Huawei Mate 9 and Porsche Design Mate 9 are now official. Huawei's latest flagship has been part of the major leaks and rumours for quite sometime and it seems most rumours turned out to be true. Huawei Mate 9 and Porsche Design Mate 9 are being pitched as devices that can fix three major issues with modern day smartphones - battery life, software and camera issues.
Huawei Mate 9 and the Porsche Design Mate 9 sport a design similar to last year's Mate 8 but also borrow some of the design elements from P9. Both Mate 9 and the Porsche Design Mate 9 are large with 5.9-inch display. Huawei Mate features a full HD display with a screen-to-body ratio of 77 percent while the premium Porsche Design Mate 9 gets a Quad HD resolution display with 73 percent screen-to-body ratio. The Porsche Design Mate 9 is also the first device from Chinese telecom major to feature dual-edge curved display, similar to Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. The smartphones are powered by HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, the most powerful processor yet from Huawei's stable.
Huawei Mate 9 comes with 4GB RAM, 64GB storage further expandable up to 256GB while the Porsche Design Mate 9 is super-specced with 6GB RAM and 256GB non-expandable storage. Interestingly, Huawei Mate 9 series runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, making it the second device after LG V20 to get the latest operating system apart from Nexus and Pixel range.
Huawei Mate 9 and Porsche Design Mate 9's USP here is the use of Leica branded dual-rear camera setup. With Mate 9, Huawei is simply building on the goodness of P9's camera with much improved sensors. For starters, Huawei Mate 9 gets a 12MP RGB sensor for capturing colours and another 20MP monochrome sensor for shooting black and white. Huawei has also managed to add OIS for better image stabilisation while shooting in low-light and recording videos. However, the use of a f/2.2 aperture questions the quality of low-light footage.
Huawei Mate 9 also features an 8MP front-facing camera with f/1.9 aperture and ability to shoot 1080p videos. There is also support for active noise cancellation along with 3.5mm headphone jack. As far as connectivity is concerned, Huawei Mate 9 series gets dual-band WiFi 802.11ac, DLNA, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS with GLONASS. The smartphone also features a fingerprint sensor placed at the back with support for gestures.
Huawei Mate 9 and Porsche Design Mate 9 are backed by a non-removable 4000mAh battery with support for fast charging. Huawei Mate 9 hits the stores in gray, silver, gold, brown, white and black colour variants while Porsche Design Mate 9 is being offered only in Black colour. Huawei didn't launch Mate 8 in India but the company earlier confirmed that it will launch Mate 9 here. Huawei Mate 9 and Mate 9 Porsche Design don't come cheap. The Mate 9 is priced at $775 (approximately Rs 52,000) while Mate 9 Porsche Design will retail for a ludicrous $1,550 (approximately Rs 1,03,000).
|Release Date:||11 May 2017|