Huawei P9 Is THE Smartphone To Buy Right Now

*This is a sponsored post of a review unit from Huawei Malaysia*

Having reviewed the Honor Mate 8 and Honor 6 Plus and personally using the Honor 7, I recently realised how much of a Huawei fan I’ve become. While I’ve been impressed with the cheaper Honor series of Android smartphones, I know the Huawei series of devices will be much more impressive.

I’ve heard enough about the Huawei P9 – what with Superman, Henry Cavill and Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson as their spokespersons.

That’s not the impressive part though, what’s great about the device is their camera technology. Working in collaboration with Leica to produce a stunning dual lens camera. Leica – the name in high end stunning photography. If you want to take amazing photos, even my photography friends and family went out to get the phone for themselves.

Before I go into my brief experience with the Huawei P9, let’s take a quick look at the specs:-

  • 5.2″ Full HD display (1920 X 1080)
  • 4x 2.5 GHz octa-core Huawei Kirin 955 processor
  • 32 GB internal storage + 3 GB RAM
  • Powered by Android 6.0 “Marshmallow” OS with EMUI 4.1 UI
  • 2x 12 megapixel f/2.2 CMOS rear camera( with Dual-tone Flash); 8 megapixel f/2.4 front facing camera
  • 6.95 mm thin, weighing only 144 grams
  • 3,000 mAH non-removable battery
  • Connectivity : Dual SIM (nano SIM), 4G LTE/3G HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C, Fingerprint Scanner
  • Available in Silvery, Grey and Gold at RRP RM 2,099

For more info, check out the Huawei P9 Malaysian Website at http://consumer.huawei.com/en/mobile-phones/p9/index.html

Note : There’s also an older brother, Huawei P9 Plus with a larger screen, bigger battery and metal built here.

 

Huawei P9 dual-lens Leica Camera Test

Huawei P9 Review
I was given a very brief time with the device. But enough to test what was important – the camera, front and back.

Huawei P9 - Camera Settings
Camera Settings on the Huawei P9

The camera on default goes into Auto mode, which automatically optimised with their amazing tech to make the pictures look awesome. If you’re a photography enthusiast though, you can kick the phone into “PRO” mode, where you can toggle various settings like ISO, Aperture, Shutter speed etc.

Of course, like most phones today, you can also toggle between multiple Shoot modes like Monochrome (Black & White), Beauty (smoothen skin & complexion), HDR (High Definition, High contrast), Panorama, Night, Timelapse, and more.

Huawei P9 - Filters
Filters you can apply before taking the picture (front and rear camera)

One of the few things that I really like about the dual-lens setup in the P9 is the ability to play around with aperture settings. This was one of the highlights in my review of the Honor 6 Plus here.

Being able to adjust the aperture priority basically means that you can adjust your camera’s depth of field. Which, in layman’s terms means you can adjust the focus of your subject, and have the background (or in some cases foreground) blurred for artistic effect.

Huawei P9 - Aperture test

As you can see in the sample picture above, I have the same subject and adjusted the depth of field to focus on the soft toy and have the whole shot in focus in the top picture; and toggled to the widest aperture setting at f/2.2 for the rear camera, and have the toy in focus and the background blurred.

Truly the wonders of dual-lens smartphone cameras. Coupled with great camera technology, of course.

Picture quality in a word – STUNNING!

Here are some of the sample pictures that I managed to capture in my short review period with the Huawei P9. Mind you, they’re just images from my daily smartphone snaps. Images are resized but not altered or edited in any way, so click to view.

Just as I was impressed with the Honor 6 Plus as well as my personal Honor 7, the Huawei P9 truly impresses with its camera capability. And that’s just me as an everyday smartphone camera user.

See Also : Huawei Honor 6 Plus User Review

If you want to know the capabilities of the camera on a true professional photographer, I suggest you check out my favourite photographer friend, Edwin Tan, award-winning wedding photographer genius try out the Huawei P9 Plus.

*Image Source : Edwin Tan Facebook Profile

He published a number of great posts on his website with jaw-droppingly good pictures HERE, HERE and HERE among many other amazing pictures on his Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/edwintanphotography

Huawei P9 vs iPhone 6 Plus
Huawei P9 or iPhone 6 Plus?

OK. I know this is not a review comparison. But with so many people around me being iFanbois (ahem, Hubby) and the boom (??) of iPhone-ography, I have to point out how this Huawei P9 beats the competition, truly.

While my sample pictures might not be that inspiring to you, but hopefully, looking at some of the images of how a professional photographer can do with the P9+ should be the most compelling reason. Full stop.

Seriously though, the features and functionalities in the Huawei P9 is nothing to scoff at. From the build quality, to the impressive camera functionality, to the faster security update compared to other Android phones –  it’s really a major contender if you’re in the market for a smartphone today.

If you’re an Android user, the RM 2,099 price tag is perfect! For a flagship device that doesn’t break the RM 3,000 mark like Samsung devices. And if you’re an iPhone user, you really really should reconsider your wishlist. Because this Huawei P9 is one serious contender.

 

Do you know that you can purchase the Huawei P9 online through the Huawei Malaysia Official Online Store at https://www.vmall.my/huawei-p9.html/