News The new Huawei Mate 9 in the Middle East

Published on December 4th, 2016 | by Yasser Masood


The Huawei Mate 9 is coming to the Middle East

Usually, we’ve seen Middle East launches for latest technology take place in Dubai. It’s become the regional gateway, where the biggest and best surprises are saved. Huawei decided to break away from that tradition by hosting separate country launches for their newest smartphones, and they started with the Mate 9 in Qatar. Best part about it? The Mate 9 smartphone is hitting retail shelves even before their official regional launch event.

Better performance and camera optics from Huawei

How do you make the next Mate even better? They didn’t rest on their predecessor’s success, as they’ve taken their internal specs even further with significant upgrades.

Alongside the standard Mate 9, there’s also a Porsche Design variant that comes with some upgrades for both the storage and RAM side. One thing we discovered is that 4 out of the 6 colour variations will be available across the Middle East region (Ceramic White and Black will be available only in Europe and Asia).


A powerful phone would require a meaty battery, and Huawei have packed in a 4000 mAh battery with SuperCharge. We’ve felt that phones become hot when they draw in more power for the battery recharge (temperatures reaching ~39C that feel like you’re holding a hot coal). Huawei have tackled this in a smart and safe way with SuperCharge. Both the phone and the charger communicate with each other, which helps avoid unnecessary power draw and helps to keep the phone cool.

The best camera is usually the one you carry with you, and the Huawei Mate 9 now comes with a 2nd generation camera optics from Leica. A dual lens configuration that works independently yet work together like the human eyes. One sensor captures full details in monochrome (20MP) and then uses second RGB sensor (12MP) for overlaying the colour data. The device does the work within milliseconds for the processed image.

This is just a taste of what’s packed inside it. It all comes together with the EMUI 5.0 launcher powering Android 7.0. With a new look, you could access ~90% of the Mate 9 functions in just 3 steps. In addition, there are also background optimizations taking place to ensure that there’s no slowdown over time during heavy usage.

 Mate 9Mate 9 (Porsche Design)
ProcessorOcta-core Kirin 960 (2 x Cortex high-performance A73 and 2 x low-power Cortex A53)Octa-core Kirin 960 (2 x Cortex high-performance A73 and 2 x low-power Cortex A53)
Display5.9-inch Full HD display5.5-inch 2K display
StorageBuilt-in 64 GB (expandable to 256 GB with microSD card either via dedicated slot or dual SIM tray)Built-in 256 GB
Dual SIMYesYes
Battery4,000 mAh4,000 mAh
CameraRear: Leica optics with 20MP (monochrome) and 12MP (RGB) @ f/2.2, OIS, support for 4K video recording
Front: 8 MP (f/1.9), 1080p video
Rear: Leica optics with 20MP (monochrome) and 12MP (RGB) @ f/2.2, OIS, support for 4K video recording
Front: 8 MP (f/1.9), 1080p video
Wireless connectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, GPS, NFCWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC
OSAndroid Nougat 7.0 with EMUI 5.0Android Nougat 7.0 with EMUI 5.0
ColoursSpace Gray, Moonlight Silver, Mocha Brown, or Champagne GoldBlack

Middle East availability with VIP perks

The Huawei Mate 9 has a retail price of QAR 2,299, AED 2,299, and SAR 2,299. Similar pricing will be in effect across all the other markets in accordance to the local currency. The new Huawei Mate 9 comes with a 2 years warranty when purchased in the Middle East.

VIP service for the Middle East

Across the region, Huawei is also offering a special VIP service for their customers. Note that this is only available in the market you’ve purchased the device, as it won’t carry over to another country:

  • Phone is replaced for free within first 3 months for any hardware failure
  • Screen repaired for free within first 3 months for any cracks
  • Dedicated toll-free number for an Huawei technician to visit you and pick-up the device. Repairs would happen to a maximum of 3 days

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