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  # 1671000 14-Nov-2016 21:03
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Still in love with my Mate 8 (changed from the Note at start of the year). Awesome phone and I only need to charge it every 2 to 3 days. Best purchase I made this year and I paid double what you can get it for now and I would again.


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  # 1671770 16-Nov-2016 09:48
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Quinny:

 

Still in love with my Mate 8 (changed from the Note at start of the year). Awesome phone and I only need to charge it every 2 to 3 days. Best purchase I made this year and I paid double what you can get it for now and I would again.

 

 

Must say I'm tempted by the new really low clearance price of the Mate 8 at NL's, given it's well under half of what a Mate 9 (on sale) would cost: I'm assuming it'll be at least $1k during a decent sale, whereas the Mate 8's on run-out for $439.

 

The thing that's holding me back is the camera; for those who own/have used Mate 8s (@Quinny, @NikT; @xlinknz), can you report how you have found the camera in real life? Reviews are very critical of the HDR mode in particular. Has Huawei provided updated software/firmware to improve the camera? Is it going to be better than the camera on my current phone (LG G3)? I don't love the camera on the G3, so was keen on ensuring my new phone had a better one; if it's better than the G3 but not up there with the best then I'm ok with that, given that difference is not worth the $500+ savings compared to a Mate 9.

 

Thanks for any advice!


 
 
 
 


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  # 1672297 16-Nov-2016 18:59
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Quinny:

 

Still in love with my Mate 8 (changed from the Note at start of the year). Awesome phone and I only need to charge it every 2 to 3 days. Best purchase I made this year and I paid double what you can get it for now and I would again.

 

 

Must say I'm tempted by the new really low clearance price of the Mate 8 at NL's, given it's well under half of what a Mate 9 (on sale) would cost: I'm assuming it'll be at least $1k during a decent sale, whereas the Mate 8's on run-out for $439.

 

The thing that's holding me back is the camera; for those who own/have used Mate 8s (@Quinny, @NikT; @xlinknz), can you report how you have found the camera in real life? Reviews are very critical of the HDR mode in particular. Has Huawei provided updated software/firmware to improve the camera? Is it going to be better than the camera on my current phone (LG G3)? I don't love the camera on the G3, so was keen on ensuring my new phone had a better one; if it's better than the G3 but not up there with the best then I'm ok with that, given that difference is not worth the $500+ savings compared to a Mate 9.

 

Thanks for any advice!

 

 

Wow imho $439 is bargain of the year to date in regards to phones - check it has 3GB but I'm fairly sure they never shipped with 2GB

 

In regards to the camera I haven't used it yet and rarely take photos. I do recall a review being critical of the camera but not being a big camera user that didn't worry me and like you I assume [not expect] a software/firmware update will fix that. If you find out what s/w update [build# or kernal ver etc] fixes the camera I can check mine for you

 

I'm very pleased except EMUI doesn't have multi user so may yet root 

 

 


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  # 1673494 18-Nov-2016 11:28
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xlinknz:

 

jonathan18: How does this (std Mate 8, not the Porsche ed) compare to the P series in terms of performance, quality etc? I see what the Mate 8 is selling for already, which is damn cheap, so am not sure where the Mates are designed to sit in relation to the P series.

I like the feel of the P8+ in the hand, but would be happy with a larger screen. The Mate 9 seems to be about the same size as the 6P I've also been looking at, but with a larger screen so less bezel (prefer the feel of the P9+ to the 6P).

I see the screen is IPS, whereas the P9+is AMOLED - should that be of any concern?

Also, any inkling what the Mate 9 may sell for in NZ?

Thanks in advance for any answers!

 

I recently got a Mate 8 for $499 smile

 

I saw a few reviews on-line comparing the Mate 8 & Mate 9 but imho there didn't seem to be much in it and the Mate 9 will be a lot more than $499 !

 

I use BT headphones, the only time I use the headphone jack is for ear buds when I want to listen to FM Radio but obviously cheap ear buds isn't the best way to test the headphone jack...

 

I was very pleased with my Mate 8 [my first phone over 4"], my only issue is EMUI I should have realised it doesn't have multi-user so I may have to root it yet...

 

 

 

 

Where did you get it at that price mate?


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  # 1673573 18-Nov-2016 13:30
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xlinknz:

 

Wow imho $439 is bargain of the year to date in regards to phones - check it has 3GB but I'm fairly sure they never shipped with 2GB

 

In regards to the camera I haven't used it yet and rarely take photos. I do recall a review being critical of the camera but not being a big camera user that didn't worry me and like you I assume [not expect] a software/firmware update will fix that. If you find out what s/w update [build# or kernal ver etc] fixes the camera I can check mine for you

 

I'm very pleased except EMUI doesn't have multi user so may yet root 

 

 

Ended up pushing the button on the Mate 8 - decided that a better camera wasn't worth an additional $500! (Can always use my real camera if I care that much...).

