Huawei P9 – My Thoughts and Highlights


Huawei announced the new Huawei P9 and P9 Plus yesterday. Some of the significant aspects of this launch is the dual lens arrangement on the rear, strengthened with the Leica branding and new partnership with Huawei.

From a tech point of view the P9 comes fitted with the kitchen sink and the P9 plus adds extra features like an amoled force touch screen, bigger screen and battery, an infra red blaster, stereo speakers and more. The P9 Plus also has a 8mp from camera with Auto Focus.

The presentation felt more like it was a Leica Phone made by Huawei. The key tech behind the lenses –

Key to the P9’s superlative imaging capabilities is a dual-camera design that fully unleashes the power of Leica’s optical lenses, renowned for precision and attention to detail, and subject to the industry’s most stringent quality screening requirements. The RGB camera on the P9 specializes in capturing color, while the monochrome camera is outstanding at acquiring picture detail. The two rear cameras of the P9 work in tandem to enable users to create images of superior detail, depth and color. The P9 truly excels in low-light conditions, as the dual-camera design guarantees more light and detail can be captured.

Each picture taken by the P9 carries the unique emotional resonance and timelessness that are the hallmarks of Leica, as users may choose between three film modes: Standard, Vivid Colors and Smooth Colors, depending on their personal preferences. With meticulous calibration of the P9’s camera parameters, each film mode faithfully renders the authentic color and style of Leica. By selecting the monochrome mode, P9 users can use their devices as a true monochrome camera to capture powerful and evocative black and white images of superior quality.

Deploying Huawei’s Hybrid Focus technology, the P9 captures images with superior speed, accuracy and stability. The P9 supports camera focusing based on three methodologies – laser, depth calculation and contrast – and automatically selects the one that yields the best result in any given environment.

The wide-aperture photography feature on the P9 allows users to experiment with innovative visual effects to create unique images and content. The P9 makes it easy to adjust the camera aperture to create bokeh and other depth-of-field effects, while keeping the main object in sharp focus.

Key Specifications

– Display- P9: 5.2-inch IPS LCD, 1920×1080, P9 Plus: 5.5-inch Super AMOLED, 1920×1080
– Processor Kirin 955 octacore, 4xA72 + 4xA53
– Storage/RAM P9: 32GB/3GB or 64GB/4GB, P9 Plus: 64GB/4GB
– OS – Android 6.0 with EMUI 4.1
– Rear cameras – Dual 12MP (monochrome + colour), 1.76-micron pixel equivalent,Leica certification
– Front camera- 8MP
– Connection USB-C,SIM/SD – single SIM with microSD (128GB) in Europe
– Battery P9: 3000 mAh , P9 Plus 3400 mAh
– Dimensions P9: 145 x 70.9 x 6.95mm, P9 Plus: 152.3 x 75.3 x 6.98 mm
– Weight P9: 144g,P9 Plus: 162g
– Security Fingerprint
– P9 Plus Extras – Infrared, stereo speakers

Huawei made quite a few bold claims and I do wonder if some of these were just marketing gloss. For example the actual specs of the lenses are f/2.2 aperture with a 27 mm focal length. Both sensors are 1.25-micron Sony IMX286 sensors but there is no OIS. The G5 has a f/1.8 and the S7 f/1.7 and both have OIS. Huawei claim that the P9 lets 90% more light in than the S7 and 270% more than the iPhone 6s. I do find these figures high personally. The real test on this camera will be in the results. Will it outperform the S7, LG G5 and HTC 10? Only time will tell and I do think it will also boil down to the type of shot required. At the moment, based on what I have seen across the internet, I am not convinced it will.

The good news is that if you want to pick one of these up, all the major UK networks will be selling the P9.

2 thoughts on “Huawei P9 – My Thoughts and Highlights

  1. Marketing, marketing ^^ I don’t think that the house processor of Huawei are as good as the Qualcomm S820 in the camera department coding but why not, Huawei want’ to become the 1st in the phone arena, the road is not very long


  2. Photos, we want photos…

    Initial impression is the landscapes are not as sharp at the pixel level as the top two last year, let alone the top 2 this year. Maybe Leitz camera don’t want to get into a pissing contest over sharpness. Noticed sharpness settings so this could be tweaked if necessary.

    There are some nice creative features that nobody else has. Real monochrome & customisable background blur.

    The lack of OIS might explain why the slowest shutter I see is 1/17. Low light handling is decent at high ISO. See the red telephone box at ISO 3500 and the lounge with the grey sofas.

    Includes full manual controls, wonder what the slowest shutter is. And raw support so maybe more details can be got here.

    The 90% more light than S7 bit ? I wonder how they calculate this.

    I was given to understand two lenses means twice the amount of light at f2.2 so less razor sharp dof at macro distances than f1.7. Means more of your macro subject in focus than could be had with the S7/G5.

    Now to go a stop brighter from 2.2 will put you at f1.55. If so that is about 25% brighter than the S7.

    We need to account for sensor size. Imx286 does not have a diagonal mentioned. But typically Sony sensors without ois are 1/2.3″. The s7 has a 1/2.5″. Bigger sensor means add a quarter stop.

    In total 50% brighter or a half stop brighter than the S7 making it a f1.4.

    To verify this compare LV’s of photos. The difference should be 0.5 as in the P9 picked settings that suggest it saw 50% more light.

    In theory 🙂

    Outperform ? Hmm. The monochrome and custom bokeh means better looking photos if so inclined. This means time is available.

    The details are going to go to the others.

    Apple is going to find it harder with an extra competitor here.

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