Huawei Mate 9 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Huawei Mate 9

Huawei Mate 9
  • Display

    5.9 inches

    1080 x 1920

  • Storage


  • Battery size

    4,000 mAh

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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.

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 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?


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


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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

Huawei Mate 9 specs



Physical dimensions


Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.9 inches
Resolution 1080 x 1920
Pixels per inch (PPI) 373
Rear camera megapixels 12MP + 20MP
Rear camera aperture size f/2.2
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 8MP
Front camera aperture size f/1.9
Dimensions 156.9mm x 78.9mm x 7.9mm
Weight 190g
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 12
Processor Kirin 960
Operating system Android 7
Internal storage


External storage support Up to 256GB
Battery capacity 4,000mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No

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