Announced: Huawei P9 smartphone with dual camera lens system by Leica

The Huawei P9 smartphone with dual camera lens system by Leica is now officially announced:

"Integrating the design values and engineering excellence of Huawei and Leica in a smartphone photography system co-engineered by the two companies, the P9 brings together best-in-class hardware and software, from optical lenses, to sensors, to image processing algorithms, empowering users to capture the highest-quality images.

Key to the P9’s superlative imaging capabilities is a dual-camera design that fully unleashes the power of Leica’s optical lenses, renowned for precision and attention to detail, and subject to the industry’s most stringent quality screening requirements. The RGB camera on the P9 specializes in capturing color, while the monochrome camera is outstanding at acquiring picture detail. The two rear cameras of the P9 work in tandem to enable users to create images of superior detail, depth and color. The P9 truly excels in low-light conditions, as the dual-camera design guarantees more light and detail can be captured.

Deploying Huawei’s Hybrid Focus technology, the P9 captures images with superior speed, accuracy and stability. The P9 supports camera focusing based on three methodologies – laser, depth calculation and contrast – and automatically selects the one that yields the best result in any given environment."

The full press release can be found here. Sample photos taken with the P9 can be found here.

Promo/demo videos of the new Huawei P9 dual lens system:

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  • I’m not sure this is going to help their brand image which, let’s admit, is kind of key for Leica.

  • It’s the new standard, well wxecuted, looking forward to real world imagery.

  • Richard Lea

    It’s crap, and I can’t believe Leica even put their name to it. Had a preproduction sample on test for 3 days.
    Camera in the S7 much better

    • My opinion is that this is easy money for Leica.

    • Marcus Valério Lins-Barroso

      I have the same opinion.
      Leica lost a lot in brand image with a Chinese Brand Partner.
      The only winner with this partnership is Hauwey.

      • You are forgetting the huge Leica market in China, probably the main source of revenue for Leica. People will buy this camera in China just because of the Leica logo. Probably not a good branding decision, but a very good financial move.

  • C Van

    If Leica DID contribute, it’s probably only the “Leica colors” in the settings. The camera module comes from Chinese Sunny Optical LTD:

    • C Van

      I believe due lens setup is much better with LinX and Corephotonics.

  • D800GuyIsBack

    Is this like the Carl Zeiss camera phones from Nokia of yesteryear?

    • Marcus Valério Lins-Barroso

      No it isn’t, because Nokia is an European Brand and Huawei not.

  • Simon

    I guess this phone maker felt the need to copy Apple’s colours.

  • Bo Dez

    Ugh. Leica – What are you doing?????

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