Powerful 5.9 inches measures the screen of the new Huawei Mate 9 that got recently published. It is not available as of now, but hopefully soon. It seems that Huawei is trying to take over the space which the Note 7 has left after is exlosive problems. Not a bad idea if you ask me. But what do you actually get with the Mate 9? Let´s have a look.
The display of the Android smartphone stretches in the diagonal to 15 centimeters, it is thus even greater than the screen of the Note 7. It shows 1080×1920 pixels, so its sufficiently sharp. Colors are displayed bright and natural. The only mini-flaw of the giant screen is the approximately one millimeter thick black frame around the display. This creates a visible gap between the displayed image and the edge of the housing.
A Cool extra: The display of the Mate 9 can be dimmed extremely far. So you can read it wonderfully at night without being blinded by the bright screen. In addition, it is possible to significantly reduce the blue portion of the display illumination. This also protects the eyes at night.
In the main camera, Huawei once again relied on the power of the two lenses. In addition to a 12-megapixel color sensor, the Mate 9 has a 20 megapixel sensor that collects black-and-white data. Both recordings are composed by the smartphone and processed to an image. In the past, this double system, which was also already in the P9 and Honor 8, delivered very good recordings, a clear quality advantage compared to one lens systems could not be measured in tests however.
The aluminum housing of the Mate 9 is neatly processed, but overall appears somewhat thick. After all, a battery with 4000 milliampere-hours also fits into the device – Huawei promises thus times of up to two days. And thanks to the in-house technology SuperCharge, the battery can be fully charged in 90 minutes, so also benefits from noticeably shorter charging times.
As an operating system Android is installed in the version 7.0, Google’s new “Assistant” is not yet delivered with the Mate 9. It is still only to be reached via Google’s pixel smartphones. Also other cool pixel extras such as long pressing an icon to access additional features for the app are not supported by the Mate 9.
The core of the Mate 9 is the new Kirin 960 processor. It has eight data cores clocked at up to 2.4 gigahertz. Huawei promises to be in most applications faster than the A10 chip in the iPhone 7. The guts for being a super computer could have the new Huawei chip actually. Its predecessor the Kirin 955 was in some applications similar as fast as the A10.
The memory is 64 gigabytes in size and can be extended by a microSD card. In the first practice check, the Mate 9 works great. It is easy to use, apps start up fast, and the camera seems to take good pictures. If the battery, processor and camera are actually good will show only more detailed in further tests.
Overall, the Mate 9 leaves a good first impression. At least, if one is looking for a real display giant. The Mate 9 will be available in Germany in autumn, costing 699 euros.
In addition to the standard version, there is also a new variant whose case was designed by Porsche Design. It has 6 gigabytes of memory and 256 gigabytes of internal memory, setting you back around 1395 euros.