Huawei P9 goes official with a dual-lens Leica camera


Huawei has revealed their much teased P9 flagship smartphone in London. The bigger P9 Plus is also quite impressive.

Huawei P9 is yet another flagship phone for 2016. However, to stand out from the competition, the P9 packs dual 12 megapixel cameras with Leica lenses. One of the cameras only takes monochrome pictures which sounds weird but actually has great benefits. The sensor doesn’t need the RGB filter which reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. Working together these two cameras can therefore take pictures with much better contrast and color reproduction.

Other specs include a 5.2″ 1080p IPS display, Huawei’s own Kirin 955 chip, 3/4GB of RAM, 32/64GB of storage and a 3000mAh battery. The Kirin 955 isn’t the fastest SoC out there but there are still plenty of power coming out of those four Cortex-A72 and four Cortex-A53 cores. The front facing camera is 8 megapixels and if it’s the same sensor that’s in the Nexus 6P, I can personally recommend it for anyone looking for ridiculously high-quality selfies. The operating system is of course Android 6.0 with Huawei’s skin.

Design is typical Huawei. Absolutely brilliant materials and colors with a good build quality all around. The P9 is only 6.95mm thick with no camera bumps, an impressive thing to notice for other manufacturers like Apple and Samsung as well. Also on board is a USB Type-C connector with quick charging capabilities.

The bigger brother, P9 Plus picks up the same design but in bigger scale. The display is 5.5″ and still 1080p but picks up Super AMOLED technology. The battery capacity also grows to 3400mAh. The Plus model is only available with the 4/64GB configuration.

Availability starts from Europe and Middle East on April 16th and is supposed to spread worldwide soon. The 3/32GB P9 will cost 599€ and the 4/64GB model is 649€. The Plus model is priced at 749€. All prices include the European tax so expect lower prices in the States.

Source: Huawei press release

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