Image is all for Huawei's new P9 smartphone flagship

Wed Apr 6, 2016 3:20pm EDT
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By Paul Sandle

LONDON, April 6 (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies presented its latest flagship smartphone on Wednesday, featuring a dual-lens camera co-engineered with Germany's Leica that it hopes will set it apart from all the other Android devices on the market.

The P9, Huawei's flagship device, is the first result of the tie-up between the world's third biggest smartphone maker and Leica Camera AG, a 102-year-old firm whose cameras have shot some of the most famous images in the history of photography.

Huawei said consumers were increasingly focused on the photographic capability of smartphones, and the company wanted to partner the best in the field.

"Leica is the leading, premium iconic brand in cameras," Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei Consumer Business Group, said at a launch event in London.

The dual-lens 12 megapixel camera on the rear of the device separately captures monochrome and colour images, and combines them to create more detail, depth and brighter colours than rival single lens cameras, he said.

Leica said the collaboration went far beyond just branding, with the two companies working together on lenses and image processing technology.

"A lot of people would like to have our red dot and put it on their product," said Leica's Chief Executive Oliver Kaltner.

"This is not what we are. We are the centre of optical excellence worldwide, and we should take advantage of that knowledge."   Continued...