Huawei Mate 9: Best Mate to date

Launch SRP: RM2699

Camera Performance & Conclusion

Camera Performance & Conclusion

Naturally, the camera of the Huawei Mate 9’s dual-lens main camera is the highlight of the phone. More specifically, the bigger highlight of the phone’s main camera is its 20MP monochrome camera sensor, which has gained Leica’s approval and takes some absolutely gorgeous photos as well. Don’t get us wrong, the phone’s 12MP RGB sensor still takes some pretty decent photos, but the truth of the matter is, the monochrome sensor is the real selling point of the phone.

Here are just some of the shots we managed to take with the Huawei Mate 9. Do note that we will be adding more pictures over time in an effort to provide our readers with a better idea of just how well this phone’s camera performs.

Conclusion

Huawei has come a long way since they first entered the mobile and smartphone arena. In just a short span of time, the company has gone from rank of an underdog to becoming one of the top three smartphone makers around the world (the other two companies in the category obviously being Apple and despite their rather major hiccup, Samsung). The Huawei Mate 9 is a culmination of their efforts, taking some of the very best features from their Mate series, as well as their P series. The 4,000mAh battery gives the phone a longevity that comes second to the last generation Huawei Mate 8. The display, while only a Full HD display, is exceedingly clear and sharp.

As always, the 20MP monochrome sensor of its dual-camera setup is capable of producing some spellbinding black and white photographs. And while its 12MP RGB sensor may not be as prominent as its black and white brother, the monochrome sensor still helps the Huawei Mate 9 take beautiful color shots by capturing the highlights of a subject and allowing the RGB sensor to fill in the rest of the details.

Even the phone's EMUI 5's experience is an absolute treat. The UI's borderless notifications just seem to blend seamlessly into the phone's display, up until the point you actually see the featureless white background when you swipe away the notification.

At an RRP of RM2,699, you're not paying a premium for a plus-sized smartphone, but one of the best camera smartphones that is now available on the current market.

8.5
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