Huawei P9 Review

Like a child receiving a candy, the excitement could not stop brewing when I got hold of the Huawei P9 smartphone. With several photographer friends using it and singing good praises to the smartphone, I cant wait to test it out.

What Caught My Attention on Huawei P9 

What makes Huawei P9 standouts? I’m pretty sure it is the double Leica lens that Im eager to try it out. As a frequent traveler, taking photos is something we do often, and I dread carrying my heavy DSLR everywhere. Hence a great smartphone camera is always my preferred choice especially during casual outings.

The Price

The Huawei P9 Dual Leica Lens with 32GB storage has a RRP of RM2,099 making it a very affordable smartphone.

First Impression

Decorated with a sublime aluminium body, the Huawei P9 is an elegance of its own.

With a size of 5.2″ FHD Screen and weight only 144 gram, it is only 15gram more than my current Iphone 6 but 10% bigger in screen size.

The Huawei P9 fits comfortably when holding it, not too big just perfect. The perfect size also means there is no problem sliding the phone in my jeans pocket.

Having a larger screen size allows us to watch movies on the go more comfortably.

The Technical Spec

My Huawei P9 comes with a Dual Sim slot & a 32GB storage. Powering the phone is their own HUAWEI Kirin 955 (64-bit), Octa-core (4 x 2.5 GHz A72+ 4 x 1.8 GHz A53) processor with a substantial 3GB memory.

The main camera has a 12MP x 2 lens, F2.2, BSI CMOS & Dual-tone flash while the front camera has a 8MP with a F2.4 aperture.

With a 3000MaH battery, I can get by 1 day without charging it with regular use (Facebook, Instagram, Email, Calls, Watsapp, Waze).

The Camera

Simply amazing, the Huawei P9 camera is just spectacular. It literally took away 50% of my DSLR work (since I’m no pro photographer).

The easy interface is what I adore very much, switching brand phone the initial headaches normally involves how to use it. However, the Huawei P9 simplifies the interface that I could immediately use it.

All the photos taken are without edit & shoot in auto mode. You can find more photos HERE.

Petronas Twins TowerNight Shot Landscape

Petronas Twins TowerNight Shot 2


Titiwangsa LakePanorama

Low Light Shot

LeonLow Light Selfie

Food Shot




For photographers, the Huawei P9 photo can be exported as RAW file which can further edit in Photoshop & Lightroom. Also the camera has the capability to shoot in Manual setting.

Special Features

Screen Recorder

Apart from the usual photo screenshot, the Huawei P9 allows me to video record of my mobile screen. This comes handy when I wanted to share highlights of my Pokemon Go Game in video instead of just photo.

Screen Record from my Pokemon Go

Also I can use this mode to teach friends & family on how to use the Huawei P9 on different settings instead of calling them and talk to them.

How to Activate Huawei P9 Screen Recorder

  1. Press the volume up and power buttons simultaneously
  2. Knock the screen twice with 2 of your finger knuckle

How to Print Screen Huawei P9 – Press Volume Down & Power Buttons simultaneously.

Finger Print Sensor

The finger print sensor located at the back of the phone is easier for me to unlock the Huawei P9.

Micro SD Slot

You can insert up to 128GB of external storage in the Huawei P9 increase total storage to 160GB thus saving time to keep on transferring & deleting files. However do backup your files regularly.


The Huawei P9 has a recommended retail price of RM2,099 for the 32GB which is very reasonable especially with their Leica Double Lens. The camera capability is superb & definitely makes me wonder whether DSLR will be obsolete sooner than we think.

About Tommy Ooi 509 Articles
Luxury Hotel Reviewer & Destination Blogger. Passionate for travel, exploring new culture & indulging divine food, Tommy has traveled to 42 countries & 140+ destinations.

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