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:

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Huawei P9 vs P9 Plus specs

Component Huawei P9 Huawei P9 Plus
Screen size 5.2 inches 5.5 inches
Screen type LCD OLED
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Pixel density 424 ppi 401 ppi
SoC Kirin 955 Kirin 955
Type 64-bit 64-bit
Speed 2.5 GHz 2.5 GHz
GPU Mali-T880 MP4 Mali-T880 MP4
RAM 3GB/4GB 4GB
Storage 32/64GB 64GB
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
Bands Pending Pending
SIM type Dual-SIM Asian market only Dual-SIM Asian market only
Bluetooth Pending Pending
WiFi Pending Pending
NFC Pending Pending
Infrared Yes Yes
Sensors Fingerprint Fingerprint
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

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