Huawei P9 Unboxing & First Impressions: Dual Leica Cameras

2016 is turning out to be a year for interesting camera experiments.

Huawei is the second company this year to use dual rear cameras on a flagship phone. Unlike the LG G5, which has a standard camera and an extreme wide angle shooter, the P9 has two cameras with the same view, but with different tasks for color and light. The primary camera takes color photos just like any other smartphone might, but the second sensor only shoots in black and white. This monochrome sensors is designed to maximize light and detail. It’s something of a tech metaphor, meant to perform similarly to how the human eye works. Rods and cones in your eye have specific tasks in creating an image, now we have separate camera sensors that do the same.

This teamwork between Huawei and Leica has generated some interesting conversations. That Leica didn’t actually build these sensors, or had any actual hardware involvement, and that this might just be a case of a brand slapping a label on the side of the box. We’ll be digging deep to see if this phone lives up to Huawei’s claims, but until then, we have to get this phone out of the box. Here’s our Huawei P9 unboxing and first impressions!

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Juan Carlos Bagnell
Juan has been geeking out on personal computing since before PCs had GUIs. After studying Theatre in college, Juan worked with a contractor that supported servers and mobile devices for Department of Energy facilities. After moving to Los Angeles California, and working as a commercial casting director, he now dedicates his time to discussing the tech landscape as a consumer advocate. You’ll often see him pop in local news broadcasts. Passionate about mobile content creation, he recently published his first book on smartphone photography.