Huawei P9 Plus was launched at the same time as Huawei P9 and features the same partnership with German camera manufacturer Leica’s subsidiary in China. As is the norm with “Plus” iterations, the P9 plus takes all the features of the first model and packages them into a larger device. There are also a few enhancements here and there.
Huawei P9 was already a large phone with a 5.2- inch display, so the Plus increases this to 5.5 inches. It however uses a superior Super AMOLED display which has better contrast and viewing angles compared to the IPS- Neo LCD version found in the other phone. The resolution however remains the same 1080p (FHD) with 401 ppi pixel density. Unlike the smaller P9, this phablet now supports a form of 3D touch technology which Huawei calls ‘Press Touch.’ This works using the same concept as Apple’s pioneering ‘Force Touch’ technology by recognizing different pressure levels and responding to the gestures in an interactive way. Although not many apps have incorporated 3D touch capability, it is an ingenious technology that belongs to the future. On the P9 Plus it is useful in previewing photos from the gallery as well as achieving special effects in gaming.
Overall, the outward appearance is the same for the smaller phone and the larger P9 Plus. The design language is a sleek unibody build of metal and glass accounting for dimensions of 152.3 ×75.3 × 6.98 mm. The thickness and weight of only 162 grams is of flagship quality.
On the back end, you will find the dual 12 megapixel cameras. They are the same design as those on the P9. The concept (as covered in our earlier review) includes a monochromatic lens and a regular camera lens. The difference between the two on the technical spectrum is the fact that the monochromatic lens does away with the Bayer filter that is present in RGB lenses. The back cameras are accompanied by a dual tone flash and face detection is enabled through the software. The cameras can work independently as well to give you excellent results for black and white images. Another awesome trick you can perform with this pair is taking refocus images that highlight the foreground of photos while blurring the background. For video, the best quality you can do is 1080p (30 frames per second). An f/1.9, 8 megapixels, camera lens is contained in the selfies snapper.
Also at the back is a very responsive fingerprint sensor which is conveniently placed for easy access when you want to unlock the phone with the index finger and it copes with wet hands as well.
At the front, there is a pair of stereo speakers fitted on the top and bottom bezels. This is also a new feature which was not available in the smaller P9. According to tests conducted by GSMArena, when the phone is held horizontally, the speakers work normally but in portrait mode, the bottom speaker plays base while the top one plays treble for enhanced audio output. Entertainment junkies should be paying particular attention here.
You might not be able to access the innards from the users’ perspective but they contain the most important parts that drive actual functionality. Chief among the most crucial internal components is the processor, and the P9 Plus carries a powerful one. The inhouse Hisilicon Kirin 955 has eight cores in a 64 bit system with a clocking speed of up to 2.5 GHz. Such a system backed by 4 GB of RAM guarantees speedy performance as well as seamless execution of multiple tasks. Internal storage space is 64 GB while for the dual SIM model of this phone, the SIM 2 slot works as an SD card slot as well.
Emotion 4.1 user interface is laced on Android Marshmallow operating system that dictates the user experience in alliance with the processor. For those who go further to the details, you will find that there is no app drawer which goes to the issue of tastes.
I love the charging mechanism on this phone because it includes fast charging, a feature that was disappointingly absent in the Huawei P9. The P9 Plus battery also takes advantage of the increase in physical size to harbor a more capacious 3400 mAh non- removable Li-Ion unit. This kind of battery measured against the resources it is supposed to facilitate will give the average user up to 2 days’ worth of usage between charges.
|Dimensions (LxWxD)|| 152.2 x 75.3 x 7 mm
|OS||Android OS, 6.0 Marshmallow|
|Processor||2.5 GHz Quad-core Cortex A72 &
1.8 GHz Quad-core Cortex A53,
HiSilicon Kirin 955 chipset
|Internal storage||64 GB|
|External storage||Micro SD, up to 128 GB|
|Screen size||5.5 inches, Corning Gorilla Glass 4|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels (Full HD)|
|Pixel density||401 ppi|
|Screen type||Super AMOLED capacitive, 16M colors|
|SIM||Nano SIM, optional dual SIM|
|Speed||3G Up to 42.2 Mbps DL, 5.76 Mbps UL
LTE Up to 300 Mbps DL, 50 Mbps UL
|Wi-Fi||Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA|
|Battery||3400 mAh Li-Ion|
|Camera||Primary Dual 12 MP Leica optics, Phase AF
Secondary 8 MP, 1080p
|Others||Fingerprint ID, Fast Charge,
Stereo speakers, Infrared, 3D touch