08:40AM EDT - I'm sat, front row

08:41AM EDT - But wifi has basically died, and for whatever reason my EE SIM in my Mate 8 won't even access the webpage to buy data

08:42AM EDT - Hopefully we'll have bandwidth for pictures

08:56AM EDT - 5 minutes to go, and they jsut reset the WiFi in the venue

08:56AM EDT - I was told that Huawei typically invites ~800 media to these events, plus partners

09:04AM EDT - Here we go, intro video

09:04AM EDT - Oh wait, dancers to the stage

09:07AM EDT - All the upbeat techno

09:07AM EDT - All the upbeat techno, and bright white lights. Looks good, but I'm fighting the WiFi here

09:08AM EDT - Richard Yu to the stage, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group

09:08AM EDT - Richard Yu to the stage, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group

09:08AM EDT - Drove to the stage in a Porsche 911

09:08AM EDT - 'What annoys consumers about their phones?'

09:09AM EDT - 'Recharging, battery life, running multiple apps, camera'

09:10AM EDT - 'Pain points: Perf, Battery Life, Camera'

09:11AM EDT - 'Every year, the new OS needs more processing power'

09:11AM EDT - 'Our solution is the Mate'

09:12AM EDT - 'Mate 9 and Mate 9 Porsche'

09:14AM EDT - Partnership video with Porsche

09:14AM EDT - 'precision products through shared passion'

09:15AM EDT - Dr Jan Becker, COO of Porsche Design, arrives in a 911

09:15AM EDT - 'Porsche is heavily invested in smartphone design'

09:16AM EDT - 'Huawei is dynamic and innovative'

09:16AM EDT - 'We need a functional design and smartphone expertise'

09:16AM EDT - 'We have a very demanding target group'

09:16AM EDT - 'Porsche is a premium lifestyle brand'

09:17AM EDT - 'Taking the spirit of Porsche beyond the automobile world'

09:17AM EDT - 'Requires an impressive level of technology innovation'

09:19AM EDT - 'Our Founder was always about design, aesthetics and function'

09:20AM EDT - 'Everything Porsche does is with passion'

09:20AM EDT - 'This is a limited edition device that sets a benchmark in user experience'

09:20AM EDT - 'Born from the desire for our demanding target group'

09:22AM EDT - Richard back to the stage, time for a video

09:22AM EDT - Richard back to the stage

09:22AM EDT - 'beauty in symmetry'

09:23AM EDT - 'maybe visually the thinnest smartphone in the world'

09:23AM EDT - 4000 mAh

09:23AM EDT - curved screen

09:23AM EDT - 5.5-inch 1440p curved display, high contrast ratio

09:23AM EDT - (pictures are uploading, slowly)

09:24AM EDT - smart touch button, finger print unlocking

09:26AM EDT - 3-in-1 finger gesture

09:26AM EDT - 3-in-1 finge gesture

09:27AM EDT - Now Mate 9

09:28AM EDT - 5.9 inch screen, multi-color choice

09:28AM EDT - 96% 'high color gamut' (NTSC), 1500:1

09:28AM EDT - SHorter than iPhone's 5.5-inch even with a bigger display

09:30AM EDT - Space Grey, Moonlight Silver, Mocha Brown, Champagne GOld, Ceramic White, Black

09:31AM EDT - CDMA, 4G, 4.5G, global modem

09:31AM EDT - Strong perf, low power consupmtion

09:31AM EDT - Faster app launch than competitive devices

09:31AM EDT - First Mali G71, +180% perf over 950

09:31AM EDT - Power efficiency +40%

09:32AM EDT - Vulkan support

09:32AM EDT - Global modem, second SIM supports 7 WCDMA + 4 GSM

09:33AM EDT - Support Daydream VR

09:33AM EDT - (Ok, the connection reset and we lost half the pictures it was int he process of uploading)

09:34AM EDT - Mate 9 supports storage defragmentation, F2FS

09:34AM EDT - machine learning algorithms

09:34AM EDT - http://www.anandtech.com/show/10813/huawei-mate-9-launch-and-hands-on-kirin-960-59in-fhd-daydream-vr

09:35AM EDT - http://www.anandtech.com/show/10815/huawei-mate-9-porsche-design-launched-curved-55inch-1440p-kirin-960-6gb256gb-1300-nonus

09:35AM EDT - Here's our news articles

09:35AM EDT - The machine learning is designed to keep the phone fast over time

09:35AM EDT - video time

09:35AM EDT - except the guy in the video just said 'sock' rather than 'ess-oh-see'

09:36AM EDT - 'EMUI learns from users and application behaviour'

09:36AM EDT - 'memory is compressed for low priority apps'

09:36AM EDT - 'apps are configured to three categories'

09:37AM EDT - Huawei saw an 80% improvement when an accelerated usage model is applied to simulate 18 months use

09:38AM EDT - Using s7 edge comparison for a video

09:38AM EDT - 'Born fast, stay fast'

09:39AM EDT - 2-day perf, 4000 mAh, 20 hours 4G

09:39AM EDT - 'Is a large battery enough?'

