Huawei Mate 9 and Huawei Mate 9 Pro: Quick Impressions

Written by: Stephen Sanchez

Tech | Jan 25, 2017

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Huawei's journey into the mobile industry has been an exciting one. My earliest memory of the company hitting the industry was with the P5, followed by the big partnership with Google and the development of the Nexus 6P. Then a few months later, the blockbuster Huawei P9 stormed into our lives like a boss, boasting a camera that was co-engineered with German optics maker Leica.

Now we have this gorgeous Huawei Mate 9. It has a 5.9-inch 1080p screen, with a slight drawback that it only has a 373 pixel per inch density. Not a big problem, if you ask me. Besides, this works just fine with the 4,000mAh battery included in the phone, giving it the longevity that users want.



Huawei has opted out of MediaTek and Qualcomm processors to make room for its own HiSilicon Kirin 960. I have no idea what its equivalent is to competitors, but it's safe to assume that the Mate 9 is a damn powerful phone.

I found the grip on the phone to be nice and loved writing messages on it. I have bear hands that are quickly losing their dexterity, so a big phone with a big screen is much welcome.

The dual camera is every bit as impressive as the P9 and P9 Plus. I didn't get to spent too much time with the Mate 9's camera, but from the photos I've taken with it (and I'm no photographer), I could tell that the images were incredibly sharp. The colors were well-balanced and after a quick adjustment to the autofocus, I was able to manipulate shadows and textures, resulting in some pretty nice shots.

The Huawei Mate 9 Pro is an even better phone.

It has a QHD screen with a higher 534 pixel per inch density and a memory of 6GB RAM. It even looks sleeker than the regular Mate 9. Sadly, this version of the Mate 9 it won't be shipping to the Philippines due to the price tag and the general consensus that with a price point that high, you would be better off with an iPhone 7 Plus.

Even though I've spent over a year using an LG G3, a QHD screen isn't really that big of a deal to me. If I were to use my phone for Virtual Reality features, then maybe a QHD screen is something I would need. But as it stands, I don't plan on investing in any VR tiers anytime soon.

Also, a memory of 6GB RAM is enormous. 3GB alone is already freaking fast, but having twice as much will allow you to do even more. Exactly what do people do to with their mobile devices that requires this much RAM? I just find that as overkill. If a 4GB RAM phone begins to lag, then all you need to do is close some apps.

If I had the money to spend I might consider getting a Huawei Mate 9. My initial phone of choice is still the Huawei P9 Plus, which is a rather balanced device. This is trailed closely behind by the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the LG V20, because I am somewhat of an LG fanboy. I'd even jump at the chance to own an Asus Zenfone 3 for simpler day-to-day uses. But if I didn't get any of these devices and there was a Huawei Mate 9 lying in front of me waiting to be picked up, then I'd find the temptation hard to resist.


About the author: Stephen Sanchez

Stephen is the source code of awesome. He loves to tinker with stuff that buzzes.


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