Let's see what happened
Chinese smartphones in a surprisingly short period of time have become leaders in the price / quality ratio - and continue to occupy the niche of "people's" smartphones, gradually squeezing venerable brands out of it. Huawei is one of these companies in many ways, but not in everything: unlike 90% of manufacturers, it also aims at the notorious "premium segment".
Chinese premium smartphone, iPhone rival, Galaxy S killer. Is this even possible? Previously, it was difficult to believe in this: not because the Chinese cannot - on the contrary, they do not have to take hard work and diligence - they just have no special experience. Huawei's flagships - the P7 and P8 - were a breakthrough pen, not bad devices, but in almost everything they were inferior to their direct competitors at a rather high price. Then came Nexus 6P, created with the direct participation of the Google, almost faultless smartphone All Android. Cooperation with the search giant was beneficial for Huawei: in just three years, it was able to create a product on its own, which is not ashamed to compare head-on-head with the best today.
It all starts with design
Perhaps this is the most visually "catchy" Chinese smartphone of all that I have ever seen, and one of the most beautiful in general. Mostly rounded cases are in vogue now - the P9 is unexpectedly square. Not a brick or a block - a rather elegant rectangle with slightly rounded edges, strict and neat.
Further - more: the impeccable processing of the metal, of which the entire body is composed, the neat lines of antennas and keys on the edges of the smartphone, a pleasant combination of colors of the device parts, a nice rectangle of the fingerprint scanner on the back cover. P9 looks very decent live, much better than in the photo. The only thing to find fault with is the headphone jack slightly creeps into the frame. Although, perhaps, this is a marriage of a particular test sample.
The P9 is very thin, but it fits nicely in the hand, and weighs so much so as not to be heavy and not seem like a toy. The aluminum feels much more durable here than the Nexus 6P, for example. All in all, design and everything related to it are by far the strongest qualities of the P9.
The screen on the P9 is not bad, but no more - just a good display, inferior, however, to the Galaxy S7 or the iPhone 6S. To break into the top of the best, it lacks contrast, "juiciness" a little. On the other hand, the difference is noticeable only if you compare smartphones in a joint, the naked eye will not see a catch. The resolution is Full HD, which is more than enough for a 5.2-inch diagonal.
The main feature of the smartphone, which appears as a trump card in all advertising projects of Huawei, is a dual camera, created with the participation of Leica (what exactly the Germans were responsible for is not specified). On the back cover of the smartphone there are two "eyes" at once: one module is ordinary, the second is monochrome. In practice, this does not lead to any outstanding results. P9 shoots great in most cases, rarely - not very much, in general - good, but worse than the same iPhone 6S or Galaxy S7 (yes, we will constantly compare P9 with the main ones of this world, because it is in this niche that it marks). For some reason, the Huawei smartphone is very fond of "blurring" the picture. But there is a manual mode in which you can independently set focus and white balance.
In general, the second camera is a publicity gimmick, and it is only useful in black and white. Monochrome photos look really cool, and such a picture cannot be achieved with any filters.
The P9 has its own processor, the Kirin 955. This is a powerful enough chip, so you will not see any slowdowns or other problems: the smartphone works very quickly and practically does not heat up.
Huawei's Android shell has always seemed to me like a Chinese iOS on Android, in all the worst possible ways. It is all the more difficult to admit to myself that I rather liked the Huawei add-on with the beautiful name Emotion UI based on Android Marshmallow in the P9 than not.
There are still a billion preinstalled programs here: Chinese stores and applications, the purpose of which I cannot understand, because their names are written in hieroglyphs (and this is in the Russian language of the system as the main one!), "Classmates" with other "Mail.Ru worlds", and your own audio and video players. But the rest of the interface looks more than decent. There is no common menu for applications - installed programs immediately go to the desktop, like in iOS. The notification shade is convenient and informative, just like the quick access panel, and the standard themes do not irritate the eyes. The only question is how long Huawei will be updating its flagship. After all, the seventh version of Android comes out in a couple of months.
Other pluses: support for two SIM cards, good battery life (quietly enough for the whole day), a very, very fast fingerprint scanner and warm, tube sound in the headphones.
And now about the bad news. P9 is an excellent smartphone, and I could safely recommend it for purchase, if it did not cost 40 thousand rubles in Russia. For this money, you can now buy the Nexus 6P of the same Huawei, and if you want a smaller screen - the Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6. Yes, these are all last year's (or, in the case of the iPhone, the year before last) smartphones, but they are still relevant. All the latest updates come out for them, their cameras shoot great, and the design does not look outdated. Moreover, the LG G4, for example, costs significantly less than the P9, and for many it will not yield functionally.
I can't say that the P9 is significantly worse than its direct competitors, but I couldn't explain why you should prefer it to the Galaxy S6 either. Everything, perhaps, rests on the design: if you really like the way the P9 looks - buy, you are unlikely to be disappointed.
Otherwise, as one annoying ad from the past said, if there is no difference, why pay more?>