Huawei Mate 9 Won't Launch on September 1, Reveals Executive: Report

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Huawei Mate 9 Won't Launch on September 1, Reveals Executive: Report
Highlights
  • Huawei has scheduled an event on September 1
  • An executive said Mate 9 won't be launched at the event
  • Company is expected to maintain its 1-year refresh cycle

Huawei is hosting a pre-IFA event on September 1, where it was heavily expected to unveil the Mate 9 smartphone. However, a company executive has now confirmed that this won't be the case. The company is not unveiling the Huawei Mate 8 successor at the event in Berlin.

Huawei's mobile product line manager Bruce Lee, speaking to GizmoChina, revealed the company would not launch the Huawei Mate 9 so early. The Mate 8 was unveiled in November last year, and Huawei will stick to its one year cycle.

The Mate 9 has been subjected to quite a few leaks as well recently, and is expected to come with home-grown Kirin 960 octa-core chipset, and sport a 20-megapixel rear camera setup. In any case, speculations of what could be launched at the event have started again. The Huawei Mate 8 with Force Touch display was spotted on Tenaa recently, and the Chinese telecommunications giant could possibly launch just that.

The company is also expected to launch tablets and wearables at the event, but no specifics on that front yet. Huawei is also rumoured to be working on its own operating system, to let go of its dependence on Google's Android. The project, however, is said to be in its early stages, so an unveiling in September is unlikely.

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Tasneem Akolawala Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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