Huawei Mate 9 On Vodafone Plans

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Huawei Mate 9

Features

  • 5.9 inch display
  • Android
  • 64GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 16 hours
  • Standby: Up to 27 days 17 hours
  • 78.9mm wide
  • 156.9mm high
  • 7.9mm thick
  • View full specs

Average Score

80/100

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Compare Vodafone Plans for the Huawei Mate 9

Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$30 Red Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 4GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 2GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $59.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $728.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$40 Red Plan

No contract plan + 36mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 6GB Data
  • $59.41/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $738.76
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$40 Red Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 6GB Data
  • $69.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $738.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$50 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 36mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 16GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 2GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $69.41/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $748.76
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$50 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 36mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 14GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 2GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $69.41/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $748.76
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$50 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 16GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 2GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $79.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $748.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$50 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 14GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 2GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $79.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $748.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$60 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 36mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 40GB Data
  • Loyalty Discount + 20GB Bonus Data, ends 30.01.18
  • $79.41/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $758.76
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$60 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 36mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 36GB Data
  • Loyalty Discount + 18GB Bonus Data, ends 30.01.18
  • $79.41/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $758.76
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$60 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 40GB Data
  • Loyalty Discount + 20GB Bonus Data, ends 30.01.18
  • $89.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $758.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$60 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 36GB Data
  • Loyalty Discount + 18GB Bonus Data, ends 30.01.18
  • $89.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $758.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$40 Red Plan

No contract plan + 12mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 6GB Data
  • $98.25/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $739
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$80 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 36mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 96GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 64GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $99.41/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $778.76
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$80 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 36mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 90GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 60GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $99.41/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $778.76
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$50 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 12mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 16GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 2GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $108.25/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $749
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$50 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 12mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 14GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 2GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $108.25/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $749
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$80 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 96GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 64GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $109.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $778.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$80 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 90GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 60GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $109.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $778.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$60 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 12mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 40GB Data
  • Loyalty Discount + 20GB Bonus Data, ends 30.01.18
  • $118.25/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $759
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$60 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 12mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 36GB Data
  • Loyalty Discount + 18GB Bonus Data, ends 30.01.18
  • $118.25/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $759
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$30 Red Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 4GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 2GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $59.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $728.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$40 Red Plan

No contract plan + 36mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 6GB Data
  • $59.41/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $738.76
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$40 Red Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 6GB Data
  • $69.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $738.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$50 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 36mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 16GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 2GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $69.41/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $748.76
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$50 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 36mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 14GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 2GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $69.41/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $748.76
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$50 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 16GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 2GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $79.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $748.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$50 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 14GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 2GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $79.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $748.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$60 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 36mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 40GB Data
  • Loyalty Discount + 20GB Bonus Data, ends 30.01.18
  • $79.41/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $758.76
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$60 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 36mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 36GB Data
  • Loyalty Discount + 18GB Bonus Data, ends 30.01.18
  • $79.41/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $758.76
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$60 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 40GB Data
  • Loyalty Discount + 20GB Bonus Data, ends 30.01.18
  • $89.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $758.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$60 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 36GB Data
  • Loyalty Discount + 18GB Bonus Data, ends 30.01.18
  • $89.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $758.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$40 Red Plan

No contract plan + 12mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 6GB Data
  • $98.25/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $739
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$80 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 36mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 96GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 64GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $99.41/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $778.76
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$80 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 36mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 90GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 60GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $99.41/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $778.76
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$50 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 12mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 16GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 2GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $108.25/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $749
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$50 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 12mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 14GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 2GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $108.25/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $749
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$80 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 96GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 64GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $109.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $778.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$80 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 90GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 60GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $109.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $778.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$60 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 12mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 40GB Data
  • Loyalty Discount + 20GB Bonus Data, ends 30.01.18
  • $118.25/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $759
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$60 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 12mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 36GB Data
  • Loyalty Discount + 18GB Bonus Data, ends 30.01.18
  • $118.25/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $759
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$40 Red Plan

No contract plan + 12mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 6GB Data
  • $98.25/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $739
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$50 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 12mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 16GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 2GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $108.25/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $749
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$50 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 12mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 14GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 2GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $108.25/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $749
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$60 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 12mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 40GB Data
  • Loyalty Discount + 20GB Bonus Data, ends 30.01.18
  • $118.25/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $759
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$60 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 12mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 36GB Data
  • Loyalty Discount + 18GB Bonus Data, ends 30.01.18
  • $118.25/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $759
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$80 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 12mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 96GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 64GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $138.25/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $779
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$80 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 12mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 90GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 60GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $138.25/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $779
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$100 Red Plan

