Tuesday, 13 December 2016 11:21

Aussies say Gidday to Huawei Mate 9

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Huawei’s Mate 9, a 5.9” phablet, will hit Aussie shores in Q1, 2017. The phablet has been getting great international reviews and shares the P9's dual lens, Leica camera but adds optical image stabilisation, 4-in-1 autofocus, and 4K recording.

In Huawei’s home market, China, a smartphone has largely become the primary device for Internet access and larger phablets are the dominant player. Its very high 77.5% screen to body ratio (SBR) sees it fit into a 156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9mm x 190g body. For reference the iPhone 7 Plus has a smaller 5.5” screen, 67.7% SBR, and is 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm x 188g.

The screen is 1920 x 1080, IPS LCD; it has its own Kirin 960 processor; 4000 mAh battery and USB-C super charge; NFC, Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth, fingerprint; Cat 12, 20 LTE bands; 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and supports up to a 256GB microSD. It ships with Android 7.x and has a custom Huawei EMUI 5.0 that learns and adapts to usage behaviours — using the latest in artificial intelligence — optimising performance throughout the lifetime of the device.

In a review of the flagship P9 in August, this writer said: “The P9 has the paper specifications that help it stand out in the crowd. It is not the top flagship but at two-thirds its price; it is exceptionally well-specified and well-built. It also proves that Huawei can do a “proper” flagship at a lower cost. The P9 is a big leap forward in build quality and design over previous models.”

The P9 was a great 5.2” smartphone with the unique Leica dual lens camera. At the time of the review, it suffered from early release firmware and the camera did not achieve its full potential. Later releases fixed most of the issues. Huawei is calling its new camera a second-generation Leica dual-lens camera with 2x hybrid zoom.

The cameras comprise a 12-megapixel RGB colour sensor and a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor that work together, supported by image fusion algorithms, to capture and reproduce “details”. Wide aperture effect delivers the best shallow depth of field in the market, and industry-first pixel binning technology works with the optical image stabilisation to deliver superior night show capability. It also has 4K video, and a 5-axis optical stabiliser.

It has a four-in-one autofocus – PDAF+CAF+Laser+Depth autofocus and the body colours Space Gray/Moonlight Silver/Champagne Gold/Mocha Brown/Ceramic White.

The global website is here and the price is expected to be under $1000. iTWire will review it as soon as possible.

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