Flagship smartphones are insanely expensive these days. Consider this: today, our deals team included a brand new 2016 Samsung HDTV model with a curved 49-inch display in their roundup of Amazon’s best daily deals. Curved screens are the latest and greatest tech Samsung is touting in its TV lineup, and a 49-inch display is a great size. This model also smart features so it can run all of your favorite apps like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. Right now, this great TV from the world’s top TV brand is on sale for $510 — which is just over half of what Apple charges for a high-end iPhone 7 Plus.

But if you think the iPhone 7 Plus is expensive, you haven’t seen anything yet.

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There’s a hot new smartphone that is about to be released, and it features specs that are shaping up to absolutely crush every other Android smartphone on the market. You’ll probably never actually see one in person though — not just because it’s a Huawei flagship phone and the company doesn’t sell many flagship phones in the US, but also because new rumors suggest that it’s going to be priced right out of contention.

Gadget leaker Evan Blass reports that the upcoming new Huawei Mate 9 and Huawei Mate 9 Pro will feature 5.9-inch displays, Kirin 960 processors, 4GB of RAM and as much as 256GB of internal storage. The higher-end “Pro” model will reportedly feature quad HD resolution and a dual lens camera set up that offers up to 4x optical zoom, outdoing Apple’s new iPhone 7 Plus and its 2x optical zoom.

Here’s the kicker: According to a tweet from Blass, a Mate 9 Pro with 256GB of storage will cost a whopping $1,300.


Huawei will reportedly unveil its new Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro during a press conference on November 3rd.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.