Amason's excellent Alexa AI is coming to Huawei's Mate 9

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Huawei has announced that its latest flagship phone, the beefy Mate 9, will arrive in the USA on January 6th pre-installed with an app that gives users access to Amazon's Alexa.

For Android OEMs that don't have the resources to acquire or develop their own AI voice smarts, Amazon's Alexa looks to be lining up as an attractive pre-load option, especially for markets such as the U.S. where the ecommerce giant dominates online shopping.

The new smartphone Mate 9 from Huawei will have the AI digital assistant pre-installed.

As the Mate 9 is an Android phone, you could arguably say that Google should be able to handle all the things that you might ask Alexa to do, but Google's relatively slow movement on Google Assistant may have lost them this early advantage. According to Phys.org, the handset will be available in the United States in "early 2017". This is a minor achievement for Amazon which has been pushing the implementation of Alexa in a lot of gadgets.

Amazon's Alexa is creeping into just about every facet of our digital lives and it looks like it's making an important step with Huawei - into your smartphone. This represents a challenge for the app developed by Apple called Siri but also for Google's Assistant. The same app will be delivered to existing Mate 9 owners via an over-the-air update.

As per Android Authority, the Mate 9 comes with a 5.9-inch 1080p display. The Huawei Mate 9 has the usual connectivity options including 4G LTE, WiFi, and Bluetooth, as well as USB-Type C. Add on 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage and you've got a very nice package.

Other benefits of the phone are a dual rear camera set-up consisting of a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and a 12-megapixel RGB sensor.

The Mate 9 itself will cost $600 in the US. The tech company argued that the new device will use machine learning algorithms to adjust the performance of the chip over its lifespan.

The Mate 9 will be available starting January 6 at Amazon, Newegg, Best Buy and B&H Photo in Space Gray and Moonlight Silver models.

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