 

I ended up making the decision to purchase in a relative short period as they were selling quickly - sold out by late afternoon on the Wednesday. Also first time I've ever purchased an extended warranty, given it was only $49 and is transferrable if I sell the phone - so even if I end up not loving it I reckon I won't lose too much on it. (Phones from the P9 forward have a two year warranty, whereas the Mate 8 is only one, so extending it to three made sense.)

 

It seems like NL's is developing a pattern of doing great run-out prices on Huawei product - I purchased a P8 for my wife a few months back for $349 (or even cheaper?)... but then again perhaps it's all just a means to get their 'phone home to Beijing" software in our hot little hands?!


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  # 1673690 18-Nov-2016 15:52
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Hope you are happy with it. I still am. I had sorted some photos to upload but not had a chance to try get uploaded :(. Overall I use for facebook and family snaps with zero issues. Night is ok at best, outdoors great which is normal for a cellphone.


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  # 1673791 18-Nov-2016 19:32
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BillieJoe:

 

 

 

Where did you get it at that price mate?

 

 

I got mine at Parallel Import for $499 2 weeks before Noel Lemming had them for $439, it would appear both have raised their prices since but I suspect with the imminent arrival of the Mate 9 they will soon be back on sale somewhere

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  # 1677621 25-Nov-2016 20:16
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Just arrived here today:

 

 

  • Price: $1099 Inc. GST
  • Color: Mocha Brown
  • Availability: Harvey Norman, Noel Leeming, PB Tech, 2Degree Online
  • Launch Date: 16th Dec 2016




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  # 1678232 27-Nov-2016 13:00
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freitasm:

 

Just arrived here today:

 

 

 

    • Price: $1099 Inc. GST

 

 

    • Color: Mocha Brown

 

 

    • Availability: Harvey Norman, Noel Leeming, PB Tech, 2Degree Online

 

 

    • Launch Date: 16th Dec 2016




Thoughts mate? Really keen on the pro. Looks a fantastic phone


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  # 1678599 28-Nov-2016 05:52
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I'm in the UK this week, will be using the Mate 9 full time. So far it seems pretty fast and the larger screen is really sharp. Shame larger phones (not only this one) don't fit on a back pocket, but we can live with that. So far impressed with battery life too.

 

I am told the model sold in New Zealand will be dual SIM (SIM1 = 4G/3G/2G, SIM2 = 3G/2G). The one I have is dual SIM and you can select which SIM to be used for mobile data.





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  # 1678625 28-Nov-2016 09:04
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freitasm:

 

I'm in the UK this week, will be using the Mate 9 full time. So far it seems pretty fast and the larger screen is really sharp. Shame larger phones (not only this one) don't fit on a back pocket, but we can live with that. So far impressed with battery life too.

 

I am told the model sold in New Zealand will be dual SIM (SIM1 = 4G/3G/2G, SIM2 = 3G/2G). The one I have is dual SIM and you can select which SIM to be used for mobile data.

 

 

 

 

Good to hear that you're enjoying it. Early impressions of the camera?


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  # 1678631 28-Nov-2016 09:21
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Check my Twitter feed for a couple of posts with photos from the British Museum - no flash.








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  # 1678655 28-Nov-2016 10:13
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freitasm:

 

I'm in the UK this week, will be using the Mate 9 full time. So far it seems pretty fast and the larger screen is really sharp. Shame larger phones (not only this one) don't fit on a back pocket, but we can live with that. So far impressed with battery life too.

 

I am told the model sold in New Zealand will be dual SIM (SIM1 = 4G/3G/2G, SIM2 = 3G/2G). The one I have is dual SIM and you can select which SIM to be used for mobile data.

 

 

From the above I assume that SIM2 will not do 3G at the same time as SIM 1??





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  # 1678656 28-Nov-2016 10:15
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From the above I assume that SIM2 will not do 3G at the same time as SIM 1??

 

 

It will, Mate 9 is a go for 2x Spark/Skinny SIMs.

 

Joins the relatively short list of phones which do that - ASUS ZenFone 3 range, OnePlus 3, LG V20 - and is the first to do so without a Snapdragon processor.





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  # 1679348 29-Nov-2016 11:03
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I just noticed Noel Leeming have put up a banner on their homepage for this.

 

https://www.noelleeming.co.nz/150125

 

$1099 with Bonus 64GB Micro SD Card

 

 

 

Not a bad price considering its 699 euros 


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