The new Huawei P9 and P9 Plus arrive with LEICA’s dual monochrome and RGB lens system
We have attended the official presentation of the new Huawei flagships in London, some terminals with some features that will stand out from other high-end market.
The design of the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus is metal in one piece, in the back we find as discordant elements an upper strip where the cameras go, double led flash and the laser focus, while in the lower part we have the typical line that hides the terminal’s antennas. There is also room for a fingerprint sensor in the back as we have seen in other Huawei terminals. Below we will have a USB Type C connector. There will be models with a gold, rose-gold, silver and gray finish.
The front part is defined with the screen of 5.2-inch IPS (P9) or 5.5-inch (P9 Plus) for which the company has decided to place a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. What does stand out is his small frame of only 1.7 mm (For comparison, the company says that the Galaxy S7 is 3.07mm and the iPhone 6s goes up to 4.29mm). The total thickness of the terminal is 6.95 mm for the P9 and 6.98 mm for the P9 Plus.
Where Huawei wants to stand out from other terminals is in its dual camera system, something that we have already seen in more than one terminal, but in this case they have been joined with the mythical LEICA to develop the camera modules for them and they have opted to integrate one monochrome and one RGB sensor. The Monochrome sensor can ccapture up to 200% more light than a conventional sensor, in this way, by joining the image of both sensors, it is possible to enjoy more illuminated captures (according to Huawei, 90% more than those of a Samsung Galaxy S7).
The camera’s interface has been designed by LEICA, so it’s no surprise that it integrates a complete “Pro” manual mode to keep under control all the variables that can influence a capture (exposure, shutter, ISO, focus, etc.). ..) or add blur effects by simulating very low openings (or just the opposite, simulating high openings) taking advantage of the double camera.
In addition, it is also capable of taking black and white photos using this type of sensor or applying blur effects using the double lens. The one in charge of joining the shots made by the double camera will be the ISP i5 integrated in the SoC Kirin 955.
The two modules will have 12 megapixels and an aperture of f / 2.2, and will not have optical stabilization of any kind. They will be accompanied by a laser sensor for focus that will work together with depth and contrast focus. The front camera will be 8 mp.
As for the internal components, Huawei has integrated its own Kirin SoC, specifically an improved version of its Kirin 950 called Kirin 955 at 2.55GHz Which will be accompanied by 3 GB or 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB or 64 GB of storage, all powered by a 3,000 mAh battery for the P9 and 3,400 for the P9 Plus. Another difference that the P9 Plus will have is that it integrates Press Touch Display, a screen capable of detecting pressure at two different levels to carry out actions, something similar to the 3D Touch that Apple integrated into the latest iPhone.
The operating system will be Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Huawei EMUI 4.1 customization layer.
The price of the 32 GB Huawei P9 will be 599 Euros (3 GB of RAM) and will arrive in Spain on May 3, while the P9 Plus version (4 GB of RAM and 64 GB) will cost 699 Euros, will arrive on May 1. June.
There will also be a version of the P9 with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage that will cost 649 Euros.
We update the thread with own photos of the Huawei P9, including some other benchmark. Stay tuned because soon we will publish a complete review!