Following my earlier gallery with camera samples from the Huawei Mate 9 and Pixel XL, I thought I’d post more photos taken on a weekend away to Alton Towers and Warwick Castle – as well as some more casual photos out and about.

You will also see photos taken with the hybrid 2x zoom mode, which works in some situations (like close-up shots of fireworks) but doesn’t seem a great deal different to any other digital zoom in others, namely not particularly good or recommended for use.

As ever, click on the photos to see at full size or download.

Alton Towers

Warwick Castle

Miscellaneous Photos

Including low-light and LED flash

What about the video?

The review units we were given came with pre-release software, and as such we were told that an update will be released before the phones go on sale officially. This can’t come soon enough, as I discovered that all of the Ultra HD video I recorded couldn’t be uploaded to YouTube, or loaded into any video editing software. Likewise, video backed up to Google Photos was also corrupted and unplayable.

As it stands, it plays on the phone and only the phone. It’s not a small problem so should be fixed soon. Meanwhile, I realised too late that 1080p video records fine – but I really wanted to bring you 4K video and will do so when Huawei rolls out an update.


Written by Jonathan Morris

Writing about technology, with a focus on mobile, since the early 1990s! Former editor of What Mobile magazine, writer for The Telegraph, Stuff, Know Your Mobile, Pocket Gamer, Smart TV Radar and more. Regular Tweeter, occasional YouTuber, keen amateur photographer and forum moderator. If you like what I write, please consider deactivating your ad blocker or making a donation via PayPal to help fund this site.


  1. Great effort! Any conclusion as to general camera capabilities in comparison to the current flagship camera phones such as Google pixel or s7 edge?


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