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Huawei had a dual-lens smartphone camera before Apple’s iPhone, and it won’t let them forget it

Apple, take a seat.


Jam Kotenko


Posted on Sep 12, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 1:07 am CDT

Last week, Apple revealed their newest smartphones, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and people went bananas. Jet black finish? Yes! Stereo speakers? Finally! Water resistant? Perfect! Dual cameras? NEED IT NOW!

Before you declare Apple the undisputed king of smartphone innovation, consider that most of the iPhone’s new features are already offered by various Android competitors. Now, one of them has decided to make light of this fact via the hottest burn possible.

Huawei, a popular phone brand in Asia, attempted to throw shade at the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus features through a series of Facebook posts. The digs start off fairly innocent, with posts published on the day of the Apple event that merely showcased Huawei’s P9 smartphone – which came out in June of this year – and its dual-lens capabilities.

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Then it escalated just a tiny bit by mentioning the month of the P9’s release, which is a good five months earlier than the iPhone 7 announcement:

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Finally, the pièce de résistance, delivered by a photo of the P9 phone accompanied by two short sentences:

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It cannot be denied that the iPhone 7 has a pretty incredible camera, but Huawei isn’t lying when the company said it preceded Apple in providing some of the features that “revolutionize” phone photography. Like the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the P9 has a 12 megapixel rear camera that can capture high-quality pictures. Although Huawei P9’s list of specifications does not say that its dual lenses are telephoto and wide-angle, it does feature two Leica lenses–one in RGB and one in monochrome–which could appeal to black and white photography enthusiasts. Furthermore, its front-facing camera has a resolution of 8MP, while the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are at only 7MP.

Of course, comparisons of the two devices from competing platforms should be put on hold until the iPhone 7 is actually released. For now, enjoy a joke at the expense of the iPhone’s most controversial feature, courtesy of Huawei:

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*First Published: Sep 12, 2016, 3:15 pm CDT