Huawei is releasing its flagship phone, the Mate 9 with Alexa pre installed on the 6th of January at a price of $600.
Huawei announced the release of its Mate 9 at the CES, consumer electronics conference, which was held in Las Vegas on the 4th of January. Later on in 2017, the Mate 9 will also come with Alexa pre installed, but those already having the phablet would get an OTA update.
Huawei recently announced the release of its flagship smartphone, the Huawei Mate 9. The device will be released on the 6th of January and comes pre installed with the application allowing users to access Amazon Alexa. According to Huawei, the application allows users to access a natural and convenient interface. They can interact with the digital assistant Alexa to perform regular tasks, such as setting an alarm or making a to do list. It is easy to get any kind of information regarding the news or the weather through Alexa.
Alexa Pre Installed
This is an important milestone for Amazon’s Alexa, as it has recently been pushing the digital assistant on various devices. However, this is the very first instance where Amazon Alexa comes pre installed with a smartphone. It is a quiet but definite challenge to Siri and the Google Assistant. The Alexa app will also be available for other Mate 9 owners through an OTA.
Cost and Specs
The Huawei Mate 9 will be available at a price of $600 in the United States. The flagship smartphone comes with a display of 5.9 inches and a resolution of 1080 pixels. It has a RAM of 4 GB and an internal storage of 64 GB. This storage can be expanded up to a maximum of 256 GB using a microSD card slot.
The battery is powered at 4000 mAh. The Huawei Mate 9 comes with a fingerprint sensor and a dual camera at the rear. The camera is a Leica brand one with one 20 MP monochrome camera and the other 12 MP RGB one.
The processor is Huawei’s proprietary Kirin, 960 chipset. The company has stated that a machine-learning algorithm will be used for tweaking the performance of the processor during its lifetime. This will prevent the processor from getting slower with time.
The build quality of the Huawei Mate 9 is superb. In addition, it is a little big, so it is not suitable for those wanting a smartphone that fits neatly in their hand. The Mate 9 will be available in two colors, namely in gray and in silver. The device can be bought from Best Buy and also online stores, such as Amazon, B&H and from Newegg.
Lot to Like
There’s plenty to like about Huawei’s new Mate 9. The display is bright and has been rated at more than 600 nits. In comparison, the MacBook Pro boasts of 500 nits. The performance is also excellent, due to the Kirin 960 process and the GPU of Mali G71 MP8. The dual setup of cameras can shoot vivid images and can take videos in 4K. In addition, the fingerprint scanner is fast and very accurate.