With plethora number of new Android smartphones being released these days, it is sometimes very hard to find the phone you really like. Now, if you are looking for the biggest phablet phone, Huawei’s new Mate 9 may just be your newfound love.
In this review, I will try to cover all the good, bad, and also tell you where the Mate 9 shines the most. First, let’s go into all the things I like about the Mate 9. Apart from everything, the Mate 9 brings you a whoppingly large 5.9-inch 1080P screen, which is probably the biggest of them all without resorting to super mega large phones like 6.4-inch Mi Mix. I think in terms of size, the Mate 9 is a great big phone for people with extra large hands or prefer the combination of phone and tablet in one. Combine that with a stereo speaker that is fairly loud, it is definitely a media power house.
The Mate 9 also has dual-SIM ability along with microSD card slot, which means great for globetrotters and data hoggers. However, you will be limited to single-SIM if you are using a microSD card slot as it also doubles as 2nd SIM slot.
Performance is outstanding on the Mate 9, which comes with its own Kirin 960 CPU, plenty fast as latest phones like Pixel and S7 Edge. Now, I’ve had some issues with video playback with YouTube or controlling my Chromecast while watching Netflix where the phone would lag like crazy. Not sure if this is a hardware or software issue but it seems to happen often whenever there is online video streaming involved.
Also, I happen to Periscope often, which is a video streaming service and for some odd reason, Mate 9 seems to freeze often especially when I periscope while moving in a car. This seems to be an issue with 4G LTE/WiFi connectivity. Again, this may be something fixed with a software update but overall I feel like this phone has not been thoroughly-tested with U.S. market and U.S. apps. Most of apps I use are U.S.-based and obviously having these lags/bugs do annoy me a bit and I wish Huawei would do more U.S. testing before releasing this phone to the U.S. market.
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