Chinese smartphone maker Huawei today announced its new Mate 9, a large “phablet” that features a new design for a dual Leica rear camera.
As with the Huawei P9 phone unveiled earlier this year, the Mate 9 has two camera modules co-developed with Leica that are found side-by-side on the backside of the phone.
Unlike the P9, however, the Mate 9 uses the two cameras vertically in the center of the phone instead of horizontally to one side.
The dual-camera system uses one 12-megapixel main color sensor as well as one 20-megapixel black-and-white sensor. Combined, the f/2.2 cameras provide smartphone photographers with higher image quality, depth-of-field blur simulation, and more zoom range. There’s also 6-axis optical image stabilization and a 4-in-1 hybrid autofocus system (contrast, phase, laser, and depth).
Other specs and features of the Mate 9 include a 5.9-inch 1080p LCD screen, a 4,000mAh battery that charges to 60% in 30 minutes, an octa-core Kirin 960 chipset, 4GB ram, an octa-core Mali graphics processor, 4K video shooting, an 8MP f/1.9 front camera, Android 7.0, 64GB storage, and microSD support.
There’s no word as of yet as to when the Huawei Mate 9 will arrive in the United States or how much it will cost, but it will reportedly have a price tag of €699 in Europe (~$775).