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CES 2017: First Alexa-equipped smartphone unveiled by Huawei

The very first smartphone with Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant has been announced and it is now available in the U.S.

At its CES 2017 press event, Huawei revealed that the U.S. version of its Mate 9 Android smartphone will have the Alexa digital assistant pre-installed and goes on sale in the U.S. starting January 6.

Huawei describes Alexa on the Mate 9 as a “natural, convenient user interface” to obtain information or perform specific actions similar to what it already does on the Amazon Echo or Amazon Fire gadgets.

The company stated that they are working with Amazon to “develop a rich voice activated consumer experience.”

“Response to Huawei Mate 9 has been extremely positive, resulting in numerous industry awards and accolades,” stated Huawei USA’s president Zhendong Zhu.

“With Mate 9, we set out to improve every element of the smartphone experience, creating a dynamic and powerful device that takes a big step forward in what consumers expect in a smartphone. We’re excited to introduce the Mate 9 flagship device to the U.S. market,” he continued.

The Mate 9 is already available globally but this is the first time it’s hitting U.S. shores. Huawei said that current owners of the phablet will also get Alexa via an over-the-air update.

Spec-wise, the Mate 9 is no slouch. It sports a large 5.9-inch 1080p display protected with 2.5D glass. It is powered by the eight-core Hisilicon Kirin 960 chip, a Mali-G71 MP8 graphics chip and comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

With its Leica dual 20 and 12-megapixel f/2.2 aperture rear cameras, optical image stabilization, auto-focus and 8-megapixel f/2.2 aperture front camera, it is a photographer’s dream smartphone.

It is powered by a 4000 mAh battery with Huawei’s SuperCharge fast charging technology. Other features include a fingerprint scanner and Huawei’s own artificial intelligence that can learn the daily habits of its user.

You can order the Huawei Mate 9 with Alexa through Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg and B&H starting today for the sweet sum of $600.

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