Huawei P9 was announced on April 6th and here we are on the 9th, with the unboxing of the device. The handset stands out through its beautiful metal case and obviously its dual camera at the back, with Leica technology. The box of the handset suffered a little spill while it was travelling from London to us, but the handset is safe.
This model is priced at 599 euros in the 3 GB RAM, 32 GB storage version and 649 euros in the 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage version. Inside the box we find the metal key used to access the slots, a pair of headphones looking like the ones of the Huawei Mate S and P8, an USB Type C cable and charger. There’s a little extra box that should hold the manuals and maybe a case, but we have a test unit, so that’s empty.
This model feels very light in the hand and looks exquisite. It has a premium metal build, with a 6.95 mm waistline and a 2.5D front glass panel. The two 12 megapixel cameras at the back are hidden behind a glass layer, like on the Nexus 6P, but without protrusion. Said cameras rely on two Sony IMX286 sensors, with 12 MP resolutions and accompanied by laser focus and a dual tone flash.
One of the sensors does color capture and the other monochrome capture, helping with the increased brightness and clarity. A Kirin 955 CPU makes this device tick and it also brings a 5.2 inch Full HD screen. There’s a new EMUI on board, version 4.1, on top of Android Marshmallow and the camera UI has been totally revamped.
It’s now looking vintage, with a black/white approach and more options than before, plus a new way to access the options by swiping. We’ll be back with more info in a couple of days, when the review is done. You can find the updated price here.