The wait is over. Today, Huawei officially announced the Huawei P9 and the P9 Plus smartphones at an event in London. We have been bombarded with numerous leaks about the device in the past two months, and now, finally, we have some official details. As expected, the Huawei P9 series phones will be the first smartphone developed in partnership with Leica.
The Huawei P9 comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p display with 2.5D glass on top. The bezels are super thin, measuring just 1.7mm. Under the hood, the phone will be powered by the Kirin 955 chipset that features quad Cortex A72 cores @ 2.5GHz and quad Cortex A53 cores @ 1.8GHz. There are two variants of the device, one with 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and other with 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. The storages are expandable via MicroSD.
Now, coming to the most interesting part of the device. The P9 will feature two 12MP sensors at the back. One will be a monochrome camera while the other will be an RGB color sensor. The former sensor will aid the phone to take more accurate shots along with black and white pictures. These two will work together for taking some great shots. Up front, there will be an 8MP shooter ideal for selfies.
The Huawei P9 comes with a 3000mAh battery on board, packed inside a slim 6.95mm body. The company has done a wonderful job with the all metal design, keeping it slim and lightweight. The phone just weighs 144 grams. The 360 degrees fingerprint sensor is located at the back. As for software, the phone runs on Android 6.0 with EMUI 4.1 on top. Other features on the P9 include stereo speakers and USB Type-C.
These are pretty powerful specs and in line with what we heard from the leaks before. Coming to the pricing, the Huawei P9 3GB RAM version starts at 599 EUR ($681) and the 4GB RAM version will retail at 649 EUR ($739). There are lots of colors available like Ceramic White, Haze Gold, Rose Gold, Titanium Silver, Mystic Silver and Prestige Gold.
HUAWEI P9 Plus
This will be a better-specced version of the Huawei P9, with a larger display and juicier battery. The Huawei P9 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display. The phone has the same Kirin 955 chipset under the hood with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage option as standard. The storage will be expandable. At the back, the phone comes with the same 12MP Dual camera setup as the P9 with an 8MP front facing shooter as well. The battery is larger, measuring 3400mAh and for software, you have Android 6.0 with EMUI 4.1 like the P9. Pricing is naturally higher, more than $100 higher than the top end P9 variant. So, the Huawei P9 Plus will retail at around $850.
The company plans to release the device in a lot of regions including Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, China, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Qatar, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Egypt, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary etc.