The Huawei Mate 9 and Mate S2 could rock some serious camera prowess, as both handsets will reportedly boast dual rear cameras with Leica optics.
We've been hearing rumors about the two Huawei smartphones for a good while now, with the most recent ones clarifying that the Mate 9 and Mate S2 will not debut at IFA 2016 this week.
Nevertheless, new information still brings some good news. It seems that the two upcoming Mate handsets will borrow a leaf out of the Huawei P9's playbook and sport a Leica system as well, with dual rear cameras enhanced with Leica optics.
Huawei teamed up with Leica for the dual-camera system found on the Huawei P9, which made its debut earlier this year. The smartphone maker made quite some waves regarding the partnership it scored with Leica at the time, and the P9 (pictured above) raised a lot of interest particularly because of its camera prowess.
If the latest rumors turn out to be accurate, the two companies will join forces once again for the new Huawei Mate series. Referencing a source from Weibo, GizmoChina says that Leica will help Huawei build the cameras for the Mate 9 and equip them with optical image stabilization (OIS), laser autofocus and analog zoom. GizmoChina also notes that the Mate S2 should get the same treatment as the Mate 9, which means Leica skills as well.
Recent rumors also hinted at some powerful specs overall for the Huawei Mate 9, including a Kirin 960 processor and up to 6 GB of RAM to handle any task. If so, the Mate 9 will compete at the high end of the smartphone market and should score top performance in benchmarks and tests.
CDMA support, LTE Cat. 12 and fast charging will also be in the mix, further enhancing the experience. On the software side, the Huawei Mate 9 is expected to launch with EMUI 5 on board, which is based on Google's latest Android 7.0 Nougat.
Huawei is yet to announce just when it will be unveiling the new Mate 9 and Mate S2, but both smartphones should debut later this year.
It remains to be seen whether this latest rumor about the Mate 9 and Mate S2 cameras turns out to be accurate, but it makes sense. Huawei already teamed up with Leica for the P9, so an extension of that partnership would not be much of a surprise.
Until a formal announcement, however, it's still best to take this news with a grain of salt.