Huawei is betting a partnership with Leica will help their new cameras stand out in the crowd.
Dual-lens smartphones have been a hot topic over the last couple of months, and Huawei is hot on LG’s heels with an impressive pair of new smartphones to show off exactly that. To help drive these selling points home, Huawei has stamped the Leica brand on the back of the phone and offered up some Leica-styled imaging modes in software. Dubbed the P9 and P9 plus, Huawei’s new phones aim to demonstrate the company’s design and engineering prowess side by side with the ability to do something unique and impactful with smartphone photography.
The two big focus points for Huawei in announcing the P9 and P9 plus are the evolution of their industrial design and the new partnership seen in the camera. Rather than a brand license like we’ve seen from other smartphone manufacturers in the past, Leica and Huawei claim a collaborative effort aimed at delivering ” an uncompromising commitment to imaging excellence”. To deliver this, the P9 and P9 plus offer a pair of 12MP sensors behind Leica SUMMARIT lenses. For the P9, those cameras sit on the other side of a 5.2-inch 1080p display powered by a Kirin 955 and a 3,000 mAh battery. Huawei has split the P9 into two versions, one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage, and one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. The 5.5-inch P9 plus is packing a slightly larger 3,400 mAh battery, and comes only in a 4GB model with 64GB of onboard storage.
Huawei has worked hard to position these phones as top-tier devices, and they are priced as such. The 3GB P9 will be available on April 16th for €599, while the more capable 4GB version will run you €649. If you’re looking for the larger P9 plus, Huawei plans to make it available on the same day for €749.