Details have been trickling in over the week, but now we know for sure that Huawei has new devices in the P9 and P9 Plus. Both smartphones were designed in partnership with Leica and feature a unique dual-lens rear camera system that will set all new benchmarks when it comes to smartphone photography.

The new Huawei P9.

The new Huawei P9.

During the announcement, Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO, Richard Yu, expressed his excitement in seeing the release of the smartphone, which were co-engineered with Leica. “Consumers around the world use their smartphones to take billions of pictures each year, making photography critical to user experience. P9 users can now capture images with unmatched clarity, richness and authenticity, with a masterfully designed and powerful smartphone that looks and feels incredible,” he said.

The secondary lens on P9 and P9 Plus is a monochrome camera, made to pair with the standard RGB camera to deliver better colour, contrast, and picture detail. Huawei says that the monochrome camera also helps in making low-light shots all the better, as it is more capable of capturing light and detail.

A mock up of how the dual-lens look on the inside.

A mock up of how the dual-lens look on the inside.

Performance is once again an upgrade, even compared to the Mate 8 that launched not long ago. This time around, Huawei will be equipping both new smartphones with the company’s Kirin 955 chipset. It comes with a 64-bit ARM processor running at 2.5 GHz and the Mali T-880 GPU. For RAM, the P9 and P9 Plus will have 3GB and 4GB of RAM respectively.

Key highlights of the P9 and P9 Plus.

Key highlights of the P9 and P9 Plus.

We’ve been informed that the P9 Plus is the premium version of the two. It’s worth upgrading too, as it has double the storage (64GB vs 32GB), a larger battery (3,400 mAh vs 3,000 mAh), and a bigger screen (5.5-inch vs 5.2-inch). The P9 Plus also features a Press Touch display and will have dual-IC Rapid Charge, capable of providing up to six hours of talk time with just a 10-minute charge.

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