Huawei P9 will be the first handset in the P series to house a fingerprint scanner

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A Huawei logo is seen above the company's exhibition pavilion during the CommunicAsia information and communications technology trade show in Singapore June 19, 2012. Reuters/Tim Chong

Huawei is expected to refresh its P series and make an official announcement of P9 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016. As far as the design is concerned, a newly leaked render indicates a marked deviation from Huawei P8 launched back in April 2015.

Chinese website CNMO has posted a sketch that purportedly reveals the design of Huawei P9. The leaked render also indicates that the P9 will host a pair of rear cameras along with dual-LED flash.  As reported by Phone Arena, one of the two rear-facing cameras may come with a 12-megapixel sensor.

Previously, multiple reports suggested that the Huawei P9 will come with a completely different design. The Huawei P9 will reportedly hot the shelves of the stores in March 2016.

The schematic diagram also shows a physical home button. According to GSM Arena, the presence of the physical home button on the front reconfirms that the device hosts a fingerprint scanner. If the reports come true, the Huawei P9 will be the first handset in the P series to house a fingerprint scanner.

This is a significant departure for Huawei. The company opted for embedding the fingerprint scanner on the back panel for flagship devices like Mate 8 and Nexus 6P. The leaked sketch also displays rounded corners with a speaker at the bottom and 3.5mm headphone jack.

Past speculations suggest that the device will sport a 5.2-inch display. The handset will be allegedly powered by Huawei’s own HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor as compared to Kirin 935 chipset which powers the predecessor. The chipset will offer octa-core CPU along with the Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. The Huawei P9 is slated to house a generous 4GB of RAM. There will be a massive 3,000 mAh battery to juice up the upcoming smartphone.