Huawei's flagship smartphone Mate 9 is probably going to receive Android 8.0 Oreo update soon, as recently a device, with similar specifications, was spotted running the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. The device was found to be listed in the database of mobile benchmarking tool Geekbench.
On Geebench, the smartphone was seen with the name "HUAWEI MHA." It was benchmarked with an octa-core piece of 64-bit silicon clocked at a maximum operating frequency of 1.84GHz. The said device also houses four Cortex A53 cores, which essentially confirms that this is the HiSilicon Kirin 960 SoC. The mention of 4GB RAM and the fact that "MHA" is a reference to the Mate 9's motherboard, it appears that the Chinese original equipment manufacturer Huawei is already in advanced phases of testing Android 8.0 Oreo for its 2016 flagship, reported Android Headlines.
It's been long known that Huawei was developing a Mate 9-specific build of Android 8.0 Oreo. In April the device was spotted online, running what was then only known as "Android O." While the tech giant has not yet confirmed anything about this matter officially, the fact that the company has been developing it for around half a year now hints that the rollout of the firmware could begin shortly.
Other than Mate 9, Huawei's P10 series is also expected to receive the same version of the mobile operating system along with the P9 lineup, reported the publication.
According to the newly sighted benchmark listing on Geekbench, Android 8.0 Oreo will not bring in any major performance improvements to the Mate 9, however, it is expected that the OS would optimize the smartphone's energy efficiency and debut a wide variety of other useful features, that are coming with the update.