Huawei Mate 9
Richard Yu, Huawei CEO Consumer Business Group, talks about their Huawei Mate 9 smartphone just released to the U.S. market and displayed behind him during his keynote address at CES in Las Vegas, January 5, 2017. Reuters/Rick Wilking

The Huawei Mate 9 is a tough competitor to beat in the big screen smartphone segment. The flagship is coming to Australia on Feb. 7 and large screen lovers will simply love the handset. The Mate 9 is everything big – big battery, big screen and big camera. The Leica camera is pretty impressive and up for the challenge. The handset will sell for $999 once it hits the local stores in Australia. Users will be able to pay off the amount in instalments in 12/24 months plans.

According to Gizmodo Australia, the Huawei Mate 9 will be available to users in the Space Grey variant from Vodafone and Optus and the Mocha Brown variant from Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi. The Mate 9 will come with a Leica-branded dual-camera, 5.9-inch screen, 64GB storage, USB-C charging port, 4GB memory, microSD card slot and 18.5-hour battery life, as reported by CNET.

The 5.9-inch LCD Screen in the Huawei Mate 9 has a screen resolution of 1920x1080pixels. The handset has a high screen-to-body ratio of nearly 80 percent. When combined with Huawei’s latest EMUI 5.0 interface and Android 7.0 Nougat OS, the Huawei Mate 9 is undoubtedly one of the very best smartphones in the first quarter of 2017. The smartphone is no different in terms of battery capacity when compared with other Mates.

The mega 4,000 mAh battery in the Huawei Mate 9 will make the handset last at least for two days on regular use. Reports suggest that the latest flagship from Huawei has one of the fastest charging rates of any Android handset. The phone maker believes that the smartphone is capable of providing 20 hours of video playback on full charge. When it comes to camera specs, the Mate 9 is a winner.

The Leica-branded dual-lens camera in the Huawei Mate 9 has been inherited from P9. One has a 12MP colour sensor whereas the other a 20MP monochrome setup. The Leica-themed camera app from Huawei continues to amaze. Both cameras have the same focal length and f/2.2 lens. The smartphone will come with a Kirin 960 processor and it is said to be 40 percent more powerful at processing than its predecessor. It also brings a massive graphics improvement.