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Huawei Mate 9
Our instantaneous age of on-demand everything hasn’t been kind to the Leica and Huawei partnership. Many sceptics voiced their concerns and never followed up with the impressive results of the camera tests. This is Huawei’s 5,9-inch response to the naysayers, sporting the second generation of the Leica partnership.
The Mate product line is for the business and power users. Both are very well served with the Chinese company’s home-baked Kirin 960 processor, 4 GB RAM and 4 000 mah battery. Bear in mind that Huawei’s EMUI skin is usually very well optimised and it’s running over the fast and efficient Nougat (7.0) flavour of Android.
Following on the excellent optical tradition, the Mate 9 retains the dual cameras that worked so well on the P9, but this time up the monochrome sensor resolution to 20 MP which will capture even more detail alongside the 12 MP colour sensor. For those who don’t know, each colour picture taken with this camera system uses both sensors and paints in the colour data on to the light details of the monochrome image. The results are incredible.
Further camera enhancements include optical image stabilisation on both sensors, 2x hybrid zoom (uses over-sampling of the 20 MP sensor to retain detail) and, finally, 4K video recording. An 8 MP selfie camera with auto focus and a wide open f/1,9 aperture complete the optics package.
We can’t wait to put this device through its paces and would, even before testing, highly recommend it to anyone looking for a high-end camera on a phone.
Casio G-shock G-steel
We never thought we’d see the day that Casio marches the G- Shock into Edifice territory, but here we are. While a stainless steel casing on a G- Shock watch certainly blurs the lines within the Casio product range, it’s a welcome change-up for the more accomplished among us. And they’ve even managed to retain the Tough Solar charging technology.
From $280, gshock.com