Vodafone’s change in the way they do plans has led to a little more clarity in handset pricing and it looks like the Huawei P10 and Mate 9 are both excellent value, dropping down to a mere $699.

The Huawei Mate 9 launched here in Australia back in January for $999 outright, while the P10 hit our shores back in May for $899 – so a drop to $699 for both is fairly significant.

Vodafone now sells phones on interest free plans if you want to sign up for a plan with them. You can also purchase them outright from their Phones Website .

The handsets are the top end of their classes with the P10 aimed at the high-end consumer, while the Mate 9 is more aimed at the high-end business users. They both have a fresh, individual design and high-end specs and impressed the pants of both Chris when he reviewed the P10, and Scott when he checked out the Mate 9.

Specs for the phones include:

 Huawei P10Huawei Mate 9
Release dateMarch 2017November 2016
Screen size5.1-inch5.9-inch
Screen technologyIPS LCDIPS LCD
Resolution1,920 x 1,0801,920 x 1,080
Rear camera20MP mono + 12MP RGB20MP mono + 12MP RGB
Front camera8MP12MP
ChipsetKirin 960Kirin 960
Core config
  • 4 x 2.4 GHz
  • 4 x 1.8 GHz
  • 4 x 2.4 GHz
  • 4 x 1.8 GHz
MicroSDYes, up to 256GBYes, up to 256GB
Battery3,200 mAh4,000 mAh
Battery removable
ConnectorUSB CUSB C
Headphone PortYesYes
Headphone LocationBottomTop
Speaker ConfigurationBottomStereo
Android OSAndroid 7.0Android 7.0
Vendor skinEMUI 5.1EMUI 5.0
Dimensions145.3 x 69.3 x 7 mm156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9 mm
  • Dazzling Gold
  • Prestige Gold
  • Mystic Silver
  • Rose Gold
  • Ceramic White
  • Graphite Black
  • Dazzling Blue
  • Green
  • Space Gray
  • Moonlight Silver
  • Champagne Gold
  • Mocha Brown
  • Ceramic White
  • Black
  • Obsidian Black

If you’ve been holding off for a new handset, the P10 and Mate 9 are both great options to check out. There is rumours that the Mate 10 is being announced in October, but we’re still waiting on an invite for that event.

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Can phones be bought outright from Vodofone? I don’t see any way on their website.

Chris Rowland

You can certainly buy them outright in stores, though each store is likely to implement that a bit differently. It’s a lot easier if you’re an existing customer, too.