Huawei P9 launches:
Huawei launched its new flagship for the year 2016 alongside the Huawei P9 Plus. The main feature in both these phones is the new dual 12 Mega Pixel camera set-up with a monochrome lens and another RGB lens to improve contrast by upto 50%. This camera module was developed in partnership with Leica a company that’s been around since forever in the camera industry. Lets talk about this camera in sometime while we divulge in its other specifications.
This phone does not just have a pretty body it packs a pretty powerful HiSilicon Kirin 955 with a Quad-core 2.5 GHz Cortex-A72 & quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 and 3/4 GB if ram for the 32/64 GB storage models respectively. The phone sports an 5.2 inch 1080p IPS display with a pixel density of 423 ppi, Huawei tells us the display is capable of 500 nits of brightness and 96% color saturation. Not a state of the art display in 2016 but it should help with the battery life. The phone has a 3000 mAh battery and also sports a rear facing fingerprint scanner. The phone sports the dual camera set-up with two 12 Mp sensors and an 8 Mp front facing camera. There is also support for dual sim cards both LTE capable with CAT.6 modem
The phone has a all metal body and weighs at around 144 g and is just 6.75 mm thick. The volume rockers are placed right above the power button on the right edge of the phone and there is usb c port to the bottom along with the bottom facing speakers. The phone comes in six colours Haze Gold, Rose Gold, Prestige Gold (wow that’s a lot of gold), Ceramic White, Titanium Grey and Mystic Silver. The overall design is ergonomic and clean. It has a lot of design cues from the Huawei Nexus 6p which is not a bad thing at all.
The Huawei p9 comes with Android 6.o with Huawei’s custom skin Emotion UI 4.1. Its an app drawerless interface with just folders and icons on the home screen with additional tweaks. This is far from stock android and offers a completely different experience and some may like it and others may not personally though i dont mind it all that much.
The Main Thing:
The main focus point of this phone is the dual lens camera. For one its made in partnership with Leica and two we have seen dual lens setups before but none like this. Both sensors are 12 MP with an f/2.2 aperture with 27 mm focal length with Phase Detection Auto-Focus and a dual LED dual tone flash. Both sensors are 1.25-micron Sony IMX286 sensors (24% larger than the P8). So you’re all set for wide-angle and monochrome photography too. What all this means is that the Huawei P9 promises to deliver exceptional light sensitivity: with the monochrome sensor promising a 200% increase over regular sensors and a 50% bump in contrast. Because this is Huawei, the P9 had to be compared endlessly to the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s, so to stay true to form, the P9 reportedly lets 90% more light in than the S7 and 270% more than the iPhone 6s.
There are three different focus modes on board too: laser focus, depth focus and contrast focus as well as a dedicated depth measurement chip. This means that both lenses can focus individually (along with the laser focus) and the P9’s improved ISP will automatically choose the best result. In practice it seems to work OK, but it’s far from lightning fast.
There are more camera modes on the Huawei P9 than you can shake a stick at, including a full manual mode, Bokeh effects for extreme shallow depth-of-field, selective focus, RAW and much more, but unfortunately neither lens has optical image stabilization. We’ll reserve our judgements on just how revolutionary the P9 camera is for the full review, but there’s definitely a lot to play with.
Oh oh almost forgot the Huawei P9 plus is the same phone with a bigger 5.5 inch SUPER AMOLED display and a slightly larger 3400 mAh battery 🙂