In Short

The Huawei Mate 9 is the successor to the large, powerful Mate 8, and builds upon that phone in every way. Announced at an event in Germany in early November, the Mate 9 features Huawei's own Kirin 960 SoC, the first to use ARM's Cortex-A73 CPU cores and extremely capable Mali-G71 GPU. On the front, a lively 5.9-inch 1080p LCD display may seem like an anachronism in today's world of high-res phablets, but Huawei's goal with the Mate 9 is to keep it running for as long as possible.

That's helped by the combination of a 4,000mAh battery and the new EMUI 5.0, which runs on top of Android 7.0 Nougat and features considerable refinements from previous versions. Not only is the feature set more palatable to western markets, with a Nexus-like notification shade, but there's now an optional app drawer for those who don't like the iPhone way of doing home screens.

Finally, the Mate 9 brings a wholly new camera setup, developed in partnership with Leica. There is a 20MP monochrome sensor paired with a 12MP RGB color sensor, allowing for amazingly detailed shots and lots of customization, including a live variable aperture.

The Mate 9 will sell for €699 later this year and the Porsche Design Mate 9 goes for €1395 when it debuts in January.

Category Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design Mate 9
Operating System Android 7.0 with EMUI 5.0 Android 7.0 with EMUI 5.0
Processor Huawei Kirin 960
4x A73 @ 2.4Ghz, 4x A53 @ 1.8Ghz
Mali-G71 MP8 GPU
i6 co-processor
Huawei Kirin 960
4x A73 @ 2.4Ghz, 4x A53 @ 1.8Ghz
Mali-G71 MP8 GPU
i6 co-processor
RAM 4GB 6GB
Display 5.9-inch 1920x1080
IPS LCD
2.5D glass
5.5-inch 2560x1440
AMOLED
curved glass
Rear Camera 20MP (monochrome) + 12MP (color)
f/2.2
OIS
20MP (monochrome) + 12MP (color)
f/2.2
OIS
Front camera 8MP, f/1.9 8MP, f/1.9
Video 4K capture 4K capture
Battery 4,000 mAh
Non-removable
4,000 mAh
Non-removable
Charging SuperCharge
3.5-5V / 5A
9V / 2A
SuperCharge
3.5-5V / 5A
9V / 2A
Connectivity USB Type-C, Bluetooth 4.2 USB Type-C, Bluetooth 4.2
Fingerprint sensor Yes, on rear Yes, on front
Storage 64GB 256GB
Expandable storage microSD microSD
Dual SIM Yes, dual nano Yes, dual nano
Colors Space Gray, Moonlight Silver,
Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown,
Ceramic White
Graphite Black
Dimensions 156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9 mm 152 x 75 x 7.5 mm
Weight 190 grams 169 grams
Price €699 €1395