Update (6 May): DirectD has removed the tentative prices of the Huawei P9 series in Malaysia. The article has been updated to reflect this.
The Huawei P9 series was just launched recently in Bali, Indonesia, and it appears the retail prices of all three devices have been revealed by a large distributor in Malaysia. Of course, it’s none other than DirectD, and the Huawei P9 series may very well retail from as low as RM999.
According to DirectD’s Facebook page (the retailer has recently removed the prices), the Huawei P9 Lite will go for RM999; that’s RM100 more than the Huawei P8 Lite, but considering the improvements in hardware, the slightly higher price makes sense. The higher-end P9, on the other hand, will apparently go for RM2,099. Interestingly enough, this is the same retail price as the base model of the Huawei Mate 8. Last but definitely not least is the Huawei P9 Plus, which is said to retail at RM2,599.
RM2,099 for the Huawei P9 is actually a pretty competitive price tag for a flagship smartphone. That said, there are actually two variants of the P9: the 32GB model with 3GB of RAM and the more costly 64GB variant with 4GB of RAM. If we were to go by SIRIM’s certification of the Huawei P9 not too long ago, the RM2,099 variant should be the 32GB variant. This is actually similar to the pricing strategy of the Mate 8, where the Standard model go for RM2,099 while the Premium variant retail at RM2,399.
However, according to a Huawei representative, these prices are only estimates at the moment; Huawei Malaysia has yet to finalise the retail prices of the P9 series. Seeing how DirectD has removed the prices as well, this seems to be the case. Regardless, we will find out more once these smartphones are officially launched in Malaysia by the end of May 2016.
Thanks Zing Gadget for the tip!