Huawei P9

Announced Apr 6, 2016 •
5.2 screen | 12 megapixels (rear) | 8 megapixels (front)
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Announced Apr 6, 2016
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The P9 replaces last year's P8 and is, together with the P9 Plus, the first product coming out of Huawei's collaboration with camera maker Leica. It is powered by a Kirin 955 octa-core chipset and comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage or 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal memory. Energy is supplied by a 3000mAh battery. There are also a USB-C connector, microSD slot and fingerprint reader, all wrapped up in an aluminum body that doesn't look too dissimilar to the P8's.

The Huawei comes with a dual-camera. The main module comes with a 12MP sensor, F2.2 aperture and an equivalent focal length of 27mm. There is no OIS but the AF is laser-assisted. The secondary module also has a 12MP resolution but is monochrome. Huawei says it can capture 200% more light than the RGB sensor, overall making the P9 camera 100% more light-sensitive than conventional smartphone cameras by combining images from both camera modules. .

Quick specs
OS Google Android
OS Version 6.0
Front camera effective pixels 8 megapixels
Rear camera effective pixels 12 megapixels
Rear camera aperture 2.2
Camera physical shutter release No
Camera image stabilization No
Video camera recording format 1080p, 30fps
LCD size 5.2
Built in memory 3GB RAM/32GB storage or 4Gb RAM/64GB storage
Weight 144 g (5.08 oz)
Dimensions 145 x 71 x 7 mm (5.71 x 2.79 x 0.28)

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Our review

The Huawei P9's Leica-badged dual-camera is not a quantum leap for smartphone imaging but produces decent image quality across the ISO range that can be improved further in Raw processing. A partly unusual imaging feature set and full manual control complete a package that offers plenty of tinkering and experimentation options for mobile photographers.

Good for: Manual control and image optimization in Raw processing

Not so good for: Video capture and shooting with flash

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