Huawei P9 Review: Is The Best Camera Phone In The Market


Huawei has launched its P9 flagship smartphone in India, as promised. Announced officially in April 2016, which Huawei P9 aims at a big competition in the market now. As it turns to be the best camera smartphones currently available in the retail stores online and offline. This is Huawei’s Leica-toting flagship sporting a dual-camera on-board and what else it really captures is to make a review. Here are the details to check out right away.

The Huawei P9 has a great build quality and in-hand feel, flaunts an excellent camera, given the ideal conditions and have a decent screen. Being a smartphone, the P9 phone promises to “reinvent smartphone photography”, moreover it’s sporting a dual-lens 12MP camera “Co-engineered with Leica” for the first time ever on its back. Since the P9 packs a dual-camera setup, which we already accompanied for depth sensing in the HTC One M8 previously, but Huawei’s approach is more akin to the Qiku Q Terra’s.

With two 12-megapixel Sony sensors, each with f/2.2 lens, while one is a normal RGB (red green blue) sensor for color, the other is a monochrome sensor which snaps only how much light is coming in, without color information. While the second sensor captures depth information as well, even allows for after-the-shot refocusing., while Huawei packed it in was only to drastically help reduce noise. Indoor/low light shots still had noticeable noise levels, because the lack of OIS and lenses that aren’t very fast.


Unfortunately, the Huawei’s P9 camera module doesn’t come equipped with Optical Image Stabilization or support 4K video recording. Performance is not top-notch for the given price, and low light camera shots are grainy, gives average battery life, and of course, lacks fast charging.

Both these factors would allow for a lot more light to hit the sensor and make for much better, less noisy images, than the dual-lens setup manages. There’s a switch to the Pro mode, where you can tweak ISO, Shutter Speed, Exposure Value, AF Mode and Color Balance does really help a lot immensely, specifically in low-light conditions.

However, the P9 turns out some spectacular shots, with excellent contrast and exposure levels. Saturation levels are balanced, and images pack a good amount of pop and punch, plus adds RAW mode for those who like post-processing their photographs.


There were been phone camera comparison between Huawei P9 Dual-Lens vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 and Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus, which we’ll share it here later.


The Huawei P9 features a slim all-metal body, curved chamfered edges and a 5.2-inch full HD screen that help the gadget sit comfortably in the hand and has an out-and-out flagship feel to it. The IPS LCD screen packs in plenty of detail despite not opting for a Quad HD resolution. Brightness levels are awesome, and color reproduction is good as well, while you can tweak the color temperature through the settings to suit your personal and professional preferences.


There’s a rear fingerprint scanner, which can unlock the phone even when it’s in standby mode. The India version of Huawei P9 is a single-SIM device, though you do get a microSD card slot for storage expansion. The buttons show up a very fair and solid feel, for a camera-focused device, a hardware camera button would have been nice.


The P9 runs on Google’s current version 6.0 of mobile operating system, Android Marshmallow with Huawei’s Emotion UI (EUI) on top, and that offers features like Now on Tap, Doze and new app permissions. While the UI leans towards simplicity and not for those looking for massive customization.

CPU and Others

Unlike the rest of Snapdragon-packing flagship phones, the P9 packs in a Kirin 955 chip, along with 3GB of RAM. Performance wise when compared the difference between the 955 and the Qualcomm’s SD820 devices in terms of app loading times are at best marginal.


The P9 lacks 4K shooting anyhow, and it packs a 3000mAh cell which lasts just about a day of heavy use. You do get fast charging support, but the included adapter takes over two hours for a full charge.

Huawei P9 Specifications | P9 Price In India

  • 5.2-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD AMOLED 2.5D curved glass display
  • Octa-Core Kirin 955 (4x 2.5GHz A72, A53 4 x 1.8 GHz) processor with Mali T880-MP4 GPU
  • 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, expandable memory up 128GB with microSD
  • Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with EMUI 4.1
  • 12MP dual rear cameras with Leica SUMMARIT lenses, dual-tone LED flash, Laser AF, f/2.2 aperture
  • 8MP front-facing camera, f/2.4 aperture
  • Fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor
  • Dimensions: 145×70.9×6.95mm;Weight: 144g
  • 3.5mm audio jack, Stereo speakers
  • 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C
  • 3,000mAh battery with fast charging


The Huawei’s P9 has capable innards, a dual camera setup that truly delivers in the right conditions and a great design architecture. Trouble here would be the budget, at the price in India of Rs. 39,999, there’s a little room for error. At that price-point you can even choose to upgrade for extremely capable OnePlus 3 and Le Max 2 at sub-30K.


Or else you get go with the Galaxy S7/ Galaxy S7 Edge which already received a price-cut of almost Rs. 5000 in the country. I am not saying the Huawei P9 is not a great smartphone, it’s undeniably impressive, but it just doesn’t deliver a solid value-for-money proposition.

The Huawei P9 comes in Mystic Silver, Titanium Grey and Prestige Gold color. It will be exclusively available from Flipkart, followed by through Poorvika and Croma stores later on. Huawei also offering a 2 year Warranty with pick up and drop service, 3 months replacements and display damage warranty.

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