This is an overview of Huawei’s 2016 flagship device, the Huawei P9. Over the years we have seen the P series of Huawei evolve and develop into finer and more solid smartphones. This review though will only focus on what the subject flagship phone has to offer and if, one should consider buying it. Let’s dive in.
Design and Build
The Huawei P9 has a very solid build. Huawei decided to go with an all metal uni-body build with this phone. What I love the most about its looks is the back part of this phone. On top bar that houses the dual LEICA branded camera and the rest of it is a flat metallic back with a fingerprint scanner below the bar that has the cameras. I am a big fan of this design to be honest but well, it all boils down to preference. The face of the phone is simple with HUAWEI branding on the bottom bezel and the top has a selfie camera, a sensor and an earpiece. One side of it houses the volume rockers and the power button which is textured, a small detail that you will really appreciate. It stands at 145 x 70.9 x 7 mm and weighs just 145 grams. It is a compact and solid design and build that almost everyone should like, or love.
It has a 5.2 inches IPS-NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen that has a 72.9% screen to bod ratio. Its resolution is 1080 x 1920 pixels (~423 ppi pixel density).This display is a soft and natural one, no over saturations or nothing, it gives detail of color well and I also appreciated it when I could see in direct sunlight. There is Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on the display so really, your phone may drop and you won’t have to worry about your screen cracking so easily (don’t try breaking it though).
The dual LEICA branded cameras are the main selling point of this flagship device. It is a dual 12MP, f/2.2 shooter that does get the job done perfectly well. The best thing about this camera is that its images look natural and sharp. It features geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama and HDR modes.
The selfie camera is an 8MP shooter, f2.4, 1080p that does give good selfies too. Selfie lovers this is the selfie camera you will want to use all the time for your photos.
Video recording comes in at 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps and the video quality is also one you would love on the Huawei P9.
Performance and Memory
The Huawei P9 comes in two models a 32GB + 3GB RAM and a 64GB + 4GB RAM. Internal memory can be expanded up to 256GB using an SD card.
It has an Octa-core (4×2.5 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) processor, a HiSilicon Kirin 955 chipset and Mali-T880 MP4 GPU for your graphics. It ships with android marshmallow although this can be upgraded to nougat using OTA updates. Oh and it is android with Huawei’s EMUI on it.
A non-removable 3000mAh battery powers this phone. With an endurance rating of 75 hours this should see you go a whole day without need of charge. Fast charging will see your phone hit 44% in just 30 minutes. Good thing.
Connectivity and Network
There is support for Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, WiFi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC (EVA-L09 only) and there is a Type-C 1.0 reversible connector.
Network: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by). GSM, HSPA and LTE.
The speaker of the Huawei P9 is a bottom firing one. It is a pretty good one, respectable. But the best of sound you will get with headphones via the 3.5mm jack that gives 24-bit/192kHz audio.
There also is a dedicated mic for noise cancellation.
Huawei P9 is a good phone, a compact and solid device with great performance all round. It is a phone I would recommend for first its looks, then its camera and lastly its price, given that other manufacturers will offer equals to the Huawei P9 at higher and sometimes even unreasonable prices.
It comes in various colors Ceramic White, Haze Gold, Rose Gold, Titanium Grey, Mystic Silver, Prestige Gold, Red and Blue – have your choice.
Check out Huawei P9 official video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIlpvfAKQJE
Official website: http://consumer.huawei.com/en/mobile-phones/p9/index.htm
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