Huawei P9 Vs Huawei P9 Plus: Comparison

By on September 1, 2016
Huawei P9 Vs Huawei P9 Plus

In last few years, Huawei has delivered some exquisite beauties in the high-end smartphone market. The company has gunned down leading flagships and is running into the fray of smartphone war with advanced and improved technologies.

Though it’s difficult to make predictions, we must admit that Huawei has been profound in all categories. The latest duo of its high-end handsets- the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus is taking the flagship battle to a whole new level. The two super-phones, combining premium smartphone design with dual-rear facing cameras, are running right straight against the likes of Samsung and Apple. They’re even getting their fanboys worried.

Well, that’s beauty of Huawei. The Huawei P9 pair is not just good but fantastically put together too. It might have a few flaws, but at a competitive price tag, you can’t just get over these masterpieces. Read on to see what more you get with Huawei P9 and P9 Plus including their design, performance, camera and battery life!

Huawei P9 Vs Huawei P9 Plus

The Look and Feel

Unlike old times, Huawei has done a sterling job on the design front. Overshadowing other flagships, Huawei P9 and P9 Plus do not miss out with the gorgeous mix of metal and glass. The two beauties share a full aluminium body, with a layer of glass curved towards the edges and tips on the scale at 6.95mm. Apart from their size, both phones flaunt a beautiful design language and feel rock solid with a balanced yet none too weighty body. Their curved corners and antenna lines remind us of the iPhone 6s, but on whole there’s in these phones that lets us down. Except for the awkwardly placed rear fingerprint reader off course. However, considering its quick and super-reliable performance, you’ll get used to it.

Visual Quality and Screen Resolution

Up front, Huawei P9 packs a 5.2-inch full-HD display, while its elder sibling P9 Plus ups the viewing experience with a 5.5-inch screen. They both promise big, bright and sharp visuals, but the idea of swapping P9’s IPS panel for Super AMOLED certainly adds more value to P9 Plus. The big brother also incorporates Huawei’s take against Apple’s 3D Touch Technology touted Press Touch.

Though you cannot expect superfine details, Huawei P9 and P9 Plus can upgrade your viewing experience with vibrant colours and superb contrast levels. On Huawei P9 Plus, the AMOLED-based technology adds a lot with inky blacks and perfect viewing angles. The screen-colour does not gets altered even weirdest angles.

Hardware and Performance

Huawei uses its own octa-core Kirin 955 processor on P9 and P9 Plus. The 64-bit chipset deploys ARM architecture with four cores running at 1.8GHz and other four running at 2.5GHz. It holds sufficient power and pairs up 3GB RAM with 32GB P9, alongside 4GB RAM with the 64 gigabyte model of the P9 and P9 Plus.

This hardware not only looks good on paper but also delivers an incredibly fast experience in real life. Even the base model of Huawei P9 is a very, very fast phone. Huawei’s proprietary chipset still has its own flaws but as suggested by the benchmarks, it’s just a whisker away from the monumental Samsung Galaxy S7.

But, amidst slick performance and enhanced hardware, the Mali-T880 GPU fails to impress us. With merely four cores, the GPU lacks the level of performance that comes with Galaxy S7. It can handle moderate gaming needs, but if you’re one of those die-hard mobile gaming fans, there’s not much to live up to your expectations.


The customizable but heavily bloated Emotion UI has become one of the major causes of Huawei’s decline. For P9 and P9 Plus, the Chinese giant is still sticking with the interface but this time with an upgraded avatar- Emotion UI 4.1 upgrades smartphone experience and runs on the top of Android 6. It is still far from stock Android, but there are less tweaks and performance is also quite snappy. You can switch between apps smoothly and the overall look is very neat and tidy.

On whole, we can say, the UI is good but there’s still some room for improvement. Emotion UI is no match for clean and tidy Vanilla Android, but few more upgrades can take away the mild annoyances that affect the overall look and feel of the interface and ruin what could’ve been an exemplary smartphone experience.

Camera Quality

As noted on mobile site, an identical camera setup makes Huawei P9 and P9 Plus favourites for on-the-go photographers. The two flagships feature the same camera app and sport a 12-megapixel dual sensor at the back with f/2.2 aperture, Leica optics, PDAF, and dual-LED flash. The front cameras also quite similar, but P9 comes with f/2.4 aperture while its elder sibling ups the ante with an aperture as wide as f/1.9. It delivers crisp and vibrant selfies even in low-light conditions.

In real world, the dual rear camera sensor packed with P9 and P9 Plus manage to dig out fine details while keeping bright highlights, rich colours, and minimal noise. The autofocus and shutter speed is really fast, and you can easily snap a bunch of shots even in dull light. You can’t compare this rear camera unit with Galaxy S7’s, but long story short, this is definitely a good camera.

Battery Life

Both phones last an entire day, but if you’re looking for more juice, go and take side with Huawei P9 Plus. The dual-SIM and camera based device ships with a 3,400 mAh battery outperforms Huawei P9 with a decent 3,000mAh battery. They both work out pretty well on hefty usage and pack advanced quick charge technology as well. Huawei P9 Plus charges from 0-38 in half an hour while its younger sibling charges from 0 to 44% in the same time.

Given the superb set of specs and competitive price tag, Huawei P9 and P9 Plus make capable flagships in every way. The two handsets are really impressive and can easily undercut much of the competition in the high-end market. Apart from the software, they’re good in almost every category, even in terms of battery life. They’re equipped with superb camera capabilities and are extremely fast and attractive. Huawei clearly has given signs of worry to Samsung, Apple, and all other big names in the game of phones.

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