Huawei finally revealed the Mate 9 today, alongside a special Porsche edition of the smartphone and the Huawei Fit Fitness tracker. Here's all the details.
The Mate 9 features the new Kirin 960 chipset - hailed as the world's highest performing smartphone processor, EMUI 5.0, and SuperCharge technology that promises a full day's charge in just 20 minutes.
The camera feaures a second generation Leica dual-lens with a 12-megapixel/F2.2 RGB sensor, 20-megapixel/F2.2 monochrome sensor and hybrid Zoom with 2x magnification. There's enhanced image fusion algorithm, Optical Image Stabilization andwhat Huawei claims as the industry's first dual-camera pixel binning technology.
So that Kirin 960 - Huawei says itis the world's first chipset to feature an ARM Cortex-A73/A53 Octa-core CPU and Mali G71 Octa-core GPU. The CPU boasts the best multi-core performance among all smartphone SoCs, while reducing power consumption by 15 percent.
It also claims a 180 per cent performance uplift and a 40 per cent improvement in energy efficiency compared to its predecessor. Graphics get a boost, too, with increased graphics performance by up to 400 per cent.
The 4000 mAh high-density battery plus SuperCharge technology (which is 50 per cent faster than its predecessor) is promising over two days of uninterrupted performance, a 40 per cent increase in CDMA call time and a 20 per cent increase in gaming time.
For those concerned about battery safety, there's also "Super Safe 5-gate protection", which gives real-time voltage, current and temperature monitoring to eliminate safety hazards and safeguard battery life.
A for the Graphite Black Porsche design, you're looking at a 5.5-inch curved AMOLED display, as opposed to the regular Mate 9's Black, Space Gray, Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown and Ceramic White colour range with the FHD display.
Using Linux to improve the native Android OS, EMUI 5.0 not only makes the interface more intuitive, it aims to become more intelligent and efficient over time by understanding your behavior patterns - making sure high priority apps gets preference for resources such as story and battery. More than 50 per cent of features can now be reached within two clicks while over 90 per cent can be reached within three clicks.
The Mate 9 will be launching everywhere but Australia at first, it seems. China, Malaysia, France, Poland, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Italy Spain, Japan, Thailand, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates are getting the 4GB + 64 GB Mate 9 for €699 and the 6GB + 256GB Porsche Mate 9 for €1395.
But that's not all - say hello to the the Huawei Fit a fitness watch featuring heart rate monitoring, automatic step counting, sleep tracking and support for multi-sport activities - all the usual suspects. It has running programs and offers real-time coaching, and displays VO2 max, recovery time and a training score after a run.
It will come in Titanium Gray and Moonlight Silver, retailing at €149 in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and the United States.
Fingers crossed we will have some Aussie info for all of thes eproducts soon - we will keep you updated with Australian pricing and release dates as they come to hand.