Huawei P9, P9 Lite and P9 Max get their specifications leaked

Huawei is set to announce the next batch of it’s erstwhile Ascend series phones, the P9 and P9 Lite — along with the P9 Max — in April first week.

However, a fresh leak from China has meant that we’re able to glance over the spec sheet well ahead of when Huawei would’ve liked.

The P8 Lite from last year was a fairly successful phone, but as some felt, a slightly underpowered one. Huawei seems to be in the mood to change that this time round, with a fairly powerful P9 Lite on the cards.

Lets take a look at the leaked specs of all of these phones, the P9, P9 Lite and the P9 Max.

Huawei P9 Specifications

According to Chinese sources, here is what the Huawei P9 will have on board:

  • 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080p display
  • Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 950 SoC
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB ROM
  • 12 mega-pixel dual rear camera setup with laser focus
  • 3000mAh battery

At 5.2-inches, the P9 will be fairly in line with other flagship phones from around the world. With an expected price of $499, the Huawei P9 won’t exactly be the most affordable flagship on the planet.


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Huawei P9 Lite Specifications

Moving on to the most affordable variant of the Huawei P9, i.e., the P9 Lite, the phone is expected to have the following features:

  • 5-inch 1920 x 1080p display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 SoC
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB ROM
  • 12 mega-pixel dual rear camera setup
  • 2500mAh battery

While the processor on the P9 Lite, according to the leak, is the same as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro, the P9 Lite is expected to be pricier at around $300.

Huawei P9 Max Specifications

To speak of the P9 Max, aka the highest spec’d variant of the lot, it’ll have the following, if the leaks are anything to go by:

  • 6.2-inch 2K display
  • Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 955 SoC
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB ROM
  • 12 mega-pixel dual rear camera setup with OIS and laser focus
  • 3000mAh battery
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Interestingly, the P9 Max is going to be a fairly pricey phone. The leaks suggest it’ll cost $699, which would mean we’d see a $600+ flagship from China after quite a while.

A Possibility…

Clearly, Huawei’s P9 line isn’t going to be for the budget conscious. However, if reports about the Huawei-Leica partnership bearing fruit with the P9 series come out to be true, there will definitely be a set of buyers who’d happily pay the asking price.

What do you think?

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  1. Toby
    March 16, 2016

    I’d be interested in the P9 Max, but that size is unwieldly. I wish they could fit the P9 with the 955 SoC and 6 GB Ram, and then I’d buy it.

  2. Adam Irvine
    March 16, 2016

    I haven’t followed the Huawei phones at all, is the Kirin SOC any good then compared with the competition?

    • Elfyanlied
      March 16, 2016

      Well better than s6 but lower than S7 for antutu but the best in 3d games better than sd820 or exynos8890

  3. Manos
    March 16, 2016

    What GPU the max will have?

  4. Assefa Hanson
    March 16, 2016

    i wonder if this interests yasir, it has the screen size, the 950 is ok imo

  5. realjjj
    March 16, 2016

    lol this is not a leak from China,this is what Oppomart has listed, the China sites noticed and so on.

  6. Zami
    March 16, 2016

    If the P9 lite gets a great camera like the big siblings ,it will be top notch midranger.
    I am thinking of buying Huawei Mate 8 .
    But now the leaks has confused me .
    Should I wait for P9.
    I am not sure about Mate 8’s camera , leak suggests P9 will have great camera .

    • Freeje
      March 16, 2016

      Mate 8’s camera is good enough, everything else is superb. Supposedly has good optics but optimization is still lacking. If you’re after good pics comparable to the big guns then wait for the P9. If it will have Leica lens and software is also done by them then it should be a killer.

    • Agil Sulistyo
      March 17, 2016

      I think you need a mirrorless camera with small body, sony rx100 mark IV maybe, or Panasonic g7, for take nice professional pict,

      • Zami
        March 17, 2016

        Its not possible to carry a camera all the time .
        I have a entry level DSLR , but not possible to carry it everywhere .

