Huawei Mate 9 Unboxing and First Impressions

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The Huawei Mate 9 is Huawei’s latest top-of-the-line smartphone to compete in the flagship smartphone industry. Launched in Malaysia back in November 2016 in Malaysia, the Huawei Mate 9 is priced at RM2699 and it goes head-to-head with flagships like the Google Pixel XL, Moto Z and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

Unboxing

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The phone comes in a brown box with gold writing, which reflects the colour of the device. The device is presented immediately on top, and once you lift the tray up, you’re presented with 2 boxes. Apart from a USB-C cable for syncing and charging, USB wall adapter with quick charging and some documentations, it also comes with some nice earphones and a hard and thin case. Nice addition to a flagship device, certainly never been seen before.

First Impressions

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The design of the Huawei Mate 9 carries the same Huawei’s recent design language as found in their other products, namely the Huawei P9. It’s sleek, stylish and premium feeling. The metal body screams premium and solid build quality as it’s well-weighted.

The front is largely taken up by a 6.0-inch Full HD IPS display (1080 X 1920 pixels) with 373 pixels per inch. As there are no controls below the screen except for a Huawei branding, it follows other latest Huawei devices with on-screen Android controls. It’s a pretty clean design.

The left is where the SIM-tray is, which consists of 2 lots. The primary SIM slot takes a nano-SIM card, and the secondary slot takes either a secondary nano-SIM card or a microSD card for storage expansion, which supports cards up to 256GB. The volume buttons and power button are located on the right.

The back of the phone is where all the bells and whistles are. For starters, the metal back feels like there’s a clear protector on it and we can’t get it out, so you can’t really get the metal feel. It also gives the metal a glossy finish look. Like the Huawei P9 and Honor 8, the back houses 2 cameras, while carrying the Leica branding. Unlike any other device, this is the first smartphone to have its dual-camera setup in a straight line, unlike the parallel setup next to each other like other smartphones. Like the others, one captures colour, while the other captures monochrome photos. The main lens is a 20-megapixel unit, where the latter is only a 12-megapixel. It does feature the latest hardware and software aids found in other smartphones, including Optical Image Stabilization, Laser Autofocus (hinted by the black spot to the right of the lenses) and two-tone LED flash.

Other highlights include a USB-C port for charging and data transfer, a 3.5-mm earphone jack, dual-speaker setup and a blazing fast fingerprint reader to the bottom of the rear camera lenses.

Specs

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As a flagship, the Huawei Mate 9 is powered by Huawei’s top-of-the-line in-house developed processor – the Kirin 960, which is an improved version of the Kirin 955 found in the Huawei P9. It’s an octa-core unit, where primary cores are peaked at 2.4GHz. 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage is thrown in as well. It comes with Android 7.0 Nougat, with Huawei’s EMUI 5, which is a heavy skin on top of Android. 2 colours are available in Malaysia – champagne gold or mocha brown.

Do stay tuned and check out mdroid.my for full review and what we really think of this phone!