Huawei P9 And P9 Plus Announced - Dual 12MP Cameras By Leica, Kirin 955 SoC

By 04:51 Sun, 01 Aug 2021 Comments

After a buildup lasting several months, with leaks and rumors coming in almost daily, the Huawei P9 is now finally official, announced at a dedicated event in London. And alongside the P9 we're also being treated to a P9 Plus, instead of the previously rumored P9 Max.

Huawei P9

The Huawei P9 is the regular-sized flagship, though we're inclined to call it the small-sized one - it has pretty much the same footprint as an iPhone 6s. Display diagonal is 5.2 inches, resolution is 1080p, and it's an IPS Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) panel.

It's the in-houtilize Kirin 955 chipset powering things, a modified version of the Kirin 950 inside the Mate 8. Its octa-core Central Processing Units (CPU) is set at 2.5Giga Hertz (GHz) for the quad-Cortex-A72 cluster and 1.8Giga Hertz (GHz) for the quad-Cortex-A53.

There will be two versions - the lower-specced one containing 3GB of Random-Access Memory (RAM) and 32 of storage, and the better-equipped one with 4GB and 64GB storage. A microSD slot provides an option for expansion.

It's all about the capturing camera though, the dual setup being the headline feature. Co-developed with German optics specialist Leica, the P9's rear shooter consists of two 12MP units, one capturing color, the other seeing only black and white. And varying levels of gray, naturally. They work in unison to deliver more detailed shots in fine light and significantly reduce noise in low light.

For those fond of numbers, lens aperture is f/2.2, and the field of view is equivalent to a 27mm lens in 35mm terms. Autofocus relies on a combination of laser, contrast and depth calculation (likely an algorithm based on the differences between what the two cameras are seeing).

There's a dual-LED flash to assist in the dark, but the gigantic omission here is OIS. We figure it's impossible to stabilize both cameras identically, and with the monochrome one helping in less than ideal conditions, the lack of stabilization shouldn't be missed.

The body is made from aluminum, and resembles the existing Huawei-made Nexus 6P, especially the capturing camera strip on the back. The fingerprint sensor is on the back, for immediate access with either forefinger.

The P9 packs a 3,000mAh battery, and changing takes place via a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Type-C connector.

Huawei P9 Plus

A P9 Max was rumored, but today's not the day it gets announced with the Huawei P9 Plus filling it for it. It measures 5.5-inches in diagonal, so a Max isn't entirely out of the question with its alleged 6.2-inch diagonal.

The bump in size to 5.5 inches doesn't come with a resolution increase, but the Plus makes a switch to AMOLED. What it does bring on top of the regular P9 is pressure sensitivity, 3D Touch-style. On the P9 Plus the tech is called Press Touch. Huawei already did it on that one special top-discontinue version of the Mate S nobody has seen, but hopefully the P9 Plus will bring it to more pockets.

Unlike the options you acquire on the P9, the P9 Plus will only come in a 4GB/64GB variety. The P9 Plus comes with a due increase in battery capacity, rated at 3,400mAh. Dual-IC Rapid Charge will give you 6 hours of talk time for a 10-minute charge, Huawei says.

Additionally, the P9 Plus boasts stereo speakers, which can also adjust their output depending on the phone's orientation. That means that when the P9 Plus is held in portrait, bass comes out of the bottom speaker, and the top takes care of the treble. We're not sure how that qualifies as stereo, though.

The Huawei P9 is priced at €599 for 3GB/32GB version and €649 for the 4GB/64GB variant. The Plus commands a €100 premium for a total of €749. The smaller model will be available starting April 16 and 29 countries in Europe and the Middle East will acquire it in the first wave. The P9 Plus will hit the stores on May 20.



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