The Mate 9 is a phablet with all-metal body. It uses a 5.9-inch display, with Full HD resolution (1920×1080 pixels) and sloping 2.5D shielded glass. The Mate 9 also included FPC1025 fingerprint sensor, which produced by Fingerprint Cards of Sweden. The fingerprint sensor uses a 4-level security system for speed and accuracy.
The Mate 9 has an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset, which features an ARM Cortex-A73/A53 Octa-core CPU and Mali G71 Octa-core GPU, which reduces power consumption by 15 percent. According to Huawei, the chipset is “the fastest [it has] built.” It includes 4,000 mAh high-density battery with Huawei’s SuperCharge technology, which allows 58 percent charge in half-an-hour and a full charge in 90 minutes. The battery provides the Mate 9 with over two days of battery life.
The dual camera module is powered by Leica. The rear (main) camera is compounded with f/2.2 12-megapixel color camera and one f/2.2 20-megapixel monochrome camera, which lets users take two images together to produce an image with more detail. The monochrome lens can be used separately. It also includes “lossless zoom” and “4-in-1 hybrid focus”, which allows uses to zoom in on a subject without worrying about degrading the quality of the photo, and a combination of laser, phase detection, depth, and contrast focus. The Mate 9 also features 4K video, and a front-facing 8MP camera.
The Mate 9 comes in Space Gray, Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown, Ceramic White and black (only available in China). It’s equipped with 4 GB RAM, 64 GB ROM, and microSD support up to 256GB. It also provides 4GB+32GB and 6GB+128GB versions. There is a mono SIM version with lower camera sensor.
Huawei also released the Porsche Design Limited Edition of Mate 9, which combines Porsche Design’s signature aesthetic with Huawei’s technology. It’s equipped with 6 GB RAM, 256 GB ROM and a 5.5-inch curved AMOLED display, with WQHD resolution (2560×1440 pixels) and AMOLED technology. The edition is available in Graphite Black only.
The Mate 9 is preloaded with Android 7.0 “Nougat” and Huawei’s Emotion UI (EMUI) 5.0, which improves the system’s performance over previous versions. In February 2017, the phone is scheduled to gain Amazon Alexa support in the United States.