Would you spend $1,500 on a Huawei phone?
In the past, Huawei was well known for its low-end or mid-range phones. However, like most of the other Chinese companies, they also tend to have a desire to enter the high-end market. Mate 9 is an example for Huawei’s newest desire.
Mate 9 comes in two models. First one is the basic model. It costs $775, and is the Huawei’s latest flagship phone placed above the P9 and P9 Plus. It uses a 5.9-inch display although the phone’s size is not any bigger than iPhone 7 Plus. Under its metal body, you will find a Kirin 960, Huawei’s own chipset which is supposedly the faster mobile processor, alongside with 4GB of RAM. Even though the phone comes with 64GB of storage, if that is not enough for you, it is possible to use one of the SIM card slots for a microSD card.
In terms of battery life, Huawei says that Mate 9’s 4000 mAh battery can be used for more than two days. Frankly speaking, I am not sure if it is true. 4000 mAh is a big capacity, but it requires more than just a big battery to provide “two days of uninterrupted use”. Anyway, they also say that you can charge to 58 percent in only 30 minutes.
On the back, you will find two cameras, opted by Leica. Even though this system comes from P9, the cameras are placed vertically on the Mate 9 unlike the P9. First camera is 12-megapixel one with a color sensor and the second one is a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor below. Its camera uses a 4-in-1 hybrid autofocus system which makes it possible to snap a frame in only 0.8 seconds, which, by the way, is starting from the lock screen.
However, that was the cheap one. Now, let’s talk about the premium one, named as “Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design”. As you can understand from its name, the second model is designed by Porsche Design.
Not only this model looks different than the $775 version, but also, comes with better specs. To start with, Porsche Design actually uses a smaller 5.5-inch model, but it has dual curves on the sides like the recent Samsung flagship phones. Besides, the screen comes with a 2K resolution, and the finger print sensor is located below the screen.
Inside, you will see the same Kirin processor from the standard model, but the exclusive one is equipped with 6GB of RAM and 256GB of main storage.
The price? Well, the model with Porsche Design costs $1,550 and will be limited.