“The Mate 9 sports Leica’s second-gen dual camera setup consisting of a 20MP black and white sensor and a 12MP colour sensor”
Huawei has just unveiled its latest flagship smartphone in the Mate series called the Mate 9 at an event in Germany. The flagship comes in two variants – one with a flat display, and the other featuring a dual-edged screen, which is called the Porsche Design Mate 9. The flat screen variant gets a fingerprint sensor at the rear below the camera, while the curved screen Porsche Design model sports the sensor embedded into its home button. Both the phones flaunt premium metal unibody designs.
Talking about the Porsche Design Mate 9 first, the phone features a 5.5-inch quad-HD (2,560 x 1,440) AMOLED display with a pixel density of 534ppi, encased into a 7.5mm body. The phone is powered by a Kirin 960 SoC, mated to beefy 6GB of RAM. The brand claims it to be the world’s first phone to sport Cortex-A73 processor and Mali G71 octa-core graphics processor. The phone comes with whopping 256GB of internal memory.
Huawei has once again partnered with Leica for a dual camera setup on the Porsche Design Mate 9. The second-gen Leica dual rear camera setup includes a 20MP monochrome sensor and a 12MP colour sensor. The phone gets Hybrid Zoom, which is a 2x digital zoom that combines photos from both shooters. It also features optical image stabilisation, 4-in-1 hybrid autofocus with laser focus, phase detection autofocus, depth focus and contrast focus. The selfie camera on board is an 8MP sensor with f/1.9 aperture and autofocus.
In terms of connectivity, the phone offers Cat.12 4G LTE with download speeds of 600mbps, dual-SIM slots, dual-band Wi-Fi, and a USB Type-C port. The phone is fuelled by a 4,000mAh battery and supports Huawei SuperCharge technology. The brand claims that in 20 minutes, this tech can charge the Mate 9 enough for a full day’s use. And in just 10 minutes of charging, you can get sufficient battery life to watch two movies, the company added further. Software-wise, the device runs Android Nougat based EMUI 5.0.
Coming to the regular Mate 9, the phone flaunts a larger 5.9-inch flat full HD display with 2.5D glass. It is equipped with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, while the rest of its specifications are the same as the Porsche Design Mate 9.
The Huawei Mate 9 regular edition has been priced at €699 (around Rs 51,620), while the Porsche Design variant will set you back by a hefty €1,395 (approx. Rs 1,03,050). They come in Black, Space Gray, Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown and Ceramic White. The Porsche Design edition will also be available in an additional Graphite Black hue. The special Porsche edition will initially go on sale in the Europe in December, followed by a launch in more markets starting January 2017. The regular Mate 9 will be first available in China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Thailand, and United Arab Emirates. We don’t know if the Mate 9 smartphones will be launched in India at the moment.