Huawei launches most powerful smartphone to take on Apple and Samsung

Huawei has launched the Mate 9, a high-spec, high-priced smartphone which could see the China-based company square up to market leaders Apple and Samsung.

 The latest device in Huawei’s Mate series boasts a 5.9 inch full HD screen, inviting comparison with Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus and the now discontinued Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
The manufacturer is making a big play on the handset’s processing power, which Huawei said made it the “most powerful smartphone in the world.” According to Huawei’s testing, software in the Mate 9 performed 80 percent better than major competitors after one year of use.

The Mate 9’s other key features include an 8-megapixel camera, 64GB memory and 4 microphones that in combination enable directional sound recording. Unlike the Apple’s iPhone 7, the Mate 9 has a headphone jack.

Huawei did not disclose where the device’s battery was manufactured; thereby not ruling out that this could be the same as that of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which is now notorious for overheating. But, Huawei did stress that the Mate 9’s battery had been tested in house, by the manufacturer of the component and in independent research labs.

Huawei say that the Mate 9 is a “high-end performance device aimed at professional users” and also serves as a “productivity tool.”

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