Huawei unveils new P9 smartphone with dual lens camera


Huawei has unveiled its new flagship smartphone the P9, which includes a first of its kind dual lens camera that allows users to refocus photos after they have been taken.

The dual camera feature is the result of Huawei teaming up with German camera maker Leica.

The two companies first collaborated to create a similar feature on the Huawei’s Honor 6 Plus. However, the camera this time round combines data from the dual lenses to produce richer, higher quality 12 megapixel images.

The dual-lens means that when users take a photo, both cameras capture the image, which are then automatically combined using software on the phone. Users can then refocus the images, enabling them to bring different parts of the image into focus.

The result is that users can create images with a more shallow depth field than would normally be possible with a smartphone camera, and which is typically only possible with a much larger lens.

Huawei P9 dual lens

The Huawei P9 features a 5.2 inch display, compared to 5.5 inches on the Huawei P9 Plus.

The standard P9 has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, as well as a 4GB RAM/64GB ROM version. Storage can be expanded via MicroSD, which is also the slot for the dual SIM variant of the phone that is likely to be released in Thailand. A 128GB version of the phone will also be released in China.

The phone is powered by Huawei’s octa core Kirin 955 processor and includes a 3,000mAh battery, which is the same as in the new Samsung Galaxy S7. Huawei claims the powerful battery will keep the P9 running for for 1.15 day in heavy use and over 1.6 days for during normal usage.

The P9 runs Huawei’s version of Android Marshmallow.

As for design, well the Huawei P9 doesn’t look half bad either. Its metal frame and sides come in a variety of colours including white, three variants of gold, mystic silver and titanium grey, although it is not yet known which versions will be released in Thailand.

The Chinese tech giant is hoping the P9 will be the device that helps the company to rival the likes of Apple and Samsung outside its native China.

According to the company, the P9 will be officially released in China, the UK, throughout Europe and in parts of the Middle East on 16 April. It will then be launched throughout Asia on 20 May, however, when we contacted Huawei Thailand they said the release date of the P9 here was still to be confirmed – as soon as we know, we’ll update.

If pricing in the UK and Europe is anything to go by, the 3GB RAM/32GB storage model is expected to cost around 24,00 THB, whereas the 4GB RAM/64GB will cost approximately 26,000 THB.

Huawei P9  Specs

Huawei P9 Huawei P9 Plus
Display 5.20 inch 5.5 inch
Resolution 1080×1920 pixels 1080×1920 pixels
Processor 1.8GHz 1.8GHz
RAM 3GB or 4GB 4GB
Storage 32GB or 64GB 64GB
Rear Camera 12 MP 12MP
Front Camera 8 MP 8MP
OS Android 6.0 Android 6.0
Battery capacity 3000mAh 3400mAh

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