Huawei teams up with Leica for the new P9

New flagship wades into battle armed with a Leica-engineered camera and a Kirin 950 processor

Fast processors and plenty of storage aside, what really matters for a lot of smartphone buyers is the camera. So could legendary camera maker Leica’s expertise make this the camera phone you’ve been waiting for?

The Huawei P9 has been making waves since it was first shown off and now it’s finally on Indian shores. Huawei’s new flagship gives you a compact aviation-grade metal-alloy body with a 5.2in Full HD display - with 2.5D glass wrapped around it. Inside is Huawei’s own octa-core Kirin 950 processor, paired with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 3,000mAh battery and a fingerprint scanner. And yes, it runs Android Marshmallow, has USB Type-C and dual-band Wi-Fi.

Huawei’s also focusing a lot on the P9’s RF capabilities (well, they would, wouldn’t they, considering they’re one of the world’s biggest telecom gear makers?), and the P9 comes with twin antennas and a Wi-Fi ranking system to make sure you’re always connected to the better network (not just the one with a stronger signal).

Your own Leica!

But all that’s standard flagship fare. What really sets the P9 apart is its camera system. Huawei’s teamed up with camera legends (and every hipster’s dream brand) Leica for the camera.

So you get an 8MP camera at the front and a twin camera system (12MP + 12MP) at the rear, with one of the cameras working in monochrome to gather more light and for fancy effects like refocusing. You also get a Leica shutter sound (gimmicky, yes, but come on, you got to admit you want that!), a Leica film effects mode and a Leica UI. There’s also a Hybrid Focus system that should theoretically make for snappier and more accurate focus - it uses depth focus, laser focus and a contrast detection system.

More on the way

Huawei also announced a stainless steel version of their smartwatch (the rather unimaginatively named Huawei Watch) - and it’s now available with a sapphire crystal. The rest is pretty much the same - Android Wear, 1.4in display… And we also got a sneak peek at the MateBook (a Windows 10 hybrid device which should take on Microsoft’s Surface series) that should be on its way to India soon.

VIP security detail

Before we forget, here’s something else that should help the P9 stand apart - Huawei’s offering a ‘VIP’ plan on the P9, which gives buyers a 2-year warranty and 3 months of breakage protection for the display.

The P9’s on sale now and is available in 3 colours - gold, grey and silver. So if you ‘Leica what you see’, head over to Flipkart and plonk down ₹39,999 for your own P9!