After a series of promotional campaigns and obvious teasers, Huawei has finally taken the wraps off their 2016 flagship, the Huawei P9 for a competitive price tag of Rs 39,999. Flaunting an extremely premium outlook, this handset is primarily known for its dual-camera setup on the back which they’ve is co-engineered with Leica, a German optics manufacturer.

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Specifications wise, the Huawei P9 features a 5.2-inch Full HD IPS-NEO LCD panel up front and a sleek aluminum build all around. It is powered by Huawei’s own Kirin 955 Octa-Core processor (4×2.5 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) along with 3GB of RAM, Mali-T880 MP4 for graphics, 32GB of internal storage that is expandable up to 256GB and a non-removable 3000mAh battery underneath supporting quick charging. The camera arrangement includes a dual (capturing RGB and monochrome shots separately) 12MP f/2.2 27mm lens with Leica optics, PDAF, dual-tone flash and a front facing 8MP f/2.4 shooter. The monochrome lens on the back assists by enhancing contrast by 50 percent and triples the light intake in low light scenarios because it doesn’t capture colors at all and as a result, absorbs more light particles. Unfortunately, it does not support 4K video recording and Optical Image Stabilization which is a quite bewildering decision for a premium smartphone.

Additionally, the phone sports a fingerprint scanner on the back, Type-C port on the bottom and comes pre-installed with Emotion UI 4.1 layered over Android marshmallow. Although, it won’t take much time for them to release Android Nougat update given the recent leak. There’s also support for Dual-SIM, 4G LTE, Bluetooth v4.2, NFC, and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. The Huawei P9 will be exclusively available on Flipkart and will retail in Titanium Gray, Mystic Silver, and Prestige Gold colors. Huawei has also bundled two years of warranty with 3 months replacement and display damage protection. To read our early impressions of the device, head over to this link.

 


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Shubham is based out of Ahmedabad, India and is studying to be a Computer Engineer, while specializing in mobile applications. He loves covering what's new in the smartphone space and aims to make it his primary profession some day.