Huawei P9 and P9 Plus specs: the hardware behind these dual-camera flagships
Following last year’s success of the Nexus 6P, Huawei’s a brand a lot more smartphone shoppers have started paying attention to. And for 2016, the manufacturer seems plenty up to the task of delivering some hardware worthy of our attention, most recently with today’s launch of the P9 and P9 Plus.
In a world where rumors of a dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus suggest that only the larger of Apple’s next flagships will end up with an extra shooter, it’s refreshing to see that Huawei’s making no such distinction here: you can choose the smaller, more affordable P9 or the larger, somewhat more premium P9 Plus, and you’re still going to get the same performance, many of the same specs, and that very same dual-camera setup, designed in conjunction with Leica.
Manufacturers have done dual-camera systems in a number of ways, combining sensors of multiple resolutions or with differnt lens types, but here Huawei’s doing something a little different, joining two 12MP senors, but one that’s a full-color camera, and one B&W camera that only gathers luminance data, helping with low-light performance and adding extra detail to shots.
If both these phones have the same cameras, though, exactly how do they differ? We’ve prepared a convenient chart to show you just how the two measure up:
Huawei P9 vs P9 Plus specs
|Component||Huawei P9||Huawei P9 Plus|
|Screen size||5.2 inches||5.5 inches|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Pixel density||424 ppi||401 ppi|
|SoC||Kirin 955||Kirin 955|
|Speed||2.5 GHz||2.5 GHz|
|GPU||Mali-T880 MP4||Mali-T880 MP4|
|Expansion||EU market only||EU market only|
|Camera||12MP RGB + 12MP BW||12MP RGB + 12MP BW|
|Flash||Dual LED||Dual LED|
|Front-facer||8MP||8MP w/ autofocus|
|Battery||3000mAh||3400mAh w/ dual-IC Rapid Charge|
|OS||Android 6.0 w/ EMUI 4.1||Android 6.0 w/ EMUI 4.1|
|SIM type||Dual-SIM Asian market only||Dual-SIM Asian market only|
|Build||Aerospace-class aluminum||Aerospace-class aluminum|
|Size||145mm x 70.9mm x 6.95mm / 144g||152.3mm x 75.3mm x 6.98mm / 162g|