Huawei is set to unveil its flagship phone for the second half of the year — the Mate 9 — at an event in Munich, Germany on November 3.
But according to two people familiar with the manufacturer’s plans, the company will actually show off two distinct body styles for the device that day, including one with a curved display.
The Huawei Mate 9 will have two distinct variants: one with a regular display (codenamed Manhattan), and one with a dual-curve screen (codenamed Long Island).
The curved variant looks familiar, right ? Yes you got it, Samsung it is.
Long Island will ride the most premium specifications, and while neither person delved into a full feature-by-feature comparison, the device was said to offer a QHD resolution (compared to Manhattan’s FHD) in order to support Android’s Daydream VR capabilities.
According to Venturebeat, sales of Long Island may be restricted to Huawei’s native China. Manhattan will see a global release, including the United States.
The leaked renders of Manhattan currently circulating in various hues are slightly inaccurate in their depictions of the front of the device. The render below more accurately represents its final appearance.
64 bit eight-core HiSilicon Kirin 960 SoC 5.9-inch screen 6GB of RAM 256GB storage dual-lens, dual-sensor Leica design
Prices for the Huawei Mate 9 could start at around $500, though we’re pretty sure that the dual curve model will cost more. The new phone might run Android Nougat out of the box.