Huawei has announced in recent days his new P9 in both with 5.2-inch diagonal display that”Plus” version with 5.5 inch display. On the sidelines of the presentation we’ve got to have a first contact with these new devices that share many hardware features including the new processor HiSilicon Kirin 955 and the dual rear engineered in collaboration with Leica who also cared for the revamped interface. After trying for several days the “smaller” we are ready for our full review.
Hardware, Materials and ergonomics:
In the box of the model that we had from Huawei, reserved for the journalists who attended the presentation in London, there is a rapid charger from 2A output, a data cable USB/USB Type-C, a conventional headset with answer button and one pin to eject the SIM drawer in nano size and microSD to expand the integrated memory disk. In the package should be present also a protective cover. See Beautyphoon for instant cell phone charger.
Good ergonomics thanks to its small dimensions and weight enough content. Not missing a chance to reduce the UI by sliding your finger on the function keys. Very pleasant tactile sensation afforded by this Huawei P9, particularly from the front glass panel which has anoleophobic treatment. Glass is also the Insert at the back, where are located the two cameras (details in camera and Multimedia), the dual LED flash and the laser sensor for focusing.
Always on the back, also, we find a new generation of biometric scanners can also detect the depth of fingerprints, for increased accuracy and safety, and that also offers the possibility to display the drop-down list of notifications by clicking one swipe up and down, delete notifications with a double tap, and scroll through the photo gallery. Can use the sensor to unlock access to certain applications, to access a protected area for files, photos and videos, to take a picture, take a call or turn off the alarm.
The shell is made entirely of metal with a special effect of blasting. There are four colours announced but only two will be those that will arrive in Italy (Mystic Silver and Titanium Gray), only version from 3 GB RAM LPDDR4 and 32 GB of storage. We will not see in our market thepremium version with 4 GB of RAM and 64 gigs of expandable memory which will be realized with a brushed metal finish that with a white ceramic finish.
On the front, protected by a glass lightly rounded edges, we have an 8 megapixel fixed-focus camera with Aperture f/2.4, light sensors and proximity and a small LED RGB notification integrated into the earbud.
Laterally there are buttons for volume control, power/lock buttons slightly ridged and SIM tray.On the top is placed only the second microphone while the bottom is the 3.5 mm audio jack, port USB Type-C and the speaker.
- SYSTEM: Android 4.0 EMUI 6.0 +
- PROCESSOR: Kirin 955 octa core (4 x A72 +4 x A53) 64-bit 16nm Finfets +
- MEMORY: internal: 32 GB/RAM: 3 GB LPDDR4
- DISPLAY: 5.2 inches/IPS 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution:-NEO//423 ppi
- CAMERA: 8 x 12 MP/MP/1920 x 1080, 60 fps video recording:
- NETWORKS: 4 g: LTE/LTE TDD-FDD-ch. 6/3 g: WCDMA/TD-SCDMA MHz
- WIRELESS: Bluetooth: 4.2 and BLE/Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/NFC
- CONNECTIONS: 3.5 mm/Audio Jack USB Type-C
- GPS: GPS/AGPS/Glonass
- SENSORS: digital compass, fingerprint sensor, gyro, hall sensor, light sensor, proximity sensor
- BATTERY: 3000 mAh
- WEIGHT: 144 grams
- DIMENSIONS: 145 x 6.95 x 70.9 mm
The processor, as mentioned, is a HiSilicon Kirin 955 an octa-core production process at 16nm Finfets Plus with four core Cortex-A72 from 2.5 GHz, 1.8 GHz and four Cortex-A53 from a co-motion i5 processor that allows you to constantly monitor our activities thanks to the special “wellness” application that also allows you to monitor different types of exercise. The GPU is an ARM Mali-T880. The processor is also a digital signal processor and a dedicated owner image processor.
Overall performance is very high. The system is always quick and responsive and even applications are quick in opening and use. All of our games can be played at most reference graphic detail with a very high framerate. Huawei has also spoken of a new file system optimization can reduce fragmentation and maintain the device more responsive. During extended gaming sessions and during use of the camera you notice a slight overheating of the back.
The display is an IPS NEO from 5.2 inches diagonal with FullHD resolution, 423ppi density and brightness from 500nits thanks to a 20 LED backlight. Very good quality of this Panel that offers a decent visibility outdoors and a wide viewing angle but the blacks who tend to lightenwith certain inclinations.
High color rendering of the sign we can also adjust the temperature using a specific item within the menu. Present a mode “gloves and good touch sensitivity although I noticed that it is always necessary to considerable accuracy when we carry out a touch.
Drums, Audio and reception:
The battery is integrated by 3000mAh which makes the evening with heavy usage. A fast-charging system which allows with a charge of 10 minutes about 5 hours of talk time. The battery is fully charged in about 110 minutes. With an hour of charging you get to about 80%.
