A little over two months have passed since Huawei unveiled its Mate 9 flagship and it’s about time that Huawei makes up for a little drawback that was the ‘sparse’ RAM on its flagship model.
4 GB is likely most for most people out there but ever since OnePlus 3 started offering its mouth-watering 6 GB variant under $400, it is understandable that more expensive offerings such as Huawei’s are feeling the heat.
Welcome then, the new Huawei Mate 9 variant with a tempting 6 GB LPDDR3 memory, accompanied with a 128 GB storage module, bumped up to fit well alongside the upgraded RAM. Do note that the Mate 9 Pro variant isn’t being offered the same treatment.
Huawei is also charging an exuberant amount for the 6 GB version: around $880, which is considerably more than the regular version that retails for around $600.
It is also much more than the OnePlus 3 and the 3T, which I feel it necessary to mention as those phones are so effectively breaking the mold of the high-end smartphone with an equally-high price-tag to boot. The a new 3T model with the same RAM and storage offering comes in $480.
Anyhow, not much else is changed. The display is still, quite sadly, 1080p while the Leica-backed dual-camera setup and the cool metal design is retained.
Huawei Mate 9 (New Variant) Specifications
- CPU: 2.4GHz quad-core Cortex-A73 + 1.8GHz quad-core Cortex-A53
- GPU: ARM Mali-G71 MP8
- Chipset: Huawei Kirin 960
- OS: Android 7.0 Nougat with Emotion UI 5.0
- Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE; Dual-SIM
- Display: 5.9-inch IPS with 1080p resolution
- Memory: 6GB RAM, 128GB Internal storage
- Primary: Dual-lens (20 MP monochrome + 12 MP color sensor), Hybrid Zoom, OIS, f/2.2, 4-in-1 hybrid autofocus, dual-tone LED, 4K video recording
- Secondary: 8MP
- Fingerprint scanner with gesture control
- Connectivity: USB Type-C, Wi-Fi
- Battery: 4,000 mAh, Super Charge supported
- Price: $770 (approx. Rs. 80,700)