Huawei P9 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Comparison: Which One Should You Buy?

Huawei launched its latest flagship smartphone, the Huawei P9 in India last month, in August 2016. Packed with top-notch features, the P9 has emerged as a strong contender in high-end smartphone segment and competes head on with Samsung’s latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S7.

In this post, we have pitted the two flagship phones against each other to ascertain which is better and why. Read on to find out how Huawei P9 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 compare with each other in terms of price, design, features, camera, battery and more.

Huawei P9 vs Samsung Galaxy S7

Huawei P9 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Comparison

Device/Features Huawei P9 Samsung Galaxy S7
Price Rs. 39,999 Rs. 43,400
Display 5.2-inch full HD, AMOLED, 2.5D curved glass 5.1-inch Quad HD, Super AMOLED, Always-On
Resolution 1920×1080 pixels 2560×1440 pixels
SoC HiSilicon Kirin 955 Exynos
CPU Octa-core Octa-core
RAM 3GB 4GB
Memory 32GB 32GB/64GB
MicroSD Yes – Up to 128GB Yes – Up to 200GB
Battery 3000mAh with Fast Charging 3000mAh with Fast Charging, Wireless Charging
Camera 12 mega pixel dual rear cameras with Leica SUMMARIT lenses, dual-tone LED flash, Laser Auto Focus 12 mega pixel rear camera with Dual Pixel technology, LED Flash
Front Camera 8 Mega Pixel 5 Mega Pixel
Connectivity 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and USB Type-C 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and Micro-USB
OS  Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1 Android 6.0 Marshmallow with TouchWiz UI
Dimensions & Weight 145×70.9×6.95 mm, 144 grams 142.4×69.6×7.9 mm, 152 grams
Fingerprint Sensor Yes Yes
IP68 Rating No Yes

Design

On design front, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is reminiscent of its predecessor Galaxy S6 and comes with metal and glass body. It features a fingerprint sensor integrated into the home button. It measures 142.4×69.6×7.9 mm, weighs 152 grams and comes with IP68 waterproof rating.

The Huawei P9 on the other hand, boasts its premium metallic design with chamfered edges. This stunning phone has been designed by some of the world’s top industrial designer’s. It is sculpted using aerospace-class unibodyaluminium and a superior-grade 2.5D glass. Huawei has certainly built the P9 with great precision. It looks sophisticated and luxurious. With 6.95mm thickness and 144 grams of weight, the P9 is sleeker and lighter than the Galaxy S7.

Although, both smartphones have their own appeal, yet if we had to pick one, we’d surely go for the Huawei P9 for its exquisite design. It is one of the most appealing smartphones we’ve come across so far.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy S7 features a 5.1-inch Quad HD screen while the Huawei P9 comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD AMOLED 2.5D curved glass display. On paper, the screen of Galaxy S7 does have more resolution (2560×1440 pixels) compared to the P9. But when both phones are kept side by side, you won’t find much difference in their display quality. Both phones have bright and vibrant screens with great viewing angles.

Hardware & Performance

Both phones pack octa-core CPU’s. While the Huawei P9 comes with a HiSilicon Kirin 955 chipset paired with 3GB of RAM, the Galaxy S7 comes with Exynos SoC clubbed with 4GB of RAM. Based on storage, the Galaxy S7 comes in two variants- 32GB and 64GB while the Huawei P9 comes in 32GB variant only. Both devices support expandable storage using microSD card.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S7 sports a 12 mega pixel rear camera with Dual Pixel technology, LED Flash, f/1.7 aperture and Smart OIS, while there is also a 5 mega pixel front facing camera with f/1.7 aperture.

The Huawei P9 on the other hand, comes with not just one, but two cameras on the rear. Camera is another department where the Huawei P9 stands out in competition. It boasts a commendable dual camera set up on the rear which has been co-engineered with Leica, which is known for its expertise in the field of optics and photography. It sports 12 mega pixel dual rear cameras with dual-tone LED flash, Laser Auto Focus, 1.25-micron pixels and Leica SUMMARIT lenses. One of the lenses captures light in color while the other captures in monochrome. There is also an 8 mega pixel front facing camera onboard. It comes with ImageSmart 5.0 technology that adds a professional quality to the images.

Both smartphones take excellent quality images, but the Huawei P9 seems to have an edge in camera department and the credit goes to its dual camera set up that produces incredible images.

Software

Both smartphones run Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system wrapped under their respective UI’s. The Samsung Galaxy S7 comes with TouchWiz UI while the Huawei P9 runs EMUI 4.1. Both phones are based on Android but they offer different user experiences.

Battery & Connectivity

Both smartphones are backed up by 3000mAh battery and support fast charging. The Huawei P9 again has an edge in this round due to its full HD resolution display which doesn’t consume much battery power compared to QHD screen resolution of Samsung Galaxy S7.

Both devices offer 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC as connectivity options. The Huawei P9 comes with a Type-C port while the Galaxy S7 comes with a micro-USB port.

Additional Features

Both smartphones feature fingerprint sensor for additional security. Fingerprint sensors of both phones are fast and accurate.

Verdict

Both Galaxy S7 and Huawei P9 are premium smartphones with top-notch features.Although, the Huawei P9 has definitely stolen the show with its elegant metallic design, incredible camera combination and long lasting battery, that too at much lower price than the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Who said that you will have to spend a fortune to buy a flagship smartphone? We are really impressed with what the Huawei P9 offers. Huawei P9 is offering every feature you would expect from a high-end flagship smartphone at a significantly lower cost than the Galaxy S7.

We don’t think there’s a point of spending more money when you can get a gorgeous looking smartphone with commendable camera combination and high end features, in the form of Huawei P9.

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