Huawei is readying its new flagship smartphone, to be called the Huawei P9, for the first half of 2016. The upcoming smartphone is yet to be announced officially, but it has been spotted in various leaks and conjectures. Details of the phone were scarce until recently when a leakster gave it a hands-on treatment, as exclusively reported by the VentureBeat. The new leak gives a very close look to the upcoming Huawei flagship, revealing its design elements, and features and specifications.
The Huawei P9 will be the latest member in the company's 'P' series of smartphones, and is the successor to the last year launched P8. The report suggests that Huawei will come up with at least 4 models of the phone marking as the fifth generation versions in the 'P' series family that included 'Ascend' branding till last year when the company dropped the branding from P8 smartphone's name.
The report has revealed quite a lot of information about the Huawei P9. Here we take a look at the top rumored specifications of the Huawei P9 smartphone to know if this will be the next flagship killer phone:
4 new variants in the making:
Huawei this year is adding 4-variants of the new generation Huawei P smartphone to its P series family. The P9 models will include a more budget-friendly regular model of the P8 Lite, a bigger 'Plus' version of the P8 Max, a top end model with high end specs, and a fourth model.
One with Bigger and Other with Better Display:
As mentioned in the report, the premium model of the P9 will be available in 5.2-inch version. However, the Plus variant should boast a bigger display while the regular version will most likely have a comparatively lower resolution. The display resolution and features will be confirmed once the company launches the phones.
Powerful Chipset on Board:
The P9 base model is believed to be powered by a Kirin 950 octa-core chipset with Mali-T880 GPU, and 3GB of RAM. This chipset has ARM big.LITTLE configuration with four cores for high power and other four for low power, running at 2.53GHz and 1.8GHz, respectively. The higher end version, on the other hand, is expected to be powered by the company's native HiSilicon's custom Kirin 955 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM.
Higher Storage Space:
The phone has been tipped to feature 32GB on the regular model and 64GB/128GB on the premium version. Though, there is nothing confirmed and we will ony get to know about its actual storage capacity details once it gets official.
Dual-Camera Set Up:
Huawei has been quite experimental on the camera front. The company used a dual-camera set up on the Honor 6 Plus to let users play with the additional sensor-lens that was capable of doing some additional imaging tricks like post-capture refocus, simulated aperture adjustment, and filter application. The company now seems to be coming up with the improved version of this technology on the Huawei P9 smartphone. It is believed that the camera on the P9 will feature the second generation of this dual-camera set up, which will also be a key highlight of the smartphone. There will be dual 12MP sensors and Leica-made lenses.
Android Marshmallow Goodness:
The upcoming smartphone will be flavoured with Android OS Marshmallow 6.0.1 version topped with Huawei's native skin that will brings an array of features, customizations, and tweaks.
USB Type-C in Tow:
Speaking of connectivity port, the forthcoming P9 will be Huawei's first flagship smartphone to boast a USB Type-C v port. The USB Type C is one of the most trending features amongst smartphone makers.
Fingerprint Scanner for better security:
To take the security a level high, the Huawei P9 will also boast fingerprint reader placed on the backside, near the camera. The company first launched the fingerprint scanner on the Mate7, launched a couple of years back.
Massive Battery Pumping Power:
This phone will be big on battery. The report mentions that the phone could carry a battery capacity of 3900mAh. The higher battery capacity will be quite an advantage considering that battery is one of the major issues faced by most Android smartphone users.
Release and Availability:
This will be Huawei's flagship smartphone that is believed to be placed in the mid-range. As far as the launch and availability is concerned, expect this phone sometime in the second quarter.