09:40AM EDT - now talking Huawei SuperCharge

09:40AM EDT - Up to 5V/5A

09:41AM EDT - Phone and charger talks to each other to charge smartly

09:42AM EDT - 50% faster charging than mate 8

09:42AM EDT - 30 min charge, 58%

09:42AM EDT - 'Is cooler than the S7 Edge'

09:43AM EDT - 'No Explosion'

09:43AM EDT - '5-gate protection'

09:43AM EDT - In car charger too

09:45AM EDT - Leica to the stage

09:45AM EDT - P9 and P9 plus sold 8.5+ million units

09:46AM EDT - 'You can achieve more if both partners have the same focus'

09:46AM EDT - 'Leica is providing technology, experience, R&D, sales and marketing'

09:46AM EDT - 'Features have to deliver'

09:46AM EDT - 'Surprise end-users every day'

09:47AM EDT - Both companies are launching a joint R&D center in EU

09:47AM EDT - 'I love the Mate 9 design, I love the display, I love the 2nd Gen Leica camera'

09:48AM EDT - 'A new standard for low light and monochrome photography'

09:48AM EDT - 'Next Gen of Near Pixel'

09:49AM EDT - 'The iconic Leica look'

09:49AM EDT - 'We want to get the Leica look into Huawei smartphones'

09:49AM EDT - 'The most natural and most beautiful image'

09:50AM EDT - 'A very deep collaboration between Leica and Huawei'

09:50AM EDT - 20MP RGB + 12MP B/W

09:50AM EDT - OIS on the RGB sensor

09:51AM EDT - 4-in-1 hybrid focus. Laser, Phase Detection, Depth focus, Contrast focus

09:51AM EDT - 'More accurate depth info'

09:52AM EDT - embedded depth ISP in the SOC

09:52AM EDT - wide aperture effect, bokeh

09:53AM EDT - Refocus with depth info to change bokeh effect

09:53AM EDT - hybrid zoom

09:53AM EDT - '2x optical zoom effect'

09:53AM EDT - it's an optical effect, because it's an effect, and digital

09:55AM EDT - vivid color photography

09:57AM EDT - Night portrait mode

09:58AM EDT - 'Leica look monochrome photography'

09:58AM EDT - 4K video, H.265

09:59AM EDT - 4K video on the screen

10:00AM EDT - EMUI 5.0

10:02AM EDT - new white and blue interface

10:03AM EDT - Personalised themes

10:03AM EDT - '90% actions in 3 steps'

10:03AM EDT - mis-touch prevention

10:04AM EDT - 'prevent misdialling too'

10:04AM EDT - 'dual instant messaging, whatsapp and facebook'

10:05AM EDT - 'Privacy space' - different fingers offer different profiles

10:06AM EDT - 4 microphones for directional audio

10:07AM EDT - other features: knuckle, voice control, business card scan, instant camera shooting

10:09AM EDT - Customized smart covers

10:10AM EDT - one for PD model, one for Mate 9 model, and a Leica color model as well

10:10AM EDT - magnetic car kit

10:11AM EDT - Also launched, Huawei Fit

10:11AM EDT - 6 days, one charge, can take notifications

10:11AM EDT - real-time heartrate monitoring

10:12AM EDT - 50m water resistant

10:12AM EDT - now product video for the event

10:15AM EDT - Now pricing

10:15AM EDT - PD model, 6GB/256GB: 1395 Euro

10:16AM EDT - Mate 9, 4GB/64GB: 699 Euro

10:16AM EDT - Huawei Fit: 199 euro

10:17AM EDT - That's a wrap!



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  • halcyon - Thursday, November 3, 2016 - link

    You don't like it, don't buy it. Reply
  • jjj - Thursday, November 3, 2016 - link

    Funny, the partnership with Porsche bothered me because Porsche uses ICE.Never happened before but i guess times are changing and more and more people are starting to dislike gas powered vehicles,making this kind of partnership a risky bet. Reply
  • xype - Thursday, November 3, 2016 - link

    You’re pretty, er, optimistic if you think such "partnerships" have any other effect than the CEOs of Chinese companies feeling a tiny little bit more "legit" (when it comes to US/EU markets) after announcing them. Reply
  • V900 - Thursday, November 3, 2016 - link

    'Our Founder was always about design, aesthetics and function'

    Very true! When Hitler asked Ferdinand Porsche to design the Tiger tank, Porsche insisted on equipping the tank with his brand new electrical drive, not just for the performance, but also because he wanted to DELIGHT the Fuhrer!

    That kind of aspirational striving is what makes a Porsche a Porsche!
  • halcyon - Thursday, November 3, 2016 - link

    I hate to do this, but in this case this is in order: http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/6... Reply
  • Meteor2 - Thursday, November 3, 2016 - link

    Porsche Design wasn't founded by the guy who designed the Beetle. It was in fact his son (who had the same name). Reply
  • zeeBomb - Thursday, November 3, 2016 - link

    The price tho Reply
  • Meteor2 - Thursday, November 3, 2016 - link

    Get a Three SIM! It's cheaper than EE and 'Feel at Home' is brilliant.

    I bought my mum a Three SIM the other day. The shop was busy. When we went across the street to an EE shop to get a PAC, it was empty.
  • Valis - Thursday, November 3, 2016 - link

    All that innovation and still you can't replace the battery, when it is time to get a fresh one, say 2-3 years down the line. :-/ Reply
  • Zingam - Sunday, November 6, 2016 - link

    You replace the battery by buying a new phone, dummy! Reply

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