Huawei Mate 9 (and PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 9) unveiled – Price and availability

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  • Posted: November 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Huawei Consumer Business Group has unveiled two of the most anticipated devices of the year:

  1. The HUAWEI Mate 9
  2. The exclusive PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 9

The PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 9 is a limited edition smartphone combining Porsche Design’s signature brand aesthetic with Huawei’s mobile engineering expertise

“In developing the HUAWEI Mate 9, we started with a simple question – how can we improve every element of the smartphone experience?”

-Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group

“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.”

Key features

They include:

  • Kirin 960 chipset

This is the world’s highest performing smartphone processor according to Huawei.

  • EMUI 5.0

An intuitive user interface that streamlines the users’ experience with the OS.

  • SuperCharge technology

Huawei claims this delivers a full day’s charge in 20 minutes.

  • Second generation Leica dual-lens camera

It posseses a 12-megapixel RGB sensor, 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and Hybrid Zoom, featuring a superior 2x magnification


The HUAWEI Mate 9 Series debuts the premium Kirin 960 chipset with Huawei’s Machine Learning Algorithm to deliver a fast and smooth experience, even after 18 months of continuous usage. The Kirin 960 is the world’s first chipset to feature an ARM Cortex-A73/A53 Octa-core CPU and Mali G71 Octa-core GPU. The CPU delivers the best multi-core performance among all smartphone SoCs, while reducing power consumption by 15 percent.

The GPU boasts a 180 percent performance uplift and a 40 percent improvement in energy efficiency compared to its predecessor. The Kirin 960 also takes full advantage of the pioneering Vulkan graphics standard on Android 7.0, increasing graphics performance by up to 400 percent.

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The HUAWEI Mate 9 combines a 4000 mAh high-density battery with Huawei’s all new SuperCharge technology. With its advanced power saving technology, the HUAWEI Mate 9 increases battery life to provide over two days of uninterrupted performance. This includes a 40 percent increase in CDMA call time and a 20 percent increase in gaming time.

Supporting 5A fast charging, SuperCharge technology enables a 50 percent improvement over the previous generation – 10 minutes of charge provides enough power to watch two full movies. Most importantly, the battery sets a new standard in charging technology including Super Safe 5-gate protection, which offers real-time voltage, current and temperature monitoring to eliminate safety hazards and safeguard battery life.


HUAWEI Mate 9 features the second generation dual-lens camera co-engineered with Leica. Huawei and Leica have continued to improve and enhance the optical performance of the camera module, which now includes a 12-megapixel/F2.2 RGB sensor, a 20-megapixel/F2.2 monochrome sensor and enhanced image fusion algorithms that work in concert to produce stunning photography.

The RGB sensor captures true-to-life colors, while the monochrome sensor captures intricate details and depth resulting in the iconic Leica Image Style. When paired with the leading dual-lens camera Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) solution and the industry’s first dual-camera pixel binning technology, the HUAWEI Mate 9 has a superior night shot capability. The Kirin 960 is designed specifically to support the HUAWEI Mate 9’s second generation Leica dual-lens camera with Hybrid Zoom. The 4-1 Hybrid Auto-focus features laser focus, phase detection focus, depth focus and contrast focus.

Display and Design

The HUAWEI Mate 9 builds upon the Mate Series’ highly-regarded design DNA. It features a 5.9” FHD display and unibody metal frame.

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With the PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 9, Huawei introduces a remarkable 5.5” curved AMOLED display that offers a smooth, sleek feel.

The Android Experience Reimagined

With the introduction of EMUI 5.0, the HUAWEI Mate 9 reimagines the native Android operating system using Linux to improve the experience, aesthetics and functionality. With EMUI 5.0, the HUAWEI Mate 9 becomes more intelligent and efficient over time by understanding consumers’ behavior patterns, and ensures the highest priority applications are given preference subject to system resources.

This guarantees a long-lasting, smooth experience as over time, EMUI 5.0 slows down the performance erosion that all smartphone devices experience. EMUI 5.0 also introduces a brand new intuitive interface design. More than 50 percent of features can now be reached within two clicks while over 90 percent can be reached within three clicks.

Pricing and Availability

The HUAWEI Mate 9 is available in Black, Space Gray, Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown and Ceramic White. On the other hand, the exclusive PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 9 is available in Graphite Black.

The HUAWEI Mate 9 will be available in the following first-wave launch markets:


  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Malaysia
  • Poland
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • United Arab Emirates
Version EUR (includes tax) KSh (approximate)
HUAWEI Mate 9 4GB + 64 GB €699 Ksh.77,000
PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 9 6GB + 256GB €1395 Ksh.154,000


Huawei Consumer Business Group also launched the HUAWEI FIT, a fitness watch featuring heart rate monitoring, automatic step counting, sleep tracking and support for multi-sport activities. The HUAWEI FIT provides comprehensive and customized running programs and offers real-time coaching; after a run the watch displays VO2 max, recovery time and a training score. It is the first wearable device to achieve the TÜV-WT reliability and accuracy certification.

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The HUAWEI FIT is available in Titanium Gray and Moonlight Silver for €149 in the following first-wave launch markets:

  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • United States
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