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Huawei P9 review: Standout Shooter

By Jonnah Pante - 25 Jan 2017

Overview, Design, and Features

Overview

We’ve all witnessed an interesting battle of flagship weapons in almost all categories under tech from the previous year. And while each section has a strong rivalry, what attracted our attention the most is the smartphone department. Our team had the chance to take a closer look at one of its top players in the form of the Huawei P9.

Huawei P9 specifications

 
Launch SRP
  • PhP 23,990
Network
  • Dual nano SIM 4G LTE
Operating system
  • Android™ 6.0 + Huawei EMUI 4.1
Processor
  • HUAWEI Kirin 955 (64-bit), Octa-core (4 x 2.5 GHz A72+ 4 x 1.8 GHz A53)
Built-in memory
  • 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
Display
  • 5.2" FHD Screen, 2.5D, 1080p (1920 x 1080), 16.7M colours
Camera
  • Dual 12MP f/2.2 27mm main camera with Leica optics, PDAF, and dual LED flash
  • 8MP f/2.4 front camera
Audio support
  • MP3, MP4, 3GP, WMA, OGG, AMR, AAC, WAV, MIDI, RA, MIDI, AMR-NB, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-WB, WMA2-9, RA, PCM, OGG, and FLAC
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 2.4G/5G, a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct support
  • BT4.2, support BLE
  • USB Type C (High Speed USB)
Storage type
  • 64GB internal storage (expandable up to 128GB via microSD)

 

Battery
  • 3,000mAh
Dimensions
  • 145 x 70.9 x 6.95 mm
Weight
  • 144g

 

Design and Features

On the outside, while flaunting a minimalist look, the P9 obviously exudes the design ethos of the Huawei brand – simple yet elegant. Embracing an aluminum unibody, the handset, with its measurements of 145 x 70.9 x 6.95mm plus a weight of 144 grams, is relatively light and easy to use single-handedly compared with the other devices in the same size class. 

Located on the bottom of the P9 is a USB Type-C Port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and its single speaker, which we must say, yields impressive performance in terms of audio playback as it emits minimal sound distortion even with the volume set on a high level.

Situated on the right side of the P9 are the device's power button and volume control buttons.

Found on the upper left is its dual sim card tray. Similar to most high-end handsets today, the Huawei P9 has a dual nano SIM card hybrid SIM card slot, in which you can choose if you want to have two SIM cards on use, or if you want to expand your external storage thru a microSD card.

While Huawei has already laid out plans on releasing an Android 7.0 Nougat update, the demo unit that we had in our lab still runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which makes it equipped with motion controls and smart assistance features resulting to smoother and easier P9 user-experience. It highlights a Knuckle Gesture function -- a smart gesture feature that allowed us to take screenshots and record a video clip of onscreen actions. The P9 also has a One-hand UI option which once activated, you can access a mini screen view and shifting keyboard for seamless single-handed use.

Interestingly, Huawei has equipped the P9 with a Health application that performs basic pedometer functions. Users can easily track the number of steps they took as it is constantly flashed on the P9's lock screen and notification panel. The P9 also has the common Phone Manager application for easier device traffic management and system optimization.

Huawei P9's phone manager application.

The Huawei Health application tracks and records user's steps, calories burned, and distance traveled.

8.5
  • Design 9
  • Features 9
  • User-Friendliness 9
  • Performance 8.5
  • Value 8.5
The Good
Sleek design
Impressive camera capabilities
Lag-free overall performance
The Bad
Back cover is fingerprint and dirt magnet
Short battery life, long charging time
Tends to overheat when camera is on standby