Huawei Mate 9 Review – Bigger Can be Better

The Huawei Mate 9 aims to fill in the gap within the Android smartphone category as it enters the competition with its 5.9-inch size. This phablet aims to win over the lost confidence of smartphone users that have been forced to do away with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Aside from trying to win over customers with its size, it also offers a metal unibody design, as well as some surprising yet intriguing software features.

Huawei Mate 9 Review - Bigger Can be Better

The Huawei Mate 9 Aims to Win Over Some Lost Souls

Even though the Huawei Mate 9 enters the phablet category, its display is surprisingly low-resolution as it is made to offer 1080p resolution. Before you get all riled up about it, do take note that other Huawei phones within the Mate line all have relatively low resolution screens. This is because the firm decided to optimize the battery more than giving the optimum levels of picture quality. As per Huawei, the 4,000mAh battery will be able to last two days before needing to be recharged once more.

Looking at its internals, the Mate 9 is quite the speedster because it makes use of a Kirin 960 processor, which is then mated to 4GB of RAM. It also packs 64GB of internal storage, but can still be expanded further with the use of a microSD card. It runs with Android 7.0 Nougat right off the bat and the user-interface is that of the company’s own EMUI skin. Because of this skin, it does offer some advantages, such as it will allow you to log into two Facebook or WhatsApp accounts at once. This is great for those who are continuously managing multiple accounts for whatever reason.

At its rear, you can find a fingerprint sensor and a dual-camera setup. Speaking of its cameras, the front camera is an 8-megapixel snapper, whereas the rear cameras are a 12-megapixel and a 20-megapixel one. The former rear camera produces the colors whereas the others produces black-and-white images. When working together, they create a 12-megapixel high quality image will plenty of contrast. The cameras are also able to record 4K video, and they even have optical image stabilization.

But because of the larger yet lower resolution screen of the Huawei Mate 9, it might appeal more to an older crowd. At its price point, it will have to fend off some stiff competition as it will go against the likes of the ZTE Grand Max 2, the LG V20, and also the Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe 5.7.


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