Finally. Weeks of leaked info, renders, photos have now led to this, the official product unveiling. Huawei’s most anticipated Galaxy Note 7 contender, the Huawei Mate 9 has just been introduced at an event in Munich, Germany. Let’s check if this beast can compete with the best flagship phablets out right now.
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Huawei Mate 9
- 2.4GHz HiSilicon Kirin 960 octa-core processor
- Mali-G71 MP8 graphics processor
- 4GB RAM
- 5.9-inch FHD IPS display, 1920 x 1080 resolution, 2.5D curved glass
- 64GB internal storage, expandable via microSD
- 20-megapixel primary rear camera, Leica sensor, f/2.2 aperture, monochrome, OIS, 4-in-1 hybrid AF (laser, phase detection, depth, contrast detection), dual LED dual tone flash, 4K video
- 12-megapixel secondary rear camera, Leica sensor, f/2.2 aperture, color sensor, OIS, 4-in-1 hybrid AF (laser, phase detection, depth, contrast detection), dual LED dual tone flash, 4K video
- 8-megapixel front camera, f/1.9 aperture, AF
- Dual SIM
- 4G LTE
- Fingerprint scanner
- Android 7.0 Nougat
- 4000mAh battery, Super Charge
At a quick glance, the highlights for the Mate 9 are its new and powerful Kirin 960 octa-core chipset, the new Bifrost generation Mali GPU, and of course, the dual Leica camera sensors. It’ll be interesting to see how these new snappers perform compared to the likes of the Note 7 and Apple’s iPhone 7 optics. Everything else checks out as high-end, flagship internals.
According to Huawei, the Mate 9 will be launched first in China, where its rumored that a “Pro” version is also in the works with a QHD display and more RAM, storage. France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates will be the next target markets to be graced by the Mate 9. Other countries will follow later on.
The Mate 9 is currently priced at 699 EUR (~Php 38K), though, the price tag is expected to be adjusted for different regions.