Friday, November 4, 2016

Bucket Tech: Huawei Mate 9 & Porsche Design Mate 9 - First Look

In Munich yesterday, Chinese mobile phone giant Huawei hosted their global launch for it's flagship device, or should I say "devices", the Mate 9 Series. With the Mate 8 being pretty much one of the best business devices of 2016, the Mate 9 has a lot to live up to and speaking at the exclusive global launch, Huawei's CEO, Richard Yu had this to say, "In developing the Huawei Mate 9, we started with a simple question, how can we improve every element of the smartphone experience? We know that for today's business users, a fast and functional smartphone is just the beginning. Consumers also want a gorgeous design and intuitive features, so we created two new devices at the forefront of hardware and software innovation. The result is a device that is breathtakingly new, inside and out."

As mentioned before, not one but two phones were launched yesterday, both of which make up the Mate 9 Series. One is the Huawei Mate 9 and the other a Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9. The Mate 9 and the Porsche Design Mate 9 feature dynamic interplay of industry-leading hardware and advanced software that work together to keep users a step ahead. Some of the key features in the devices are,

  •  Huawei's new Kirin 960, Octa-core processing unit, the worlds highest performing smartphone processor. 
  • EMUI 5.0, an intuitive user interface that streamlines the users experience with the OS
  • SuperCharge technology that delivers a full days charge in 20 minutes.
  • Second generation Leica dual-lens camera with 12 megapixel RGB sensor, 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and Hybrid Zoom, featuring a superior 2x magnification. 

Much has been spoken about this new Kirin 960 CPU, Huawei's Kirin chipset has vastly been used by many manufacturers over the years in their devices and the Mate 9 is the first phone to get the 960. It makes use of Huawei's Machine Learning Algorithm to deliver a fast and smooth experience, even after 18 months of continuous usage. Without going into the nitty-gritty of it all, the 960 delivers performance unlike any other processor whilst reducing power consumption by 15 percent, and being energy efficient. 

One of the main issues with smartphones is battery life, whilst the Mate 8 did boast two days of battery life with heavy usage, the Mate 9 comes with a 4000 mAh high-density battery with Huawei's new SuperCharge technology. Along with Huawei's advanced power saving technology, the phone is said to provide over two days of uninterrupted performance. With the SuperCharge tech, it allows the Mate 9 to charge from 0 to 50% in 10 minutes, that is enough power to let you watch two full movies on your device. 

Design wise, the Mate 9 looks great, Huawei calls it performance in design, with their highly regarded design DNA which uses the finest materials to deliver a smartphone that features a 5.9" FHD display and is both beautifully designed and comfortable to use. It has a sleek uni-body metal fram which uses 50 unique processes, including one hour of CNC milling to manufacture. Every detail, from the soft sandblasted texture to the gorgeous colour palette, is a result of more than 25 years experience in delivering refined craftsmanship. 

But for those who want something a little different, Huawei teamed up with design icons, Porsche Design to create the Porsche Design Huawei  Mate 9. Porsche Design isn't new to cellphone design with them having a long history in designing mobile phones for select manufacturers, their designs are unique and timeless. The Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9 will be a limited edition smartphone combining Porsche Design's signature brand aesthetic with Huawei's mobile engineering expertise. Together Huawei and Porsche Design have achieved a new pinnacle where Design meets Technology. Huawei introduces a remarkable 5.5" curved AMOLED display that offers a smooth sleek feel. It will be available exclusively in graphite black. 

Overall the Mate 9 looks like a winner, with another cellphone giant's flagship business phone falling short of expectations recently, Huawei will look to capture the void that was left there. The first wave of launches kicks off soon with selective markets, we in SA will have to wait a while till we see this one, probably in the early parts of 2017. 

Also launch was the Huawei FIT, an all in one wearable device designed to support everybody's fitness needs. Featuring multi-sport tracking, automatic step count, heart rate and sleep monitoring, the waterproof Huawei FIT will be available globally. 

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