With a spate of smartphone launches taking place in the past few months, we are sure many smartphone buyers have already made up their minds on which phones would suit them the most. However, Huawei's P9 is a decent premium phone which, apart from carrying a lower price tag than its competitors, also offers brilliant features, design and specifications for habitual smartphone geeks.
Here are five reasons why Huawei P9 will be worth the price and why you probably won't ever regret owning one in the coming days:
Earlier today, Vodafone announced that it is offering inclusive roaming with free 4G data in 40 destinations across the world. For travellers, this is great news but nothing more if their phones do not support 4G network bands in countries outside Europe. However, owning a Huawei P9 will ensure that you will not face such issues during your travels.
Huawei P9 comes with the world's first triple antenna setup, one at the top and two at the bottom, which can automatically switch based on available 4G bands to offer unrivalled connection quality, no matter where you go. The phone's dual-SIM setup also supports four 2G bands, nine 3G bands and eighteen 4G bands from 1334 carriers across 217 countries.
The P9 comes with cameras developed by Huawei through a collaboration with German camera giant Leica which has an experience of 150 years in camera designing. What's more, the phone features not one, but two primary rear cameras onboard.
We did a hands-on with the device not too long ago and found that the cameras work pretty well as a tag team, bringing in clarity, detail and crispness to images, especially low light ones. Each of the dual-cameras, namely the RGB and the monochrome ones, specialize in bright colour and black and white imaging respectively. When both cameras work together, the resulting images are a mixture of vivid colours and lovely shades, saving you the effort of searching for photo-editing apps to beautify your raw pictures. You can even takes pictures using each of these cameras as standalones and choose between Standard, Vivid Colors and Smooth Colors modes.
Huawei uses lesser-known Kirin processors in its premium phones, but that shouldn't scare you off. Even though we know a lot about Snapdragon and Samsung's Exynos processors, the Kirin ones are equally effective. Even though the Kirin 950 processor was launched recently with Huawei's Mate 8 phone, Huawei decided to use a more powerful processor in the P9- the 16nm octa core Kirin 955.
Kirin 955 is a modified version of the 950 and its "octa-core CPU is set at 2.5GHz for the quad-Cortex-A72 cluster and 1.8GHz for the quad-Cortex-A53." Simply put, the Kirin 950 processor, which is a big step up from the Kirin 935 in terms of speed and performance, brings in 100 per cent more CPU power, 125 per cent better GPU performance and 70 per cent greater power efficiency than its predecessor.
Like most premium smartphones, P9 comes with a metal and glass body with both materials seamlessly blended together with such precision that you won't feel the edges when the metal makes way for glass and vice versa. Incredibly thin at just 6.95mm, the phone has rounded corners, double chamfered metal edges and weighs in at just 144g.
The phones features no lumps or bumps on the back and is a flat-sheet of sand-blasted metal. The two camera lenses are at the top and protected behind an oblong black glass plate that stretches across the top of the phone. The fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone is also blisteringly fast and the volume buttons, SIM slots and MicroSD card slots are placed on the left of the handset.
Like like Samsung's Galaxy S7, Huawei P9 comes with a 3,000 mAh battery which works with a 16nm low power chip to offer a longer life cycle on a single charge compared to other phones. In ideal conditions, the battery can support 12 hours of HD video viewing, 8 hours of 4G browsing, 20 hours of calling over 3G and an impressive 56 hours of continuous music playback.
The phone packs a USB Type-C charging port for quick charging. During our review, we found that when streaming HD videos over Wi-Fi from YouTube with 100% brightness, the P9 lost 6% charge over a period a 20-minute period. For your long term usage, Huawei has also added several battery saving features in the phone which, among other things, can help you shut down apps running in the background to save power.
To sum up, the P9 is a great new phone that fulfils every need of smartphone buyers who want to spend upwards of £400 to buy a phone. After reviewing the phone, this is what our Editor has to say:
"Beautifully built, seamless juxtapositioning of metal and glass and the slim and light body cloak a superfast processor, one of the best fingerprint sensors I have seen, great RAM and expandable memory. Just like Samsung did with the Galaxy S7, Huawei have hit the ball out of the park with the P9 which isn't just a step up from the P8 but a reimagined flagship.
So, yes. You should most definitely buy this phone."