Outside of China, Huawei isn’t one of the first names that springs to mind when it comes to smartphones, but the company wants to change that — and the new P9 and P9 Plus, co-engineered with photography expert Leica, are leading the charge. The two flagship phones were shown off at a media event in London today and we were there to take a look.
Based on the first impressions we got after the show, Huawei could have itself a hit with the P9. The all-metal, sandblasted unibody feels comfortable and premium to hold, and the manufacturer has done a particularly fine job of fusing the glass front with the rest of the device – the side bezels are just 1.7 mm thick and seem to be barely there at all. The P9 rocks a 5.2-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, and though it doesn’t have the AMOLED display tech of the 5.5-inch P9 Plus nor cutting-edge resolution, the screen still looks bright and, on the whole, fantastic.
As the rumors and leaks predicted, the main focus is on the 12 MP dual-lens camera: a specially designed pair of lenses developed by Leica and fitted with two 1.25um Sony sensors in each (one RGB, one monochrome). There’s a lot of high-level camera tech here, including laser, depth and contrast focus capabilities, hybrid auto-focus and three dedicated modes that affect the balance of colors in the image.