Huawei's Mate 9 is official — it's the company's sleekest, most powerful phone to date, and the first to run the brand new Kirin 960 processor, which features a boatload of powerful cores and ARM's new Mali-G71 GPU, alongside Huawei's own i6 co-processor.

More than anything, though, the Mate 9 is impressive for its refined software: EMUI 5.0. Based on Android 7.0 Nougat, the Mate 9 features a simplified notification shade, a better home screen launcher experience, with an optional app drawer, and far fewer extraneous features.

Then there is the camera setup, which features two sensors on the back — one 20MP monochrome, the other 12MP RGB — for better detail and additional color. Rounding it out is a 4,000mAh battery that should last two days given the 5.9-inch LCD panel's rather homely 1080p resolution.

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But wait, there's more! Huawei is also showing off a special Porsche Design version of the Mate 9, which features additional storage, a curved 2K display, and a hefty price tag!

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

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
Display 5.9-inch 1920x1080
2.5D glass
5.5-inch 2560x1440
curved glass
Rear Camera 20MP (monochrome) + 12MP (color)
20MP (monochrome) + 12MP (color)
Front camera 8MP, f/1.9 8MP, f/1.9
Video 4K capture 4K capture
Battery 4,000 mAh
4,000 mAh
Charging SuperCharge
3.5-5V / 5A
9V / 2A
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

Huawei Mate 9


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