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Huawei P9 Review

Apr 25, 2016

Huawei P9 Review in First Impression: Huawei, long before the Nexus 6P and the Mate 8, is continued its solid run that have started with the great smartphones. After the launch of the Huawei P9, the company is succeeding to gain its international recognition together with its partnership with Leica.Huawei P9 Display

Huawei P9 Review in First Impression


The Huawei P9 has a full metal body along with the chamfered edges. The design language is similar to that of the P8, but the P9 has a slightly smoother brushed metal than the Huawei P8 or the Nexus 6P. At just with the thickness of 6.95mm it is incredibly thin by still avoiding any camera bump at all.Huawei P9 Leica Camera

Along with the discrete Huawei logo on the front it has 5.2 inch display. As all the navigation keys are on screen so there are no physical home button. The textured power button and volume rocker button are on the right side, while the SIM tray is on the left side. At the bottom there are the headphone jack, the speaker grill and the USB Type-C charging port for fast charging the 3,000 mAh battery.

On the back there is a dual sensor rear facing Leica camera along with the fingerprint reader and flash. Much like the P8 the camera setup is contained within the black band, but this time with the Lecia logo and extra sensor.Huawei P9 Dual Camera

It is a good looking handset. The P9 comes in six colours: grey, silver, white and three variations of gold i.e. haze, prestige and rose. The Huawei P9 is definitely one of the nicest phone in the market.


  • A full HD 5.2 inch IPS display with 2.5D glass
  • Display is capable of 500 nits of brightness
  • 96% colour saturation
  • 1920/1080 resolution
  • Good viewing angles
  • Display is bright
  • It works well in indoors and outdoors
  • The bezels are thinHuawei P9 Camera


The P9 features an in-house Kirin 955 SoC build at 16nm FinFET. The chip boasts an octa core CPU configuration built from the four Cortex-A72 and clocked at 2.5 GHz and with four Cortex-A53 cores, they are clocked at 1.8 GHz. It also has a Mali-T880 MP4 GPU that is certainly the most powerful graphics chip in P9.Huawei P9 Design

  • There is a 32 GB version with 3 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB version with 4 GB of RAM.
  • In terms of the everyday use the Huawei P9 is fluid, fast and joy to use.
  • The UI animations are smooth
  • Apps quickly open and close
  • Multi-tasking being a breeze
  • Handsets out with more powerful GPU configurations
  • Games also works well
  • The Mali T880 is a fantastic GPU
  • 3D gaming experience will be good

The fingerprint on the P9 smartphone is very good. As the fingerprint is on the back so you can easily wake and unlock phone by just putting the finger on the reader. The speaker on the bottom edge is quite loud and the sound is reasonable for considering it is not a front facing speaker.

The Huawei P9 has a 3000 mAh battery and this is good plus point. As per my calculations you will be able to play 3D games for around 4 hours from a full charge and as per the simpler tasks is concern you will get at least 7 hours.Huawei P9 Charging Slot

The usual assortment of P9 are WiFi, NFC, GPS and Bluetooth connectivity options.


The Huawei P9 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, complete with Huawei’s Emotion UI.

  • For those who are unfamiliar with the EMUI, the look and feel is different to stock Android with the desktop folders,
  • a re-designed settings page
  • and colourful square icons.
  • There are a lot additional features that you will get in with the stock Android that includes a floating dock,
  • a one handed mode
  • voice wake-up
  • do not disturb mode
  • and motion gestures.
  • Knuckle gestures will allow you to take screenshot
  • Quick calling will allow to initiate calls when the screen is turned off
  • With the theme engine you can easily change the feel and look
  • A battery manager feature
  • Ultra-saving mode
    Huawei P9 Captured Img 1
    Huawei P9 Captured Img 1

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    Huawei P9 Captured Img 2


  • Nice design
  • Thin bezels
  • microSD expansion
  • good camera
  • fast fingerprint reader
  • build quality


  • lack of OIS
  • fast charger not supplied in box
  • Emotion UI might not be for everyone
  • No 4K video