Huawei launches two new Mate 9 phablets

Samsung’s popular Note 7 phablet may be in the doghouse, following its recent explosive dramas, but Huawei’s hoping that it can sate the appetite for supersized handsets instead. It’s just launched the new Mate 9 family.

Two Huawei Mate 9 handsets are available, with quit different specs. The most noticeable differences between them though are the quality of the screen and how much you'll have to shell out to get one.

The standard edition sports a 5.9 inch 1080p display, and starts at around €699 (£622). There's also a limited edition with Porsche design - that has a 5.5 inch curved screen with double the resolution of the standard version… and around double the price too at €1,395 (£1,240).

The Mate 9s are two of the first handsets to include Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. The standard edition is contains 4GB RAM and 64GB storage (expandable up to 256GB via microSD card) and is powered by Huawei's Kirin 960 octa-core processor, which the company says is the fastest to date.

It also says that its technology addresses a common problem with smartphones - they slow down after a few months of use. A spokesperson from the company said: "Our phones will on average be 80% faster than another device after one year."

On the back of the handsets, there's a fingerprint scanner, and a new Leica dual-lens camera that should provide some decent snaps. That consists of a 12 megapixel (MP) RGB sensor, and a 20MP monochrome sensor to improve depth detection.

The cameras include some nifty features, including image stabilisation, hybrid zoom, and a '4-in-1' autofocus system, which combines contrast, depth, laser and phase detection focus. Essentially, it means it's easy to take crisp, high quality photos.

The Porsche edition shares the same dual cameras and processor as the standard version, but gets 6GB RAM and 256GB storage - with no option to expand. The fingerprint scanner's also moved to the home button on the front.

The standard Mate 9 will be available outside of the UK before the end of the year. There's no information yet about when we can expect it in Blighty. The Porsche edition will be available in Porsche Design shops from December.

Source: Pocket Lint

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