Huawei Mate 9 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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

5.9 inches

Display size

1080 x 1920px

64GB

Internal storage

12MP + 20MP

Rear camera

4,000 mAh

Battery size

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Details

Display

Display Size
5.9 inches
Resolution
1080 x 1920px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
373 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12 MP + 20 MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.2
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
8 MP
Front camera aperture size
f/1.9

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
156.9 mm x 78.9 mm x 7.9 mm
Weight
190 g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 12

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Kirin 960
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 7
Internal storage
64GB,
External storage support
Up to 256GB
Battery capacity
4,000 mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$999
Launch date2017-02
Huawei Mate 9

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.

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.
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Camera

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

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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
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Data
$30
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100GB
Data
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No contract
  • Pay $12.80/mth instead of $15.80/mth for 12 months. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 January 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
6GB
Data
$12.80
per month
6GB
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$12.80
per month
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No contract
  • New customers get 50GB data and over 20% off for 12 months - pay $22/mth, then $28/mth onwards. T&Cs apply. Ends 01.03.2021, 9pm AEDT. Ends
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
50GB
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$22
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50GB
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Moose 23.80 20GB 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Pay $19.80/mth instead of $23.80/mth for 12 months. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 January 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
20GB
Data
$19.80
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Circles.Life 8GB for $18 SIM-only Plan
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • New customers get over 20% off for 12 months - pay $14/mth, then $18/mth onwards. T&Cs apply. Ends 01.03.2021, 9pm AEDT Ends
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
8GB
Data
$14
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8GB
Data
gomo 4G Subscription $25 18GB 30 Days
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  • Buy 3 months, get 3 months free. T&Cs apply. Ends 28 February 2021
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Huawei Mate 9 specs

Display

Display Size
5.9 inches
Resolution
1080 x 1920px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
373 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12 MP + 20 MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.2
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
8 MP
Front camera aperture size
f/1.9

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
156.9 mm x 78.9 mm x 7.9 mm
Weight
190 g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 12

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Kirin 960
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 7
Internal storage
64GB,
External storage support
Up to 256GB
Battery capacity
4,000 mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No

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