Huawei revealed its 2016 latest smartphones, the Huawei P9 and the P9 Plus at the launch event in London, assigning photography at the heart of its proposition.
“Consumers around the world use their smartphones to take billions of pictures each year, making photography critical to user experiences.”
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, said.
Huawei Reveals its 2016 Flagship P9
The company made many references to its collaboration with “premium, iconic” imaging brand Leica, a coalition publicized at Mobile World Congress. It said the new device was “co-engineered” with the camera manufacturer.
Oliver Kaltner, CEO of Leica, took to the stage at the event to deliberate the collaboration.
“Our companies share the same vision when it comes to photography, and we both put a lot of effort into ensuring quality. Our process really starts with the identification of customer need, and then developing the best solution to meet it.”
The device has a dual camera set-up, with 12MP resolution. This is supported by two image sensors: one captures color, whereas the other is monochrome, which is believed to offer better light sensitivity and detail.
“In normal light conditions, most smartphones can take a good photo. But in low light conditions, it’s quite difficult for the smartphone.”
Other emphasized feature consist three film modes, standard, vibrant colors and smooth colors, which “faithfully renders the authentic color and style of Leica”.
P9 features an upgraded finger print sensor, which it thought is more than a match for those used by its competitors and a “virtual triple antenna” aimed to provide enhanced mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity.
P9 is powered by Huawei’s new Kirin 955 processor, an octacore chip (4×2.5GHz and 4×1.8GHz cores). It has a 3,000mAh battery. It is powered by Android 6.0, coupled with the new type of Huawei’s EMUI customization.
The typical, 5.2-inch full HD screen standard version is joined by a 5.5-inch full HD “P9 Plus” sibling. This device also perceives a bump in battery capacity, to 3,400mAh.
P9 Plus also gets support for pressure sensitive touch input, it is not the first Huawei device to support this, but it has not been broadly embraced through its portfolio, either.
Huawei P9 is available in four colors: rose gold, prestige gold, titanium grey and mystic silver, with a “deluxe” choice available in haze gold and ceramic white. Whereas the P9 Plus is available in haze gold, quartz grey and ceramic white.
Starting price for P9 is €599 for the version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, increasing to €649 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The P9 Plus version is €749 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
The flagship will be available from 16 April in various markets worldwide.