Huawei Mate 9 is out: powerful biggie with sweet Nougat and Leica-branded camera duo


Huawei just took the stage and removed the wrapper from its long-rumored Mate 9 flagship phablet, and the good news is that the phone keeps the slim and stylish exterior, as well as the fine screen-to-body ratio of its predecessor. The freshest member of the Mate series is again pretty compact for a 6-incher, while sporting some greatly updated internals.

Camera


The first thing that is noticed when one looks around the handset, is that it now comes with two rear cameras. That dual setup is becoming a staple for Huawei this year, being present on flagships and midrangers alike, including the P9, the honor 8, and, now, on the Mate phablet series. 

Here, it is a Leica-branded combo that consists of one monochromatic 20 MP shooter, and a color 12 MP sensor that collect and mix much more color and depth of field info from a scene than what you would have with one rear camera only. In addition, the camera duo is optically stabilized, and the image processing power is enough so that it can shoot 4K definition video. The rumors that the camera will sport optical zoom with a setup similar to the iPhone 7 Plus didn't really pan out, as the Mate 9 uses info from both cameras for the so-called Hybrid Zoom, which is a variation of a digital one.

Power and storage


Speaking of silicon, the one powering Mate 9 is Huawei's own flagship Kirin 960 chipset that consists of an octa-core processor (four 2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 and four 1.8 GHz A53 cores), powerful Mali G71 MP8 graphics, and an i6 co-processor for motion and image sensor calculation duties. Because of this sensor and some other prerequisites, the Mate 9 is one of the first Daydream VR-ready phones this side of Google's new Pixels, too. The phone comes with 4 GB RAM/64 GB storage, which is a pretty sweet setup, considering that Huawei also gives you a microSD slot for expansion.

Battery and charging


The Mate 9 sports a generous 4000 mAh battery to keep the lights on. With that capacity, a frugal 5.9" 1080p display, and Android 7.0 Nougat with enhanced Doze mode on board, the Mate 9 can easily be taken for a weekend trip away from the charger, provided that it doesn't consist of Pokemon hunting, of course. Moreover, Huaweu provides a 5A "SuperCharger" which is capable of pumping the 4000 mAh piece full of electron for about an hour and change which is a commendable achievement, especially if you are in a hurry.

Software


The stock Nougat interface is layered with Huawei's own Emotion UI 5.0 on top, which includes customizable press and swipe functions for the clicky finger scanner on the back. The interface apparently sports artificial intelligence now, too, that can tell the ways you are most often using the phone with, and adapt accordingly.


The classy metal chassis will be available in several anodized hues for every taste, which Huawei calls Space Gray, Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown, and Ceramic White. Mum's the word on availability just yet, but it shouldn't be long before we know, while the price is pegged at EUR 699. Do you like what you see with the new 9 from the world's third-largest phone maker?

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Mate 9
  • Display 5.9" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2400 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh

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15 Comments

1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Ok next article pls

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2452; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Wow, gotta give to to Huawei for building a great device that improves tremendously upon their last model. I am interested to see what the photos will look like with this camera module and how it will compare to the newest iPhone and Pixel cameras. Still have to see the price, but if it starts at around $600 then it could be a compelling offer in what has been a pretty stale high-end market this year.

3. aman5mathur

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Umm will the storage be expandable?

5. JocularJ

Posts: 222; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

No expandability. Just three different memory/storage configurations ... 4/64, 4/128, 6/256

11. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

It has micro sd slot according mr.mobile.

14. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Yes, this regular model has expandable storage while the Porsche model comes with 256 GB non-expandable storage.

4. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

First Daydream VR ready phone with Pixels? Isn't the ZTE Axon 7 Daydream VR ready?

9. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Yeah, the Axon was actually first

6. NoAllegiance unregistered

No good glass protection, no water and dust resistance. No buy. Apple and Samsung all the way.

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

That price is bonkers. If this thing heads to NA, I hope they adjust the price accordingly. Huawei doesn't have the clout to price it that high (more than $1000 CAD at conversion).

8. torr310

Posts: 1677; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I heard the fast-charging is always bad for the battery life. Has the current technology overcome the issue?

12. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Traditional battery charging - yes. I've been using phone(s) with Quick Charge technology for a few years, and my experience has been - also yes.

10. nate358

Posts: 63; Member since: Dec 24, 2013

Front facing speakers, wireless charging, and waterproofing? Come on manufacturers! 2016 fail!

13. Mikele

Posts: 177; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

I'm interested this model is a complete one!!

15. asim2

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 05, 2016

DISGUSTING BLACK FRAME AROUND THE SCREEN. WHY COULD IT NOT JUST BE EDGE TO EDGE. WHY HAVE A HORRIBLE DEICIEVING BLACK BORDER AROUND THE SCREEN.

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