Big-screen flagships are one short this season in the absence of the Samsung Galaxy Note7. Or are they?
The Huawei Mate 9 was expected sometime this fall, and sure enough it’s here, but a Mate 9 Porsche Design has arrived as well, dual-curved like a certain Samsung top-shelf model. The PD Mate 9 may be redefining the ‘top-shelf’ term, though, with a list price just short of EUR 1,400.
The Mate 9 proper comes first on our list, however, as the more sensible of the two. An expansive if not too pixel-dense 5.9-inch FullHD display, and a dual-camera setup like no other already sounds like a great proposition, and it can only get better when you hear of the 4,000mAh battery in a beautiful metal body – the Mate 9 follows closely the traditions set by its predecessors, and builds on top of them.
The Mate 9 Porsche Design is a different beast. Camera and battery are the same, but a curved 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED panel graces its front, and that would have been enough to sway some in its direction – if it didn’t cost as much as two vanilla Mates.
The Huawei phablets don’t exist in a vacuum, though, and there are plenty of other droid top-dogs for the same amount of cash, or less. Trying to compare them gets complicated very quickly, but let’s just say we can’t think of a big-name flagship with a display this large off the top of our heads.
Then there’s the Apple-faithful folk, to whom no Huawei smartphone will ever be good enough. Well, everyone’s free to burn their cash any way they please, we’re certainly not ones to judge.