CHINESE PHONE MAKER Huawei has unveiled the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus, a duo of smartphones which are the first to come equipped with dual Leica-certified cameras.
The Huawei P9 is the latest in a string of successful releases from Huawei, the last being the iPhone-mimicking Huawei P8.
Keen to build on this momentum, Huawei has introduced two high-end smartphones with dual-lens cameras in London.
The Huawei P9 and P9 Plus represent the fruits of nearly 12-months work in partnership with renowned German optics company Leica. A Leica spokesman told us that the goal was to improve both optical performance and optical design, and from what we've seen so far we tend to believe him.
The dual-lens packs in colour and monochrome 12MP sensors, as well as a dual-tone LED flash and a nifty-sounding laser autofocus system, which Huawei claims makes focusing very quick indeed. We're certainly looking forward to testing it out side-by-side with the Galaxy S7.
The camera technology lets in 90 percent more light than Galaxy S7, and 270 percent more than the iPhone 6S. It will also allow you to refocus your photos even after you've taken them, a trick that we first saw on Lytro's lightfield camera system.
Housed in a thin metal unibody, the Huawei P9 measures just 6.95mm thick, 0.95mm thinner than Samsung Galaxy S7, and you'll find an upgraded fingerprint sensor on the rear of the handset and a USB Type-C port on the bottom.
As usual, Huawei has plumped for its own 64-bit Kirin 955 chipset, consisting of four Cortex-A72 and four Cortex-A53 cores, which is a small bump up from the octa-core chip that we saw previously in the newly-released Huawei Mate 8. There's also 3GB RAM to keep things ticking over on the Huawei P9, or 4GB on the P9 Plus.
On both models, Huawei has shirked the use of QHD in favour of a Full HD display. The P9 sports a 5.2in display with 423ppi, while the Huawei P9 Plus opts for a larger 5.5in display with 401ppi.
They come backed with 32GB of storage onboard as standard, or you could choose the 64GB option. There's scope for microSD expansion, upto 128GB.
The Huawei P9 and P9 Plus are powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, and as usual comes skinned in Huawei's Emotion UI.
The new handsets will be available in three different finishes and six different colours.
The Huawei P9's 3,000mAh battery should last you comfortably through the day, while the larger 3,400mAh capacity of the P9 Plus should see you well into the next day. Huawei has also added a fast charging ability, recharging your handset in just 10 minutes.
The Huawei P9 is priced at £449 in the UK with 32GB of storage, while the Huawei P9 Plus will cost £549 with 64GB. Both will be available in mid-May. µ
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