Huawei P9 Could Have 6GB of RAM; Honor X3 Phablet Teased

By on January 4, 2016 | 9:01 am
January 4, 2016 | 9:01 am
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Huawei P9
January 4, 2016 | 9:01 am

Chinese electronics maker Huawei has had plenty to write home about these last few months, as just before Christmas the company revealed that it had successfully hit its target of selling 100 million smartphones in 2015. Moreover, its shipments grew by over half (to 27.4 million units) in the three months leading up to September, with the increase in sales being driven by the stellar performance of its mid/high-end devices, the Mate 7, P7, and P8. So, with just a few months to go until the P8 (which had sold a reasonable 4 million units after just five months on sale) is a year old, it makes sense that Huawei is preparing to release a follow up.

This follow up, naturally, is being referred to as the Huawei P9. While there haven’t been many leaks about the flagship handset so far (which is a testament to Huawei, really) in December it was suggested that the device would go on sale in March, 2016. However, where it will go on sale is a mystery, as despite the high stateside demand of the P8, the company released the cheaper P8 variant the P8 Lite there instead, leading one publication to suggest that Huawei doesn’t take the States seriously. Europe, meanwhile, is a sure thing, given that the company made $2 billion from Western Europe last year.

As for what the Huawei P9 will offer users, one report from gizchina suggests that it will come with 6GB of RAM along with a dual camera on the rear and an octa-core processor under the hood. 6GB of RAM certainly outpaces the current crop of popular high-end handsets which are only at 4GB of RAM and on paper that certainly sounds fantastic but some have questioned Huawei’s decision. The biggest question about that (alleged) tech spec is whether or not anyone really needs 6GB of RAM; sure, it should allow for some serious mobile gaming, but is it really worth paying for given that few games will use the full power?

In other Huawei device news, the company has (officially, this time) teased a new device on its (Chinese social media) Weibo account. In the teaser (linked here), a thin metal device is pictured along with the words ‘Rhythm x Entertainment’. While ‘rhythm’ and ‘entertainment’ don’t offer any concrete hints on what the device is, and are just the usual buzzwords that device makers use, the teaser is widely believed to be for the Huawei Honor X3 tablet. Speculation also suggests that the Honor X3 will feature a 6.2-inch (1600 x 2560 pixel resolution) display, a 20 megapixel camera on its rear, an 8MP camera on its front, 4GB of RAM, and will run Android 6.0.

A full confirmation of all of the info in this post should land tomorrow, when the company hosts its pre-Consumer Electronics Show press conference, so keep checking the blog for our CES announcement roundup.

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