First of all, I love the box the Huawei Mate 9 comes in – it feels premium which is what you’d expect from a phone undoubtedly marketed at tech-savvy professionals at the higher end of the mobile consumer spectrum.
Upon opening the box, alongside the device itself you’ll also find headphones, a charger and instruction manual inside.
Set-up and design
The Huawei Mate 9 is unapologetically big. It comes with a huge 5.9” screen but luckily the curved design makes it feel manageable, even for my small hands. As with some other Android devices on the market, the fingerprint sensor can be found on the back of the phone; this takes some getting used to but once you are, the sensor is both rapid and reliable. For anyone wondering, the headphone jack is on the top of the phone.
Now for the display. The Huawei Mate 9’s screen is truly a thing to behold; colours appear rich and vibrant and its LTPS FHD display means blacks look deep and inky – perfect for streaming movies and viewing photos. The software skin won’t be to everyone’s liking but it’s moved on from previous Huawei set-ups and now looks a lot cleaner and nicer in my opinion.
Performance-wise, the Mate 9 delivers exceptionally well. With its powerful processor, the phone runs fast and smooth all day long, plus it comes with 64GB of storage that can be expanded up to 256GB with a microSD card. This feature is especially useful to someone like me who loves to take lots of photos and downloads a lot of music.
Co-engineered with expert German camera maker Leica, the Mate 9 features an impressive 12MP colour sensor and 20MP monochrome sensor on the rear and an 8MP front camera. When combined, the rear colour and monochrome sensors deliver incredibly detailed images. Have a look at some of the photos I took below:
One of my favourite and possibly the coolest feature of the camera is its Light Painting mode, which allows you to capture amazing images of light in dark conditions. I took these photos of some sparklers I had left over from NYE:
The huge 4000mAh battery is incredible. After reviewing the handset, I left the phone switched on in my desk drawer and it was still going strong four days later. Plus you can charge this phone unbelievably quickly thanks to its SuperCharge technology. According to Huawei, just 20 minutes charging gives you a full day’s power and I found this to be true having tested this feature before a night out.
Pro camera features
Disclaimer: The views expressed in the above review are my own and do not represent those of Optus or its staff.