Within just a couple of hours of the launch of the Mate 9, I thought there was no point wasting time and got cracking with a photo test between the Mate 9 and the Google Pixel XL.

I’ll have more photos in the coming days, but I figured many of you wouldn’t be able to wait so here are my first efforts.

Please post your thoughts in the comments below, but bear in mind that I haven’t even begun to learn how to get the most from the Mate 9 yet!

Updated: one feature on the Mate 9 is a hybrid 2x zoom, which Huawei has obviously included as a way to compete more directly with the iPhone 7 plus. On the plane journey home, I tried out the zoom facility quickly, as well as checking out how good the camera is in really low-light (as in most cabin lighting turned off and the ceiling lights turned down to the lowest night flight setting).

You can see these photos at the bottom.

Huawei Mate 9 vs Google Pixel XL

Mate 9 left, Pixel XL right

New: Hybrid zoom & Low-light pictures

With the Mate 9 featuring a 20 megapixel monochrome sensor and 12 megapixel RGB sensor, the phone can do some clever manipulation to improve the quality of images that are zoomed to a 2x level.

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On the flight back, I thought I’d give the feature a quick try.

Hauwei Mate 9
Huawei Mate 9 in normal flight cabin mode
Huawei Mate 9 Zoom
Huawei Mate 9 in night flight cabin mode
Huawei Mate 9 Zoom
Huawei Mate 9 with 2x Hybrid zoom
Huawei Mate 9 low light (no zoom)
Huawei Mate 9 low light (no zoom)
Huawei Mate 9 low light (non-zoomed, colour)
Huawei Mate 9 low light (non-zoomed, colour)
Huawei Mate 9 low light (non-zoomed, mono)
Huawei Mate 9 low light (non-zoomed, mono)
Huawei Mate 9 low light (zoomed, colour)
Huawei Mate 9 low light (zoomed, colour)
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Written by Jonathan Morris

Writing about technology, with a focus on mobile, since the early 1990s! Former editor of What Mobile magazine, writer for The Telegraph, Stuff, Know Your Mobile, Pocket Gamer, Smart TV Radar and more. Regular Tweeter, occasional YouTuber, keen amateur photographer and forum moderator. If you like what I write, please consider deactivating your ad blocker or making a donation via PayPal to help fund this site.

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