Huawei’s officially come out with the Mate 9 at a massive event in Germany which also saw the launch of the Mate 9 Porsche Design and Huawei Fit fitness band. As expected, the first is a massive 5.9-inch FHD phablet whose main claim to fame is its second-generation Leica dual-lens.
The Mate 9’s photography skills build upon the similarly Leica-equipped Huawei P9’s prowess. The former boasts of a 20MP monochrome and 12MP RGB sensor setup which work together to output enhanced photos. The module offers OIS, Hybrid Zoom to take high-quality snaps even at greater focal lengths, and dual-camera pixel binning technology to double image brightness in low-light situations.
Huawei’s also blessed it with dual-tone dual-LED flash, 4K video recording abilities, and a 4-in-1 Hybrid Auto-Focus feature which combines contrast, laser, PDAF, and depth focus. The 8MP front-facing snapper is no slouch either, coming with autofocus, an aperture of f/1.9, and a facial enhancement algorithm to automatically identify faces and apply customized beauty settings.
Other top highlights of the Mate 9 include its new Kirin 690 processor, which the brand claims is the first to feature an ARM Cortex-A73/A53 octa-core CPU and Mali-G71 octa-core GPU, and 4000mAh battery bundled with SuperCharge technology. There’s also a Machine Learning algorithm present to provide better performance by automatically prioritizing CPU, ROM and RAM resources based on user habits.
As for the Mate 9 Porsche Design, the smartphone will hit stores in late December and is a racecar-inspired limited-edition version of the Mate 9 with a lot in common with its sibling. It distinguishes itself by virtue of having a curved 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display, 6GB of RAM, and 256GB of ROM.
Finally, the Huawei Fit is available now and does what most other wearables in the market sector do, tracking health stats and keeping an eye on your heart rate. It looks similar to the Pebble Time Round thanks to its black-and-white 1.04-inch LCD circular display and can sync with your phone to alert you to messages and calls.
Specifications of the Huawei Mate 9:
– Display: 5.9-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixels
– OS: Android 7.0 Nougat-based EMUI 5.0
– Storage: 64GB, expandable up to 256GB
– RAM: 4GB
– CPU: octa-core Kirin 960
– GPU: ARM Mali-G71 MP8
– Battery: 4000mAh
– Camera: 12MP + 20MP rear, 8MP front
– Size: 156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9mm
– Weight: 190g
– Connectivity: dual-SIM, 4G, Wi-Fiac, Bluetooth, USB Type-C, NFC, GPS, GLONASS
The Huawei Mate 9, Mate 9 Porsche Design, and Fit are priced at $775 (roughly Rs 52000), $1550 (approx Rs 103000), and $129.99 (about Rs 8700), respectively.