Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Writer: Pay­ton H. Wil­mott

NOT SO long ago we got our hands on the Huawei Mate 8, and it was a fab­u­lous phone. Here we are months later and the new hot de­sir­able prod­uct that’s out for Huawei is the Huawei P9. The Huawei P9 is the new flag­ship smart­phone from Huawei that adds some cool new fea­tures com­pared to it pre­de­ces­sor, but is it enough to con­vince buy­ers?


OS An­droid v6.0 (Marsh­mal­low) Fin­ger­print scan­ner Dual 12MP rear cam­era and 8MP front fac­ing cam­era Dual LED flash CPU: Quad-core 2.5 GHz Cor­texA72 + quad-core 1.8 GHz Cor­tex A53 Mi­cro SD Card Sup­port 5.2 inches (1080 * 1920 pix­els) 3000 mAh bat­tery 3 GB Of RAM 32GB of in­ter­nal stor­age Se­ri­ously, look­ing on the spec­i­fi­ca­tion for the P9, you can see some strik­ing sim­i­lar­i­ties to the Huawei Mate 8. Some­how, they found a way to stuff all the good­ness of the Mate 8 into a smaller pack­age and call it the Huawei P9.


The Huawei P9 has not one but two12 MP rear cam­eras that are quick to fo­cus and take pho­tos with an im­pres­sive depth. It’s re­ally im­pres­sive to see what th­ese two cam­eras can pro­duce with a sim­ple point and click. Then there is the front cam­era that looks bet­ter than most rear cam­eras on other phones. Also, the cam­eras on the Huawei P9 has a myr­iad of fea­tures to choose from when tak­ing photo or do­ing videos like good food, light paint­ing, beauty video, time lapse, and the list goes on. Al­though, there are many good things to say about this cam­era, there are also some bad things that stand out while tak­ing pho­tos. The cam­eras tend to over­sat­u­rate colours for pho­tos on some oc­ca­sions. It doesn’t hap­pen often, but when it does, the photo comes out not so good, aka, mugly.


Just like the Huawei Mate 8, the LCD screen on this phone is very good, but it suf­fers a bit when you try to use it in di­rect sun­light. You’ll have to turn up the dis­play bright­ness to see what you are look­ing for or try­ing to read. Oth­er­wise, the Huawei P9 5.2 inch dis­play does an ex­cel­lent job in play­ing videos and pic­ture view­ing, but, as al­ways, there is room for im­prove­ment.


The Huawei P9 is a small and com­pact phone, but that doesn’t stop it from be­ing jam-packed with fea­tures and en­closed in a won­der­ful de­sign shell. The P9 has Go­rilla Glass 4 cov­er­ing the dis­play and me­tal cov­er­ing ev­ery­where else on the phone, sim­i­lar to the Mate8. The phone also feels ex­tremely com­fort­able and smooth in your hands, and if you’re not care­ful, it might just slip out of your hands too. The lo­ca­tion of the fin­ger­print scan­ner is at the back of the de­vice be­low the two main cam­eras, just like the Mate 8. Also, just like the Mate 8 fin­ger­print scan­ner, it is fast, re­spon­sive and lo­cated at a com­fort­able po­si­tion on the phone to use it ef­fec­tively.


The Huawei P9 is a phone that any­one would en­joy us­ing. It’s very re­spon­sive and comes with 3GB of ram, which is more than enough to keep it from slow­ing down. Plus, the Octa-Core pro­ces­sor and the Mali GPU in this phone han­dled all the cur­rent games I ran on it without much heat. My only con­cern still is the lack of split-screen ap­pli­ca­tion that would push you to do more mul­ti­task­ing on your phone.


The Huawei P9 is a small phone that can do big things. It’s not per­fect, and it may have some short­com­ings, like the lack of fast charge and the poor view­ing an­gles in di­rect sun­light, but it’s just a mi­nor set­back to the pursuit of great­ness.

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