TWO CAM­ERAS THAN ONE

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?

HUAWEI P9 SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION

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.

CAM­ERA QUAL­ITY

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.

DIS­PLAY

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.

BUILD QUAL­ITY AND DE­SIGN

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.

PER­FOR­MANCE

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.

FI­NALLY THOUGHTS

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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