No contract plan + 12mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 150GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 100GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $158.25/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $799
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$30 Red Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 4GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 2GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $59.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $728.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$40 Red Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 6GB Data
  • $69.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $738.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$50 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 16GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 2GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $79.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $748.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$50 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 14GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 2GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $79.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $748.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$60 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 40GB Data
  • Loyalty Discount + 20GB Bonus Data, ends 30.01.18
  • $89.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $758.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$60 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 36GB Data
  • Loyalty Discount + 18GB Bonus Data, ends 30.01.18
  • $89.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $758.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$80 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 96GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 64GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $109.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $778.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$80 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 90GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 60GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $109.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $778.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$100 Red Plan

No contract plan + 24mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 150GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 100GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $129.12/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $798.88
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$40 Red Plan

No contract plan + 36mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 6GB Data
  • $59.41/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $738.76
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$50 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 36mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 16GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 2GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $69.41/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $748.76
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$50 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 36mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 14GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 2GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $69.41/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $748.76
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$60 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 36mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 40GB Data
  • Loyalty Discount + 20GB Bonus Data, ends 30.01.18
  • $79.41/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $758.76
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$60 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 36mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 36GB Data
  • Loyalty Discount + 18GB Bonus Data, ends 30.01.18
  • $79.41/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $758.76
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$80 Red Data Plan

No contract plan + 36mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 96GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 64GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $99.41/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $778.76
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$80 Red Global Plan

No contract plan + 36mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 90GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 60GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $99.41/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $778.76
Huawei Mate 9
Vodafone

$100 Red Plan

No contract plan + 36mth handset repayments
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 150GB Data
  • Get a Loyalty Discount + 100GB Bonus Data, offer ends 30.01.18
  • $119.41/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $798.76

Huawei Mate 9 Specs

Display

Type FHD
Screen Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Screen Size 5.9 inch (15 cm)
Touch Screen Yes

Camera

Resolution 12MP+20MP dual camera
Front Facing 8 megapixels
3D Resolution -
Flash Type LED
Video Camera 3840x2160 @30fps

Music and Video

Music Player Yes
Video Player Yes
Video Calls Yes
FM Radio No
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, 3GP, WMA, OGG, AMR, AAC, FLAC, WAV, MID
Video Formats 3GP, MP4, WEBM, MKV

Physical

Form Factor Slate
Width 78.9 mm
Height 156.9 mm
Thickness 7.9 mm
Weight 190 grams
Accelerometer Yes
Gyro Yes

General

GPS Yes
Battery (3G Talk) Up to 16 hours
Battery (Standby) Up to 27 days 17 hours
App Store Google Play
Processor Type Huawei Kirin 960, 4 x Cortex A73 2.4GHz + 4 x Cortex A53 1.8GHz
Operating System Android 7.0 (Nougat)
Release Date January 2017

Connectivity

Main Connectivity 4G LTE
Maximum Data Speed -
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
USB USB Type C
Bluetooth Yes
NextG Capable No
Telstra Blue Tick No
Networks 2G/3G/4G
Data Networks 2G Bands 900/1800/850/1900 MHz, 3G Bands 850/900/2100/1900/1700 MHz, 4G Bands 1800/2600/700/2100/2300/1900/850 MHz

Memory

RAM 4GB
Internal 64GB
Expandable Up to 256GB

Messaging

Push Email Yes
Text Messages (SMS) Yes
Picture Messages (MMS) Yes

Huawei Mate 9 Reviews

Positive

WhistleOut Review

"Huawei's Mate 9 is a great choice for those looking for a big phone. Almost two days of battery life, an innovative camera, and a price tag that undercuts the competition make it a perfect device for those still mourning the loss of their Note 7."

Huawei Mate 9 Review

Verdict:
Huawei's Mate 9 is a great choice for those looking for a big phone. Almost two days of battery life, an innovative camera, and a price tag that undercuts the competition make it a perfect device for those still mourning the loss of their Note 7.

