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Huawei P9 Plus: The plus factor

By Peter Chu - 15 Jul 2016
Launch SRP: RM2599

Overview, Design & Features


Last month, we gave you our thoughts on the much-raved-about Huawei P9, which you really can’t speak about without shining the spotlight on its dual Leica cameras. Long story short, we came to the conclusion that the P9 is an exceedingly good camera smartphone – and a relatively affordable one at that, considering it only costs RM2,099 in spite of its flagship stature and Leica credentials.

But was there a point while reading our review when you wished that it came with a bigger display and battery? If you had, allow us to introduce to you the P9 Plus, which, apart from its larger display and battery, also has a number of unique features up its sleeves that aren’t available on the regular P9.

Design and features

Before we dive into details, here’s a quick side-by-side comparison of the P9 and P9 Plus’ specifications:

As you can tell from the table above, apart from the difference in display and battery that we mentioned earlier, the P9 Plus also has a better front-facing camera: one that has a larger aperture of f/1.9, and laser autofocus. Not only that, the P9 Plus also has the advantage of having more RAM (4GB vs 3GB), more internal storage (64GB vs 32GB), and stereo speakers.

The earpiece of the P9 Plus doubles as a speaker when the device is held upright.

Mind you, the display of the P9 Plus’ isn’t just physically bigger than the P9’s, it’s also furnished with the pressure-sensitive ‘Press Touch’ technology, which is essentially Huawei’s interpretation of Apple’s ‘Force Touch’ technology.

With ‘Press Touch’, you can press on image in the photo gallery and have a specific area magnified to scrutinize its details. It works in a very intuitive and well-controlled manner too: the harder you press, the greater the magnification – it’s as simple as that.

Apart from the differences we’ve highlighted above, everything else about the P9 Plus is exactly the same as the P9 – from its HiSilicon Kirin 955 SoC, right down to its dual camera configuration that was co-developed by Leica. The P9 Plus even shares the same a rear fingerprint scanner that works inexplicably fast, and reversible USB Type-C port that helps remove the need for having to connect its charging cable the right-side up.

Suffice to say, we were thoroughly impressed by the performance of the P9 Plus. Apps were able to open and close in rapid succession, scrolling through media-heavy websites on Chrome was more of a leisurely task than a downright chore, and streaming 4K videos on the YouTube app was nothing short of a smooth sailing affair. Simply put, you won’t be able to bog the P9 Plus down even if you deliberately wanted to.

  • Design 8.5
  • Features 9.5
  • User-Friendliness 9
  • Performance 8.5
  • Value 8.5
The Good
Large and vibrant 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display
Very impressive performance
Dual Leica cameras are great for capturing black-and-white photos
Long-lasting battery life
The Bad
Fingerprints often stick to the back
Tends to get warm after extended periods of use
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