It’s hard to explain why you need to come here too often, probably on a presentation at CES, the company was considered ineffective. Or, perhaps, the largest technovista in the beginning of next year will bring something else. Or Huawei believes that the information space to shoot it without stopping. Anyway, we meet the Huawei Mate 9 – the new flagship device of the company.

No, the P9 is still far from being able to go to the discount stores or on a pension, these smartphones are

very different niches, the new product removes the last model Mate 8 , displayed in January at CES. But basically Mate 9 carries a completely new platform HiSilicon Kirin 960 and the second generation dual-chamber system developed in conjunction with Leica. Technologically it is the top unit of the company – and we were able to meet with him shortly before the official announcement, which took place today in Munich.

Externally Mate 9 is almost completely identical to its predecessor – the differences in the view of another camera module in which catch the eye are two lens, and reduced to one-tenth inch display — but this is not evident at all. Unusual round for Huawei fingerprint scanner, the almost complete absence of the frames around the screen, metal body calm colors, standard location hardware keys (both on the right side) and an inscription with the name of the manufacturer on the bottom of the front panel – everything remains as it was. Surprisingly, not changed and the resolution of a big screen – all the same Full HD. One could say that the Chinese are loyal followers of traditions, if Mate 9 Porsche Design.

Huawei Mate 9 Huawei Mate 8
Processor HiSilicon Kirin 960: eight cores (4 × ARM Cortex A73, 2.4 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex A53, frequency 1.8 GHz), graphics core ARM Mali-G71 HiSilicon Kirin 950: eight cores (4 × ARM Cortex-A72, 2.3 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex-A53, 1.8 GHz), graphics core ARM Mali-T880 MP4
Display LCD, IPS, 5.9 inch, 1920 × 1080 LCD, IPS, 6 inch, 1920 × 1080
Operational memory 4/6 GB 3/4 GB
Flash memory 32/64/128 GB + slot for microSD 32/64 GB + microSD slot
SIM card Two nano-SIM, the second slot is connected with the connector for memory card Two nano-SIM, the second slot is connected with the connector for memory card
Wireless modules Wi-Fi (802.11 ac/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, infrared port Wi-Fi (802.11 ac/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, NFC
LTE LTE Cat.12 (600 Mbps): the bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE Cat. 6 (300 Mbps): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 17, 19, 20, 26, 38, 39, 40
Camera Dual, 12 MP + 20 MP, f /2.2, and optical stabilizer, double optical zoom 16 Mpix, f/2.0 optical stabilizer
Front camera 8 megapixel, autofocus 8 MP, fixed focus
The fingerprint scanner There There
Connectors 3.5 mm audio Jack, USB Type-C (USB 2.0) 3.5 mm audio Jack, microUSB (USB 2.0)
Battery 15,2 WH (4000 mAh, 3.8 V) 15,2 WH (4000 mAh, 3.8 V)
Weight 190 grams 185 grams
Operating system Android 7.0 Nougat with a proprietary shell EMUI 5.0 Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a proprietary shell EMUI 4.0

Huawei Mate 9 from all sides

About 9 Porsche Design Mate I will just add one line – the unit itself is not seen in the office of the company, some of its characteristics are revealed. He has got curved 2K display (exact resolution unknown), a diagonal of 5.5 inches – and, most likely, it will be AMOLED. Bastion Full HD in Huawei face fell. He also supports the helmet virtual reality VR, and Google Daydream has a large amount of flash memory (up to 256GB). The rest of the Porsche Design version is technically identical to the “normal” Mate 9.

And thus – at least technically interesting. In both Mate 9 debuts a new proprietary system-on-chip Kirin 960, which, in turn, the world’s first apply ARM Cortex-A73 performed for 10-nm process technology. In theory, the clock frequency of these cores can reach 2.8 GHz, but in this case it is limited at 2.4 GHz. It is argued that compared to the Cortex-A72 is achieved by the increased speed at 30% with the same increase in energy efficiency. With four such cores in the new platform there are four of us good friends ARM Cortex-A53 with a clock frequency of 1.8 GHz. Responsible for the graphics latest accelerator Mali-G71 – again, he is here applied for the first time in the world. Unfortunately, to measure the performance of the system I have not had the opportunity – it will have to wait for a full test.

The device will get 4 or 6 GB of the RAM and 32/64/128 GB flash memory – today it is standard for the flagship smartphone. The new platform supports LTE 12 category with a theoretical data transfer rate 600 Mbps. All the necessary for correct operation of networks of the 4th generation ranges. Wireless modules – a full Cup: in addition to dual-band Wi-Fi (which is important for Huawei to mention, the company does not always use it in their smartphones) and Bluetooth 4.2 is here and the NFC and even infrared port.

The battery is the same as in Mate 8, is 4000 mAh, but Huawei promises better energy efficiency, declaring up to two days of battery life, and offers a new generation of fast-charging SuperCharge. According to the manufacturer, when using a proprietary charger, the smartphone will get 20 minutes enough energy to have enough for day work. Of course, it uses the USB Type-C, but the standard 2.0.

Equally important, the update also touched on the camera – Mate 9 received a second generation dual-chamber system that carries the banner of the Leica. Apparently, its working principles have not changed, despite the fact that now two modules differ in the resolution: one as before, the 12-megapixel, the other 20 megapixel. In theory they should provide the double of the optical zoom but the principle is different from that of Apple in its iPhone 7 Plus. Lenses here do not differ in focal length, but zoom is only available in 20-megapixel mode. On the screen there is a slider “zoom”, but when it is activated is triggered the normal digital zoom with the crop of the picture.


Above you can see examples of zoom Huawei Mate 9 — pretty disappointing and well-known by many generations of digital zoom. Between the promise and the reality – quite a big gap. I have only one explanation – crude software and filling pre-production sample, maybe while the zoom is simply incorrect. Another explanation is that Huawei let us dust in the eyes – not want to believe. Stands again to wait for a production sample.


Examples of shooting on the main camera Huawei Mate 9

But overall the camera is, apparently, excellent. With 20 megapixel RGB sensor enhanced detail, added much-needed optical stabilizer, and the advantage of last triple-module in the extended dynamic range will not go away. The autofocus is hybrid, using both phase and contrast sensors with determination of distance using a laser. Optics, judging by the aperture (f/2,2), still.


Interface got the same brand “lakowski” fonts, the camera provides a monochrome mode, branded filters we have seen in P9. Is in the Arsenal of it and software background blur, and posthomerica, and the ability to write 4K-video.

An example of shooting on the front camera Huawei Mate 9

The front camera has a same resolution as before, is 8 megapixels, aperture is f/1,9. But added auto-focus – self turn out very decent.

Huawei Mate 9 will be released on Android 7.0 Nougat, thus becoming one of the first smartphones with the new version of the operating system Google. And the first – with the new version of proprietary shell EMUI 5.0. Judging by the first impressions – visually, it hardly differs from the fourth version. Certainly enough small improvements – but we learn about them again only in a more detailed acquaintance with the system.

On sale 9 Mate as Mate 9 Pro, should arrive in November at a price of about $1 000. Russian prices and the date of the appearance of smartphones in the market yet to report, no one can. And in General to guarantee the official introduction of these devices we have – it is possible that they to us won’t reach, such as nova Plus or Mate S.


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