Later today, from 2pm onwards UK time, Huawei will unveil its latest flagship phone. Or should I say phones, as the P9 is likely to form a family of phones – with varying specs and sizes.

Thus far, various details have leaked but often with contradictory data. This may be down to the fact that there could be a small, normal, pro and max model – similar to the range that was launched last year with the P8.

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Huawei P9: Leica branded dual-cameras, fingerprint sensor, 5.1 or 5.2-inch screen, Android 6, Dual-band Wi-Fi and at least Cat 6 4G. More details to follow…

I’ll be at the launch event this afternoon, and I will be available on Twitter to take your questions about the new phones – in particular the ‘normal’ P9 that should come with a 5.1 or 5.2-inch full HD display, and powered by Huawei’s own Kirin 950 or 955 SoC.

Unlike last year’s P8, it seems certain the P9 will improve on the disappointing Wi-Fi support (2.4GHz 802.11mn only) in favour of dual-band Wi-Fi with 802.11ac, but it’s not clear if it will ‘only’ support Cat 6 4G or higher categories for future high-speed 4G services, such as the 600Mbps speeds currently on test by EE.

The big new feature that is in no doubt, however, will be the dual-camera set up, as well as it being the first phone to reveal Huawei’s recent tie-up with Leica to boost credibility, and hopefully quality.

The cameras are rumoured to be two individual 12-megapixel image sensors, which follows from Huawei’s earlier dual-camera phone, the Honor branded Honor 6 Plus. This time around, it is possible that there is some more clever tech going on – as hinted in some pre-event photos on social media. (One such photo also hinted that perhaps this time around the P9 might also be waterproof, but who knows?)

This could include taking a photo at different exposure levels on each sensor to take better photos in scenes with wildly varying lighting conditions. Sort of like HDR mode but in real-time. You can also expect other features like bokeh, and possibly the use of each sensor to produce better low-light photos (a feature that the Honor 6 Plus had, which worked extremely well – especially using Huawei’s excellent Super Night Mode).

Of course, I won’t know the full details until the event kicks off, so please keep an eye on my Tweets and then back here later for my first impressions of the device that I should be getting after the event. This will then enable me to start on the obligatory photo galleries in the coming days, and my full review after that.

 

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Written by Jonathan Morris

Writing about technology, with a focus on mobile, since the early 1990s! Former editor of What Mobile magazine, writer for The Telegraph, Stuff, Know Your Mobile, Pocket Gamer, Smart TV Radar and more. Regular Tweeter, occasional YouTuber, keen amateur photographer and forum moderator. If you like what I write, please consider deactivating your ad blocker or making a donation via PayPal to help fund this site.

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