2016 was the year of selfies, people are so obsessed with taking photographs and selfies that the first thing they look in any smartphone is the camera and its picture quality. With other top quality features, Huawei’s innovative camera technology is making customers fall in love with the P9 series’ “professional photographic effects” including “artistic black and white images.” Announced back in April of this year, it is being reported that Huawei has sold over six million units of their flagship P9 smartphone. Before that Huawei declared selling of 2.6 million units of the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus combined, and that too, within the first six weeks of release. For year 2016, P9 could be Huawei’s take on a mainstream flagship device.
Talking about the specifications of P9, available in Black color, this solid and sturdy gripping smartphone is a 5.2-inch with 1080p resolution IPS LCD panel. Powered by the Hi-Silicon Kirin 955 System-on-Chip, which is a modern, 64-bit, LITTLE processor with a lower performance quad core cluster of ARM Cortex-A53 processors clocked at up to 1.8 GHz matched up to a higher performance quad core cluster of ARM Cortex-A72s, clocked at up to 2.5 GHz. The 32 GB model backs this up with 3 GB of RAM and the 64 GB model comes with 4 GB of RAM, but both use the ARM Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. There’s a fast charging 3,000 mAh battery complete with a USB Type-C port and the usual plethora of radios including Bluetooth 4.2, LTE and high speed Wi-Fi.
As for the camera, there is a front facing, 8-megapixel unit and two rear facing 12-megapixel cameras. The arrangement for rear cameras was co-designed with Leica. One 12-megapixel camera unit is a reasonably conventional unit and the second is monochrome only, lacking the Bayer filter, used in color cameras. The monochrome camera can capture up to three times more light than the color sensor making it ideal for nighttime photography.
As Huawei have proven through time, they know how to make a good smartphone. Huawei was pretty pleased with the fact that they could make a smartphone as thin as the P9 is (6.95mm thick) and include not just a 3,000 mAh battery, but also keep the camera flush with the casing. The rest of the device is also impressive and highlights that Huawei, using many in-house components, can produce a great smartphone that competes with the industry regulars.