Prior to all of the drama surrounding its Mate 10 Pro flagship this year, Huawei's best and most powerful phone was the Mate 9. The Mate 9 was first released in late 2016 followed by a launch in the United States in January of 2017, and while it may not be as visually striking as its younger brother, it still packs an impressive punch to this very day with a price that often dips well below $500.
As many things as the Mate 9 gets right, however, one sore spot has been its now-outdated software. The phone's been running Android Nougat since its release, but it looks like an Oreo update is finally rolling out to unlocked models in the United States.
The Mate 9 has been getting the Oreo treatment in other markets since December, but this marks the first time a rollout in the U.S. has been spotted. Unlocked Mate 9 units in the U.S. carry model numbers MHA-L29 and MHA-L09, and when the update hits your device, you'll be rocking and rolling with Android 8.0.
In addition to the regular Oreo goodies, this update for the Mate 9 also brings a cleaner user interface with EMUI 8.0, AI optimizations for better performance, 3D panorama and portrait modes for the rear cameras, January 2018 security patch, and a lot more.
The OTA update should be hitting devices now, so be sure to hop to your settings to see if it's waiting for you.
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
These are the best apps for your Android device — period
It can be difficult to find the "right" app when surfing the Play Store simply due to the sheer number of options available. Regardless of what type of app you're looking for, there's an app that can help make your life easier.
You can now pre-order Motorola’s foldable RAZR on Verizon for $1,500
Motorola's foldable RAZR reboot is finally up for pre-order in the U.S for $1,500.
Are you going to keep your Galaxy S10 throughout 2020?
There are a lot of exciting phones set to come out in 2020, but the Galaxy S10 still has plenty of kick left in it. If you own the phone, do you plan on keeping it throughout this year?
The best Honor phones available right now
Huawei's ongoing trade ban has affected its Honor sub-brand as well, with the manufacturer launching fewer devices than usual last year. That said, we got to see a few standout phones in the likes of the Honor 20