Hands-on: Huawei’s P9 is their most beautiful phone yet (and takes some beautiful photos, too) [VIDEO]


You probably know a lot about the Huawei P9 already, but we’re here to reassure you it’s not all just marketing hype. This is one serious, beautiful block of metal. We went hands-on with the Huawei P9 to get an early impression of what Huawei hopes to win you over with.

One of the first areas we were eager to jump into was the device’s dual 13-megapixel rear cameras. The cameras serve to give you dedicated shooting glass for both standard RGB full-color shots as well as shots meant for monochrome photography. The cameras were both tuned to offer the best shooting experience for those respective color models.

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So, how do they hold up? Our early shots — which you can see right here — give us a lot to be excited for. Color accuracy, sharpness, dynamic range and exposure: the Huawei P9 handles it all beautifully.

Its low-light performance also impressed us as much as the Galaxy S7’s did, something Huawei says can be attributed to the fact that their cameras can capture up to 90% more light than Samsung’s latest phones. Those with the P9 will enjoy a large array of shooting options to in either automatic or manual control mode to give you the level of flexibility you need to take a perfect shot.

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In terms of performance, the Huawei P9 seems to hold its own in benchmarks up against the likes of Samsung’s latest Exynos chipset, though real world performance has yet to be judged. We’ll need a bit more time with the phone to see how it can hold up when we have a ton of apps and games loaded up onto it.

But for now, the phone seems to handle Huawei’s EMUI 4.1 quite smoothly, and even if you don’t like the fact that EMUI behaves like an iPhone with its lack of an app drawer you can always get settled with a third-party launcher. Get a closer look at the Huawei P9 in our hands-on video above.

Quentyn Kennemer
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