The Huawei Mate 9 is built around a 5.9-inch Full HD 1920x1080 IPS display with 2.5D glass, which leaves it with 373ppi of pixel density, and features a full-metal unibody chassis. The smartphone measures at 156.9x78.9x7.9mm (HxWxD), which makes it a bit bigger than the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
The biggest update is Huawei's own Kirin 960 SoC which is based on four Cortex-A73 and four Cortex-A53 cores in big.LITTLE configuration as well as special low-power companion i6 chips (based on ARM Cortex-M7), dealing with all always-on features. In addition to the octa-core CPU part, the Kirin 960 packs ARM's new Mali-G71 MP8 GPU which should offer both 180 percent higher performance and 40 percent better power efficiency compared to the Mali-T880.
The new Kirin 960 SoC is paired up with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD card slot. What makes the Kirin 960 special is that it support Google's latest VR headset as it supports Daydream.
The rest of the specifications include a rear dual-camera with Leica's 20-megapixel monochrome and 12-megapixel RGB F2.2 camera, with OIS, 4K video capability and 4x optical zoom, front 8-megapixel camera with AF and F1.9, standard connectivity options like 802.11ac dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, USB Type-C port, Cat 12 LTE, and 4,000 mAh battery.
The fingerprint scanner is located on the back of the Huawei Mate 9, below the phone’s camera sensors. The Huawei Mate 9 also comes with an IR blaster, and has a Type-C USB 2.1 port located on the bottom of the phone.
The Huawei Mate 9 is based on Android 7.0 Nougat with Huawei's latest EMUI 5 on top. It will be available in Black, Space Gray, Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown or Ceramic White color options.
According to Huawei, the new Mate 9 should launch in Europe and other select markets in December with a price set at €699 (US $773.62).