Huawei P9 might not get Android 8.0 Oreo update


A few months ago, Huawei’s product manager had posted on the official forum in China that the company was working on the Android 8.0 Oreo-based EMUI 8.0 for the Huawei P9 (Review) and the Huawei P9 Plus. However, there was no timeline specified for the rollout of the update. Now, it seems that the Huawei P9 won’t be getting the Android 8.0 Oreo update after all.

Huawei P9: Android 8.0 Oreo Update

A UK-based customer had sent an email to Huawei’s support team asking whether the Android 8.0 Oreo update will be rolled out to the P9 smartphone. In reply to the email, the customer support team replied stating that the device won’t be getting the Android 8.0 Oreo update because of some hardware limitations and other issues.

If we look at the screenshot below, we can see that the Huawei support team has mentioned that the latest Android version will not be released for the Huawei P9 due to some “hardware capacity” related issues which might lead to “system built-in function failure, device freezing and power consumption increase.” Additionally, the customer support mentions that due to device freezing and power consumption increase, they are not bringing the Oreo update.

The handset received the Android 7.0 Nougat update last year, two years after Google released it in 2016. Now, Huawei hasn’t mentioned whether or not the P9 Plus and the P9 Lite will be getting the Android 8.0 Oreo software update. However, chances of these two smartphones getting the latest stable build of Android are low because the company is facing issues even on the standard model.

Huawei P9: Features, Specifications

The Huawei P9 was launched in India in August 2016. Since then, the company did not release any Huawei branded smartphone. A few weeks ago, the Huawei P20, Huawei P20 Pro (Review), and the Huawei P20 Lite were launched in the Indian market. The P9 sports a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display which has Full HD resolution. The phone is equipped with the Hi-Silicon Kirin 955 octa-core processor and it comes in two variants. The base variant has 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, whereas the higher-end variant comes packed with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.

During the launch, the device came running Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system out of the box. In terms of imaging, the Huawei P9 sports a dual 12-megapixel camera setup which has been developed in collaboration with Leica. These camera sensors have f/2.0 aperture lens. At the front, the device features an 8-megapixel camera (Sony’s IMX179 sensor and F2.4 aperture. Connectivity-wise, the smartphone features dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, DLNA, GPS, NFC, and a 3.5mm audio port.