I have had this phone (model MHA-AL00) for a month and have used it a lot. I have also owned the Mate 8 and Mate 7 and have used most competing phones. I would not recommend this phone and disagree with the review for a few reasons:
- Huawei service is an important part of the experience and in my experience it has been awful and unresponsive. I have been trying constantly to obtain a bootloader unlock code which Huawei requires you to log in for 14 days and then apply. The problem is that after these 14 days they don't give you a code and don't reply. Unlocking a bootloader with a phone like this is critical as there needs to be ability to control some aspects of the phone's security and performance particularly with some of the built-in apps connecting to China. I basically don't think Huawei will deal with any problem that comes up and frankly I don't trust them either. I'd stay away.
- The firmware is still a bit flaky with battery life not that of the Mate 8 yet (either running EMUI 4 or 5) and some things need improvement. It's not completely stable yet either in the camera or otherwise.
I would just get a Google Pixel or even the Nexus 6P instead. If one wants a good Chinese phone that is a phablet, the LeMax 2 is much better or the Nubia Z11 is also a very solid performer with a lot of flexibility. Neither of these have the bootloader issues that the Huawei phone has and are more open systems. In particular, I can run DNScrypt on the LeMax 2 and both DNScrypt and Viper on the Z11.
Unfortunately I really regret purchasing the Huawei Mate 9.
Odisca, 16 Dec 2016hello! anyone please advise where i can buy Mate9 i really need it. Preference UK or USA.Mate, The mate 9 should be in UK early next year. I.e Jan, Feb I keep checking with car phone warehouse. As I want 1.
igna, 27 Dec 2016This is for the frequency in Latin America. ??It depends on which frequency your carrier works with
Shaun Moroz, 24 Nov 2016Well, it's known that LG has problems with their devices since the G3. G3, G4, V10, G5 and now V20.Agreed.My dad use LG g4 went to service centre to get motherboard changed for twice...
Anonymous, 07 Dec 2016what is gps galileo ? Galileo is the new navigation system of europe (theoretically better than GPS)
Normally partially operational in 2017 and totally in 2018.
Anonymous, 26 Dec 2016I've bought my mate 9 2 weeks ago...I didn't realised any problem with the speakers until the ... moreIt looks like the left one is not speaker , it is the Mic . ??
This is since mate 8
Anonymous, 25 Dec 2016mate 9 is better or lg v20Definitely Mate 9.
1) Bigger screen
2) Better battery
3) Most powerful mobile processor in the market, after the Apple A10 Fusion
4) Better cameras
Go for the Mate 9.
Twatonk, 26 Dec 2016Loool Â€700 for Mediatek Helio. Not deservedAre you a troll or are you just plain blind? The Huawei Mate 9 uses a Kirin 960 processor, not a MediaTek Helio processor. The Kirin 960 is the most powerful powerful mobile processor right now, after the Apple A10 Fusion.
Anonymous, 20 Dec 2016No. Yhere are 4 colors available in Dubai : Silver, Gray, Gold and brown. I checked with all s... moreThank you. Wherever i went i found only the brown and gold so i went and got xperia xz :)
peace. pakistani, 22 Dec 2016I think in landscape mode while playing vdos etc both left and rightI've bought my mate 9 2 weeks ago...I didn't realised any problem with the speakers until the I forgot to bring my headphone with me...so I listen to my voice message. Something is not right about the left speaker. It's not as loud as the one on the right..
Odisca, 25 Dec 2016Am in UK where can i buy Huawei Mate 9 . Please help.
You can go to the mobile shop...you will get it from there...lol
I bought this phone 2 days ago. I slept for an hour in our porch and when I woke up, my phone is gone. Can you please help me and tell me where did my phone go? Does it normally happen to any other user? Does it support Invisibility feature ? I'm from Philippines
Thanks in advance !