The picture-perfect Huawei P9

Huawei’s latest flagship phone, the P9, is here. We’ve asked Andrew, one of our O2 Gurus, to spend a bit of time with it and tell us what he thinks makes it a winner…

Guru cloudThe first thing everyone says when they first pick up the P9 is how well it’s constructed. It has a solid aluminium body and it’s nice how the glass screen tapers seamlessly into the edges of the frame, giving it a sleek but solid feel in your hand. The fingerprint scanner on the back is slightly recessed and surprisingly easy to find naturally. But it’s not just a good-looking phone – it also has another treat for your eyes: perfect pictures.

The main function of this phone is the camera, which was co-engineered with Leica. It has two lenses on the back which both feature 12 megapixels, along with laser focusing and a dual tone LED flash. I know – it all sounds very techie and complicated, but the two lenses idea is actually a stroke of genius in its simplicity. In a nutshell, one lens takes a photo in monochrome and the other takes one in colour. The sensor behind the monochrome lens can capture 300% more light and 50% better contrast than other devices which means that, when you combine this with the normal colour sensor, you get some really beautiful images.

With it being a dual lens setup, the phone can sense depth too, which allows you to change the aperture of the photo – focusing on something in either the foreground or the background – even after it’s been taken. This adds a whole new dimension to editing your pictures and getting the best possible results. It makes you feel like a bit of a pro.

Editing pics like a pro

Editing pics like a pro

Another camera feature is ‘object tracking’. If you tap on an object on your screen, like an animal or a person, the phone will track them and keep them in focus. So no more constantly tapping on your screen every time someone moves. Bonus.

As if the main camera wasn’t impressive enough, the P9 has an 8-megapixel front facing camera which uses the phone’s screen as a front facing flash. They’ve also added a ‘perfect selfie’ feature which will automatically thin your face, enlarge your eyes, or whiten your teeth to a pre-set level. Selfies on point!

Camera aside, the Huawei P9 also comes with a host of unique features. One of my favourites is the use of knuckle gestures which, as you might’ve guessed, lets you use your knuckles to make gestures. The P9 can tell the difference between your fingertips and knuckles, allowing you to do more without pressing any buttons looking through folders for an icon to tap. Drawing the letters C, E, M or W can open up different apps like the camera, weather or whatever else you choose – even from the lock screen.

Use a knuckle to select the part of the screen you want to capture

Use a knuckle to select the part of the screen you want to capture

It’s worth checking out smart screenshots too. For starters, you can take a basic screenshot without fumbling for a button combo that’ll make your fingers ache; all you need to do is tap twice on the screen with one knuckle and bam, a screenshot happens. You can use a knuckle to select a part of the screen that you want to capture, and two knuckles tapped twice on your screen will start a video recording of what’s happening on your phone’s screen, complete with audio from your microphone so you can narrate the video yourself. Finally, have you ever wanted to take a screenshot of a chat with someone, or a recipe, but it doesn’t quite fit on the screen? Draw a letter S with your knuckle, and you can take a screenshot as long as you’d like it to be. Simple!

There are so many more great features on this phone. To get to grips with them all, your best bet is to pop into store for a demonstration from one of my fellow O2 Gurus. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with the obligatory picture of my cat – taken on the Huawei P9, of course.

Just when you thought the O2 cat had gone…

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