Huawei Mate 9 arrives in the US as the first phone with Amazon Alexa

A supersized smartphone with a personal assistant

Say hello to the Huawei Mate 9, America – the first phone to bear the name of the Chinese manufacturer to land in the States (we’ll ignore the Nexus 6P as that had Google’s thrust behind it). 

Huawei is already well established in Asia and Europe, and its sub-brand Honor has already hit the US with a few handsets – but now the firm is rolling out its flagship powerhouse. 

The Mate 9 boasts a 5.9-inch full HD display, octa-core processor 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 20MP and 12MP dual rear cameras (co-engineered with Leica), 8MP selfie snapper, fingerprint scanner and a sizable 4,000mAh battery.

There will be two versions of the Mate 9 however, with one coming with Amazon's Alexa personal assistant built in.

Alexa, call home

The Huawei Mate 9 (without Alexa) will be available from January 6 via a number of retailers including Amazon and Best Buy, and will cost you $599.99.

If you'd rather have the Amazon Alexa enabled Mate 9 (and why wouldn't you, it sounds cool!) you'll have to wait until later this year.

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