Huawei has finally released the Mate 9 and without hesitation, I had to immediately run to Best Buy and get my hands on this amazing phone. Let me say that I was previously an iPhone owner for many, many years since the iPhone 3G came out. After having the Apple 7 Plus for a month, I was bored and fed up with their rehashing of old technology and removal of things I NEED like a headphone jack. I sold my iPhone and bought a Samsung S7 Edge. Needless to say, that phone lasted a whole 60 days before I bought I got my hands on the Huawei Mate 9. I should also mention that when I bought my S7, I also bought the Samsung Gear watch. That went back to the store less than 12 hours later where I exchanged it for the Huawei Watch. That, by far, has been the best decision I ever made and why I decided to buy the Mate 9. The Huawei Watch is a stunning piece that makes full use of the large round screen, is extremely responsive, stunningly gorgeous, and gets compliments all of the time. People can't believe that they can get such an amazing smart (and I do mean smart) watch at such an affordable price.
My Huawei Watch
Full Circle Face
Always on Screen
Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal
High Definition 1.4" AMOLED Display
Cold-Forged 316L Stainless Steel Casing
Leather and Stainless steel straps
10,000:1 High Contrast Ratio
Bluetooth 4.1 BLE
6-Axis Motion Sensor (Gyroscope + Accelerometer)
Heart Rate Sensor
512 MB RAM and 4BG ROM
Huawei Watch Models starting at $299.22 for the Stainless Steel with Black Suture Leather Strap
Learn more about the models above at Huawei Watch
For ladies who want a more feminine and elegant look, Huawei has designed a more fashionable and sophisticated line that includes two models with Swarovski Zirconia
Ladies Huawei Watch Models
Learn more about the ladies design at Huawei Watch for Ladies
As I mentioned, having such a stellar experience with their watch, I decided that I would give their Mate 9 a go. AMAZING! The design and engineering on this phone is by far the best I have seen in any smart phone. I especially love the fingerprint reader on the back because it's what makes the most sense at least to me. When you grab a phone, your index finger is precisely where the reader is and it seems that Huawei had that exact thought in mind when they put their sensor on the back. The responsiveness of the fingerprint reader is instant.
Oh my, the camera! Holy (something I can't say here)! The capabilities of the camera are out of this world. Let's face it, they have partnered with an industry leader in optics, lenses, and photography. I'm familiar with the Leica brand due to the scanners they design, which forensic investigators use to preserve crime scenes. With that said, I knew that the camera had to be rather spectacular, and indeed it is.
They have incorporated a second-generation Leica Dual Camera with a 12MP RGB sensor and 20MP monochrome sensor. This allows the cameras to work together to capture the absolute fine details of an image. The RGB sensors capture vivid colors while the monochrome picks the fine details, creating bright and crisp photos. You can make on screen adjustments prior to taking a picture by focusing on an object and then another circle on the screen allows you to focus the light elsewhere. Once your picture is taken, the editing capabilities are out of this world. Also, this has the capability to shoot in 4K.
These are just two pictures I took today. I'm still exploring all of the features of the phones camera
Optical Image Stabilization
Dual Tone Flash
PDAF+CAF+LASER+DEPTH Auto Focus
2x Hybrid Zoom
4K Video Recording
I can definitively say, that this is by far the most impressive smart phone I have had the pleasure of laying my hands on. Also, for someone like me, a business owner who is always out and about on projects, it's absolutely pointless to have a business line in my home office. Well.....wouldn't you know that you can have 2 sim cards in this? I was beyond excited because now I can completely separate my personal line from business line.
Dual Sim Support
Nano SIM+MicroSD slot and secondary card supporting WCDMA & GSM
In the sound settings, you can designate different ringtones for each SIM
Now, if you're one of those who feels turned off by the 1080p display.....DON'T! The colors a vibrant, the images are sharp, and with the 5'9" FHD display you will not even notice the difference. For audiophiles, like my husband and I, this phone fully supports flac (file and decoding). This is a very big plus.
The Mate 9 also has a 4000mAh battery that under normal use can last up to 2 days. Granted, not the biggest in the market but the reason those others can do that is because they lack features that the better named brands have, including Huawei. Even when you look at these other brands such as Samsung, LG, Sony, Microsoft, etc. they come in at 3,000 mAh. The iPhone 7 Plus is rumored to have only 2,900mAh but good luck finding that on their page. The stats come from a MacRumors teardown of the phone. So, with this said, the Huawei Mate 9 definitely gives its competitors a run for its money.
Weight 0.41 lbs
(Space Gray and Moonlight Silver are most common colors to find. The others are pretty hard to come by)
5.9" FHD Display
HUAWEI Kirin 960
Octa-core CPU (4 x 2.4 GHz A73+ 4 x 1.8 GHz A53) + i6 co-processor
4GB RAM + 64GB ROM
Micro SD card slot
support up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Wi-Fi 2.4G/5G, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct support
USB Type C (High Speed USB)