The Huawei P9 Lite has a 3000 mAh battery. With continuous HD video playback (maximum screen brightness, system in Flight mode), the smartphone lasted seven hours – this is a good result. But during the day, the charge, nevertheless, has to be saved, albeit without the need to give up everything.
The gadget lasts until the evening (or almost until the evening), if you use it for communication, on the Internet, in social networks and as a camera. More than once, software power-saving modes came in handy, capable of extending the work of the gadget for an hour or two. In sleep mode, if the smartphone is not used, it is discharged by no more than a couple of percent per night. And as a gaming platform, Huawei P9 Lite is not very autonomous: a quarter of the charge, or even more, takes an hour of play.
Huawei came up with its own single-chip system, and called it Kirin 950. And then I thought and thought, and overclocked four cores, and called the new product Kirin 955, it is she who is the heart of the Huawei P9 smartphone. Four Cortex-A72 cores are overclocked from 2.3 GHz to 2.5 GHz, four Cortex-A53 cores work as before at 1.8 GHz. The Mali-T880 is responsible for the graphics.
The amount of RAM is 3 GB, which is the norm today, for any productive android. Own memory 32 GB, but can be expanded using a memory card.
The appearance of the smartphone
Huawei designers did their best, the smartphone looks very attractive, 2.5D glass, thin metal body, no protruding cameras. The phone looks stylish and expensive, but let’s talk about everything in order.
The front of the smartphone is completely covered with 2.5D glass, which is rounded at the edges, making it look so stylish. The name of the company proudly flaunts at the bottom, and there are the usual touch buttons in the amount of three pieces. The buttons, by the way, are reconfigured from the operating system in a way that suits you.
At the top of the smartphone is the so-called selfie camera, which crushes, by the way, very well.
On the right side are a rocker to change the volume level, and an on / off button. The buttons feel like metal, and the on / off button also has a rough surface. Apparently so that in your pocket you do not mix them up by touch.
On the left side there is only a tray for sim cards / memory cards. I would like to draw attention to the beveled sides and stripes at the top and bottom, exactly the same as the iPhone 6S.
On the bottom of the smartphone, you will find a headphone jack, a Type C charging port, a speaker and a microphone. I don’t want to do it again, but it’s simply impossible not to once again draw a parallel with an apple product, because the “inspiration” was clearly drawn from there.
On the reverse side, in the center of the case, there is a fingerprint scanner for unlocking the phone and quick authorization in some applications. And above that lives the most interesting part of this smartphone – the dual-lens camera, developed together with Leica. There are two flash LEDs next to the lenses. Judging by the appearance, the LEDs of different color temperatures.
The SIM card tray is removed using a paper clip, which we hope is included in the kit. We took a similar one from the iPhone, and of course, it fit. In this version of the phone, you can install either two SIM cards that will work at the same time, or one SIM card and an additional memory card to increase the amount of memory, which is 32GB by default for each model.
Smartphone developers do not hesitate to cooperate with manufacturers of professional and most expensive optics. Practice has shown that such an approach more than pays off with the quality of photographs. You don’t need to look far for an example: the pioneer in this area was Nokia, which became friends with the German Carl Zeiss.
Huawei decided to follow a slightly similar path. The P9 dual camera was released in cooperation with another well-known German company – Leica. Perhaps, a dual camera in smartphones is even rarer than optics from eminent German manufacturers. However, if you start to understand this topic deeper, it turns out that the main cameras of Huawei P9 use a pair of 12-megapixel Sony IMX286 modules, and the lenses are made by the Chinese company Sunny Optical.
At the same time, on the back of the smartphone is the proud name Summarit, which is found on Leica lenses. By the way, such “optics” costs decently – from 99,000 rubles for the simplest, “manual glass”. Is Huawei P9 really only a loud name left from the famous “Leica”? Well, let’s figure it out.
Let’s go back to the dual camera smartphone. The first, a color matrix, reads the color information, and the second, a monochrome matrix, is responsible for transmitting light. A fresh and rather pleasant take on mobile photography that increases dynamic range and enhances photo quality in the dark. In terms of technical specifications, both lenses received an aperture of f / 2.
2, dual LED flash and laser autofocus. By the way, it is worth separately praising Huawei for the fact that the front camera lenses are flush with the body, and do not protrude from it, as is done in the case of competitors. For example, such a problem is observed even in the favorite of the public – the iPhone 6S.
Now let’s move on to the camera interface. It clearly shows that specialists from Leica worked here. At first glance, the P9’s camera interface looks like everything we’ve seen before in the EMUI shell, but if you take a closer look, it becomes clear that the icons and fonts are the same as we saw on professional Leica cameras.
The shooting possibilities of the P9 camera turned out to be very rich. In addition to a large number of automatic shooting options (photo, monochrome, beautification, panorama, HDR and “light”), the camera has a fully manual mode that will interest photographers. In this mode, you can manually set all the parameters of photography.
