HUAWEI P9 and HUAWEI P9 plus Launch
New HUAWEI Flagship Device Combines Groundbreaking Innovations and Exceptional Design, Setting a New Standard in Smartphone Photography
London – April 6, 2016 – Today at an exclusive launch event at London’s Battersea Evolution, HUAWEI Consumer Business Group unveiled the much anticipated HUAWEI P9 and HUAWEI P9 Plus.
Created in collabouration with Leica, the dual-lens HUAWEI P9 sets a new standard in smartphone
The HUAWEI P9 is the first smartphone co-engineered with the global iconic brand, Leica
Camera AG. The HUAWEI P9’s dual-lens camera takes smartphone photography to the next level,
allowing people to capture both vivid colours and striking black and white images. HUAWEI’s new
B3 Talkband wearable wristband also made its global debut.
A groundbreaking moment for event guests included a first look at an exclusive trailer of the
new HUAWEI P9 TV commercial starring Henry Cavill and Scarlett Johansson, Global Product
Ambassadors for the HUAWEI P9 series. Showcasing the connection between two global stars
in Shanghai and Hollywood, the trailer symbolizes the partnership between HUAWEI and Leica
and the intersection of colour and black and white. Cavill was joined at the HUAWEI P9 launch by iconic
photographers Mary McCartney and David Guttenfelder from National Geographic as well as
BBC Global News CEO Jim Egan, Condé Nast Chairman and Chief Executive Jonathan
Newhouse, Vogue China Publisher Anita Chang and HUAWEI UK Board Members Sir Andrew
Cahn and Dame Helen Alexander.
“HUAWEI is excited to give HUAWEI P9 users the best smartphone photography experience by leveraging
the unrivalled capabilities of Leica, the leader in the world of imaging for more than 100 years,”
said Richard Yu, CEO, HUAWEI Consumer Business Group. “Consumers around the world use
their smartphones to take billions of pictures each year, making photography critical to user
experience. HUAWEI P9 users can now capture images with unmatched clarity, richness and
authenticity, with a masterfully designed and powerful smartphone that looks and feels
Reinventing Smartphone Photography
Integrating the design values and engineering excellence of HUAWEI and Leica in a
smartphone photography system co-engineered by the two companies, the HUAWEI P9 brings together
best-in-class hardware and software, from optical lenses, to sensors, to image processing
algorithms, empowering users to capture the highest-quality images.
Key to the HUAWEI P9’s superlative imaging capabilities is a dual-camera design that fully unleashes
the power of Leica’s optical lenses, renowned for precision and attention to detail, and subject to
the industry’s most stringent quality screening requirements. The RGB camera on the HUAWEI P9
specialises in capturing colour, while the monochrome camera is outstanding at acquiring
picture detail. The two rear cameras of the HUAWEI P9 work in tandem to enable users to create images
of superior detail, depth and colour. The HUAWEI P9 truly excels in low-light conditions, as the dual-
camera design guarantees more light and detail can be captured.
Each picture taken by the HUAWEI P9 carries the unique emotional resonance and timelessness that
are the hallmarks of Leica, as users may choose between three film modes: Standard, Vivid Colours and Smooth
Colours, depending on their personal preferences. With meticulous
calibration of the HUAWEI P9’s camera parameters, each film mode faithfully renders the authentic colour
and style of Leica. By selecting the monochrome mode, HUAWEI P9 users can use their devices as a
true monochrome camera to capture powerful and evocative black and white images of
Deploying HUAWEI’s Hybrid Focus technology, the HUAWEI P9 captures images with superior speed,
accuracy and stability. The HUAWEI P9 supports camera focusing based on three methodologies –
laser, depth calculation and contrast – and automatically selects the one that yields the best
result in any given environment.
The wide-aperture photography feature on the HUAWEI P9 allows users to experiment with innovative
visual effects to create unique images and content. The HUAWEI P9 makes it easy to adjust the camera
aperture to create bokeh and other depth-of-field effects, while keeping the main object in
“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, Leica Camera AG. “We are deepening our collabouration to give users a more optimal smartphone photography experience.”
Taking Industrial Design to a Higher Level
The HUAWEI P9 is a masterpiece of state-of the-art industrial design, with the same minimalist design
DNA as earlier products in HUAWEI’s acclaimed flagship P-series of premium smartphones.
Each HUAWEI P9 device is a perfect construct of superior-grade 2.5D glass and an aerospace-class
aluminum, with diamond-cut edges rounded out by carefully balanced curvatures.
The 64GB version of the HUAWEI P9 comes in a stunning and unique Haze Gold finish, setting new industry standards in
industrial design, with the use of techniques including brushed hairlines
and metal polishing at micron-level precision to create a translucent metal surface. Additionally,
the Ceramic White version of the HUAWEI P9 is smoother than the painted bodywork of premium cars,
reflecting and refracting light to present different shades of awe-inspiring colours as ambient
Power and Performance
The HUAWEI P9 is equipped with the power, connectivity and speed that today’s high-end smartphone
user expects from HUAWEI. With a 5.2-inch 1080p display, the HUAWEI P9 is powered by the new Kirin
955 2.5 GHz 64-bit ARM-based processor for leading-class mobile performance. The
3,000 mAh high-density battery offers HUAWEI P9 users outstanding mobility and battery life.
HUAWEI is also unveiling the HUAWEI P9 Plus, featuring a 5.5-inch Press Touch display and a larger 3,400 mAh battery. The HUAWEI P9 Plus also offers dual-IC Rapid Charge, giving users six hours of talk
time after a 10-minute charge.
Leveraging HUAWEI’s industry-leading capabilities in telecommunications, the HUAWEI P9 and HUAWEI P9 Plus
offer unrivaled new features including a virtual-triple-antenna architecture, designed for users
who need robust and seamless connectivity to cellular and Wi-Fi networks to fully harness the
power of the mobile Internet no matter where they are in the world.
The HUAWEI P9 and HUAWEI P9 Plus also protect users’ privacy and information security with HUAWEI’s world-leading biometric fingerprint recognition technology. The enhanced fingerprint sensor allows
users to personalise and safeguard their devices by significantly lowering the possibility of
fraudulent or accidental device access, while also ensuring users can quickly and securely
access their smartphone.
About HUAWEI Consumer BG
HUAWEI’s products and services are available in more than 170 countries, and are used by a
third of the world’s population, ranking third in the world in mobile phone shipments in 2015.
Sixteen R&D centres have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India,
and China. HUAWEI Consumer BG is one of HUAWEI’s three business units and covers
smartphones, PC and tablets, Wearables and cloud services, etc. HUAWEI’s global network is
built on 20 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest
technological advances to consumers around the world.
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