Huawei today started rolling out the final version of Android Oreo for the Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro. The company had kicked off a beta program two months back. However, today the Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro are getting the Android 8.0 Oreo update. The update also comes with Huawei’s own custom EMUI 8.0 experience.
The rollout has hit China and is soon expected to be released in other regions in the coming weeks. Reports suggest that the Mate 9 Porsche Design Edition will also be getting the update. The new update brings a host of new AI features that the new Mate 10 comes with. Some of the new features include the digital assistant with voice commands, translation and more. The update also comes with a desktop mode, called Projection. It also comes with dual Bluetooth audio support.
Android Oreo also brings adaptive icons, over 60 new emojis, notification dots, Picture-In-Picture (PiP) mode for multitasking, consolidated settings menu, Google Play Protect for secure app environment, and a host of other features. There are reports suggesting that Huawei might release a similar update to the Huawei P10 and Honor V9, but these updates are still in beta so users might have to wait a bit longer.
The Huawei Mate 9 sports a 5.9-inch full HD (1080p) display. It is powered by a Kirin 960 octa-core SoC paired with 4GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB onboard storage options. Connectivity options on the smartphone include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 4G LTE with VoLTE voice calling support, Bluetooth, GPS and USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer. The Mate 9 has a 4,000mAh non-removable battery.
The Huawei Mate 9 Pro, on the other hand, comes with a 5.5-inch curved flexible display with the resolution bumped up to 2K and the fingerprint placed on the front.