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This Dual-Lens Camera Lets You Take Your Best Smartphone Photos

The Huawei P9 is co-created with Leica so you know it's perfection.
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Whether it’s a beautiful sunrise, an outdoor action shot, an energetic dance party, or a vibrant travel landscape, an image taken by Huawei’s P9 smartphone can trick you into thinking it was shot with a professional camera, thanks to its star feature, the Leica-engineered dual-lens camera.

The two lenses shoot in 12 megapixels, with one shooting in color and the other in monochrome, then the camera’s Picture Quality Algorithm combines the two images. According to Huawei, when these two lenses work together, they deliver 50 percent better contrast and 300 percent better light detection and detail than predecessors, and you get images that are noticeably crisper, richer, and clearer.

On its own, the monochrome mode delivers astonishingly detailed black and white images similar to those shot by actual Leica cameras. Other camera functions of the P9 include wide aperture effect, film modes (smooth, vivid, or standard), and a pro mode, which allows you to manually control the depth of field, focus, and other advanced camera settings. It’s like a camera with a phone, more than a phone with a camera—indeed a great option for social media junkies and digital media professionals alike.

Variants of the Huawei P9

Fashion photographer Mario Testino, National Geographic photojournalist David Guttenfelder, and London-based photographer Mary McCartney were among the renowned lensmen tapped by Huawei and Leica to test run the P9 and showcase a collection of images shot with it; the results prove that the dual-lens is the year’s game changer when it comes to smartphone photography.

Images shot by photographers Mary McCartney and David Guttenfelder using the Huawei P9 smartphone camera.

The P9’s eight-megapixel front camera does not disappoint either, which is engineered to take crisp and clear images and videos even in very low lighting. This is the front camera that will take your Snapchat game to another level.

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As Huawei’s top-of-the-line smartphone, the P9 is designed with a premium look—sleek, light, compact, and with a curved Gorilla Glass screen.

Its 5.2-inch full HD display covers 96 percent of the color spectrum, allowing you to see colors more vibrantly and accurate to real life. The P9 runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 and is available in two options: 3GB RAM with 32GB storage or 4GB RAM with 64GB storage. The P9 Plus, on the other hand, comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display, 4GB RAM, and 64GB storage. huawei.com/ph.

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