After a series of speculations, Huawei has finally confirmed that its upcoming Mate 9 phablet will feature the new Kirin 960 chipset. The Kirin 960 chipset was unveiled last week, it is built on a 16nm FinFET process by TSMC. HiSilicon promises a 15% performance boost with this new chipset for the devices.
“It will be the first chips to use ARM’s new Bifrost GPU – the Mali-G71 promises reduced power use compared to the T880 used in Kirin 955, Exynos 8, Helio X25 and others,” report said. Moreover, Kirin 960 supports UFS 2.1 for blazing fast flash storage, LPDDR4 RAM and an LTE Cat. Huawei’s Mate 9 is all set to come out of the veil on November 3 in Munich.
Besides the performance boost, Huawei Mate 9 comes with some premium features. This 5.9-inch phablet runs on Android v7.0 Nougat operating system, has 64/128GB internal storage with 4GB RAM (another variant comes in 256 GB, 6 GB RAM), and sports a Leica-branded dual rear camera (20MP primary camera and 8MP secondary camera) with other camera features such as 4x optical zoom, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash. For connectivity, Mate 9 supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot; Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, NFC, FM Radio, and USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector.
The price details of Huawei Mate 9 phablet is unknown, but is expected to cost $1,300 (approx. Rs 87,000) for its high-end variant.