Here's everything you need to know about Huawei's Mate 9.
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Huawei unveiled not one but two Mate 9 handsets in Munich. A regular version and a high-end "luxe" version called the "Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9".The Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9 is a limited edition smartphone. Combining Porsche Design’s brand aesthetic with Huawei’s mobile engineering expertise.What makes the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9 different to the regular version (other than the complicated name)?This variant of the phone has a 5.5-inch curved AMOLED display and will be available in only one colour, Graphite Black.
The Huawei Mate 9 includes a rear-facing dual camera setup that was first introduced in the P9 range.The new second-generation dual-camera setup now includes a 12-megapixel/F2.2 RGB sensor, a 20-megapixel/F2.2 monochrome sensor and enhanced image-fusion algorithms. These work together to help capture better photographs.The RGB sensor captures true-to-life colours, while the monochrome sensor lets in more light and helps you capture more intricate details and depth. Well, at least that's what Huawei says.It also has Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) solution, the industry’s first dual-camera pixel binning technology, and hybrid zoom. The camera setup also includes a 4-1 Hybrid auto-focus feature. This consists of laser focus, phase detection focus, depth focus, and contrast focus.
Much like Apple and Samsung are both using their own, homemade chipsets in their mobile phones, Huawei has done the same with the Mate 9.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. This, while reducing power consumption by 15%. The GPU boasts a 180% performance uplift and a 40% 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%.While all these specs might seem overwhelming, they were not the focus of Huawei's unveiling of the Kirin 960.Huawei says that their new chip uses a machine-learning algorithm. This helps it learn how you use your phone and thereby helps optimise battery usage. According to Huawei, this will essentially make your phone faster over time. This is a huge claim to make, however, and only time will tell if it's true.
Huawei is known for packing huge batteries into their phones. The Mate 9 is no exception.The new phablet has a massive 4000 mAh high-density battery, but also includes Huawei’s all new SuperCharge technology.Supporting 5A fast charging, SuperCharge technology enables a 50% improvement over the previous generation. Huawei claims that 10 minutes of charge provides enough power to watch two full movies. The company also says that the battery sets a new standard in charging technology. This includes Super Safe 5-gate protection, which offers real-time voltage, and current and temperature monitoring to eliminate safety hazards and safeguard battery life.
Overall, Huawei's Mate 9 is another solid offering from the company.It has Huawei's signature design style, an improved EMUI (which looks to be a lot cleaner and less gimmicky than previous versions) and has a battery which can last up to two days on a single charge. Again, according to the company's claims.The company has proven that they can go toe-to-toe with the big names of the smartphone game, the big decider will be price.At this stage, no pricing or local availability has been announced for South Africa. But, it has been said that, the Mate 9 will launch in the country in early 2017. Whether both versions of the device or just the regular version will be launched, remains to be seen.