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Right behind the LG G5, the Huawei P9 is the second device to launch in 2016 with dual cameras. However, while on the LG the secondary module essentially acts as a wide-angle extension, Huawei’s approach is different. In the Huawei system, which has been co-engineered with German camera manufacturer Leica, a 12MP RGB main sensor is accompanied by a 12MP monochrome chip. Huawei says combining image information from both sensors makes the P9 camera 100% more light-sensitive than conventional smartphone cameras which should, at least in theory, result in superior low light image quality.
The P9 is also capable of some other dual-camera tricks that we’ve seen before, such as simulating shallow depth-of-field. While the camera is no doubt one of the most interesting we have seen this year, with an octa-core chipset and fingerprint reader the non-camera specifications are flagship-worthy as well. Read our full review to find out how the Huawei P9 performs in the hands of a mobile photographer.
Key Photographic / Video Specifications
- Dual Sony IMX 286 12MP sensors with 1.25µm pixel size
- 27mm equivalent focal length
- F2.2 aperture
- Laser-assisted AF
- DNG Raw capture
- Manual control
- 1080p Full-HD video
- 720p, 120fps slow-motion video
- 8MP front camera with F2.4 aperture
- 5.2-inch 1080p IPS screen
- HiSilicon Kirin 955 chipset
- 3GB RAM/32GB storage or 4GB RAM/64GB storage
- microSD slot
- 3,000mAh battery
- Fingerprint reader