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Huawei Mate 9 Unveiled, 5.9″ Display and 4,000mAh Battery, Will Hit US Market

The Mate 9 from Huawei was made official this morning in Germany, bringing an end to the numerous leaks and rumors swirling around. The device, which should see a US launch at some point the future, is very large. Featuring a 5.9″ FHD display and Android 7.0 “Nougat,” this could be a solid option for phone-less Galaxy Note 7 owners who got burnt by the recall. 

For specifications beyond its huge display and operating system, the Mate 9 features a Kirin 960 octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of built-in storage, microSD slot, dual-band WiFi connectivity, fingerprint reader, dual rear-facing Leica-branded cameras (20 megapixel monochrome + 12 megapixel RGB, F2.2, OIS), 4,000mAh battery, and EMUI 5.0.

Looking past the specs, the software on Huawei’s latest device has been upgraded, thanks to the introduction of EMUI 5.0. Not only are features changed, but the overall look of the skin has been cleaned up. Detailed by Huawei, “Through tireless research and testing, we identified many scenarios in which it was easy for users to accidentally press the wrong thing, but with our slick new interface, these little glitches are a thing of the past.”

Now, as for availability, the Mate 9 will be made available in China and Europe first, with US availability to follow at a later time. Huawei has not provided specifics on when we might expect it. For pricing, Huawei only provided the Euro price, which is €699.

Once Huawei announces specific US plans, we will update you.

Mate 9

EMUI 5.0

Via: Huawei
  • Howard Stern ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    i hope they bring this to AT&T.

  • Disqus

    156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9 mm (6.18 x 3.11 x 0.31 in)

    190 g (6.70 oz)

    1080 x 1920 pixels (~373 ppi pixel density)

    Will this work on Verizon?

  • jimt

    Looks like they forgot the dual front facing speakers, bummer.

  • Qbancelli

    5,9″ 1080p screen. Lol

    • Harry Balsaq

      Like anyone can tell the difference. If you say yes you either are a lair or a moron. Choose one.

      • ChrisI

        Clearly a lair

        • Dragon’s Lair.

          • Sporttster

            That game used to frustrate the crap outta me, lol…..

        • vn33

          Lair, Lair .. pants with a flair

  • Jeff “BIG RED”

    If this is unlocked (Verizon compatibility CDMA) would definitely be a contender with my pixel XL. Hell if it had this and dual sim cards I’d seriously freak out!

  • mac103

    Interesting….

  • fallsgable

    NOTHING released has yet to touch my N6…still LOVING the N6 as my daily…everything released falls short in SOME way, and none of these “flagships” ever work on VZW…Yes, still with VZW and have a great deal, great data, great service…and not on a contract…… and the N6 is 2 years old…
    I even went to Swappa and bought 2 of them new, on the cheap, just to have in case
    Best phone…N6 FTW

    • Tim P

      Same here.

    • Turb0wned

      I hated mine. Lagged like crazy and the camera was complete crap.

  • senor_heisenberg

    Display should’ve been QHD.

    • Harry Balsaq

      You can not tell the difference. Hell my TV is 720p. You can tell the difference between 1080p and 1440p or 2160p on a 6 inch screen. PERIOD.

      • ChrisI

        Brutal grammar mistake

      • NexusMan

        I hope you can tell the difference between your 720p tv and a 1080p tv.

        • icase

          Depends on the size, viewing distance and content being played. Broadcast TV on a 46″ screen @ an 8-10′ viewing distance is NOT going to be easily distinguishable.

          • NexusMan

            It absolutely is to me.

          • icase

            I’d have to say you’re full of crap. There is no 1080p native broadcast. Its 720p or 1080i. Upscaling on a small screen is not going to make things look any better. If anything, it will look worse.

          • NexusMan

            You can say what you want, but you’re wrong. A television is used to watch content from many different sources, some of which are 720p, 1080i, 1080p, and lower. And if you can’t tell the difference it says something about your eyesight, or your conditioning to accept a lesser quality. As I stated before, I can see the difference between 720p and 1080p…and 1080i, for that matter. Period.

