Huawei has launched a new flagship smartphone,
the Mate 9.
Key features of the Huawei Mate 9 include:
- Kirin 960 chipset, Huawei’s newest and highest
performing smartphone processor;
- EMUI 5.0, an upgraded user interface
based on Android Nougat 7.0;
- 5.9” FHD display;
- SuperCharge technology that Huawei says can
deliver a full
day’s charge in 20 minutes; and
- Second generation Leica dual-lens camera with
12-megapixel RGB sensor, 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and Hybrid
Zoom, featuring 2X magnification.
“In developing the Huawei Mate 9, we started
with a simple question – how can we improve every element of the
smartphone experience?” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer
Business Group. “We know that for today’s business users, a fast
and functional smartphone is just the beginning. Consumers also
want a gorgeous design and intuitive features, so we created two
new devices at the forefront of hardware and software innovation.
The result is the new Mate Series, breathtakingly new, inside and
The Kirin 960 is the world’s first chipset to
feature an ARM Cortex-A73/A53 Octa-core CPU and Mali G71 Octa-core
Huawei says that the GPU boosts performance
by 180% and improves energy efficiency by 40% compared to its predecessor.
Kirin 960 also takes full advantage of the pioneering Vulkan
graphics standard on Android 7.0, increasing graphics performance
by up to 400%.
The Huawei Mate 9 combines a 4000 mAh
high-density battery with Huawei’s all new SuperCharge technology. Supporting 5A fast charging, SuperCharge
technology enables a 50% improvement over the previous
generation. This works so well that Huawei says that just 10 minutes of charge provides enough power to watch
two full movies.
Huawei also claims that the battery
sets a new standard in charging technology including Super Safe
5-gate protection, which offers real-time voltage, current and
Following the success of the Huawei
P9 and Huawei P9 Plus, the Huawei Mate 9 features the second generation dual-lens
camera co-engineered with Leica.
module now includes a 12-megapixel f/2.2 RGB sensor, a
20-megapixel f/2.2 monochrome sensor and enhanced image fusion
algorithms that work in concert to produce better pictures.
The camera also features dual-lens camera Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
solution and dual-camera pixel binning technology for superior night shot
The Kirin 960 is designed specifically to support the
Huawei Mate 9’s second generation Leica dual-lens camera with
Hybrid Zoom. The 4-1 Hybrid Auto-focus features laser focus, phase
detection focus, depth focus and contrast focus.
The Huawei Mate 9 will be available in Black, Space
Gray, Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown and Ceramic
The first-wave of launch markets include China, Malaysia,
Poland, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Spain, Japan, Thailand, Kuwait
and the United Arab Emirates.
The Huawei Mate 9 with 4GB of RAM and
64 GB of built-in memory has a RRP of €699.
The Huawei Mate 9 will launch in Hong Kong at
the end of November 2016.
If you read reviews of the previous Huawei
flagship, the P9 Plus, you will see a lot of negative comments
about the EMUI that Huawei installed on top of the Android system.
Frankly, a lot of that was unfounded and once you get used to it
you will quickly forget what you came from.
You will also see a lot of English-language
bloggers and media criticising Huawei for putting the fingerprint
sensor on the back. That is where it is on most phones in China. I
can understand the argument for having it on the front when it is
lying on a flat surface such as your desk, but the back is far
more useful for when you pull it out of your pocket and want to
turn it on. The ideal situation would be to have a fingerprint
sensor on both the back and on the front home button, but if I had
to choose just one I would put it on the back.
The P9 Plus is blazingly fast, the camera
terrific for a smartphone, it feels great and it does charge
incredibly quickly, from 34% to 97% in about one hour in real
Huawei P9 Plus vs Huawei
I have yet to get my hands on the Hauwei Mate 9
but when I do I will be looking to see if Huawei has improved the
glass covering the camera lenses on the back of the phone. On the
P9 Plus it is not clear whether that glass is Gorilla Glass or
not, and it does seem to scratch easily leading some to speculate
that is is not Gorilla Glass, at least not the latest version.
I would also like to see Huawei improve the
watermark feature in the camera. The user should be able to edit
what he or she wants the watermark to look like, where the
watermark should be located, how big, small and transparent it
should be, and what info the watermark should
include. A name for example, a copyright mark perhaps a code or
date. This is something the P9 Plus is lacking. It would be also
useful if you were able to watermark one image, send it
automatically to one folder and keep the original version in a
separate folder in case you want to use it without a watermark.
The P9 Plus is already very, very fast - even
when you have many apps open, and it is
exceptionally reliable. I expect the Huawei Mate 9 to be even
faster so the side by side comparisons to come should be very interesting.
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