Published on June 5th, 2016 | by Gary Johnson0
Huawei P9 review for Vodafone UK
Chinese handset manufacturers have been making a bigger impression on the smartphone market in recent years releasing more affordable devices that still pack a punch in terms of specifications and features, and today we have a Huawei P9 review for Vodafone UK.
Until recently Huawei have been more known for their budget offerings for the Android platform but it seems the company is trying to change that with the P9 offering a handset that looks and feels more of a premium smartphone.
Spec wise we have a device with a 5.2-inch 1080p display offering 423ppi, which is powered by the new Huawei-manufactured Octa-core Kirin 955 CPU with 3GB of RAM. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 4 and while only offering Full HD I found it to be pleasantly bright and vivid.
On the back we have a dual 12-megapixel camera set up that provided some good low light images, while just below the shooter is the finger print scanner which I found rather impressive and better then what I have on my Galaxy S6. The main thing being the position as you would normally have a finger on the back of the handset making it quicker to unlock.
The only issue would be if you are trying to unlock it while it is laying down on your desk or table. The company has teamed up with famed German camera makers Leica that offers owners of the P9 pretty stunning results.
One of the camera lenses is for colour while the other is for black and white, which according to Huawei when combined provide a better level of depth and detail along with great, low light performance.
In practice the Huawei P9 provides some great results and is among the best I have so far witnessed on a smartphone except the Galaxy S7, and users have a huge array of settings to tweak with 14 different shooting modes and other adjustments available. Around the front there is an 8-megapixel shooter for all those selfies.
One area that didn’t impress me with the P9 is company’s skin put on top of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a number of bloatware apps that most users will probably never use. The handset has a quality feel though in the hand with its metal build and the sides of the display having very narrow bezels.
The handsets processing power is pretty impressive with day to day tasks speeding along nicely with no crashes, and even playing some intensive games the P9 performed well with a nice notification appearing if a certain application is using a lot of memory in the background.
The internal battery keeping everything switched on is only 3,000 mAh but I found the device easily lasted a day without needing to reach for the charger even with moderate to heavy use. On board storage is 32GB but this can be expanded further by microSD card.
Strangely while making an actual call people on the other end sounded a little distant and muffled, but apparently I could be heard loud and clear.
To summarise the Huawei P9 offers smartphone users a worthy alternative to rival powerhouses from the likes of Apple, HTC, and Samsung while costing less to run on a monthly contract. Vodafone UK has the device available with only a £10 upfront fee on bundles costing £28 per month.