Huawei mate 9

Su­pe­rior Per­for­mance

HWM (Philippines) - - Test - By Jon­nah Lynne Pante

When Huawei un­veiled the P9 as the com­pany’s first smart­phone to have a dual cam­era setup co­engi­neered by Le­ica, we all knew that it wouldn’t be the last. True enough, months after came an­other flag­ship in the form of the Huawei Mate 9. In­tro­duced early in what Huawei dubbed as the “Year of the Dual Cam,” the Huawei Mate 9 proved it­self to be on top of the line.

A looker at all an­gles, the Huawei Mate 9 comes in a unimetal body which ex­poses a pre­mium look. It has a 5.9-inch Full HD dis­play with rich, life-like graph­ics that made watch­ing videos and play­ing games a vis­ually de­light­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. Its bulky body houses a pow­er­ful Kirin 960 chipset, the main rea­son behind the Mate 9’s fast and lag-free per­for­mance, com­ple­mented by 4GB of RAM plus 64GB of ex­pand­able in­ter­nal stor­age. The phone is also the first to carry an An­droid 7.0 EMUI 5.0 out of the box, which made it equipped with a cleaner and more user-friendly in­ter­face.

Go­ing to its main sell­ing point, the Mate 9 car­ries a sec­ond gen­er­a­tion Le­ica dual cam­era with 12-me­gapixel F2.2 RGB sen­sor plus a 20-me­gapixel F2.2 mono­chrome sen­sor, which cap­tures photos with clear de­tails and just the right amount of sharp­ness and sat­u­ra­tion. It has the same pro­fes­sional cam­era mode as the P9 and a wideaper­ture ef­fect ca­pa­ble in mim­ick­ing the per­for­mance of a 54mm DSLR lens with 4-in-1 Hy­brid Aut­o­fo­cus. It also pro­duces photos with bokeh that ap­pears more nat­u­ral than that of the P9. Its other cam­era modes in­clude mono­chrome, beauty, HDR night shot, light paint­ing, time­lapse, slow-mo, panorama, good food, and au­dio note. It also al­lowed us to save photos in RAW for­mat. The de­vice is also ca­pa­ble of 4K record­ing.

On its front is an 8-me­gapixel cam­era that has a per­fect selfie mode, al­low­ing us to edit our self­ies with its set­tings like smooth, whiten, en­large eyes, brighten eyes, and thin­ner eyes.

We were disappointed with the bat­tery life of the P9, which only lasted for three hours when used mainly as a cam­era. Huawei ad­dressed this is­sue by pro­vid­ing the Mate 9 a large 4000mah bat­tery that lasted for more than a day and a half with mod­er­ate to heavy use, and up to two days with light us­age. We were also able to max­i­mize our test­ing time with the Mate 9 be­cause we don’t have to wait for too long to have its tank full again – less than an hour, to be spe­cific. Equipped with fast charg­ing, the Huawei Mate 9 was able to equate a 30-minute plug time to 67 per­cent of bat­tery life.

The Huawei Mate 9 is un­doubt­edly one of the most pow­er­ful de­vices we’ve tested yet. It’s ar­rival in the mar­ket is yet an­other proof that Huawei knows very well how to set the stan­dards in the in­dus­try.

CON­CLU­SION The Mate 9 is un­doubt­edly one of the most pow­er­ful de­vices we’ve tested. It’s ar­rival in the mar­ket is proof that Huawei knows how to set the stan­dards.

On the back of the Huawei Mate 9 are its dual cam­era setup and fin­ger­print sen­sor.

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