Huawei pulls out all the stops with its latest addition, the Huawei P9. Boasting a 12MP Leica dual-lens camera, slick design and backed up by some impressive performance specs, the new P9 would make even the most skeptical customer stand up and take notice.
Huawei hits the ground running in terms of design and from the word go we’re impressed with the P9’s good looks.
The packaging sets the tone immediately; it’s tasteful and high-end, what you’d expect from a premium smartphone of course, but it’s always the extra touches that define a high-end purchase.
Taking the phone out for the first time and inspecting its design, my instant thought is that the P9 is stunning and has an exceptionally high polished finish. It’s a beauty – in smartphone terms at least – that needs to be admired.
The P9’s all-metal finish is compact and comfortable to hold; even if you’re used to 4.5-inch screen the Huawei P9’s 5.2-inch size doesn’t feel too dominating to use one handed. The overall look of the P9 is great, particularly the rounded corners which make the phone look and feel slimmer than it actually is.
On the back of the phone you will find a fingerprint scanner above which sits the two 12MP lenses that are flush with the body of the phone.
Huawei teamed up with Leica a well-established brand in the photography business to develop the camera for the P9 and it’s a feature Huawei are really shouting about. One lens shoots exclusively in black and white, while the two together provide a DSLR-style shallow depth of field as one of my colleagues informed me when questioning the need for two lenses. The picture quality is genuinely magnificent, whether taking a picture inside or outside, light or dark, you can adjust the camera’s setting to always take the perfect picture.
The image on the left was taken with the Huawei P9, the one on the right was the HTC 10. Notice the depth of colour on the image taken with the Huawei P9.
Display and functionality
The 5.2-inch display on the P9 is full HD, meaning you get a perfectly crisp screen appearance. Colours are bold and with the display going edge to edge in width, it’s easy to become immersed in your photos videos and games.
The Huawei P9 (left) vs. the HTC 10
The P9 runs on a very powerful octa-core processing chip, backed up by 3GB of RAM, which is more than enough for anything you're likely to throw at it. Apps and games load quickly, streaming from YouTube and Netflix is smooth and photo editing can be easily handled.
The P9 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow skinned with Huawei’s EMUI 4.1 user interface which gives you a fast, fluid experience. The interface gives you quick access to notifications and shortcuts without having to jump into an app or settings, plus you can choose different themes if you want to personalise your phone even more.
The P9 holds its charge well, even under heavy usage, and you have the options of fine tuning to extend the battery it by turning the screen brightness down and switching off GPS and Wi-Fi. If you’re stuck and need to it to last even longer, there's an ultra-battery mode, which offers the user access to just calls and texts.
To conclude, the P9 has grabbed our attention like no Huawei phone before it. It ticks all the boxes and has all the features we’ve come to expect from a premium handset. The partnership with Leica is another plus on the P9 with the phone producing some of the best photos we’ve seen from a smartphone in this grade.
A great phone, worthy of the flagship position in any of the top phone manufactories arsenal, we highly recommend the Huawei P9
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