    • jrbmed08

      Agreed. I’m one of the first people to say QHD is overrated and i actually prefer 1080p in smaller screens. Hell, I used 4.6″ 720p for the past year. But even I can see the difference at the 5.5″ size, let alone 5.9″. I could see pixels in the Moto Z Play for example.

  • friguy3

    Theres no substitute for my note pen 🙁

    • ChrisI

      Yeah, I agree. The stylus on a phone screen this size is the key to its functional use IMO. I seriously can’t believe the Note is the only smartphone in the world with a stylus.

      • My guess is it’s due to Samsung owning some stock in Wacom. Wacom practically monopolizes the digitizer market (whether it’s due to patents, or that no one else can make a drawing tablet/surface as good as them, I don’t know), so competitors are far and few (n-Trig was one… but then Microsoft bought their tech).

        So, it’s likely a lot easier for Samsung to license Wacom’s tech than it is for other phone manufacturers.

      • Spencer Sasse

        It actually isn’t. The LG Stylo and Stylo 2 both have styluses for a very affordable price. The Stylo 2 is a very good alternative to the Note 7. It has the same screen size, albeit a little bit smaller resolution, a great camera, and the stylus has most of the functionalities the Note’s stylus gives you.

        • ChrisI

          You and I both know the Note phones and these Stylo phones are comparing apples to oranges

          • Spencer Sasse

            haha you’re not wrong lol

  • TS50

    Next phone. Guaranteed. I am one of those with gigantic hands and want a 6″ screen device. Willing to give them a try. Just wish they announced a US release date. Hoping it’s not in January like the rumors say. I am using a combo of a Galaxy core prime and Nexus 7 tablet ever since I returned my Note 7 V2. That phone is brutal.

  • The Dude

    Why the hell does everyone think stock Android is so great? Is it just mass psychosis? I have a Nexus 6 and it really isn’t. Have you guys ever used a rom like MIUI or its variants?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      It’s that the Chinese roms tend to be bloated garbage. As for skins People are Happy Enough with Samsung HTC and LG

      • abqnm

        MIUI is not like the other Chinese skins. It’s quite different from stock Android, but it’s nice.

        But yeah many of them are bloated garbage. Asus ZenFone line comes to mind. Even Huawei’s EMUI is bloated and a disorganized mess. Though I haven’t seen this new version yet, so it could improve.

    • NexusMan

      Because it’s not bogged down.

  • JP

    €699? Bwahah

  • Orion

    Man this would have been awesome if it ran stock Android. It would have been an instant purchase. Oh well still keeping my N6.

    • Tim P

      + QHD Screen + Unlockable bootloader

  • NexusMan

    Why is the fingerprint scanner on this long phone, located all the way at the top, crunched up under the camera? Who’s it made for? E.T.?

    • MH

      People with big hands.

      • NexusMan

        Oh, ok…so it’s a product for the masses.

    • Neel

      Don’t how what demographic they had testing this phone to place that scanner all the way up there…

      • NexusMan

        Maybe they plan to sell it exclusively to the NBA.

  • Hem

    Pass

  • Suicide_Note

    Dear Google,

    Please release the Pixel XL 2 next year with this size screen, please. Thank you.

    • Orion

      Dude, I wish they would have done it this year.

      • Suicide_Note

        Same here. I love my XL, but holy donkey balls, a 6″ screen on it would have been nothing short of god-like.

        • Mariafhurlbut2

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    • santy83

      Dear Suicide_Note,

      Of course . We would be glad to do that for you at $889 . Thank you.

      Google.

      • MH

        Add an SD card reader, and I’d happily pay that.

      • Suicide_Note

        I’ll take two, my lord.

    • Gfame103

      Dear Google,

      Please DO NOT release the Pixel XL 2 next year with this size screen,
      Thank you. #shamu

      • Lulawsisson

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    • Only if they shrink the bezels, like they did here. A 6″ phone with top and bottom bezels as large as the Pixel’s would be way too cumbersome to put in your pocket and use.

  • Ariel Felder

    What are the chances that we can get this on Verizon?

