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Huawei Mate 9 phones unveiled after Note 7 meltdown

Huawei has launched new large-screened smartphones in the wake of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 disaster.

The Mate 9 handsets are among the first to be powered by Android 7 and come in two designs: a model with a 1080p “full HD” display, and a Porsche-branded edition with nearly twice the resolution.

The Chinese company says it has also tackled smartphones’ tendency to slow down over time.

But one expert said Western consumers were still uncertain about its brand.

“Huawei has never been a company to miss an opportunity, and it seems as though it has moved mountains to get the Mate 9 to market as quickly as possible,” said Ben Wood, from the CCS Insight consultancy.

“But the phone is not a like-for-like comparison with the Note 7 – for one, it doesn’t have a stylus.

“Huawei’s brand also doesn’t have the status of Samsung as yet.

“That’s why it seems to be blending its brand with others.

“So, for the camera, it has partnered with Leica, and for the limited edition model, it has worked with Porsche.

“But Blackberry also partnered with Porsche in the past, and although that generated interest and created a halo-effect for other products, they didn’t sell massive volumes.”

Explosive fault

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Samsung scrapped its Note 7 phablets last month after dozens of the devices caught fire.

The South Korean company initially thought a battery fault was to blame, and switched its own component for a third-party power cell.

But the problems continued, and after failing to identify the cause, Samsung halted production and said it was scrapping the 4.3 million handsets it had already manufactured.

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Like the Note 7, Huawei’s new phones also feature a “supercharging” battery technology that promises to deliver a day’s worth of power within 30 minutes and a full two-day charge in 90 minutes.

The company’s senior product manager, Michael Seitz, told the BBC that the system had been through a nine-month development and testing process and had been checked by an independent research lab.

“It keeps really cool in your hand even while recharging,” he said.

Several analysts have suggested Huawei is best placed to benefit from Samsung’s setback.

Apple underestimated demand for its largest model, the iPhone 7 Plus, leading to a backlog in orders.

And Google has acknowledged having a similar problem with its Pixel XL phone.

It has also locked itself into exclusive deals with single operators in the US, UK and Australia – struck before the Note 7 fiasco – which will limit sales.

The Huawei Mate 9

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The Mate 9 phones are slightly smaller than last year’s models.

The standard edition has a 5.9in (15cm) screen and starts at €699 ($774; £622).

The Porsche Design has a 2K curved display measuring 5.5in (14.0cm) and costs €1,395 ($1,545; £1,240).

They are both powered by a new chip – the Kirin 960, which was designed by Huawei itself.

It says it is the fastest smartphone processor to date.

Moreover, Huawei says it has developed proprietary technology to address the fact that smartphones tend to run slower once they have been used for several months.

“Our phones will on average be 80% faster than another device after one year,” a spokesman said.

The Mate 9 phones lack an artificial intelligence interface, like the Google Assistant or Apple’s Siri.

But unlike those handsets, they can be fitted with a microSD card, offering up to two terabytes of extra storage.

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In addition, they offer an unusual audio facility thanks to four in-built microphones.

After a recording has been made, an app allows the user to remove one sound source to better hear another.

This can be used to hear what one person was saying at a meeting, for example, if others were talking over them, or to improve recordings from a concert.

In addition, the technology provides a noise-cancelling facility during phone calls, making it easier to have a conversation at a busy location.

But Mr Wood suggested the most significant change was an overhaul of the phones’ software, which is designed to reduce the number of taps needed to reach its features.

“Huawei has recognised that its previous Chinese-flavoured user interface design didn’t translate well to all markets of the world, and has gone for a softer, cleaner interface this time round,” he said.

“It strikes me that it has really looked at the competitive landscape, recognised the things that do well on the iPhone and Samsung devices, and evolved its own product in that direction.”

 

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List of Phones getting Android 7.0 Nougat Update – Expected & Confirmed

Recently, Google confirmed the name of the next version of its operating system after Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The new version is named Android Nougat, and the eligible devices will be getting the OTA update when the company officially announce the dates. This new version is not expected to bring many visual changes to the OS but is expected to bring major changes internally in the software. Click here to know more about the new features.

Meanwhile, here is the list of devices that are confirmed & expected to receive the Android Nougat update.

The first devices to receive the update are obviously the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X. As always the flagship Nexus devices are the ones to receive the update first, followed by the other OEMs. Both these Nexus devices will get the update at the same time once the company the update official. The Nexus 6and the previously launched Nexus 5 might also receive the update, but it is not confirmed yet.

According to the latest information, an update to the Rogers’ firmware update schedule shows that the HTC Nexus 9 is also going to receive the update soon. According to the list, it says the device will receive the Nougat update with security patches soon. So it is indeed confirmed that the Nexus 9 will also get the update.

HTC Smartphones to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update:

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HTC confirmed that the high-end HTC smartphones would be getting the update to the latest Android software. The entire list of devices from the manufacturer was not given, but they confirmed a couple of devices which will be getting the update. HTC may take even a few months after the public launch of Android Nougat before it brings the updates to these three phones.

Samsung Smartphones to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update:

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Samsung hasn’t confirmed the update for the next Android version for any of its devices, but we are confident that the company will definitely update its current flagship smartphones.

LG Smartphones to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update:1

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Apart from the Nexus 5X, LG is likely to update its current flagship smartphone and the last year’s variant LG G4. No other devices can be confirmed now, but it might be added to the list later.

Sony Smartphones to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update:

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Sony confirmed the Android 7.0 Nougat update for a bunch of it’s devices on Z series. We expect them to update other devices also but as of now, we have confirmation on these devices.

Motorola Smartphones to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update: 

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Motorola as a former Google’s mobil1e division used to update the device to the latest version of Android quicker than any other manufacturer. The Nexus 6 manufactured by the company, will be first one to receive the update followed by the other devices from them.

OnePlus Smartphones to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update:

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The company will most likely be updating it current flagship smartphone as well as the last years’ variant to the next version of Android software.

Android One Smartphones:

More Android One devices will be getting the update in coming days.

Other than the smartphones mentioned here, there will be more devices that will eventually get Nougat. For example, the new ASUS smartphones and some of the new Lenovo smartphones will also be getting the update. However, at this point, we don’t have any information, and hence we cannot confirm them as of yet.

Once more devices will be confirmed, we will update the list accordingly. So if your device is not on the list yet, then stay tuned, as more devices might be added in future.