Huawei P9 caught in the wild with dual-camera setup

by: Kris CarlonFebruary 29, 2016
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The Huawei P9 might have been a no-show at MWC 2016, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been out and about lately. Two new photos of the successor to the Huawei P8 have been caught in the wild, but rather than lock down previous leaks, they seem to contradict one another, further deepening the mystery surrounding Huawei’s 2016 flagship.

The first of the images shows a dark gray or black metallic device inside a matte plastic dummy case. The dual camera lenses are clearly visible behind a single glass panel, making the Huawei P9 likely to be the second device to hit the market with two primary cameras for wide-angle photography after the LG G5.

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There’s a two-tone flash and what looks to be a laser auto-focus module next to the camera array. Below that is a squircular fingerprint scanner. A small bulge at the top edge of the case looks to be for the headphone port but the other image doesn’t seem to share this feature and other P9 case leaks have the headphone port located on the bottom edge.

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The other image shows a silver phone – that also looks to be made of metal – inside another dummy case with a textured black pattern. There’s two curious points to note about this second image. The first is that the camera lenses now seem to have individual discs of glass covering each of them rather than a single pill-shaped piece, which lines up with previous Huawei P9 render leaks, which also put the headphone port on the top edge. The second difference is that the finger scanner has changed shape to a much more squared design than the other photo.

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Of course, we could very well be looking at two different prototypes and not the final design or one might be final and the other is a prototype. Either way, with only a few weeks left until we expect the Huawei P9 launch, we won’t have much longer to wait and find out. Another leak reportedly shows the metallic frame of the Huawei P9 in a lab tech’s hands, revealing button placement and the fact that the P9 will not be a unibody design. As you can see in the image above though, the P9 will likely have a metal plate on the back with a glass strip at the top.

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The specs so far leaked include a 5.2-inch Full HD display, Kirin 955 SoC, 4 GB of RAM and 2,900 mAh battery. The cameras are reported to be 12 MP on the back and 8 MP up front, with four different Huawei P9 variants planned, including the P9, P9 Lite, P9 Max and a more “premium” P9 which is what we could be seeing here.

What do you think of the Huawei P9? Which leak do you think is most accurate?

  • o_zzy

    The hardware doesn’t matter if the software hampers it. Huawei should just leave the software as vanilla android.They should learn from the 6P’s success. If they want to differentiate, why not build apps on top of stock? This way as consumers we get to choose whether or not we want to use it.

    This would help in getting updates rolled out faster too.

    • Steven Fox

      The EmotionUI is getting better with each version, the 3.1 is super sleek and hardly shows any hiccups.

      I bet the 4.0 based on Marshmallow will be even better in terms of performance.

      • o_zzy

        Doesn’t change the fact that I am stuck with it. No matter how good it is, or how much potential it has in the future – I should have the option to remove Emotion UI from my phone if I choose to. Its a simple modular design architecture in software engineering.

        Besides, people are going to be buying Huawei devices not because of the software, but because of the hardware and build quality. Give the people what they want!

        • Devil-sama

          Tbh, I really like the Emotion UI, yeah, I understand your need for an option but huawei wouldn’t be the same without it. Now adding the rumour that the Android N will have no app drawer, it’ll be huawei’s win from the way back ;)

          • Markoff

            actually I don’t remember drawer on marshmallow EMUI, new apps are automatically on screen and there is no drawer button so not sure what your are taking aboutl

        • Anon

          but you are sort of stuck with TouchWiz, and other skins from other OEMs like LG and Sony too. None of them give you the option to remove it from your phone. No different from any other phone OEMs

  • charlie Jason

    I will take one good camera over two mediocre ones any day.

  • Markoff

    I can confirm 12+8MP setup, no front flash, headphones on top, that photo without dummy case is real, though version I hold had only 3GB RAM and 64GB ROM, there is dual SIM or micro SD up to you, photos are pretty nice though rest of the phone not very interesting, also quite heavy, should be released in the end of the March

    not sure what’s the point of the case when on picture below its final design and they don’t even hide its name in software and you can find it clearly named as Huawei P9