsche Design Mate 9 without the Porsche branding and sleek black paint job. And there are a few internal hardware tweaks, too.
The "Pro" features the same 5.5-inch curved Quad HD AMOLED display used in the Porsche Design Mate 9, and the same Kirin 960 processor, 4,000mAh battery and 20MP+12MP Leica camera setup. However there are two new storage and RAM configurations for the Mate 9 Pro. The cheapest 4GB + 64GB version will sell for 4699 yuan ($685), while the higher-end 6GB + 128GB version goes for 5299 yuan ($773). For now, the ludicrous 6GB + 256GB config remains exclusive to the Porsche Design Mate 9.
The Huawei Mate 9 Pro is already on sale in China, where it's available in gold, grey and pink, however there's no word on any plans to launch the device elsewhere. An official statement from Huawei reads:
The Mate 9 Pro was announced on Monday, November 14th at Huawei's press conference held in Shanghai. We're very excited to further expand the Mate series and provide people with a choice of devices that meet their needs. The Mate 9 Pro delivers the performance and experience consumers are looking for, while offering a unique and exciting design. More information about the device's availability will be available soon.
Regardless, European buyers always have the option of stumping up €1395 for the Porsche Design Mate 9 when it goes on sale in December — if they really, really want a curved-screen phone with the latest Huawei tech.
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