Huawei P9 Plus Review, Nec plus Ultra

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The Huawei 9 Plus, though as now widely known as its regular P9 sibling is aimed at consumers looking for the best of the best. Basically, the Huawei 9 Plus is the higher-end P9, featuring a bigger AMOLED display , more memory and a beefier battery, together with the cool Press Touch gizmo (a pressure sensitive technology) for appealing to power users.

The idea behind this baby is that if you want bigger, better, faster, more, the Chinese tech giant is here to deliver it.

Together with high end tech specs, the Huawei 9 Plus is built with the same (almost maniacal) attention to detail as the regular P9, featuring a wonderful unibody design and a full metal jacket built. Under the hood, you’ll find the same in-house made Kirin 955 system on chip as in the P9, with 4 GB of RAM and a standard 64 GB of native storage capacity.

Also, the Leica camera technology is still there, as the Huawei 9 Plus features dual twelve MP sensors on the rear panel, but the auto focus and lens aperture were upgraded.

Now, moving along with the review, the Huawei 9 Plus is not significantly larger physically speaking than its sibling, having just a 0.3” of extra screen  which made the chassis to be bumped in terms of width by 4 millimeters and in height with 7 millimeters. The Huawei 9 Plus comes with an incredibly low profile, being only 7 millimeters thin, but the bigger screen real estate and the bumped up battery added some 18 grams of extra weight, which is very ok as the phone stands at 162 grams.

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As per design and build quality, the Huawei 9 Plus really shines, being a beautiful piece of hardware from any angle. Truth be told, Huawei did a masterful job with this baby, the smartphone feels and looks as premium as they get, being comparable to any modern-day flagship. That’s a great achievement for the Chinese tech giant, as they managed to make huge progresses in just a few years and, most importantly, they managed to keep the prices way down low compared to the likes of Sony, a company that already suffers from its Chinese competitors.

The bigger 5.5 inches wide display in the Huawei 9 Plus switches from the P9’s IPS LCD to AMOLED technology and that’s awesome, featuring a full HD 1080p resolution and 401 pixels per inch density, being a Samsung made variety and just as good as any Galaxy display I’ve put my hands on.

In terms of accuracy and colors, things went from good to excellent in the Huawei 9 Plus vs the regular P9. The battery is a juicy 3400 mAh power plant, sealed unfortunately, which supports rapid charging and it manages to score a 69 hours of endurance rating, which is pretty good. As per connectivity options, this smartphone comes well equipped, featuring dual-band 2.4/5.0GHz Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, LTE, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, Glonass, a 3.5 mm jack and all the bells and whistles you would expect in a modern flagship, sans an FM radio though.

The Huawei 9 Plus runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, with Huawei’s Emotion 4.1 user interface on top, while the finger print sensor is always on, lightning fast and one of the most secure on the market, due to its Level 4 3D detection technology.

Performance wise, the droid runs on Huawei’s own Kirin 955 system on chip, which consists of 8 Cortex A72 CPUs clocked at 2.5 GHz max, running alongside a Mali T880 GPU and 4 GB of RAM. If you want to get an idea about the Huawei 9 Plus’s performance, after synthetic benchmarks it proved to be just as good as a Galaxy S7 Edge built on an Exynos SoC.

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In the multi-media department, the Huawei 9 Plus comes with a dual camera setup, 2 x 12 MP snappers, featuring Leica technology, which offers almost flagship-grade quality for stills and 1080p video recording capability.

Bottom line, if you want a decently priced premium droid, with an excellent screen, a great camera, awesome design and build quality, stellar CPU performance and an overall impressive experience, the Huawei 9 Plus is definitely worth a shot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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