Huawei Mate 9 – All You Need to Know

In an event organized in in Munich, Huawei unveiled its flagship Mate 9 device to the world. It is a phablet going to pick up the legacy of its predecessor Mate 8 that was one of the best devices Android has ever produced. But, as we shall see, this Mate 9 has all it takes to break through on the market, particularly when its main competitor has been pulled off the shelves.

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It is made in two different versions, one of which is realized in collaboration with Porsche Design, which differs from the “standard” device by the resolution of the display (as well as for some aesthetic detail). Here are its technical specifications

Huawei Mate 9 Specs 

  • Display: 5.9-inch Full HD IPS LCD/5.5-inch Super AMOLED qHD for Porsche Design version
  • CPU: Kirin 960 Octa-Core 2.4 GHz
  • GPU: Mali G-71
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Internal memory: 64/256GB expandable via Micro-SD up to 256GB
  • Dual Camera: Rear 20MP+12Mp f/2.2 with OIS, laser autofocus and Dual-Tone LED flash
  • Front Camera: 8MP f/1.9
  • Connectivity: LTE cat.12 600 Mbps download and Dual-Sim support
  • Dimensions: 78.9 x 156.9 x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: 190 grams
  • Battery: 4,000 mAh with Supercharge feature
  • Color : Space Grey, Moonlight Silver, Mocha Brown, Champagne Gold, Ceramic White, Black
  • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.0

In short, it’s a high end smartphone without any compromise whatsoever by the Chinese brand. We have several new features too – the new rapid charging standard patented by the Chinese company called Supercharge, a powerful Kirin 960 CPU and a crisp 2K resolution (though only in the Porsche Design variant).

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The presence of dual rear camera has been confirmed with two sensors of 20MP and 12MP respectively, supported by a Dual-Tone LED Flash, laser autofocus and an optical image stabilizer. It also introduces the ability to shoot videos in 4K resolution and perform 2X optical simulated zoom (a solution similar to that of the iPhone 7 Plus). Huawei have collaborated with Leica for this feature.

As usual we take a look at its build and construction quality. So it has a body made entirely of brushed aluminum, a feature that has become a trademark for the Chinese company. Mate 9 is not very different from the iPhone 7 Plus despite having a 5.9 inch display (compared to the 5.5-inch Apple phablet).

Huawei Mate 9 Price and Release Date

Huawei Mate 9 may take a bit of time to come to India. No official date has been declared as of yet so keep reading this blog for more updates.

It will be available at 749 Euros (roughly ₹55,000 in India) for the 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory version (price confirmed for Europe). The version produced in collaboration with Porsche Design (limited edition version) will be sold at 1,395 euro in Asian and European Porsche stores from January 2017.

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