DECEMBER 7, 2017 – HUAWEI today announced a new system update for Mate 9 Series. Beginning 9 December 2017, HUAWEI Mate 9 (Price Check) users will be able to upgrade their software to the latest version EMUI 8.0. The update revolves around the ultimate smartphone experience that is reflective of the Mate 10 Series.
The Huawei Mate 9 EMUI 8.0 Upgrade
The updates for HUAWEI Mate 9 Pro and PORSCHE DESIGN will also be made available by end-December 2017. With the latest update, HUAWEI claims Mate 9 users will enjoy better battery endurance and faster speed for a better experience.
The system update of EMUI 8.0 will purportedly allow the HUAWEI Mate 9 (Price Check) to predict its user’s intentions, and provide recommendation to the functions they need. HUAWEI claims this will allow Mate 9 users to enjoy a personalised smartphone experience and to use the phone more efficiently.
For instance, EMUI 8.0 will suggest users an eye comfort mode when the screen is too bright, helping to filter out blue light rays to relieve visual fatigue by turning the screen yellowish.
Other interesting features include a navigation dock where users can place their home button and shortcut dock freely on the screen and it is set to function.
The all-new EMUI 8.0 offers one-step shortcut where users can long press a selected mobile application such as ‘Gallery’ to launch a desktop shortcut on screen, for instance, ‘My Favourites’ and ‘Latest Photos’. Additionally, the system upgrade enables the feature of 3D panorama, where still images can be viewed in the 3D mode and appeared on the lock screen.
The EMUI 8.0 can allocate resources dynamically to offer more CPU and memory to the frequently used mobile applications. Based on the machine learning, the low memory management function actively rearranges memory space to reduce fragmentation, and helps compress memory to save more space for important mobile applications.
The system upgrade to EMUI 8.0 enables HUAWEI Mate 9 (Price Check) to bring in a durable fast-user experience. It will learn and adapt one’s usage pattern through the ways of scrolling images in gallery, browsing contacts in address book or opening background running mobile applications – all of which will improve user experience over time.
On 3 November 2016, Huawei revealed not just the Huawei Mate 9, but also the bespoke Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design. Before their official launch, we were given exclusive access to the Huawei Mate 9, albeit only for a few short hours. We are now allowed to reveal to you the photos and details in our exclusive Huawei Mate 9 preview.
The Huawei Mate 9 Preview
The Huawei Mate 9 has a 5.9″ IPS display with a full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920. It is powered by the new Kirin 960 octa-core SoC, with 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The Kirin 960 offers four 2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 cores and four 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 cores, together with the powerful Mali-G71 MP8 GPU.
In the photography department, it boasts a second-generation dual-lens Leica-designed camera. This camera now pairs a 20 MP monochrome sensor with a 12 MP colour sensor. They both feature f/2.2 Leica lenses, and support optical image stabilisation (OIS).
How good is the new Leica-designed dual-lens camera? Take a look at this monochrome sample (full-size 20 MP @ 6 MB here). The new Huawei Mate 9 also comes with a 4,000 mAh lithium-polymer battery that supports Super Charge. Super Charge allows for very fast charging, thanks to its 22.5 W charger.
The Huawei Mate 9 will come with 64 GB of internal flash storage, and a microSD card slot that supports up to 256 GB of additional storage. It’s priced at €699 for Europe.
Sadly, that’s all we could take out of the exclusive Huawei Mate 9 preview session. We hope to get more hands-on time with the Mate 9 when it hits the stores (see the launch dates below).
Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design
For those who want something more exclusive, Huawei offers the bespoke Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design variant.
Available only in Black Graphite, the Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design features a 5.5″ curved AMOLED display with a higher resolution of 1440 x 2560. It also comes with a whopping 6 GB of LPDDR4 memory and 256 GB of internal flash storage. However, it does not come with a microSD slot.
The other features of the Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design remain the same with the “standard” Mate 9. It comes with the same processor and dual-lens Leica-designed camera. It will, however, retail for twice the “standard” Mate 9’s price at €1395 in Europe.
The Huawei Mate 9 Availability New!
Huawei will launch the Mate 9 in these 12 countries first – China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Thailand and the UAE.
Here in Malaysia, our sources say that the Huawei Mate 9 launch will take place either on the 18th (Friday) or the 24th (Thursday) of November.
The Huawei Mate 9 Models vs. Mate 8 Comparison
If you’re wondering how do the two Huawei Mate 9 models compare against the Huawei Mate 8, we prepared this comparison for your convenience.
Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design
Huawei Mate 9
Huawei Mate 8
Android 7.0 Nougat
Android 7.0 Nougat
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
5.5" AMOLED display
- 1440 x 2560 pixels (534 ppi, 73.2% screen to body ratio)