Much has been leaked about the Huawei P9 but now it’s official — the company’s latest handset does indeed sport dual rear cameras that have been co-developed with Leica. And while dual rear cameras have existed in the past, the Huawei P9’s setup is different from anything we’ve already seen. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that the P9 is a pretty awesome smartphone in itself.
So what’s so special about the Leica dual camera setup? To begin with, they’re both 12mp shooters. However, they’re not the same camera. One makes use of an RGB sensor for color depth while the other uses a monochrome sensor for improved contrast and detail. Used in tandem, the resulting images have better clarity and detail, and they can even be refocused after they’ve been taken.
The Huawei P9’s imaging prowess doesn’t end there. The camera benefits from a laser for wicked fast focusing for close-up shots. There’s also a Pro mode so you can manually adjust the camera’s settings, such as focus mode, ISO, white balance, shutter speed, and more.
As for what you’re getting smartphone-wise, you’ll actually have 3 variants to choose from. First, there’s the P9, which comes in either 3GB/32GB or 4GB/64GB flavors and features a 5.2 inch Full HD IPS display. Then there’s the P9 Plus, which comes in a single 4GB/64GB variant with a larger 5.5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED display.
Aside from the screen and RAM/ROM configuration, not much differs between the P9 and P9 Plus. Both will run Marshmallow 6.0 out of the box. Naturally, you’ll get a full suite of wireless connectivity options befitting a flagship smartphone. The only remaining difference is that the P9 will run on a 3,000mAh battery while the P9 Plus comes with a slightly beefier 3,400mAh battery.
The Huawei P9 and P9 Plus will begin their international roll out on April 16, although the Philippines won’t be among the first countries to receive it. It shouldn’t take long before it does though. The phones won’t be cheap. The P9 starts at 599 Euros for the 3GB/32GB version (roughly Php31.5k after straight conversion) and goes up to 649 Euros for the 4GB/64GB model (about Php34.1k). If you prefer the Huawei P9 Plus, you’ll have to shell out 749 Euros (Php39.4k).