Tuesday 27 September 2016

Huawei's P9 launches with two Leica cameras, taking on Apple

Rhiannon Williams

Published 07/04/2016 | 08:24

Huawei P9
Huawei P9

Huawei has taken a sideswipe at Apple by launching the P9 and P9 Plus phablet smartphones, featuring two rear-facing camera lenses.

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The Chinese smartphone giant partnered with German camera company Leica to develop the cameras, one of which shoots in full colour, while the other is monochrome.

The dual-camera technology, which Apple's iPhone 7 is also rumoured to sport, means users can effectively refocus the picture after it's been taken. The lenses work in harmony to create a composite 12MP image with sharper contrast and better depth of field than more traditional lenses, the company claimed.

This is similar to the way the Lytro Illum and Lytro cameras work.

Both lenses lie flush with the body of the handset, allowing Huawei to take the opportunity to point out the slightly protruding lenses of both Samsung's Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 6s Plus.

Like Apple, which first released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 2014 and has subsequently released the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Huawei's models differ in size. The P9 sports a 5.2-inch 1080p display, while the P9 Plus measures in at 5.5-inches.

The range of colours of the Huawei P9
The range of colours of the Huawei P9

The P9 comes in six shades; dark grey, silver, gold and rose gold (much like Apple's current colour scheme), what Huawei calls 'haze gold' and white.

Both smartphones are powered by a 64-bit processor, feature a biometric fingerprint scanner on their backs and are manufactured from aluminium.

The P9 will retail from £449 for 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, with pricing for the P9 Plus starting from £549 for 4GB of RAM and 74GB.

Huawei is currently the world's third largest smartphone manufacturer behind Samsung and Apple, and is bested in its home nation only by Apple.

The company launched the Mate 8 smartphone at CES in Las Vegas back in January, and collaborated with Google on the critically acclaimed Nexus 6P last year.

Telegraph.co.uk

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