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Review of Huawei P9

Huawei P9: A smartphone custom-made for first-time flagship buyers

Team Feedbaac

Chinese smartphone brand Huawei’s P9 smartphone offering, released as recently as April 2016 has become a topic of discussion across the world by virtue of its dual 12 MP rear cameras and its Leica branding. Google’s relatively newer Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) operating platform also adds to the curiosity factor. Therefore, we could not resist checking out the smartphone. Check out how the handset performed in our tests, below:

Huawei P9

Design and Display

Seemingly bearing uncanny resemblances to the Apple iPhone 6S from the outside, the Huawei P9 has an outer metal unibody that is flat the sides. These aspects make the Huawei P9 a pleasure to physically hold in the hand. The handset does not slip away; users need not possess a firm grip to hold the Huawei P9 and use it generally. The metal unibody also adds a degree of robustness to the smartphone.

On the outer part of the smartphone, there are essential connectivity ports such as a USB Type-C port at the bottom end, and micro-SIM and nano-SIM card slots at the right hand bottom end at the front. You can choose to operate the Huawei P9 with fingerprints, via a customized fingerprint scanner located at the rear of the smartphone. The fingerprint scanner did well to recognize our fingerprints, except when we placed fingers laced with dirt or water for scanning.

The phone features a 5.2-inch touchscreen offering In-Plane Switching (IPS) capabilities. The screen is LCD capacitive, which is overly unconventional in comparison to the OLED and AMOLED capacitive touchscreens featured by modern flagship smartphones irrespective of brands. Resolution of the display is 1080 x 1920 pixels with pixel density of 423 ppi. Though rendered images were not as sharp as those produced by similar-range flagships of other brands, general everyday users would not be able to easily spot the difference in resolution.

Even stored HD videos played fairly well. We were able to clearly make-out the different on-screen icons and clearly read text; displayed without the obvious pixellation effect. However, pixellation could occur in case of videos and based on the format in which these are recorded and stored. A major aspect of the Huawei P9 is that it lets users change the Color temperature based on preference. All essential colors are highlighted and white balance is dynamically controlled in case of reading text/viewing images in daylight conditions. Finally, the P9’s display offers wide viewing angles, the general everyday users would be more than happy with what they see on the smartphone’s screen.

Processor and Memory

As far as its underlying technology is concerned, the Huawei P9 incorporates a HiSilicon Kirin 955 SoC consisting of a 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 and a 2.5 GHz Cortex-A72 CPUs. Under-the-hood, there is also 3GB of RAM. During our testing, high-end games like Asphalt 8: Airborne and Dead Trigger 2 played more than better barring a few minor lags.

The loading times of these games are also impressive, and you are not required to wait for ages for the titles to even load. Video streaming and image-editing also proved a pleasure. We did not notice performance lags, and were able to open multiple apps and work in a multi-tasking scenario with no glitches. However, we encountered minor lags when newly installed apps were launched and had to open at the same point in time.

For storage, users get a default internal storage of 32 GB (in compliance with the 3 GB RAM); for those preferring a 4GB RAM variant (availability based on geographical regions) 64 GB internal storage area is offered. You can expand the default internal storage, in both the variants, up to 128 GB with an external microSD card.


The most-hyped aspect about the Huawei P9, are its dual 12 MP rear cameras (each featuring 27mm lenses). These incorporate individual Sony IMX286 sensors and offer LED Flash. A notable aspect here is that one camera sensor is monochrome whereas the other lets you shoot color. During our testing, the camera yielded color shots in rich colors along with magnifying all essential details such as the background. The detail, here, is laid more emphasis actually. The HDR mode, in the color photography mode, synced and accordingly rendered elements, with extremities such as extremely dark/bright, perfectly.

The black-and-white (Monochrome) images rendered do not require external editing and these are rich and the black effect is emphasized perfectly. Those wanting to relive the retro era could find this aspect helpful. Low-light imagery is up to the mark as far as cameras of modern flagship smartphones are concerned. However, attempts to enhance these low-light shots externally made us aware of the pixellation effect and the external noise. So it is advised to share, directly these low-light photos/images, on sharing sites rather than attempting an enhancement/edit. For the selfie obsessed, there is an 8MP secondary camera that renders above-average shots, and lets you indulge in video calling. It is possible to record 1080p videos with the snapper.

