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Huawei Mate 9: A premium phablet with familiar design

Today Huawei has officialy launched the Mate 9 at their launch event in Munich, Germany. In a nutshell, the smartphone has the familiar Mate design but on the inside it can compete with the latest released high-end devices like the Google Pixel.

The Mate 9 has a 5.9 inch LCD with a 1920×1080 pixels resolution. On the inside we find the recently presented Hisilicon Kirin 960 SoC. The SoC has four Cortex-A73 cores running at 2.4GHz and four Cortex A53- cores running at 1.8GHz with a Mali G71 Octa-core GPU. Furthermore the Mate 9 has 4GB LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB of uf 2.1 storage.

Camerawise the Mate features a dual camera on the back with a 12 Megapixel RGB sensor and a 20 Megapixel monochrome sensor. The use of the monochrome sensor should provide for more details on the photo. The camera has been developed together with Leica.

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In addition, Huawei comes with its own fast charging technology, called SuperCharge. The Mate 4000mAh battery should be fully charged within a half hour. The device weighs 190 grams and has a metal case with a fingerprint scanner on the back which can also be used as a shutter button and touch pad.

The Mate 9 also features Emui 5.0 which is build to teach usage patterns by its user to avoid memory deletion of most used app which means that most used apps will be more quicly available to its user. Emui 5.0 is based Android 7.0.

The Mate 9 will have a retail price of €699 ($773) and will be available in the last week of November.

For the luxury people there will also be a Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design available. This smartphone will have much the same specs, but will have a smaller 5.5 inch OLED display with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels with cruved edges on both sides like the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and Xiaomi Mi Note 2. the fingerprint scanner will be placed below the screen and replaces the onscreen buttons where a quick tap on the scanner stands for Back, a long press leads to home and a swipe opens the multitasking menu.

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The Porsche Design edition will only be available in China and Switzerland and it’s available for crazy price of €1395 ($1543), the most expensive smartphone ever made by Huawei.

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