Chinese smartphone maker, Huawei officially announced that its latest flagship, the Huawei Mate 9 will arrive in the US starting Friday. At CES 2017, the company announced the Mate 9 phablet will be the first smartphone in the world with Amazon’s Alexa voice service preinstalled. The app will offer customers a “natural, convenient user interface” for talking to the digital assistant.
Huawei revealed Amazon Alexa will be updated sometime in “early 2017.” Those who already own the Mate 9 will get the feature through an OTA update. Users will be able to ask Alexa to set alarms, build to-do lists, and get the weather-traffic reports.
It is quite a achievement for Amazon as Alexa is set to compete with the likes of Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant. Alexa is already becoming the default voice interface for controlling smart connected homes. Several third party hardware and appliance manufacturers have teamed with Amazon to release truly awesome devices with Alexa compatibility.
The Mate 9 will carry a price tag of $599.99 in United States and will be available in Space Gray and Moonlight Silver color options. Several retailers including Best Buy, Amazon, Newegg, and B&H will be selling it.
Huawei Mate 9 features
The Huawei Mate 9 comes with a 5.9-inch Full HD display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution and 373 ppi. The display is covered with a 2.5D glass. The device packs Kirin 960 chipset featuring octa-core processor. This has four Cortex A73 cores clocked at 2.4GHz and four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. The phone includes 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable memory.
The highlight of the Mate 9 is Leica’s second-gen dual camera setup. There is a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and a 12-megapixel RGB sensor. The lens come with an f/2.2 aperture, OIS, autofocus and dual-LED flash. The camera also supports 4K video recording capabilities. The front-facing camera is an 8-megapixel shooter with a f/1.9 aperture.
In addition, the Mate 9 packs in an equally impressive battery as a 4000 mAh power cell comes with new SuperCharge technology. The company claims 10-minutes of charging will give users enough power to watch two full movies. Also on the specs list is a rear fingerprint scanner, Dual Sim support, Micro SD expansion and USB Type-C support. Initially launched November 2016 in Munich, Germany, the Mate 9 runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of box.
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