Software and Apps

Huawei P9 runs on Google’s Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) operating platform, with the Huawei Emotion 4.1 UI on top. We noticed the app tray missing, thus leading to apps cluttering the real-estate of the homescreen. Also, there is bloatware such as Huawei tools which can only be disabled and not entirely deleted from the P9’s system. Even Google’s essential tools are pre-loaded within the smartphone thus leading to chaos, this aspect could hurt first-time Huawei smartphone users. The default themes, numbering six, offer UI customization. We found these themes unimpressive and basic.


The Huawei P9 obtains its juice from a fixed 3,300 mAh Lithium-Ion battery. During our usage, the battery life offered accounted for more than a day’s worth in case of regular usage (without running high-end games and with bare minimum video viewing). Streaming of videos consumed, from popular streamer services, consumed nearly 20% of the battery juice. Checking-out games consumed a further 30% battery juice, like usual. You can charge the Huawei P9’s battery quite rapidly, via the fast charging technology that loads the battery with more than essential charge upon just an hour’s worth of plugging in the phone to charge.

Final verdict

The Huawei P9 seems custom-made for the first-time flagship smartphone buyers, and is not designed for competition with rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the HTC 10. The P9’s dual rear cameras are a big plus, but its performance slows down a tad courtesy of bloatware (which needs disabling). Android 6.0, could have done better without the Huawei Emotion UI. Overall, the P9 seems a good bet if you have a minimum of AED 1,700.

Technical Specifications for Huawei P9

Screen Size Category 5.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Weight 144 g
Dimensions 145x70.9x7 mm
Processor 1.8GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 955 processor
Internal Storage 32 GB,64 GB
Expandable Memory Yes
OS Android
Primary Camera 12 MP
Primary Camera Features 1.25 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR
Front Camera 8 MP
Network 4G/LTE
Connectivity WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, USB, Radio
SIM Single
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Fingerprint Scanner No
Other Features Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Accelerometer

Details of Huawei P9

A beautifully designed smartphone, with tons of processing power.


This elegant Chinese smartphone, is a symphony of metal and glass, with the large screen, seamlessly harmonizing with the gorgeous metal back. This makes it very stylish and you certainly won’t be embarrassed to be seen in public with it. The phone comes with a 5.2-inch touchscreen display, which gives it a resolution of 1080-pixels by 1920-pixels. This ensures that the borders are sharp, the colors are vivid, and everything can be seen in excellent detail. It also means that the phone offers the chance to stream movies in HD. This makes it ideal as an entertainment device, offering a good gaming, video streaming and web-browsing experience. The phone is also incredibly lightweight for its size, weighing in at 144 grams, which makes it ideal for busy people, with busy lives.

Processing and Storage

The Huawei P9 is powered by 1.8GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 955 processor which gives it 3GB of RAM. This ensures that its Android 6.0 operating system, works seamlessly and can be utilized to do lots and lots of different things at once. This along with the simple user interface, makes the overall user experience thoroughly pleasant. It comes with 32GB of internal storage as standard, which can be upgraded to a mammoth 256 GB via a microSD card. Impressive numbers that compare favorably to phones of a similar price and ensure that users can save all the photos, movies and apps that they need.

Camera and Battery

The cameras are one of the few disappointments on the phone, with a 12-megapixel rear camera complemented by an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. These are low to mid-range, when compared to competitor models, which means that this phone may not be the best for those, who want the very best camera that money can buy. The battery is fairly efficient and long-lasting, with the average time between charges being around 10-12 hours.

The phone provides all the connectivity options that you would expect to find including: Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, 3G and 4G, ensuring that you can connect with any device that you need to.


The Huawei P9 is a beautifully designed smartphone, which has a lotter of processing power: making it ideal for both people who use their phone for entertainment purposes and those who use them in professional settings.

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The best price of Huawei P9 is AED 979, available at Souq.

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