Huawei Outdid Themselves With the Mate 9
Huawei aims to take the US smartphone market by storm with the release of the Mate 9. This smartphone comes with a hefty price tag, but has the power to make it worthwhile. While it may look eerily similar to other Android phones, it boasts some innovative features. On top of having spectacular battery life, it also ages with the user. This means that the more you use it, the more the phone adapts to your needs. Huawei claims that their Emotion UI’s machine learning algorithms are a game changer.
Since it features such tantalizing possibilities, the Huawei Mate 9 is impossible to ignore. We decided to see if this bold debut lived up to the hype. Here’s what we discovered after using this phablet for a week. Prepare to rethink the way you look at Android smartphones!
Exploring the Mate 9’s Capabilities
The first thing you notice after picking up the Huawei Mate 9 is its formidable size. It clocks in at 6.17 inches by 3.1 inches, which makes it extremely attractive to anyone who loves phablets. This larger than life design provides a 5.9 inch 1080, 373 PPI display. The Mate 9’s aluminum backing is slightly slippery, so purchasing a phone cover is indispensable. Another reason to invest in a protector is the price. Huawei held nothing back on this phone, so it retails at €699 (~$740). This price tag may be shocking to some, but once you get to know the Mate 9 it lives up to the cost.
Surprisingly, the back of the phone is where a lot of the action is. The back top half is home to the fingerprint sensor & cameras. The fingerprint sensor works flawlessly, despite the fact that it doesn’t boast the “Smart Key” functionality of the Honor 8. The 20 megapixel monochrome & 12 MP RGB Leica back cameras offer the best of both worlds. If you crave pictures that are absolutely packed with fine detail, the monochrome lens will blow you away. There are also a wide variety of modes that allow you to take advantage of both cameras’ strongpoints. There’s also a powerful 8 MP front camera to take selfies.
Unfortunately, these cameras have their weaknesses. In low light they take noticeably longer to focus than their peers. There’s also no auto HDR, which is odd since all the competition features this.
The Mate 9 really goes the extra mile when it comes to the battery. Huawi claims the 4000 mAh battery can keep the phone running for two days on a single charge. We found that the phone lasted 16 hours on a video loop, which is still beats the competition by a long shot.
The inner workings are where the Mate 9 truly shines. It’s powered by Huawei’s Kirin 960 SoC, & sports four ARM Cortex A73 CPU cores. There are also four Cortex A54 cores, Mali-G71 GPU & 64 GB of storage. If that wasn’t enough storage, you can expand it with a 256GB microSD card. All this runs on Android 7.0 with Huawie’s Emotion UI skin. This new feature allows the phone to adapt to you. It runs on algorithyms that tweak the usage of apps as it gets to know you. Unfortunately, a week of using it wasn’t enough time to see a difference. For now we are going to have to take Huawei’s word for it.
All in all this is a solid release from Huawei. They have successfully created a larger than life phone with a battery that can back it up. The camera is great, as long as you stay in the light. It also boasts the innovative learning features of Emotion UI. The only downside is the cost, which may keep people from switching over to Huawei. This phone may be a game changer, but only time will tell if it can convince people to ditch their iPhones.