Huawei has launched their P9 smartphone in India at an event held in Delhi on 17th Aug. The smartphone was launched internationally in April alongside the P9 Plus. While there is no P9 Plus in sight, the Huawei P9 makes a smashing appearance.
The Huawei P9 has a 5.2 inch LCD display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with a 2.5D finish on the front glass. We would’ve loved a Quad HD display like the one seen on the Samsung Galaxy S7. The LCD display is good to look at, not the brightest but has good blacks. Users have the option to tweak the output as per their preference.
For starters, the P9 is a camera focused smartphone made in collaboration with Leica. This phone sports not one but two 12 megapixel sensors at the back. One of the sensor capture light in monochrome while the other captures in colour. Both the sensors have an f/2.2 aperture that should help the phone capture good images in low lighting conditions. I must say that the dual sensor setup makes a huge difference as the monochrome sensor works well in capturing the minute details. The use of this sensor along with the RGB ensures that the phone captures every detail. While the sensors are impressive, the lack of 4K video recording does make it a little surprising for a camera centric phone. On the front, the camera is an 8-megapixel sensor and on the software side, comes with a lot of features like beautify and others that can be used for selfies.
The P9 has a metal unibody construction and gives the phone a very premium look. The design reminds us of the Nexus 6P that Huawei made along with Google. Just like the Nexus, this also sports a fingerprint sensor at the back which Huawei claims will work even with wet fingers. The scanner can be used to quickly unlock the phone and has gestures which can be used to interact with the phone.
The smartphone is powered by Huawei’s own Kirin 955 processor which is an octa-core processor with 4 x A72 cores clocked 2.5 GHz and 4 x A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. The chipset is manufactured using the 16nm FinFet Plus process. The phone gets 32GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM. The storage can be expanded up to 256GB via the MicroSD card slot. Internationally the smartphone comes with 64GB internal storage and 4GB of RAM but only the 3GB version is on sale. The phone in its current configuration was snappy and lag free for the limited time we used it. We’d reserve our comments on performance until we thoroughly review the device.
In terms of software, the phone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1 on top. The phone has a 3000mAh battery and is a single SIM device. The phone sports a USB Type-C port at the bottom for charging. There is support for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC. Huawei also offers something they refer to as VIP service which translates to 2 years of warranty on the device, with free pick and drop service. To add to that the company also offers a 3-month replacement/display damage warranty. Exclusively available on Flipkart, the Huawei P9 is priced at Rs 39,999 and will be available in Prestige Gold, Titanium Grey and Mystic Silver.