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Huawei Outs P9 and P9 Plus with Dual Camera Setup

April 9th, 2016 | by Z. Gonzales

Huawei has finally announced the next iteration of its other flagship device. Just like its main rivals, the Chinese company is following the trend of announcing two flagship models at a time with the unveiling of the P9 and P9 Plus in London a couple of days ago.
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Unlike its predecessors, the two P9 models seem to be veering away from the design language that has gotten the company criticized for copying a certain American electronics brand. This time around, Huawei has refined the design of the two P9s and clearly, the look is now entirely unique.

The base P9 is built around a 5.2-inch IPS display with a Full HD resolution. Powering the device is a HiSilicone Kirin 955 chipset (a modified version of the Kirin 950 on the Mate 8) which has a 2.5GHz octa-core processor, 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of built-in storage.

 

On the other hand, the P9 Plus likes to go with a 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display. The chipset installed on the Plus version is the same as the one on the base P9 but this time around, the RAM and on-board storage is fixed at 4GB and 64GB respectively.

In terms of the battery, the P9 is rocking a 3000mAh battery that is charged with a USB Type-C connector while the one on the P9 Plus is rated at 3400mAh with Dual-IC Rapid Charging that allows users to top up the battery for a 6-hour call in just 10 minutes.

The P9 Plus also comes with stereo speakers that can adjust their output based on the phone’s orientation. Moreover, the bigger P9 has a pressure-sensitive screen which the company is now calling Press Touch as well as a fingerprint reader at the back.
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However, the most interesting bit of the two phones lay in the camera department. As you might have heard, Huawei has partnered with German optics maker Leica and the P9 is the first phone to come out of this collaboration.

The P9 is packing two 12MP cameras at the back with a f/2.2 aperture and dual-LED flash. The phone also comes with a field of view equivalent to a 27-35mm lens and uses laser AF, contrast detection, and depth calculation. There’s also an 8MP camera on the front with a f/2.4 aperture and can capture 1080p videos.
Huawei P9 design 2.pngIt’s also interesting how the two cameras capture images on their own. According to Huawei, one camera captures in color while the other one only sees black and white. Combining the images captured by the two cameras should produce more detailed images when shooting in good light and reduces noise when in low light.

The rear cameras are able to capture 1080p videos at 30fps, but sadly there’s still no 4K video capture with this model.

The Huawei P9 will be available this month for €599 for the 3GB/32GB version and €649 for the 4GB/64GB variant. The P9 Plus, on the other hand, will reach store shelves in May for €749.

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