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Huawei Mate 9 – Reviewed


  • Processor
    Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53), Chipset: Hisilicon Kirin 960, GPU: Mali-G71 MP8

  • RAM
    4 GB RAM

  • Storage
    64 GB expandable up to 256 GB

  • Display
    5.9 inches (~77.5% screen-to-body ratio), IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 1920 pixels (~373 ppi pixel density)

  • Camera
    Dual 20 MP +12 MP, f/2.2, OIS, 2x zoom, Leica optics, phase detection & laser autofocus, Secndary: 8 MP, f/1.9, 1080p

  • OS
    Android OS, v7.0 (Nougat)

Huawei Mate 9 – Reviewed - Specs

General

  • Device Type
    Smartphone
  • Model
    Mate 9
  • Announced
    06 November 2016
  • Status
    Coming Soon

Design

  • Type Design Type called form factor refers to a mobile phone's size, shape, and style as well as the layout and position of major components of phone. There are three major form factors seen in mobile phones => bar phones, folding phones and sliding phones.
    Bar
  • Dimensions
    156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9 mm (6.18 x 3.11 x 0.31 in)
  • Weight
    190 g (6.70 oz)
  • Colors
    Space Gray, Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown, Ceramic White, Black
  • Waterproof
  • Features
    - EMUI 5.0
    - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
    - Fast battery charging
    - Document editor
    - Photo/video editor

Network

  • 2G Network
    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 (MHA-L29 model only)
    CDMA 800 / 1900 - MHA-L29
  • 3G Network
    HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 - MHA-L29, MHA-L09
    CDMA2000 1xEV-DO & TD-SCDMA - MHA-L29
  • 4G Network
    LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 9(1800), 12(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) - MHA-L29
    LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 9(1800), 12(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300) - MHA-L09
  • SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages.
    Nano SIM
  • Dual SIM

Display

  • Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor)
    IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Size
    5.9 inches (~77.5% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution
    1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display Colors Display Colors is refers to the number of different shades of colors that the screen is capable of displaying => 64K colors, 256K colors and 16 million colors, Obviously 16M is highest available range of colors and better than others.
    16M colors
  • Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality.
    373 ppi pixel density
  • Touch Screen
    Multi Touch
  • Display Protection Display Protection => Gorilla Glass is a special alkali-aluminosilicate glass shield with exceptional damage resistance that helps protect mobile displays from scratches, drops, and bumps of everyday use, It is always better to go for a smartphone with Gorilla Glass for that added protection and peace of mind.
    NYC

Media

  • Audio Playback
    MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player
  • Video Playback
    DivX/XviD/MP4/H.265/WMV player
  • Video Out
  • FM Radio
    No
  • Alert Types
    Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker
  • Handsfree

Camera

  • Primary Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality.
    Dual 20 MP +12 MP, f/2.2, OIS, 2x zoom, Leica optics, phase detection & laser autofocus
  • Flash Flash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration)
    dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • Camera Features
    Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR
  • Secondary
    8 MP, f/1.9, 1080p
  • Video
    2160p@30fps

Software

  • Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device.
    Android OS, v7.0 (Nougat)
  • Java Support Java for Mobile Devices is a set of technologies that let developers deliver applications and services to all types of mobile handsets, ranging from price efficient feature-phones to the latest smartphones. Java is currently running on over 3 billion phones worldwide, and growing. It offers unrivaled potential for the distribution and monetization of mobile applications.
  • Youtube Youtube is a popular free video-sharing website, Youtube is the largest video sharing site in the world, Millions of users around the world have created accounts on the site that allow them to upload videos that anyone can watch.
  • Facebook Facebook is a popular free social networking website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos and video, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues. The site is available in 37 different languages.

Hardware

  • Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming.
    Hisilicon Kirin 960
  • CPU CPU (Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets, Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone.
    Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion.
    Mali-G71 MP8
  • RAM (Memory) RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.
    4 GB RAM
  • Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored.
    64 GB expandable up to 256 GB
  • Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras.
    microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) - single SIM | microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) - dual SIM
  • Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device.
    Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices.
    v4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE
  • USB
    Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky.
    Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
  • Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world.
    Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, WiFi Direct
  • Wi-fi Hotspot
  • Infrared Infrared connectivity is an old wireless technology used to connect two electronic devices. It uses a beam of infrared light to transmit information and so requires direct line of sight and operates only at close range.
  • NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
  • HDMI HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant source device to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device.
  • Wireless Charging Wireless Charging (Inductive Charging) uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device.
  • Microphone Jack
  • Headphone Jack
  • Remote Control

