Low resolution leaks of major smartphones are, like death and taxes, entirely inevitable. With the passage of time, the only thing that truly continues to surprise is just how low-res those leaks can get.

So, it’s with little surprise that ahead of its announcement on the 3rd of November, the Huawei Mate 9 has burst out from cover and revealed itself to be, well, a smartphone.

The leaked images show a big touchscreen, dual rear cameras, a rear mounted fingerprint reader and an all-metal body – all reasonably standard specs for 2016 from China’s 3rd biggest smartphone company. However, other leaks have fleshed out the details.

We’re expecting to see two models of the Mate 9 on Thursday – one flat-screen version codenamed Manhattan, and a curved screen model with the codename Long Island. The leaked image appears to show the former, running Emotion UI.

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Internally, we expect the Mate 9 to debut with a Kirin 960 chipset and Mali-G71 MP8 GPU, a 5.9″ 1080p display, a USB-C port and Android 7.0. Additionally, we’re expecting a whopping 256GB of internal memory and 6GB of RAM for the top tier model and 64GB/4GB for the base model.

In regards to that dual-camera set up, the leaks suggest a 20MP and 12MP unit, capable of wide angle photography and unique focussing techniques.

Finally, we’re expecting black, white, gold, brown, gray and pink colour options. Oh, on top of phone capabilities for when you really want to shout down the Orange customer service number.

If all of that has you hot under the proverbial collar, you’ll just have to wait until the 3rd. In the meantime, check your bank account because the Mate 9 is tipped to cost £395, £450 and £575 for its various models. Ouch.

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