Huawei has unveiled its latest flagships, the P9 and P9 Plus phablet, during a dedicated press event in London, demonstrating their features and camera capabilities. There were some rumors and leaks indicating how the phones will look like and that they will have a dual camera with Leica optics. According to sources, Huawei is working on a third phone with weaker specs, and the “Lite” version will have the same screen size of 5.2-inch as the P9.
Design and Display
The modern premium market is filling with flagships made of glass and metal, but Huawei prefers to keep the “one piece of sleek and solid metal” design, but it added curved elements so that the two phones look attractive. The P9 and P9 Plus are comfortable to hold and are available in colors such as Ceramic White, Haze Gold, Rose Gold, Titanium Grey, Mystic Silver and Prestige Gold. On their backs, the camera sensor fits completely flush with the panel, there’s no unaesthetic bulge and both the P9 and P9 Plus have a thickness of around 7mm (the phablet is slightly thicker, but the difference isn’t noticeable) and a bezel around the display that measures only 1.7mm. The edge is almost “invisible”.
The screen of the smaller model is IPS and measures 5.2-inch, but it has the same Full HD resolution as the 5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen of the P9 Plus. However, the P9 has a higher density of 423ppi, compared to 401ppi, and its colors have a colder tone.
Huawei teamed up with Leica and equipped its phones with a dual-lens 12MP Summarit H 1:2.2/27 ASPH sensor array with two wide-aperture of f/1.1. One of the sensors is handling RGB color, while the other is monochromatic (black and white) and combined together, they’re obtaining a better contrast. There is also a hybrid laser, a dedicated depth image-signal processor and options for re-selecting a focal point post-capture and a Professional Mode which allows you to manually control ISO, focus, shutter speed, white balance etc. Also, you have the possibility to save images in RAW format.
The P9 has a battery with a capacity of 3000mAh, while the phablet has a larger 3400mAh battery. They’re both charged using a Type-C 1.0 reversible connector which allows fast charging and Huawei claims that the P9 Plus can provide up to two days of normal usage. On the backs of both phones is a “new generation” fingerprint scanner with 3D scanning, for a better security.
Both phones pack Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 955 chipset that houses a quad-core 2.5 GHz Cortex-A72 CPU and a quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, alongside a Mali-T880 MP4 GPU, but while the P9 Plus supports 4GB of RAM, which is coupled with 64Gb of storage, the P9 has another variant of 3GB of RAM coupled with 32GB of storage. However, you will be able to expand the internal memory on both devices, with a microSD card that has a maximum capacity of 128GB.
In the UK, the pricing for the P9 will be £449, while the P9 Plus will cost £549.