Towards the end of December, I got the chance to play briefly with the Huawei P9 smartphone launched in April 2016. That is the flagship with rear dual cameras and Leica lens. Leica Camera AG is a manufacturer of optics and Leica cameras. Huawei is towing the line of Nokia’s partnership with Carl Zeiss.So, we are looking at a camera-centric smartphone here.
I am a fan of handy smartphones. Sadly, handy smartphones are becoming rare at the high end. Many brands are pushing 5.5 inch displays and above at that level. The handy models often get watered-down specs. Not so the P9. It has a 5.2 inch display, resulting in a very handy size. Under the hood is a hefty 2.5 GHz octa-core chip.
The P9 has two variants – one with 3 GB RAM and the other with 4 GB RAM. Going through the Settings menu, the one I got to play with was the 3 GB RAM version. Which means it has 32 GB internal storage. The 4 GB RAM version has 64 GB. The P9 is a dual SIM smartphone using a hybrid SIM setup. That means you either put in a second SIM or a microSD card.
I love the way the rear of the phone is designed, especially the upper section where the dual camera lens are located. The fingerprint scanner is just below that section.
In brief use, the user interface ran smooth. It has a 3,000 mAh battery with fast charge. Unfortunately, I didn’t get enough time with it to give the cameras a try. So, this is all I have for this hands-on review. We will try to get our hands on another unit for a proper review.
In the meantime, you can check out the complete Huawei P9 specifications.