Mate 9 Pro is still Huawei's flagship after P10 and P10 Plus released. This Mate 9 Pro is equipped with Kirin 960, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, and a Leica certified dual-camera, powered by Android 7.0, and starts from 4699RMB (about $630). Thanks to a young majesty providing.
The biggest difference between Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro is the display screen. Mate 9 adopts a 5.9-inch FHD IPS display screen, while Mate 9 Pro has an edge curved 5.5-inch QHD Samsung AMOLED one. Although the Pro one owns a smaller screen, the indicators are better. This AMOLED display is using PenTile subpixel layout, which is called as Diamond Pixels, and has less subpixels than ordinary layouts. But when reaches a QHD resolution, this disadvantage is not a problem only when using it as a VR device.
Most hi-end Android smartphones are using OLED displays as its vividness, high contrast, flexible, and low ghosting. Last winter, lots users complained about the ghosting on P9 and Mate 9, but AMOLED displays have less problems on this. From Samsung Galaxy Edge series, we can see that the edge curved OLED displays can thin phone bodies visually. However, neither Huawei Mate 9 Pro nor vivo Xplay 6 does not design visual borderless.
Mate 9 Pro has same display related settings with Mate9. Adjusting color temperature, which actually is adjusting display color tones, Increase Readability in Sunlight tucked away under Developer Options, and no color management. Although we do not hope that Huawei could adjust display colors like Apple or Samsung flagships, Mate 9 Pro is also a flagship of Huawei, consumers are requiring more. As usual, the quantitative results are tested by SpectralCal Calman.
|Grayscale (Gamma 2.2)||2.05||2.04||2.06||2.06|
|Average Color Temperature K||7187||7693||6288||6702|
|Average Luminance Error, Delta E||4.1||6.6||5.25||2.36|
|Comparision||Huawei Mate 9 Pro||Huawei Mate 9||Huawei P9||vivo Xplay 6||Moto Z Standard Mode||iPhone 7 Plus||Samsung S7 Edge Standard Mode|
|Grayscale (Gamma 2.2)||2.05||2.10||2.2||2.01||2.16||2.21||2.12|
|Average Color Temperature K||6702||7870||7906||7517||6854||6794||6415|
|Average Luminance Error||2.36||5.96||4.35||6.18||2.74||1.95||2.13|
|Color Gamut (sRGB)||130.41%|
|Average Color Error||5.51||4.58|
|Max Color Error||8.17||7.37|
|Comparision||Huawei Mate 9 Pro||Huawei Mate 9||Huawei P9 Manual Mode||vivo Xplay 6||Moto Z Standard Mode||iPhone 7 Plus||Samsung S7 Edge Standard Mode|
|Average Color Error||4.58||5.66||4.23||7.75||2.38||1.69||1.74|
|Largest Color Error||7.37||9.38||7.67||9.89||4.18||3.08||2.73|
Mate 9 Pro's performance is somewhat surprising. In general, AMOLED displays lacking effective color management has a much wider color gamut than sRGB, and the typical color space would reach about 140% sRGB. However, the Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro's color reference seem to be the DCI-P3. Mate 9 Pro has a wider color space than Mate 9, which is nearer to DCI-P3 standard.
Luminance Error Mate 9 Pro's display Gamma is lower than the standard 2.2, leading a lower contrast performance. But this does not bother daily use. The default color temperature is near 7200K, higher than the D65 standard. Under the three default color temperature settings, the luminance error are a little high, but experienced users can adjust color temperature to find an ideal value (about 6700K) to lower DeltaE into 3, which is the best performance among any Huawei smartphone we ever tested, and this result is also significantly better than most Chinese brand smartphone's AMOLED displays.
Color In our manual setting, Mate 9 Pro has a slightly better color performance, but if we are using the apps with lots red, orange or pink colors, we still feel it is too vivid and a little dazzling, while this performance is better than the vivo Xplay 6. Unfortunately, the Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro's cameras are still restoring photos with sRGB, not DCI-P3, unable to take advantages of wide color gamut display screen like iPhone 7 series.
In our daily use, Mate 9 has a good auto brightness performance, low screen reflectance, and Increase Readability in Sunlight helps the display in strong light. This Mate 9 Pro has the best display among the Huawei smartphones we ever touched. This display also helps us when taking photos outdoors. If you want to experience DayDream VR, the Pro vision is better than the ordinary vision. However, Samsung S7 Edge is also sold at a similar price, Mate 9 Pro's display performance is still far from Samsung and Apple's flagships. Huawei still has a long way to go.