Huawei Mate 9 – Perhaps the most gorgeous Flagship Phablet with Dual Cameras by Leica

Huawei’s best looking Phablet Flagship also rolls out an impressive 20 mp Camera made by Leica. It is built to last and offers one of the best alternative to the defunct Galaxy Note 7.

Huawei makes great phones, but cheap? No, their pricing sticks close to other big names in the market. Even though this article is a bit late, but I have to acknowledge that the Huawei Mate 9 is one really good looking phone. It has the signature premium look from the past Flagships of Huawei, and given that it is pricy, you can see the craftsmanship as well as the materials are top notch. Another highlight of this Phablet is the option for Daydream VR, which is for Virtual Reality, but at only 1080p, it is a bit limited I might expect. The camera is also one of its strongest feature, offering Dual Rear CMOS Cameras from Leica that offers features like Light Painting, Bokeh Effects and more.

SpecsHuawei Mate 9
ChipsetHuawei Kirin 960 Octa Core
GPU: Mali G71 MP8
MemoryRAM: 4 GB
Expansion: MicroSD support up to 256GB (2nd sim slot)
OsEMUI (based on Android 7.0 Nougat)
Display5.9 inch IPS
1920 x 1080 pixels, 373ppi
Contast: 1500:1
Main Camera20 MP Monochrome + 12 MP RGB
f/2.2 Aperture, OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
PDAF + CAF+ Laser Autofocus
2x Hybrid Zoom
4K Video Recording
Front Camera8.0 MP, Autofocus, F/1.9 Aperture
NetworksDual Nano SIM, Dual Standby
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA B1/B2/B4/B5/B6/B8/B19
4G: FDD-LTE LTE- B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B9/B12/B17/B18/B19/B20/B26/B28/B29
TD-LTE B38/B39/B40/B41
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.2 (supports BLE)
Dual Band 2.4/5GHz, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi Direct
USB Type C
NFC Near Field Communication
SensorsFingerprint, Gravity, Gyroscope, Ambient Light, Proximity, Hall, Barometer, IR
SensorsFingerprint, Gravity, Gyroscope, Ambient Light, Compass, Proximity, Hall, Barometer, IR
Dimensions156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9mm
Weight: 190g

Highlights of the Huawei Mate 9:

  • Premium or Top Notch Build Quality
  • Powered by Huawei’s own Hisilicon Kirin 960
  • Efficient and long battery life (4000mAh), also supports fast charging
  • Lighting Painting looks great, Bokeh works most of the time
  • Overall Camera Performance is great, 4K also has OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
  • Dual SIM support with multiple Bands, supports up to 600Mbps
  • Fast and responsive Fingerprint Unlock
  • High Contrast 1080p Display with good color production and Performance
  • Dual Band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and USB Type C Connectivity


  • Bokeh Feature doesn’t work all the time
  • Low light shots struggles compared to other Flagships in the market
  • EMUI lacks App Draw and still feels weird to new users
  • VR support but only has 1080p resolution, much better for 2K
  • Gaming Performance is not that impressive compared to Adreno 530


Huawei Mate 9 (EU Warehouse) retails at $650

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Pricey but well worth it

The Huawei Mate 9 sits close now compared to the Xiaomi Mi Mix, or it is even cheaper. But I think, it does offer great value for the price. It isn’t the perfect Smartphone, but it does hold up a lot on its sleeve making it a great option for Phablet lovers out there. The Leica Camera proves to be quite a performer but seems to struggle especially on low light situations. But on good lighting, you can get very detailed shots and videos with up to 4K video and OIS support. The 20 MP Monochrome and 12 MP RGB Camera sensors capture in great detail shots with varying depths on Contrast levels. The Dual Camera also allows Bokeh effects but the feature is a bit of a hit or miss. Anyway, the Huawei Mate 9, just like the Huawei P9 is a great looking Flagship that is built to last, and if you are looking for a very capable and reliable Flagship, then this phone fits your choice. 

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