Specs summary

Screen
5.9"

The Huawei Mate 9's screen is 5.9 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.4GHz

There is a HiSilicon Kirin 960 Octa core 2.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system (OS).

Camera
20+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 20+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4000 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 1800 minutes (3G), 857 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



The Huawei Mate 9 comes with powerful technologies in combination with good stamina. If you like big phablets, you cannot go wrong with the Mate 9.

- Daniel Schmidt , Notebookcheck 

It’s fast and has a fantastic screen, but poor battery life means the Mate 9 just doesn’t measure up as the next Note 7 replacement.

- Katherine Byrne , Expert Reviews 

Reviews summary

8.2/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 26 reviews

What's good  

  • All-day battery
  • Plenty of internal storage
  • Great rear camera
  • Blazing performance
  • Quality design and materials
  • Dual SIM support
  • MicroSD support

What's bad  

  • Too big for one-handed operation
  • Emotion UI
  • Proprietary fast charging
  • Price
  • Screen resolution not suited for VR

The Mate series has been known for its massive screen sizes and quality components. With their latest model, Huawei is taking aim at the top of the phablet market in both pricing and specs. But does this big phone justify its big price tag?

Reviews are rolling out and we’ve scoured the best of them to bring you this phone summary.

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With their previous releases, Huawei has proven that buying Chinese phone doesn’t mean sacrificing quality. Reviewers were pleased with the metal and glass design of the Mate 9. While reviews were quick to note that the phone felt great in the hand, they also pointed out the sheer size of the phone. PhoneScoop said, “The curved rear panel and smoothed-over side edges help hand-feel somewhat, but the Mate 9 is a huge phone that constantly requires two hands to use effectively.”

The phone includes a fingerprint scanner on the rear panel which you can program to perform a variety of common actions. Reviewers loved the responsiveness and pointed out that the slight indentation made it easy to find with your finger.

Flipping around front, you’ll find a 5.9-inch 1080p display. Although the resolution is lower than competing flagships, reviewers found little to complain about with the screen. SlashGear stated, “The Huawei Mate 9’s screen can be best described as being decent and tolerable. Just OK, but nothing exceptional.” Reviews indicate that unless you’re looking to use it with a VR headset, the resolution is ample for daily use, gaming and media consumption.

To push those pixels, Huawei went with their own 2.4Ghz 8-core Kirin processor and 4GB of RAM. Benchmarks from reviewers indicate it keeps up with and even outperforms the Snapdragon chips common with other 2016 flagships for basic daily use. The Guardian noted, “It actually felt faster than any other Android smartphone I have used to date, which is an achievement.”

With an internal storage capacity of 64GB, you should have no problem fitting your favorite apps or media on the phone. There’s a tray on the side for microSD cards up to 256GB should you need more space. However, this is the same slot used for a second SIM card. So you must choose between extra storage or an extra line.

As with previous Huawei devices, there's much debate about the phone's interface. While it runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, Huawei’s Emotion UI changes the look of the software significantly. Though many reviews were quick to point out that this latest version is an improvement over past Emotion UI releases, ArsTechnica UK noted, “It still feels like a jumbled mess of too many iOS-like features on an Android system.”

Battery life is equally debatable. With the 4,000mAh battery was enough to get most reviewers through the day, Huawei’s use of their own SuperCharge quick charging technology means you won’t find many options for third-party charging accessories. However, when paired with the Huawei charger, it offers a full charge in under 2 hours. SlashGear summed up experiences well, saying, “The battery won’t last you days under high screen usage time but the 4,000 mAh battery will last you until very late night before you have to recharge it – very impressive battery life.”

If you’re looking for a phone with a powerful camera, reviews show the Mate 9 can keep up with the best phones available. Huawei claims the 20+ megapixel dual-lens rear camera offers improved color accuracy, finer details and great low light performance. Reviews agreed. PhoneScoop said, “The Mate 9 may not replace a dSLR, but it's certainly enough camera for most occasions.” Reviews were equally positive for the front-facing 8MP lens.

Overall, the biggest complaint about the Mate 9 from reviewers is it’s price. With a suggested retail price above even the major manufacturers' flagships, some reviewers felt the value didn’t add up. Mashable said, “While the Mate 9 is a very good phone, it will only be the best for some users: those who care deeply about battery life, fast charging and some niche features like black and white photography.”

Alphr summed up overall opinions well with their final verdict, saying, “If you want a big phone in 2016 then, with the death of the Note 7, the Mate 9 stands virtually alone. You’ll be very happy with Huawei, but you need to really want that extra inch to make the Mate 9 a must-buy.”


Reviews (8.2/10 Avg. rating)


Nothing but a smartphone - it's just a very good one

from GSMArena

The Huawei Mate 9 is a very solid smartphone for those who crave a big-screen phone. Even more so, considering the Galaxy Note7 tragic demise. A proper top-shelf phablet, the Mate 9's aluminum body is as premium as they come. AMOLED die-hards may not be thrilled about the Mate's LCD, but in reali... More

The Huawei Mate 9 is a very solid smartphone for those who crave a big-screen phone. Even more so, considering the Galaxy Note7 tragic demise. A proper top-shelf phablet, the Mate 9's aluminum body is as premium as they come. AMOLED die-hards may not be thrilled about the Mate's LCD, but in reality, there's little to complain about it - other than the bluish tint on the screen, it's simply great.

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Stunningly fast processor and a flawless design

from PC Advisor

Huawei’s Mate 9 is, in our opinion, the best in the Huawei line-up, boasting an impressively large battery alongside powerful internals, an improved dual-camera setup and a sleek, gorgeous design. The benchmark results were some of the best we've seen, bringing excellent value for money. EM... More

Huawei’s Mate 9 is, in our opinion, the best in the Huawei line-up, boasting an impressively large battery alongside powerful internals, an improved dual-camera setup and a sleek, gorgeous design. The benchmark results were some of the best we've seen, bringing excellent value for money. EMUI 5 makes a huge difference to the overall experience too, and we can’t wait to see whether Huawei’s new technology will actually improve the performance of the smartphone over time.

