Video: Huawei P9 – A Week With the New Flagship

For the better part of the last week, I have had the Huawei P9 in house for testing. That may sound odd, since we don’t typically give much coverage to phones that will never arrive in the US, but with Huawei seemingly on the verge of making a big splash here, we wanted to see what their non-Nexus flagships are like. We wanted to see if their Android skin is as bad as its reputation, if the hardware is as good (or better) than that of the 6P, and also begin to familiarize ourselves with the world’s new number 3 phone manufacturer.

The video below will walk you through all of this, but to summarize, I’ll just say this – the software is worse than expected, but the hardware might be the best I’ve held this year.  (more…)

DEAL: Huawei Watch is $100-$150 Off at Most Retailers

The Huawei Watch, an Android Wear smartwatch that is about as good as it gets for the current crop, has been discounted by either $100 or $150 depending on the model. Amazon, Best Buy, and Newegg are all selling the watch with heavy discounts.

The base model, which has a stainless steel case and leather strap, has dropped from $350 to $250 for a limited time. The same goes for the black stainless steel, stainless steel with mesh bracelet, and the all stainless with classic steel bracelet. Those have all been discounted by a solid $100. But, if you want some gold in your life, Huawei is shaving off $150 for the all gold with metal bracelet and the gold model with leather bracelet.

Be sure to read our Huawei Watch review if you have not already.

Huawei Watch Links:  Amazon | Best Buy | Newegg

Leica, Huawei Release Joint Statement on “Co-Engineering” of Huawei P9

Earlier this week, it was reported by us, plus a handful of other online publications, that Leica’s actual involvement in co-engineering the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus was somewhat misrepresented to potential consumers. Shortly after that story was published, Huawei released an in-depth statement, refuting any idea that Leica was not heavily involved in the development (aka “co-engineering”) process. Now, Leica and Huawei have released a much larger joint statement, detailing everything that Leica did during the process.  (more…)

Leica’s Involvement in the Huawei P9’s Camera Called Into Question (Updated)

When announced, Huawei’s P9 smartphone was pretty exciting, thanks to its “co-engineered” with Leica labeling and marketing. For anyone in the photography field, knowing that Leica’s legendary reputation was being placed alongside a Chinese manufactured smartphone is pretty huge, especially with phrases like, “reinvent smartphone photography” and “Leica dual lenses” being tossed on all of Huawei’s promotional material.

At the time of announcement, Huawei explicitly stated that the camera experience has a whole was co-engineered with Leica, leading customers to assume that the camera-maker had some sort of hand in the creation of the modules. Come to find out, that is not exactly the case. (more…)

Huawei Unveils the Flagship P9 and P9 Plus With Leica Co-Engineered Dual Camera

This morning, at an event in London, Huawei announced two new P-series flagship smartphones, the P9 and P9 Plus. Neither will make its way to the US any time soon (probably never), but since they are the new 2016 flagships from a company aiming to take on Samsung and Apple (and may be able to do it), the phones are worth talking about, especially since they were also co-engineered with Leica, the German camera expert.  (more…)

Huawei P9 to Come Equipped With Dual Leica Shooters

In late February, Huawei and Leica announced a partnership that would reinvent smartphone photography. Details were scarce by what was exactly meant, since smartphone photography has already matured by leaps over the years, but with the latest leak of a render for the Huawei-made P9, it appears that the reinvention of smartphone photography equates to dual rear-facing cameras.  (more…)

DEAL: Nexus 6P, Moto X Pure Edition, Galaxy S7, and Galaxy S7 Edge Still on Sale

In case you missed the news last week, there are plenty of high-end devices still on sale this week, including the Nexus 6P, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Moto X Pure Edition.

For the Nexus 6P, it can purchased directly through Amazon or Best Buy, with Amazon listing the device at about $75 off retail. On Best Buy, the phone is $50 off, but also comes with free Speck case for the phone’s protection.  (more…)