Huawei collaborated with Leica, a world renowned camera brand, to engineer its flagship device P9 with superior dual rear camera technology. The company launched several new smartphones in the last one year including the very popular Nexus 6P and is now a well-recognized brand globally. Let’s compare the new Huawei flagship P9 with industry benchmarks like iPhone 6S and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and evaluate where it stands.
Huawei P9 Vs iPhone 6s Vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Specs Comparison
|Model||Huawei P9||Apple iPhone 6S||Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge|
|Display||5.2-inch Full HD, 423 PPI||4.7-inch, 750 x 1344, 326 PPI||5.5-inch, QHD, 534 PPI|
|Processor||2.5GHz octa-core Kirin 955 processor, Mali-T880 MP4 GPU||1.8GHz dual-core Apple A9, PowerVR GT7600 GPU||2.3GHz octa-core processor, Mali-T880 MP12 GPU|
|Camera||Dual 12 MP, f/2.2, 27 mm, Leica optics, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED||12 MP, f/2.2, 29mm, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED||12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash|
|Dimensions and Weight||145 x 70.9 x 7 mm, 144 g||138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm, 143 g||150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm, 157 g|
|Software||Android Marshmallow based EMUI 4.0||iOS 9||Android Marshmallow Based TouchWiz|
|Price||39,999 INR||44,000 INR/ 47,999 INR/ 78,400 INR||50,900 INR|
Design and Display
Talking first about the design, all the three handsets look stunning. The iPhone 6s comes with the smallest display of the three, measuring 4.7-inches diagonally. The Samsung Galaxy S7, on the other hand, has a 5.5-inch QHD display. The Huawei P9 hits a sweet spot between the two with a 5.2-inch Full HD IPS LCD display. Even though it houses a bigger display, it is almost the same weight and a notch slimmer than the iPhone 6s.
All the three displays are very sharp and render well-balanced colors. The Huawei P9 includes a very effective Color temperature circle under display settings that lets you tune color temperature with great precision.
While the iPhone 6s and Huawei P9 both flaunts Aluminium build and 2.5D glass construction, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge features a metal frame sandwiched between dual glass layers. This makes it a tad slippery compared to the other two. The Galaxy S7 Edge also includes curved edges on both sides which further make it look appealing.
The display quality is awesome for all the three handsets, which is also par for the course for all flagships these days.
Let’s now discuss about the camera, which is certainly the primary highlight here and also the most sought after smartphone feature.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge comes with 12 MP rear camera with f/1.7 aperture and a 5 MP front camera. The S7 Edge benefits from dual pixel technology that helps it focus insanely fast. Large pixels also help it gather more light and deliver better low-light performance than the iPhone 6s.
The iPhone 6s also features a 12 MP rear and a 5 MP front shooter. This one too captures great images with very accurate metering and needs very little effort from users end.
The Huawei P9, On the other hand, comes with dual 12MP camera setup that can gather 300 percent more light than iPhone 6s and 270 percent more light than Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. The additional camera has a monochrome sensor, which means you can shoot excellent quality, detailed black and white images. The camera also has a very elaborate pro mode, different shooting modes and lets you artfully add bokeh or background defocus in clicked images.
The P9 camera accepts more light than both the iPhone 6s and Samsung Galaxy S7, and thus delivers the best low light performance, which matters because most images are shot in low indoor lighting. Its ability to shoot monochrome pics and software features like light painting also make it the most fun camera to use. It also includes an 8MP selfie shooter to capture detailed selfies.
Performance and software
All of these three premium smartphones employ custom made and well-optimized software and hardware.
As we know, iPhone 6s comes with its Apple-designed A9 processor and runs iOS. It also comes with M9 motion co-processor for motion tracking.
On the other side, Huawei P9 is powered by 64 bit 2.5 GHz octa-core Kirin 955 processor and runs Huawei’s own Android-based Emotion UI. It comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB of inbuilt memory and also allows you to add up to 128GB of secondary storage. You can also expand its memory by using microSD card which supports up to 128GB.
Samsung’s latest flagship handset Galaxy S7 Edge is equipped with Exynos 8890 processor, paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt memory and allows you add up to another 200GB via microSD card slot.
Irrespective of the specs, all the three are fully capable of handling whatever you throw at them without breaking a sweat. The Huawei P9 with its well-optimized software provides a tad better battery backup than Galaxy S7 Edge and iPhone 6s. All the three handsets support fast charging. Call quality and audio output are also pretty good on all the three handsets.
None of these three flagships is a bad phone, and you can’t just go wrong with any of the three. When we talk about high-end flagships in the current competitive market, the only factors which make a significant difference are camera quality and personal preferences. It is certainly praiseworthy that Huawei P9 can stand toe to toe with flagship smartphones from other leading brands which are available at a higher price tag.