Image is all for Huawei's new P9 smartphone flagship

Huawei is slated to unveil Honor V8 on May 10

That's something it hopes to rectify with the newly announced Huawei P9 and P9 Plus phones - flagship devices that are more capable of living up to that tag.

Both versions of the phone will run Android 6.0 and feature fingerprint sensors, ambient light sensors, USB Type-C connector sand 3000mAh batteries that support rapid charging.

One captures red, green and blue (RGB) information about the view, while the other is limited to collecting monochrome image data.

With a dual 12 megapixel lens, Huawei says the P9 will offer better low light and black and white photos with improved depth of field and faster focus.

Huawei says it's not just a matter of exclusively the dual-lens technology but that the phones' dedicated depth measurement chip as well as something Huawei calls its "hybrid-focus technology that will providing consumers something special when they pull out their phones to capture a shot". It will also allow you to refocus your photos even after you've taken them, a trick that we first saw on Lytro's lightfield camera system. Huawei and Leica are calling this the "reinvention of smartphone photography", saying the P9 has been "co-engineered with Leica", so we're expecting big things.

Pricing for the Huawei P9 will be set at €599 ($682 USD) for the 3GB/32GB model and €649 ($739 USD) for the 4GB/64GB model, while the P9 Plus will set buyers back €749 ($853 USD). The P9 will cost around £449 while the Plus is priced at £549.

Huawei has been launching some spectacular products lately with their budget Honor series and the much acclaimed Google Nexus 6P. The P9 draws from a 3,000mAh battery, which is apparently good for a day and a half of frequent use. This bigger mobile is largely the same, but has a 5.5-inch screen, a little more RAM, twice as much storage, and the front-facing camera is able to autofocus. However, the company also faces potential obstacles due to its Chinese roots and infrastructure - founder and president Ren Zhengfei began his career as a military technologist for the People's Liberation Army.

There's no official word yet from the company if Huawei P9 will have a USA release.

The basic P9 has 32GB of storage, expandable through a microSD card slot, which takes the place of the second SIM card tray built into the Asian version of the phone. Inside of the aluminum chassis is a 2.5GHz octa-core Kirin 955 processor paired with 3GB or 4GB of RAM, depending on which model you choose.

The P9 Plus also gets an increase in battery capacity, with a 3,400 mAh battery.

Living in the USA (or any other market outside of China), we typically don't get too hyped about Huawei's plans to launch new flagships given they never reach these shores, but it's looking like that could soon change.

Along with the new phones, Huawei also launched the TalkBand B3, a new iteration of its wearable smartphone companion that doubles as a fully functional headset. Given that it's a Huawei-only feature thus far, we doubt many Android app developers will embrace it wholeheartedly.

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