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Huawei P9 unveiled with Leica camera technology

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Huawei P9 unveiled with Leica camera technology

Huawei has launched two new flagship phones, the P9 and P9+. Both boast tech from highly regarded camera firm Leica, with Huawei claiming they offer the most advanced cameras ever found in a phone.

Each features not one but two rear 12-megapixel cameras. We've seen a similar set-up on the HTC One (M8), but in this case each camera fulfils a completely different purpose.

One takes pictures in colour, while the other snaps in black and white. The two can be used independently, or together.

Huawei claims that using them together will improve low-light performance. We'll have to wait for our review unit to confirm or deny this.

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It also says the camera is super-quick to focus, thanks to Huawei's hybrid focus technology.

This helps the camera focus on three methodologies – laser, depth calculation and contrast. It then selects the one that gives the best results given the conditions.

Huawei is also touting the handset's wide-aperture photography feature, which is purported to make it easy to experiment with visual effects, such as bokeh (where the subject is in focus but the background is blurred).

"Leica and Huawei share an uncompromising commitment to imaging excellence, and our partnership will put outstanding photography into the hands of more consumers around the world," said Oliver Kaltner, CEO of Leica Camera AG.

"We are deepening our collaboration to give consumers a more optimal smartphone photography experience."

So what of the other specs? The 5.2-inch screen has a resolution of 1080p, and inside is a 2.5GHz 64-bit Kirin 955 processor. It's powered by a 3,000mAh battery.

huawei p9 and p9 plus

The P9 Plus is a little bigger, standing 5.5 inches. It has a bigger 3,400mAh battery and rapid charging tech that gives you six hours of talk time from a 10-minute charge.

The P9 will go on sale in early May, and will cost £449 for the 32GB version. The P9 Plus costs £549 for the 74GB model.

Both handsets will also be available on contracts from EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.

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