Huawei CEO Richard Yu presents Huawei's new smartphone, the Mate S, ahead the of the IFA Electronics show in Berlin, Germany, September 2, 2015. Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke

Up until now, the Huawei Mate 9 release date was more of guesswork and anticipation. It is still that but with a bit of logic to back up its release date. Conversations on Weibo have hinted towards a December release. Moreover, as Mate 7 was launched in October 2014 and Mate 8 in November 2015, logic puts the release date of Mate 9 as December 2016.

The Huawei Mate 9 would be a super-sized smartphone with a 5.9-inch Full HD display, slightly less than Mate 8’s 6-inch screen. However, the top draw would be the 20MP dual-lens camera with black & white sensor as well as a colour one, similar to Huawei P9’s camera. The phone will be backed by a massive 6GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and a Kirin 960 chipset, reports Gizmodo UK.

Certain rumours suggest that the Huawei’s Mate 9 20MP dual-lens camera will have an optically stabilised setup, unlike the P9s that lacked OIS. Fingerprint scanner and Dual LED Flash may also be implemented. However, a Weibo leak revealed the camera will have no laser autofocus or a Leica branding.

This is quite surprising as a Huawei-Leica partnership has always been much talked about since the P9 was launched. However, the Kirin 960 chipset is the primary focus for Huawei Mate 9 and the company may also step things up with an ARM Cortex-A73 core design that will make the handset even more efficient and powerful than its predecessor.

There’s high chance that the Mate 9 will sport the EMUI 5 interface and run on Android 7.0 Nougat. The updated software will over past issues with previous EMUI versions, especially in the lock screen, notification and also the app-switching regions, writes Androidcentral.

The Huawei Mate 9 price has not yet been revealed. More details about the handset is expected soon.