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Huawei's P9 flagship phone has a Leica-endorsed dual camera

Engadget Engadget 6/04/2016 Jamie Rigg
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Thanks to its affordable and often feature-packed devices, Huawei has firmly entrenched itself as the third biggest smartphone manufacturer behind Apple and Samsung. Over the past six months or so, the company has added new handsets to its bigger-screened Mate range and it's crafted the Nexus 6P on Google's behalf. But, it's time to turn attentions back to the flagship P series. It's been a year since the P8 debuted, after all, so it's with barely any surprise whatsoever that we welcome the Huawei P9 today. Or the P9 family, we should say.

At first glance, the P9 doesn't look a whole lot different to its predecessor, the P8. Slightly less angular, a hair thicker at 6.95mm (versus 6.4mm), but not particularly adventurous in its design. Not that there's anything wrong with Huawei's formula. The P9 is thin, light, extremely well-built and clad in aluminum, giving it a premium-y vibe. An almost edge-to-edge display dominates the front of the device, but there's no real upgrade in this department. Like the P8, the P9 sports a 5.2-inch IPS panel with full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080).

There are a few visible details that speak of the bells and whistles Huawei has added to the P9. You won't find a fingerprint sensor on the back of the P8, for example, or a USB Type-C port on its bottom edge. Most importantly, the P8 doesn't have two rear-facing cameras like the P9, but more on that later.

The P9 is powered by Huawei's latest Kirin 955 octa-core processor -- four 2.5GHz and four 1.8GHz cores -- paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. A 64GB model will also be available, but only in China. Not that it really matters, since the P9 supports microSD cards of up to 128GB. The P9 draws from a 3,000mAh battery, which is apparently good for a day and a half of frequent use. That takes care of the all the key specs, so it's time to move onto the P9's key selling point: its dual rear cameras.

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