There’s a lot to like about the Huawei Mate 9. Great build quality, dual cameras co-developed with Leica, and great performance. There is no denying the Mate 9 is a very big phone. It has a 5.9-inch screen, and we can certainly say it’s a handful. Studies show that the bigger the phone, the more likely you are to drop it and break the screen.
Buying a case for a phone this big is a given, but you want to make sure you get a case that will protect your Mate 9, and not interfere with the camera or anything else while you are operating the phone. Here are some of the best cases and covers that you will find for the Huawei Mate 9.
Spigen Rugged Armor ($13)
One of the most trusted names when it comes to drop protection, Spigen, brings its Armor line of cases to the Mate 9. This one is a real beauty with a Carbon Fiber look and a flexible, yet very durable TPU construction. The interior has a nice spider-web design, and it has the same Air-Cushion shock absorption technology found in Spiegen’s Ultra Hybrid cases. The tech allows the case to remain slender, but provide rugged drop protection. As usual with all Spigen cases, the buttons are extremely tactile and it really feels as if you were pressing the button itself. At $13 on Amazon, it is worth every penny.
This rugged case from Avidet features a soft rubber shock absorbing inside, with a hard shell exterior that provides rigidity to the case. It’s rugged, yes, but the design keeps it relatively thin, which is something you will want for the Huawei Mate 9, as the phone is already pretty massive. One of the most attractive features here is the inclusion of a stand on the back of the case. That way, you can prop it up for hands-free use or to watch a video with a friend.
Here’s another slim, yet rugged, case that offers a dual-layer design. This one is mostly made of a soft rubber TPU layer that provides the shock absorption, but it’s held firmly in place by a protective outside hard shell that snaps on easily. The case is designed to be very smooth, and it is quite minimalist with its smooth round edges. The edges and lip are raised to protect the screen, but the case is compatible with screen protectors. It comes in Matte Black, Metallic Slate, Mint, and Rose Gold. It’s a beautiful smooth case that provides good looks and good protection.
For the ultra minimalists, Ringke brings you a clear bumper case that keeps your Mate 9 protected. Ringke advertises MIL-STD 810G – 516.6 Certified Military Grade Drop Protection for the Fusion. Some of the highlights of this case are dust covers for the headphone jack and charging port, and the added bonus that it will resist scratches better than its competition, according to Ringke. One of the downsides of clear cases is that they often scratch easily, but this case is advertised to resist those scratches better than other clear cases. It is available Clear, Ink Black, Rose Gold, and Smoke Black.
Leather covers and wallet cases
For those who are leather fans, Pierre Cardin offers a very slim, and beautiful genuine leather case. This case comes in Black, Brown, Dark Brown, and Red. One of the benefits of a leather case is that, unlike most cases, it actually looks better with age. The interior of the case has a soft lining that will protect your phone. You can wipe off small scratches with a soft cloth.
If you’re a fan of wallet cases, very few companies make them better than Noreve. A handcrafted leather case with a very convenient magnetic latch for easy access. If you look closely, the smartphone is completely protected while inside the case. Some wallet cases leave the corners opened, but this one ensures your Mate 9 is protected all the time. The inside of the case is beautifully embossed with the Noreve logo, and the case comes in 12 different colors to choose from. The speaker cutouts make it possible to take a call and speak to the other person with the wallet case completely closed. It’s a bit pricey at $55, but worth the price for the quality leather.
If you’re looking for a wallet leather case without the bulk, then the Piel Frama Slim Wallet Case may be what you’ve been looking for. Every inch of this case is handmade from cowskin leather. Piel Frama is so confident in the quality of its handmade cases, each one comes with a 1-year guarantee that if anything happens to the case due to an error in craftsmanship, the company will send you a brand new case at no cost to you. This case, although a wallet case, is extremely thin and doesn’t offer the same all-around protection as the Noreve wallet case, but it will be worth it for those wanting to cut down on bulk. To use the camera, while in the case, you’ll rotate the phone. You can also use the case as a stand to watch content in Landscape mode and have your hands free.
Slim and soft cases
For those looking for a slim case that also offers decent drop protection, DayJoy offers a soft silicone case that has precise cutouts for all your sensors, and the dual camera. It has a nice diamond pattern on the inside of the case, and the corners are raised to offer a good amount a shock absorption in the event of a drop. It has a very nice minimalist, yet futuristic look, that comes in a dizzying amount of colors, and styles.
Ranyi Flexible Cover ($8)
This case is a very flexible case that is extremely easy to put on, and take off. This flexible carbon fiber case offers minimal drop protection, and it is mostly to keep your phone free of scratches, bump marks, and dirt. If you want to go thin, but still offer some drop protection, then this would be the way to go.
Nillkin Ultra Thin Case ($10)
If you want a barely there, ultra super thin case, then look no further than the Nillkin Ultra Thin. The key feature here is the actual texture of the case. Unlike most of the rugged cases that offer a smooth texture, this case being super thin, actually offers a more rough texture that is easy to hold on to, even if the case is wet. Because of this exterior texture, it is also very easy to clean. Nillkin calls this texture a salient point design, and it is anti-fingerprint, dust proof, and water resistant. It comes in Black, Red, and Gold. While this may not be the choice for drop protection, it certainly should make your shortlist of ultra super thin cases for the Mate 9.