Huawei finally unveiled the Huawei P9 alongside the Huawei P9 Max after several months of leaked specifications and images at almost a daily pace.
The Huawei P9 is the regular-sized flagship, though we’re inclined to call it the small-sized one – it has pretty much the same footprint as an iPhone 6s. Display diagonal is 5.2 inches, resolution is 1080p, and it’s an IPS LCD panel.
Its powered by the Kirin 955 chipset, an octa-core CPU configured in a BIG.little setup with the bigger cores (cortez A72) clocked at a maximum 2.5GHz
It will be available in two memory configurations which is becoming common among chinese manufacturers. the lower-specced one containing 3GB of RAM and 32 of storage, and the better-equipped one with 4GB and 64GB storage. A microSD slot provides an option for expansion.
The highlight of the Huawei P9 is the camera which is a dual 12MP setup which was co-developed by German Optics company Leica.
The camera has lens aperture of f/2.2, and the field of view is equivalent to a 27mm lens in 35mm terms. Autofocus relies on a combination of laser, contrast and depth calculation (likely an algorithm based on the differences between what the two cameras are seeing).
There’s a dual-LED flash to help in the dark, but the big omission here is OIS. We figure it’s impossible to stabilize both cameras identically, and with the monochrome one helping in less than ideal conditions, the lack of stabilization shouldn’t be missed.
The body is made from aluminum, and resembles the existing Huawei-made Nexus 6P, especially the camera strip on the back. The fingerprint sensor is on the back, for immediate access with either forefinger.
The P9 packs a 3,000mAh battery, and changing takes place via a USB Type-C connector.
Huawei P9 Plus
The Huawei P9 Plus is like a bigger brother to the P9. It measures 5.5-inches in diagonal, so a previously rumoured Max isn’t entirely out of the question with its alleged 6.2-inch diagonal.
The increase in size to 5.5 inches doesn’t come with a resolution increase, but the Plus makes a switch to AMOLED. What it does bring on top of the regular P9 is pressure sensitivity, 3D Touch-style. On the P9 Plus the tech is called Press Touch. Huawei already did it on that one special top-end version of the Mate S nobody has seen, but hopefully the P9 Plus will bring it to more pockets.
Unlike the options you get on the P9, the P9 Plus will only come in a 4GB/64GB variety. The P9 Plus comes with a due increase in battery capacity, rated at 3,400mAh. Dual-IC Rapid Charge will give you 6 hours of talk time for a 10-minute charge, Huawei says.
Additionally, the P9 Plus boasts stereo speakers, which can also adjust their output depending on the phone’s orientation. That means that when the P9 Plus is held in portrait, bass comes out of the bottom speaker, and the top takes care of the treble. We’re not sure how that qualifies as stereo, though.
The Huawei P9 is priced at €599 for 3GB/32GB version and €649 for the 4GB/64GB variant. The Plus commands a €100 premium for a total of €749. The smaller model will be available starting April 16 and 29 countries in Europe and the Middle East will get it in the first wave. The P9 Plus will hit the stores on May 20.