Huawei P9 review

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Huawei P9 review

Since the Huawei Ascend P6 times, the company made it clear to the world that they want a piece of the premium market cake. The phone was the slimmest smartphone at the time, it had competitive processor, and beautiful metal frames. Then the P7 came, which was which improved the design, and the P8 was a real competition to the Android flagship of the biggest companies. And now here we have the Huawei P9. It is set to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S7, the HTC 10, LG G5 and so on. But can it beat them, or at least stand side by side with them? Read to find out.

Design

The Huawei P9 measures 145×70.9×7 mm, which is about the same as the Huawei P8, it’s predecessor, and it is most certainly one very thin phone. On the first impression, the Huawei P9 feels like a very premium phone. It comes in two flavors, the first being the ceramic white, and the second is the metal one made out of aerospace-class aluminum. Huawei claims that the ceramic white is smoother than the paint used in the premium cars. The metal Huawei P9 also feels very good in hand, and we can’t choose which one we prefer, they are both top notch. We think that we have a contender for the most beautiful phone in 2016 right here.

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Hardware

We will start of with the display. First of all, the resolution of “just” 1080p feels kind of outdated for 2016 Android flagship smartphone, but it is really not that big of a deal. The display itself is of 5.2 inches, and the Huawei P9 uses an IPS-NEO IPS panel, which delivers very deep blacks. The pixel density is 423ppi, and it is good enough for the size of the display. All in all, we can say we are very pleased by the display, because the colors are very accurate, it is very bright and the contrast is above average.

The Huawei P9 is powered by a processor made by Huawei themselves. It uses a Kirin 955 chipset. It features an octa-core CPU with four Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 2.5GHz, and for Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. The GPU is the MALI-T880 MP4. In the multicore tests, the Kirin 955 processor shines and it outclasses even the Samsung Galaxy S7. But, on the Antutu tests, it falls behind the top contenders that feature the Snapdragon 820 processor (like the HTC 10 or the LG G5).

There are two versions of the phone, the first being with 32GB of ROM and 3GB of RAM, and the second being the 64GB version, paired with 4GB of RAM.

And we got to the camera. It will probably be the main selling point of the phone, because it is a 12mp dual camera co-developed with Leica, and it is most certainly unique. The Huawei P9 features two cameras. The first is 12 megapixel standard shooter that shoots color photographs, while the other 12 megapixel shooter shoots only monochrome (black and white). Both cameras are amazing, but the monochrome camera is just outstanding. It can shoot some really amazing photos. The front camera is of 8 megapixels and it is perfect for your everyday selfie photographs.

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The Huawei P9 is powered by a 3.000 mAh battery, and it is not removable. It is not the best we’ve seen, but it is not the worst either, so we would put it somewhere in the middle. Also, it is interesting to mention that the Huawei P9 features a microSD card slot (up to 128GB), but it uses the second SIM card slot. So, you either have dual-SIM phone, or single-SIM + microSD card.

Verdict

The Huawei P9 may not be the best all round phone in the world, but it really excels in some points. First there is the camera, or should we say, the cameras. They are really something we don’t see every day and in the right hands, they can provide some really amazing photos. Then it is the design. The build quality and the looks are just perfect, no further comment about that. And the UI on top of Android’s Marshmallow is really intuitive and easy to use, although it reminds us very much on the Apple’s IOS. In the other parts of the phone, like performance or screen, it scores average. But don’t let that put you off. If you want something different, that will feel like a jewelry in your hands, than the Huawei P9 may be the perfect phone for you.

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