At a time when there are many smartphones with fast processors, high-resolution displays, and plenty of RAM it’s hard to make a handset that stands out in those areas. So Huawei is taking another approach, and focusing on the camera for its latest phone.
The Huawei P9 and P9 Plus smartphones were designed in partnership with Leica and feature two Leica-certified cameras.
It’s not clear exactly how much of a role Leica played in the phones’ designs, but the cameras are certainly the most noteworthy features of the P9 and P9 Plus.
Huawei says one of the cameras on the back of the phone is an RGB camera that captures color images, while there’s also a monochrome camera to help shape the detail of the images you’re photographing. The two cameras work together to create a single image, although you can also shoot black and white photos if you choose monochrome mode.
The cameras are also designed to work well in dimly lit environments, automatically choose from three different methods for focusing (laser, depth calculation, and contrast), and a camera app with a “professional mode” for manual controls.
The Huawei P9 features a 5.2 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS display and a 3,000 mAh battery, while the larger P9 Plus has 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel Super AMOLED display and a 3,400 mAh battery.
Huawei offers the P9 Plus with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, while the 5.2 inch P9 smartphone is available in either 4GB/64GB or 3GB/32GB configurations.
Both phones are powered by Kirin 955 octa-core processors with four ARM Cortex-A72 CPU cores and four Cortex-A53 cores and both phones feature 8MP front-facing cameras, USB Type C ports, fingerprint sensors, and Android 6.0 software.
Huawei will offer dual-SIM models in Asia and a single-SIM version with a microSD card slot in Europe.
The company is also launching a third-generation Huawei TalkBand wearable which functions both as a watch and as a Bluetooth headset, thanks to a detachable earpiece.