I am familiar with Mate line for a long time, it’s always been decent phones with wide screen, capacious battery, good (despite the size) dimensions – in general, a strong middling-PHABLET that could safely recommend to buy. Let’s see what will please us Huawei Mate 9.
Huawei Mate 9: Equipment
Unfortunately, Huawei Mate 9 came to us without a box, with it there was only plastic overlay Cover.
Huawei Mate 9:Appearance, materials, controls, assembly
At a time when most of the front of the smartphone Huawei Mate 9 is the display, manufacturers can “play” with the only materials the back cover and the body. The Huawei knew it and did a very nice rear panel of the smartphone. It is a milky-white color, made of metal, beautifully shimmers in the light, and fingerprints on it almost invisible.
Above the screen installed sensors and proximity lighting, LED and mesh earpiece.
Under the display – only the logo of the company. Instead, use the onscreen touch keys – is, in my opinion, is a plus.
The right is the volume rocker and the power button on the left – a tray for two nanoSIM-cards or one SIM cards and memory cards. If you look closely, you will notice that the buttons and the tray are arranged asymmetrically and are slightly offset down. Particularly it does not cause discomfort, but does not look very neat.
At the bottom Huawei Mate 9 is port Type C, external speaker and microphone core, and on the top – minijack and infrared.
On the back cover, you can see the dual camera, LED-flash, laser autofocus and a fingerprint scanner. At great speed scanner, you just lightly touch it with your finger, and the device is unlocked immediately. I did not notice the erroneous reading.
In addition to offset and down buttons on the side faces of the tray, other claims to the assembly I did not have.
Huawei Mate 9: Dimensions
Every time I test PHABLET, I can not wonder how different smartphones can be felt with the same diagonal. Someone is working on, so they were easier to use, and someone does not care. Huawei belong to the first group and “Mate” is surprisingly easy to use, despite the large screen size.
Affects a small thickness, narrower at the edges of the body and rounded corners. In general, in the hand unit is cool.
Huawei Mate 9: Screen
Now we are witnessing an interesting situation: the producers played enough with the ultra-high resolution and put in their smartphones normal FHD-resolution QHD, instead, for example. In my opinion, this is a plus: the load on the chip is reduced, the difference in the picture with the lowest.
A screen Huawei Mate 9 really good: it has a large margin of brightness, maximum viewing angles, natural color reproduction and good sharpness. And although such a diagonal is already possible to see the small difference between FHD / QHD, but in reality to it almost do not pay attention.
Huawei Mate 9: Operating system
The smartphone runs on Android 7.0 and EMUI 5.0. This is one of the first models running on the latest version of Android and updated EMUI. Personally, I do not really like the visual changes in the shell. In my opinion, the previous generation looked like a more careful.
But the shell has become more convenient, for example, finally removed this stupid separation of switches and notifications (you can turn back in the settings).
The launcher now allows you to choose the style of desktops: all applications are hosted or on-screen, or in a separate application menu.
It is also abandoned in favor of the pre Swype SwiftKey. A pity, I liked more Swype, given that Huawei put a full version without the cut of dictionaries.
The smartphone uses a new chipset from Huawei – HiSilicon Kirin 960. It features enough for the eyes for all the mundane tasks and productive toys. The shell itself is also well optimized, so there are no lags and freezes. Also note the rapid launch of all applications. In general, a smartphone speed no complaints.
Huawei Mate 9: Battery
Mate line has always been famous for good autonomy, so I expected from Huawei Mate 9 at least a couple of days of work in daily use time. But in the end it was the same three to five hours included the display when using the mobile Internet, reading Twitter, the messengers and mail synchronization is enabled.
And it’s a little sad, because three to five hours – it is usual for the time of a conventional smartphone, the same Nova Plus I will not be consumed so quickly.
Huawei Mate 9: Camera
Huawei Mate 9 follows the same pattern with dual cameras, as in P9 / P9 Plus, that’s just resolution B / W module increased up to 20 MP. Roman White is very telling in detail about the scheme of dual cameras Huawei, below – a quote from its review of Huawei P9:
In this model was established two camera. At this time, not to create a stereo image, or not fully implemented correctly background blur (so to say, not only that), but for the very real things.
If you look at the camera, the right module is designed for shooting in color, and the left – in monochrome. The fact that the module uses a black and white sensor. This is necessary to obtain the maximum amount of light. Thus, the sensor receives more information on the dynamic range and high sensitivity is achieved. The second module fixes the color. Further data are combined with the two matrices.
Two cameras are also needed for more precise focus, despite the fact that there is a laser autofocus and slow standard contrast.
Huawei Mate 9 number of functions have expanded, in particular, added a two-time “as it were, an optical” zoom. You can enlarge the picture in half without loss of definition, but that’s bad luck, this option is only available at a resolution of 12 MP!
There postfocus allowing after the shooting to select the area to be focused.
A convenient feature that will appeal to fans tweak settings – a quick call to the professional mode.
With regard to the quality of the photos themselves, then it is good, in terms of natural light, but gets worse as soon as we go into the room with artificial light or low light conditions. But the blurriness of the background works great, both in automatic mode and the manual “twisting”.
The maximum resolution for video – 4k.
Huawei Mate 9: Wireless interfaces
And although most of the technology is now available even in the low-end phones, put the NFC-module and IR companies prefer only in more expensive models. It is clear that this stuff, but they affect the perception of the smartphone.
The company has a special version of Mate 9 Porsche Design, it features a large volume of RAM and internal memory (6 and 256 GB), a scanner on the front side, curved AMOLED-display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, and less weight (169 grams against 190 grams Mate at 9). At the same time, and worth twice the price (1 400 euros against 700 conventional Mate 9).
Huawei Mate 9: Conclusion
The quality of voice is not no complaints, you and your partner each other perfectly hear. Traditionally for Huawei in the device it is a very good network reception. Where the iPhone is just a couple of divisions, Huawei Mate 9 shows all five.
Buy Huawei Mate 9 is impossible, in Europe it sells for 700 euros. For the money you get PHABLET with good size, excellent speed, high-quality display, comfortable shell, classy reception network and rapid fingerprint scanner. Cons: Average battery life and camera is inferior to the same Galaxy S7.