  7. Rob
    March 16, 2016

    The p9 Max sounds great, finally a 2k phone from Huawei, but the price is painful. Not sure what difference between the Kirin 950 and 955 is, but I’m guessing it’s faster clock speeds aka MT X20 and X25.

  8. Simon
    March 16, 2016

    There was rumours of a P9 Pro similar to the P9 but with 4GB ram, 64 Storage and Kirin 955. I hope that one is included.

  9. beez276
    March 16, 2016

    Hopefully prices for P8 series, especially P8 Max, will drop. Anyone have experience with P8 Max and its camera? Am thinking between Xiaomi Mi Note Pro or P8 Max. P9 Max with 6.2″ display sounds more hand friendly than P8M 6.8″, but overpriced unfortunately.

  10. SnowyCat
    March 16, 2016

    i’m abit sad for 2gb ram in the lite version but if the dual cameras on the p9 lite are also great it would be an amazing mid range phone. as most in that category lack camera performance

  11. Joel Adames
    March 16, 2016

    Looking at this i have to wonder why people where complaing about the Blackberry Priv at $700 then the Mate 8 at more than that was without 4k recording and just FHD in a 6″ screen… I guess well have to see the kind of customer service you get out of Huawei

  12. Riccardo Benzoni
    March 16, 2016

    those batteries… each model needed a 500mah boost at least in my opinion, the 6.3 with 2k is totally killed by that 3000mah battery, hope those are only rumors.

    • balcobomber25
      March 17, 2016

      The normal P9 should be alright but the Max is gonna have terrible battery life if thats true,

  13. balcobomber25
    March 16, 2016

    I read something from the Pro Apple Media today about how the iPhone 7 could have dual cameras and how “revolutionary” it would be. They even said no smartphone has ever had this technology before. The saddest part is they probably actually believe it.

    • Millet Air Purifier (Mi-Fan)
      March 17, 2016

      What do you expect? Fanboys never change

      • balcobomber25
        March 17, 2016

        That’s actually not true. I was one of the biggest Xiaomi fanboys but I am less than impressed with the Mi5.

        • Millet Air Purifier (Mi-Fan)
          March 17, 2016

          I meant apple fanboys, same goes for hardcore google android fanboys

      • Adam Irvine
        March 17, 2016

        It’s not true, a friend of my brothers was a big time Apple fan back in the day, he had a good deal on contract to have a Samsung Galaxy S4 I think it was, and since that day, he’s been all out Samsung…

        I know that’s not a typical thing to hear and usually people go the other way i.e. from a poor experience on a mega cheap Android phone to an iPhone costing 5 times that of the Android device and then slag Android off to high heaven… (when really all they needed to do was spend half the value of the iPhone on a decent Android device and they’d see sense!).

        Just goes to show that there are some Apple fans out there waiting to be enlightened, there is hope…


    • Agil Sulistyo
      March 17, 2016

      Who don’t know apple, that is apple.

    • Hitman777
      March 17, 2016

      @balcobomber25:disqus When the first iPhone launched, they also claimed to have invented the first “smartphone”, which is arguably the most open-ended and ambiguous term that is thrown around. There were quite a few phones with touchscreens, browsing and email, and additional apps that somehow weren’t “smart”, because well, they were not from Apple.

      • balcobomber25
        March 17, 2016

        People often mistakenly call Steve Jobbs the greatest inventor. He didn’t invent anything, he stole other people’s ideas and made them mainstream (like the computer mouse). He was one of the greatest innovators.

  14. Agil Sulistyo
    March 17, 2016

    Doesn’t matter how good the camera is, how good the processor, ram, etc, if this phone charging needs a long time, that is my opinion about phone…

  15. Avinash kumar
    March 17, 2016

    I don’t know if anyone remembers the honor 6 plus which had a dual 8 MP implementation . The reviews were very good and the quality was certainly dope from what i saw personally. It was slow on processing though because of the 925 kirin chip set.I have high hopes from this with a dual 12 Mp and a finally a good chip i.e. kirin 950.

  16. March 19, 2016

    Huawei, Lenovo and ZTE all charge too much for their high end phones, poor value for money compared to other options.