The Huawei Mate 9 or iPhone 7 plus?

Malaysians flocked to stores on November 22nd upon the release of the Huawei Mate 9, coming hot on the heels of Apples iPhone 7 Plus, presenting potential buyers with the dilemma of choosing between the two.

The Mate 9 is Huawei’s attempt at capturing the consumers currently in a limbo from Samsung’s Note 7 fiasco. The high end smartphone is set to be sold at RM 2,699, a rather competitive price considering its technical specifications being debatably better than the iPhone 7plus which retails at RM 3,799.

The Mate9 will be a delightful breath of fresh air for smartphone users who prefer a large screen over some of the smaller models such as the iPhone 7.

It features a 5.9 inch display, larger than the iPhone 7 plus’s 5.5 screen. Thankfully, despite it being a “phablet”, Huawei’s partnership with Porsche in the design of the device has manages to make the Mate 9’s classic design still look sleek and elegant.

The new Kirin 960 chips bested Apples A10 in Multi Core Tests

The newest Kirin 960 chipsets in the Huawei Mate 9 scored a whopping 6,000 on Geekbench’s multi core test while the iPhone plus’s A10 chip scored only 5,700 which comes close, but loses out in the end by a 300 point margin. Huawei has also crafted the EMUI 5.0 user interface to compliment the power of the Kirin 960 chips, ensuring that the device runs at top efficiency.

Huawei’s EMUI 5.0 tops user friendly charts

Most android makers such as Sony and Samsung often add their own iteration of “launchers” on top of the default android software, changing the wallpapers, icons and layout of the menus. Sometimes this can make a device feel clunky and difficult to handle when switching from app to app. However, with its clean interface, Huawei’s EMUI 5.0 or Emotion UI 5.0 bests even the most recent iterations of Android such as the S7 edge when it comes to ease of use.

The Mate 9’s Kirin 960 security features.

Huawei’s premium device has a protected firewall formed by the Kirin 960’s secure OS, so that every time a user reads or writes data, automatic encryption and decryption are logged into the chip. This means that even if the Mate 9 is stolen, hackers would not be able to extract data from the device.

Stellar Battery Life

The Mate 9 has one of the largest batteries of the phablet class. Packing 4000mAh with a supercharge feature that Huawei claims fully charges the device 4x faster than the iPhone 7Plus at 20minutes. The apple device, in comparison only packs a 2900 mAh battery with no supercharge feature.

Photo taken by the Huawei Mate 9 (Source: recombu)

Photo taken by the iPhone 7 (Source: recombu)

Leica Dual Lens Photography.

The Huawei Mate9 has been made with expert photographers in mind, it takes skill and practice to perfectly use the devices camera, whose dual lens feature allows post-editing bokeh and background blurring effects. The drawback however, is that basic camera users may find the extra interface and features complicated. So if you are a simplistic point –and-shoot kind of user, the iPhone is for you, however, if you appreciate something that requires some skill and finesse, the Mate 9 would be your choice.

The Mate 9’s second generation dual lens Leica-engineered camera features a 12 megapixel color sensor (RGB), paired with a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor. This results in capturing spectacular contrast that excels in photography under poor lighting conditions and the capture of black and white photos. In comparison, the iPhone 7 plus carries two 12-megapixel cameras.

Photo taken by the iPhone 7 (Source: recombu)

Photo taken by the iPhone 7 (Source: recombu)

Device Storage space.

The Huawei Mate9 has been made with expert photographers in mind, it takes skill and practice to perfectly use the devices camera, whose dual lens feature allows post-editing bokeh and background blurring effects. The drawback however, is that basic camera users may find the extra interface and features complicated. So if you are a simplistic point –and-shoot kind of user, the iPhone is for you, however, if you appreciate something that requires some skill and finesse, the Mate 9 would be your choice.

The Mate 9’s second generation dual lens Leica-engineered camera features a 12 megapixel color sensor (RGB), paired with a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor. This results in capturing spectacular contrast that excels in photography under poor lighting conditions and the capture of black and white photos. In comparison, the iPhone 7 plus carries two 12-megapixel cameras.

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