Huawei has just launched its new P9 series of smartphones at its South Pacific Conference right here in Bali, Indonesia. Interestingly, it’s not just the P9 and P9 Plus: the smaller, more affordable P9 Lite was also unveiled today.
There are not much difference between the P9 and P9 Plus: the latter has a bigger, pressure-sensitive 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display, while the former has a conventional 5.2-inch 1080p IPS panel. The P9 Plus also has a slightly bigger 3,400mAh battery; the P9 is packed with a 3,000mAh cell instead.
Other than these differences, these two share similar hardware. Both devices have a Kirin 955 processor paired with 3GB or 4GB of RAM, two choices of internal storage (32GB or 64GB), support for microSD cards up to 128GB, as well as the Leica-certified dual 12MP rear cameras and an 8MP front-facing shooter.
The P9 Lite, on the other hand, is the most affordable device in the P9 series. It is equipped with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a Kirin 650 processor paired with 2GB or 3GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, as well as a 3,000mAh battery. Other specifications of the P9 Lite include a 13MP rear camera, an 8MP front-facing snapper, and a rear fingerprint sensor, much like the P9 and P9 Plus.
Unfortunately, Huawei did not disclose any detail on the local pricing of the P9 series in Malaysia. However, the company did mention that all three devices in the series will be coming to Malaysia; the P9 may also launch on 20 May according to Huawei Malaysia’s Facebook page, but we were told by a Huawei representative that this is merely a tentative launch date.
Regardless, the very same spokesperson told us that the Huawei P9 will be launched in Malaysia by the end of May 2016. It remains to be seen if the P9 Plus and Lite will be launched at the same time as well.