The Huawei P9 caught everyone’s attention due to its groundbreaking specs and the unique dual-camera placement that was never seen before in the smartphones. Huawei has the tradition of launching phones with top of the line specification at an affordable price range. However, that might not be the case with this smartphone. So without wasting any time read on our exclusive Huawei P9 review and find out if this phone lives up to its glamor.
The phone shares some design clues from the Huawei Mate 8 and P8, however, a series of noticeable changes are made on the phone, like the placement of fingerprint scanner and dual-cameras. The phone entirely made of metal, that provides a premium look to the phone. The brushed metal finish enhances the beauty on the rear side of the phone. One thing we did observe with the metal finish was a fingerprint magnet.
The dual Leica cameras with LED flashlight is provided at the top left of the back panel, while the power button and the volume buttons provided on the right edge of the phone. The MicroUSB port, microphone, and speaker grille provided at the bottom of the phone and the 3.5mm audio jack, and additional microphone provided at the top of the phone.
The phone weighs 144 grams making it light-weight compared to the use of metal on the phone. The Non-removable 3000 mAh battery provided in the phone works great.
The Huawei P9 features a 5.2 inches LCD capacitive touchscreen that provides a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The phone offers 423 pixels per inch, while the display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The display, however not top of the line is nowhere less impressive, as the images seem to pop out of the screen. The display can get impressively bright and so sunlight legibility is not an issue with this phone. One thing we did observe with this phone was its saturation levels, as the images seem to pop out of the screen making them look a little artificial.
The phone equipped with a HiSilicon Kirin 955 chipset clocked to an Octa-core processor, and 3GB of RAM. The phone runs on Android OS version 6.0 i.e. Marshmallow, with the help of Huawei’s Emotion UI 4.1 skin. The phone comes with 32GB internal memory, while the memory could expand to 128GB by its users. The Huawei P9 offers a power packed performance that doesn’t disappoint you in no way. No observable signs of lag encountered while using the phone and the performance was consistent throughout our period of the test. The Emotion UI running on the phone has nice upgrades compared to its previous version. The UI is heavily customized by Huawei and looks no way like the stock Android.
Let’s talk about the different Leica cameras provided in the phone. The unique feature of the camera is that it utilizes one 12-MP color sensor that supports by a 12-MP monochrome sensor, which supports by dual-LED (dual tone) flashlight. So here is how the camera works: The 12-MP color sensor camera takes the first photo, and so does the 12-MP monochrome sensor. When the camera software optimizes both the pictures, the result is brighter photos with more contrast and better detail. The images snapped in bright daylight were ridiculously impressive. However, the images caught in dim light conditions were not that great. HD video recording is done by the camera at frames like 1080p@60fps & 1080p@30fps. However, the camera does not support 4K video recording. The front camera of the phone takes crisp images but lacks autofocus. The audio quality of the smartphone, when tested with our headphone, was decent. The loudspeakers seem to work fine, too.
The Huawei P9 powered by a non-removable 3000 mAh battery works perfectly. The battery provides enough juice to run the phone a little more than one day with moderate to heavy usage per charge. The phone also features QuickCharge technology, and the company claims that by charging the phone only for 10 minutes, one can use the phone for up to five hours. Talking about connectivity options, the phone does support 4G for UAE bands i.e. 2600MHz,1800MHz, 900MHz and 800MHz frequency bands. The phone does support Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, LE Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/nac, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band DLNA, Hotspot, A-GPS, GLONAS/BDS, NFC(EVA-L09) and Type-C reversible connector.
The phone offers a premium look when held in a hand and supports 4G for UAE bands. The cameras take some stellar pics in bright light conditions. If we talk about the negative aspects of the phone, then the first thing to note is the phone's expected price tag. The second point to note is that the specs provided are not top of the line, and there are many smartphones at a cheaper price tag that offer better specifications.