The Huawei Mate 9 has continued the trend that the company began with the P9 in early 2016, and that is using Leica camera lenses on their devices. The Huawei Mate 9 does feature a slight upgrade over the Huawei P9. For instance, it sports a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and then a 12-megapixel RGB sensor, whereas the Huawei P9 sported two 12-megapixel sensors. Adding more megapixels to the monochrome sensor allows the camera to pick up more information and provide more detailed pictures, something that camera enthusiasts are going to love. The lenses are a big part of the camera, but so is the phase detection and laser autofocus, as well as the f/2.2 aperture on both lenses.
One of the new features that the Mate 9 brings to the table with this upgraded camera lens is better zoom. In fact, you're getting 2x zoom here, and it works similar to the dual-camera setup on the iPhone 7 Plus that Apple released in September of last year. It uses the extra megapixels to zoom in a bit more without damaging the picture that you are taking. Now we tested this in our review of the Huawei Mate 9 last November, and the results were almost unreal. You can take a look back at our review to see how good the pictures really came out.
As with most cameras these days, the Huawei Mate 9 does also feature a variety of modes. These include monochrome (since it does have a monochrome lens, these come out better than monochrome filtered photos), panorama, night shot, light painting, time-lapse, slow-mo, and Good Food to name a few. Huawei has been very excited about their "Good Food" mode on their smartphones, saying that it is one of their more popular modes, which isn't surprising given the fact that most people do take photos of their food for Instagram, and the better it looks, the more they are going to do it.
The Huawei Mate 9 is now available to buy in the US for $599 through the links below. And while it is a fairly large smartphone, it also has a fantastic camera. When we reviewed it in November, we thought it was one of the best cameras on a smartphone to launch in 2016, and that might still be true with it coming to the US in 2017.