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This challenger has beaten the upcoming iPhone to the punch in one area

Dual-camera is likely going to be the next big feature with upcoming phones.

WHILE IT MIGHT not have the same reputation as Apple and Samsung, Huawei has continued to push ahead as the third largest smartphone maker in the world.

The Chinese company, which has pushed its Android range by releasing high-end hardware phones with competitive prices, has announced two new flagship smartphones for release this month, the P9 and P9 Plus.

Running on the latest version of Android, Marshmallow 6.0, both devices use the company’s standard OS Emotion, which bears some similarities to iOS regarding its design.

Huawei product announcement Huawei CEO Richard Yu announcing the Huawei P9 at an event in London. Lauren Hurley / PA Wire Lauren Hurley / PA Wire / PA Wire

Unsurprisingly, it’s making a lot of noise about its camera which was developed with help from the German camera company Leica.

But what it hopes will make the difference is how both phones have two rear cameras, both 12MP and using one colour sensor and one monochrome sensor.

It’s been rumoured that Apple was planning on introducing dual-camera for the next major iPhone release in September, and has been said to be the big feature for the new smartphone.

It wouldn’t be the first time it’s beaten Apple to the punch with a feature. Last year, it announced a pressure-sensitive display for its phone the Mate S, weeks before Apple announced 3D Touch for its phones.

The purpose of dual sensors is to improve image quality – both in general and in specific situations like low-light – and allow some post-editing tricks like readjusting the focus after a photo is taken. Huawei claims that the camera is more sensitive and can provide more detail in photos.

Alongside that, it shares some similarities with last year’s P8 with a metal design but also comes with a fingerprint scanner at the back and a USB-C port at the bottom.

The P9 will cost €599 for the 3GB (RAM) and 32GB (storage) version and €649 for the 4GB and 64GB version

The P9 Plus will cost €749 for 4GB and 64GB. Both devices will be released in Ireland on 16 April.

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