Huawei Mate 9 Now Official; 20MP+12MP Main Cameras with 2nd Gen Leica Optics, Kirin 960 Processor

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Huawei Mate 9 Now Official; 20MP+12MP Main Cameras with 2nd Gen Leica Optics, Kirin 960 Processor
Huawei Mate 9 Now Official; 20MP+12MP Main Cameras with 2nd Gen Leica Optics, Kirin 960 Processor

Huawei has just announced its latest flagship device in a dedicated event held in Germany, and just like the rumors and leaks suggest, it sports Leica-branded shooters, the Huawei Mate 9.

Like the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus, the two main cameras of the new Huawei Mate 9 is equipped with Leica optics, but this time around it uses the second generation modules, one with 20MP f/2.2 monochrome sensor and another 12MP f/2.2 with RGB sensors. It also boasts 4 types of focusing technology, namely phase detection, contrast detection, laser and depth. Moreover, it comes with enhanced optical image stabilization mechanism and dual-tone LED flash.

Huawei Mate 9's Back
Mate 9's Back

But that is not all, according to Huawei, the two snappers support Hybrid Zoom, that allows users to zoom on a subject and capture it without any significant loss of quality, of course, we still need to see its real life performance before we can say WOW. In terms of video capability, it can record moving visual images up to 4K resolution, the first of its kind among all Huawei devices. Meanwhile, the front camera is equally impressive too, there is an auto focus 8MP f/1.9 module mounted just above the display to take care of selfies and video calls.

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Moving on, it comes with 5.9-inch display with 1080p resolution, it is 0.1-inch short compared to its predecessor that has 6.0 screen. On the inside, it runs on the newest and most powerful HiSilicon chip to date, the Kirin 960 that has a total of 8 CPU cores, four of which are clocked at 2.4GHz each and the remaining 4 at 1.8GHz each, paired with the latest octa Bifrost Mali-G71 graphics processing unit. Memory wise, it still has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM, just like the Mate 8.

Other specs worth mentioning are dual SIM with LTE connectivity, 4,000mAh battery with "Super Charge" support and includes 5A charger, fingerprint scanner, runs on EMUI 5.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat, and Daydream-ready. The suggested retail price for Europe is 699 euro or about 38K pesos when converted directly to our currency.

Huawei Mate 9 Specs:

  • Dual SIM, dual standby, supports LTE connectivity
  • 5.9-inch IPS capacitive FHD (1920x1080) touchscreen display
  • Dimensions: 156.9mm x 78.9mm x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 190 grams
  • Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.0
  • 2.4GHz 64-bit quad core Cortex-A73 CPU + 1.8GHz 64-bit quad core Cortex-A53 CPU, ARM Mali-G71 MP8 GPU, HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB internal storage, expandable via micro SD card up to 256GB, uses SIM 2 slot
  • 20MP f/2.2 monochrome + 12MP f/2.2 hybrid autofocus main camera with dual LED flash, Leica-co-engineered, OIS, 4K video recording
  • 8MP f/1.9 secondary camera, 1080p video recording
  • Multimedia player
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • NFC
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band
  • USB Type C
  • Bluetooth v4.2
  • Sensors: accelerometer, light, proximity, magnetic, fingerprint
  • Battery: 4000mAh lithium-polymer, non-removable, supports Super Charge
  • Colors: champagne gold, space gray, moonlight silver, ceramic white, mocha brown
  • Price: 699 euro

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