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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.

RTBA, con­sumer.huawei.com

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

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