Huawei P9 used curved-edge glass on the front of the device and aerospace-class aluminum on the back, like the iPhone. On top of that, so-called “diamond-cut edges” shine and catch the light, while adding some grip the the metal phone. The power button and volume rocker rest on the right side of the device.
|Processor||Huawei Kirin 955 64-bit octa-core (4x 2.5GHz A72 + 4x 1.8GHz A53)|
|Operating system||Android Marshmallow 6.0.1|
|Emotion UI||EMUI 4.1|
|Memory||32GB ROM, 3GB RAM
64GB ROM, 4GB RAM
|Rear camera||Dual 12Mp (Mono + RGB)|
There’s a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device that’s ringed with a shiny metallic chamfered edge, and a simple antenna line runs along the bottom of the phone. Up top, the dual camera setup with a flash and Leica branding sits in a textured metallic insert
The collaboration with camera manufacturer Leica is shown in the form of a large logo on the right-hand side of this housing.
Huawei P9 comes in black, silver, gold, and rose gold.
The P9 is quite compact and light compared to most other Android smartphones.
Despite the phone’s thinness of less than 7 mm, Huawei managed a 3,000 mAh battery inside. This battery is not replaceable. Apart from the combined SIM and microSD slot housing
The 5.2-inch display uses a Full HD LCD panel, providing reasonable contrast and good sharpness. The competition boasts higher resolutions, more contrast and saturation, and with brighter displays. In daylight, this IPS panel sometimes can’t shine through bright sunlight.
Huawei provides gesture control both with the fingerprint sensor and the display. The fingerprint sensor can be configured as a menu button. You can, for example, knock twice on the display with your knuckles to generate a screenshot.
Huawei P9 software
Huawei has make significant changes to Android. Notifications, the home screen settings menu and Quick Settings are structured differently. Under the hood are useful extras such as backup management, but also confounding features such as energy management. The latter restricts your accessibility to instant messengers, so you might miss some WhatsApp messages due to this.
Huawei P9 camera
When you use the P9’s camera, Huawei wants you to feel like you’re using one of Leica’s high-end cameras. The UI gives you the choice of three Leica film modes: Standard, Vivid Colors, and Smooth Colors, so you can tweak the image to your liking. Huawei says that each film mode imitates the effects you’d get with a Leica camera. There’s even a monochrome mode, for those who like black and white Photography.
My overall impression is positive, since the images were shot in automatic mode, yet I could develop a unique image character in manual mode.
Like many other smartphone cameras, the Huawei P9 also offers quick launch functionality. Pressing the volume down button twice takes a picture immediately
Both main cameras have 12 MP sensors with an aperture of f/2.2. The selfie camera has a resolution of 8 MP with a slightly smaller aperture to f/2.4.
The idea behind doubling-up on cameras is quite obvious. In a smartphone’s small body there is not enough space for the large sensors that are used in SLR cameras. So two sensors have been used in the P9 to make up for this, with the images both take combined via the software. The best parts of both images are combined to give an overall better image than what’s possible with only one lens.
The design and performance are very good..The Huawei P9 is a great smartphone for photography buffs, with image post-processing being some of the best you’ll find in any phone. Improvements are needed in the power-saving department but, since I had good experiences with Huawei devices in terms of software optimization.
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