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Huawei's Mate 9 phablet coming to the US on January 6 (with Alexa on board)
HUAWEI officially unveiled the Mate 9 back in November. The phablet, which is already available in quite a few European and Asian countries, is now coming to the US. The Chinese manufacturer has announced that the device will go on sale in the US tomorrow, January 6.
The Mate 9 will retail for $599.99 and will be available to purchase from Amazon, Newegg, Best Buy, and B&H Photo. There are two color options to choose from. You’ll be able to get your hands on either the Space Gray or Moonlight Silver version of the device.
Huawei has also announced that it’s partnering up with Amazon. The Mate 9 will support Amazon’s cloud-based voice service Alexa, which can set an alarm, open up apps, play music you want, and do a bunch of other things if you ask her nicely. According to the company’s press release, HUAWEI will bring the Alexa feature to the Mate 9 in early 2017 with a software update.
The Mate 9 is a high-end device that has a 5.9-inch 1080p display and is powered by the Kirin 960 chipset. It features 4 GB of RAM, a Leica-branded dual camera setup — 12 and 20 MP — and an 8 MP selfie snapper. The device also comes with a fingerprint scanner, 64 GB of storage, a metal body, a 4,000 mAh battery, and runs Android 7.0 Nougat with HUAWEI’s EMUI 5.0 skin on top.
If you want to know more about the device, feel free to check out our review of the HUAWEI Mate 9.