After a long wait it’s finally here, Huawei latest flagship the Mate 9 has arrived. It’s been quite a while that the handset was a subject of numerous rumors and leaks, now we’ll speculate no more as the company’s flagship of its flagship is now official. Huawei launched the device in a special event held Germany,a tradition for the Chinese company of launching its new handset outside from its own soil has carried over to the launch of the new flagship.
The Mate 9 is built on a solid piece of metal, the handsets metallic unibody design ensures sturdiness, there’s no mobile parts and no lose buttons which translate into a beautiful and premium build quality. Huawei has been on the top of making the Mate series as one of the most iconic handset in its lineup and probably to the entire smartphone market with its unique design, unique experience and meticulous craftsmanship.
The handset comes with a large 5.9-inch IPS display covered with a 2.5D glass lamination, it features a 1080p resolution which gives us an overall 373 ppi pixel density and to a 96% color saturation. Underneath the skin hides the company’s fastest chipset yet, the new Kirin 960 that houses a couple of 4 cores Cortex-A73and 4 cores Cortex-A53 processor together with an i6 co-processor and a Mali-G71 MP8 graphics GPU. It includes 4GB of system RAM and 64GB of expandable internal storage through a microSD card.
Similar to the other high-end device the P9 and the P9 Plus that came out earlier, Huawei also fused the new Mate 9 with a dual-camera,a move that makes the new phablet handset an image-centric machine done beautifully. Hauwei also collaborated with Leica on this one and is evident with the Leica logo on the camera module. The handset dual-sensor main camera comes with a 20 Megapixel monochrome sensor and 12 Megapixel RGB sensor, both with an f/2.2 Aperture, optical image stabilization and is supported by a hybrid autofocus sensor with a quad layer of technologies that includes Laser, Phase Detection, Contrast Detection and Depth. Theres also a 2x Hybrid zoom and supports 4K video recording a first for the Mate series.
The Huawei Mate 9 also comes with a more than capable 8 Megapixel front-facing camera that pairs with an optimized software to make the most of your Selfies and then it offers high-resolution images for video calls, so with all its multimedia features, at the end of the day, the Huawei Mate 9 is still a phone and what phones must do is connect people.
Huawei will launch Mate 9 in two version primarily, one would be a single SIM variant with a dedicated microSD slot and a dual-SIM variant with a hybrid SIM/microSD slot. The latter will use the SIM 2 slot for that matter and obviously you’ll lose the SIM 2 slot for your second SIM card if you opt to insert a microSD card on the device.
The handset will support 4G/LTE connection as well as a collection of standard connectivity features including high-speed Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2. Huawei also throws in a USB 3.0 Type-C port for high-speed data transfer and quick-charging capabilities. It also comes with a fingerprint reader that sits on the back, right below the dual camera module and a host of sensors for everything else.
Keeping the handset on is a hefty 4000 mAh embedded battery and it runs on Huawei’s latest EMUI 5.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat and a few of the latest devices in the market to come with the latest version of Android out of the box. Also with the new EMUI 5.0, Huawei has done a lot of housekeeping with this version of the interface, so expect a more fluid experience and better performance.
The handset will go on sale first in China,Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates,Japan, Malaysia and Thailand. Expect them to go throughout the remaining regions of the globe soon after. The Huawei Mate 9 comes with a retail price of 699 Euros in Europe and will be available in Space Gray, Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown, Ceramic White and Black.