Huawei’s range is something of a mystery. There’s the P series, the Mate series, the Mate S series, and then there’s Huawei’s other brand, Honor. Honor devices include the Honor 7, Honor 7 Plus and Honor Holly. Differentiating between these products can be tricky, but they are all great smartphones for relatively low prices.
Huawei P9 release date and price
The official release date of the Huawei P9 is yet unknown, but famous leakster Evan Blass tweeted a possible date for the release. He wrote that he was told the number of days until the release of the P9. He did not provide the total number of days, but that it would be on either on April 6 or April 5. We will let you know as we get more information.
Huawei teased a launch event taking place in Berlin, Germany, on March 9. The post shows a glass of beer being poured, with text below the image reading “Beer”. It seems that alongside the launch, we can expect some beer.
Leaks from the Chinese website MyDrivers show possible prices for the four reported devices from the Huawei P9 series. The standard P9 is reported to be US$499, the Pro US$599, the Max US$699 and the Lite US$299. Jump to ourspecs section for more information on the leaks.
Huawei P9 specs
The Huawei P9 seems likely to feature the new Kirin 955 processor – a chip that Huawei itself is developing. Leakedbenchmarks suggest that this is even faster than Samsung’s powerful Exynos 7420, meaning the Huawei P9 could be one of the fastest phones on Android.
In early March, VentureBeat reported on a device that they had been trusted with temporarily by an anonymous insider. They reported that the device bore a whopping 3,900-mAh battery, which powered a Kirin 950 chip, Mali-T880 GPU and 3 GB of RAM.
They also confirmed the presence of dual-rear camera setup.
In early January, a leak (via Android Headlines) gave us a look at all three variants of the P9: the P9, P9 Lite and P9 Max. The rumor suggests they will sport 5-, 5.2- and 6.8-inch displays respectively, echoing the P8 line.
Of most interest is the suggestion that the devices will pack in a whopping 6 GB of RAM. This, alongside the Kirin 950 processor would make the range a formidable entry onto the 2016 market for Huawei.
A later leak, coming through a source for VentureBeat, added a fourth device to the lineup, a “feature-enhanced” model rumored to carry the largest screen of all the variants, more RAM and storage, and a dual-lens, dual-sensor camera. This camera configuration is said to carry forward features such as post-capture refocus, simulated aperture adjustment and filter application, which were brought in on the Honor 6 Plus, and to add some new features to the mix as well.
Leak renders of what is believed to be the P9 were published on Giz China, and give the best view yet of the back of the device. The photos show a dual-lens camera system and what appears to be a fingerprint reader.
One of Huawei’s presidents was photographed using a device with a dual rear camera setup and fingerprint scanner on the device’s rear. It matches exactly what we have seen in previous leaks, all but confirming the appearance of the P9’s rear panel and camera configuration.
Other interesting elements include what could be a stereo speaker system on the bottom of the P9 and a front-facing flash.
Reports from AndroidPIT (see above) concerning the four possible versions of the Huawei P9 were substantiated by the Chinese leaker website MyDrivers, which also show possible specs of the devices. As we already reported, the versions could be called the P9, P9 Max, P9 Lite and P9 Pro
The four versions could all have a 12 MP dual rear camera and the Max reportedly is 8 MP, there is no word yet on the front cameras of the other devices.
The report states the Pro and Max have a Hilisilicon Kirin 955 octa-core processor with 4 GB RAM and the P9 the Hilisilicon Kirin 950 with 3 GB RAM. The Lite version could have a Snapdragon 650 processor with 2 GB RAM. The Max and Pro versions could come with 64 GB storage, the P9 with 32 GB and the Lite with 16 GB.
Leaks of the display were also given by MyDrivers. The P9 and Pro versions could come with 5.2-inch 1080p displays. The Max could come with a 6.2-inch QHD and the Lite with a still impressive 5-inch 1080p display.
Live images leaked on February 29 purporting to show the device’s metal frame. We can see the power button and volume rocker resting on the right side of the frame, and, most interestingly, the base of the frame shows space for a USB Type-C port, a welcome upgrade, securing faster charging speeds for the P9.
We hope the P9 will have a larger battery than the P8, because the 2,600 mAh cell in the P8 is just too small for a Full HD handset. Huawei’s EMUI software is also in need of an overhaul. Though it is, technically, one of the more unusual Android software skins, it’s also one of the least impressive (read our thoughts on it in our Huawei P8 review).
Huawei P9 design
A sketch leaked via Chinese site CNMO shows the rumored design of the Huawei P9. Its heavily rounded corners make it differ from the P8 somewhat, but the most noticeable difference is the inclusion of a physical home button, which hasn’t been seen before on a P-series device before.
The inclusion of a home button could be linked to the rumor that the P9 will also be the first P-series device to feature a fingerprint scanner, but then Huawei has previously embedded those in the rear of the device, like on the Mate 8, for example.
Giz China also leaked what is says are press images of the P9. The photos are clear enough to give a great idea of what the P9 could look like. Although there are five phones in the picture, we can only see four colors; pink, silver, gold and white.