Not too long ago, we have this little issue regarding the Huawei P10’s storage and RAM chips used. That caused a lot of stir already, since we consumers need to pay the same price to enter a “performance lottery”. If you get UFS 2.1 with LPDDR4 on your unit of the P10, you’re lucky. While that storm is still brewing, Huawei decided to preemptively make the next move – removing any mentions of UFS 2.1 on the Mate 9 and its Pro variant’s product page.

Huawei Mate 9 pre-order

This was first reported by Android Authority again right here. First I thought Mate 9 didn’t have this issue – but upon further experimentation, the exact same results as the P10 were found. Like what we saw before, there are 3 categories of speeds seen on the Mate 9.

While it was first said that Huawei only removed the mention of UFS 2.1 on its UK site, things have also change for all other sites. Yes – Huawei has removed all mentions of UFS 2.1 on all Mate 9/Pro product pages of all regions. Even the Huawei Global site, by the way. And the way they removed it is blatant as well. Just take a look at these two screenshots taken.

Before. Source: Android Authority.
After. Source: Android Authority, and also Huawei’s own website.

Wow. That was a blatant removal! This is a big issue and it just raised suspicion on the whole sketchiness of the way things are handled. I mean, Huawei can’t guarantee that the Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro are using UFS 2.1? That raised my eyebrows way high up.

Again, it doesn’t seem like Huawei is going to do anything regarding the P10 and Mate 9 controversies. We’ll just have to wait and see if Huawei is really just going to brush this off or address this properly.


[UPDATE]: Huawei has reinstated the mentions of UFS 2.1 in the product page, but raises more question than before. Prices of both Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro were slashed too.

As a sequence of actions taken by Huawei since their statement regarding P10’s issue, they have reinstated mentions of UFS 2.1 on their product page for both the Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro – but they’ve only added a few disclaimers.

Mate 9 product page

On another update, the prices were slashed too. Here are the new prices for both the Mate 9 or Pro variant.

Mate 9 price

Device Price
Huawei P9 RM1,799 (Save RM300)
Huawei Mate 9 RM2,499 (Save RM200)
Huawei Mate 9 Pro RM3,299 (Save RM100)

The one thing that I find a sketchy is Huawei’s decision to have a price cut on both the Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro at this time. I mean, for all Mate 9/Pro users out there who got UFS 2.0 or eMMC 5.1 instead of UFS 2.1 – what kind of compensation do they get?

In another note, what kind of compensation that those who have just recently bought a Mate 9/Pro get? I feel really bad for those who just bought a Mate 9 or the Pro variant recently, actually. They’re the ones who suffer the most.

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