Posts Tagged ‘Huawei p9’

Blur the background with Huawei’s Wide Aperture Mode on the Huawei P9

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Just one click into Instagram and you’ll be faced with beautifully shot images taking advantage of depth of field to focus the eye on what’s important. You may be forgiven for thinking you need to fork out for the best DSLR Camera to achieve this effect, but this isn’t the case.

Take the Huawei P9 device, with Huawei’s Wide Aperture Mode and you’ll be instagramming like a pro.

What is Wide Aperture mode and why should I use it?

Wide aperture mode lets you take photographs with a shallow depth of field as well as adjust the focal point of a captured photo to blur the background and make your subject more prominent.

How do I use Wide Aperture mode?

huawei p9 wide aperture

  1. On the home screen, touch Camera.
  2. Touch Wide aperture to use wide aperture mode.
  3. Touch anywhere on the screen to focus.
  4. Drag the slider to adjust the aperture.
  5. Touch the Shutter button to take a photo.
  6. Touch the Preview button to view the photo.

How do I edit my photos?

You can change the focal point (and therefore the blurred background) even after you have captured your image. Here’s how:


  1. On the preview screen, touch Wide aperture effects.
  2. Touch anywhere on the screen to refocus the photo.
  3. Drag the slider to adjust the aperture.
  4. Touch the Save button to save the photo to the Gallery.

Purchase the Huawei P9 Sim free today, available with next day delivery.


Android Marshmallow: Now on Tap

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

The future of Google searching is here in the form of Now on Tap.

The main idea of Google’s Now on Tap is to extend the reach of Google across your mobile, making it easier and faster to find the information you need.

Android now on tap

Now on Tap is integrated into Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and can be used by holding down the home button. Once activated, Google performs a search and scan of the current screen, providing relevant information than may be of use such as web links, directions etc.

How to use Now on Tap on your Android handset:

  1. On any screen, touch and hold the Home button.
  2. Google uses what’s on your screen to show you related info, apps, and actions

Now on tap

So, how would you use Now on Tap during everyday life? 

Google gives the following examples: 
  • Restaurants: Find restaurants and other points of interest mentioned on screen.
  • Movies: See reviews and info about a cast using the film name.
  • Music: Get details about a song or artist from within your app.
  • People: Learn about famous people and celebrities in the news.
  • Images: Get info about artwork, product logos, landmarks, and more.

Searching images on Google isn’t exactly a new thing, but with Now on Tap you literally replace search terms with an image. For example, if you can take a photograph of Big Ben, hold the home button to activate Now on Tap and the handset will analyse the image contents to provide you more information on this tourist attraction.  It can even work and analyse photos direct from your camera app.

image android now on tap

Now on Tap is an innovative feature that is continually being developed and improved by Google and we’re certainly excited to use it.

Test out Now on Tap for yourself on some of our most popular Android handsets available sim free, including the Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5 and the Huawei P9 today.


Huawei’s P9 Lite: the Lightweight champion against the Huawei P9

Monday, July 4th, 2016

The Huawei P9 Lite is being marketed as a scaled down (in features not size) model of the original P9 by Huawei, nevertheless this budget friendly handset is still perfectly formed.

With a 5.2 inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, the Full HD display of the P9 lite is identical to the Huawei P9. The only difference is the glass choice, with Huawei replacing the Gorilla Glass 4 of the P9, with the simple glass cover on the lite version. Nevertheless, colour representation and brightness are one of the main criteria for judging a good smartphone display and Huawei have boosted these areas with the P9 lite, allowing it to achieve a credible 450 candelas.

huawei p9 vs p9 lite

Running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Huawei have also managed to create some additional Android options that wouldn’t necessary come as default. The fingerprint scanner on the rear of the handset not only unlocks your phone but can also be use for other actions, such as accepting calls, taking selfies or swiping through images.

The Huawei P9 Lite also offers NFC and LTE connectivity and is powered by a 1.8GHz/2.5GHz octa-core Kirin 955 Processor and 3GB Ram, which makes the handset a speedy choice.

Camera choices for both handsets differ slightly,  with a more conventional choice for the more budget friendly P9 Lite. Whereas the flagship P9 original offers Leica’s dual camera setup, the P9 Lite is more similar to last year’s Huawei P8, with a single camera set up.

Here’s a low down on how both handsets compare:

Huawei P9 vs Huawei P9 Lite

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Video review of the Huawei P9′s Leica Camera

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

If you’re a keen photographer looking for a new smartphone, it’s time to check out the Huawei P9. The Huawei P9 has been crafted by some of the world’s top industrial designers, offering diamond-cut edges and an aerospace-class unibody aluminum with superior-grade 2.5D glass.

There are two camera sensors on the rear of the handset, one 12 mp RGB and one 12mp monochrome. Thanks to the merging algorithm, colours taken by the RGB sensor are seamlessly merged with the detail of the monochrome sensor to give crisp and detailed photographs.

Images taken on the handset look vivid, with colours that are extremely close to natural colours on the stunning 5.2″ FHD display with 96% colour saturation and high contrast.

To find out more check out our demo below:

For detailed spec sheet for the Huawei P9 check out yesterday’s blog.

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Huawei P9 Specs

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Chinese tech giant Huawei recently unveiled its latest smartphone, the Huawei P9, featuring a 5.2 inch display, Huawei’s Octa-core Kirin 955 processor, 4g connectivity, 3 GB ram and 32 GB internal memory.

