Huawei launched the first smartphone to have been co-engineered with Leica, featuring two 12-megapixel cameras. The P9 and the slightly larger P9 Plus contain a dual-lens camera, which was developed in collaboration with Leica along with an intelligent merging algorithm. Both cameras are equipped with a light-sensitive Summarit-H 27mm f/2.2 Asph. A 12-megapixel sensor is located behind each lens – one for colour shots, the other for black-and-white photographs.
Leica have previously illustrated the benefits of black-and-white sensors with the M Monochrom. The P9 consolidates the advantages of both sensor types by combining the brilliance of the colour sensor with the detail rendition and contrast range of the monochrome sensor: although either camera can be used independently, it is also possible to merge the information recorded on both sensors for optimal imaging results, for example in Available Light photography.
The images are displayed on the P9’s 5.2 inch, full-HD display panel, while the P9 Plus features a 5.5 inch display. A 3000mAh battery (3200mAh for the P9 Plus) supplies the smartphone’s Kirin 955 processor.
Oliver Kaltner, CEO of Leica Camera AG, describes the alliance of the two companies as “an excellent opportunity to introduce Leica’s proven optical expertise into a new product segment, and to unlock exciting business areas in the field of mobile devices.”
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