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Huawei's new Mate 9 looks to fill the void left by Samsung's Galaxy Note 7

By Shawn Knight
Nov 3, 2016
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  1. Chinese smartphone maker Huawei on Thursday unveiled its long-rumored Mate 9 smartphone, a flagship that’ll eventually find its way to US shores.

    The Huawei Mate 9 features a large 5.9-inch display operating at a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 with 2.5D glass that’s powered by a Kirin 960 octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM.

    It also includes 64GB of local flash (expandable via microSD card slot), a rear-facing dual camera system comprised of 12-megapixel and 20-megapixel f/2.2 aperture cameras with optical image stabilization, an 8-megapixel f/1.9 aperture selfie camera up front, a fingerprint sensor and a large 4,000mAh non-removable battery with fast charging technology.

    As Engadget details, Huawei built in a machine-learning algorithm that aims to learn your phone habits and optimize resources accordingly. For example, if you often play a specific game immediately after checking Twitter, the Mate 9 can pick up on this and prepare the CPU and RAM for a faster launch. The idea is to prevent your phone from running more slowly over time and thus, extend its usable life.

    Huawei has also reportedly spruced up EMUI 5.0, its Android 7.0 Nougat overlay. After spending some time with it, Engadget says the UI does feel a little less cluttered as icons have been redesigned and shuffled around in a meaningful way.

    Huawei didn’t say exactly when the Mate 9 would arrive in the US although a person reportedly familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal that it’ll debut in the states in January. It’s a real shame to consumers that Huawei’s Mate 9 will miss the holiday buying season as there’s a huge gap in the market left by the early exit of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7.

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  2. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Addict Posts: 229   +89

    Is it just me, or is anyone else not really not a fan of software buttons on the display.
     
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  3. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,906   +954

    I'm not, I prefer capacitive touch buttons just below it.
     
  4. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Maniac Posts: 318   +116

    Same here. I disabled the software buttons on my OnePlus 3...I prefer capacities touch buttons.
     
  5. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,323   +135

    Same here.
     
  6. sac39507

    sac39507 TS Enthusiast Posts: 36   +6

    Same here. Do they test this before designing it? If you use an app especially playing games, you always touch it
     
  7. Edito

    Edito TS Enthusiast Posts: 52   +8

    You are not alone, I hate buttons on the display...
     
  8. Jamibi

    Jamibi TS Enthusiast Posts: 27   +6

    I guess I'm the only one in the world who quite likes the software buttons. Then again I don't really play any games on my phone, I haven't really ever noticed accidentally hitting them either. Just think it looks cleaner and nicer.

    Each to their own I guess. (I'm still on an Xperia Z3)
     
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  9. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 910   +388

    Love the Mate8 I bought about a month ago. Why didn't I wait for the 9? TOO expensive.
    I wanted the 8 last year, but it was TOO expensive. When the 9 was about to be released,
    the 8 price DROPPED in half. Better value for me. (replaced the mate2).
     
  10. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,608   +295

    Same. Don't mind the buttons, like that they can be contextual, and still on Xperia Z3. See no reason to upgrade.
     
  11. Kotters

    Kotters TS Member Posts: 46   +26

    Why are they putting a 1080p display on a phone that's nearly 6"?
     
  12. Phr3d

    Phr3d TS Booster Posts: 241   +43

    Because it's still more pixels (PPI) that your retina can perceive and Should be much more battery-friendly.
     
  13. Kotters

    Kotters TS Member Posts: 46   +26

    The human eye is not a camera or computer monitor. It doesn't see in pixels.
     
  14. Phr3d

    Phr3d TS Booster Posts: 241   +43

    I clearly missed the rhetorical aspect of your post.
    SO.. I conclude that they chose that resolution to piss off people that see 1440 as important in some way.
     
  15. Kotters

    Kotters TS Member Posts: 46   +26

    You made two claims. One was refuted. Don't get snarky.
     

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