Looking for the phone that takes the best photos?


There’s a photographer’s maxim which is frustrating to a certain type of gadget lover: “The best camera you own is the one you have with you”. What it means is that it doesn’t matter if you’ve spent tens of thousands of rand on an SLR camera: if you’re not carrying it on your person when the perfect photo op arises it’s useless.

And as the camera most of us carry all the time is now the smartphone, it makes sense to want a phone that can take the best photos possible. And there’s one phone which rivals even those high end SLRs for image quality. That’s Huawei’s latest flagship, the P9.

The Huawei P9 sports not one but two lenses from legendary German manufacturer, Leica. Behind these are two separate 12MP sensors. One captures black and white while the other captures RGB colour.

By using Huawei’s super secret algorithm these two snappers combine to showcase the detail captured by the monochrome sensor and the glorious colour that the RGB sensor grabs. The dual sensors also allow more light to hit the pixels so that photos taken in low-light look much better than you’re used to.

All of this tech might slow down any other smartphone, but Huawei equipped the P9 with the computing power you need to take photos as fast and often as you your finger allows.

A powerful processor

Huawei uses its own Kirin 955 processor in the P9, which allows it to drive a dual-core ISP (image signal processor) with fast merging, optimised colours and noise management as well as a dedicated DSP (digital signal processor) for post-processing.

The end result is snaps so good your photographer friends won’t believe it was taken on a smartphone.

Underneath it all

So now that you can take wonderful pictures you might be wondering where you’re going to store them all. While many manufacturers believe that 16GB of internal storage is enough, us in the real world know that it simply isn’t.

Tweet 1Huawei saw this and realised that what people really needed was more storage. The base model offers 32GB of internal storage as well as the option to expand this by up to 256GB with a microSD card.

When you want to upload those images to the cloud you’re in luck because the P9 offers blazing fast connectivity options. Other than support for all SA mobile networks you get WiFi on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz band with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac support so you’re getting the internet as fast as possible.

The P9 then is more than just a camera with a smartphone, it’s a professional camera in your pocket that’s always ready when you need it. Find out more here.

Huawei P9 Specs at a glance
Screen 5.2inch, 1080 x 1920
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 955
CPU Quad-core Cortex-A72 @ 2.5GHz and quad-core Cortex-A53 @ 1.8GHz
RAM 3GB
GPU Mali-T880 MP4
Operating System Android 6.0
Primary camera Dual 12 MP, f/2.2, 27 mm, Leica optics, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash Secondary camera 8MP, f/2.4
Battery 3 000mAh non-removable Li-Ion with fast charging
Extras Fingerprint scanner, USB Type C connector, dual band WiFi 802.11a/b/h/n/ac, NFC

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