Today we bring you a comparison of the best in the phablet world with a head-to-head comparison of the all-metal Huawei P9 Plus against the metal and glass Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
You will be mistaken to mistake the Huawei P9 Plus for a certain iPhone, however, Samsung’s clever blend of metal and glass, together with the dual curved screen, make this Galaxy S7 Edge phablet a mouth-watering device. So, does the Chinese company have what it takes to go against the mighty Samsung? Let’s take a closer look at these two devices.
Being competitors looking for the same market, these two phones have few things in common. For starters, both devices have the same display size and technology, however, you’ll find differences in their resolutions. Both being 2016 flagships, they pack 4GB of RAM – which seems to this year’s standard. Even though they have room for microSD card storage, there is still no light on the 64GB variant of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, but the Huawei P9 Plus has onboard storage of 64GB.
Even though both phones have 12MP camera sensors on the rear, Huawei P9 Plus has Leica to give thanks to whereas Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge boasts of award-winning Dual Pixel technology. You should find fingerprint sensors on both devices, but Samsung has it built in the physical home button while Huawei placed it at the back where the forefinger naturally rests.
As far as connectivity is concerned, you’ll find the latest Bluetooth and Wi-Fi standards as well as NFC. However, while Samsung stuck with the established microUSB port, Huawei P9 Plus packs the future-proof USB Type-C port.
Huawei P9 Plus is an excellently designed smartphone. This time round, Huawei went to Leica as far as the camera is concerned, however, the phone looks a lot like other Huawei models from previous years, especially the Google Nexus 6P and of course, the Huawei P8. On the design materials, the Chinese OEM chose an all-metal body made of aluminum, hence a beautiful look for the phone.
Samsung made very changes to this year’s line of Galaxy S series, with the S7 Edge being one of the victims. Nonetheless, the phone looks amazing with its glass and metal design. The real changes happened under the hood, be it the processing power, RAM, camera and many other aspects.
As mentioned earlier, the phone features a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 1080p resolution and pixel density of 401ppi. You will come across a 3D Touch-like feature on the screen, but there is no Always On display. Huawei keeps its trend of being a non-Qualcomm company as far as its smartphone chipsets are concerned. The P9 Plus packs the company’s own octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 955 SoC that can manage speeds of up to 2.5GHz. As a result of this choice, it means the phones doesn’t come with an Adreno GPU, instead, it features a Mali-T880 MP4 unit for the graphics.
As far as Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is concerned, the same 5.5-inch Super AMOLED still features, but this time, there is a QHD resolution with a pixel density of 577ppi. Further, this screen comes with an Always On display feature that keeps the screen displaying things like date, time and other important notifications.
Under the hood, the phone comes with two processor variants – one with a Snapdragon 820 and another with an Exynos 8890. However, both models have the same 4GB RAM as well as 32GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded using a microSD card of up to 200GB.
The Huawei P9 Plus comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded using a microSD card of up to 128GB. For the camera, there are two 12MP sensors with Leica branding and f/2.2 aperture, laser autofocus, dual LED flash, something that should mean the phone gives the best photos. There is no OIS, though. The selfie camera has an 8MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.4. To ensure that the phone stays on throughout the day, Huawei packed a 3400mAh non-removable battery unit in the P9 Plus. As mentioned earlier, this battery will be charged using USB Type-C with support from dual-IC Rapid Charge.
Samsung went for a DualPixel 12MP sensor on the rear in place of the 16MP used on the S6 Edge. This snapper has a larger sensor that allows in more light during the dark, thus ensuring great pictures are captured. The lens has a f/1.7 aperture that includes faster phase detection autofocus, OIS, as well as auto HDR. On the front is a 5MP sensor with the same f/1.7 aperture to ensure the best selfies and quality video calls. Samsung Galaxy S7 packs a slightly larger battery unit than the Huawei P9 Plus, which is a 3600mAh unit, and it can be charged using quick wireless technology.
The Huawei P9 Plus runs on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow and apparently, it is priced at $850. As for the Galaxy S7 Edge, it comes with the same OS, but surprisingly, it costs less than the P9 Plus thanks to its asking price of about $790.