Huawei Mate 9 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Quick verdict

The Mate 9 is an exceptional entry into the 2017 smartphone space and one that puts every other phone maker on notice.

The good

  • Very powerful processor.
  • Excellent camera.
  • Quick fingerprint unlocking.
  • Dual SIM capability.
  • Good overall battery performance.
  • Screen protection.

The bad

  • Only a 1080p screen.
  • Emotion UI is quirky.
  • No water resistance.
  • No dual SIM on contract.
  • No Porsche phone for you.

Huawei Mate 9 at a glance
When was the Huawei Mate 9 released? February 2017.
What’s new about the Huawei Mate 9? Dual-lens 20MP/12MP camera, 4,000mAh battery, Android 7.0.
How much does the Huawei Mate 9 cost? Around $600 from online retailers.

Huawei absolutely knocks it out of the park with the Mate 9, putting every other smartphone maker on notice.

In the premium phone space, timing is everything. It’s inevitable that nobody wants to release their phones head to head with Apple, for a start. In 2017, Samsung opted to delay the Samsung Galaxy S8 until after MWC for that very reason, with LG announcing the LG G6 there.

Huawei, meanwhile, beat everyone to the punch by launching the Huawei Mate 9 in February 2017. However, Huawei could be accused of cheating as the Mate 9 was announced in 2016, which could lead you to suspect that it’s a phone more suited to last year’s needs rather than a true premium handset for 2017. So how does the Mate 9 stack up?

Design

  • Large 5.9-inch screen is great for entertainment on the go.
  • Lack of water resistance is a little disappointing.

Camera

  • Dual-lens camera array delivers incredibly sharp photos.
  • Easily on par with the iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S7.

Performance

  • Huawei's custom Kirin processor delivers excellent performance both on paper and in real-world testing.

Battery life

  • Despite low benchmark results, the Mate 9 is easily capable of multi-day battery life.
  • Minimal downtime thanks to Quick Charge support.

Verdict

  • A powerhouse smartphone that stands tall among 2017's best.

Pricing and availability

Huawei Mate 9

Bigger is better

Go big whether you're going home or going out with the Huawei Mate 9 and its extra-large 5.9-inch screen.

Promoted
  • The Huawei Mate 9 is available from online retailers like Catch for around $600.
  • You can also buy the Huawei Mate 9 on contract through Optus.
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OS Android 7
Display size (inches) 5.9
Display resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
Pixels per inch (PPI) 373
Processor Kirin 960
Height (mm) 156.9
Width (mm) 78.9
Depth (mm) 7.9
Weight (g) 190
Battery size (mAh) 4,000
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 64GB
MicroSD expansion 256GB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 4
Water resistance N/A
Rear camera (1) resolution 12
Rear camera (1) aperture f/2.2
Rear camera (2) resolution 20
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 8
Front camera (1) aperture f/1.9
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 12
NFC support Yes
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Updated November 13th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Kirin 980
6.53
2244 x 1080
128GB
Kirin 980
6.39
3120 x 1440
128GB
Huawei Mate 20 X
Huawei Mate 20 X
Kirin 980
7.2
2244 x 1080
128GB
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Kirin 710
6.3
2340 x 1080
64GB
Kirin 710
6.3
2340 x 1080
128GB
Kirin 659
5.8
2280 x 1080
64GB
Kirin 970
6.1
2240 x 1080
128GB
Kirin 970
6
2160 x 1080
128GB
Kirin 970
5.9
2560 x 1440
64GB
Kirin 659
5.9
2160 x 1080
64GB
Kirin 960
5.1
1920 x 1080
64GB
Kirin 960
5.9
1920 x 1080
64GB

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