Huawei P9 Flagship Pictured With 5.2-inch Display And Dual Cameras

Competition is heating up in the high-end handset market thanks to some compelling options by Chinese manufacturers. Just last week, Xiaomi made a splash with its Mi 5, a decked out phone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and a starting price of just $300. Now Huawei is answering the call for a flagship with its forthcoming P9, which has been spotted in the wild.

An anonymous source provided VentureBeat with a series of photographs and a full list of specs for the P9, one of several devices the company is working on. The P9, also known by its codename Eva, is expected to launch sometime in the first half of 2016. It's expected that Huawei will release at least four variants of the handset.

Huawei P9
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The one shown is the regular version of the P9. If the anonymous source's information is accurate, it will ship with a 5.2-inch Full HD 1080p display powered by HiSilicon's Kirin 950 System-on-Chip (SoC) with a Mali-T880 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The Kirin 950 is a fairly potent part consisting of four 2.53GHz cores and four 1.8GHz cores.

Huawei's P9 will also feature 32GB of internal storage, a capacious 3,900 mAh battery, USB Type-C connector, and a pair of 12-megapixel cameras on back. Having a dual-camera system will allow owners of the P9 to pull off some fancy photography tricks, like refocusing pictures after they've been takien (similar to Intel's RealSense system), simulated aperture adjustment, and more.

The source wasn't able to provide pricing or precise launch information, though it's expected the handset will come out sometime in the second quarter.