The Huawei Mate 9 and the GR5 2017 – Dual Cam Combo

A week ago, we had been invited into an intimate dinner session with Huawei’s early 2017 offerings both toting dual camera setups for a delightful photography experience on multiple fronts.


Leading with the flagship class Huawei Mate 9, we were astounded by the amount of features that they had improved on just recently coming from the immensely successful P9 series.

Huawei’s fastest Kirin 960 is at the heart of the phone supported by 4GB of RAM and judging from the responsiveness that its massive FHD 5.9″ Gorilla Glass 3 screen was giving off, this combination looks to have an excellent handle on operation and practically any type of app it comes across with.


The cameras on this device carry the legacy of the Leica partnership even further with a more advanced monochrome sensor at 20MP complimenting the 12MP color data captured by the companion RGB sensor. This technology provides 50% more detail over the P9, allows for a hybrid (digital) zoom function that comes in at an equivalent 54mm in full frame – a fantastic portrait focal length, doing all of this with increased efficiency characterized by 50% less drain on the battery. The Huawei Mate 9 now allows for 4K video capture with H.265 encoding. I’ve tried the function and it is stabilized with what appears to be OIS up to 1080p. The front camera shoots with an equivalently powerful and auto-focusing 8MP f1.9 setup.


Let’s talk about that battery for a bit here; rated at 4000mAh it’s definitely one of the beefier specs out in the market to date. Huawei’s promise – no less than two days off current with above average activity. They also introduced with this release something that they call “supercharging” which is a consistent dialogue between the phone and the charger which keeps it cool and charging at the best, most efficient rate that the bundled 4.5V / 9A charger would give out… and this differs depending on the battery level of the phone while connected.

The Huawei Mate 9 is also the first to ship with Android 7 and EMUI 5.0 out of the box, which is an even more streamlined implementation getting to most, if not all, of the phone functions and toggles within as little as 3 taps. Other features of this version of the OS are (1) Privacy Space, which can be triggered depending on the fingerprint that is used to open the device, and (2) Huawei Share, a method of transfer between devices along the lines of iOS’ AirDrop.

The Huawei Mate 9 retails for Php 31,990 and is available through Globe Plan 1999 for free and at a Php 4,800 cashout with the Plan 1499


Along with the Mate 9 the GR5 2017 also graced our presence and it has been updated with a dual cam setup of its own, this time around in a 12MP / 2MP configuration.


It boasts of a vivid 5.5″ FHD screen, the latest Fingerprint 3.0 sensor, a large 3340mAh battery, 8MP front camera, 3GB/32GB expandable configuration, and is powered by the octa-core Kirin 655 widely available for Php 13,990.


The GR5 2017 invites everyone to get into the dual-cam craze!


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