Huawei promise to reinvent smartphone photography with this device, thanks to the brilliant colour, striking black and white images and the emotional appeal of Leica cameras.

There are two camera sensors on the rear of the handset, one 12 MP RGB and one 12MP monochrome. You’ll be able to achieve incredible shots with the Huawei P9’s merging algorithm, which intelligently combines the colours taken by the RGB sensor with the detail of the monochrome sensor.

To hear more about Huawei’s Leica camera check back on the blog tomorrow, where we’ll be featuring OUR latest youtube video, testing out the handset’s photographic prowess.


  • Connectivity: GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • Dimensions: 145 x 70.9 x 7 mm (5.71 x 2.79 x 0.28 in)
  • Weight: 144 g (5.08 oz)
  • SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Display Size: 5.2 inches (~72.9% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels (~423 ppi pixel density)
  • OS: Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
  • Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 955
  • CPU: Quad-core 2.5 GHz Cortex-A72 & quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
  • Card slot: microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • Internal: 32 GB, 3 GB RAM (EVA-L19/EVA-L09)
  • Primary: Dual 12 MP, f/2.2, 27 mm, Leica optics, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • Features: 1.25 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR
  • Video:1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps
  • Secondary: 8 MP, f/2.4, 1080p

Order your Huawei P9 sim free today and capture your moments perfectly.


The Huawei P9 Lite Now in Stock

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Huawei has now produced a third version of the P9, namely the P9 Lite, the successor to the P8 Lite. The Lite arrives with an aluminium frame with a polycarbonate rear which has a metallic appearance and a Full HD IPS 5.2 inch display.

huawei p9 lite

Unlike the Huawei P9 however, the P9 Lite does not come with the Leica dual 12 MP sensors but just a regular 13 megapixel rear camera. There’s also an 8 megapixel front facing camera for the selfie lover. The device comes with a Kirin 650 processor and dual IM support together with 16GB of storage and a good 3000mah battery to keep things going. The device comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow ith EMUI 4.1 user interface on top.

A highlight of the device is the advanced fingerprint scanner, which as well as being able to unlock the device can also be used as a shortcut for taking photos or answering calls.

Huawei P9 Lite Specs at a Glance:

  • Dimensions: 146.8 x 72.6 x 7.5 mm (5.78 x 2.86 x 0.30 in)
  • Weight: 147 g (5.19 oz)
  • Display: 5.2 inches (~69.9% screen-to-body ratio), IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1080 x 1920 pixels (~424 ppi pixel density)
  • OS: Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
  • Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 650
  • CPU: Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 + quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53
  • Card slot: microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • Internal Memory: 16 GB, 2/3 GB RAM
  • Rear Camer: 13 MP main camera, f/2.0, autofocus, LED flash, 1/3” sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR
  • Front Camera: 8MP front camera
  • Battery size: 3000mAh battery
  • Sim: Dual SIM

This stylish, solidly built device is feature packed and rocks decent specs. The Huawei P9 Lite is now in stock.


Unboxing of the Huawei P9: Leica dual camera

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

If you’ve been following our Instagram or Google Plus accounts you’ll have seen this little beauty land on our desks:

huawei p9

When we first looked at the Huawei P9 we couldn’t escape the design similarities to the previous P8. The metal body’s chamfered edges give a real premium look, and at 6.98mm thick the handset offers a slimline feel in the hand or pocket. The 5.2 inch screen is surrounded by an extremely tiny edge bezel, while a SIM and microSD tray means potential to expand upon internal storage if you want.

huawei p9 dual camera leica

Huawei partnered with the century-old German optics and camera manufacturer Leica (the first collaboration for the camera company) to grace the handset with its rear dual camera. Leica and Huawei have managed to make the back of the camera sit flush with the rest of the phone with one 12-megapixel full-colour sensor with 27mm f/2.2 lens and one monochrome sensor with the same lens.  The addition of a dedicated monochrome sensor reduces image noise as there is no colour filter array chopping up the pixel size on the sensor. This results in a much better quality and gradation to the image.

The box of the P9 adds to the premium quality feel to the handset.

Here’s what you get inside:

huawei p9 unboxing

huawei p9 unboxing 2

*also included is a standard charging plug

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Huawei P9 now in stock

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

Huawei has unveiled the new P9, with a premium feel, high end build quality and two 12 megapixel cameras, co-designed with the internationally renowned camera manufacturer, Leica.

huawei p9

Similar in design to its predecessor, the P8, the Huawei P9 has a 5.2 inch IPS 1080p display with a tiny bezel surrounding the device. With its exquisite design, the P9 is less than 7mm thick yet retains a solid feel.

The perfect device for photographers, the P9 comes equipped with dual 12 megapixel cameras to create professional effects. With the help of the two lenses the P9 takes two pictures, one in colour and one in black and white to capture more detail. Images are then merged to create the best picture to share with family and friends. The device features a front facing 8 megapixel selfie camera producing perfect shots even in low light conditions.

A 3000mAh battery can be charged to full in just over two hours with the help of fast charge or if time is of the essence then 30 minutes will charge the battery to 30%. The P9 features a level 4 High Security fingerprint scanner, NFC, Smart Wi-Fi and microSD support.

The Huawei P9 is a superb looking device with a top notch, feature packed camera and great performance. The P9 is available now, the perfect device for budding photographers.



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