Huawei P9, P9 Plus with dual Leica-certified cameras launched


After several leaks, Huawei has formally launched the P series devices – P9 and P9 Plus – in London. The new Huawei P9 and P9 Plus boast of a new dual-camera setup, which is Leica certified. Both the new devices have almost similar hardware and have taken design cues from the P8.

Though both the models have similar hardware, they have a different screen and battery capacity. Of course, that impacts the overall weight as well. Sporting an aluminium unibody design, both the handsets are powers by Huawei’s own Kirin 955 mobile chipset.

The highlight of these flagship models are the twin 12-megapixel cameras setup at the back with Leica certification. This setup has one 12-megapixel camera with a colour supporting sensor while the second is a 12-megapixel camera has a monochrome sensor. Together, both camera modules can collect three times the light of a single regular camera, and it also improves the contrast by 50 percent. Leica has tested and certified these camera modules (sensor and the lenses) for colour reproduction and accuracy. On the front is an 8-megapixel camera with Sony’s IMX179 sensor with F2.4 aperture.

Huawei has included its Force Touch technology in both the smartphones’ display to differentiate and register the pressure applied by the users for executing gestures.

The P9 sports a 5.2-inch IPS display with 1080p resolution. It has two variants – 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM with 32GB storage and 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM with 64GB storage. Meanwhile, the P9 Plus has a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080p resolution and packs 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB built-in storage.

Both phones run the EmotionUI 4.1 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Other features include a dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, a Bluetooth 4.2, DLNA support, an NFC, and a GPS chip.

Huawei has priced the 3GB+32GB P9 model at EUR599 (Rs 45,050 approx.) and the 4GB+64GB P9 model at EUR649 (Rs 48,800 approx.) in the Europe region. The P9 Plus will be sold for EUR749 (Rs 56,300 approx.). However, these devices will first go on sale in China and rest of the Asia initially.