Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Huawei P9 hits the top range of smartphones with its dual camera technology

Huawei’s latest device, Huawei P9 launched last month. Remarked as one of the best devices from Huawei so far, the device joins the top range of smartphones, like Samsung Galaxy S7, iPhone 6S, etc. This smartphone boasts of dual rear camera technology for a never before smartphone camera experience and result. In this precise review, we will see if Huawei P9 has enough to challenge the leading smartrphones in its range.

In design, Huawei P9 meets our basic expectation of phones above the $600 range. It is a unibody device with premium metal cover. The device has architectural features that are similar to that of an iPhone. It has rounded corners, brushed aluminium body and antenna bands on the rear. Hence P9 does not have much originality as such to stand out in design and is similar to its predecessor. However, the device is very user friendly in form factor, it measures 145x70.9x6.95mm and weighs 144g. The device comes in six colors white, grey, silver and in three variations of gold: rose, haze and “prestige”.

Huawei P9 surprises us with its large display screen of 5.2 inches in a pretty slim and light device. It offers a a decent, good display with 1080x1920 pixels resolution and 424ppi density. Also, the device runs on the Kirin 955 processor coupled with a 3GB/4GB RAM. This makes the device a much better performer than its predecessor. In terms of software the phone has the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Huawei’s EMUI 4.1 on top. It has 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB memory variant which is expandable up to 128GB. P9 also comes with a beefy battery power of 3000mAh.

If there is one thing that Huawei P9 stands out among the others, it is for its camera innovation. Huewai P9 features dual camera technology, with two 12MP rear snappers to produce one image. It has certified both its 12MP lenses with Leica, the top notch camera expert company. Here again, one of the two lenses is monochrome monochrome to take in the full array of light and makes up for what is lost in the other lens that has colour filter. A smart algorithm combines the two images by the respective lenses to form one light sensitive image with superior quality.

Additionally, both the cameras on the device can be used to calculate the distance to objects, which is part of Huawei’s Hybrid autofocus (which also includes Laser AF). You can also leverage on the two sensors to create bokeh and other depth of field effects. Hence Huawei P9’s dual cameras bump up the contrast and lighting captured images. Huawei is also a notch up on the secondary camera front with an 8MP snapper compared to other phones in this range.

To conclude, Huewai P9 is a stylish smartphone that is commended for its dual camera technology. Although it puts across a good competition, making it comparable, it would need a lot more than a camera to battle out the leading phones in the market. Huawei P9 is a dual SIM device that comes with a biometric fingerprint sensor. The sensor is placed on the rear side. The device’s 3GB/32GB variant is available for USD680 and the 4GB/64GB variant for USD794


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