Over the years, Huawei has been making its way up the smartphone foodchain to where it sits today as the third biggest smartphone maker behind Apple and Samsung. To further drive its growth and to make good on Leica's promise to "reinvent" mobile photography, the two brands have just released our first look at the Huawei P9 smartphone. The P9 is Huawei's newest flagship model, packing dual, Leica-engineered cameras that each deliver 12 megapixel quality; one in color and the other monochrome, but together improving contrast by 50% and increasing the amount of light coming in the lens by 300%. Inside, Leica also helped with the phone's camera app, including a "pro" mode that gives full control of the camera's settings and other color profiles with "laser assistance" that calculates depth and focus. Selfies, however, will have to do with 8MP.
Visually, the P9 delivers a 5.2-inch IPS screen with full HD resolution at an almost edge-to-edge design while a P9 Plus offers a larger 5.5-inch screen and a bigger battery. While it does lack some bells and whistles, like a fingerprint scanner, the Huawei model runs Android 6.0.1, has stereo speakers, a pressure sensitive display, an IR emitter, and it can support microSD cards up to 128GB.
The Huawei P9 will arrive in Europe and Asia first, beginning with the 32GB P9 in April and the 64GB P9 Plus in May for £450 and £550, respectively. No plans are out yet for a U.S. release. To learn more, head directly to the Huawei.com site and check out our gallery and videos below.