Huawei P9 vs P8

P8 and P9 are the flagships of the Huawei smartphone’s line. Indeed, P8 is an older model, so it is quite expected in this comparison will win P9. Nevertheless, we will compare the characteristics and determine the main differences.


In the table below, we record the main characteristics and indicate the key differences (red / green).

Huawei P8 Huawei P9
Display 5.2 inches, 1920×1080 5.2 inches, 1920×1080
Processor HiSilicon 930 HiSilicon 955
Graphics Mali-T628 MP4 Mali-T880 MP4
Storage 16 GB 32 GB
Camera 13 MP, optical image stabilization, F2.0, sensor Sony 2 rearcameras. Bothsensors – Sony IMX286, 13 Mp, F2.2
Frontcamera 8 MP 8 MP
Battery 2680 mAh 3000 mAh

The main differences between these flagships are a central processor with an integrated video core and main camera sensor. Flagship P9 in general got a drastic change, having received as many as two rear cameras. There is a slight change in the capacity of the battery.

Hardware comparison

HiSilicon is the daughter company of Huawei, so you can safely say that the flagships got branded processors. True, Kirin 930 and Kirin 955 are chips of different classes, and the latter is higher and expectedly more powerful.

Let’s start with Kirin 930. This is an 8-core CPU with 2 GHz frequency with ARM big.LITTLE architecture. This implies a distribution of the cores into 2 clusters:

  1. 4 cores for everyday simple tasks;
  2. 4 powerful cores for executing resource-intensive tasks.

The latest consume more energy, but they add a lot of performance. Also connected a graphic chip Mali-T628 MP4. If you compare this chip with competitive graphics, then the power is slightly higher than that of competitor Adreno 405. Considering the support for displays with a resolution of up to 2K and a rather large power consumption, this graphics (and the processor itself) is suitable for smartphones with a large screen and it is recommended capacious battery. However, the P8 battery is 2680 mAh, and it’s hard to call it powerful. So, we can consider it like weakness.

Kirin 955 is also an 8-core, which was introduced as part of P9. There are 8 cores that divided into 2 clusters (ARM big.LITTLE) with 4 cores per each. The first of them consists of weak cores Cortex-A53, the other is represented by the productive Cortex-A72. Nowadays, these are the most powerful cores, and they are designed to provide maximum performance.

There is a graphic chip of premium class Mali-T880MP4, which is almost twice as productive as its predecessor Mali-T760. The same story with graphics Mali-T628, used in Huawei P8.

To assess how much the flagship P9 is more powerful than P8, we need to compare the results of the synthetic test of both smartphones in Antutu. We got the following results:

Huawei P9 got 87,889 points (Screenshot below)

P8 shows the result in 50556 points.

Therefore, the flagship P9 with the Kirin 955 CPU is 60% more productive than the Huawei P8, and this is quite expected. Literally all the available games in the Play Market can be run on high graphics settings.

Remember that the chips from HiSilicon are basically good, but they don’t have serious compete with Qualcomm processors.


The second main difference between P8 and P9 is the cameras. Flagship P9 made a breakthrough, because got simultaneously 2 rear sensors IMX286. The Leica specialists worked on the creation of this camera. Both companies recently announced a partnership, and their first joint product is a camera in Huawei P9, and it turned out to be really worthy. In particular, camera received classy optics and software from Leica.

So, the phone has 2 modules: for color and black and white shooting. Both frames are processed using ImageSmart 5.0 technology, and as a result, a single image with a small amount of noise and high detail is obtained.

In the automatic mode, good photos are obtained, even at night. But for connoisseurs there is a mode of manual shooting with the possibility of setting almost any parameters: white balance, exposure, photosensitivity. Focusing works quickly and accurately, there are no misses. You can even make cool pictures with a blurry background, like this:

Sample photos on the Huawei P9 camera

As you can see, the quality of the photo is at a high level. The only possible drawback is the lack of an optics stabilizer. In the automatic shooting mode the images are decent even without it.

Smartphone Huawei P8 is used with a Sony RGBW-sensor with a resolution of 13 megapixels. The pixel size is 1.12 micrometers, there is optical stabilization, dual LED flash and autofocus. The lens here is not bad – with a f / 2.0 aperture.

The camera application is activated very quickly, and even fast access to camera from the lock screen (you need to pull the lower right corner). In the application menu, you can select the shooting mode add an effect. In general, the software is not bad.

In the afternoon, the pictures are great. Considering the possibility of focusing (focusing at a distance of 4 cm), you can photograph small objects. Rarely the white balance does not match, although it’s easily “catch” by clicking on the desired part of the screen. In the afternoon, the pictures are obtained with good detail and correct color rendition. Particularly well-received photos of contrasting objects: for example, yellow flowers against a background of greenery.

Also, the HDR mode works correctly and really helps to get rid of overexposed or unnaturally dark areas. Still worthy of attention is the “Best Picture” mode, which is nothing more than a serial shooting. The camera takes 10 photos and offers to choose the best, the rest are deleted. This is very convenient when photographing animals, children.

The only possible drawback is the LED flash, which can overexpose the object, so you need to work with it carefully.

The camera also has an interesting “Light” mode, owing to which you can take pictures with a freezelight effect. That is, with the help of candles, lanterns or other means, you can make any inscription in the air with light. Such an opportunity was previously only among the owners of cameras with a long exposure, and now is available and for the owners of smartphones Huawei P8.

Camera photos on Huawei P8

Freezelight demonstration

Freezelight demonstration

Night shots are far from ideal. When the image is enlarged, it’s easy to see noise and blur when moving objects.

Despite the fact that both smartphones use good cameras with cool software and extensive features, the winner is expected to be the P9 model. There is the dual camera is superior in quality and shooting capabilities to the P8 sensor.


Let’s start with the P9 with 3000 mAh batteries. Such a capacity won’t surprise anyone, but optimization of the system plays an important role. In this regard, the developers of Huawei tried well, and if you don’t adjust the power settings manually, then with fairly active use (Wi-Fi + 4g), the phone survives to night.

Dry numbers:

  1. The phone can withstand 10 hours of display at maximum brightness;
  2. 8 hours of social networks;
  3. 7-8 hours when watching a video;
  4. 5 hours of games.

This is a good result for the modern flagship. But at the same time there are opportunities for increasing autonomy. The user has the ability to change the mode from productive to energy saving, you can control background applications that consume battery power, and prevent the smartphone from “active” in sleep mode. There is even a function of forced reduction of the screen resolution (up to HD), which also means saving battery power. With the proper use of these tools, the phone lives 1.5-2 days.

The P8 smartphone is a bit behind in this respect. The battery capacity of 2680 mAh looks quite scanty, but provides work throughout the day. From the morning until late at night the phone lasted in the following mode:

  1. 1 hour of calls;
  2. 20 text messages;
  3. 4 hours of listening to music;
  4. 2 hours of Internet work;
  5. About 40 photos on the camera.

Such a result can’t be called good, and many smartphones P8 is inferior in terms of autonomy. But from morning till night flagship lives out and it’s already good. Charge your smartphone every night – this is the norm.

So in terms of autonomy, P9 wins with a more capacious battery and most likely, with a less voracious processor.


The conclusion is obvious: P8 is absolutely not a competitor to the new P9 flagship, and this is normal. The latter is more expensive, with the best hardware, camera and autonomy. As for the assembly and support of communication standards, there is almost no difference: both phones are assembled well.

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