Huawei Mate 9, the company’s new giant premium smartphone with a Leica dual-rear camera setup, has been officially launched at a special event in Munich, Germany. The highlight of the Huawei Mate 9 is the new artificial intelligence feature which will learn the daily habits of the user. Huawei also launched a new fitness tracker. The Huawei Mate 9 comes with a price tag of Eur 699, which is around Rs 51,000 on conversion.
Huawei’s Mate 9 will rely on machine learning to ensure the device understands a user’s daily habits like which apps are used more frequently and it will put them within easy reach. Huawei says also machine learning takes place on the phone itself rather than the cloud for privacy and security of the user. “It learns how you use your phone,” said Arne Herkelmann, Huawei’s European head of handset portfolio and planning.
Huawei is not the only manufacturer focusing on machine learning and AI to boost a smartphone’s capability. Google’s Pixel is all about the Assistant, which is exclusive to the device and will learn a user’s habits. Apple’s iPhone is also relying more on machine learning to give users access to apps they use regularly, organise photos based on trips, locations, etc. Samsung recently acquired Viv, a new AI-based assistant by the former co-creators of Siri, which is now part of Apple’s iOS.
In terms of specifications, the Mate 9 has a 5.9-inch FHD display with 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution and 373ppi. The colour saturation(NTSC) is 96 per cent with a high contrast of 1500:1. On the design side, it follows the same style as the earlier Huawei Mate 8 with a metal frame on the side, curved 2.5D glass on the front and a matte metal finish on the back. Dimensions of the Mate 9 are 156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9mm and it weighs 190g. The smartphone will come Space Gray, Silver, Gold, Brown and Ceramic White colour options.
Camera is where the Mate 9 follows the recent trend of dual-rear cameras. Huawei’s P9 and Honor 8 also comes with dual lens systems. The main rear camera is a 20MP Monochrome sensor along with a 12MP RGB sensor which has F2.2 and OIS. The camera is co-branded with Leica, just like the P9 and has dual-tone flash,PDAF, CAF, Laser and Depth auto focus, along with 2x Hybrid zoom. There’s also support for 4K video recording. The front camera is 8MP with auto-focus and F1.9.
Just like other flagship Huawei smartphones, the Mate 9 uses the company’s own Kirin 960, Octa-core CPU (4 x 2.4 GHz A73 cores + 4 x 1.8 GHz A53 cores) and also has an i6 co-processor. It has a Mali-G71 MP8 GPU and comes with 4GB RAM along with 64GB ROM. The storage is expandable to 256GB and the phone has a hybrid dual-SIM slot. Huawei Mate 9 runs Android 7.0 with the company’s EMUI 5.0 on top.
This is a 4G enabled smartphone and will support TDD and FDD LTE along with 3G, WiFi, and GPS
GPS, Glonass. It has Wi-Fi 2.4G/5G, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct support and supports Bluetooth 4.2 with support for BLE.
On the battery front, it has USB Type-C charger and a 4000mAh battery, which Huawei says can last two days with heavy usage, and will charge fully in just 90 minutes. Senors on the Mate 9 are: Fingerprint Sensor, G-Sensor, Gyroscope sensor, Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity sensor, Hall sensor, Barometer, and IR.
Huawei has not yet announced availability of the Mate 9 in India.
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