Huawei Mate 9Confident face
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Camera

77.8% user satisfaction score (9 votes)
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The Huawei Mate 9 sports the Sony IMX179 Exmor R back-illuminated (BSI) camera image sensor for its front selfie camera. This sensor is 1/3.2-inch in size and featuring quite beefy 1.4-micron size pixels. The lens itself is a 3.38mm (26mm equivalent) f/1.9 lens, so it's a very fast lens, and the...

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The Huawei Mate 9 rear camera can produce very sharp results. In my opinion, this is due to its dual-camera setup, one a 20MP monochrome and the second with a 12MP RGB sensor. According to what I've read on gsmarena.com, Leica didn't made the lenses, so I've got a bit confused about that, because on...

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Wide variety of shooting modes for the built-in camera app

A lot of shooting modes: Photo, Monochrome, Beauty, Video, HDR, Beauty video, Panorama, Night shot, Light painting, Time-lapse, Slow-mo and watermark.

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The Huawei Mate 9 main camera received a total score of 85 in DxOMArk image quality tests, a series of tests that measured the image quality in various parameters for both stills and video recording in various lighting conditions. As of the time of writing, the Mate 9 is ranked alongside the LG V20...

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The Huawei Mate 9 is the first phone to utilize a Dual-camera pixel binning technology. The Mate 9 camera utilize the brightness from the monochrome sensor in combination with the color data from the RGB sensor to produce images with 100% brightness enhancement, which it's obviously very beneficial...

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The Huawei Mate 9 features a dual-camera setup with 2nd generation Leica's advanced Summarit-H f/2.2 aperture lens optics. The first lens is a 20MP f/2.2 monochrome sensor alongside a 12MP f/2.2 lens and a Bayer color sensor, alongside an optical image stabilization. The dual-lens camera setup...

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Huawei Mate 9 features 4-in-1 Hybrid auto-focus system. It's the first time I hear about any camera that utilizes four autofocusing technologies in a single device. It uses a Laser Focus which is known for its great subject-tracking accuracy up to about 10 meters, phase-detection focus also...

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I just saw the latest sample images of the Huawei Mate 9 taken by dpreview website. I want to address the aperture mode. In aperture mode, the camera simulates the same out-of-focus background effect that you get when shooting with cameras that have a large sensor and a fast aperture lens. The good...

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The Huawei Mate 9 dual cameras feature f/2.2 aperture lenses. These lenses are slower compared to the latest high-end devices that were released lately. Just in comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge comes with an F1.7 aperture (~0.74 stops faster, 1.7 times more light). The iPhone 7 Plus comes...

Performance & Hardware

75% user satisfaction score (6 votes)
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USB-C connector for data transfer and charging

The Huawei Mate 9 features a USB-C connector at the bottom of the phone.

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The Huawei Mate 9 comes with a rear fingerprint scanner. As you know, there are phones where the fingerprint is at the front, but I found it easier to use when it's in the back. It's just more natural to put your finger while holding the phone compared to positioning it on the front. For example, I...

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One of the unique Mate 9 features is that it's focused on reducing aging performance. Not just that the performance isn't reduced, internal tests done by Huawei showed an actual improvement in performance. This solves a problem with many Android devices, which the performance actually degrades over...

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[update 1/5/2017: according to the latest information from CES2017, the Mate 9 isn't Daydream-ready]. The Huawei Mate 9 is the third phone that is compatible with Google Daydream VR headsets, including Google View, which is the first Daydream headset that is available for this device and other...

Display

50% user satisfaction score (2 votes)
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The Huawei Mate 9 features a 5.9" Full HD (1080x1920 pixels) resolution, slightly curved 2.5D LCD display. I was quite surprised to hear that Huawei didn't opt for QHD resolution for its flagship smartphone. Many of its competitors opt for a 2K display, including the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, HTC 10,...

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To be honest, I'm quite disappointed that the Mate 9 only has a full HD display and not QHD, which would certainly be more beneficial for VR. Don't get me wrong, the Huawei Mate 9 is a Daydream-ready smartphone and although Daydream minimum requirement doesn't require QHD display, a higher...

Design

100% user satisfaction score (2 votes)
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Most of the Huawei Mate 9 parts are made of metal, except the top and bottom parts, which are made of plastic to allow a signal through. Even the sides of the phone, the earpiece and buttons are all made of metal. The Mate 9 also comes with a two screws at the bottom of the phone that fasten the...

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The Huawei Mate 9 is available in six elegant colors, including Champagne Gold, Space Grey, Mocha Brown, Moonlight Silver, Black and Ceramic White. I really like these colors because they are more elegant than the bolder colors that we see today on other devices. I think that Huawei wanted to give...

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Audio
100% user satisfaction score (1 vote)
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The Huawei Mate 9 does come with a 3.5mm headphone jack. A connector to which you can connect a standard headphone cable to. This is the headphone jack that was removed by Apple in their new iPhone 7 smartphones, but luckily for many of us, Huawei doesn't follow this trend, OK, it's not a trend yet,...

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Software/Apps
100% user satisfaction score (1 vote)
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The Huawei Mate 9 is the first smartphone that come with an integrated Amazon's Alexa voice service. It's like having your own personal virtual assistant inside the phone. It works like Google Assistant in the Google Pixel phone and it's a competitive product to both Google Assistant and Apple's...

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Battery

100% user satisfaction score (2 votes)
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Long battery life

The Mate 9 has a superb battery life due to its 4000mAh battery and already tested and approved by many reviewers.

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The Huawei Mate 9 features the company's advanced SuperCharge technology that enabled intelligent charging by employing the Smart Charge Protocol (SCP). This protocol allows the phone to 'talk' with the charger directly. This allows the SuperCharge to classify the load capacity of a charger and...

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