Like:

Dislike:

  • Fun, innovative dual lens camera
  • Top notch battery life
  • Better bang-for-buck than other flagships
  • 64GB of expandable storage
  • No water-resistance
  • Huawei's take on Android needs more refinement
  • Will be too big for some
  • No support for Daydream VR

Score: 80/100

Outright Cost: $999

What Is It?

The Mate 9 is big. Big to the point where it might seem imposing. And thanks to the 5.9-inch display, it can be be. 

Despite the stature of Huawei's flagship phablet, the actual phone itself is roughly the same size of the iPhone 7 Plus - just with a larger screen. In addition to the big screen, the Mate 9 packs a hefty 4,000mAh battery. Depending on exactly how hard you push the Mate 9, it should be enough to comfortably get you through two working days.

One other standout feature is two rear-facing cameras "co-engineered" with luxury camera manufacturer Leica. Unlike the iPhone 7 Plus. where two cameras with different lenses as used to simulate zoom, the Mate 9 has two of the same lenses - one with a colour sensor, one with a black and white sensor - to capture additional information. This benefits lowlight photography, can result in more detailed images, and can also be used to simulate bokeh (an out of focus background effect).

Since the Mate 9's 20MP monochrome sensor is a higher resolution than its 12MP coloured sensor, the Mate 9 is also able to use data from the large sensor to enhance digitally zoomed images (at least, up to two times magnification).

What's Good?

The Mate 9 doesn't really break any boundaries from a design perspective, but it’s a nice, clean design with a premium edge. There is only a  small amount of bezel around the screen so that the Mate 9 is smaller than you'd expect from a phone with a 5.9-inch screen. Subtle curves on the sides and rear help the Mate 9 feel comfortable to hold. But make no mistake, this is not a small phone.

Hot tip: the Mate 9 looks lovely in mocha brown (pictured); it's almost like a more subtle version of rose gold and your phone will standout from the sea of black and grey devices. On a related note, only the mocha brown model - available outright through local retailers - has dual SIM capabilities. The black model - sold through telcos on contract - only has a single SIM slot.

The Mate 9 packs a top-tier camera (well, cameras) "co-engineered" with Leica. It's fast to launch, takes detailed photos, and holds up in adverse lightning.

Thanks to the dual lens setup, there's a few neat tricks you can pull off. A favourite is the ability to replicate DSLR-like bokeh using what Huawei calls "wide-aperture" mode. The camera uses both image sensors and uses the extra information captured through the monochrome sensor to create shallow depth of field in images. 

While this is generated via software, it looks convincing in most cases. Portraits and macro images provide the best results, while photos taken of glasses and liquids can trip up the algorithm and screw up your shot. Since the bokeh is created digitally, you're also able to modify the intensity and the focal point of an image even after you’ve taken it. You can end up with a weird glitch from time to time (like a missing ear), but for the most part, it's a fun and fresh approach to smartphone photography.

The other major feature uses the slightly larger monochrome sensor to add in detail when you zoom in using the colour sensor. Dubbed hybrid zoom, you're able to crank up to two-times magnification before zooming becomes 100% digital. The resulting effect isn't quite as good as an optical zoom, but it's a noticeable step up from pure digital zoom.

Lastly, there's a mode that lets you shoot just using the Mate 9's monochrome sensor. The monochrome sensor is able to capture more light information and detail than coloured lens, and as a result, can net you unique, stylised shots. 

While the Mate 9 can take lovely photos in most situations, the phone's autofocus can be a little hit and miss in lowlight situations. I found I typically needed a few attempts to get a sharp, in-focus photo under challenging light situations. Lowlight images are also a little more prone to visible noise in the final result.

As expected from a flagship smartphone, the Mate 9 is a zippy little thing. I didn't experience any hitches during my time with the device, and performance on more demanding apps is silky smooth. The superfast rear-facing fingerprint reader doesn't hurt either.  

Huawei says the Mate 9 can last for up to two days on a single charge, and depending on how hard you push the phone, that's definitely possible. On a good day, I woke up to find the Mate 9 still with about 55% battery remaining (after a full day of usage the day before), which then comfortably lasted until the evening on day two. When I've pushed the Mate 9 harder, I've still gotten about a day and a half of charge before I needed to top the phone up, which is much better than many competing devices. When charged with the included USB Type-C "fast-charger", Huawei says you can get a standard day of usage in 20 minutes.

