Huawei P9 Review: Indian 4G LTE, Metal Body, 5.2 inch IPS display, 3GB RAM, USB OTG, 12MP+12MP+8MP Camera
Huawei embarked on a serious project to redefine how upcoming smartphone cameras should look like. They named this project, the Huawei P9. As somebody put it, the P9 is no more than a digital camera with a smartphone nailed on it. This is simply because it was arguably the very first smartphone to have a dual-lens camera. All other functions are analogous to a standard android smartphone. Nothing out of the box on all other features, though.
Huawei’s P9 boasts of two 12 megapixel rear cameras and an 8-megapixel front camera. Together, they deliver some of the most mind-boggling photos, a smartphone could ever capture. Nevertheless, this phone will have some lethal battle to fight with other more practical smartphones in its price range. Were it not for its dual lens camera, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 would have given the P9 a ruthless knockout, long before it was even created. Here are some of the appealing features of the P9
Features of P9: Elegant Design
I must say that Huawei did a good job on this gadget’s finish and appearance. To begin with, it has a solid metallic body, similar to what you would find on an iPhone 6. This phone is ultra-slim and has a thickness of just 7 millimeters. If you are the kind of person who likes everything in a right-angled edging, then this is the smartphone for you.
I am a fan of smartphones with sharp ninety-degree edges and that’s probably why I bought the P9 instead of the smoothly arched Samsung S7. In addition, the P9 is considerably light as it weighs only 144 grams. Its dimensions are 145 by 70.9 by 7 millimeters. This means that it can fit in your pocket perfectly. On the back side, you will get two camera lenses and some pretty trimming whereas on the front side, the logo is engraved at the bottom of the screen.
Numerous Connectivity options
When it comes to connectivity, Huawei included an array of options, for consumers to choose from. Primarily, this phone features a Wi-Fi 2.0 chip, which allows you to connect to wireless routers effortlessly. The triple antennas are hidden within the phone’s chassis help in ensuring that you are always connected to your SIM’s service provider. Even in areas with a weak signal, the P9 will pretty much perform like there’s nothing going on.
Surprisingly, the phone also features the new generation Bluetooth version. It has a Bluetooth v4.2 radio, hence it won’t eat up your battery even when playing music on your Bluetooth headphones or home theatre (Via Bluetooth). I also liked the idea of a USB Type-C on this phone. This port comes with a reversible connector to add onto more connectivity options. Finally, Huawei also built this phone with GPS capabilities.
Although this smartphone is nothing like Samsung’s S7 in terms of CPU power, I think it’s still sufficient. The P9 uses an HISilicon chipset, which I presume is weaker than the S7’s Snapdragon chipset. It has an Octa-core Cortex A72 processor that is further enhanced with a Mali-T880 GPU and 3 Gigs (3GB) of RAM.
In order to win the reviewer’s heart as well as that of the consumer, Huawei subjected this phone to a series of tests. These tests included a Basemark OS 2.0 performance test, of which it came out victorious. This smartphone uses an Android v6.0 Marshmallow OS, similar to the S7 and actually supports multitasking seamlessly. It has an internal memory of 32 GB and can be expanded up to 256 GB through SD slot. The SD slot is fitted on the same port as the SIM 2 slot.
Full HD Display
The P9 has a very large screen which measures 5.2 inches. This gives it an astounding 72.9% screen to body ratio. So it can actually compete favorably with Samsung’s S7, which has an even smaller screen to body ratio (72.1%). However, this product falls short in terms of resolution, if compared to its Samsung rival (S7). Huawei fitted a 1080P screen on this device, whereas the S7 has a 1440×2560 pixel screen. Nevertheless, the 1080×1920 Pixel resolution is still a full HD. Furthermore, if we come to think of it in the real situation at the market, many customers won’t note the difference (in resolution) between the two phones. The screen on this smartphone supports multi-touch and comes with a Gorilla glass protection.
This is probably the only area that this smartphone has beaten the S7 hands down. It features a dual 12-Megapixel primary camera. The secondary camera is also quite powerful since it’s an 8 Megapixel camera. The cameras support extra features such as geo-tagging, smile detection, panorama and auto touch focus.
With the help of a dual tone LED flash, the primary cameras deliver some excellent black and white pictures. However, you should know that only one of the lenses actually shoots in color. The other one is a Black and white. The HDR mode on the colored lens produces vibrant pictures, I’m impressed.
If you want a DSLR kind of photo, the dual lenses will help you achieve it with a lot of ease. They allow you to actively vary the depth of field and choose a level of blur as you wish.
High quality sound
There’s nothing to complete about the audio components of this phone. It has a loud speaker and features a 3.5mm headphone jack. Moreover, you are getting a smartphone with an active Noise cancellation dedicated mic, for keeping the peripheral noise out, when listening to music on headphones.
Huawei tried to mimic the iPhones with their non-removable Li-Ion battery on this gadget. The battery has a 3000mAh rating and can last for about two days while using it normally. If you want it to last longer, you can as well switch ON the ultra battery saving mode so that you won’t have to use power guzzling services such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. Charging the battery is easy and prompt. It only takes about an hour and ten minutes to charge it to full capacity.
This smartphone comes with an assortment of sensors which include a compass, a fingerprint sensor, and proximity sensors among others. The browser supports HTML5 but there is no Java support on this gadget. The media players are not limited to any format; I can confidently tell you that it will play it all.
Weightiest weaknesses you should know about this Smartphone
I don’t mean to be atrocious when judging this smartphone, but the S7 has beaten it because of these important flaws that I found worth noting. Firstly, the P9 lacks an FM radio. Even though its counterpart from Samsung (S7) lacks this feature too, at least Samsung has included an update through which customers can use to activate the FM chip. I confirmed that Huawei’s P9 Lite has an FM radio, but again it lacks the attractive dual-lens camera, which is the reason why most people are buying the P9.
On another note, the P9 has rather a hideous UI; I don’t know why they decided to use the cheap Emotion UI on such an expensive phone. Moreover, this gadget does not match the S7’s hardware quality. For instance, it doesn’t have water resistant capabilities. I even hate to remember that its resolution, too, is very low for a phone in its price range. I mean you can get a smartphone with this resolution (1080 x 1920p) at half the P9’s price.
Pricing and Final verdict
Even so, owning this phone is not a joke. It will set you back about 40000 Rupees. If you love taking snaps all the time, then I would advise you to buy this phone, owing to its dual-lens camera. Otherwise, for the same amount of money or slightly higher, I would get something far much able like the Galaxy S7 Edge.
|Body material||Aluminum Metal|
|Colors||Haze Gold, White , Blue, Silver|
|Dimensions||5.71 x 2.79 x 0.28 inches; 6.9mm Thickness|
|Display size (screen)||5.2 inch; 73% Screen-to-Body Radio|
|Resolution||1080 by 1920 pixels; 424 PPI|
|OS||Android V6.0 Marshmallow|
|CPU||HiSilicon Kirin 955; Quad core, 2.5 GHz + Quad core, 1.8 GHz; Mali-T880 MP4 GPU|
|Internal memory||32 GB expandable to 256 GB; USB OTG|
|Battery||Li-Ion 3000mAh; Quick Charging|
|Camera||Primary: 12MP+12MP; 8MP Front Camera|
|Camera Features||BSI Sensor, Dual LED Flash, ISO Control, Digital Image Stabilization, Full HD recording|
|Connectivity||Indian 4G LTE, Single SIM, USB-Type C, NFC, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi|