- Andreas Osthoff , Notebookcheck
We get a great high-end smartphone with many good characteristics, only the video features of the Chinese smartphone cannot really meet our expectations.
- Samuel Gibbs , The Guardian
Chinese firm’s super-sized flagship is great, with fun camera, excellent selfies, snappy performance and solid battery life - it’s just a shame about the customised Android.
Following the recent flagship trend of releasing multiple variations on the same phone, Huawei has debuted the P9 Plus. While other manufacturers just scale up their variations, there are some subtle differences to the P9 Plus compared to its smaller sibling.
We’ve scoured the reviews to find out the important differences and find out what others are saying. Let’s break things down!
Thanks to an upgrade in screen size, the phone is slightly larger than the standard P9. However, the changes to the screen don’t stop at size, it’s also a different screen type. Reviews note that switching from an 5.2 IPS panel to a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED has brought some additional contrast and less power usage from the display.
The P9 Plus is also one of the first Android phones with a pressure-sensitive display. Unfortunately, reviews were lackluster on the new feature. Some found it interrupted the usual flow of regular tasks, such as moving app icons or copying and pasting. Also, the feature is currently only supported by Huawei apps--many of which you’ll likely bundle in a folder and ignore anyhow.
While Huawei stuck with the same processor for the Plus, the did add 1GB of RAM bringing the phone up to 4GB total. Reviews did notice a performance boost--particularly when multitasking or playing games. You’ll also find the internal storage doubled for the Plus to 64GB.
To help keep battery life competitive, the Plus includes a 3,400mAh battery--up 400mAh from the standard model. Reviewers had no problem getting a day plus of use out of single charge and the added fast charging worked as expected for quick top offs when needed.
For additional information about the phone, including camera performance, design and thoughts on Huawei’s EMUI interface, check out our previous review summary of the Huawei P9!
Reviews (8/10 Avg. rating)
Frustratingly close to budget greatness
A smartphone for photographers and tech enthusiasts alike
The big and the bold
Bigger isn't always better
Fast, looks and feels expensive
Bigger, Better, Touchy-er
The epitome of a flagship-worthy device
Not just a bigger version of the standard P9
The Huawei P9 Plus is not only a bigger version of the standard P9. The manufacturer does not only equip the Plus model with a bigger screen and a larger battery, but also implements several additional features and even uses a completely different display technology. The IR blaster and the additional speaker are certainly going to be an additional value for some users, but the Press Touch feature is still in its infancy for Android. So far, the context menus are only available for Huawei's own apps. The feature was only really useful for the zooming of pictures in our opinion, but the situa... Full review
Bigger, with more RAM and storage, and better speakers
High-class phablet held back by sub-par software
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