Huawei launched yesterday the Huawai Mate 9 and a special version designed by Porsche, the Mate 9 Porsche Edition shown below.
The Mate 9 costs 699 euros and the special Porsche version 1,349 euros. The standard version comes with a 5.9 inch 1080p screen, 4gb ram and 64gb storage and micro SD card support. The flash version has a smaller 5.5 inch QHD display, 6gb ram, 256gb storage and no micro SD card support, the fingerprint sensor on the front, capacitive menu buttons and a curved edge screen. It also has Porsche Design branding. Both phones come with the new dual camera setup co engineered with Leica, a 20mp monochrome sensor and a 12mp RGB colour sensor. OIS is present too but only for the 12mp lens. Both lenses are f/2.2. Both feature a 4,000 mAH battery and Huawei’s super fast charging system that fully charges the battery in 90 mins. Out of the box the phones come with Android 7.0 and Huawei new EMUI v5. The processor is the latest in house Kirin 960.
On paper the Mate 9 plays it safe with a familiar design. However, the phone does come with many of the key aspects to make a good phone but in today’s world a 5.9 inch screen really should be QHD. At 1080p, this means you are only looking at 373 PPI. On the other hand the Porsche Edition has a smaller 5.5 inch display and a QHD screen, yet costs twice as much as the standard Mate 9. This is crazy pricing and out of order when curved display phones from other companies are available for around £650 or less.
I will be interested to see how the camera performs and I am sure the creative options with the new dual lens layout will be excellent. However, I do not think it is acceptable for a flagship phone not to have HDR as an automatic option. With the Mate 9 you need to select it in the camera mode option menu. This is where the powerful processing done by the Google Pixel makes it so good and from a quick camera comparison I have seen between the 2 phones, the Pixel was the clear champion on photo quality.
However, it is early days and I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these phones and test it properly. What do you think?
Now enjoy the videos on the new devices.
The Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Edition –
The Huawei Mate 9 –
Let’s make no bones here, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the true flagship from Samsung. And in true Samsung style, it has released some fun videos promoting the features. Certainly, a lot better than knocking the completion.
So Samsung announced the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge yesterday to the world’s media with a few surprises. Mark Zuckerberg had a guest spot to emphasis the working relationship between Samsung and Facebook and Virtual Reality.
The Key Specs S7 and S7 Edge (Respectively)
– Android 6.0 Marshmallow
– Display 5.1-inch 2560×1440 Super AMOLED, 5.5-inch 2560×1440 Super AMOLED Dual edge screen
– Processor Octa-core Snapdragon or Samsung Exynos
– Storage 32GB
– Expandable microSD up to 200GB
– RAM 4GB
– Rear Camera 12MP f/1.7, 1.4-micron pixels OIS, dual pixel technology for super fast focusing even in low light
– Front Camera 5MP f/1.7
– Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 ac MIMO
– Bluetooth v4.2 LE
– ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC
– Charging micro-USB
– Fast charging
– Qi wireless
– Powermat wireless
– Battery 3000 mph, 3600 mph
– Water resistance IP68 rating
– Security One-touch fingerprint sensor
– Samsung KNOX One-touch fingerprint sensor
– Dimensions 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm, 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm
– Weight 152g, 157g
– Prices – £569 and £639 approx
So like I did with the LG G5, below are the tidbits of information you may really want to know.
– 12mp is only available at 4:3 ratio. If you want to shoot at 16:9, the resolution drops to 9.1mp.
– 32gb is the only storage option available.
– Micro SD card support is available but not adoptable storage
– Features an always on display with customisation
– The Edge model has a larger Edge panel and is open to developers.
– Build quality looks exceptional
– Car mode integrates with Glympse for instant location sharing with contacts
– New Wireless Charger available which is angled. Wireless charging is faster now too
– Microsoft productivity apps are included
– Only Gold and Black in the UK currently available to pre order. Silver is absent currently.
– Samsung Pay is coming to the UK and other select countries in 2016
– Official Samsung accessories include a case that allows for clip on lenses. The Official Leather Cover case really reminds me of the Apple Leather case!
– Gorilla Glass 5 is being used
– Whitepages is integrated into phone app
– New Samsung Gear 360 camera works with the new S7
– Fast battery charging: 83% in 30 min (Quick Charge 3.0)
– Vulcan API – Gamers Dream
Now for a video on the S7 and S7 Edge.
Yesterday, Tag Heuer annouced their new Tag Heuer Connected, a £1,100 android wear watch. Below are 2 videos, one detailing just the specs and the other an overview of the new watch.
The watch was developed in partnership between Intel and Google. It is made of titanium, conforms to IP67 and based off of the Carrera Calibre design. It has a 46mm face with a sapphire crystal touch screen.
After 2 years Tag Heuer is offering customers the ability to upgrade to a real watch ie non android wear, so really the £1,100 is future proofed. The Connected Watch does not have a heart rate sensor, so health tracking options are limited.
So would you buy one?
And a 360 degree product specification tour.