Huawei P9 Plus review: high-class phablet held back by sub-par software

Shane Higgins

Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

The Huawei P9 Plus is a bigger version of the Chinese smartphone manufacturer s first excellent offering.

Compared to Samsung s 5.5in Galaxy S7 Edge, the P9 Plus is 1.4mm taller, 2.7mm wider and 5g heavier, but 0.7mm thinner, while the Apple iPhone 6S Plus is 5.9mm taller, 2.6mm wider, 0.3mm thicker and 30g heavier, which is very noticeable in the hand, making it harder to handle.

The screen is a 5.5in full HD AMOLED, which is good-looking, colourful and has deep inky blacks.

Pressure sensitive screen

Press your finger harder on a photo in the gallery app pops up a magnifying loupe.

It actively gets in the way of moving icons around on the homescreen, but can be deactivated.

Pros: Good-looking, feels great, excellent selfie camera, great dual rear camera, brilliant fingerprint scanner, decent battery life, USB-C, IR blaster, microSD card support

Cons: EMUI isn t quite up to scratch, screen not good for VR low resolution , Press touch a bit of a gimmick, exclusive to Vodafone in the UK, battery not removable

USB-C with fast charging.

Shane Higgins
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