Huawei launched the Mate 9 and Mate 9 Porsche Design flagship smartphones at an event in Munich, Germany on Thursday. While the Mate 9 is what you can call a standard flagship, the Mate 9 Porsche Design is a flagship directed towards an audience with a more fashionable bend of mind. Both the phones however share the same second generation Leica-certified dual cameras on the rear, an upgrade over the first generation shooters on-board the Huawei P9.
Both the phones boast of an all-metal unibody design and curved 2.5D glass on the front. The Mate 9 Porsche Design however carries a distinct Porsche Design branding upfront indicating its collector’s edition ideology. There are some areas where the Mate 9 Porsche Design stays ahead of the curve in comparison to the standard Mate 9. While the Mate 9 has a 5.9-inch 1080p screen, the Mate 9 Porsche Design comes with a 5.5-inch 2K AMOLED display. It’s thinner and lighter, and comes with 6 gigs of RAM and 256GB of internal memory as opposed to the Mate 9 which comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB memory.
Both the phones are powered by Huawei’s home-brewed octa core Kirin 960 processor clubbed with ARM Mali-G71 MP8 GPU and Android 7.0 Nougat-based EMUI.
The Mate 9 and Mate 9 Porsche Design sport a dual-camera setup on the rear with one 20-megapixel f/2.2 monochrome and another 12-megapixel f/2.2 RGB sensor. The setup is aided with optical image stabilisation, a 4-in-1 hybrid autofocus (laser, phase-detect, depth, and contrast detection) and a dual-tone dual-LED flash. The rear cameras are capable of shooting 4K videos, a first for a Huawei flagship phone. On the front, both the phones come with an 8-megapixel camera with f/1.9 aperture and autofocus.
Both the phones are backed by a 4,000mAh battery and support Huawei’s SuperCharge quick charge technology.
The Mate 9 will be available in the colours: Space Gray, Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown, Ceramic White, and Black at a price of 699 Euros (roughly Rs 51,612) in Europe. The Mate 9 Porsche Design on the other hand will cost buyers 1,395 Euros (roughly Rs 1,02,991).