Huawei, the world number 3 in smartphone manufacturing, have unveiled their ultimate flagship – Huawei Mate 9 in two variants, Standard and Porsche. The event held at Munich, Germany.
The new rival for iPhone 7 features lightning-fast performance and a powerful battery, promising to provide a fabulous user experience. The newest member of the Mate Series provides all new Android experience – featuring the Kirin 960 for the fastest computing performance, SuperCharge technology and a stunning new UX.
Mr. Richard Yu, CEO Huawei Consumer Business Group, said on the launch event, “In developing the HUAWEI Mate 9, we started with a simple question – how can we improve every element of the smartphone experience? We know that for today’s business users, a fast and functional smartphone is just the beginning. Consumers also want a gorgeous design and intuitive features, so we created two new devices at the forefront of hardware and software innovation. The result is a device that is breathtakingly new, inside and out.”
Huawei has ensured to build Mate 9 upon the Mate Series’ highly-regarded design DNA and used the finest materials to deliver a smartphone that features a 5.9″ FHD display and is both beautifully designed and comfortable to use.
Based on an extensive process of research and development, the Huawei Mate 9 is constructed using 50 unique processes including one hour of CNC milling, resulting in a high-precision unibody metal frame. Every detail – from the soft sandblasted texture to the gorgeous color palette – is a result of more than 25 years’ experience in delivering refined craftsmanship.
The smartphone is a 7.5mm sleek, features a 5.5″ 2K curved display and is crafted in Graphite Black glass and metal. The phone is available in Space Gray, Moonlight Silver, Mocha Brown, Champagne Gold, Ceramic White and Black colours.
The Huawei Mate 9 Series debuts the premium Kirin 960 chipset with Huawei’s Machine Learning Algorithm to deliver a fast and smooth experience. The Kirin 960 is the world’s first chipset to feature an ARM Cortex-A73/A53 Octa-core CPU and Mali G71 Octa-core GPU.
The CPU delivers the best multi-core performance among all smartphone SoCs, while reducing power consumption by 15 percent. The GPU boasts a 180 percent performance uplift and a 40 percent improvement in energy efficiency compared to its predecessor.
The Kirin 960 also takes full advantage of the pioneering Vulkan graphics standard on Android 7.0, increasing graphics performance by up to 400 percent.
With EMUI 5.0, the Huawei Mate 9 becomes more intelligent and efficient over time by understanding consumers’ behaviour patterns and ensures the highest priority applications are given preference subject to system resources.
This guarantees a long-lasting, smooth experience as over time, EMUI 5.0 slows down the performance erosion that all smartphone devices experience. EMUI 5.0 also introduces a brand new intuitive interface design. More than 50 percent of features can now be reached within two clicks while over 90 percent can be reached within three clicks.
Huawei and Leica have improved and enhanced the optical performance of the camera module of Huawei Mate 9, which now includes a 12-megapixel/F2.2 RGB sensor, a 20-megapixel/F2.2 monochrome sensor and enhanced image fusion algorithms that work in concert to produce stunning photography.
The RGB sensor captures true-to-life colors, while the monochrome sensor captures intricate details and depth resulting in the iconic Leica Image Style. When paired with the leading dual-lens camera Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) solution and the industry’s first dual-camera pixel binning technology, the HUAWEI Mate 9 has a superior night shot capability.
The Kirin 960 is designed specifically to support the Huawei Mate 9’s second generation Leica dual-lens camera with Hybrid Zoom. The 4-1 Hybrid Auto-focus features laser focus, phase detection focus, depth focus and contrast focus.
The Mate 9 has learnt lesson from Galaxy Note 7 and incorporated a 4000 mAh high-density battery with Huawei’s all new SuperCharge technology ensuring it to be safe even after rough use. With its advanced power saving technology, the HUAWEI Mate 9 increases battery life to provide over two days of uninterrupted performance. This includes a 40 percent increase in CDMA call time and a 20 percent increase in gaming time.
Supporting 5A fast charging, SuperCharge technology enables a 50 percent improvement over the previous generation – 10 minutes of charge provides enough power to watch two full movies. Most importantly, the battery sets a new standard in charging technology including Super Safe 5-gate protection, which offers real-time voltage, current and temperature monitoring to eliminate safety hazards and safeguard battery life.
The Huawei Mate 9 has an official price tag of USD 770 (EUR 690, GBP 615, PKR 81,000). The Porche Design is more expensive with price label of USD 1,300 (EUR 1,166, GBP 1,038, PKR 135,000).
The Porsche Design Mate 9
For those who prefer to be a bit more extravagant can opt for the more premium “Porsche Design” variant. It is a limited edition smartphone combining Porsche Design’s signature brand aesthetic with Huawei’s mobile engineering expertise.
Together Huawei and Porsche Design have achieved a new pinnacle where Porsche Design’s unique signature aesthetic meets Huawei’s market-leading technology. With the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9, Huawei introduces a remarkable 5.5″ curved AMOLED display that offers a smooth, sleek feel. It will be available exclusively in Graphite Black.
This phone comes with a 5.5-inch 2.5D QHD display, 6 GB RAM, 256 GB (non-expandable) storage and a much, much higher quality design. But you’ll have to pay twice as much for that phone, which will also be much harder to find.
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE|
|2G bands||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
CDMA 800 / 1900
|3G bands||HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO & TD-SCDMA
|4G bands||LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 9(1800), 12(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)|
|Speed||HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A Cat12 600/150 Mbps|
|BODY||Dimensions||156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9 mm|
|Colour||Space Gray, Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown, Ceramic White, Black|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels|
|Protection||To be confirmed|
|PLATFORM||OS||Android OS, v7.0 (Nougat)|
|Chipset||Huawei Kirin 960|
|CPU||Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) – single SIM
microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM
|CAMERA||Primary||Dual 20 MP +12 MP, f/2.2, OIS, 2x zoom, Leica optics, phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR|
|Secondary||8 MP, f/1.9, 1080p|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|COMMS||SIM||Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, WiFi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|Radio||To be confirmed|
|USB||Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass|
|Messaging||SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email|
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Fast battery charging