We have been hearing about the Huawei P9 for a long time now, and the Chinese manufacturer has finally made the device official, in addition to a P9 Plus. As the leaks had revealed, both devices come with custom-designed Leica cameras at the back. There are two 12-megapixel cameras at the back – one captures color and the other captures grayscale information, and the output from both is combined for better photos, especially in low-light conditions.
The dual cameras are accompanied by laser autofocus as well for faster focusing on subjects. On the front, there is an 8-megapixel camera, though this one doesn’t have any unique features. The P9 comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD display and is powered by the Kirin 955 chipset, which is an octa-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz for four Cortex-A72 cores and 1.8GHz for the Cortex-A53 cores. There are two storage models – one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and another with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. Both models will have a microSD slot. A 3,000 mAh battery is on-board, in addition to a USB Type-C port.
The P9 Plus has a 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display with support for Force Touch technology. The battery is a 3,400 mAh unit and the P9 Plus will only come in a 4GB/64GB storage model. The rest of the specs remain the same as the regular P9. Both handsets feature a metallic body that houses a fingerprint sensor at the back and stereo speakers for better audio. On the software front, we get Android 6.0 Marshmallow, underneath Huawei’s Emotion UI 4.1.
The Huawei P9 is priced at €599 for the 32GB model and €649 for the 64GB model. The P9 Plus will cost €749. The P9 is set to go on sale on April 16 in various countries in Europe and the Middle East, with the P9 Plus to follow a month later on May 20. The pricing is certainly rather premium, but Huawei’s popularity in the smartphone market and the unique camera setup should help the company draw the attention of consumers.