Specs summary


The Huawei P9's screen is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.


There is a Huawei Kirin 955 Octa core 2.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system (OS).

12+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 23.6 days standby time, 1980 minutes (2G), 1080 minutes (3G), 555 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

The Huawei P9 is the best looking smartphone in the market today, with an exceptional, but not the best camera.

- Prasid Banerjee , Digit 

Huawei's P9 is a strong premium smartphone that does not need superlatives, and convinces with its balanced overall concept.

- Daniel Schmidt , Notebookcheck 

Reviews summary

Based on 40 reviews

What's good  

  • Lag and stutter free performance
  • Ergonomic design
  • Sharp and color accurate display

What's bad  

  • Mediocre battery life
  • Inconsistent picture quality
  • No quick or wireless charging

Huawei has slowly evolved from simple Chinese smartphone copycat to a company capable of churning out high quality products. In fact, Google used them to build the Nexus 6P. With the P9, Huawei hopes to finally become a household name.

Despite being cheaper than the Galaxy S7 and LG G5, the P9 doesn’t skimp on quality. It’s slim at only 0.27 inches. The all metal body gives it a nice heft, though it remains a manageable weight of 5.1 ounces. In terms of the design, reviewers were surprised with how comfortable it is. The straight sides seem sharp, but the chamfered edges and rounded corners made it easy to hold and the “tacky” texture thanks to the ceramic coating on the back gave them a good grip. While this design is not uncommon, The Verge states, “I look at the P9’s design, ask myself how it could be improved, and I find no easy answer.”

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In order to keep the costs low, Huawei did have to make compromises, the most noticeable of which is the screen. At 5.2 inches, the display offers an HD 1080p IPS LCD, the same display found on the P8. For the most part, the display performed admirably offering vivid colors, deep blacks and accurate whites. Its pixel density of 423ppi is sharp enough that experts didn’t see any pixelation. It is also bright enough that they were able to view it in direct sunlight though they add glare wasn’t completely eliminated. It also comes with an auto-brightness setting, which they generally found to be accurate except on particularly bright days.

Instead of using Snapdragon, Huawei uses their own processor - the Kirin. This octo-core processor is paired with 3GB of RAM for an exceptionally powerful machine. Experts did not notice any lag or slow downs even when multi-tasking or playing processor intensive games. When compared against the Samsung Galaxy S7, the benchmarks are slightly slower, but in real life they did not really see a big difference performance-wise. All of this is backed up by a 3000mAh battery. For the most part, critics were barely able to eke out a full day of battery life with moderate usage. Still many hoped for more options to counterbalance the mediocre battery life like quick or wireless charging, both of which are not included.

The P9’s biggest selling point is its camera. Huawei partnered with Leica to create include a dual-sensor camera. The idea of a dual-sensor is that two cameras are better than one. On this phone, the two 12MP cameras work together to create more detailed images. One camera has an RGB sensor for more color while the other is monochrome (black and white) for better quality. Together, they create images that critics describe as “pretty great” and noise-free even in closeups. Of course, there are some manual settings and modes available on the camera app to add some filters, change exposure and even adjust aperture settings. While most pictures come out accurate, critics did notice some inconsistency especially in lower light situations where noise reduction post-processing tends to soften the images too much. Still, while they wouldn’t describe it as on par with the iPhone 6S, it performed well enough they consider it better than most smartphone cameras out there.

While reviewers consider the P9 to be Huawei’s best phone to date, they still have a hard time recommending it to everyone. Tech Radar states, “The Huawei P9 is a good, solid phone but it’s just not hit the right level of greatness yet.”

Reviews (8.2/10 Avg. rating)


A smartphone you want to find under the Christmas tree

from LaptopMedia
Even though it was announced in the first half of this year, Huawei P9 has all it takes to be among the best offers on the market. The Chinese manufacturer is right behind Apple and Samsung, and each new smartphone they come up with is bound to trigger our interest. Huawei P9 has a 5.2-inch Full HD display which is more than enough for good image detail. Additionally, we did not record harmful pulsations which means that working with this device will not cause eye fatigue. What is also impressive is the battery performance in all of our durability tests... Full review
Good Gear Guide

Lifting photography to another level... sometimes

from Good Gear Guide
The P9 is a decent mid-range phone with best-on-the-market fingerprint reader and potentially the best camera of any phone (including many compact cameras)... Full review

Not the best value proposition, but the P9 has a lot going for it

from tech2
Huawei had us impressed with the Nexus 6P last year and now with its official flagship – the Huawei P9 – it has done it again. The Huawei P9 offers a complete package in terms of excellent looks, slim form factor, great camera, good battery life, fast finger print scanner, fast performance and more. Lack of quick charging and below average on board speakers are the only shortcomings that stand out... Full review
Fone Arena

Great camera, beautiful and elegant design

from Fone Arena

The Huawei P9 is a perfect example of a smartphone that suggests its not just about the specifications but its how you use what you have. The P9 has possibly the best camera on the market right now and its most definitely the most interesting one since it allows you to be quite creative. The f2.2 aperture seemed inadequate to me but in reality, its more than needed and bests some phones with larger apertures too. The rest of the phone too is top notch and if I would like to change one thing on the phone, it would be the single SIM slot. Other than that, the Huawei P9 is a smartphone that I... Full review

The Indian Express

The Chinese prodigy is here

from The Indian Express
Huawei P9 is an epitome to the fact that Chinese smartphone makers can innovate. Huawei P9 offers great design, decent performance and Battery life and an extremely capable camera. Huawei P9 is definitely not in the league of Samsung’s Galaxy S7 range or Apple’s latest iPhone lineup, but it definitely works like advertised. If you are out in the market for an innovative Chinese smartphone then look no further, Huawei P9 is the best bet yet... Full review

Good camera, better design

from Digit
The Huawei P9 has an exceptional camera, but it’s not without its faults. At the 40k price point, compromises are hard to forgive, and the P9's performance just doesn't justify the price. While the OnePlus 3 is the obvious cheaper alternative, the Samsung Galaxy S7 costs more, but is a much better phone overall... Full review
Absolute Geeks

The company’s best and most premium yet

from Absolute Geeks
The folks at Huawei have outdone themselves with the P9. The phone is premium, and feels premium, and is easy to fall in love with. The biggest marketing draw is its “Leica camera”, and it produces really good images once you understand how it works and the limitations. The P9 is a phone that will grow on you and one that you will love, setting the pedestal quite high for its successor... Full review
Talk Android

Stepping up to the plate

from Talk Android
The Huawei P9 has been my daily driver since it launched on April 6th, and it’s been a joy to use. Huawei’s latest attack on the premium segment has really hit the spot, offering high-end specifications and an alternative flagship that simply can not be ignored, depending on how much you pay for it... Full review

Delivers nippy performance, one of the best camera experiences of the year

from Gearburn
Huawei’s P9 delivers nippy performance, one of the best camera experiences of the year and another polished design. Now, if the company could fix the woeful low-light video recording, I’d be a super happy camper... Full review

Decent system performance with a blazing fast fingerprint sensor

from TechSpot
There’s a lot to love about the Huawei P9. Evidence is mounting that the Chinese giant is capable of producing a stunning Android handset, and were it not for a few niggling issues, the P9 would easily be one of my favorite devices of 2016... Full review

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