Leaked images of Huawei's next flagship smartphone, the P9, have suggested that the device will have a rear-facing dual camera system. Now, invites from the company to an event in London on April 6th have hinted at the same setup, using the hashtag "#OO" and the slogan "change the way you see the world." The P9 was a no-show at Mobile World Congress earlier this year and Huawei has yet to confirm the device's existence. But the company took a similar approach last year, skipping MWC to launch the P8 at a London event in mid-April.
The P9 is rumored to have a pair of 12-megapixel cameras
According to a report from serial leaker Evan Blass, the P9 will come with a 5.2-inch, full HD display, a Kirin 950 processor, and 3GB of RAM. A premium version of the device will bump these specs up to a Kirin 955 system-on-chip and 4GB of RAM, with both devices using a pair of 12-megapixel sensors and Leica lenses in their dual-camera arrays. Blass also suggests that along with the regular and premium P9s, there may also be low-end and bigger-screened versions. These could be dubbed the "P9 Lite" and "P9 Max" — the same branding the company used for last year's P8 variants.
Leaked images purportedly showing the P9's dual-camera system. (Image credit: Evan Blass)
All this is speculation for the moment, but there's no doubt that Huawei wants to build on its position as the number three smartphone vendor in the world. According to recent reports from analytics companies, the Chinese manufacturer hit triple digit sales (in the millions) for the first time last year, shipping 107.1 million smartphones in 2015 — up from 74.1 million in 2014. But while we've been impressed with the quality of Huawei's devices, the company has had issues with copying rivals' designs and needs to differentiate its products. Unfortunately, if these leaked images are to be believed, there aren't many surprises in store with the P9.