Earlier today, Huawei officially launched their newest smartphones, the flagship Mate 9 with Dual Leica Cameras, and the most affordable smartphone with a dual camera setup, the GR5 2017.

Huawei Mate 9

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The Mate 9 is the company’s most powerful business phone yet, and offers significant improvements to from its predecessor.

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In terms of the overall look and build quality, the Mate 9 is as premium as it could get for a flagship level device. Glass front, metal back, and a gorgeous looking 5.9-inch Full HD display. It resembles a puzzle wherein each piece fits perfectly, and is made with utmost precision and attention to detail.

The improvements don’t stop there. This phone is a beast in the specsheet too. The Kirin 960 SoC is the first to use a 4-Cortex A73/4-Cortex A53 CPU setup, and is coupled with an i6 co-processor, the Mali G71 GPU, and 4GB of RAM, delivering unparalleled performance compared to its rivals.

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But what good is a powerful device if it runs out of breath before the day even ends? So the Mate 9 has been equipped with a potent 4000mAh high-density battery for 40% more call time, 20% more gaming time, and an advanced power-saving technology which allows it to yield two days of uptime. Furthermore, Huawei’s SuperCharge technology gives the Mate 9 enough juice to last a day, from a 20-minute charging period.

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The Mate 9 runs on Huawei’s Emotion UI 5.0, and also features Machine Learning Algorithm, which enables the device to understand and intelligently adapt to the user’s usage behavior.

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The dual lens technology co-engineered with Leica also returns here, but now includes a combination of an improved 12MP F/2.2 RGB sensor which captures true-to-life colors, a 20MP f/2.2 monochrome sensor which captures details and depth, enhanced fusion algorithms, and a 4-1 auto-focus system which uses laser focus, phase detection focus, depth focus, and contrast focus, to produce stunning shots.

Huawei Mate 9 Specs:

  • HUAWEI Kirin 960 Octa-Core Processor + i6 co-processor, Mali-G71 MP8 GPU
  • 4GB of RAM, 64 GB of Internal Storage Expandable up to 256GB via MicroSD Card
  • 9-inch Full HD Display
  • Rear: 20MP Monochrome + 12MP RGB, f/2.2
  • Front: 8MP, f/1.9
  • LTE, Dual SIM
  • Emotion UI 5.0 on top of Android Nougat
  • 4000mAh Battery with SuperCharge Technology

The Mate 9 comes in Champagne Gold/Mocha Brown and is already available at all Huawei Experience Stores nationwide for PhP31,990.


Huawei GR5 2017

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Touted as the most affordable premium smartphone with a dual camera setup, the GR5 2017 also features key improvements over the previous version.

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It all starts with the slim metal design with a 5.5-inch Full HD display which makes any type of content look great with true-to-life colors. The phone feels more expensive than it actually is. The matte finish at the back also makes it easier to grip and operate with one hand.

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Powering the GR5 2017 is an updated Kirin 655 octa-core processor with an i5 co-processor 3GB of RAM for your multi-tasking needs, 32GB of internal storage, and a 3,340mAh battery which also features intelligent power-saving technology.

The phone also runs on Android Marshmallow out of the box. It features three power saving modes, and Fingerprint 3.0 technology which unlocks the screen in just 0.03 seconds with both wet and dry fingers. The 3340mAh battery provides up to 1.5 days of heavy use.

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Of course, the bread and butter of this device is its dual-camera setup which consist of a 12MP and a 2MP lens. It features 0.3-second auto-focus speed, genuine bokeh effects, improved clarity in less than ideal conditions, and a Pro Photo mode for those who prefer more advanced setting adjustments.

Huawei GR5 2017 Specs:

  • HUAWEI Kirin 655 Octa-Core Processor + i5 co-processor
  • 3GB of RAM, 32 GB of Internal Storage Expandable up to 128GB via MicroSD Card
  • 5-inch Full HD Display
  • Rear: Dual Camera (12MP + 2MP)
  • Front: 8MP
  • LTE
  • Emotion UI 4.1 on top of Android Marshmallow
  • 3340mAh Battery with Intelligent Power Saving Technology

The GR5 2017 comes in Gold, Silver, and Gray and is available at all Huawei Experience Stores nationwide for PhP13,990.



Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.