Huawei today announced official figures of worldwide sales of the P9 and the P9 Plus phones which were launched in April this year. The phones were the first to feature German camera giant Leica's dual-lens rear camera design aside from aerospace-class aluminium panels with rounded edges, strong 2.5D glass screens, 2.5GHz processors and virtual-triple-antenna architecture to ensure fast mobile internet round the clock.
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The phones' dual-cameras, namely the RGB and the monochrome ones, specialize in bright colour and black and white imaging respectively. When both cameras work together, the resulting images are a mixture of vivid colours and lovely shades, saving you the effort of searching for photo-editing apps to beautify your raw pictures. When you start using the P9's cameras, you will get an option of choosing between Standard, Vivid Colors and Smooth Colors. You can also use the monochrome camera on a standalone basis if you love capturing certain landscapes in black and white. The camera focussing involves laser, depth calculation and contrast methods to bring out the best in every picture you click.
As it turned out, the P9 and the P9 Plus were instant hits. According to Huawei, global shipments of the P9 exceeded 2.6 million units within six weeks of its release. The phones also propelled Huawei's rise as a global smartphone seller, helping the company notch up 33.59 million smartphone shipments in the third quarter. Huawei now boasts market share in excess of 15% in 30 countries and in excess of 20% in 20 countries which is a significant achievement for any phone maker in an industry dominated by Samsung and Apple over the last ten years. Sales of the P9 and P9 Plus have together crossed 10 million units so far, a figure even the most optimistic analysts wouldn't have imagined a few months ago.
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Such was the success of the P9 series that Huawei went on to deepen its collaboration with Leica Camera AG by creating a new research and innovation centre at Leica's headquarters in Germany. The dedicated research centre hosts Huawei's and Leica's engineers who are now researching next-generation imaging technologies and apps. What's more, the centre is also pioneering Huawei's efforts towards AR and VR solutions, and if successful, may result in the company developing advanced virtual reality experiences in the coming years. Huawei has since launched the Honor 8 and the Mate 9 featuring Leica's dual lens camera technology and these phones have so far been received well by buyers across the globe.