New Delhi: Chinese tech company Huawei Technologies on Wednesday introduced its much-anticipated P9 smartphone. While most of the features in Huawei's new flagship phone are largely in line with the ones in other premium Android phones, it is the camera in the phone that sets it apart.
The P9 features a dual-lens camera at the rear that has been co-engineered with Germany's legendary Leica, a 102-year-old firm whose cameras have shot some of the most famous images in the history of photography.
Explaining the P9's photographic capability, Huawei says the dual-lens 12 megapixel camera on the rear of the device unleashes the power of Leica's optical lenses. It separately captures monochrome and colour images, and combines them to create more detail, depth and brighter colours than rival single lens cameras.
The company elaborates on the camera technology and states, "The RGB camera on the P9 specialises in capturing colour, while the monochrome camera is outstanding at acquiring picture detail. The two rear cameras of the P9 work in tandem to enable users to create images of superior detail, depth and colour. The P9 truly excels in low-light conditions, as the dual-camera design guarantees more light and detail can be captured."
The camera on the P9 also allows users to choose between three film modes - Standard, Vivid Colours and Smooth Colours - depending on their personal references.
Also, by selecting the monochrome mode, P9 users can use their devices as a monochrome camera to capture "evocative" black and white images.
While Huawei has kept Leica's optical lenses at the centre of the P9's camera, it has also deployed its proprietary Hybrid Focus technology, which is said to capture images with superior speed, accuracy and stability.
"The P9 supports camera focusing based on three methodologies - laser, depth calculation and contrast - and automatically selects the one that yields the best result in any given environment," explicates Huawei.
According to Leica, the collaboration went far beyond just branding, with the two companies working together on lenses and image processing technology.
Leica's reputation dates back to the pioneers of photojournalism Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson. The firm, with its trademark red-button logo, has undergone a difficult period over the last decade after being slow to catch on to digital photography and also in the face of ferocious competition from Asian rivals.