Leica. Leica, Leica, Leica.
That’s all anyone ever sees when they look at Huawei’s new P9 smartphone. It’s the first smartphone born from the German camera maker’s collaboration with the Chinese smartphone behemoth and it’s one of the most hyped flagships yet.
But y’know what, after one week with this smartphone, I’ve come to realise that there is so much more to it than the label tacked to its back.
What makes a smartphone great? I feel like I’m always asking myself this question but each time, I’m unable to come up with a single answer.
Is it what the device can print out on a piece of paper? Is it the brand behind the smartphone? Is it a single mind-blowing feature? No, I don’t think so. I think it’s all about the combination — the whole that is greater than the sum of its parts if you will.
You don’t need to mesh the best processor with the most amount of RAM and the highest megapixel count ever. For a smartphone to truly be brilliant, the parts just need to come together well enough, to have enough chemistry, to show the user how much thought you actually put into the handset.
This isn’t something that’s easy to do, obviously, but every once in awhile a smartphone comes along that just hits all the right notes. This time, it’s the Huawei P9 and my goodness is it magnificent.