Everything you need to know about the Huawei Mate 9 – Trusted Reviews
Big, powerful and easy on the eye, this is more than just another smartphone.
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As smartphones continue to grown in size, so too do our expectations of what they’re capable of. In just a few short years they’ve transformed from a mere means of communication to devices that enhance every facet of our lives. And with handsets like the Huawei Mate 9 dropping, they’re still continuing to improve.
The latest smartphone from the manufacturer behind devices including the Huawei P9 and Huawei Watch, the Huawei Mate 9 is 5.9-inches of smartphone joy. What’s more, it’s now available globally with prices starting at just €699 and MSRP $599.99.
Yes, the near 6-inch, 1080p FHD display might be all sorts of eye-appeasingly lovely, but it’s far from the phone’s only standout feature. This premier phablet has all of this going for it too…
A PHONE THAT REDEFINES SPEED
When you’ve got a smartphone screen this big, it’s inevitable that your phone’s going to start replacing your tablet and even your laptop to offer as many work as personal benefits. For that you need plenty of power, and the Huawei Mate 9 has oodles of it thanks to the Kirin 960 chipset at its heart..
The Kirin 960 chipset pairs four high-performance 2.4GHz ARM Cortex-A73 cores with another four, low-power 1.8GHz Cortex A53 cores. The result is a power unit that will breeze through heavy-duty, system-taxing tasks while also coasting through lesser challenges without draining the battery.
It’s not just raw processing power that the 16nm chipset has going for it either. As well as blistering performances when it comes to running apps and playing videos, thanks to the phone’s ground-breaking Mali G71 Octa-core GPU, graphical performance has also been boosted 180% compared to past devices, meaning seamless gaming is also on the cards.
Want more? You got it. Throw in 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB of ROM that introduces the new UFS 2.1 storage standard for faster file transfers, and you’ve got a phone with unparalleled performance..
Modern smartphones are the Swiss Army knives of the tech scene. They’re devices of many skills and specialities. One skill that matters more than most, however, is the camera. These are now our primary image options and camera quality can make or break a phone. Fortunately, with the Huawei Mate 9, Huawei has partnered with revered camera specialist, Leica, to offer something truly special.
As well as packing in an 8MP, autofocus-enhanced front camera that will up your selfie game by automatically taking pictures when you smile, the Huawei Mate 9 packs a second-generation Leica dual camera on the rear with not one, but two sensors to enhance your image options.
While the first 12MP sensor takes vivid, colour images, the second, 20MP sensor specialises in monochrome shots to pick out finer details. Using software to instantly combine these two images, photos captured with the Huawei Mate 9 pack in more depth and detail than the competition.
It’s not just the dual sensors that make this camera special though. As well as the now customary optical image stabilisation, the Huawei Mate 9 packs in advanced Hybrid Zoom and a dual-tone flash to combine for sharp, detailed images you’ll be amazed were taken with a phone.
Big phones mean big batteries, and the Huawei Mate 9’s got one of the biggest around. We’re talking seriously huge. The phone’s 4,000 mAh power supply isn’t just mammoth, it’s twice the size of the battery fitted within the iPhone 7, and is enough to keep the smartphone chugging for a couple of full days before a return trip to the mains is needed.
It’s not just the size that matters though. The Huawei Mate 9’s battery has been paired with a suite of power-saving technologies to automatically save power and keep the phone going for longer on a single charge.
What does this mean in real terms? Well, you’ll be able to squeeze a solid 20 hours of continuous video playback out of your phone before needing to recharge – that’s a lot of Netflix binging. You’ll also be able to enjoy 20 hours of 4G-based browsing or 105 hours of music playback before needing to visit a power outlet.
It’s not only in keeping your phone alive that the Huawei Mate 9’s battery impresses, either. It’s how quickly it recharges too. Huawei’s SuperCharge technology, which uses a 4.5V low-voltage input plus a 5A fast charging current, means you can add a full day’s use from just 20 minutes connected to the mains. That’s seriously impressive and 50% faster than the phone’s predecessor, the Huawei Mate 8.
Android is the world’s most popular mobile operating system, and with Android 7.0 Nougat skinned with Huawei’s latest Emotion UI, it’s a simplistic and unrivalled joy to use.
With a colourful, elegant design inspired by the ocean and natural environments, EMUI 5.0 offers a clean, intuitive interface that users can effortlessly swipe and tap their way through without issue. More than a flat, lifeless experience, animations, transitions and sound effects bring a new dimension to the software.
While a number of handy shortcuts put everything from Wi-Fi settings to camera options at your fingertips, EMUI 5.0’s simple layout means virtually every menu and option is accessible within three or fewer steps.
All of these features are only useful if they’re slotted into a phone you’re going to want to take out of your pocket and show off to friends. Fortunately, the Huawei Mate 9 is as much about style as it is substance, boasting a beautiful, high-end design.
Crafted with a sleek, metal unibody design, the Huawei Mate 9’s effortless elegant body features stunning brushed sides, softly curved edges and rounded corners. Despite its oversized screen, the phone doesn’t feel overly big in the hand, either. This has been achieved by cutting down the phone’s bezels and removing any excess framing. The result is a big, beautiful phone that’s comfortable to hold and which fits easily within your pocket. It’s also available in a range of colours to let you better show off your style. Six to be precise.
Joining the traditional Space Gray and Moonlight Silver models are eye-catching Champagne Gold and Mocha Brown options. This quartet of metallic finishes is joined by additional Ceramic White and Black models for those after something a little more traditional.
Practical as well as pretty, the Huawei Mate 9’s design is finished with a fast, secure fingerprint sensor slotted in to the rear of the phone’s body. Combine this with everything else the Huawei Mate 9 has to offer, and you’ve got the complete device that ticks all the necessary boxes and a few more besides.