Huawei unveiled 2 variants of their all new Mate series, Huawei Mate 9 and Mate 9 Porsche on 2nd November 2016.
In addition to that, Huawei has released another variant in China of Mate 9 series called as “Mate 9 Pro”. The Pro shares some designs cues from the exorbitantly priced Mate 9 Porsche variant.
Huawei wants their consumers to have more choices in the Mate series, also grab a larger pie of the high end market in the absence of Samsung Note 7.
The “Pro” variant features a 5.5 inch Quad HD AMOLED curved display, which seamlessly joins to the metallic sides creating a continuous loop design.
It has the Hi-Silicon Kirin 960 processor which is an Octa – Core processor and comes with an 8 Core GPU to ensure fast performance. Furthermore, the key highlight of the device is it’s massive 4000 mAh battery, with fast charging support.
The camera also seems to be the same 20 MP + 12 MP Dual rear cameras with LEICA lens. The camera supports 4K video recording and also comes with Optical Image Stabilization.
But the fingerprint sensor is shifted to the front, integrated in the home button. The fingerprint scanner supports gestures apart from ability to unlock the device.
This is their first device along with the Porsche variant which sports off-screen buttons instead of on-screen. Furthermore, the Mate 9 Pro runs on the Android Marshmallow 6.0 OS along with the EMUI 5.0.
Audiophiles are getting a treat with the Hi6403 audio chip, which ensures deeper sound clarity and bass from the Mate 9.
The Huawei Mate 9 Pro comes in 2 storage / Ram variants. The base variant offers 64 GB of storage and 4 GB LPDDR4 of ram. While the higher variant comes with 128 GB of internal storage and 6 GB of RAM.
Vivo and OnePlus have started a trend when it comes to enormous RAM inclusion, and Huawei is complying to the enthusiast consumer demands with 6 GB variant. The Huawei Mate 9 Pro comes with 7.5 mm of thickness and weighs 169 grams.
The base variant Mate 9 Pro costs for 4699 yuan ($685) or Rs. 47,100 and the higher variant costs 5299 yuan ($773) or Rs. 53,200.
They are not cheap in comparison to the new OnePlus 3T but are cheaper if you compared the eye-watering price of Mate 9 Porsche edition ($1500 ( or Rs 95,000).
The Mate 9 will be available in China in 3 color variants: Grey, Gold, Rose Gold. There is no word on Huawei releasing the new Mate 9 series in India. The recent launches like P9 and Honor 8 have got a mild response due to sky high pricing.
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