Huawei has announced two new flagship smartphones - the heavily rumoured P9 and its bigger, badder brother, the P9 Plus. 

The two devices are almost identical but there are a couple of differences between them and that's what this feature is all about. How does the Huawei P9 compare to the Huawei P9 Plus? Read on to find out.

The Huawei P9 and P9 Plus both offer full metal bodies, constructed from one piece of metal. There is a fingerprint sensor on the rear, along with a dual camera setup.

The P9 is a little smaller and lighter than the P9 Plus, as you would expect, measuring 145 x 70.9 x 6.95mm and hitting the scales at 144g. The P9 Plus measures 152.3 x 75.3 x 6.98mm and weighs 162g, meaning it is almost identical in slimness but a little larger elsewhere. It also offers stereo speakers.

The P9 comes in four colours comprising Rose Gold, Prestige Gold, Titanium Grey and Mystic Silver, with a P9 Deluxe model available in Haze Gold and Ceramic White. The P9 Plus comes in four colours, comprising Haze Gold, Quartz Grey, Rose Gold and Ceramic White.

The Huawei P9 comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD LCD display that delivers a pixel density of 424ppi. It offers a 96 per cent colour saturation and 500nits brightness, along with a 1.7mm bezel.

The Huawei P9 Plus ups the size slightly to 5.5-inches, but it sticks with a Full HD resolution for a pixel density of 401ppi meaning images should be crisper on the smaller handset. Huawei opted for a Super AMOLED display for the P9 Plus however which should mean colours are richer and more vibrant.

The P9 Plus's display is also a Press Touch display like the top-of-the-range Mate S. It will offer two levels of pressure sensitivity and there will be 18 native apps supporting the feature, along with a pop-up shortcut menu.

The Huawei P9 and Huawei P9 Plus both offer the same camera capabilities with the exception of one extra feature on the P9 Plus.

Both have dual rear cameras comprising two 12-megapixel sensors, one of which is RGB and the other monochrome. They also both come with laser-assisted AF on the rear, Leica technology including standard, vivid and smooth film modes, as well as full manual control.

The front snappers on both is an 8-megapixel sensor, but the P9 Plus offers laser autofocus for selfies too, while the P9 doesn't.

The Huawei P9 and the Huawei P9 Plus both come with the octa-core 64-bit Kirin 955 chipset. The company claims this processor is 100 per cent faster than the P8 and offers a 125 per cent improvement on 3D graphics.

The P9 is available in two models, one of which has 32GB of internal storage with 3GB of RAM, while the other has 64GB of internal memory and 4GB of RAM. Both come with microSD support, USB Type-C and a 3000mAh battery.

The P9 Plus on the other hand only comes in one model, which offers 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. MicroSD and USB Type-C are both on board again, but the P9 Plus has a slightly larger battery at 3400mAh.

The software experience on the P9 and P9 Plus will be largely the same in that they both launch on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Huawei's EMUI 4.1 skin over the top.

There will of course be a few extra features on the P9 Plus thanks to those that come with the pressure-sensitive display but on the whole, these two devices will offer a very similar experience in terms of interface.

As we said at the beginning of this feature, the P9 and the P9 Plus are almost identical aside from a couple of differences. The P9 is smaller, lighter and has a sharper display but it has less RAM and storage in its standard model and a smaller battery.

The P9 Plus offers a larger screen with pressure sensors, a bigger battery, more RAM as standard and it offers AF on its front facing camera, as well as stereo speakers.

The P9 is cheaper though, starting at €599, while the P9 Plus will set you back €749.