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Review: Can the Huawei P9 help you be a better photographer?

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A few weeks ago in London, Huawei announced the newest P series of smart phone with the P9 with dual cameras.

What do you get in the box for the Huawei P9, USB type C cable, the P9, Headset with controls, and wall charger and the sim Eject tool and Quick Start Guide.

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Design
The design of the Huawei P9, has a thin body which is made of light metal and is polished what the phone is doing luxury look.  The P9 is available in the colours Titanium Grey, Mystic Silver, Rose Gold and Prestige Gold, but in the UK only Titanium Grey, Mystic Silver will be available.  On the back is among the two cameras to find a fingerprint sensor.
The Huawei P9 has a virtual Triple antenna, meaning you don’t need to worry about your hand position under different signal conditions.
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The 5.2-inch display is made of solid glass, which is bent at the edges slightly (so-called 2.5D glass),  that delivers a pixel density of 424ppi.

Huawei P9 Specs

Size145mm * 70.9mm * 6.95 mm (H x W x D) about 144g (Weight)

Colour

Titanium Grey,Mystic Silver

Display

5.2″ FHD Screen, 2.5D, 1080p (1920 x 1080), 16.7M colours

CPU

HUAWEI Kirin 955 (64-bit), Octa-core (4 x 2.5 GHz A72+ 4 x 1.8 GHz A53)

Operation System

Android  6.0

Memory

3GB RAM + 32GB ROM

Network

4G TDD LTE:Band38/39/40
4G FDD LTE:Band1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/26/28
3G UMTS: 800(B6,Japan)/800(B19,Japan) /850/900/AWS/1900/2100MHz(Band6/19/5/8/4/2/1)
2G GSM:
SIM1: 850/900/1800/1900MHz

NFC

Support NFC

GPS

GPS/A-GPS/Glonass/BDS

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 2.4G/5G, a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct support
BT4.2, support BLE
USB Type C (High Speed USB)Sensors

Fingerprint Sensor, G-Sensor, Gyroscope sensor, Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity sensor, Hall effect sensor

Camera

Main camera
12MP x 2, F2.2
BSI CMOS
Dual-tone flash

Front camera
8MP, F2.4Audio

Audio decoding formats
MP3, MIDI, AMR-NB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-WB, WMA2-9, RA, PCM, OGG, and FLAC

Audio file formats
MP3, MP4, 3GP, WMA, OGG, AMR, AAC, FLAC, WAV, MIDI, and RA

Video

Video decoding formats
4K video, H.265, H.264, H.263, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, RV7-10, Xvid, VP8, WMV9

Video file formats
3GP, MP4, WMV, RM, RMVB, and ASF

Image

Image decoding formats
PNG, GIF (static), JPEG, BMP, WEBP, and WBMP

Image file formats
PNG, GIF, JPEG, BMP, WEBP, and WBMP
Emotion UIEMUI 4.1Battery3000mAh(Typical)

In the box
Headset ×1
Charger ×1
USB-C Cable ×1
Eject tool x1
Quick Start Guide ×1

It offers a 96 per cent colour saturation and 500nits brightness, along with a 1.7mm bezel, the P9 measures 145 x 70.9 x 6.95mm and hitting the scales at 144g.
The device handles well and looks beautiful in the hand.

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At the bottom of the phone you’ll find a headphone jack, a speaker and the USB type C connection.

Display
What is the brand new Huawei P9 like, the focus on the Huawei P9 is mainly on the dual camera on the back, made in collaboration with German lens manufacturer Leica.

The 5.2-inch display on the P9 is an 1080P display works great,  the colours are nice and the picture is clear.  The display lends itself well to social media browsing, playing a game or watching a video.  The solid glass display feels premium aswell, the black edges around the entire screen.

Camera
The Huawei P9 features a camera with two cameras with lenses, which “approved” by lens manufacturer Leica.  One camera, the RGB camera, the colours of your photo captures and other monochrome camera captures the details of the composition.

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The cameras work together to shoot the best possible picture.  The Huawei P9 is an excellent performance in low light, due to the dual camera can capture more light and detail than with a single camera.

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Black and White shot via the Huawei P9

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In focus Shot of a local football match

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Same picture just refocused afterwards via the software on the P9

The P9 has a fast action burst mode that can take pictures at a very fast rate as you can see a Bee in the photo below was moving around the flower at the time of the photo being shot.

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How to make a snap a professional looking picture where the subject is in focus and the background blurred.

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Picture taken in night time in normal mode

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this picture taken at the same time in Night time mode

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Here are a few screenshots of the mode you get via the camera app via the Huawei P9

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Light painting mode using the car lights

Because also the depth data is stored in the picture you can later adjust the focus on the photo.

Hardware
The Huawei P9 is available in two versions, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB (£449) or 4GB of RAM and 64GB (£549), in the UK will get Mystic Silver and Titanium Grey.

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The memory is expandable with a microSD card up to 128GB.  The phone works on the Kirin 955 chipset with a 2.5GHz processor octacore, with this combination make sure the phone works fast and smoothly.
Switching between apps is fine and the phone is compatible to play games with ease.  The Huawei P9 has room for a Nano SIM card.

The Huawei P9 for Europe does not have a dual-SIM option, in terms of connectivity the P9 what you can expect from an attractive, high.

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The handset supports 2.4 and 5GHz Wi-F, NFC, Bluetooth and 4G. With the battery life on the Huawei P9 is excellent,the 3000 mAh battery in the phone will easily last you a day, usually longer. In combination with the USB C charger battery charged quickly, the fingerprint sensor (using the Class 4 sensor) is extremely fast and precise, even dusty fingers are detected.
Software
The software on the Huawei P9 is something to be desired in some ways, with the phone running on Android 6.0 (marshmallow) coupled with the Huawei EMUI 4.1 skin.  This version of the EMUI skin is less prevalent than previous versions but still not perfect.

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The app icons are colourful on the EMUI skin, but it’s missing an app drawer, which lists all apps on the home screen and can be messy.  Downloaded apps on the EMUI, can reminiscent of the look of Apple’s iOS, the software for the camera is excellent contrast.  The camera app is optimized for the dual camera and comes with many additional features.

Conclusion
With Huawei working with Leica has made an excellent camera smart phone.  The most striking feature is of course the dual camera, which lets you create without too much trouble great photos.  In addition, the built-in fingerprint sensor excellence.  The unit also looks another good and feels good in the hand.  Biggest downside of the device is Huawei’s own software, which does not always do justice to the P9. But still the P9 software problems can be easily fix with software updates, to make the Huawei P9 even better phone. With the cameras on the “Huawei P9 it can make you be a better Photographer”.

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Chris Hare
A True Tech Geek at Heart, I Started my life of being a Tech Geek at the age of 5 with the BBC Micro. Went on through most of Nintendo stuff and now a Xbox and PlayStation fan. I also leaked the information about the leaked Hotmail passwords story from October 2009 that went World Wide. I Started writing tech articles at the beginning of 2011, most of my articles are about Android phones and Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and other gaming news. When Chris has free time its with the family.

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