Huawei P9 Plus Review

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Overview

Huawei P9 Plus

The P9 Plus is a top-end phone. It’s bold; it’s expensive and out to supply features the company couldn’t even match in the normal Huawei P9, already an overpriced device. A pressure-sensitive Press Touch screen is on the top of the listing, together with an ultra-flashy metal end. Even without the various show-off ending touches, the Huawei P9 Plus is a top-quality phone whose battery life is powerful than a lot of its peers.

At £549/AU$899 (around $730), though, it has stiff competitors from the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Design

Huawei P9 Plus

The design style of the P9 Plus is similar to the P9. The Huawei P9 Plus has a full metal unibody together with chamfered edges and is mainly a bigger version of the P9. The P9 Plus has a slightly softer brushed metal than that found on the Nexus 6P or Huawei P8, and at simply 6.98 mm it’s quite thin for a 5.5-inch device.

At the front, it has a 5.5-inch display together with a discrete Huawei logo. There isn’t a physical home button as all of the navigation keys are on-screen. Moving around the rest of the phone, the volume rocker and the power button is on the right, on the left, the SIM tray. At the bottom, you will see the speaker grill, the USB Type-C charging port for the fast-charging and the headphone jack.

At the back is the dual-sensor rear facing Leica camera together with the flash and the fingerprint reader. The camera setup is contained inside a black band together with the extra sensor and the Leica logo.


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Display

Huawei P9 Plus

It has a 5.5-inch with Full HD display is massive, sharp and bright – though that 1920 x 1080 resolution indicates it’s not the most pixel dense available on the market, that means the level of detail isn’t quite as sharp or easy as you will get on a higher-resolution panel.

It’s AMOLED-based technology, too, which means colors are vibrant and contrast levels are excellent. Blacks are extremely dark, giving the screen a punchiness you don’t get from an LCD panel. It’s not good, though. At certain angles, the screen color appears to alter color slightly – with whites showing a little blue or pink.

Performance

Huawei P9 Plus

The Huawei P9 Plus is the most responsive and smoothest phones we have tested. Everything from launching apps and browsing the net, via to the transition animations when dropping down the notification shade from the top or opening up folders – it’s all clear of stutter or delay.

In our analysis, we didn’t have a single instance of delay in loading games or content. It has a Kirin 955 processor mixed with a generous 4GB RAM. That mixture ensures there’s both adequate memory for working apps and a quick processor which is capable of translating all processes and information quickly.

Software

Huawei P9 Plus

The Huawei P9 Plus runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, finished with Huawei’s Emotion UI 4.1. For some people, the shortage of a stock Android experience will likely be a stumbling block, mainly since EMUI doesn’t include an app drawer. When you haven’t heard of EMUI, the general look-and-feel is totally different to stock Android with colourful sq. Icons, desktop folders, and a redesigned settings page.


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Camera

Huawei P9 Plus

One of the key features of the Huawei P9 Plus is the camera. As among the smaller P9, Huawei has partnered with legendary German camera maker Leica.

The P9 Plus has a 12 MP with an RGB sensor specifically for colour reproduction and the other totally for white detail and capturing black. The 8 MP front-facing camera provides auto-focus, something lacking from many smartphones together with the standard P9. The auto-focus is a good feature and should make selfie junkies comfortable. You can find the standard beautification mode available, plus the Excellent Selfie mode.

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Specification

Display: 5.5-inch
SoC: HiSilicon Kirin 955
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB + microSD
Rear Camera: 12MP
Front Facing Camera: 8MP
Battery: 3,400mAh
Features: USB Type C, NFC, Fingerprint scanner, IR Blaster
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1

Battery Life

Huawei P9 Plus

 The P9 Plus comes with a 3,400mAh battery. Firstly, there’s Android Marshmallow’s Dose feature which kills excessive background exercise when the phone is on standby. Then there’s Huawei’s battery optimisation which may kill apps if they’re using extreme amounts of power.

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Conclusion

Huawei P9 Plus

So P9 or P9 Plus? Effectively, the Plus provides a slightly bigger screen among “Press Touch” technology, plus better battery life and 64GB onboard storage for its £500 asking price (making it around £100 more than the standard P9).

In any other case, features are largely similar, with both phones has a defining dual camera – which deserves the high reward for the most part. Its controls are intuitive, making it simple to fine-tune your shots.

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