We’ve heard countless rumors and reports about the Huawei Mate 9 over the past couple of months and that ends today. Huawei has officially announced its brand new flagship smartphone – the Mate 9 – and it’s everything that we thought it would be. The Chinese OEM has come out with a bonafide flagship smartphone, one that can rival the best of them.
The Huawei Mate 9 happens to be the company’s first smartphone powered by its new Kirin 960 processor. It’s a pretty big device since it has a 5.9-inch full HD display. The handset has a unibody metal frame which gives it a premium look and feel.
The Kirin 960 also happens to be the world’s first processor to be based on ARM Cortex-A73/A53 in an octacore configuration. It’s hooked up to 4GB of RAM and is available with 64GB of storage. A 4,000mAh battery will be keeping the lights on.
Huawei has teamed up with Leica to add a dual-camera to this handset which features a 12 megapixel f/2.2 RGB sensor and a 20 megapixel f/2.2 monochrome sensor. Enhanced image fusion algorithms will work together with the hardware to produce “stunning photography,” according to the company.
The Huawei Mate 9 comes with Android 7.0 Nougat installed straight out of the box and the company has slapped its new EMUI 5.0 skin on top. The device will be available in black, space gray, moonlight silver, champagne gold, mocha brown and ceramic white colors.
Huawei is initially going to release the Mate 9 in parts of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. It might eventually make its way to the United States, but details on that are yet to be officially confirmed. Huawei will charge €699 for the Mate 9 in Europe which works out to be $780.