Launched globally at an event in London last week, the P9 – a new model in Huawei’s premium series is a prepossessing successor of the P8. Co-engineered with Leica, the Chinese brand has taken smartphone photography to new heights.
By design, the P9 has curved-edge glass in front and aero-space-class aluminium on the back with shiny “diamond-cut edges”. The device comes with 6 different colours; Titanium Grey, Rose Gold, Haze Gold, Prestige Gold, Mystic Silver and Ceramic White.
“Co-engineered with Leica, Hauwei has taken smartphone photography to new heights with its new P9 and P9 plus.”
Out of the two models, the P9 is a smaller version with a 5.2-inch screen and the P9 plus is phablet sized at 5.5-inch built for people who love viewing larger screens. Both phones are powered by Huawei’s Kirin 955 2.5GHz 64-bit ARM processor with varying amounts of RAM and dual sim capabilities. Depending on versions, device memory ranges from 3GB-4GB RAM 32GB-64GB storage.
With all the tech that comes with device, its selling point is the image capturing capabilities it packs. With its camera co-engineered with Leica, the quality is bound to be nothing but prestige. Huawei designed the P9 with three cameras. One front 8-megapixel camera and two 12-megapixel rear cameras, one that captures monochrome (Black and White) and one that captures RGB (colour images). In photographic science, this technique helps in capturing high quality clear and accurately coloured images as the monochrome camera captures contrast and detail which captures natural coloured images. In exchange of using filters, the monochrome camera captures direct black and white images which keeps image quality high.
Using the camera, the P9 has a Hybrid Focus option which sets focus on a subject being shot by means of contrast, depth of filed and laser. This option allows users to choose different apertures to create aesthetically ordered images. Huawei boasts about the phones ability to capture low light images with the help of the monochromatic camera being able to capture 200% more light which Huawei says it is 100% better than the Samsung S7 and 270% more than Apple’s iPhone 6S plus.