Huawei P9 Smartphone Could Come in 4 Variants
Huawei has had an absolutely tremendous 12 months. Recently, Huawei became the very first Chinese company to ship more than 100 million smartphones in a year, having managed to shift 108 million handsets in 2015 alone. This figure, says Huawei, was a whopping 44% increase over their 2014 figures (in 2014 Huawei shipped 75 million smartphones.) Not only that, but the company seemed pleased as punch to reveal that its consumer business sales grew by 70% last year, up to $20 billion, and it notes that in September 2015, it had 9.7% of the global smartphone market, putting it at third behind Apple and Samsung.
But, hot off the heels of an incredible 2015, the Chinese smartphone maker doesn’t plan on slowing down in 2016. A new report from VentureBeat suggests that the company’s upcoming flagship, the Huawei P9, will be available in four different versions. The publication claims to have spoken to someone “with knowledge of the company’s plans” and reveals that we should expect the regular P9, a budget friendly P9lite, the P9max, and a “feature-enhanced” version of the P9, though VentureBeat’s source didn’t call it a “premium” model.
The fourth P9 model listed there will apparently establish itself away from its siblings by having more storage and more RAM, and given that the P9 was already rumored to offer 4GB of RAM, that could make it one seriously powerful handset. Moreover, VentureBeat’s insider tells them that this particular model of the phone will also have an “improved camera,” as it will have a dual lens, a dual (12 megapixel) sensor configuration and it will include the second-generation technology that debuted with the Huawei Honor 6 Plus smartphone.
Feature-wise, this yet unnamed P9 variant will also include “post-capture refocus, simulated aperture adjustment, and filter application.” The publication’s insider even told them “to expect even more unique capabilities, as the concept has been further refined” with the fourth variant of the P9.
Another unconfirmed detail from the report include the fact that none of Huawei’s 2016 smartphones – including the Huawei P9 range – will feature QHD screens. The publication explains that Huawei has made the decision as the company “feels that the slight improvement in image quality is not worth the trade-off in power drain”. While many Huawei fans will be disappointed – especially as Samsung’s flagship, the Galaxy S6, sported a QHD touchscreen when it was released last year – others may be over the moon, glad that they won’t have to charge their phone umpteen times a day as a result of the higher power cost.
As for when we might see these four Huawei handsets in the wild, officially confirmed, specs and all, VentureBeat says that we shouldn’t look to MWC 2016 for any big P9 announcements. While it’s currently unclear why the company is holding off on an MWC unveiling for the phones (though the hype around Samsung and LG’s MWC 2016 conferences may have something to do with it), Huawei will instead host a “dedicated” announcement presser “several weeks post-MWC”, so keep visiting the blog for more on that.
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