Huawei P9 Review – More Cameras, More Better

Let’s start off with what’s included in the box. In the first layer we have the phone. On the second layer we have 3 separate boxes. The headset and usb type c cable come in the top left box. The bottom left box houses the power adapter. And the box on the right has an ejector tool,  a phone case, which is really cool to see a company include a slim style case for their product, and finally documentation.

 

On to the exterior of the P9. It measures 145mm tall by 70.9mm wide by 7mm thick. Wait. what? Did you say 7mm thick? Yes.I did. That’s thinner than my Z5. Hell it’s thinner than an iphone 6s by point one millimeter. So yeah, that should grab your attention right away.

 

The phone comes in a variety of colourways. Ceramic white, rose gold, titanium gray, mystic silver, prestige gold and this bad boy right here. This is the haze gold. Moving along to the front of the phone, we see that most of the real estate here is taken up by a 5.2 inch IPS neo lcd screen with gorilla glass 4 running a resolution of 1080×1920 giving it an effective pixel density of approximately 423ppi.

 

At the top of the front we find the 8mp selfie camera, the light sensor and the ear piece that has a hidden status indicator LED on the right side behind the grill.  And at the bottom of the front, there’s only a Huawei branding. On the right hand side we have the volume rocker and the power button that has a knurled textured and a red outline for easy distinction. On the left hand side we have what i like to call, the multi-purpose tray. Why? Because this particular model of the Huawei p9 supports 2 nano sim cards or just one nano sim and a microsd card up to 128gb. So there you go, multipurpose.

 

At the top we have the noise reducing microphone and at the bottom we have a 3.5mm jack, another mic, a usb type c port and a bottom firing speaker. And finally at the back, we have a dual camera setup from Leica. Each lens is 12mp. There’s also a dual tone led flash and laser auto focus sensor.. Just underneath that, there’s the fingerprint sensor that also doubles as a wake sensor and near the bottom, more Huawei branding.

 

In terms of specs, this dual sim version runs a quad core Arm Cortex A53 cpu running at 1.8GHz, a Mali T880 gpu, 4gb of ram, 64gb of storage space, 3000mah battery and runs Android marshmallow 6.0 although it has Huawei’s EMUI v4.1 overlay.

 

Moving along to benchmarks. IN geekbench 3, the P9 scored 1878 for single core and 6300 multi core. For antutu, the P9 scored a 61126. These scored are a bit lower than other flagships that we’ve seen but of course, they are different CPUs, so take that with a grain of salt.

 

With media consumption, there arent really surprises here. The IPS screen has great colour reproduction.Which is to be expected from IPS displays. And while i am a bit upset about the bottom firing speaker, its it fairly loud.

 

Now onto the main attraction, the camera… or in this case cameras. The dual 12mp cameras were co-developed with Leica, a well known camera maker. One sensor captures colour while the other is only black and white aka monochrome. Now the monochrome sensor lacks a filter that most colour cameras use. But this allows for this sensor to capture more light and in theory will do better in low light situations.

 

The monochrome mode is actually a true monochrome as opposed to desaturated color photos other smartphones take. And when the two sensors are used together, you essentially have a high quality background defocus.

 

The Huawei camera app offers a manual mode with a lot of on screen on the fly adjustment choices for shutter speed, manual focus, ISO and other options. But im just a regular joe who isn’t as big of a photo nut as others here at the studio so i just set things to auto.

 

Along with the manual controls, the huawei camera app offeres a lot of different modes. Theres the usual HDR, monochrome which we mentioned earlier, panorama and more. The most fun one to use for me was light painting mode. I mean my pictures came out crappy but it was fun to do all the same.

 

Now the sad part is that the P9 doesnt have 4K capabilities with either camera. You can only shoot up to 1080P 60fps and slow motion at 720p 120fps. Personally I’ve never had the need to shoot in 4k, so i live just fine without, but anyone looking for a 4K video camera, you can look past the P9.

 

Battery life. With auto brightness, i can get through an entire day and have about 30% battery life left, which isn’t too shabby for a 3000mah battery. But of course your milage may vary.

 

I think my biggest turn off about the P9 is their EMUI skin over Android. While the overall look is nice and the phone comes with different themes, the settings menus isn’t easily as accessible as other flagships. Some of the other menus like battery life and security options are buried a little too deep into the phone’s settings than what I’m used to.

 

So what my final verdict for the Huawei P9? If you’re currently looking to upgrade your 2-year-old daily driver, and you’re an above average photo nerd, the Huawei P9 should be on your list of phones to check out. But if photography isnt your biggest need in a phone, at roughly $650, skip the Huawei P9. most other flagships will be still take adequate photos, and offers better performance in the CPU department and some others will even offer waterproofness at just a few dollars more.
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