May 27, 2017
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Blazing Fast Dual Camera Smartphone – Huawei Mate 9 Review

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Huawei Mate 9 is more than just another super phone from China, it comes with a big screen, fantastic Leica dual camera, super quick charge, impressively large battery, sleek and gorgeous design!

Why Huawei Mate 9 so impressive?

Bad battery life, slow software performance, and poor camera quality. Those are the three main problems in most smartphones which Huawei set out to solve with the Mate 9. Gorgeous design with an aluminum body surrounding its display slightly curved edges that make this smartphone sit in your hand more comfortably.

At first look, you’ll impressive about the Full HD display, measuring in at 5.9 in. that fit into a small body with incredibly tiny bezels. When in hand, the Mate 9 is similar in terms of dimensions to the 5.5 in iPhone 7 Plus and comfortable to hold than many of others 5.9 in smartphones.

Huawei Mate 9

Huawei Mate 9

Huawei Mate 9 comes with the 5.9 in IPS display with Full HD resolution (1920×1080) which seem to slightly underperformance when compared to the QHD resolution (1440×2560) of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and some of its super high-end competitors. However, we found the Mate 9 display is bright and crisp, not much difference from the higher resolution.

So, why Mate 9 doesn’t go for QHD? As we mention before, the Mate 9 want to solve the bad battery life. The main benefit of the FHD screen regards to battery life, there are fewer pixels for the processor to drive and it draws four times less than the amount of power of the QHD display in the Galaxy S7.

The Huawei Mate 9 also packs a large 4000mAh battery, that’s about 30% larger than most of the Android smartphones we’ve reviewed in 2016. It offers a truly revolutionary battery life with its large battery and smart power-saving technology, you can enjoy two days’ usage. There’s also a new fast-charging protocol here called Huawei Supercharge, with the inbox adapter that the company claims you can safely quick charges and get from zero to 58 percent in a little over half an hour.

Other features include a rear-facing fingerprint scanner, which features a 4-level security system (like the Huawei P9) to make sure it’s blisteringly fast and accurate. It also features a whopping 64GB of built-in storage with the potential to be boosted to an incredible 2TB thanks to the Hybrid SIM slot, which offers 1x SIM tray and 1x MicroSD card slot.

At the heart of Mate 9 is the brand new Kirin 960, an octa-core processor with four A73 2.3GHz cores and four A53 1.8GHz cores. Along with the Kirin 960, you will find 4GB of RAM and the new Mali G71 GPU, which includes a bunch of speed improvements and Huawei claims it enhances mobile graphics by a whopping 400 percent.

Huawei also puts a lot more emphasis on software too. The Mate 9 uses machine learning algorithms to essentially figure out how you use your phone over time, and then it uses that information to optimize the performance of your favorite apps. There’s also stuff like GPU acceleration and memory compression that Huawei says it does differently than stock Android. It even uses a different file system altogether, which explains why the company has stuck with its own user interface.

Every Android phone is pretty quick out of the box these days, but over time performance erosion sets in. The phones slowing down as app junk files grow up and weigh down the system. The Huawei’s UI, Emotion UI 5.0 or EMUI 5, has the amazing ability to improve the performance of the smartphone over time by implementing five core technologies combination of AI based machine learning algorithms to improve memory optimization and the ability to automatic cleaning when idle.

With EMUI 5, Huawei thinks it can deliver a better software experience than Google can, especially in terms of keeping the phone speedy as it ages and claims that it can speed up the Mate 9 by 80% after 10,000 hours (average yearly use) of usage. The new interface looks pretty nice and gives you the typical Huawei customizations. Knock on the glass for a screen shot, use the fingerprint scanner as a track pad. Put custom buttons in your navigation bar.

Finally, there’s the camera, which has been completely reworked since the last Mate. Mate 9 is the second Huawei smartphone to feature a dual camera setup, sure it has been developed in conjunction with high-end camera manufacturer Leica. The improvement including an increase in resolution of the monochrome sensor, now up to 20Mp from 12Mp and the introduction of optical image stabilization.

One new feature of the Mate 9’s dual-camera is “lossless zoom” ability, it allowing you to zoom in on your subject without worrying about degrading the quality of the photo. However, the zoomed photos lack details than a standard photo, but for times where a zoom is required, it’s a nice feature. The Huawei Mate 9 also features 4K video, auto-focus on a front-facing 8Mp camera with a front-facing flash for selfies in low lights.


  • Never slow down, thanks to the new Kirin 960 processor and intelligent Machine Learning algorithm. Groundbreaking interplay between hardware and software means your Mate 9 is born fast and stays fast.
  • Enjoy revolutionary two-day battery life with a large 4000mAh battery and smart power-saving technology. Huawei Supercharge technology safely charges the device for a full day’s power in 20 minutes.
  • Second-generation Leica Dual Camera with a 12MP RGB sensor and 20MP monochrome sensor renders images in unprecedented detail for exceptional results that take you from mere photography to artistry.
  • Open up a whole world of connections with support for 1334 carriers in 217 countries & regions, and patented integrated Nano SIM+MicroSD slot with secondary SIM slot supporting WCDMA and GSM.
  • Four noise-cancelling microphones with directional audio capture eliminate background noise and improve call quality.

Huawei Mate 9 with Leica Dual Camera – 64GB Unlocked Phone – Space Gray (US Warranty)

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