In April this year, Huawei officially unveiled its 2016 flagship smartphone, the Huawei P9. The Huawei P9 has a dual camera setup at the back and this is its main selling point. The phone was officially launched in Kenya earlier this month and you can get it for Ksh 55,000.
I got my hands on this device and thought I should give you a preview of what it’s all about before the full review.
What is in the box
The Huawei P9 is a flagship device so you get everything in the box, nothing was axed from the list to save on costs. Below is what you get in the package.
- The Phone (Huawei P9)
- USB Type C cable and adapter
- Transparent back cover
- Warranty Information booklet
- User Manual
The Huawei P9 feels like a premium device right from the packaging. All the accessories are arranged neatly in their little boxes inside the main box.
The phone itself feels slippery and delicate when you take it out of the box for the first time. It has an aluminum unibody so this was expected but the good thing is that Huawei provides a free back cover that makes things a bit easier.
The one thing you will notice about the Huawei P9 when you take it out of the box for the first time is its dual camera setup at the back. The top section at the back has a black strip with the 12MP dual camera setup, dual LED flash and Leica branding. You will definitely notice this strip and it is the first thing people around you will notice when you take out the phone for the first time. Some people may not like this but I like it because it looks unique.
Still at the back is the fingerprint sensor which I noticed was very responsive. It is quite fast compared to other fingerprint scanners I have used. Besides what I have mentioned above, there is nothing else on the back except the Huawei logo at the bottom. Huawei has decided to go with a clean design which am impressed with. The back cover is not removable in case you were wondering.
The volume keys and power button are on the right hand side of the phone. The power button has a textured surface and this makes it easier for you to locate it even when you are not looking at the phone. At the left side is where you get the Nano SIM card and MicroSD card slots.
The top section of the phone has no ports and you get the USB Type-C port, headphone jack and speaker grilles at the bottom. Having the headphone jack at the bottom is different from what am used to but I believe I will get used to it.
Now to the display, the Huawei P9 has a 5.2 inch IPS-NEO LCD with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The 8MP front facing camera, the earpiece and a few sensors are at the top and the Huawei branding at the bottom section.
I have used the Huawei P9 for a short while but will be using it extensively for the next few weeks so you should come back then for its full review. In the meantime, you can go and read our review of the Lenovo Yoga 710 2-in-1 laptop.