Huawei P9 Plus is smartphone was presented with Huawei P9 in April, but sales later he appeared “younger” model. The price is little changed, a smartphone can be found from 670 euros in Europe in comparison with the originally claimed 699 euros. In comparison, for the Huawei P9 you pay 480 euros.
The first difference is the display, and he not only increased its diagonal. Compared with the growth we have got P9 0.3 “to 5.5”, but it is more interesting to change the type of panel. Instead, IPS is now used Super AMOLED, this type of panel is interesting not only improved contrast, but also rich colors and wide viewing angles.
Huawei resolution did not change. It remained at the level of 1.920 x 1.080 pixels, which gives a density of 401 ppi. Theoretically can affect the matrix PenTile, which is inferior to the usual RGB structure picture quality. Also Huawei P9 and Huawei P9 Plus is inferior to normal on the display brightness. We got the maximum brightness is 379 cd / m², it is rather weak for bright environments. The nominal color temperature was 7,600 K, so the colors get a bluish tint, but the display options you can adjust the temperature. Possible values are between 6,200 and 8,900 K.
Also Press Touch technology has been added. It resembles Apple Force Touch, at Huawei P9 Plus also has the ability to recognize the forces pressing on the display, but compatible applications is very small, so this function is still a nice bonus.
The second change relates to the battery. Huawei has used increased to 152,3 x 75,3 x 7,0 mm housing dimensions to accommodate more capacious battery compared to P9 – now the capacity is 3,400 mAh, a 13% increase. At runtime we have gain nearly two-thirds: in PCMark Huawei P9 Plus smartphone showed 7.5 hours (+ 35%) in a cyclic video playback test – 11.5 hours (+ 64%). In everyday scenarios smartphone lasted about 2.5 days without recharging. If you disconnect it from the charging at 10 o’clock in the morning, then re-charge the smartphone will have a day in the evening.
Improvements in battery life are associated not only with a battery, but with a display. Panel Super AMOLED requires significantly less energy than IPS in P9. The battery is still removable, wireless charging again not supported. But, at least, Huawei’s support for fast charging technology.
SoC has not changed. The Huawei P9 Plus, we again get the Kirin 955 quad-core Cortex-A53 and A72, the performance is more than enough. Of course, in some tests SoC gives Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or Samsung Exynos 8890, but in practice, chip restrictions do not balk. Unlike P9 RAM has been increased from 3 to 4 GB. Built-in memory is now 64 GB instead of 32 GB that can be expanded via a microSD card.
Changing the interface has not happened. In networks LTE smartphone will work with download speeds of up to 300 Mbit / s with support for Cat 6, it is supported by Wi-Fi 802.11ac standard, Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC. Of note innovations IR transmitter that Huawei made at the upper end. Behind you can see the familiar fingerprint sensor. But connector Type C, as in the case of P9, hides USB 2.0. In Russia you can buy Huawei P9 Plus version with support for two SIM-cards.
Speaker Location resembles HTC 10. The upper front speaker can perform three functions. During telephone conversations standard mode of operation. When playing music, the top speaker works as a tweeter (portrait mode) or one of the two stereo speakers (landscape mode). The second speaker is located on the lower end of the smartphone. In general, such a construction provides convincing results, although more pronounced bass and mids here would not hurt – like other smartphones of this size.
The camera in the smartphone identical to P9, so we will not consider it again – be sure to check with our P9 camera test.
The model Plus Huawei again get behind the two sensors at 12 megapixels with a Leica lens (aperture F2,2), dual LED-flash and laser focus. The front sensor is used in the 8 MP, but the lens is set to have a wide optical aperture. Instead f2,4 aperture at P9, here we get f1,9. So selfie lovers will be happy. In good light exposure is reduced, and in low-light noise appears later. As a result of the lack of front camera P9 it remains in the past, though some pictures are too bright. In general, the front camera proved to be a better than average.
The main camera shows convincing results. Of course, in some modes and situations Huawei P9 Plus Camera is still inferior to the best competitors, but if you practice, the Pro mode, you can get a good and even great pictures. Here the situation is similar to the “younger” P9 is a model. Unfortunately, the disadvantages of the two smartphones are also common. Optical image stabilization is absent, you can shoot videos, the maximum resolution in Full-HD. Also there Huawei P9 Plus mode Auto HDR.
On the other hand, Huawei changed some details in software, but they are directed almost exclusively to the correction of errors. the camera application is almost identical to P9. Before you understand the features and settings may take some time. And this is connected not with the structure of the program, and with an abundance of features. Pretty handy feature Live Preview, which will help orient less experienced photographers in the Pro mode.
At first glance it seems that Huawei just increased the body. The basic design went to P9 unchanged, even buttons, memory card slot / SIM, ports and microphone are located in the same places. According to the materials changes have occurred in the case of Huawei P9 Plus uses aluminum. Although at first glance it does not say backdrop. It is in Huawei P9 Plus looks like plastic, and tactile sensations on the metal is difficult to determine. As a result, a large smart phone seems less expensive than the “younger” model. It is unlikely that a manufacturer would like to create that impression, but it is what it is. Workmanship is left is still very high.
In his hand Huawei P9 Plus there is less predictable because of the size, but on the right buttons and a fingerprint sensor can be easily reached. Backdrop compared to P9 was slightly more smooth, but in practice this does not play a role.
Huawei P9 Plus smartphone is running Android 6.0 system with a proprietary interface EMUI 4.1, which corresponds to P9. But Huawei has made in some places changes associated with updating the hardware filling. For example, in the settings, you can disable audio stereo mode, you can also disable support for Press Touch. There is also a small application for IR transmitter, but otherwise we get the usual program. Fortunately, the pilot and advertising applications, not so much.
As might be expected, EMUI interface is different from the regular Android, the eye catches the absence of a single list of applications, it is also quite a lot can change the appearance.
Frankly, Huawei will not be easy to sell Huawei P9 Plus. Close smartphone got all the strengths of a more reasonable size model, as a bonus you get a higher quality display, good stereo speakers and longer battery life. But does this justify all very decent premium price?
Today for Huawei P9 Plus version will have to pay 150-190 euros in Europe and 15 th. Rubles in Russia. Of course, there is a hope that in the coming weeks Huawei P9 Plus price drop. For comparison, the difference between the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge is around 100 euros, or about 8 thousand rubles in Russia, although you also get a more capacious battery, and the other display.. As a result, price / quality ratio in Huawei P9 Plus worse than P9. If the battery life will not fundamentally, you can safely take a more compact P9.
But what if you need a large display? In this case, we recommend paying attention to the competition Galaxy S7 edge, Xperia Z5 Premium and Nexus 6P. All three models provide a comparable set of features and performance, but they are worse camera. But the price is much lower.
Huawei P9 Plus can be recommended to those users who require the best camera on a smartphone in combination with a large chassis. If the camera is not for you in priority, it makes sense to take the Galaxy S7 edge. But if no large display, you can do as without the additional battery life, we recommend P9.