Huawei Mate 9 with Leica dual-camera launched; here's everything you need to know
Huawei Mate 9 with Leica dual-camera launched; here's everything you need to knowHuawei Press kit

Leading Chinese smartphone-maker Huawei on Thursday unveiled the much awaited flagship phablet Mate 9.

As rumour mills had predicted, Huawei Mate 9 boasts massive upgrades in terms of internal hardware as well as in terms of design. 

Huawei Mate 9 flaunts an all-metal Unibody design language with sand-blasted texture and powerful dual-snappers on the back, co-engineered by German-based photography pioneer Leica Camera AG.

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Besides the generic Mate 9 model, Huawei also launched a premium model in collaboration with popular automobile major Porsche.

The key difference between the two is that the Porsche model boasts 5.5-inch high resolution QHD dual-edge curved screen with pixel density close to 540 ppi (pixels per inch), well crafted metallic shell on the back and on the edges, customized user-interface and iconic Porsche insignia on the back. Inside, it comes with sumptuous 6GB RAM and 256GB inbuilt storage.

On the other hand, the generic Mate 9 model sports a 5.9-inch full HD flat display, metal body, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and just Huawei logo on the back.

Huawei Mate 9 with Leica dual-camera launched; here's everything you need to know
Huawei Mate 9 with Leica dual-camera launched; here's everything you need to knowHuawei Press kit

The rest of the hardware such as Kirin 960 octa-core processor, 20MP+12MP Leica cameras, 8MP front snapper, a 4,000mAh battery and other standard sensors remain the same in both the devices.

Huawei Mate 9 series availability details:

Huawei Mate 9 and Mate 9 Porsche Design series will be initially released in China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Thailand and United Arab Emirates for €699 ($776/Rs. 51,748) and €1395 ($1547/Rs. 1,03,275). 

Going by the specifications list, Hauwei has got a winner to fill the void in the phablet segment left by the sad departure of Samsung Galaxy Note7.

It remains to be seen how consumers will react to the Huawei Mate 9 series.

Key features of Huawei Mate 9:

Models Huawei Mate 9 Huawei Mate 9 (PORSCHE DESIGN)
Display 5.9-inch full HD (1920x1080p) screen
  • 16.7M colours
  • Colour Saturation (NTSC): 96%
  • High contrast- 1500:1
  • Pixel density: 373 ppi (pixels per inch)
5.5-inch QHD (2560x1440p) dual-edge curved screen
  • Pixel density: 534 ppi (pixels per inch)
OS Android 7.0 with EMUI v5.0 Android 7.0 with EMUI v5.0
Processor HUAWEI Kirin 960 (2.5GHz Cortex A73 x 4 + 1.8GHz Cortex A53 x 4) octa-core CPU +i6 co-processor HUAWEI Kirin 960 (2.5GHz Cortex A73 x 4 + 1.8GHz Cortex A53 x 4) octa-core CPU +i6 co-processor
GPU Mali-G71 MP8 Mali-G71 MP8
RAM 4GB 6GB
Storage MHA-L29:
  • 64GB ROM (Micro SD card slot, support up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot)

MHA-L09:

  • 64GB ROM (Micro SD card slot, support up to 256GB)
256GB
Camera
  • Main: 20MP Monochrome+12MP RGB cameras with f/2.2, OIS (Optical image stablization), BSI CMOS sensor, Dual-tone flash, PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus) + CAF (Continuous Auto Focus) + Laser Autofocus + Depth, auto focus, 2x Hybrid zoom, 4K video recording
  • Front: 8MP camera with f/1.9 aperture, autofocus
  • Main: 20MP Monochrome+12MP RGB cameras with f/2.2, OIS (Optical image stablization), BSI CMOS sensor, Dual-tone flash, PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus) + CAF (Continuous Auto Focus) + Laser Autofocus + Depth, auto focus, 2x Hybrid zoom, 4K video recording
  • Front: 8MP camera with f/1.9 aperture, autofocus
Battery 4,000mAh battery with SuperCharge technology which power up the phone up to 58 percent within half an hour enough to provide full day talk time 4,000mAh battery with SuperCharge technology which power up the phone up to 58 percent within half an hour enough to provide full day talk time
Network 4G-LTE 4G-LTE
Add-ons Dual SIM (model: MHA-L29), Single SIM (model: MHA-L09), fingerprint sensor, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac: dual band: 2.4GHz & 5GHz), Type C USB port, NFC (Near Field Communication), IR sensor, GPS/GLONASS Dual SIM and Single SIM (separate models) fingerprint sensor, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac: dual band: 2.4GHz & 5GHz), Type C USB port, NFC (Near Field Communication), IR sensor, GPS/GLONASS
Dimensions 156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9 mm 152 x 75 x 7.5 mm
Weight 190g 169g
Colours Space Gray/Moonlight Silver/Champagne Gold/Mocha Brown/Ceramic White Graphite Black
Price €699 ($776/Rs. 51,748) €1395 ($1547/Rs. 1,03,275)
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