Specs summary

Screen
5.5"

The Huawei P9 Plus's screen is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.5GHz

There is a HiSilicon Kirin 955 Octa core 2.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3400mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3400 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 18.8 days standby time, 1980 minutes (2G), 1200 minutes (3G).



We get a great high-end smartphone with many good characteristics, only the video features of the Chinese smartphone cannot really meet our expectations.

- Andreas Osthoff , Notebookcheck 

Chinese firm’s super-sized flagship is great, with fun camera, excellent selfies, snappy performance and solid battery life - it’s just a shame about the customised Android.

- Samuel Gibbs , The Guardian 

Reviews summary

8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 10 reviews

Following the recent flagship trend of releasing multiple variations on the same phone, Huawei has debuted the P9 Plus. While other manufacturers just scale up their variations, there are some subtle differences to the P9 Plus compared to its smaller sibling.

We’ve scoured the reviews to find out the important differences and find out what others are saying. Let’s break things down!

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Thanks to an upgrade in screen size, the phone is slightly larger than the standard P9. However, the changes to the screen don’t stop at size, it’s also a different screen type. Reviews note that switching from an 5.2 IPS panel to a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED has brought some additional contrast and less power usage from the display.

The P9 Plus is also one of the first Android phones with a pressure-sensitive display. Unfortunately, reviews were lackluster on the new feature. Some found it interrupted the usual flow of regular tasks, such as moving app icons or copying and pasting. Also, the feature is currently only supported by Huawei apps--many of which you’ll likely bundle in a folder and ignore anyhow.

While Huawei stuck with the same processor for the Plus, the did add 1GB of RAM bringing the phone up to 4GB total. Reviews did notice a performance boost--particularly when multitasking or playing games. You’ll also find the internal storage doubled for the Plus to 64GB.

To help keep battery life competitive, the Plus includes a 3,400mAh battery--up 400mAh from the standard model. Reviewers had no problem getting a day plus of use out of single charge and the added fast charging worked as expected for quick top offs when needed.

For additional information about the phone, including camera performance, design and thoughts on Huawei’s EMUI interface, check out our previous review summary of the Huawei P9!


Reviews (8/10 Avg. rating)


Frustratingly close to budget greatness

from Alphr
The Huawei P9 Lite is a great choice. It doesn’t feel like a £190 phone. Performance wise, it pushes elbows in front of both our other budget favourites – the Moto G4 and Samsung Galaxy J5 – with impressive ease. Both those handsets are getting on a bit, of course, and no doubt the next editions will open the race up once again, but for now, for performance seekers on a budget, the Huawei P9 Lite is the phone you need... Full review

A smartphone for photographers and tech enthusiasts alike

from Android Authority
The Huawei P9 Plus certainly offers a lot. It’s thin, has a great battery, there is good performance, the dual-sensor camera and the nice 5.5 inch display. The only wrinkle I can foresee that could slow its wide spread adoption is EMUI... Full review

The big and the bold

from Pocket-lint
As an all-round device, the Huawei P9 Plus is brilliant in many ways. In the same breath, however, there's nothing to help it truly stand out from the competition... Full review

Bigger isn't always better

from Expert Reviews
The P9 Plus isn’t a resounding success. It has marginally better battery life, more storage and a slightly bigger screen than the regular P9, but at £550 it finds itself comprehensively outgunned by rivals such as the Galaxy S7 or LG G5. The Leica branding and monochrome camera may be a big selling point for some people, but even if that is the case, you’re still better off with the standard P9... Full review

Fast, looks and feels expensive

from TechRadar
A phone that looks, feels, and is expensive, the Huawei P9 Plus has a generous dollop of luxury to it. Thanks to very solid battery life it's easy to live with too. However, at this price you can pick almost any phone you like, and we're not convinced its pressure sensitive screen and dual camera setup quite earn it a place at the very top of the league... Full review

Bigger, Better, Touchy-er

from GSM Dome
The P9 Plus has the great advantage of correcting the few P9 flaws, but it does that at a price and we mean money here. The handset is no longer too light for its own good like the P9, the battery is certainly better and performance is good. It’s the best Huawei phone money can buy right now, but more appealing models are just around the corner, since IFA is coming... Full review

The epitome of a flagship-worthy device

from GSMArena
Huawei P9 Plus is easily likable, especially if you like to take creative photos (but less so videos). Huawei makes taking stunning pictures easy for anyone and the creative freedom provided by their camera system is among the best. Best of all, it comes with a phone, which looks and feels amazing compared to pretty much any other smartphone flagship... Full review

Not just a bigger version of the standard P9

from Notebookcheck

The Huawei P9 Plus is not only a bigger version of the standard P9. The manufacturer does not only equip the Plus model with a bigger screen and a larger battery, but also implements several additional features and even uses a completely different display technology. The IR blaster and the additional speaker are certainly going to be an additional value for some users, but the Press Touch feature is still in its infancy for Android. So far, the context menus are only available for Huawei's own apps. The feature was only really useful for the zooming of pictures in our opinion, but the situa... Full review

Bigger, with more RAM and storage, and better speakers

from ZDNet
The 5.5-inch Huawei P9 Plus is every bit as impressive as the 5.2-inch P9, while offering more RAM and internal storage, and better speakers. The dual-lens Leica-co-engineered main camera will appeal to many, but the P9 Plus has plenty more going for it, including a flexible and responsive fingerprint sensor, genuinely useful pressure-sensitive screen features, solid build quality and good battery life... Full review

High-class phablet held back by sub-par software

from The Guardian
The P9 Plus is the best smartphone Huawei has made to date … if you don’t count the Nexus 6P. It takes the winning formula of the P9 and just adds a little bit to it. The selfie camera is great, the rear dual camera is fun and the look and feel of the phone is top notch. The screen isn’t as crisp as rivals, but is still good looking, while the fingerprint scanner on the back is arguably the best in the business... Full review

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