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Huawei P9

Huawei P9

from  $369.9+
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77 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
77

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Engadget Review

If there's one feature that will convince you to buy Huawei's P9, it's the clever camera. Two separate sensors let you take gorgeous, native monochrome images and play around with depth of field, not to mention other fun and useful shooting modes. Performance is also one of the P9's strong suits, but otherwise you're getting a fairly iterative upgrade lacking in flagship finesse. Considering its price, the P9 ultimately fails to strike an appropriate balance between feature set and cost.

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Pros
  • Fun, versatile camera
  • Excellent performance
Cons
  • Unexciting design
  • Lacking in standout features
  • Questionable value for the money
77 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
77

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Average Critic Score
 
80
TrustedReviews
The best phone Huawei’s ever made, but it repeats old mistakes.
 
90
Android Authority
The Huawei P9 certainly ticks a lot of the right boxes. It's thin, has a decent sized battery, and is a good improvement over its predecessor. However all this goodness comes at a price, and it remains to be seen whether it offers enough to challenge the competition.
 
80
TechRadar
The P9 is another accomplished smartphone from Huawei, with an innovative camera setup and plenty of power under the hood. But it's not perfect, and there are still issues with the heavy Emotion UI.
 
80
CNET
It might take fancy photos, but the Huawei P9's high price means it's not a good choice over the similarly priced Samsung Galaxy S7.
 
80
Tech Advisor
When comparing the P9 to other flagships, it’s important to remember the £449 price which makes it considerably cheaper than many of its rivals ... If you can afford it, the Galaxy S7 is a better phone overall, but this is a great choice if you can't.
 
80
Pocket-Lint
Yes, it's got two rear cameras, but even so that doesn't make it a must-have market leader in all departments. A solid innings, sure, but in among the flagship features there's the folly to match.
 
80
Digital Trends
If you want the experience of a flagship at a lower price and the benefit of a great camera, the Huawei P9 is for you. We’d buy it over the Nexus 6P, unless you’re really a fan of stock Android, and we recommend it over the similarly priced flagship killers from 2015 like the Moto X Style.
 
80
Stuff
An innovative camera, plenty of power and lovely build aren't quite enough to add up to overall perfection.
 
90
Android Central
Huawei's newest flagship phone — the P9 — isn't the most inspired design you've ever seen. It's sort of your basic smartphone. But this is the best iteration of its EMUI software yet, full of features you might want in a third-party launcher. Huawei's Kirin 955 processor sings, and Huawei's new dual-camera setup works very well.
 
80
The Verge
Should Huawei release a version of this phone built around the Snapdragon 820 processor, my biggest worries about battery life and performance will perish into nothing. The Huawei P9 is a major stride forward from a smartphone maker on its way to competing with the very best.