While many might be more inclined towards the new Samsung Galaxy S8+ as the best handset in town, the flagship will definitely sweat for its money in markets where the Huawei P10 Plus will be selling.
In fact, the Huawei P10 Plus had already received a thumbs up from a good number of pundits well before Samsung Galaxy S8+ came to life. However, attention seems to have shifted to the latter in the recent days, especially due to the stunning design and features that it brings to the table.
At Nashville Chatter, we definitely have some real love for the Huawei P10 Plus, but how does this flagship compare against the new kid on the block and arguably Samsung’s best ever creation in the smartphone world? Here’s a closer look.
Samsung has a better design
Even the blind will tell you that the new Samsung Galaxy S8+ feels much better to hold in one’s hand compared to the Huawei P10 Plus (pun intended). On the contrary, it might not be easy to convince some of our staff on this matter, especially when taking into account the Greenery and Dazzling Blue color finishes of the P10 Plus.
Given that color is not everything there’s to look at, you’ll agree that the iPhone-like Huawei P10 Plus is nowhere near the Galaxy S8+ in terms of looks. Of course, the P10 Plus feels more premium than a number of devices in the market right now, but it doesn’t bring anything revolutionary in terms of design. As for Samsung Galaxy S8+, vice versa is true.
There are curves on the left and right hand sides of the phone, just like what we’ve seen before with the Galaxy S7 Edge and S6 Edge variants. However, the S8+ comes in with something different, ditching the physical buttons and front-mounted fingerprint scanner in favor of soft keys and a rear-mounted scanner. As a result, the bottom and top bezels are almost nowhere to be seen, leaving the device with a massive screen real estate.
It gets even better for the Galaxy S8+ as it packs an IP68-rated body for dust and water resistance, something you won’t find on the Huawei P10 Plus.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus’ screen dazzles
Huawei P10 Plus buyers will be glad to learn that the handset comes with a QHD resolution, just like the Galaxy S8+. This means that both screen deliver the best, crispiest visuals you could ever imagine on a smartphone, however, there’s more to the latter’s display screen that add to its brilliance.
To start with, the Galaxy S8+ has a massive 6.2-inch AMOLED display screen while the Huawei P10 Plus has a 5.5-inch LCD panel. The former ditches the typical 16:9 widescreen ratio for an unfamiliar 18.5:9 aspect ratio that adds some height to the usual size and makes it even wider when rotated.
On the contrary, the Huawei P10 Plus does things in the simplest way possible. The 5.5-inch panel is flat, wide, bright, and has great viewing angles. Being an LCD panel, it’s simply no match for the Galaxy S8+, which also takes things to the next level with an Always On feature and support for mobile HDR. With these aspects, there’s no arguing against the fact that the Galaxy S8+ has the best display screen of a smartphone on the planet right now.
Dual-lens or single-lens camera?
Many OEMs, including Huawei, have taken the dual-lens camera path in the recent past with the hope that this will help deliver much better shots than before. We saw this with the P9 Plus, but this setup did not make it the best in the area. In fact, the single-lens setups on Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Google Pixel were considered the best options in 2016 – and Samsung Galaxy S8+ is here to take this to the next level.
The Huawei P10 Plus has a dual-lens 12MP+20MP camera with f/1.8 aperture. Where the former is the main shooter, the latter is a monochrome sensor meant for delivering stunning black and white shots as well as enable a bunch of features such as zooming and adding more details to regular shots. The Galaxy S8+, on the other hand, has an unchanged 12MP lens with a bigger f/1.7 aperture, but there’s more to this unit than last year’s S7 Edge.
The lens is capable of taking three shots and merges them into one great photo via a range of software tricks. Even though there’s no zooming like with the case of the Huawei P10 Plus, you’ll easily end up with better shots on the S8+.
Both phones have an 8MP shooter on the front, but the S8+ should do a lot better in low light due to its larger f/1.7 aperture compared to f/1.9 of the P10 Plus. In short, the Galaxy S8+ carries the day once again.
Given that these two are still new in the market, there’s a lot that has yet to be measured in real world performances. However, on paper – including benchmarks – the Huawei P10 Plus is our winner. This is true because the handset packs an impressive Kirin 960 SoC that is paired with a huge 6GB RAM. With this package, the P10 Plus can handle just about anything, be it multitasking, heavy media streaming or even gaming.
As for the Galaxy S8+, it has the luxury of carrying the proven Snapdragon brand, featuring the latest version – the Snapdragon 835. While this is the most preferred chipset for many high-end devices, benchmarks have something different to say. Apparently, the SD835 trails the Kirin 960 and given that the S8+ has a smaller 4GB RAM, it doesn’t get better than this for the P10 Plus. Still, you might be lucky to come across the 6GB RAM variant of the S8+, which should deliver much better performance levels compared to the standard model.
In terms of storage, the two are the same, coming in with 64GB and 128GB packages with support for microSD card storage. 64GB variants of the duo have 4GB RAM.
For once, we have Huawei P10 Plus winning the battle!
Battery capacity, software and extras
Given the massive power and screen sizes that these two come with, both OEMs were smart enough to pack some really huge battery units to cope up with the demands. However, the Huawei P10 Plus gets another nod on this one thanks to its 3750mAh unit compared to the 3500mAh unit used on the Galaxy S8+.
There’s support for fast charging on either handset and both use a USB-C port, but only Samsung Galaxy S8+ offers wireless charging. Software-wise, both handsets have the latest Android 7.0 Nougat (customized) running the show.
As for the extras, Samsung Galaxy S8+ has quite a good number of them. You’ll find things like support for Gear VR, Samsung DeX, iris scanning and facial recognition, among others. This is actually where the P10 Plus loses the battle, but if price comes into play, you may want to stick with the Huawei flagship if you want to save about $100 or so.
There’s no doubt that choosing between Huawei P10 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8+ can be tough, but looking at the amount of wins the latter has amassed in this comparison compared to the former, it’s easy to say that the winner of this contest is the Galaxy S8+.
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