The Huawei Mate 9 will launch in the U.S. on January 6th?

The Huawei Mate 9 will launch in the U.S. on January 6th?
A tweet disseminated today by tipster Evan Blass states that the high-end Huawei Mate 9 will be launched in the U.S. on January 6th. That will be a couple of months after the phone's overseas launch on November 3rd. The Mate 9 carries a large 5.9-inch LCD screen with a 1080 x 1920 resolution. The chipset powering the phablet is Huawei's own home grown Kirin 960 which features an octa-core 2.4GHz CPU, and the Mali-G71 MP8 GPU. 4GB of RAM is inside along with 64GB/128GB of native storage. A 256GB microSD slot is available for those seeking additional storage.

On back is a Leica branded dual camera setup, which includes a 12MP camera and a 20MP shooter. The front-facing camera weighs in at 8MP, and a 4000mAh battery provides the power. A fingerprint scanner can be found on back, and Android 7.0 is pre-installed.

The phone is expected to go on sale in the states on the morning of January 6th, which is the opening day of this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Now, you might be asking yourself what the excitement is all about, especially since the Mate 9 is available to U.S. consumers on Amazon ($799 for the 64GB model, $899 for the 128GB version). But there is talk that Huawei has received interest from U.S. carriers who want to offer the flagship model to their customers. Introducing the Mate 9 at CES will also generate publicity for the device in the states.

Currently ranked as the world's third largest smartphone manufacturer, Huawei says that it will top Samsung and Apple's output within the next five years. For that to happen, Huawei might need to play nice with the U.S. carriers in order to reach all of those wireless network subscribers, the majority of whom choose a smartphone from the models being offered by their carrier.


source: @evleaks, Amazon

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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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12 Comments

1. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

Who will buy it in America ??? Americans have long history of Hate for Chinese . They hate Chinese people , products and everything . The only real brands to American is Apple . Using IPhones makes them feel Very American . Theory of China in American people's mind is, China = Copycats. Which is unchangable . N.B. China is one of oldest Civilizations of the world and USA is 500 years old country inhabited by Europeans.

2. PapaJi

Posts: 60; Member since: May 15, 2016

"Using IPhones makes them feel Very American " *Made in china IPhones makes them feel Very American.

3. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Nice generalization. Sure, there are some people who think like this, but that's not everyone. Also, the country is not 500 years old. It's almost 250. However, natives have been here for as many as 15k years, from what I remember. It was *settled* by Europeans beginning a little over 500 years ago, but it has only been a country for half that time. It's best not to generalize as you may one day be on the receiving end of that generalization.. Which usually doesn't feel good.

4. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Umm, I would like to buy it. I don't think what you're saying reflex how the majority of Americans feel. Maybe some, but not most of us.

5. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I would probably buy it to keep in my car. I like the size and I think it would go well to replace the Moto X PE I use in there now.

8. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Not everyone has the described mindset. However, what I don't like from foreign companies is, they think they are going to come here and fleece the American consumer. For example the device sells in China and/or India for $150; they come here and try to sell it at flagship prices. If I'm going to spend from $499 and up, I'll save a little extra, and then buy a real flagship.

9. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I've had 2 Huawei phones. Mate2, for over 2 1/2 years and in September, I bought the Mate8. Why didn't I wait for the 9? Same reason I didn't get the 8 last November, TOO EXPENSIVE. Same with the 9 this year. 800-1000 dollars FOR A PHONE? I don't car who the manufacturer is, I'm not paying it. When the 9 was announced this past year, I started watching the price on the 8. In September, the price came down to what I thought was a good value, so I bought it. Version of rom and a few other "features" didn't matter to me. Stability & battery life did, which is why I got the 2 in the first place. The 9 will be a great phone, but I'm not paying what they want for it.

6. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

In the US most people buy their phones through carriers. Most carriers only carry certain phones and that's why phones like these never do well. If I hadn't purchased the pixel I'd probably get this. My mother in law has the Moto Z and that's another great Android option

7. JocularJ

Posts: 222; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

I'll be getting one

10. Dinged

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

The chinese realize this. Here is the new order of things. American's used to innovate and make things in america and made good money selling internationally. Now, those same american companies outsource to China, giving away manufacturing and quality control procedures and policies. A few years go buy and the Chinese decide they need the american branding so they simply buy up the american companies and the ownership is now chinese.....just look at american power tools. America is full of immigrants who've long sold out to the highest bidder overseas.

11. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

The Nexus 6P was made by? It was purchase by USA consumers. I think quality, price and updates are the mains reason people buy, not what country it came from.

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

So, Huawei wants 800 bucks for it's Mate 9? Really? It won't sell at such a price in the US. I'll rather get a real flagship for 800 bucks than this Mate 9.

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