It has to be noticed that Chinese telco giant Huawei had a massive presence at the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Its stand took up half of an exhibition hall. Putting this in context, an exhibition hall is the size of several football pitches.
One thing absent from the Huawei stand was this year’s iteration of the hugely successful P8 smartphone, the P9.
Currently leaked photos of the P9 are surfacing ahead of an impending launch in London. And at recent time, invites sent by Huawei indicate that the P9 will launch on April 9.
The invites use the hashtag “#OO” as well as the slogan “Change the way you see the world”, which most likely alludes to the twin 12MP rear cameras on the P9.
As with the P8, Huawei chose not to announce P9 at Mobile World Congress, instead launching it at a separate London event.
When specifications are sparse, they are tantalising. It appears that the P9 will have a 5.2-inch screen, twin 12MP rear cameras plus a fingerprint reader like the Mate S.
According to the leaked information, Huawei perhaps launch different P9 variants for different regions.
One model will use a custom Huawei developed Kirin 955 CPU with 4GB of RAM, while the other packs a lower specced CPU with 3GB of RAM. The Kirin 955 ought to be a step up from the already fast Kirin 950 8-core 64-bit CPU used with the Mate 8.
The P9 variants are probably to take the form of both low-end and larger -screened devices.
Rumour has it that they’ll be branded “P9 Lite” and “P9 Max” along similar lines to what Huawei has used with the P8.
It is also speculated that the Huawei P9 will come with a Quad HD 5.2-inch AMOLED display, and the P9 Lite will have a 5-inch screen while the P9 Max will have a 6.8-inch display. Given Huawei have already used a QHD display with the Nexus 6P, these rumours are plausible.
Also, both devices are said to run Android Marshmallow. As with the P8, the P9 will also sport some beefy camera specs. Off the back of a Leica partnership, it said that the P9 will contain Leica lenses, image processing hardware and image sensors.
All this is still speculation at the moment. Either way, the P9 will be big news as Huawei seeks to support its position as the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer by offering well-specced premium hardware at reasonable prices.