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Huawei P9 has been finally launched in India. The highlight of the smartphone is its dual camera set-up at the back. This isn’t the first smartphone to feature dual camera set-up, but what makes this special is the camera lens which is designed and engineered by Leica. Two individual sensors in Huawei P9’s rear camera can reproduce pictures in colour and monochrome.
In our review, we said Huawei P9 is the world’s the best monochrome shooter yet. It supports HDR mode, timelapse and slow motion video recording. The device, however, lacks Optical Image Stabilisation and 4K video recording capabilities. The front camera is 8MP.
With Huawei P9, the competition among premium Android smartphones gets tougher, especially on the camera front. There’s LG G5, which also comes with a dual camera set up. The 16MP rear camera in LG G5 shoots at a wide 78-degree angle, which differentiates it from the competition. And Samsung galaxy S7 edge’s camera is a notch ahead of the Apple iPhone 6s Plus, as had we noted in our review.
Huawei P9 is powered by an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 955 chipset with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage option. It features a 5.2-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920×1090 pixels. The P9 runs Huawei’s Emotion UI on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow and supports the latest in LTE bands, along with Bluetooth 4.1 with low energy mode.
Huawei P9 is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery. There’s also an option to lower the display resolution to 720 pixels to save power. Huawei P9 costs Rs 39,999 in India, and will be available in Grey, Silver and Gold colour variants. Here is how it stands against LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge in terms of specifications:
Huawei P9: Huawei P9 was first announced in China in April, and this is the first in the world to feature Leica branded dual rear cameras. In our review, we said the implementation of dual camera lens in Huawei P9 is unlike anything else you’ll find on a phone.
The results in monochrome are far better than the ones shot with Noir filter on iPhone. The monochrome sensor also doubles as a depth sensor. The image sensors used in P9 are top notch. They often produce pictures with sufficient details; and the reds, pinks, grays, browns all turn out accurate.
In our review, we said the implementation of dual camera lens in Huawei P9 is unlike anything else we’ve seen before. The results in monochrome are far better than the ones shot with Noir filter on iPhone. (Sample shot from Huawei P9) (Image resized for web)
Huawei P9 features a 5.2-inch display IPS display, runs an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 955 and comes with 3GB RAM, 32GB of storage. It runs Huawei’s Emotion UI over Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Huawei P9’s dual rear cameras also support post-focusing technology where users can change the aperture after clicking the image. The feature helps users create professional bokeh effects by setting aperture all the way down to f/0.95 and defocusing the background. The smartphone is backed by a 3000 mAh battery.
LG G5: LG G5 is company’s first modular smartphone priced at Rs 52,990, and one of the most unique looking flagships launched this year. LG G5 has a modular slot which can be swapped for different modules. The Korean company calls these modules as LG G5’s Friends. There’s CAM Plus, Hi-Fi and B&O Play modules. LG G5 comes with a 5.3-inch Quad HD always-on display. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset with 4GB RAM and 32GB expandable storage.
In our review of LG G5, we said the rear camera is one of the best clickers in a smartphone at the moment thanks to 16MP rear camera that shoots at a wide 78-degree angle. (Sample shot from LG G5) (Image resized for web)
LG G5 features a dual-camera setup – 16MP paired with 8MP wide-angle camera. In our review of LG G5, we said the rear camera is one of the best clickers in a smartphone at the moment thanks to 16MP rear camera that shoots at a wide 78-degree angle. There is also an 8MP front camera. LG G5 gets 2800 mAh removable battery, but can be expanded to 4,000 mAh with CAM Plus module. The smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with its own UI on top.
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge: Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is a flagship smartphone priced at Rs 56,900. This one comes with a 5.5-inch QHD Super AMOLED display and is powered by an octa-core Exynos 8890 processor. There’s 4GB RAM on-board and 32GB storage space. The battery in Galaxy S7 edge is 3,600 mAh battery, which easily lasts for around 12 hours over a full-day usage. The smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with TouchWiz UI.
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge features a 12MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. We noted the camera was really impressive, in fact even a notch ahead of the Apple iPhone 6s Plus. (Sample shot from Galaxy S7 edge) (Image resized for web)
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge features a 12MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. We noted the camera was really impressive, in fact even a notch ahead of the Apple iPhone 6s Plus. The phone offers amazing detail when the light is great. The focus adds an extra layer of fun and richness, making pictures look as if they were shot with a DSLR.