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Huawei P9 Review: Best Smartphone for Photography

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Huawei P9 and P9 Plus is Huawei’s best dual camera smartphone and its the first device that features a dual rear camera made in collaboration with German optics firm Leica. Huawei made a new standard in mobile photography with this new devices.

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Huawei P9 is built for photography with its dual rear camera, the first smartphone co-engineered with Leica Camera. We got a chance to play with this device and truly enough the camera performs really well and it can produce great images that can be used in a photography exhibit.

Huawei P9 Photography Exhibit showcasing the most Captivating Shots

Huawei P9 Design

The Huawei P9 has looks similar to P8 but comes in a more refined and has a better-looking overall design. With an all-metal body with slightly rounded corners. It has a 5.2-inch display in a compact body, comfortable to hold and its even thinner than the iPhone 6s that only has a 4.7-inch display.

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Speaking of display the P9 has 1080p display on the 5.2-inch screen and the bezel looks really thin. It got one of the best screens in a smartphone today, the colors are great with nice a nice viewing angle.

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The back of the P9 is aluminum and the metal and does really feel premium but it also tends to slip when holding it, good thing that there already variety design of protective case for this device. The dual rear camera lens rest at the top felt side with the LED flash, and the fingerprint sensor at the center. At the right side of the device is the volume rocker with the power button just below it.

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At the right side of the device is the volume rocker with the power button just below it. Left side is there the sim card tray. The bottom part has the Type-C port, speakers, and audio jack.

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  • Features an all-metal unibody
  • feels comfortable to hold but slippery
  • compact body compared to most flagship Android smartphones
  • Rounded corners look premium
  • A Bit slippery because of the metal finish body
  • Clear protective case looks good

The P9 is a well-designed device with a premium look, the display looks great and it feels really good to hold it.

Huawei P9 Specs

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow w/ Emotion UI 4.1
  • 5.2-inch Full HD IPS display (1920 x 1080 pixels), 423ppi
  • 2.5GHz Kirin 955 octa-core processor
  • Mali-T880 MP4 GPU
  • 3GB / 4GB RAM
  • 32GB / 64GB internal storage
  • Expandable via microSD, up to 128GB (uses SIM 2)
  • Dual 12 MP hybrid autofocus rear camera w/ dual-tone LED flash, Leica optics
  • 8 MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 4G LTE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, dual-band
  • Bluetooth 4.1 / NFC
  • USB Type-C
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 3000mAh Li-Ion battery
  • 144 g

Huawei P9 Camera

The main star of the P9 is the dual rear camera that is co-engineered with Leica. No doubt that this device can really capture great images and best when use in monochrome photography. We proved this during street photography where test the P9 to shoot monochrome in street photography session.

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You can read more about it here: Street Photography with Huawei P9 in Intramuros Manila

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The rear camera has Dual 12 MP hybrid autofocus rear camera w/ dual-tone LED flash, Leica optics. Having dual lens gives the camera a more depth perception and it can also give a wider focal range. For sample images you can see and read more about it here:

For sample images you can see and read more about it here: Huawei P9 and Plus Dual Lens Camera Best Smartphone for Photography.

The camera app on the is device is amazing, and its really easy to use, sure there’s the point and shoot function, but if you really want to get the full functions of the dual camera, manual setting is the way to go.

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Manual (Pro) mode can be activated by swiping the arrow just above the shutter button when activated it will show the manual settings controls to adjust focal point, ISO, shutter speed, exposure value, auto/manual focus, and white balance. Simply tap each one and move the slider to adjust the value.

  • Dual lens on rear camera lens made in collaboration with Leica
  • Two 12MP sensors work together to give you a better image
  • Best in monochrome can shoot with high detail
  • No optical image stabilization

The P9 camera is really superior compared to other Android smartphones in the market and even on iPhone 6s. This is why Huawei P9 is so successful and for sure with the Huawei P10 already announced for sure, it will be another big.

EMUI 4.1

Out of the box, the P9 is running on Emotion UI (EMUI) 4.1 its a custom ROM based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The EMUI looks dynamic with the default square icons, it lacks app drawer so to organized apps it needs to be placed into folders, the interface still looks good and responsive.

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The P9 is due for Android 7 Nougat with EMUI v5.1 it promises brings quite a few improvements and new features such as Ultra Memory and Ultra Response. So better stay tuned for this new and improved version of EMUI.

  • Emotion UI 4 look refreshing
  • a new look of Android 6 Marshmallow
  • Does not have App drawer
  • Useful preloaded apps

Performace and Batter Life

P9 can handle almost every task for everyday use as a main smartphone. Packed with 2.5GHz Kirin 955 octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, and 32GB storage. But this device tends to heat up when playing games even on simple Plants and Zombies (we’re old school). But using it as a daily driver for browsing the internet, using social media apps, making calls, and SMS this device can perform well.

The P9 comes with 3,000mAh non-removable battery and its not enough for whole day use, so you still need that old trusty powerbank good thing it has Type-C for the fast-charging. On a full charge, you can get around  6 to 8 hours on a normal use like browsing the internet, social media updates using WiFi connection, occasional call, and SMS but if you are constantly connected to mobile data for sure you will get less battery life.

  • Comes with 3GB of RAM
  • Scored a great 6400 in our benchmarking test
  • Tends to heat up when playing games
  • battery life does not last a day


The Huawei P9 is built for photography with a compact premium look and design. With the dual rear camera and Pro more on the camera app, users have proven that it can take amazing pictures with this device. The lowdown is maybe the battery life, and the price but overall this is really one of the best Android smartphones but that is about to change once the Huawei P10 hit the market.

Huawei P9 is available at Huawei Experience stores and partner retailer store nationwide. Priced at P23,990 its also available in Globe and Smart postpaid plans.

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