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Huawei Mate 9 Pro: Profound professional

By Peter Chu - 14 Feb 2017
Launch SRP: RM3399

Camera Performance & Conclusion

Camera Performance & Conclusion

The photography experience on the Mate 9 Pro is largely similar to that of the Mate 9. The stock camera app has an abundance of shooting modes for you to play around with, including a light painting mode, a slow motion mode, and of course, a monochrome mode.

That last one does a pretty great job at using the 20MP monochrome sensor of the Mate 9 Pro to capture crisp, retro-looking black and white photos, but do bear in mind that it’s no miracle worker – you’ll still need to find the ‘right’ subjects to make your monochrome pictures really stand out. Click the images to enlarge.

The color photos captured by the 12MP RGB sensor of the Mate 9 Pro, meanwhile, are incredibly sharp and detailed, but they aren’t as impactful as their black and white counterparts, possibly because of their inherently neutral colors. You can make the colors of your photos stand out a little bit more by simply switching the camera’s default color mode to vivid instead of standard.

The wide aperture mode of the Mate 9 Pro captures pretty believable 'bokeh', despite being software-based.

Conclusion

All in all, if budget permits, it would definitely be worthwhile spending a little bit more for the Huawei Mate 9 Pro instead of the standard Mate 9, since you’re bound to be putting its beautiful QHD dual-curved AMOLED display to good use on a regular basis.

Sure, the additional 2GB of RAM might not translate to a substantial increase in real-world performance – especially since the Mate 9 is already plenty fast in its own right – but it’s certainly assuring to know that the Mate 9 Pro is well-prepared to handle all the tasks you could possibly throw at it.

Then there’s the very capable Leica dual-lens cameras of the Mate 9 Pro, whose overall image quality and versatility would definitely live up to the stringent expectations of avid photographers. Did we also mention that it comes with a Pro mode that allows you to shoot in RAW?

Combine all the aforementioned qualities of the Mate 9 Pro together, and what you’d be getting is a well-rounded device that is able to hold its ground against the barrage of flagship smartphones that are slated to arrive later in the year.

9.0
  • Design 9
  • Features 9
  • User-Friendliness 9
  • Performance 9
  • Value 8.5
The Good
Beautifully vibrant 5.5-inch QHD dual-curved AMOLED display
Premium design
Silky smooth performance
Leica Dual Cameras captures great monochrome and color photos
The Bad
A little pricey