    • Harry Balsaq

      ZERO. As they will not include CDMA radio or band 13( which only Verizon uses )

      • Ariel Felder

        Why ignore a major carrier? If they are looking to gain market in the US doesn’t it make more sense to work with all bands? I’m curious. This looks like a monster phone and the first flagship level device to really get my attention this year.

        • Joshua P.

          Based on the shoddy build quality of the 6p it will probably be awhile before they can pass Verizon QC.

        • Harry Balsaq

          Because adding in CDMA and band 13 just for Verizon isn’t wroth the extra cost. Yes Verizon is the largest US carrier but this is WORLDWIDE company. SO ultimately the number of Verizon uses is just a drop in the bucket.

        • ChrisI

          Verizon not a major carrier in China. Or anywhere else on the planet. Seriously, outside the US no one uses their cdma tech.

          • Bobb

            your right, lets not include the largest carrier in the largest smart phone market

          • Bobb

            you’re*

          • ChrisI

            That would be China Mobile.

        • Casey

          Originally Nextbit was going to release a version of the Robin that would work on Verizon. In a podcast interview they talked about all the challenges associated with getting a phone to work on Verizon’s network. It was apparently very time consuming and expensive.

      • MH

        Don’t forget Sprint and US Cellular

      • jgheld

        What makes you say no CDMA/LTE? GSMArena.com claims it has both. It would be completely stupid not to take advantage of the Note 7 hole to the best of their ability.

        • jgheld

          Honestly, if this ISN’T Verizon capable, that might be the straw to move me to another carrier.

        • jgheld

          And now I wanna cry. Has CDMA, but….. Official specs (http://consumer.huawei.com/en/mobile-phones/tech-specs/mate9-en.htm):
          4G FDD LTE:
          Band1/2/3/4/5/7/8/9/12/17/18/19/20/26/28/29;

        • Harry Balsaq

          The CDMA band is for China only. Verizon uses more than 1 CDMA band. Also no band 13.

  • BobButtons

    Chrome & Play Store icons look out of place. Why only theme some?

    • Suicide_Note

      Because EMUI is crap.

      • jimt

        Nova launcher might make this sweet.

  • exvirgo

    What are the chances that this could have been the Pixel?

    • NexusMan

      None. Unless Google designed it.

      • exvirgo

        right… what i’m saying is, was this the phone that Huwai wanted to produce for google before google got all hot to control the design and manufacture.

        • NexusMan

          And what I’m saying is, Google was ALWAYS going to design and control the Pixel. That’s the whole point of the Pixel. So, NO, this would have never been the Pixel. Your question would have been more valid if you asked, “What are the chances that this could have been a Nexus?”

          • ck125

            Is that why they took the A9 shifted some things around and called it the pixel?

          • NexusMan

            Exactly. Also why HTC took the iPhone shifted some things around and called it the A9.

          • Havoktek

            C’mon now, you know….i know…..we all know that this was a kanban product that HTC already had built. Google just gave it a stamp and included the software. So when you think about it, for the monkier of “Designed by Google”…..simply unimpressive. Yeah they were always gonna do a Pixel but I don’t think that was it at all.

        • TS50

          I would say no just because Huawei has had a mate device for some time that is this size. I wish it was a pixel though.

          • jgheld

            I’m really disappointed with the Pixel honestly. No SD card kills me. And base has 32GB? wtf am I gonna do with that? For the price, it was a poor performer. If the pixel was $200 less, I can deal without a SD-Card slot.

          • Qbancelli

            Most ppl don’t care about SD-Card slot as much as you.
            Google was never going to make a phone with one. Get over it, and go buy something else.

      • exvirgo

        gotta think before you reply

        • NexusMan

          I did. Did you?

          Doesn’t seem like it.

          • exvirgo

            I give up. Everyone in these comments is such a know-it-all.

          • jgheld

            What you meant to say was: “what are the chances this was the Nexus 7p before Google decided to do their own thing.” Pixel was always a Google designed product.

  • LilSweetLin

    This may be an option if I decide to retire my Nexus 6P. The Kirin looks super fast

  • LilSweetLin

    That battery, though… drool.

  • KleenDroid

    Amazing