We analyzed the Huawei P9 Plus, the older brother of the P9 and the P9 Lite. This family of mobiles have similarities, but also with big differences.
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We analyzed the Huawei P9 Plus, the older brother of the P9 and the P9 Lite. This family of smartphones have some similarities, but also with big differences.
In this sense, while the first two come with dual Leica camera, the family’s little one incorporates a 13 megapixel sensor.
But is it really worth it? Is it good value for money? Is it up to the competition? For now, we leave you with the video analysis of the Huawei P9 Plus.
The design of the Huawei P9 Plus has many similarities to its younger siblings. However, it goes a step further from its original reference offering an aesthetic and an exclusive color. And they have managed to obtain an elegant design with diamond-cut edges that have pped with beautiful curvatures.
In this sense, it is made of 2.5D top grade glass and aerospace type aluminum, which gives it a solidity look without losing a higher point in design.
The dimensions of the device are 152.3 x 75.3 x 6.98 mm, which makes the terminal quite compact and thin. As for the weight (162 grams), it increases compared to the original model (144 grams), but still does not become especially heavy. However, it is justified by the increase in screen size.
However, just like we discussed in the original model, if there is one thing that stands out the Huawei P9 family is because of its fingerprint sensor. The leap the mark has taken from the Mate range has been substantial, as it is now much faster and more accurate than its predecessors.
In this sense, simply swipe through the sensor so that, quickly, the screen turns on and you can start managing all the applications that it has.
On the right side of the terminal we find the volume button and the on/off button. These two switches differ not only through view, but also through touch. The second one has a rough layer that allows you to identify it perfectly. In addition, it comes with a reddish line that makes it more visible to the user.
At the bottom we can find the speakers, the USB Type-C port, as well as the Jack for the headphones. In this sense, we are one of those who think that this last one should be on top for comfort, but about tastes there is nothing written.
On the left side we have the slot for the microSD and the SIM. At the top we will find the infrared port for the remote control, one of its big differences with the P9.
At the ergonomic level, it is a large phone that is difficult to manage with one hand. Therefore, it is possible that many users decide to opt for the original model, as it does not fit in any pocket.
On the other hand, the smartphone does not have physical or touch buttons on the front, so it may rela in points for some. And the back switches/menu/application manager are located inside the screen.
Below it we find the Huawei logo, something common in this range. On the other hand, if you look at the side frames, we can say that the company has done a great job. And these are especially thin and almost imperceptible.
The rear of the terminal with a shredded effect makes the footprints fade, which is appreciated.
In short, even though the aesthetics are very similar to that of its younger brother, there are certain premium points that make the design of this terminal more attractive in all aspects.
Press Touch screen
One of the big differences between the Huawei P9 and huawei P9 Plus is its display. While the former’s one incorporates a 5.2-inch panel, its older brother scales to 5.5 inches.
In addition, they work with different technology. While the original model features an IPS LCD panel, the premium version features a Super AMOLED display, a configuration that reproduces colors in a more vibrant and intense way, higher color saturation, and a higher contrast ratio. All this makes the user get a more enriching visual experience.
As for its protection, the device features Corning Gorilla Glass 4, which will be especially resistant against bumps, falls and scratches.
The resolution of the terminal is Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels), which provides a pixel density of 401 dpi. This allows us to see the contents that we play with a high quality.
But if there’s one eye-catching thing on the huawei P9 Plus’s display, it’s its Press Touch technology, which means it incorporates a pressure recognition system, just like the Mate S did. This system is capable of recognizing any vibration that we perform on the panel, making it a more sensitive and interactive device.
Thanks to this, you can zoom in to twice, accessing those details without having to lift your finger from the terminal.
You can also configure the terminal to have a series of shortcuts in the corners of the screen, which will allow you to make easier and more productive use of the same.
In addition, you’ll have the ability to open some options of certain applications to manage it more quickly. We must say that the latter section is not entirely precise and that, in most cases, it does not recognise the pressure correctly. The solution? Do it with your knuckles. In addition, it cannot be activated in all apps, only in those selected by the company (Settings, Themes, Calls, etc.).
In short, they still have to develop all the possibilities of this technology. Just as with the 3D Touch of the iPhone 6S you can preview emails or interact with applications, with the P9 you won’t be able to do much more than the above.
On the other hand, the panel of the Huawei P9 Plus is very bright and does not have excessive reflections. This makes the terminal look pretty good both outdoors and indoors. In addition, the sensor that regulates the automatic brightness is very precise, and is able to regulate the light perfectly, making us carefree to do it manually.
As with your younger siblings, you can change the color temperature through your phone’s settings menu. Thus, if we prefer, we can adjust the values as we want.
In short, its AMOLED display with Press Touch technology, as well as all its features, provide a «plus» that improves the interaction and visibility of the terminal.
Hardware and connectivity
In terms of performance, the Huawei P9 Plus is up to the task. The smarpthone comes equipped with a Kirin 955 (four Cortex-A72 and four Cortex A-53) running at 2.5 GHz. This is accompanied by a Mali-T880 for graphics and 4 GB of RAM, so you won’t have any problems running multiple applications at once. In fact, you can even be with two apps in multitasking mode without any problems.
As for its internal memory, the device has 64 GB microSD expandable up to 128 GB. The smartphone has been especially fluid and we have not had any problems of any kind when it comes to trying out a game or running some more demanding app. In this sense, we have to say that incorporating the most powerful processor of the company into this terminal has been quite a success.
As we always do, we have submitted the P9 Plus to Antutu, and behaved satisfactorily. Thus, it has achieved a score of 95,212, being able to compare with other high-end processors such as Samsung’s Exynos 8 octa core 8820 or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820.
At this point, we must also say that the terminal heats up when we give it a lot of use or when we make use of fast charging. In any case nothing alarming, but noteworthy.
In terms of their connectivity, Huawei devices are always well equipped. Thus, the P9 Plus is the first smartphone in the world that incorporates a triple virtual antenna, which offers us greater coverage of mobile networks.
In addition, it supports LTE Cat 6, WiFi+ 2.0 (which prioritizes networks with better connectivity), NFC, Bluetooth 2.1 and 801.11 ac WiFi. In addition, it comes with infrared port for remote control.
Leica Double Camera
Here lies the differential point between the Huawei P9 Lite and the rest of its older siblings, the P9 and the P9 Plus. In this sense, while the former incorporates a Sony 13 MPX CMOS sensor -IMX214- with a fixed focal optics with f/2.0 aperture range and LED flash, the seconds come with a Leica dual camera with two 12 megapixel sensors. But is there really such a difference? Yes. Is it worth it? Of course, and we tell you why.