The Huawei Mate 9 is a smartphone with a 5.96 inch full HD display, a speedy Kirin 960 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a dual camera system on the back of the phone, and a 4,000 mAh battery under the hood.
The US version also has one feature you don’t get in China: Amazon Alexa.
An Alexa app will come pre-installed on the phone, allowing you to use Amazon’s voice assistant software to get answers to questions, control connected smart home products, and perform many other actions using just your voice.
Of course, you could also just use Google’s voice search service, which also comes loaded on most Android phone sold in the US. But it’s nice to have options, especially if you already have other Amazon Alexa-enabled devices and want to have the consistency of using the same assistant software across multiple gadgets.
Aside from Alexa, the Mate 9’s most distinctive features may be its processor and its relatively compact size: thanks to slim bezels, Huawei says the phone with its 5.96 inch display is actually a little smaller than an iPhone 7 Plus with a 5.5 inch screen.
As for the processor, it’s an octa-core CPU featuring four 2.4 GHz ARM Coretex-A73 CPU cores, four 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 cores, and ARM Mali-G71 octa-core graphics.