Huawei introduced Huawei Mate 9 in early November the Mate 9, a 5.9 “giant screen phablet with very powerful specifications coupled with an attractive design in 2.5D metal and glass.
The Huawei Mate 9 comes with 5.9 “screen with Full HD resolution, Kirin 960 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, dual camera 20MP + 12MP, 4,000 mAh battery and Android Nougat
Although a few months have passed since its announcement, we did not want to miss the opportunity to analyze this smartphone, as well as compare it with the recently announced Huawei P10, very similar in specifications but smaller.
Below, we present our in-depth analysis of Huawei Mate 9.
Design and structure
The Huawei Mate 9 is a smartphone with a very attractive design, which features a slightly curved one-piece aluminum body at the back and excellent finishes.
It is a smartphone (or rather, phablet) large, as expected since it has a giant 5.9 “screen.
Its large size can throw back many users, who will find the Huawei P10 a more compact alternative, but it is also a plus for those who like a big screen.
Huawei has done an excellent job taking advantage of the space and the top and bottom margins of the screen are quite narrow – without reaching the level of the LG G6 but much better than the iPhone 7.
The side frames of the screen are also well used, and in total we have a screen body ratio of 77.5%.
On the front, the Mate 9 features a 2.5D glass screen, rounded at the ends, making it much more enjoyable to slide your finger from the end of the phone.
As with its predecessor, the Huawei Mate 8, on the back cover we find two pieces of gray plastic at the top and bottom, which facilitate the transmission of waves. Huawei has made these pieces of plastic go unnoticed as they are easily confused with the rest of the metal back cover.
The screen size of the Huawei Mate 9 makes it virtually impossible to use it with one hand. We can barely type with one hand and, of course, dragging the notification bar down with one hand requires juggling the device in hand.
Luckily, Huawei has incorporated a single-handed mode that is activated by dragging the finger from left to right (or vice versa) above the virtual button bar. Even in this mode, we barely reach the upper left corner when holding the phone with only the right hand.
Another related functionality is the ability to display a floating button on the screen, which can be dragged to the right or left edges to facilitate access to certain functions. The floating button expands upon pressing it and shows shortcuts to Back, Start, Recent Tasks, Lock Screen, and Optimization.
At only 7.9 mm thick, it is a relatively thin smartphone given its size. The two chambers located at the back stand out slightly from the surface, as with the Samsung Galaxy S7 or the iPhone 7.
The phone is available in a large selection of colors: champagne gold, space gray, mocha brown, moonlight silver and ceramic white. We have received the space gray model, which is very elegant.
The front part of the Huawei Mate 9 is mainly occupied by the screen, whose side frames, upper and lower are quite narrow as we have already discussed.
Above the screen we find the speaker for the ear, the front camera and the usual sensors of proximity and luminosity.
We also find a multi-color notification LED, which is not visible when off.
It is a success that Huawei has included a notification LED, since many manufacturers are already dispensing with this element.
At the bottom we do not find any physical or capacitive button, but only see the HUAWEI logo.
Huawei markets the phone with a screen protector that has been factory-applied. In the model that we have approved the protector was perfectly placed, without bubbles or errors.
On the back we find the back cover, which cannot be removed and, therefore, we do not have access to the battery.
In the upper area of the back we find the double chamber located vertically.
On the side of the camera we find the dual LED flash and on the other side is the laser sensor to help focus with an inscription with the characteristics of the camera.
Below the camera we find the fingerprint reader, with circular shape.
A little further down is the HUAWEI logo and, below all, some inscriptions with certifications.
On the right side we find the power button and, above this button, the volume control, one piece and elongated. Both buttons have a good feel to the touch and a sufficient distance.
The grip of the phone is good since, as we have commented, the side edges of the phone are beveled and the corners are rounded. This causes the phone not to be keyed in the hand by holding it tightly.
The back is slightly curved, so it fits quite well to the hand. Since the curve is not very pronounced, the phone does not “dance” when typing on the screen.
The metal surface has a matte finish and repels the fingerprints quite well, which are not at all marked on the surface of the phone. The Huawei Mate 9 is not water resistant, so we must be careful not to get wet.
Then we can see the Huawei Mate 9 next to the Huawei P10, in an image where the difference in size and style is perfectly appreciated.