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Up close with Huawei's massive, meaty Mate 9

At 5.9 inches, the Mate 9 is a big beast, but it's packed with some formidable tech.

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The Mate 9 is the latest big-screened phablet from Huawei. As well as the 5.9-inch display, the phone comes with an octa-core processor, 64GB of storage, an all-metal body and a nifty dual-lens camera on the back.

It's due to to go on sale globally later this year, although Huawei has yet to announce prices.

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With such a big screen stuffed inside, the Mate 9 is quite a chunky thing to hold. It's all-metal casing at least makes it feel like a reassuringly solid piece of kit.

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It has the same dual-lens camera that we've seen already on Huawei's P9. One lens takes photos in colour, the other only takes photos in black and white.

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I loved the richness of the black-and-white shots on the P9, so I'm hoping for similar results here.

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Huawei has put its Emotion interface over the top of the Android Nougat software. On previous Huawei phones this meant losing the app drawer -- which I didn't appreciate -- but on the Mate 9 you have the option to keep the drawer if you prefer.

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There's a fingerprint scanner on the back, just below the dual-camera lens.

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It charged with USB-C.

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There are a load of camera modes and settings to play with.

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There's an 8-megapixel camera on the front for selfies.

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The 4,000 mAh battery should keep the phone going for the better part of a day.

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You can change the theme of the phone to make it more to your taste.

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Android Nougat is the latest version of Google's mobile operating system.

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