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Huawei woos Amazon’s Alexa for the U. S. launch of its Mate 9

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NewsHubHuawei has made a name for itself by partnering with Google on the final Nexus phone and selling affordable, feature-packed handsets in China, but now the company is looking to stand on its own in the U. S. Not only is it finally launching its 6.9-inch Mate 9 phablet to the States, it’s bringing along a new friend along for the trip: Alexa.
Among the features of the Mate 9—aside from its giant 1080p display—are a 4,000 mAh battery, 5A fast charging through its SuperCharge technology, and a Leica-made dual-lens camera that combines a 12MP standard camera with a 20MP monochrome one to capture more depth and detail. Also on board is Huawei’s Hybrid Zoom system that delivers 2x magnification, and a 4-in-1 hybrid auto-focus that combines “laser focus, phase detection focus, depth focus, and contrast focus.”
The Mate 9 is powered by Huawei’s in-house Kirin 960 chipset, which features an ARM Cortex-A73/A53 Octa-core CPU and Mali G71 Octa-core GPU.

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