Aussies looking for a big screen phone will be able to officially purchase Huawei’s Mate 9 from next month, with the release date pegged for February 7.
We stress 'officially' because the flagship phablet has been available through several grey-market importers since late last year. Happily, Huawei will sell the Mate 9 at a standard retail price of $999 – the same as those backdoor dealers have been asking.
The Mate 9 will be a welcome addition to the local line-up of big screen smartphones and could help fill the void left by the widely-reported recall of Samsung’s competing Galaxy Note 7.
For business travellers, the sprawling 5.9-inch screen and long battery life will be highly attractive features.
Huawei claims the 4000mAh battery can last for two days under general usage, with real-world reports suggesting a range of 14–18 hours of continuous use.
Other welcome traits include USB-C fast charging technology that'll get you a full day of usage from just 20 minutes of juicing up, plus a microSD card slot to dramatically boost the 64GB of onboard storage.
Powering the Mate 9 is a speedy Hisilicon Kirin 960 processor that can tackle complex tasks with ease, as well as two high-spec cameras developed in conjunction with Leica.
There’s no word yet from Huawei in regards to an Australian release of the slightly smaller Mate 9 Pro, which packs in a dual curved edge screen with 2K resolution, and puts the fingerprint scanner on the front rather than the back.