The Huawei Mate 9 Pro, a third variant in the Chinese manufacturer’s 2016 Mate flagship series, was launched exclusively for Chinese and Taiwan markets. With new enhanced features and specs, the latest phablet from Huawei is set to compete with the best of best including Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Apple iPhone 7 Plus.
The Huawei Mate 9 Pro comes equipped with a 5.5-inch dual-edge curved AMOLED Quad HD (2560×1440 pixels) display. Unlike the Mate 9 Lite, the curved edge to edge screen offers a premium segment device to give competition to the likes of phablet devices like Galaxy S7 Edge.
Another highlight of the Mate 9 Pro is its dual-camera sensors. The Mate 9 series co-engineered with renowned camera company Leica, also comes equipped with Leica’s second generation dual-lens camera technology.
The dual sensors include a 12-megapixel sRGB color gamut sensor with optical image stabilization as well a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor with Hybrid Zoom function allowing superior 2X magnification. There are various camera modes to choose from, including an easy to use “Pro” or manual mode and some software-based refocusing tricks.
The Huawei Mate 9 Pro sports an 8 MP selfie camera with autofocus and a range of features to help you take speedy selfies. The device also supports 4K video recording at 30 FPS.
Huawei’s Mate 9 Pro packs new Kirin 960 chipset octa-core processor which features four Cortex A73 cores clocked at 2.4GHz and four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. The processor is supported by the Mali GPU G71 MP8 chip that offers great graphics and powerful computing performance. Either of 4GB or 6GB RAM support with storage options in 64GB or 128GB options are included. There is also support for expanding the storage with MicroSD card that allows up to 256GB of expansion.
The Mate 9 Pro’s battery is equally impressive. The device is mounted with a 4000mAh battery with fast charging capabilities. A full charge can be achieved in just over two hours via the fast charging USB-C power adapter.
The battery can last for at least 36 hours without using power saving modes of any sort, reports Gizbot. Also, there are some aggressive power saving modes that promise to stretch the battery life even further.
The Mate 9 Pro runs the new EMUI 5, which is based on Android 7.0 Nougat. The device includes a fingerprint scanner mounted on the front homescreen button. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 4G LTE with VoLTE voice calling support, Bluetooth, GPS and USB Type-C port.
The Huawei Mate 9 Pro is already on sale in China, where it’s available in gold, rose gold, grey and pink. The 4GB + 64GB variant sells for 4,699 yuan ($685). The higher-end 6GB + 128GB version goes for 5,299 yuan ($773).