Huawei is a hugely popular smartphone and tablet manufacturer that is famous for producing beautifully designed flagship smartphones with a much cheaper price tag than the likes of HTC, Samsung and Apple. The upcoming Huawei P9 has had a number of leaks in the past few months showcasing its headline features, and here is where we discuss the latest design, camera and spec rumours along with its confirmed release date. Read next: 20 best smartphones of 2016
Huawei P9 UK release date and pricing: When will the Huawei P9 launch in the UK?
So, when is the Huawei P9 likely to be launched in the UK? Rumours originally suggested that we’d see Huawei’s next flagship back at CES 2016 in January, and as we all know, it didn’t happen. Rumours then suggested it’d make its debut at MWC 2016 in Barcelona alongside the MateBook tablet but again, the Huawei P9 was a no show.
We spoke to sources with ‘insider knowledge’ at MWC 2016 who claimed that the company was ready to launch the P9 alongside the MateBook until it heard that Xiaomi was planning to launch the Mi5 at the same time. According to the source, Huawei’s P9 couldn’t compete with the spec of the Mi5 so the launch was delayed until hype around the Xiaomi Mi5 has died down. We can’t verify whether this is true, but if so, it could suggest that the upcoming Huawei P9 may not be able to compete with the hugely popular Xiaomi Mi5.
Rumours then suggested that we’d see the Huawei P9 at an event in Berlin on 9 March, which again, turned out to be nothing.
Finally, Evan Blass (formerly known as EVLeaks) tweeted that the launch of the Huawei P9 will take place on April 6, 2016, although the infamous leaker admitted that his math may be a little off. It seems that he was in fact right, as Hungarian website Tech2 confirmed that Huawei’s event will take place on 6 April 2016 in London, and posted the invite which can be seen below:
There’s nothing online with regards to UK pricing, but going by the price of the Huawei P8 when it was announced last year, expect the Huawei P9 to start at around £360. We’ll update this section with more information if/when we receive it.
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Huawei P9 launch event live stream/live blog: How to watch Huawei P9 announcement live
Huawei has a habit of live streaming its events online for fans all around the world to watch, and we imagine that the launch of its 2016 flagship phone, the Huawei P9, will be any different. We now know that the event will be taking place on 6 April 2016 in London, although exact timings are still unconfirmed. We’ll hopefully be in the room at its launch running our live blog (which you’ll be able to find here) and, if possible, we’ll also embed a live video stream. Make sure you check back over the next few weeks for specific launch timings.
Huawei P9 design leaks and rumours: What will the Huawei P9 look like?
What will the highly anticipated Huawei P9 look like? Huawei has a history of launching products that feature a premium design at a much cheaper price point than the likes of HTC and Samsung – the absolutely gorgeous Huawei Mate S is a good example of this.
Although with this being said, we don’t really need to use our imagination when thinking about the Huawei P9 as the device has leaked online several times in recent history. The first real leak was via Chinese website Weibo, where a user posted a number of photos claiming to be the Huawei P9, showcasing the smartphone in four colours: Silver, Gold, Grey and Pink. These can be seen below:
The most popular leak was in early March when VentureBeat posted a series of photos of the upcoming smartphone, which you can see below:
As you can see, the leaked images show off a (possibly) aluminium chassis with a fingerprint scanner on the rear, accompanied by a dual-lens setup and a USB-C port on the bottom of the smartphone. It also looks to have the same 2.5D glass as what was featured in the Mate S, providing users with a more comfortable swiping experience when swiping off screen.
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Huawei P9 hardware and spec rumours: What will the Huawei P9 feature?
So, what can we expect from the Huawei P9 in terms of its hardware and spec? Firstly, we should address the rumour that there may not be a single variation of the Huawei P9. In fact, according to some rumours, there may be as many as four variations of the P9: the standard P9, the P9 Lite, the P9 Max and finally, a premium variant of the P9 with additional RAM, more storage and an improved camera.
Rumours suggest that the standard Huawei P9 will feature a QHD display (2560×1440) with a 5.2in AMOLED panel, the same technology employed in the Huawei-manufactured Nexus 6P. Although with that being said, Evan Blass claims that no variant of the Huawei P9 will feature a QHD display as the company reportedly believes that the improvement in quality isn’t worth the trade-off in battery life, which we agree with to a certain extent. Instead, the Huawei P9 series will feature Full HD (1080×1920) displays. With regards to other screen sizes, rumours suggest that the P9 Lite will feature a 5in display, and the P9 Max will feature a whopping 6.8in display.
Under the hood, it’s rumoured that the Huawei P9 will feature the Huawei-manufactured Kirin 950 chipset, the same chipset as what’s featured in the octa-core, 64bit Huawei Mate 8. Leaked benchmark results seem to confirm the inclusion of the Kirin 950 processor, although counter rumours suggest that it’ll feature the slightly upgraded Kirin 955 chipset. It’s coupled with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM depending on the rumour that you want to believe, but we think it’ll come with the 4GB option.
As noted above, the Huawei P9 is also said to feature a rear-facing fingerprint scanner and a USB-C port, ‘confirmed’ by the above leaks courtesy of VentureBeat.
Huawei P9 camera rumours: Will the Huawei P9 feature a dual lens camera?
One of the biggest rumoured features of the upcoming Huawei P9 is a dual-camera setup on the rear of the smartphone. We’ve seen dual setups in the past on HTC smartphones, though the applications for the dual camera setup have always been gimmicky – we’re hoping that Huawei can offer something new and different with its dual-camera setup. Some rumours suggest that the Huawei P9 will feature two 13Mp rear-facing cameras, although opposing rumours suggest that the rear-facing camera will only sport 12Mp cameras.
Huawei also recently announced a partnership with iconic camera manufacturer Leica, and that the partnership would “reinvent” smartphone photography. This leads us to believe that the Huawei P9 could feature Leica lenses and image technology, although this is unconfirmed.
However, Evan Blass suggests that the dual-lens setup is unique to the premium model of the Huawei P9 and that the standard edition of the phone will only have a single rear facing camera. Either way, with less than a month until the phone launches in London, we’ve not got very long to find out!
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Huawei P9 software rumours: What operating system will the Huawei P9 run?
So, what will the upcoming Huawei P9 feature in terms of software? While there aren’t any solid rumours or leaks suggesting so, we assume that the P9 will feature Android 6.0 Marshmallow as a base operating system with Huawei’s EMUI skin applied over the top. Huawei changes just about every aspect of the Android operating system and puts its own spin on it, which provides useful extras for power saving and taking screenshots, but removes the ‘magic’ associated with stock Android.
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