The Huawei P9 Has a Camera Dedicated Entirely to B&W Photography

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Smartphone launch season isn't over yet, people. Huawei has followed Samsung, LG and Apple with the outing of its latest handset, the P9. Or should I say, the P9 double act: the Huawei P9 and the Huawei P9 Plus. As if consumers didn't have enough new mobiles to get their heads around.

Let's start with the one with the slightly shorter name. The P9 is a 5.2-inch Android piece of pocket-candy with a Full HD display that has a top brightness setting of 500 nits. It's 6.95mm thick, featuring a Leica-built, 12-megapixel dual camera setup -- which sits completely flush with the phone's back panel -- a Kirin 955 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a 3,000mAh battery.

Unsurprisingly, it runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1 slapped on top. For those of you unfamiliar with Huawei's handsets, the skin gets rid of the app drawer and makes your handset feel a bit iPhone-y. The P9 will come in a wide range of colours, including white, gold, rose gold, grey and silver, and is set to hit the market later this month.

Its big brother, the P9 Plus, instead features a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM, a 3,400mAh and 64GB of internal storage. Both handsets come with a fingerprint scanner and a USB Type-C charging port.

To say that Huawei's kicked up a fuss about its new handsets' cameras would be a major, maaaajor understatement. Though we've come across dual setups before, one of the P9's sensors is dedicated entirely to black and white pictures. Its snaps are automatically combined with those captured by the regular camera, and the company says the resultant images will be brighter and boast more contrast than anything you'd capture with a regular smartphone cam.

There's a new TalkBand thing too, but nobody really cares about that.

Huawei P9 will be available in Mystic Silver and Titanium Grey. It comes with an RRP of £449 (3GB + 32GB). Huawei P9 Plus in Quartz Grey will be exclusively available to buy from Vodafone from mid May. It has an RRP of £549 (4GB + 74GB).