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A worthy contender to the phablet throne

from IT Pro

This phone will most certainly suit the user looking for a large screen and a device that will last longer than a day. While it doesn’t quite manage two days, it is by far the longest lasting smartphone this writer has tested. The storage options start off well with 64GB of onboard storage... More

This phone will most certainly suit the user looking for a large screen and a device that will last longer than a day. While it doesn’t quite manage two days, it is by far the longest lasting smartphone this writer has tested. The storage options start off well with 64GB of onboard storage and get better once you slot in a 256GB card, and the camera gives you plenty of detail on your pictures and some fun options to play around with images.

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The big-screen phone for Android lovers

from Tom's Guide

Huawei's Mate 9 is the kitchen sink of phones. You get a boatload of features, such as an IR blaster, clever stereo speakers, a fingerprint sensor, and a big, bright, 5.9-inch screen. It also has some of the best performance we've seen from a mobile processor. Although we haven't had time to test... More

Huawei's Mate 9 is the kitchen sink of phones. You get a boatload of features, such as an IR blaster, clever stereo speakers, a fingerprint sensor, and a big, bright, 5.9-inch screen. It also has some of the best performance we've seen from a mobile processor. Although we haven't had time to test Huawei's machine-learning speed-saving claims, even if the Mate 9 lost 20 percent of its speed, it would still be the fastest Android phone on the market. And let's not forget about the Mate 9's fantastic 12-hour battery life, either.

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A fantastically well-built phablet

from Coolsmartphone

I am massively impressed with what has been done here. So much so that I have actually adopted this device as my phone of choice. My daily driver. I have also been very indulgent as a side effect of using the Mate 9 and gone and got myself a P9 as my weapon of choice for work. This is a massive d... More

I am massively impressed with what has been done here. So much so that I have actually adopted this device as my phone of choice. My daily driver. I have also been very indulgent as a side effect of using the Mate 9 and gone and got myself a P9 as my weapon of choice for work. This is a massive departure from my usual Sony-based devices (as frequent readers will be aware). For me the phone just fits in all the ways a good smartphone should. It has a cracking screen (in a good way), it is a great size without being too bulky and it performs perfectly for my busy life.

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An incredible big-screen behemoth that’ll make you forget all about the Note 7

from Digital Trends

Should you buy it? Yes. Here, we could say something about the Mate 9 being an easy recommendation because you can’t buy the Galaxy Note 7 anymore; but that’s not strictly true. While the Mate 9’s release is timely, we’d still recommend it as an alternative to the Galaxy N... More

Should you buy it? Yes. Here, we could say something about the Mate 9 being an easy recommendation because you can’t buy the Galaxy Note 7 anymore; but that’s not strictly true. While the Mate 9’s release is timely, we’d still recommend it as an alternative to the Galaxy Note 7, even if it was still on store shelves. The reason is simple, the Mate 9’s camera is fantastic, the compact body is a joy to hold, and Huawei has listened to complaints about the software, and fixed the majority of them. All this progress makes us really warm up to Huawei as a company, and the Mate 9 is a very easy smartphone to recommend.

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The next best thing to a Note 7

from Chip Chick

In this case, being the next best thing isn’t bad. The Mate 9 performs exceptionally well, and features much better graphics performance relative to the rest of the market than the Mate 8. The battery life is phenomenal, the rear camera array is above average, and EMUI finally adds more to... More

In this case, being the next best thing isn’t bad. The Mate 9 performs exceptionally well, and features much better graphics performance relative to the rest of the market than the Mate 8. The battery life is phenomenal, the rear camera array is above average, and EMUI finally adds more to the phone than it takes away. It’s not going to be the most durable phone, but otherwise, there’s not much here to criticize.

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One of the best phones I've tested in aGES

from Know Your Mobile

A real stunner, and a prime candidate for anyone missing the Galaxy Note series. Excellent screen, camera, audio, battery life, and processor performance all wrapped up in one neat and tidy metal package.

A real stunner, and a prime candidate for anyone missing the Galaxy Note series. Excellent screen, camera, audio, battery life, and processor performance all wrapped up in one neat and tidy metal package.

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A high-performance big-screened phone that won't set your pants on fire

from Cnet

The death of the Galaxy Note 7 really is a big loss to everyone who enjoyed wrapping their excited hands around massive, powerful phones. While the Huawei Mate 9 doesn't have the stunningly beautiful design of the Note 7, nor the super high definition display, it makes up for it elsewhere. I... More

The death of the Galaxy Note 7 really is a big loss to everyone who enjoyed wrapping their excited hands around massive, powerful phones. While the Huawei Mate 9 doesn't have the stunningly beautiful design of the Note 7, nor the super high definition display, it makes up for it elsewhere. It's loaded with more power than you're ever likely to need, the battery puts up a hell of a fight, and Huawei's software tweaks now seem to speed up the phone, rather than slow it down. The Mate 9's monochrome camera on the back lets you pretend to be one of those cool arty types, but without needing to grow a stupid moustache. If it's a big-screened bruiser you're after, the Mate 9 is a solid option to consider.

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Near perfection

from Phandroid

The Huawei Mate 9 is the perfect phone for those who simply need the best of the best. The hardware packed into the phone more than compensates for the inconsistencies in the software experience.

The Huawei Mate 9 is the perfect phone for those who simply need the best of the best. The hardware packed into the phone more than compensates for the inconsistencies in the software experience.

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