Data

  • GPRS GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) is a packet oriented mobile data service on the 2G and 3G cellular communication system's global system for mobile communications (GSM), Generally, GPRS is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.
  • EDGE EDGE (Enhanced Data GSM Environment) is a wireless network technology generally considered the next step in the 2G network offers data transfer rates up to four times faster than ordinary GSM networks, Generally, EDGE is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.
  • Speed
    HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat12 600/150 Mbps
  • Web Browser Web Browser => a web browser is a software application used to locate, retrieve and display content on the World Wide Web, including Web pages, images, video and other files, The primary function of a web browser is to render HTML, the code used to design or markup webpages.
    HTML5

Messaging

  • SMS SMS (Short Messaging Service) is a text messaging service component of phone, Web, or mobile communication systems. It uses standardized communications protocols to allow mobile phone devices to exchange short text messages over the networks.
    Yes (threaded view)
  • MMS MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) is a standard way to send messages that include multimedia content (audio clips, video clips and images) to and from mobile phones over wireless networks using the WAP protocol.
  • Email Email (Electronic Mail) is a system for receiving, sending, and storing electronic messages, Similar to a letter, email is text messages that may contain files, images, or other attachments sent via the internet to a recipient by using applications and software prograps. An email address is required to receive email, and that address is unique to the user.
  • IM IM (Instant Messaging) is an exchange of text messages through a software application, it enable you to create a kind of private chat room with another individual in order to communicate in real time over the Internet.

Battery

  • Battery Type Battery Type => Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium.
    Li-Poly (Lithium Polymer)
  • Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions.
    4000 mAh
  • Placement
    Non-Removable

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Our Rating

The overall rating is based on review by our experts

7.9
  • Design 7 / 10
  • Display 9 / 10
  • Camera 9 / 10
  • Multimedia 8 / 10
  • Connectivity 8 / 10
  • Call Quality 8 / 10
  • Usability 9 / 10
  • Performance 8 / 10
  • Battery 7 / 10
  • Value for money 6 / 10

Samsung’s choice to stop creation of its Galaxy Note 7, because of a modest bunch of detonating battery episodes, has left a somewhat vast opening for would-be phablet proprietors. One cell phone endeavoring to fill the void is Huawei’s Mate 9, its most recent leader large telephone.

This telephone has one immense show, measuring 5.9in from corner-to-corner. It just has a determination of 1,080 x 1,920, yet what the Mate 9 needs in pixel thickness, it compensates for somewhere else, including a double 20-megapixel camera, a major 4,000mAh battery and excellent all-metal frame. Its matte complete looks especially tasteful, and its flawless group of back sensors and unobtrusive radio wire band covers all add to an a great deal more complex appearance than its forerunner — the Mate 8.

Display

The screen is dazzling, and at no time did I have an inclination that I could do with a higher determination. Its pixel thickness of 373ppi is still consummately worthy on a screen this size, and I attempted to make out any sort of venturing or pixellation.

It helps that the screen is so eye-searingly brilliant. I gauged a pinnacle brilliance of 622cd/m2, which is about twice that of the Note 7’s default most extreme shine in manual mode, and altogether brighter than its crest in auto-splendor mode, as well, so you shouldn’t experience any difficulty perusing the screen in direct daylight. Consolidate this with a fabulous differentiation proportion of 1,529:1 and a brilliant sRGB shading extent scope of 98.7% and you have a standout amongst the most noteworthy shows on any cell phone.

Battery Life

A lower determination screen ought to likewise help with regards to battery life, as less pixels ought to hypothetically be to a lesser degree a deplete on the telephone’s battery. Notwithstanding, while Huawei’s obviously figured out how to enhance the proficiency of its battery sparing innovation on the Mate 9 contrasted and the Mate 8, it’s still truly disillusioning considering the battery’s size.

Regardless of its tremendous 4,000mAh battery, the Mate 9 kept going just 13hrs 17mins in our constant video playback test with the screen splendor set to our typical estimation of 170cd/m2. That is around a hour and a half longer than the Mate 8, which likewise had a 4,000mAh battery, yet I was seeking after additional, particularly after the Moto Z Play’s littler 3,510mAh battery kept going an a great deal more noteworthy 23hrs 45mins.

