It’s the first time Huawei has launched a top spec’d device in the US. The Huawei Mate 9 is a darn good phone, with near-stock Android performance, a great screen, and serious battery life. I called it the best big phone of 2016.

Huawei Mate 9

That’s right — Chinese original equipment manufacturer Huawei has announced it will pre-load Amazon’s Alexa artificial intelligence (AI) assistant into the U.S. model of its flagship smartphone, called Mate 9. Earlier versions of the Mate 9 smartphone have already been released in European and Asian markets. The phone ran Android, featured a 5.9-inch screen, a 4,000mAh battery and 64 GB of built-in storage — but no Alexa functionality.

Huawei Mate 9 Pro along with the Porsche Design Mate 9 will eventually be supporting Google Daydream. Daydream-ready phones are designed for Google’s virtual reality platform experience thanks to their high-resolution displays and processing. Google Pixel and Moto Z are the current Daydream ready smartphones, with Asus ZenFone AR and ZTE Axon 7 eventually getting support as well.

Huawei Mate 9 was launched in November 2016 in Munich, Germany. The phone comes with a new artificial intelligence feature that learns the daily habit of a user. It was made available at a price tag of Euro 699 (approx. Rs 51,000). The phone will, however, be available in the US at $599 (approx. Rs 41,000).