REVIEWED: Huawei Mate 9

This Full HD phablet’s 5.9-inch display and 16-hour battery life make it ripe for using as a productivity tool – and US users also get Amazon Alexa built-in

A massive phone is a great way to beat the gadget ban on some airlines, but the Huawei’s latest is about more than just screen real estate.

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The big news is that Amazon’s voice assistant Alex is built-in into it – at least, in the US – making it one of the first non-Amazon devices to have the artificial intelligence tech.

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A 5.9-inch, Full HD Android phone with a metal uni-body design, it’s got a huge battery life (a stunning 16 hours!), a super-powerful processor, and a fingerprint sensor its rear. It claims that a 20-minute charge will give it enough battery charge for a whole day of use.

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It also has a unique Machine Learning Algorithm that enables the phone to get faster the longer you use it – now that’s a novel idea! Its makers claim its can achieve a stunning 50% improvement in system response times.

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However, what’s really exciting in the Mate 9’s Leica camera, a dual-lens affair with a 12 megapixel sensor for colour, and a 20 megapixel sensor for black and white. Thankfully it has a 3.5mm headphone jack built-in … unlike those pesky Apple iPhone 7’s.

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It all fits into a 157x79x7.9mm package, despite having 64GB internal storage (though it goes right up to 256GB if you want to insert your own microSD cards).