Before it began its second career as a spontaneous handwarmer, the Galaxy Note 7 was actually quite a good phone. The combination of big display, powerful graphics and a well-skinned version of Android had a lot of fans, and Samsung’s total recall has left a big gap in the market.

That’s what Huawei, a big Chinese cellphone manufacturer, is hoping to fill with the release of the Mate 9. It’s a 5.9-inch behemoth with specs to match the big body and a skinned version of Android on top. It might be from a company you’ve never heard of, but it’s also the closest thing you’re going to get to a Note 7 right now.

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The Mate 9 has an aluminum body that comes in five different choices with fancy names. In the interests of simplicity, I’m going to call them grey, silver, gold, coffee-poop brown, and white. The body is exactly the same thickness as the Galaxy Note 7, and just a smidgen bigger to accommodate that 5.9-inch display. The panel is a 1080p IPS panel, which could be a let-down on a phone this big.

Underneath the display, Huawei’s engineering prowess is on full display. There’s a home-grown Kirin 960 octa-core chipset and Mali-G71 MP8 GPU, which promises power on par with the fastest Android smartphones out there right now. There’s also a separate i6 co-processor, which should help with battery life by reducing the reliance on the giant main processor.

Backing things up is 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a serious 4,000mAh battery. That’s more capacity than the Note 7 in a body that’s barely bigger, which could be a concern, given how the Note 7 didn’t exaclty deal well with all that power.

Rounding things out are a fingerprint sensor on the back and a dual-camera system with OIS and 4K video capture, which might provide a poor man’s version of the Portrait mode found on the iPhone 7 Plus.

Pricing for the US has yet to be announced, but based on the European pricing, it’s going to be at the top of the flagship phone market, around $700. If you’ve got some of that Samsung refund cash sitting in the drawer, this could be worth a look.

Chris Mills has loved tinkering with technology ever since he worked out how to defeat the parental controls on his parents' internet. He's blogged his way through Apple events and SpaceX launches ever since, and still keeps a bizarre fondness for the Palm Pre.