Huawei has been launching some spectacular products lately with their budget Honor series and the much acclaimed Google Nexus 6P. Today, they took the wraps off their next flagship phones extending the P series, P9 and P9 Plus. Both the devices are co-engineered with Leica, a company known for its lightweight and high-quality cameras.
The P9 comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD IPS display and an aluminum unibody design. It is powered by Huawei’s own Kirin 955 Octa-Core processor along with 3GB of RAM, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, 3000mAh battery, 32/64GB storage options, Huawei’s signature rear fingerprint sensor, and a USB Type-C port. It will support Dual SIMs in Asian markets, however, others will get a MicroSD card slot. I don’t know why the company did that as many in countries like India look for an expansion slot before purchasing a handset.
The P9 Plus is a slightly larger device with 5.5-inch Super AMOLED panel, although resolution has been kept identical. It comes with the same processor but there’s 4GB of RAM and a 3400mAh battery pack. The most distinct difference between the two new products is that the P9 Plus supports a 3D-Touch inspired pressure sensitive screen, Huawei calls it “Press Touch” though. It works absolutely like what we see on the iPhones, however, I don’t think many developers will create applications specifically for this phone.
The main focus however here are the two rear camera modules that Huawei says are manufactured in partnership with Leica. There’s a standard 12 Megapixel f/2.2 lens, Laser Auto-Focus, and another 12 Megapixel monochrome module which helps in improving contrast by 50 percent and can triple the light intake by the phone resulting in better shots taken in unadmirable lighting conditions. The reason behind this betterment is that the monochrome lens doesn’t capture colors, as a result, it can absorb more light photon particles. OIS is, unfortunately, missing from both handsets. But given how exceptional the 6P’s camera was, we have high hopes for the performance of this phone. Despite the heavy arrangement, the phone is rather slim measuring at 6.5mm and there’s absolutely no bump on the back providing a much coherent experience.
Both the phones come in variety of colors from Grey to Rose Gold and materials including a Ceramic edition. The P9 will cost around £449 while the Plus is priced at £549. They will be available starting April 16th in 29 countries.