Huawei P9 Plus Review

Huawei P9 Plus Review
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  • The P9 Plus is the best smartphone Huawei has made to date … if you don’t count the Nexus 6P. It takes the winning formula of the P9 and just adds a little bit to it.

Txinako enpresak en super-tamaina enblematiko handia da, fun kamerarekin, selfies bikaina, snappy performance and solid battery lifeit’s just a shame about the customised Android

Powered by artikulu hau “Huawei P9 Plus review: goi-mailako phablet Atxikitako azpi-par software arabera” zen Samuel Gibbs-ek idatzitako, for on Tuesday 7th June 2016 06.00 UTC

The Huawei P9 Plus is a bigger version of the Chinese smartphone manufacturer’s first excellent offering. It claims to be “plus in every way” – and it doesn’t disappoint.

As with the “plus” versions of other manufacturers’ smartphones, the P9 Plus looks like a P9 blown up by 5% in a photocopier. It’s smaller sibling is an attractive, well-made smartphone, the P9 Plus is equally so, despite the magnification.

Metal body with nice touches

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The P9 Plus has nice little touches such as red flaring around the power button and a slight purple tint to the metal body. Argazkia: Samuel Gibbs Guardian

It has a larger 5.5in screen, is slightly taller, wider and heavier. It comes in one colourquartz greyan attractive gunmetal grey colour with an interesting red accent around the power button.

The back is smoother than the P9 and with the slightly rounded sides, feels really nice in the hand. It looks and feels every bit a premium top-end smartphone.

Compared to Samsung’s 5.5in Galaxy S7 Edge, the P9 Plus is 1.4mm taller, 2.7mm wider and 5g heavier, but 0.7mm thinner, while the Apple iPhone 6S Plus is 5.9mm taller, 2.6mm zabalagoa, 0.3mm thicker and 30g heavier, which is very noticeable in the hand, making it harder to handle.

The screen is a 5.5in full HD AMOLED, which is good-looking, colourful and has deep inky blacks. At 401ppi it isn’t quite as pin-sharp as rivals from Samsung and Google, including Huawei’s own Nexus 6P, but has great viewing angles and will please most.

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The notifications shade resembles iOS more than Google’s Android. Argazkia: Samuel Gibbs Guardian


  • Pantaila: 5.5full HD AMOLED hasi (401ppi)
  • Prozesadorea: Octa-core Huawei Kirin 955
  • RAM: 4RAM GB
  • Biltegiratzea: 64GB + microSD txartela
  • Sistema eragilea: Android 6.0 with Emotion UI 4.1
  • Kamera: 12MP dual rear camera, 8MP aurrean-begira kamera
  • Konektibitatea: LTE, Wi-FIAC, NFC, ETA, Bluetooth 4.2, USB-C eta GPS
  • Neurriak: 152.3 x 75.3 x 6.98mm
  • Pisua: 162g

Snappy with solid battery life

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Huawei’s power-saving settings and monitors help identify problem apps and make the battery last longer. Argazkia: Samuel Gibbs Guardian

The P9 Plus shares the P9’s processor, Huawei’s octa-core Kirin 955 txip, but adds an extra 1GB of RAM bringing it to 4GB and has double the storage with 64GB built in, while still having the microSD card slot for adding more.

The P9 Plus was snappy, powered through everything I threw at it and ran cooler than its smaller sibling. Battery life was also good, lasting 38 hours between charges using Huawei’s smart power plan, jakinarazpenak Ehunka, 10 hours of music listening, five hours’ browsing and app usage and the odd spot of photography and gaming. Most people will likely get two days between charges. Beste, more aggressive power-saving modes are available, as well as app usage monitors, which helps weed out power-hungry apps.

Unlike the P9, the P9 Plus includes fast charging in line with most other top-end smartphones, so topping up doesn’t require hours connected to a power supply.

Emotion UI 4.1

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EMUI adds ugly borders to apps and makes a significant amount of changes to the look and feel of Android. Argazkia: Samuel Gibbs Guardian

The P9 Plus has Huawei’s modified Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system called Emotion UI (EMUI 4.1). It’s exactly the same as the P9 and resembles Apple’s iOS, including forcing all the apps installed on the phone to be on the homescreen, not tucked away in the standard Android app drawer.

