Call Quality and battery life



We have no complaints about the way the Huawei P9 sounds during calls. The earpiece is sufficiently loud, and voices coming out of it are natural in tone. On the other side of the line we’re easily understood, without having to repeat ourselves.

Battery-wise, our custom battery benchmark drained the Huawei P9’s 3000mAh battery in less than 7 hours, which is an average result. It puts the phone ahead of rivals like the Galaxy S7 and LG G5, at least in this respect, but leaves it far from the leaders on our endurance chart. We’d say that our benchmark result reflects the P9’s day-to-day battery life, as we couldn’t get through more than a day of regular usage. Actually, we’re certain that heavy users will be reaching for a charger by the evening.

As far as charging goes, the Huawei P9 charges more slowly than its high-end rivals. It goes from flat to full in over 2 hours, which is relatively slow. A quick, 30-minute boost gets its battery from empty to 33%, which is okay, but not impressive.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Huawei P9 6h 51 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 6s 8h 15 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy S7 6h 37 min (Average)
LG G5 5h 51 min (Poor)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Huawei P9 146
Apple iPhone 6s 150
Samsung Galaxy S7 88
LG G5 76

Conclusion


There’s a steep price tag attached to the Huawei P9. In its basic configuration, the smartphone retails for $600 to $650, which means that buyers will be expecting to get tons of value in return.

All in all, Huawei’s new flagship is a good smartphone. Not a ground-breaking one, but a good one nonetheless. Throughout our testing, we did not come across any major, deal-breaking flaws. The UI ran smoothly, the camera worked fine, and the screen, despite its inaccurate color reproduction, got the job done. But at the same time, there doesn’t seem to be anything to make the Huawei P9 stand above the competition. True, its camera can snap pretty pictures once you get the hang of it, but it failed to meet the high expectations set by Huawei’s marketing department.


Ultimately, is the Huawei P9 a worthy pick? Well, we did enjoy the time we spent in its company, but there’s one thing we wish its maker could improve on – battery life. The phone is an average performer at best, as confirmed by our battery benchmark and real-life experience. Honestly, we we were expecting better results given the P9’s price point.


Update: You can now read our Huawei P10 review! 

Pros

  • Smooth UI performance
  • Fingerprint scanner is fast and accurate
  • Good call quality

Cons

  • Battery life is average at best
  • Display colors are saturated, but artificial
  • No NFC for 64GB and dual-SIM models

PhoneArena Rating:

7.5

User Rating:

9.0
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