When the Huawei Mate 9 series was announced back in November 2016, three variants of the phone were confirmed, however, so far only one has been selling in different markets across the globe.
At the beginning of this year, Huawei confirmed that the Mate 9 will be available in the U.S. and Europe. However, there was no word on whether the high-end Huawei Mate 9 Pro or Mate 9 Porsche Design will also be making their way out of China when the times comes. Well, the 5.9-inch model is already selling in the U.S. at a price of $599.99, but this is the standard version of the phone.
The Huawei Mate 9 Pro was released this month, but it has only been available to those in China. But according to fresh reports, the phone has been spotted outside the Asian country for the first time. Apparently, those in Switzerland can grab themselves a Mate 9 Pro flagship for CHF 999, an equivalent of about $999.80. This is almost twice the price of the standard Mate 9, but why?
When compared, the two phones are quite different. For starters, the Huawei Mate 9 Pro ships with a smaller, but better 5.5-inch screen with QHD resolution compared to the 1080p resolution found on the larger 5.9-inch Mate 9. This means that the former has a sharper display than the latter. Under the hood, the dual has the same processing unit – a HiSilicon Kirin 960 octa-core. However, the Mate 9 Pro has a larger 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage as compared to the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage found on the Mate 9.
The camera specs are the same – dual 20MP+12MP main camera with OIS, PDAF, dual-tone LED flash and 2x zoom, among other features. On the front, you find an 8MP shooter that has a better f/1.9 aperture as compared to the f/2.2 found on the main snapper. Where the Huawei Mate 9 Pro comes with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, the larger Mate 9 has the same feature on its back. But despite their differences, both have the same 4000mAh battery unit on board with support for USB-C fast charging technology.
While the Huawei Mate 9 Pro may have sneaked into Switzerland, there is no word on whether it will find its way to other parts of Europe and the rest of the world in general. But if the phone is received in a more than perfect way in this European country, don’t be surprised if you see it in your local market. As for the Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design, it still remains unclear.
Would you buy the $1000 Huawei Mate 9 Pro if it came to your local store? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments.