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Huawei P9 and P9 Plus flagship smartphones unveiled with Leica cameras

by Jacob Kleinman | April 6, 2016April 6, 2016 9:20 am PST

Huawei announced the long-rumored P9 and P9 Plus at an event in London on Wednesday. The company’s latest flagship phones feature a pair of 12-megapixel rear cameras that were designed in partnership with Leica.

Huawei’s P9 and P9 Plus both come equipped with a 12-megapixel shooter that sits next to a wide-aperture monochrome lens. The second sensor makes it possible to take in three times as much light data while improving contrast by 50 percent. It also offers faster focusing, and crisp black and white photos.

The P9 features a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a Kirin 955 processor, a 3,000Ah battery, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, a fingerprint scanner and Android 6.0. It comes in two different models. There’s a cheaper version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage for €599 ($681), or an upgraded variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for €649 ($737).

The P9 Plus offers a larger 5.5-inch 1080p display with Press Touch, Huawei’s answer to Apple’s 3D Touch feature. It also packs a 3,400mAh battery, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and adds auto-focus to the front-facing camera. It costs €749 ($851).

The design is all glass and metal, giving the phone a sleek and sturdy look. Huawei was also quick to point out that there’s no camera hump despite the device’s slim 6.95mm frame (6.98mm on the P9 Plus).

The device is set to launch in Europe, Asia and the Middle East starting on April 16. Huawei hasn’t said whether it plans to bring the P9 to the U.S., but it’s expected to offer a flagship device in America later this year.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...