Shutter speed, exposure and focus modes, white balance and manual focus. To complete the picture, it is worth adding that the Huawei P9 is also trained to shoot in RAW. Therefore, if your version of the smartphone does not have a slot for a memory card, and shooting in RAW is planned, then you should take a closer look at the P9 with more memory.
Now let’s move on to the most interesting, to the quality of the picture. The Huawei P9 shoots simply gorgeous, even though the lenses were made by a Chinese company. The work of the Leica engineers feels good when working with the camera. Daytime shots come out nice and bright, with rich, true-to-life colors.
The Huawei P9 did a great job with macro photography as well. But when shooting at night, the camera starts to smear – the lack of a stabilizer affects. But fortunately, the “blurs” are small and they will be noticeable only on the screen of a large laptop or PC display. On the one hand, this feature is unpleasant, but on the other hand, if we consider photos taken by P9 only on other mobile devices, then image blurring will not be so noticeable.
As for the autofocus, during the tests we could not find fault with it. Autofocus worked quickly and clearly all the time, even at night. The thing is that in addition to laser autofocus, the P9 dual camera also has a classic, phase-focusing system. The laser can work when shooting at close distances, and the phase system can work in all other cases.
In addition, both focusing systems can work together, depending on the complexity of the shot. It’s this approach that makes the P9’s autofocus system so fast and accurate. By the way, the P9 also has a software background blur system with postfocus. This is a separate shooting mode, thanks to which you can change the focus area after taking the picture. This is an old but nice feature that can be found on many Huawei smartphones, including those equipped with a single camera.
Finally, it is worth mentioning the shooting of the video. Unfortunately, the Huawei P9 cannot shoot in 4K. You will have to shoot video in resolution up to classic FullHD, but the frame rate can be increased to 60 FPS.
As for the Huawei P9 selfie camera, it also turned out to be very pleasant. She, of course, is only one and is not equipped with either Leikovsky optics or autofocus. Its resolution is 8 megapixels, and the aperture is ƒ / 2.4. However, this camera copes with its main task perfectly, and subjectively better than the iPhone 6S.
Something special display in Huawei P9 does not stand out. Here is the usual IPS matrix with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (FullHD), no 4K for you. Screen type, as we said, 2.5D. The pixel density per inch is 423 ppi. If we move away from strict numbers, then the following can be said about the display of the novelty: high-quality colors, bright, saturated. Supports 10 touches at the same time, although no one needs it.
Unfortunately, the smartphone came to the review in a regular cardboard package, without any equipment. Therefore, we will not be able to tell you about all the delights of the box and its unique white color.
The smartphone runs on the latest Android 6.0 operating system. Of course, we are not dealing with a bare android, but with a large and beautiful shell from Huawei called EMUI version 4.1. The shell looks nice, concise, and most importantly, it is convenient to use.
Very often, a shell from a third-party developer is a breeding ground for glitches and brakes, but not this time. The phone worked perfectly, we should give credit to the software developers for this. The localization of the firmware is perfect, there were no problems with the translation. To be honest, talking about the shell is quite difficult, so I suggest you look at the screenshots below. Speaking of screenshots, I really liked the ability to create long screenshots, it’s really cool.
A few words about communication. The model that got to the test can work both with one SIM card and a memory card, and with two SIM cards at the same time. We installed cards from different operators in order to find some kind of glitch. But nothing of the kind happened, the reception was stable, calls were received regularly, the network did not fall off, as is sometimes the case with multisim platforms.
- Screen: 5.2″, 2.5D, IPS, 1920×1080, ppi 423;
- Operating system: Android 6.0;
- Processor: Kirin 955, 4xCortex A72 2.5GHz 4xCortex A53 1.8GHz 64bit;
- RAM: 3 GB;
- Built-in memory: 32 GB, microSD up to 128 GB;
- Cameras: main: 12 MP 12 MP, f/2.2 (flash), front 8 MP, f/2.4;
- Battery: 3000 mAh;
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 145 x 70.9 x 6.95 mm;
- Weight: 144 grams;
- SIM slots: 2, nano-SIM;
- Communication: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz, 2G/3G/4G/LTE;
- Optional: Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi AC, FullHD 60 fps video recording, light sensor, fingerprint scanner, gyroscope.
For this price segment, the set of characteristics is very interesting. Of course, we will pay the most attention to the camera, since a relatively new scheme for obtaining images from two cameras simultaneously is used here.
Packaging and equipment
As often happens, the smartphone was brought to the editor for a test without a box. The official website states that the Huawei P9 Lite will come with a charger, a micro-USB cable, a headset and a user manual.
The Huawei smartphone came out very nice in appearance and very functional in operation. There is practically nothing to complain about here: the screen, sound system, hardware platform, network capabilities, autonomy and, of course, its cameras are at the level of the best modern representatives of the mobile device market.
If the price of 50 thousand rubles is not an obstacle for you, then this thin and stylish metal handsome man can really become a worthy companion. Competitors of Huawei P9 Plus are equally expensive modern top-end smartphones, including older models of Samsung and Apple, and the hero of the review does not give in to them.