Huawei P9 hands-on images leak online; shows several key features of the phone
Huawei P9 hands-on images leak online; shows several key features of the phoneReuters

Huawei is expanding its smartphone portfolio with a series of new devices, and a new leak shows another premium smartphone is underway. Huawei P9, as it is being called, was leaked in a series of live images by popular mobile tipster Evan Blass, showing the handset from different angles.

According to Venture Beat, the high-end, camera-centric P9 smartphone will be launched in the first half of 2016, succeeding 2015's Honor 6 Plus, which featured similar imaging capabilities. The handset will join the company's P-series, which includes devices like Ascend P2, Ascend P3, and also P8, which was launched in 2013 without the Ascend branding.

The leaked images of the Huawei P9 revealed several key details about the handset ahead of its official launch. The parallel dual-lens camera setup is intact alongside dual tone LED flash and laser focus module on the rear side. The all-metal phone also has a fingerprint scanner at the back with thin antenna lines seen at the bottom of the device. The entire camera module is encased within a separate glass layer at the top of the device.

The front portion of the Huawei P9 shows ultra-slim bezels on the sides, but large areas left on the top and at the bottom, which is odd considering the capacitive navigation buttons for home and back are within the display. The headphone jack, speakers and a USB Type-C port are all at the bottom of the device.

Confirming the specifications of the Huawei P9, Blass noted that the handset will be powered by the company's homegrown HiSilicon-made Kirin 955 SoC, 4GB RAM, 64GB and 128GB storage options and 12MP dual sensors with Leica optics. Huawei is expected to launch a standard variant of the P9, which would come with a 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, Kirin 950 SoC and 3,900mAh battery, according to Blass.