Huawei’s flagship P9 is an unbelievable piece of, with the build quality as good as, wherever not better than, what’s provided by the likes of Apple, Samsung, and HTC. It’s astonishingly thin considering it contains a massive 3000mAh battery, whereas also being reassuringly weighty; the re’s a sense that each inch of space between its comfortable curves and shining chamfered edges has been filled with high-end tech. It takes an image to thanks to a pair of 12-megapixel cameras with iconic camera company Leica’s branding.
When it becomes to design, Huawei excels at producing simple, elegant devices. With the P9, that same philosophy is brought to life in the most effective of ways. The fingerprint scanner rests close to the top of the device, perhaps a tad higher than is comfortable, however completely acceptable.
At the device, the right side of the flash, you’ll find small silver text reminding you of the camera’s Leica origins.
Like some other smartphones, the front of the Huawei P9 is a swath of glass, broken up only by the speaker and Huawei logo. Moving onto the sides, you’ll notice that the Huawei P9 has a striking resemblance to the iPhone 6s, with similar antenna breaks and similar port and speaker placement.
The 5.2in Full HD LCD delivers a resolution of 1,920×1,080 pixels (424ppi), with 96 percent color saturation.
Viewing angles are fantastic, and the re’s a certain cinematic quality to the image, making for a muted and moody experience. It’s like Huawei has taken a leaf out of Sony’s book as it remembers the Mobile Bravia Engine found across the Sony Xperia range. As good as it’s, Huawei knew it had to hold something in the tank, so the top-tier P9 Plus has a Super AMOLED display.
Also reserved for the P9 Plus is one thing is known as Press Touch, Huawei’s attempt at Apple’s 3D Touch. It’s no deal-breaker. However, it would have been a good ‘to have’ on the P9.
Fortunately, the P9 doesn’t suffer from the judders and slowdowns of earlier Huawei phones. Inside, the P9 is powered by the company’s personal octa-core Kirin 955 SoC, with 3GB of RAM (or 4GB on the 64GB model), and a quad-core Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. That GPU isn’t wherever near as quick as the Adreno 530 GPU in the Snapdragon 820 used by pretty much every other 2016 flagship phone, however, in day-to-day use and light gaming I didn’t find it a problem. Those into massive 3D video games will probably need to look elsewhere, though.
Across the board, the P9 sits a few steps below the Snapdragon 820 in benchmarks, however again, in day-to-day use it handled my fevered multitasking with ease. It also remained cool throughout testing, one thing that I can’t say is true either of the Samsung Galaxy S7 or HTC 10 which I’ve also been using a previous couple of weeks. Battery life on the P9 is average, lasting just shy of nine hours in the Ars Wi-Fi browsing test. Getting you through a full day is sufficient. However, you might end up reaching for the charger at the pub come late night.
Display: 5.2in full HD LCD (424ppi)
Processor: Octa-core Huawei Kirin 955
RAM: 3GB of RAM
OS: Android 6.0
Rear Camera: 12MP dual rear camera
Front-Facing Camera: 8MP
Price: $500 USD
It also has a fingerprint scanner is on the back of the phone below the camera strip, in line with the place my index finger rests. It’s so fast I thought it was broken when I first used it. Just tapping the sensor is sufficient to unlock it if the phone is already alert.
The camera equipment doesn’t differ between the two Huawei P9 models, so we also need to discuss with the review of the standard P9. It comes with 8MP Front-Facing Camera, So Huawei follows the current selfie trend. The quality of the images is superb and is enough for selfies. Thanks to the Beauty Mode, you’ll be able to apply a soft focus, which will smoothen out folds or pronounce the eyes. That is certainly a useful gadget for some users. The camera still takes decent footage in low-light situations.
We like the camera app with its intuitive handling via swiping gestures. A swipe from the right the settings, a swipe from the left opens the picture modes. The professional mode may be accessed with a swipe from the bottom.
The most marketed feature of the P9 or P9 Plus, respectively, the dual-camera at the back, which was designed in cooperation with Leica based on Huawei. The maximum resolution is 13 MP (up to 3968×2976 pixels, 4:3) with RGB sensor. We can verify the results from the Huawei P9 review. The test pictures are conveniently sharp and provide very rich colors in daylight in particular, which results in a very vivid image impression. You can still see all of the contours if you zoom in. The sharpness will take a slight hit in low-light conditions.
Whereas the image quality is also convincing inside the comparison group, we’re slightly disappointed by the video features. 4K recordings aren’t supported, and 1080p videos at 60 fps are noticeably darker than 1080p30. If the latter is enough, you’ll get a good stereo sound with superb image quality.
As far as our review abilities went, the battery life on the Huawei P9 is excellent. The battery on the P9 appears to last for a long time, with the device being especially good at preserving battery life in standby mode.
Over our three-week review period, we charged the Huawei P9 four times, with the device obtain the most of those charges. It can be noted that the Huawei P9 uses a USB Type-C port for charging, so make sure to hold that in mind when looking at accessories.
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