Most of the major benchmarks for Android, such as Geekbench, AnTuTu, and GFXBench, serve as a great source of details for upcoming devices. Since they allow the public to browse benchmark results, these benchmarks usually end up being one of the most comprehensive leaks for upcoming devices before the full reveal, often giving up most aspects except for the look of the device and the size of the battery. The latest device to fall victim to such exposure is an enigmatic device that seems to come from Huawei. All indications point to this being a member of the Mate family and possibly the Mate 9.
The Huawei Mate family is all about striking a balance between flagship power and cost-saving measures in the right places, and this latest device seems to be no exception. Sitting between the budget Honor series and the flagship P series, the Mate 8, featured specs just a bit below what's seen here with a few specs finding common ground with this latest leaked device. The new device sports a 1920 x 1080 panel that stretches over a fairly wide 5.9-inches, an octa-core 2.6 GHz processor in Huawei's HiSilicon family coupled with a Mali-T880 GPU, 3.3GB of RAM (most likely 4GB in total) and 52GB of storage (likely 64GB in reality). An 11-megapixel (take this as a 12-megapixel) camera sits in the back of the device, while selfies are handled by a 7-megapixel (read 8-megapixels) unit. The whole show is running on Android 7.0 Nougat,
The specs and screen size seem nicely in step with a new entry in the Mate series, and the Mate 9 is rumored to debut at IFA in Berlin this coming September. While all of this could be purely coincidence and this device is something completely different, a few clues point to the Huawei Mate 9 in particular. The HiSilicon chip isn't something Huawei normally shares, the screen size fits the Mate series, and the overall specs are a little bit of a bump up from the Mate 8, aside from the same 1920 x 1080 screen resolution. If this is the Mate 9, despite the somewhat low screen resolution for uses like media viewing and VR, it is seeming increasingly likely that we can likely expect to see it at IFA and can expect to see it hit the streets soon after.