After Samsung officially closed its doors on the Galaxy Note 7 phablet following a series of setbacks, all eyes were on the next big Android phablet coming to town- the Huawei Mate 9. The phone has been subjected to a series of leaks in the recent past, most of which have now turned out to be true, but which showed us why it is a perfect device for those who would have otherwise purchased the Galaxy Note 7.
The new Huawei Mate 9 features a large 5.9-inch Full HD display, not the best in terms of resolution but which will let you watch HD movies with great ease. The large size may seem unweildy for some but if you compare it with the Galaxy Note 7, the 0.2-inch difference in height may not amount to much, especially if you've used phablets before and all you care about is a large display to watch your favourite movies and play games. The display is protected by a 2.5D glass screen which offers it protection from daily wear and tear and scratches as well.
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The Huawei Mate 9's internal specifications compare well with any other premium phablet out there and in some cases, are the best in business. The new Kirin 960 processor is an ideal example. The octa-core chip features four 2.4 GHz A73 cores, four 1.8 GHz A53 cores, an i6 co-processor as well as a new Mali-G71 GPU for improved graphic output. From what we know, the Kirin 960, in terms of power efficiency and performance, is better than the existing Kirin 955 processor which powers Huawei's P9 and P9 Plus phones and will compare well with the next generation of Exynos and Snapdragon processors which may be unveiled in February of next year.
Building on the success of its partnership with Leica Camera AG, Huawei has continued with the camera giant's dual-camera concept but has brought in new sensors with even better resolutions than the ones in the Huawei P9. The two new dual rear Monochrome and RGB cameras in the Mate 9 come with 20-MP and 12-MP resolutions and the latter features Optical Image Stabilisation as well, letting users capture crisp and blur-free images even when on the move. The phablet rocks a 8-MP front camera as well which features auto-focus capability as well as an f/1.9 aperture.
To support the large display as well as a powerful processor, the Mate 9 packs an enormous 4,000 mAh lithium ion battery which beats the capacities of batteries in the iPhone 7 Plus and the Galaxy Note 7 comfortably. Needless to say, the battery is supported by fast-charging technologies as well as inbuilt battery saving features to enhance its survivability under normal usage.
Along with these premium features, the Mate 9 also rocks a fingerprint sensor on its home button, NFC for contactless transactions, two SIM slots, a USB Type-C port for quick data transfer and charging as well as Wi-Fi Direct support. It will be available in Space Gray, Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown and Ceramic White colour options and like Huawei's existing phones, can be purchased at the company's official online store in the UK.
Available at: vmall.eu from December
Operating System: Android™ 7.0 (Nougat) Emotion UI EMUI 5.0
Dimensions: 156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9mm
Resolution: 1920 x 1080, 373ppi
Display: 5.9-inch FHD display 2.5D glass 1080p
Processor: Kirin 960; Octa-core (4 x 2.4 GHz A73 + 4 x 1.8 GHz A53) + i6 co-processor GPU Mali-G71 MP8
Camera: 20-MP Monochrome + 12-MP RGB, F2.2 OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) 4K video; 8-MP selfie camera AF, F1.9
Memory: 64GB ROM 4GB RAM microSD card slot, support up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Battery: 4000mAh lithium-ion battery
Fingerprint sensor:Yes (home button)
Misc: Dual SIM NFC; USB Type C (High Speed USB); Wi-Fi 2.4G/5G, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct support BT4.2, support BLE
Colours: Space Gray, Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown, Ceramic White