Huawei has finally launched its widely anticipated flagship for 2016 in Australia with the advent of the Huawei P9. Announced a couple of months ago, and launched regionally at the beginning of May, the Huawei P9 will arrive in Australia in just under two weeks on 5th July, at a very intelligent price of just $799.
This is a great price for a flagship handset, when you consider that the competition have all released phones over the $1000 mark this year. The Huawei P9 stands up on the specification front, with perhaps the only obvious point of difference being the lack of optical image stabilisation on the camera (but in many cases, it doesn’t let you down). Here’s the full specs, and how it compares with the competition:
|Huawei P9||LG G5||Samsung Galaxy S7||Sony Xperia X Performance||Release date||March 2016||April 2016||March 2016||February 2016||Screen size||5.2-inch||5.3-inch||5.1-inch||5.0-inch||Screen technology||Super AMOLED||IPS LCD||Super AMOLED||IPS LCD||Resolution||1,920 x 1,080||2,560 x 1,440||2,560 x 1,440||1,920 x 1,080||PPI||423||554||576||441||Rear camera||12MP||16MP (8MP wide angle)||12MP||23MP||Front camera||8MP||8MP||5MP||13MP||Chipset||Kirin 955||Snapdragon 820||Exynos 8890||Snapdragon 820||Core config||2.5 GHz x 4 + 1.8 GHz x 4||Unspecified||2.3 GHz x 4 + 1.6 GHz x 4||2.15 GHz x 2 + 1.6 GHz x 2||Ram||4GB||4GB||3GB||Storage||32GB||32GB||MicroSD||Yes, up to 128GB||Yes, 200GB||200GB||Yes, up to 200GB||Battery||3,000 mAh||2,800 mAh||3,000 mAh||2,700 mAh||Battery removable||—||Yes||—||—||Connector||USB C||USB C||MicroUSB||MicroUSB||Headphone Port||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Headphone Location||Bottom||Top||—||—||Speaker Configuration||Bottom||Bottom||—||—||NFC||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Android OS||Android 6.0||Android 6.0||Android 6.0||Android 6.0.1||Vendor skin||EMUI 4.1||LG UX 5.0||Samsung UI||Xperia UI||Dimensions||145 x 70.9 x 6.95 mm||149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7-8.6mm||142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm||143.7 x 70.4 x 8.7 mm||Weight||144g||159g||152g||164g||Colours|
The Huawei P9 will be available through all major telcos (including Optus subsidiary Virgin), as well as outright through DigiDirect, Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi.
For those looking forward to getting hands-on with the Huawei P9, you won’t have to wait long. Pre-orders open next week on 28th June, with delivery starting the following week on the 5th July.
Once carrier details and offers are known we’ll update you, and our review should be published shortly. In the meantime, check out our first impressions from last month.