The New Mate 9
On November the 3rd, in Munich, Germany Huawei unveiled the ‘Mate 9’ smartphone. With a 5.9 inch 1920×1080 display it’s actually a ‘phablet’, a form factor we love. At the launch, Huawei took a jab at the unmitigated disaster that is Samsung’s Exploding Galaxy Note 7, unveiling the new Mate 9 as a ‘non-exploding’ phone 😛 The device is clearly targeted at the high end of the market and is intended as competition for the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7.
Did you know that many of the world’s mobile telecommunications networks are powered by Huawei technology and many people in Sri Lanka use Huawei products without even realizing it? If you use an internet dongle, odds are it’s Huawei. Google’s Nexus phones are also made by Huawei.
They are the world’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer and still, to many consumer’s, Huawei seems like an obscure mobile phone brand. That’s because they’re quite new to consumer mobile phones. It’s also possibly because they focus on creating great, beautiful looking, reliable technology and not on blowing their trumpets. Did you know that Huawei introduced dual cameras almost a year before the ‘revolutionary’ iPhone 7? Yep.
The Mate 9 boasts a 4000mAh battery, dual-SIM functionality, Octa-Core Kirin 960 processor with 4 cores at 2.4GHz and four cores at 1.8GHz, dedicated GPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage, micro SD expandability up to 256GB, 20MP second-generation dual camera, 8MP front camera and all the other stuff you normally get with a great smartphone. All of this runs on Android 7.0. Phew! We’re blown away.
According to Huawei, the new Kirin 960 Chip is their fastest to date, so speed and smoothness will never be an issue. The 4000mAh battery is likely to be more than plenty and Huawei has finally included its own fast charging system, called Super Charge, which takes your battery from 0 to 60% in 30 minutes, full charge in 90.
By Huawei’s own admission, the new Mate 9 is designed for use by productivity fiends, business-types and young entrepreneurs. So its design is likely to appeal more to suits and ties and less to skinny jeans, hipsters beware. Still, we’re absolutely sure that when buying phones people look more at performance and what’s inside and less at what’s outside, possibly why the iPhone is so popular 😛
All in all, for us, the new Mate 9 is just about great across the board, except in one area. The screen resolution at 1080p is a bit of a let down on such a large and high end device but there was no visible impact when compared to its competitors. Everything still looks great.
Also, while it doesn’t bother us one bit, in fact we love it, some users might find the sheer size of the device to be somewhat logistically challenging and its plain, clear cut looks to be less than enthusing. Still, we feel the Mate 9 may turn out to be one of 2016’s best and it’s definitely the competition Apple and Samsung need and deserve.