Huawei P9 Prices & Plans

Huawei P9

Features

  • 5.2 inch display
  • Android
  • 12MP camera
  • 32GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 18 hours
  • Standby: Up to 23 days 14 hours
  • 70.9mm wide
  • 145mm high
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Average Score

75/100

The P9 has the features and performance to give Apple and Samsung a run for their money, and the price tag to give phone...

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Huawei P9 Specs

Display

Type FHD
Screen Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Screen Size 5.2 inch (13.2 cm)
Touch Screen Yes

Camera

Resolution Dual co-engineering Leica12MP, F2.2(Supporting AF)
Front Facing 8MP, F2.4(Supporting FF)
3D Resolution -
Flash Type dual-LED
Video Camera 1080p @ 60 fps

Music and Video

Music Player Yes
Video Player Yes
Video Calls Yes
FM Radio No
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, 3GP, WMA, OGG, AMR, AAC, FLAC, WAV, MIDI, and RA
Video Formats 3GP, MP4, WMV, RM, RMVB, and ASF

Physical

Form Factor Slate
Width 70.9 mm
Height 145 mm
Thickness 7 mm
Weight 144 grams
Accelerometer Yes
Gyro Yes

General

GPS Yes
Battery (3G Talk) Up to 18 hours
Battery (Standby) Up to 23 days 14 hours
App Store Google Play
Processor Type HUAWEI Kirin 955 Quad-core 2.5 GHz Cortex-A72 & quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
Operating System Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Release Date April 2016

Connectivity

Main Connectivity 4G LTE
Maximum Data Speed -
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac ,2.4 GHz/5 GHz
USB USB Type C (High Speed USB)
Bluetooth Yes
NextG Capable Yes
Telstra Blue Tick No
Networks 850/900/2100/1900/1700
Data Networks 1800/2600/700/2100/2300/1900/850

Memory

RAM 3GB
Internal 32GB
Expandable Up to 128GB

Messaging

Push Email Yes
Text Messages (SMS) Yes
Picture Messages (MMS) Yes

Huawei P9 Reviews

Mixed

WhistleOut Review

"The P9 has the features and performance to give Apple and Samsung a run for their money, and the price tag to give phone shoppers pause before they dive into a plan with a more expensive model."

Huawei P9 Review

Pros Cons
  • Great LCD display
  • Fast performance across most everyday tasks
  • Value for money
  • Camera is good, but photos can be noisy
  • Screen isn't quite as good as Samsung's AMOLED displays

There was time, not so long ago, that the brand Huawei was a name associated only with some of the cheapest phones in town. You’d find them in the Post Office with long codenames like the Y320 and the G730 and the only thing you could be sure of was that they were seriously cheap to buy. These phones are tiny, poor quality screens and clunky processors, but they were perfect for anyone who refused to pay hundreds of dollars for a phone.

The Huawei P9 represents a different paradigm. Gone are the low-cost components and in their place we find great hardware wrapped a sleek, modern design. Even the names are better now — the P9 sounds like handgun or a luxury car.

Despite these big steps forward, it is important to remember as you read this review that the P9 is still a fair bit cheaper than the phones it aims to compete with. At launch if is $200 - $300 cheaper, depending on what your compare it to, and this gap will likely open up further in the P9’s favour over time. 


The first thing we noticed about the P9 is how great it feels. The design, while attractive, isn’t groundbreaking, but the rounded edges make it very comfortable to hold and use. With a 5.2-inch screen, it has a great size overall.

The IPS LCD screen does a good job of keeping things sharp and easy to see. It isn’t as bright or as colourful as better screens in phones like the Galaxy S7, but it is definitely on par with the iPhone 6s. Colours are a little muted and it definitely doesn’t have the brightness of the S7, which may impact use in bright sunlight a little.

This may be a technological limitation of the screen, but it may also be a deliberate decision to help improve battery life for the P9, and if it’s the latter than we can report that the approach is working. In unison with a large 3000mAh battery the P9 easily gets through a busy day’s use, and get push well into a second day between charges.

Huawei use an internally designed Kirin processor in its devices, including the P9, and though you might not be familiar with these computers, you will be happy with the results. Benchmarking apps report that the P9 performs similarly to the best Android phones today; a little slower, but not far off the mark. 

You may notice that some of the most taxing applications may stutter a little where the developers have no optimised the apps for the Kirin chip, but these examples are few and far between.


For photography, Huawei has taken a left turn and attempted something that no other manufacturer has before, with a standard rear-facing camera and a monochrome lens beside it. With this setup, the idea is that the colour camera does what you would expect it to do, and the black-and-white camera develops the details, with the output from both cameras merging in the final image.

This system has been developed with legendary camera company Leica and the results are generally pretty good. Photos looks rich and warm, and details in the darker elements of the images stay sharp. There is quite a bit of noise in all of our photos though, regardless of where and how we shot them. 

The image processor gives the photos a slightly ‘unreal’ quality too, as though all of the post-processing has happened without your input. For point and shoot shots, this is good, you’ll get vibrant photos without much effort, but serious photographers, especially those with a passion for the Leica name, might find this a tad frustrating.

Happily there is a middle ground, with a pretty robust ‘Pro’ mode setting available. With this enabled you can manually adjust the shutter speed, the aperture, and you can set manual focus and exposure points in the photo.


Overall

We like the Huawei P9 quite a bit. it has the features and performance to give Apple and Samsung a run for their money, and it has the price tag to give phone shoppers pause before they dive into a plan with a more expensive model. There is no one feature which we can identify as being the best in market (perhaps with the exception of the lightning-fast fingerprint reader) but it does everything well all the same. 

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