Unveiled earlier this month, the Huawei 9 is the new phablet from the Chinese brand. The manufacturer has great ambitions for this phone, as it wants to establish it as a competitor for both the S7 edge and the iPhone 7 Plus. Huawei also hopes to attract customers Samsung lost with the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. Selling at a rather competitive price for its technical specifications (699 euros), the Huawei Mate 9 is one of this season’s best smartphones. Here’s a few reasons why you should consider buying it.
1. It’s the only large smartphone on the market
The Huawei Mate 9 is a genuine phablet, offering a gigantic 5.9-inch screen. Competitors like the OnePlus 3T, the Galaxy S7 edge or even the iPhone 7 Plus only offer smaller 5.5 inch screens. The Mate 9 is a clear break in the market, and will thrill those users who are on the lookout for a big smartphone. Despite the size of its screen, the Mate 9 has – fortunately – been clever in its dimensions as the device boasts an compact design that is identical to iPhone 7 Plus.
The Mate 9 has a compact design identical to the iPhone 7 Plus
The final nail in its competitor’s coffins, the Mate 9 is an elegant, seductive smartphone. With its classic design, it will entice those business customers who want an understated mobile. The finishes are excellent and the metal is pleasant to the touch. In short, the Mate 9 will not disappoint.
The Mate 9 is as “compact” as the iPhone 7 Plus.© AndroidPIT
2. It has a great camera
With the P9, Huawei had inaugurated its partnership with Leica, the iconic camera manufacturer. The brand also benefited from its new dual sensor system. The Mate 9 is an opportunity for Huawei to go even further.
You’ll find a 12-megapixel color sensor (RGB), paired with a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor. The result is exceptional. The Mate 9’s strength is in its contrast levels and the camera capabilities in poor lighting conditions. If you like black and white photos, it’s one of the best smartphones.
Mate 9 (left) vs. iPhone 7 (right). @ AndroidPIT
Finally, the video facility hasn’t been forgotten. You can film in 4K. There is simply no optical stabilizer. It’s the digital stabilizer that does all the work.
3. Dignified performances for a 2016 top range smartphone
Inside the Mate 9 you’ll find the latest HiSilicon processor, from Huawei’s subsidiary, specifically the Kirin 960 with 4GB of RAM. This SoC has a traditional quad core Cortex-A53 which works at a maximum frequency of 1.8 GHz and more importantly, the new ARM quad core Cortex-A73 that runs at a maximum frequency of 2.4 GHz. According to Huawei, this processor offers an automatic learning algorithm, which ensures a quick and flawless experience even after 18 months of continuous use. As for graphics, you’ll no longer be left behind with the Vulkan compatible Mali G71 MP8 chip.
In practice, the Mate 9 is a delight to use. The multitasking facility is very quick and the benchmark test scores place it among the best out there. Have a look at our test for more details.
The Mate 9 offers excellent performance. © AndroidPIT
4. Android Nougat
While the latest Android update may have been official since the end of August, only a few smartphones can currently benefit from it. With the Mate 9, you won’t be disappointed since the smartphone already offers Android 7.0 and also the latest EMUI 5.0 version. You’ll have access to all the latest Nougat updates and from the simplicity of a Huawei user interface.
Android Nougat is part of the Mate 9. © AndroidPIT
Over time, the Chinese manufacturer appeared to have ditched its similarities to iOS to move more and more towards Android. The smartphone even allows you to install an application drawer. This is proof that there is still some hope for Asian manufacturers.
5. An excellent battery life
It’s predecessor, the Mate 8, was already had a strong reputation for its hardware. The Mate 9 successfully picked up that torch. The most recent Huawei baby has a 400mAh battery capable of easily ensuring a day of intensive usage. If you are a more moderate user, it’s possible to get two days of battery life out of the device.
The Mate 9 is a good mate in terms of battery life. © AndroidPIT
Fast charging is also available. The Mate 9 uses “SuperCharge” technology that offers 5A fast charging, a 50% increase from the previous device. Enough battery to last you all day can be achieved after being connected to the terminal for around 90 minutes.
Do you have any other reasons to buy a Huawei Mate 9?