There are also three energy-saving plans: in addition to the “ultra” which leaves only the features of calls and messages, we have a smart plan that balances performance and connectivity processor (recommended for daily use) and a plan that maximizes the performance of the processor recommended for online games and videos. There is also a feature that allows you to consume less energy by lowering the display resolution.
Definitely good quality audio through the speaker system that can also play bass at a fairly high volume. Same speech as regards audio quality through earbud. Good cellular signal reception and Wi-Fi which is a dual band, supports BC and may benefit from a “triple virtual antenna”.
The OS is Android in Marshmallow version with UI EMUI 4.1. From the standpoint of functionality there are no major differences with the previous release. The EMUI is a simple and easy to use interface and offering many possibilities for customization through themes. Besides those pre-installed you can also install other via an online store.
There is no app drawer and all applications are placed on different homescreen we can vary the grid, scrolling effects and backgrounds. Don’t miss the opportunity to set up a home easier. Also present were the Classic gesture with the knuckle to make a screenshot, capture a portion of the display or to begin a specific application by drawing a letter.
In the slide-down notifications are displayed in chronological order, a series of customizable shortcuts and slide for adjusting brightness. Using “pause button” you can display a floating buttons that replicates the function keys and allows blocking the device and quickly close all applications.
Preinstalled applications by Huawei, in addition to a series of Gameloft games, we also have an app for the weather, a file manager, Notepad, voice recorder, mirror compass & backup.The app “telephone Manager” allows you to optimize your system by deleting unused files and by clearing the cache, manage data traffic, turn on a black list for calls and messages and manage secure applications.
Definitely good Web browsing entrusted solely to the Google Chrome browser that offers an optimal loading speed, navigation and page rendering. The scroll and pinch and double tap are always very fluid and responsive. The keyboard is the Huawei Swipe, fairly quickly and accurately, which also features writing by scrolling your finger and a handwriting recognition system.
Camera and Multimedia:
Standard 12 megapixel camera has a Sony sensor IMX286 with pixel to 1.25 um (micrometer). The monochrome sensor, always by 12 megapixels, captures an image with the 300% more brightness and contrast 50%. The lenses are aspheric SUMMARIT from 27 mm with Aperture f/2.2 specifically made by Leica to P9.
The user interface has been completely renovated and made also in collaboration with Leica. Present a series of filters in real time and a way to take a picture that we can then vary the depth of field. Making a swipe to the left (or up in landscape mode) enter all shooting possibilities, including the effects of light painting, Nightshots, black and white photos using the monochrome sensor, panoramic and HDR shot.
There is also a PRO mode that allows individual control of focus, exposure, ISO, and shutter. In this mode you also save the RAWformat. The photos have a native resolution at 12 megapixels in relation 4:3.
Leica has also developed three modes for both photo and video: standard, vivid color and delicate colours. No shortage of Time Lapse and slow-motion format video in HD resolution. Videos can have a FullHD resolution at 60 fps. By setting the 30 frames per second we can also enable digital image stabilization. Even for video is a PRO
Overall, the pictures taken with the Huawei P9 are of good quality with considerable detail preservation in good lighting, good exposure adjustment and a careful balance of white and colors. Very good level of detail offered by RAW format. Good quality also photos taken with the front camera.
To try to understand better the functioning “combined” of the two cameras I tried to make some tests covering the monochrome sensor but in different shooting situations I didn’t notice any tangible improvement. Covering the monochrome sensor before making a shot “bokeh”, however, are not captured details on depth of field. We will not fail, however, to make further discussion on how this technology.
Here a series of photos taken with both the monochrome sensor covered that with both cameras
The videos do not reach the level of quality of the photos and suffer, in my opinion, even the absence of a system of optical stabilization. The focusing is quick enough and even audio quality captured by two microphones is more than enough. Digital image stabilization, which is activated in full HD at 30 frames per second (and lower resolution), tends to reduce the quality and effect of “motion” a bit annoying.
Huawei P9 will be priced at 599 euros in 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of onboard memory expandable. The 4 GB of RAM and 64 gigs of expandable memory will be sold to 649 euro but will not arrive in Italy. To this device with Huawei offers 3 year warranty and replacement of the display, even for incidental, in the three months after purchase during which you’ll also get replacement of the device in case of defective hardware.
The Huawei brand is constantly growing and prices, unfortunately, are following this trend. The relationship with the quality offered is quite good although the price difference from Plus model, which features a 5.5 inch AMOLED display 749 euros with Press Touch, a front-facing camera with autofocus, dual stereo speaker, battery, 4 GB of RAM, 64 gigs of storage 3400mAh and IRDA port, could tip the balance toward him.
This Huawei P9 I particularly liked the build quality, performance, and the phone. Good, overall, even photographic quality. The display offers a good view although Blacks tend to lighten to very high inclinations not wasting a bit of contrast.