Huawei has been making well crafted devices for a number of years now, and the Mate 9 is no exception.
Having said that, it’s not the most exciting design out there, especially because it looks so similar to the Mate 8 (which was only released nine months ago). The frame now has rounded sides, similar to the iPhone 6 and 7, and the back finish is glossy instead of matte. The phone’s left edge houses a dual-SIM tray, and one of the slots doubles up as a microSD card slot. On the right, you’ll find both the power button and volume rocker. On the bottom, the micro-USB port has been replaced with a USB-C port, while on the top edge you’ll find a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Despite having one of the largest displays on the market, the Mate 9 only has a Full HD (1,980 x 1,020 pixels) resolution display, which gives it a relatively low 373ppi. Clarity is acceptable though, and the IPS LCD panel is one of the better ones out there, with rich colors and reasonably good contrast. The screen also gets very bright, with a maximum of 677 nits, making it easy to view even under the brightest lighting conditions.
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