The Once-Over: Huawei P9 Review

It’s official: the Huawei P9 and Huawei P9 Plus have been launched in London, much to the delight of every photographer at heart. 

Huawei is turning heads with its newest flagship offering: the Huawei P9. The Chinese company’s efforts at securing one of the top spots in international mobile phone sales have been paying off, as this year’s Huawei P9 has started a buzz that is showing no signs of dying down. Maybe it’s the innovative new design. Maybe it’s the price point. Or maybe it helped having Henry Cavill and Scarlett Johansson on board. (Come on, if Superman and Black Widow can’t do it, no one can.)


What if we tell you it’s none of those? What if we tell you that apart from all the incredible specs this top-of-the-line handset has, the main reason for Huawei P9’s popularity in the tech community is because the Huawei P9 is set to change how you click a photo using your camera phone with not one, but TWO primary Leica sensors. Yes, Leica confirmed that they had a hand in the development of the dual camera technology that are said to be pocket DSLRs. No, we will not be seeing a Leica mobile phone anytime soon.

Here’s a once-over of the Huawei P9. Get ready for some gushing. 

Design

Being the latest in the Huawei P series, the Huawei P9 sees a similar body as the its predecessor, the Huawei P8. However in contrast with the Huawei P8, the Huawei P9, with a more refined and streamlined form, was fashioned out a one-piece metal handset for that seamless marriage of glass and aluminum that is all the rage in this generation of smartphones. Both weigh at 144g, but the Huawei P9 is noticeably thicker. The Huawei P9’s biggest departure from the Huawei P8 is of course the star of this release: the two back cameras peering out at the topmost strip, with Leica emblazoned on the top right.

Another design (and function) detail that you should not miss its Type C USB port at the bottom. Few smartphones have integrated this specification, and the Huawei P9 being one of the first few to have this is proof of a progressive design team’s desire to become trendsetters.

Display

The Huawei P9’s 5.2-inch screen boasts 423 pixels-per-inch giving a full HD 1080x1920 pixel display. While it’s the same screen specs as its predecessors, the Huawei P9 triumphs in this regard because it lessens the strain on the GPU, therefore lengthening battery life. 

Performance and battery life

The Huawei P9 runs on Android Lollipop, with Huawei’s own EMUI. All of this is powered by Huawei’s own hardware, the Kirin 955. What does Huawei’s own processor have to do with anything? Basically everything. The Kirin 955 ranks very close to Samsung Galaxy S7’s processor, maintaining a good standing in benchmarking tests among other Android phones.  

Camera

This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the dual primary cameras. Let’s do this!

Huawei P9 is every bit the dream mobile phone of every mobile photography enthusiast. Want stunning pictures for your Instagram feed? Huawei’s dual camera technology, developed in collaboration with Leica, promises to capture sharper, more stunning images by using one RGB sensor and one monochrome sensor together. The monochrome sensor captures finer details as compared to just having the RGB sensor, because it takes in more light, therefore a clearer, more defined image.

It features multiple focus modes, including a Pro mode that will allow you to explore more settings.

This is one hell of a mobile phone that you should own, especially if you absolutely hate lugging around an extra HD camera just to capture very spontaneous moments. Besides mobile photography, the Huawei P9 has specs that will just make you sing Hallelujah. Check out other information and purchase your very own Huawei P9 here.