Some will like the look, others won’t. It has tighter control of apps, eta hori ona da, and isn’t as bloat-filled as other customised versions of Android but isn’t as good as the standard Android experience.

Hatz-marka eskaner

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The fingerprint scanner on the back is one of the fastest and most accurate on the market. Argazkia: Samuel Gibbs Guardian

The fingerprint scanner on the back is very fast, accurate and well placed for the size of phone. Not once in my testing did it fail to recognise my finger. You can’t unlock the phone using the fingerprint scanner without picking the phone up, ordea.

Pressure sensitive screen

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Press your finger harder on a photo in the gallery app pops up a magnifying loupe. The harder you push the greater the level of magnification. Argazkia: Samuel Gibbs Guardian

The P9 Plus is one of the first Android devices to have a pressure sensitive screen, which Huawei calls Press touch.

Its implementation basically mirrors Apple’s approach on the iPhone 6S Plus. Pressing hard on a Huawei app icon pops up some quick actions and shortcuts. Pressing harder still takes you immediately to one action of your choice, such as straight to the selfie mode within the camera app.

Users can also choose to hide the navigation home, back and recently used apps buttons at the bottom of the screen and to activate them with increased pressure, or set the top left or right corners as shortcuts to launch apps.

In the gallery app, pressing hard on a photo brings up a magnifying loupe with zoom directly proportional to how hard you press. It’s very responsive, and a decent little tool for inspecting detail, but most people don’t look that hard at their photos.

Press touch faces the same problems as Apple’s 3D Touchit’s difficult to know what supports it, third-party app support is highly unlikely and I’m not sure whether anyone will end up using it. It actively gets in the way of moving icons around on the homescreen, but can be deactivated.

Android might add native support for pressure sensitive screens in the future, but I remain unconvinced by any implementation thus far.

Dual camera

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The dual camera setup on the back: one black and white camera, one colour. Argazkia: Samuel Gibbs Guardian

The rear dual camera “co-engineered with Leica” is the same camera system as fitted to the P9, and as such produces good looking images and is quite a lot of fun to use.

The monochrome camera is particularly sharp, and makes the right sort of subjects really sparkle.

The front-facing selfie camera has a faster lens, which lets in more light with an f-stop of 1.9, compared to the P9’s f2.4. The difference is noticeable. Selfies look sharper, brighter and more detailed. In the relatively poor lighting it produced some of the best, most detailed selfies I’ve seen. There are various beauty modes too, but they all just end up losing detail.

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The Huawei camera app is pretty good, but the lack of automatic HDR mode is irritating. Argazkia: Samuel Gibbs Guardian


  • The back is a lot smoother and polished than the P9, but isn’t as slippery as some other metal smartphones
  • Double press the volume button when locked to quickly take a photo in less than one second
  • Huawei’s app-control tools are excellent for monitoring power drain etc
  • A few third-party apps come pre-installed, but can be removed
  • There’s a third-party theme that removes the ugly bubbles around app icons on the homescreen I’d still install a third-party launcher such as Nova or Google Now Launcher
  • There’s an IR blaster in the top to control your TV


The Huawei P9 Plus is exclusive to Vodafone in the UK at the moment, starting at £500 on a pre-paid tariff. Prices from third-party retailers vary.

Alderatuta, du smaller P9 costs £449, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge costs £639, du Google Nexus 6p costs £449 and the Apple iPhone 6S Plus costs £619.


The P9 Plus is the best smartphone Huawei has made to date … if you don’t count the Nexus 6P. It takes the winning formula of the P9 and just adds a little bit to it.

The selfie camera is great, the rear dual camera is fun and the look and feel of the phone is top notch. The screen isn’t as crisp as rivals, but is still good looking, while the fingerprint scanner on the back is arguably the best in the business.

It’s just Huawei’s EMUI that holds the phone backit isn’t as attractive or usable as most other Android versions. Some will like it, I do not.

Pros: Good-looking, feels great, excellent selfie camera, great dual rear camera, brilliant fingerprint scanner, decent battery life, USB-C, IR blaster, microSD card support

Cons: EMUI isn’t quite up to scratch, screen not good for VR (low resolution), Press touch a bit of a gimmick, exclusive to Vodafone in the UK, Bateria ez aldagarri

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USB-C with fast charging. Argazkia: Samuel Gibbs Guardian

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