Huawei Mate 9 — the first Chinese Google Daydream smartphone

By on Nov 29, 2016 in Mobile Design | 0 comments

Virtual reality is becoming increasingly popular and a hot topic in the technology ecosystem.

From enhancing perception using smart devices to the unforeseeable advantages and different implementations it might have in the future, this technology is catching everyone’s eye.

Huawei plugged in to VR technolgy with its recently launched Mate 9, becoming the first Chinese smartphone able to support Daydream, a highly demanded VR system launched by Google.

CEO of Huawei Consumer BG, Richard Yu, has announced that the Huawei Mate 9 will run the brand new EMUI 5.0 system based on Android 7.0 and support Android’s VR system, making the flagship smartphone the first to support Google Daydream, after Google’s own smartphone, Pixel.

Huawei said the state-of-the-art technology is a plus for the company and its customers.

When comparing the VR function in Mate 9 with that other normal cardboard smartphones, the most important difference is that Android 7.0 shows a huge improvement in the graphics rendering as well as the VR experience from the mobile phone operating system level.

The Mate 9 also features the second-generation Leica dual-lens camera. According to Huawei, Mate 9 has a 12-megapixel RGB sensor, and a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and support Optical Image Stabilization solution and a powerful 4-in-1 Hybrid Auto-focus system, which raise the focusing speed by 30 per cent, compared to the first generation Leica camera. It also takes advantage of a depth ISP, embedded in SoC, which Huawei said increases performance by 125 per cent

There are two versions: The Huawei Porsche Design Mate 9 which uses 5.5 inches 2K curved screen, 6GB+256GB, and the Huawei Mate 9 with 5.9 inches 1080P screen, 4GB+64GB.

However, for the VR function, the most important part in Mate 9 should be its chipset, Kirin 960. This chipset was invented by Huawei’s Hisilicon. It uses 16nm FinFET manufacturing process and the big, little structure and has embedded four of ARM’s new high-performance Cortex-A73 cores and four low-powered Cortex-A53 cores.

According to Huawei, Kirin 960 improved the CPU performance by 15 per cent and GPU performance by 20 per cent, and offers a 180 per cent increase in graphics performance when compared to Kirin 950.

And on the Geekbench 4.0 test of general performance, it scored only behind the iPhone’s A10 Fusion processor.

To enable its Mate 9 to support Google Daydream system, Huawei has also made great effort. The smartphone manufacturer said it has a specialised team to offer technical docking to Google headquarter, and also has collaboration with Leica and other German research institutes to establish a related laboratory.

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