The Mate 9 ought to at present get you through the course of a day, however it’s unmistakable there are more great extra large screen telephones around in the event that you need something to last you well into the following day.

 

Performance

One of the drawbacks of discharging a telephone toward the end of 2016 is that, and in addition the current year’s yield of telephones, it will need to contend soon with 2017’s leads, for example, the Samsung Galaxy S8. In the event that our benchmarks are anything to pass by, notwithstanding, then the Mate 9’s new octa-center 2.4GHz Kirin 960 processor ought to mean it’s genuinely very much prepared.

For sure, with a Geekbench 4 multicore score of 6,244, the Mate 9 serenely overwhelms both the Samsung Galaxy S7 family, the iPhone 7 and the Google Pixel XL, making it the speediest Android telephone I’ve ever tried. Its single center score is marginally less amazing, hitting only 1,843, yet this is still keeping pace with Samsung’s S7 and S7 Edge, so it can barely be viewed as drowsy.

Where the Mate 9 begins to come a cropper, be that as it may, is illustrations execution. This is by all accounts a repeating topic with Huawei’s Kirin chips, and such is the situation with the Mate 9. While a score of 2,306 casings (37fps) in GFX Bench GL’s onscreen Manhattan 3.0 test is in no way, shape or form unpleasant, it could not hope to compare with other wide screen telephones, for example, the OnePlus 3, which scored a normal of 47fps.

I additionally saw many hitches in the casing rate when I attempted a brisk session of Hearthstone, which wound up making it very irksome to play. This is a disgrace considering the Mate 9’s huge show is ready for action for wide screen, 3D gaming, yet in any event you’ll be genuinely protected with more straightforward, 2D titles.

Camera

Where the Mate 9 separates itself from the Mate 8 is with its double back cameras. Similarly as with the Huawei P9, the cameras have been delivered in association with unbelievable German optics and camera maker, Leica, with one devoted entirely to monochrome shots while the other is a full RGB sensor.

Every focal point has an opening of f/2.2 and also inherent optical picture adjustment, however the monochrome sensor has a 20-megapixel determination while the RGB sensor just has a 12-megapixel determination. You can at present take pictures in 20 megapixels, however, so you won’t need to trade off on pixel number paying little respect to whether you’re taking pictures in shading or highly contrasting.

As per Huawei, the benefit of having a devoted monochrome sensor is that it can catch more detail than a standard RGB sensor. That may well be valid, yet by and by I thought that it was made a few of my photos look excessively dim, notwithstanding considering the melancholy cloudy climate conditions. Pictures were very much uncovered, however shading energy endured therefore, with splendid orange brickwork showing up very dull and quieted.

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I likewise wasn’t that inspired with the Mate 9’s wide opening mode. This is intended to make an improved “bokeh” impact for shallow profundity of-field shots, yet I discovered it frequently cut the edges of the subject I needed to keep in center and obscured them out and additionally the foundation. I accomplished more honed, all the more outwardly satisfying results just by utilizing the camera’s auto mode. The foundation wasn’t exactly as obscured, honestly, yet at any rate the subject in the forefront was totally in core interest.

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The Mate 9’s indoor execution was marginally better, however it battled in low light. The hide on the stuffed bear in our still life test shot, for example, looked delicate and messy, and protest blueprints weren’t especially sharp. White and grays were additionally somewhat warm for my enjoying, however in any event the camera figured out how to keep clamor levels to a base. Sharpness enhanced once I exchanged on our outside studio lights, however the shading temperature was still a little on the warm side.

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Verdict

With its not very impressive battery life and not especially splendid cameras, I’m not completely captivated with the Mate 9. It’s quick and has a dazzling plan, yet I’m not certain it’s justified regardless of the cash. UK costs have yet to be reported for the Mate 9, however we do realize that it’s set to cost 700 Euros, so you’re more likely than not taking a gander at a UK sans sim value well north of £600. That is significantly more than the Mate 8’s underlying cost of around £450, and it rather undermines what stays of the Mate 9’s allure.

At this moment, the Mate 9 just doesn’t do what’s necessary to make it a commendable Note 7 substitution, and I’d inform settling on one concerning its less expensive 5.5in adversaries. The Moto Z Play or OnePlus 3 both outperform the Mate 9 in a few key ranges and cost essentially less.

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