CNET First Look
Huawei's P9 makes it easy to take great black and white photosHuawei's new flagship P9 is more camera than phone, packing two cameras on the back and the endorsement of Leica, one of the most trusted names in photography.
[MUSIC] With two cameras stuck to the back and Leica branding as well, Huawei's new flagship P9 is all about the photography, so let's take a closer look. Only one of two lenses on the back shoot in color. The other is geared specifically for black and white shots. And is very good at it as well. Black and white images look great with a really rich contrast that looks much better than just using a black and white filter on a color shot. If you're into your arty photos of lattes, then this will be right up your street. Color shots are handled very well too, looking extremely vibrant and very well Having two lenses also lets the camera achieve a simulated depth of field effect that's similar to what you can see from a DSLR. I've had lots of fun playing around with this. You'll also find features like an HDR mode, panorama mode, and a pro mode that gives you manual control over settings. Together, with it's slim, pocketable designs, the P9 is great as a camera phone, but that's where my excitement ends. Always, Android's skin changes for to much of a standard Android interface, making it clunky and awkward to use, and there's a large amounts of bloat wear pre-installed too. The screen is at least bright and has a ton of power under the hood. [MUSIC] The P9 might pack a great camera. But overall, it's not a perfect phone. Its price puts it neck and neck with Samsung's Galaxy S7, which offers a much nicer interface. A similarly good camera. And a stunning waterproof design. Between the two, my money would definitely go to Samsung.