The Huawei Mate 9 was released last year in Europe first before making it to its home country in China. A spokesperson revealed that it will be heading to US markets soon. But that’s just half of the good news as the source also added that the US version will be getting an Alexa update.
Amazon’s Alexa is having an amazing year already with so many 3rd party manufacturers launching devices with the assistant baked in. An example is the Lenovo Smart Assistant that not only has the AI companion but also shares design similarities to the Echo. Now Huawei is joining the Alexa train not with the Honor 6X that was just launched in the US but with the flagship Mate 9.
This is good news for both parties. First for Huawei, as it will give the Mate 9 a huge boost in sales; and for Amazon, since this is an opportunity for Alexa to be integrated into phones seeing as the Amazon Fire Phone was not a success.
Quite a number of Americans already have Alexa in their homes via the Echo, Tap, and Dot speakers but the Mate 9 puts it in their pockets.
The Huawei Mate 9 has a 5.9-inch display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage; a 2.4GHz Kirin 960 SoC; dual rear cameras (20MP+12MP) wit OIS, optical zoom, and laser focus; an 8MP front facing shooter; rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and a 4000mAh battery with Supercharge. The Mate 9 also ships with Android Nougat out of the box.
The Huawei Mate 9 will be available for purchase on Amazon, Best Buy, B&H,and NewEgg starting at $599. There is still no date of release yet but we presume it shouldn’t be far off.