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Video: Huawei Mate 9 Unboxing and Tour

Made official last week, the Mate 9 from Huawei is said to be bound for the US market. While we still don’t have specifics for that launch, the device is currently on its way to be available for customers in Europe and China, priced at €699. That price puts it up against the best smartphones currently available, but thanks to the inclusion of top-tier specifications, as well as a very premium build, Huawei thinks they can compete just fine. 

Those top tier specs I just mentioned include a 5.9″ FHD display, Kirin 960 octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB onboard storage, microSD support, USB Type-C, fingerprint reader, dual Leica-branded cameras (one 20MP monochrome sensor + one 12MP RGB sensor, F2.2 and OIS), 4,000mAh battery, and EMUI 5.0 running atop Android 7.0 “Nougat.”

While it’s great to see Nougat start shipping on new devices, we can’t help but talk about Huawei’s updated EMUI 5.0. From my brief time so far with it, it’s a major step in the right direction compared to past iterations. For example, system toggles are exactly where you expect them in the notification shade, and the settings menu itself just seems much more accessible. However, the Mate 9’s pre-installed launcher does not have an app drawer, something I know people tend to appreciate.

Once we have spent a bit more time with the Mate 9, expect to see a more complete EMUI 5.0 tour, plus other posts on whether picking one up (once they’re available) will be a good idea.

Unboxing and Tour

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  • Casey

    What is aeroplane mode?

    • DanG

      airplane mode in British English.

  • synplex

    Thank you for leaving the phone in frame during boot up… I’m one of those ppl =-D

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    • ozzyager

      Ha, same here. I’m always like “oh, c’mon!” when it’s placed just out of frame.

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  • Danmheadache

    I don’t if it’s the Kirin 960, but the phone seems quite smoother than the prev Huawei phones.
    Could’ve been better if the display was smaller size like 5.2~5.5″. 5.9″ 1080p is too much.

    • Snowbo13

      ha I didnt even notice. I just saw FHD and thought that teh screen was over 1080p untill I thought about it… But yes anything about a 5.2″ for me will be over 1080P

  • Conrad Phillip

    Is it dual sim

    • ChrisI

      I believe it is cuz it takes a SIM + SD card…..so should be dual SIM.

      Just curious, do you actually use that feature?

      • Conrad Phillip

        Good thing to know… And yes I use this feature. I came from a OnePlus 3 where I have (had Verizon for 15 years)cricket wireless with 5 lines for 100 bucks and Google bamboozled be out of my Google voice number so I have project Fi also. If it makes any sense…

    • Yup, dual SIM!

      • Conrad Phillip

        Good thing to know… And yes I use this feature. I came from a OnePlus 3 where I have (had Verizon for 15 years)cricket wireless with 5 lines for 100 bucks and Google bamboozled be out of my Google voice number so I have project Fi also. If it makes any sense

  • NEXUS2345

    Pretty sure I saw that under the Home Screen Style setting, it has an app drawer. Just thought that should be clarified.

    • Smaug

      Yes. It does have an app drawer setting. (Finally!!!)

    • Can confirm! APP DRAWER IS THERE! 😛

  • Sal B.

    Any idea if it supports AptX?

    • DanG

      No Snapdragon so no AptX.

  • wickets

    lusting to buy one as soon as I can….many thanks for the video