Firstly announced back in May, the arrival larger version of Huawei P9 models has been a long overdue in several key markets in Europe. Does it worth the extra £100/AU$170? And what advantage does it hold against similarly priced models out there? See the answer in our Huawei P9 Plus review.
As a successor to P8 – which hailed for its gorgeous build – the P9 Plus retain the edgy metal unibody frame with shiny textures that does pick up fingerprints easily. However, the Chinese manufacturers also offer a grainy finish that prevents the back case from leaving one. To further comfort your hand, the P9 has 2.5D glass combined with curvy edges that will allow you to hold the device for a long period of time.
Similar to 2016 Samsung’s flagship duo, the P9 Plus has a 5.5-inch display compared to 5.2 in the smaller model. After the gigantic 6.8’ P8 Max, Huawei hasn’t developed any devices larger than this model, and we think that they should stick to it. The company also has done a terrific job by managing the device to reach 72.7 percent screen-to-body ratio (1.7mm bezels) and weighs 162g.
The display still stands at 1080p resolution, however, already receive a Super AMOLED upgrade from IPS. The technology allows you experience an enhanced reading capability and makes everything that you capture or record feels more vivid and lively. At the inside, you’ll notice the EMUI 4.1 (soon to be upgraded to 5.0) covering Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Like other Huawei’s upper-range models these days, the P9 and P9 Plus are equipped with Kirin chipset. Even though in this case, the specification has been raised to 955 in hopes of beating current flagships offered by major players in the industry. P9 Plus in particular receives a few notable upgrades including 4 GB of RAM instead of 3 GB, and base internal storage of 64 GB instead of 32 GB (the P9 also offers 64 GB but with a higher price). Both are featured with microSD though so you won’t have anything to worry here.
The device sports a non-removable 3400 mAh battery that comes with dual-IC Rapid Charging Technology. It is worth noting that there’s a reversible USB Type-C in P9 Plus to help you remove the cable quickly.
The Huawei P9 Plus took the inspiration from the dual camera trend There are two 12-megapixel shutters taken from German optics manufacturer Leica. The company opted to appoint both lenses with different tasks compared to the iPhone and even the Huawei’s Honor line. One is being used to capture BGR color, while the other is monochrome. By putting this approach, Huawei said the quality of the images can be augmented to 300 percents.
Those in the UK and Australia can grab the Huawei P9 Plus for £549/AU$899 (around $730). The device will fight the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7 at the similar price.