Huawei Mate 9: Pricing, availability and specifications

Alex Kidman 4 November 2016

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Huawei's latest phablet is a high-powered device with design help from Leica and Porsche.

It was only back in May that Huawei revealed local plans for the Mate 8 handset it announced back at last year’s CES, but it’s not even waiting for CES 2017 to roll around to reveal its latest smartphone, the Mate 9. The Mate 9 will come in two different variants, with a very high-end (and high priced) Porsche Design Mate 9 model alongside the regular Mate 9 handset.

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In terms of specifications, the regular Mate 9 is a 5.9 inch Full HD (1920x1080) phone running Android 7.0 ("Nougat") on an octa-core Kirin 960 processor with 4GB of RAM. The pricier Porsche variant bumps the storage up from 64GB on the regular Mate 9 to 256GB storage, 6GB of RAM and a 2K-capable screen. Charging is via Huawei’s own proprietary "SuperCharge" fast charging standard with a claimed 58% battery charge possible within 30 minutes of charging time.

Like Huawei’s very nice Huawei P9, the Mate 9 features a dual camera setup developed with Leica that uses a 12MP colour and 20MP monochrome sensor. When the Mate 9 takes a photo, it merges the two pictures together for a richer overall experience, although it should also be able to shoot in just black and white if that’s to your taste. Charging will be via USB C, which is fast becoming the norm for non-Apple premium handsets.

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Huawei hasn’t announced Australian plans or pricing for the Mate 9 as yet, but it’s expected to go on sale in China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Thailand and the UAE directly for 699 Euros, which should equate to just over $1,000 locally. The deluxe Porsche variant is considerably more pricey at 1395 Euro, which would make it well over $2,000 locally if it’s ever actually launched here.

HuaweiMate 9
OSAndroid 7.0 ("Nougat")
Screen size5.9in
Resolution1080x1920
Display density373ppi
Storage64/256GB
Weight190g
ProcessorOcta-core Kirin 960
Rear camera20/12MP
Front camera8MP
Battery4000mAh
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