Huawei has quickly risen to become one of the most widely used mobile phone manufacturers over recent years, with devices catering to all markets and often proving affordable and reliable compared to other flagship phones.
One phone which impressed here in the UK was the Huawei P8, and now it seems that its successor, the P9, could be with us sooner rather than later. But what can you really expect to see from the Huawei P9?
Huawei isn’t particularly famous for producing smartphones that push the boundaries when it comes to sheer specs. However, it appears that the P9 might be the first Huawei phone to do just that, after it’s been rumoured to pack a ridiculously high 6GB RAM.
RAM is essentially the storage in the phone that helps manage multitasking, the higher your RAM is, the less likely you are to suffer from random crashing or debilitating lag. Currently, the highest amount of RAM in a main stream smartphone tops off at 4GB – this would make the P9 a real trend setter.
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Practically speaking, we’re not sure why you’d need 6GB RAM on a smartphone, but we certainly aren’t going to turn it down if it is on offer. Of course, this is just a rumour, but there’s no smoke without fire, right?
One omission from the previous Huawei P8 handset was biometric technology, whilst other phones were rocking fingerprint scanners, the Huawei crowd were stuck with their old fangled passwords and the like. This time around, Huawei will be upping the stakes, and is set to offer a fingerprint scanner similar to that of Touch ID on the iPhone 6s to the P9.
As with every other phone which sports the feature, this will allow users a faster and more secure way of accessing their device. On top of this, as the phone is set to pack the latest version of Android Marshmallow, Android Pay will also be likely to come along for the ride, although its rollout is still lagging behind Apple Pay.
One area which has developed massively with our smartphones of late has been their cameras, and Huawei isn’t skipping this trend either. Leaked images have revealed that the P9 will rock two separate rear lenses, one of which could house laser autofocus technology – originally created by LG.
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This kind of camera can focus much faster than regular lenses, helping improve the performance of your main lens as well as increasing its speed and overall picture quality.
The P8 offered up 13 megapixels on its rear side, so we can expect this to grow to 16 megapixels with the P9. We’re not likely to see a massive growth in the already brilliant 8mp selfie lens, but if Huawei does up the front facer’s quality we definitely won’t be complaining.
Make no bones about it, the Huawei P8 was a flagship device well worth its salt on the smartphone market. However, as with any successor, we’re also set to see an upgrade to the internals that are set to be included on the P9.
We already talked about the 6GB RAM, but there’s plenty more underneath the P9’s hood as well, with a 5.2” QHD quality display leading the way. A Kirin 950 chipset is also expected to be included, offering pace and power behind the scenes, whilst 32GB or 64GB of expandable memory will also help with media and apps.
An octa-core chipset is a nailed on certainty, whilst we’ve already detailed the dual camera lenses. Topping everything off will be a battery that sizes up at 3000mAh, offering a longer life than the P8’s previous effort.
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The Huawei P8 was announced all the way back in April 2015, however, it doesn’t look like we’ll be waiting til the fourth month of the year for its successor.
In fact, it seems that Huawei could well announce the phone itself at CES, and then stamp a March release date on it, giving us two months to save up for it. Of course, March always rings alarm bells for MWC, so don’t be surprised to see it on show at the Barcelona based event pre-launch.
The P9 is one of the more highly anticipated Huawei releases of the year, so expect it to make it to every corner of the smartphone market – unlike some of its previous wares, which stuck in Asia for donkey’s years before heading our way. For more information, you can of course, go to Huawei's website.
Written by Luke Hatfield