Product Review: Huawei P9
Huawei’s latest smart phone offering—the P9—is the world’s first smart phone that features dual German Leica lenses for improved camera performance. What is also interesting is that it comes with a special feature that ensures that it doesn’t slow down even after months of sustained use.
Thanks to innovation from the Bangalore R&D centre of Huawei, the P9 features a new file system optimization system that reduces file fragmentation and claims a 20% improvement in response speed. Being a camera phone that uses two lenses to capture high-quality images, it is imperative that users store a lot of high-resolution images that can be expected to guzzle up memory and eventually slow down the device. Huawei’s R&D ensures that this doesn’t happen, promising smoother, faster performance.
Powered by Huawei's own Kirin 955 octa-core processor, the P9 also comes with enhanced security at the silicon-chip level, that ensures superior security such as fingerprint scans.
The P9 comes with two 12 megapixel back cameras, side by side, each with a 27mm Leica optics lens. Every time you click an image with the P9, both the lenses get fired, one that produces professional-quality colour images, and the other lens that merges this with the same image in monochrome. This combination results in better quality pictures, especially in low-light conditions. Users can choose between three film modes: Standard, Vivid Colors and Smooth Colors. You can also select monochrome-only mode, to capture powerful black and white images of superior quality a retro throwback to the great era of powerful black-and-white studio portraits and actuality photos.
The P9 achieves focusing based on three criteria– laser, depth calculation and contrast. It automatically selects the one that yields the best result in any given environment. The in-build image processor gives you manual control of the shutter for long exposure shots, and options to choose from multiple shooting modes like Tail light trails, Light Graffiti, Silky water, and regulars like Pro camera, beauty mode, Ultra snapshot, among others. You can P9 adjust the camera aperture to create aesthetic blur also called bokeh, while keeping the main object in sharp focus. The device also sports an 8 megapixel front camera that can capture wide-angle selfies. The 5.2 inches device with 1080p full HD display, comes with a high-density 3000 mAh battery that offers considerably high battery life, akin to phones with larger batteries.
All of these packed in a 6.9mm shell makes it a slim and light device that is handy to hold, especially while taking photographs. The single nano SIM P9 is powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with 3GB RAM and 32 GB memory. Priced at Rs. 39,999, the P9 is currently available at Flipkart in three colours.