After the success of Huawei’s Mate 8 last year, the company followed it up with the Mate 9 on November 4. Availability and pricing for the Middle East are to be confirmed soon.
|Product||Huawei Mate 9|
|Colours||Moonlight silver, space gray, champagne gold, mocha brown, ceramic white, black|
|Processor||Kirin 960 Octa-core (2.4GHz + 1.8GHz); i6 co-processor|
|Display||5.9-inch Full HD IPS-LCD; 373ppi|
|Camera||Rear: 20MP Monochrome (f/2.2) + 12MP RGB (f/2.2) with optical image stabilization and dual tone flash
Front: 8MP AF (f/1.9)
|Memory||4GB RAM + 64GB ROM; hybrid SIM-microSD slot (up to 256GB)|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct; BT4.2 with BLE support; USB Type-C for high speed file transfer; Near Field Communication; Dual SIM|
The newer Mate 9 comes with a faster Kirin 960 processor and 4GB of RAM improving upon the Kirin 950 processor but retaining the same amount of RAM as its predecessor. A significant change comes in the dual-camera set-up on the Mate 9 for better zoom capabilities with improved Leica optics. The ability to record 4K video at 30fps is also new as the older Mate 8 was capable of only Full HD video.
The slightly smaller 5.9-inch display allows for a slight reduction of the metal unibody frame and EMUI 5.0 has been made more intuitive running on top of the latest Android 7.0 Nougat. Here, the new GPU can also take advantage of the Vulkan graphics standard delivering up to a 400% performance boost yet remaining 40% more efficient than its predecessor. At this efficiency, the 4,000mAh battery is a welcome addition especially with Huawei’s SuperCharge Technology claiming to deliver a full day’s charge in 20 minutes.
In addition to the Huawei’s Mate 9, the company has teamed up with Porsche Design to create the limited-edition Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9. This sets a bold example of luxury meeting technology and the product is aimed towards a new and emerging audience craving the best of both worlds. The Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9 comes exclusively with a 5.5-inch curved AMOLED display for a smoother finish, 6GB of RAM and 256GB of internal memory in only graphite black.