The dual lens camera on the Huawei Mate 9 has been the subject of much speculation in recent months. First came a leak showing off the dual camera setup, albeit in a different configuration to the Huawei P9, then came the news of a 12-megapixel or 20-megapixel camera. But throughout those leaks and rumours, we were unsure if the Mate 9 would have Leica camera branding like its P9 sibling.
However a new leak on Chinese site Weibo shows the Mate 9 will in fact have Leica branding, on a new set of rendered images. Lecia’s logo can be seen in between the two lenses and they claim to have an aperture of f/2.0, which improves upon the P9’s f/2.2.
It’s no real surprise to see Leica appearing on a second Huawei phone since the two companies have agreed a partnership and have opened a jointly operated research and development centre at Leica’s headquarters in Wetzlar, Germany. The collaboration has been formed to produce a “wide range of photographic and mobile device applications” as well as “computational imaging, augmented reality and virtual reality solutions”.
It seems Huawei is taking the camera technology inside its smartphones incredibly seriously and it’s not just some marketing ploy to attract customers.
The leaked slides picked up by Weibo also give away three tiers of the phone with varying amounts of storage and memory, with different colours reserved for each tier.
The entry level model will have 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and will be available in graphite, silver and gold. The next phone will have 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and will be available in graphite, white, gold, rose gold, while the top level model will have 6GB RAM, 256GB storage and have six colour options: graphite, white, gold, black, rose gold and brown.
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The Huawei Mate 9 was initially expected to be released in December but that’s now been brought forward to November. Whichever month it’s released in, we’ll almost certainly see it before Christmas.