Huawei unveiled the Mate 9 during a press event in Munich on Thursday. A lot of the specs line up with what we were expecting thanks to early leaks.
That includes a large 5.9-inch 2.5D glass display, though it packs a 1080p screen instead of a sharper Quad HD resolution. The device is powered by a Huawei Kirin 960 processor, sports a Mali-G71 MP8 GPU and features 4GB of RAM. There’s 64GB of storage at your disposal out of the box. You can upgrade that with support for up to a 256GB microSD card. It also sports a large 4,000mAh battery and, thanks to Huawei’s SuperCharge technology, can get up to a full day’s charge in just 20 minutes. That’s crazy.
Huawei is sticking with the Leica brand for its camera on the Mate 9. It sports a 12-megapixel color sensor and a secondary 20-megapixel monochrome sensor.
The Huawei Mate 9 runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Huawei EMUI 5.0 skin on top. EMUI isn’t for everyone, but it has improved over the years. Still, I prefer my Android nice and naked.
Huawei Mate 9 launch release
The Mate 9 will launch in space gray, silver, gold, mocha brown, white and black. The first launch markets include China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.
The standard model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage will retail for 699 euros, while a special Porsche design Huawei Mate 9 with 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage will set you back 1,395 euros.