A year after the launch of the Huawei P8, the critical flagship that blaze the trail of premium design and powered innovation for the Chinese smart device vendor, the highly anticipated successor – the Huawei P9 – makes its global debut in similar fashion in the UK.
Just like its predecessor, the new Huawei smartphone flagship will set the tone and pacing of innovation for other smart devices, both from Huawei and competing camps, for the rest of the year and the months after that. Thus, at launch, it comes with two distinctive flavours: Huawei P9 and P9 Plus.
Reflecting Huawei’s drive to lead the innovation space, the newly launched Huawei P9 and P9 Plus feature a number of new powered specs. This includes using premium and tough materials – like aerospace-class aluminium and for the chassis, specially designed diamond-cut edges, the high-performance Kirin 955 2.5GHz 64-bit ARM-based System-on-Chip, USB Type-C port, Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1, and the usual memory and storage combos.
More importantly, and as per revealed in many news leaks and rumours, the rear-facing main camera array on the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus packs in some fancy innovations that Leica specifically developed for these two top-end flagship.
The dual-lens powered platform, while not new, brings together the photography understandings of both Huawei and Leica to create an optimised shooter that revolutionises the basics of mobile photography. Instead of a depth-of-field or autofocusing support system that acts as the secondary camera, Leica packed into the Huawei 9 and P9 Plus a 12MP RGB camera alongside a 12MP monochrome one that work in tandem to, Huawei claims, produce photos with superior detail, depth, and colour; create decent low-light shots; and snap true black and white images.
Complementing the dual-lens camera system of the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus further is the Huawei Hybrid Focus platform. Using three autofocusing systems – laser, depth calculation and contrast – it automatically selects the one that is able to produce the best focusing and snapping experience in the environment it is being used in at the time. Other enhancements include a wide-angle design and large aperture that the lenses use and new creative filters that try to replicate the visual grading of original films.
As for design and function variances, the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus is very much distinctive on their own. With the former, its 5.2in Full HD IPS-NEO LCD panel is paired with a 3,000mAh high-density battery that, supposedly, could run for more than a day. As for the latter, it comes with a 5.5in Press Touch Full HD Super AMOLED screen, 3,400mAh battery, and dual-IC Rapid Charge feature that can generate six hours of talk time in a 10-minute charging session.
Both devices will be available in selected countries – with China being the only Asian representative – on 16 April 2016 and will be priced as follows:
- Huawei P9 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM – €599 (~RM2,700)
- Huawei P9 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM – €649 (~RM2,900)
- Huawei P9 Plus 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM – €749 (~RM3,300)
There are no immediate details as to when Huawei Malaysia will bring both flagships over here but, going by previous experiences, it could appear sometime in end-May 2016 or early June 2016.