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Huawei Mate 9: Best Mate to date
By John Law - 3 Jan 2017
Launch SRP: RM2699

Benchmark, Performance & Battery life

Benchmark & Performance

To test our Huawei Mate 9, we ran the phone through our usual list of synthetic benchmarks:

  • 3DMark Slingshot ES 3.1
  • 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
  • PCMark
  • AnTuTu
  • Quadrant
  • Epic Citadel

Huawei’s new HiSilicon Kirin 960 SoC was meant to be as powerful, if not more, than Qualcomm’s own Snapdragon 821 in terms of efficiency and performance. On top of that, the Huawei Mate 9 is also one of the first few phones under the brand to be using the new Android 7.0 Nougat and their own EMUI 5.0 user interface (which by the way is really a far more seamless experience than the previous version). To that end, the phone really didn’t disappoint us with the benchmark numbers. On 3DMark’s Slingshot test, the Huawei Mate 9’s score went above 2,300 points, the highest score we’ve seen to date, outpacing even Qualcomm’s own Snapdragon 820 SoC. Needless to say, the Huawei Mate 9 just blitzed through the rest of the other benchmarks.

3DMark's Slingshot ES3.1 & Ice Storm Unlimited


AnTuTu & Quadrant

Epic Citadel

Battery life

Much like its predecessor, the Huawei Mate 9 has a large and long-lasting battery. With a 4,000mAh battery, mobile data turned off and Wi-Fi on, we could literally leave the phone by itself for a good four to five days, come back to it and still find it with more than 50-percent of its battery left in it.

It gets a better. Like most smartphones on the market, the Huawei Mate 9 is equipped with an adaptive battery feature. This feature is capable of learning the way you use the phone (i.e. when you turn it on, the average time you use the phone, your most used app, etc.). After a week of getting the phone accustomed to our usage habits (i.e. social media surfing, checking our messages, watching YouTube,etc.), it was pretty impressive that the phone on a full charge still managed to give us close to three days before desperately needing a wallplug.

On the Powermark battery test, the Huawei Mate 9 came two minutes short of 11 hours. That's half a day of continuous processing and work on the phone!

The only (slight) drawback to this longevity is the weight of the phone, but that’s to be expected when you put in a battery that’s bigger than the current standard issued for phones. Still though, it’s definitely better than carrying around a phone with a 10,000mAh battery and weighing half a kilogram.

  • Design 8.5
  • Features 9
  • User-Friendliness 9
  • Performance 9
  • Value 8.5
The Good
New HiSilicon Kirin 960 SoC is very snappy
Leica-approved dual-camera is capable of taking impressive photographs
EMUI 5.0 user interface blends seamlessly with the Android 7.0 Nougat OS
Battery life on phone is impressive
The Bad
Pricetag still a bit on the high side
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