Two other features the set the Mate 9 apart are an IR blaster and Huawei's Screen Promise. 

While most smartphones no longer include an IR blaster, Huawei's held strong. Compatibility depends on the exact model of your appliances, but in many cases, you'll be able to use the Mate 9's "Smart Remote" app to control TVs, DVD players, and air conditioners.

As for the Screen Promise, if you break the Mate 9's screen within three months of purchase, Huawei will repair it for free. While you'll have to pay a fee to get it fixed after the three month period, the Screen Promise should help alleviate the awful of feeling of breaking a new phone.

What's Not So Good?

Like most Chinese smartphones manufacturers, Huawei is guilty of loading its phones with an overly-customised take on Android referred to as EMUI. While the Mate 9 is no exception, the good news is that EMUI is slowly getting better.

Based on Android Nougat, the latest version of Huawei's custom software has addressed a lot of problems that it had on last year's P9. The notification pane and quick settings are no longer split across two different screens, and you can re-enable the app drawer without having to download a third party launch. All in all, EMUI isn't as intent on aping iOS as it once was.

While Huawei has made improvements, EMUI still has its share of issues. The default apps contradict Android's Material Design aesthetic (and have gaudy icons), there's a few too many pre-installed apps, and there's still too far notifications bugging you about apps using energy in the background. Mercifully, you can turn this off, but the option is so buried in the phone's settings that it took me far too long to find. 

I also encountered a couple of issues with app compatibility; for one, I wasn't able to swap the default messaging app. When I tried to swap over to Google's Messenger app, it wasn't able to access my contacts, and wouldn't send messages, despite being set as primary app for text and having the necessary permissions. I then swapped to Facebook Messenger for SMS, and while I could use it to send texts, it wouldn't display my conversations. 

Despite being based on Android Nougat, the Mate 9 doesn't support Google's Daydream virtual reality platform, presumably due to the 1080p display (the Daydream-ready Mate 9 Pro - not available in Australia - has a Quad HD display). The lack of Daydream compatibility is a shame, but the 1080p display is still more than adequate for day-to-day usage.

While the 1080p display might seem like a step down in terms of resolution, it's still a solid all screen. Colours are lovely, it's sharp enough, bright to the point where outdoor usage isn't an issue, and the lower resolution probably helps with the beefy battery life.

The Mate 9's lack of water-resistance is a bummer, given that the feature is increasingly becoming a must-include feature in high-end devices. Unless you're especially prone to dropping your phone in the toilet, I wouldn't call the omission a deal-breaker, but as with the Google Pixel, it makes the Mate 9 feel one step behind the competition.

At 5.9-inches, the Mate 9 can be a little tricky to use one-handed. While it's about the same size as the iPhone 7 Plus, the larger screen can result in some awkward stretches when typing or navigating apps. In addition, the Mate 9 weight seems skewed towards the bottom half of the device, which makes it feel heavier than it is.

Camera Samples

With shallow depth of field
Monochrome sensor only
Monochrome sensor only
Monochrome sensor only
100% crop
100% crop
With shallow depth of field

Who's It For?

Huawei's Mate 9 is a stellar example of what a phablet can be. While a few software quirks can get in the way of an otherwise great experience, the Mate 9 delivers on performance, camera, and battery life. The fact the Mate 9 is more than $200 cheaper than many other plus-size smartphones on the market doesn't hurt its cause either.

If you're into larger phones, want a device with a unique camera, or just want a phone that lasts all day (and then some) the Mate 9 is worth your consideration.

What Else Can I Buy?

LG V20

LG's V20 is one the other flagship phablets currently making the rounds. A second screen that can display notifications, app shortcuts, and more is one of the phone's unique selling points. Notably, the V20 is one of the last premium phones to feature a removable battery.

iPhone 7 Plus

If you're not after an Android smartphone, but still want a larger device, the iPhone 7 Plus is pretty much you're only choice. Fortunately, it's a great option, and also has a funky dual camera system.

Huawei P9

If you're looking for a smaller version of the Mate 9, Huawei P9 is better primed for one handed usage thanks to a 5.2-inch screen. The Mate 9 and the P9 are quite similar, but the P9 runs an older version of EMUI with a few extra quirks, and uses the first generation Leica dual camera system (which is still top notch) rather than the newer tech found in the Mate 9.

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