Huawei P9 can be considered as one of the best Android smartphones in the market right now along with HTC 10, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and LG G5. It is a new 2016 flagship smartphone manufactured by Huawei that had been designed beautifully and elegantly with numerous set of top-end hardware. Once, Chinese smartphone seems to be underrated by most of its competitors but now Chinese smartphone such as Xiaomi and Huawei had set up a new standard that is worth to look at in this industry, and Huawei P9 is another example of excellent products from the company.
Huawei P9 features a unibody metal chassis that feels absolutely firm in the hand. There are no creaky buttons or camera hump can be found on the body of the device, and it is equipped with microSD card slot, Nano SIM, and USB Type-C Port. The microSD card slot allows users to add up 128GB of space for the P9’s 32GB or 64GB variant, however the device doesn’t provide Adoptable Storage feature. On the back of the P9, a Level 4 fingerprint scanner which is easy to use and quick to unlock can be found reside in a small recessed cove. The scanner share same functions as Huawei’s Mate 8 that can be used to unlock the phone, silence alarms, and answer calls, among many others. In term of build quality, the device is solid.
Huawei P9 lacks screen resolution when compares with other smartphones but its full HD 5.2-inch display is still able to provide a pixel density of 423 pixels per inches. In addition, the application of LCD screen technology within Huawei P9 ensures users to get adequate brightness, and reasonable colourful screen without looking over-saturated.
Huawei P9 sporting dual-lens Leica (a famous German optics brand) camera on the back, where one lens shoots a monochrome (black and white) image, others lens will takes a traditional “normal” image, and both will work together simultaneously to provides users with some great images that filled with rich colour, contrast and plenty of detail. Both the cameras had been rigged with 12-megapixel Sony IMX286 sensor, hybrid autofocus, and LED flash. There are a wide range of shot modes can be found offered by Huawei P9 including Panorama, High Dynamic Range, Bokeh (a shot mode of background blur), Video, Monochrome, Beauty, and Light Painting. The P9 also offers manual controls called the “Pro Mode” that enables users to control various functions over key settings such as manual focus, shutter speed, and ISO, among many others. On the front of the device, there is a 8-megapixel camera can be found ready for the users to take a video calling, and selfies.
Performance, Software, and Battery Life
Huawei P9 is powered by an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 955 chipsets and is backed up by 3GB of RAM. The Kirin 955 processor is able to provide an excellent performance for photo editing, streaming, games, and others applications. Although the P9 comes with Android 6 Marshmallow, its own interface (Emotion UI) has heavily skinned the device with several duplicate apps, and additional bloat-ware. In term of battery life, Huawei use Li-Ion 3,000 mAh battery that could last for at least one and a half day on a single use with a good setting of brightness and performance. The device has a USB-C port that is able to support fast charging for the battery, and the battery will fully charge in one hour.
To put it briefly, the collaboration between Leica and Huawei in manufacturing a great smartphone camera had been achieved splendidly. Even though, the P9 lacks in providing a better software and hardware, its battery life, robust build quality, and performance are undisputed. Moreover, Huawei P9 is much cheaper than the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and its great camera would be a good choice for consumers that don’t want to break their saving.
Pros and Cons
- Great dual lens technology
- Excellent performance
- Excellent fingerprint scanner
- Decent battery life
- Camera software can be fiddly
- Emotion UI skin is heavy