Huawei P9 Plus – Battery
The Plus has a much longer battery life than the original P9. In fact, it’s the one of the longest-lasting phones I’ve reviewed this year.
The 3,400mAh cell isn’t that big compared to the competition. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has a 3,600 mAh battery by comparison. But the Plus still manages to go a day and a half without hitting the red.
Streaming an hour of HD Netflix over Wi-Fi, with the brightness set to 60%, drained 8% of battery. 30 minutes of 3D gaming ate through 12%, while a more basic game (Two Dots, in this case) took it down 7%. Those are all impressive, better than the average, results.
Like the P9, the P9 Plus uses USB-C and has a form of quick charge. This isn’t in the same league as Dash Charge on the OnePlus 3, or the Quick Charge 3.0 seen on the HTC 10, but it certainly juices up far quicker than an iPhone. 0-100% took just 89 minutes.
Should I buy the Huawei P9 Plus?
There’s a lot to like about the Huawei P9 Plus, but it has the same shortcoming that have halted the Chinese brand’s progress.
Huawei’s made a classy-looking phone. The sleek metal and glass design is right up there with Apple and HTC, but it doesn’t really stand out amongst the crowd.
The camera is good, but it’s not fantastic. The Leica branding is more of a gimmick, and there’s a lot to take in when you open the app up for the first time. There are some quirks, too, like heavy vignetting. But photos do look good and monochrome shots look great.
Considering its price, there are better options out there. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is a better all-round option, while the OnePlus 3 has similar specs but costs a lot less.
Great battery life, good screen and a jam-packed camera continue Huawei’s strong run. But there are better options out there.
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Score in detail
Battery Life 9
Calls & Sound 8
Screen Quality 8