Unlike with the iPhone, fans of Android aren’t spoiled for choice. There’s been a number of incredible Android handsets already unveiled in 2016—and we aren’t even halfway through the year. The biggest launch of the year so far has been the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. In the world of Android, Samsung is usually the brand that most other handsets are compared against.
But Chinese smartphone maker Huawei released a remarkable entrant into the Android world this year too. I’m talking about the P9 and P9 Plus. We’ve already looks at how the P9 stacks up against the entry-level S7, now we’re going to look at how the bigger-screened Galaxy S7 Edge compares to the equally big P9 Plus.
Huawei P9 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Specs
Here’s the specs for the Huawei P9 Plus:
Display: 5.5in display with a 1920x1080 resolution at 401ppi, Press Touch support
Dimensions: 152.3mm x 75.3 mm x 6.98 mm
Weight: 162 grams
Storage: 64 GB, plus support for microSD cards up to 128GB
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Processors: Kirin 955 2.5GHz 64-bit ARM-based processor
Front camera: 8 MP with laser auto focus
Rear camera: Dual 12 MP with laser auto focus
Battery: 3400 mAh
Colors: Haze Gold, Quartz Grey, Rose Gold and Ceramic White
And here’s the specs for the Galaxy S7 Edge:
Display: 5.5in display with a 2560×1440-pixel resolution at 534ppi, curved edge display
Dimensions: 150.9mm x 72.6 mm x 7.7 mm
Weight: 157 grams
Storage: 32 or 64 GB, plus support for microSD cards up to 200GB
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Processors: Samsung Exynos 8890
Front camera: 5 MP
Rear camera: 12 MP, f/1.7 aperture, 4K video
Battery life: 3600 mAh
Colors: Dark Grey, Silver, or Gold
Both phones come in 64GB storage options, but only the S7 Edge comes in a smaller 32GB option, good for those that don’t need a lot of space. But space isn’t really an issue since both phones support expandable storage via microSD cards. Though each phone also supports storage expansion via the microSD card slot, however, the S7 Edge accepts cards up to 200GB in size. The P9 Plus only accepts cards up to 128GB. So, technically, the S7 Edge is capable of more storage.
When it comes to RAM, 4GB is what you get with both phones, so it’s a draw there. As for processors, the P9 Plus features Huawei’s new Kirin 64-bit processor, which is 100% faster than the processor in the P8. As for the S7 Edge, you get Samsung’s Exynos 8890 chipset. Which is better? In all the real world tests I’ve seen they’re about equal.
When it comes to battery, the S7 Edge (excuse the pun) edges out the P9 Plus. The P9 Plus features a 3400 mAh battery while the S7 Edge has a slightly larger 3600 mAh battery.
Huawei P9 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Design & Build
Both phones are made of machine crafted aluminum, but the major difference between the two is the Edge has a curved display at on edge of the screen (hence its name), but allows for software-based buttons and shortcuts that make using the phone easier.
But a win for the P9 Plus: it’s actually almost 1mm thinner than the S7 Edge.
Huawei P9 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Display
We come to the first HUGE difference between the two when we talk displays. Both have massive 5.5in displays, however each has features the other doesn’t. For starters, the S7 Edge has a much better display when it comes to resolution. It packs in a 2560×1440 Quad HD Super AMOLED display at 534ppi. The compares to the P9 Plus’ 1920x1080 at 401ppi display.
Yet the P9 Plus offers Press Touch support. That is, like the iPhone 6s’ 3D Touch display, the P9 Plus’ display can sense the amount of pressure applied to the screen, which enables additional interactions with apps. However, though the S7 Edge lacks Press Touch, it does have that curved edge display.
Huawei P9 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Cameras
But when we get to cameras, the P9 Plus destroys the cameras included with the S7 Edge. The P9 Plus features a dual-camera Leica lens in its rear camera. That’s right, there are TWO 12MP cameras on the back, leading to pictures that approach DSLR quality. The S7 edge features a 12MP camera as well, but it’s only a single lens camera. No question about it, you will get MUCH better pics using the P9 Plus’ camera.
As for front facing cameras, the P9 Plus beats the S7 Edge there too. The P9 Plus has an 8MP front lens, while the S7 Edge is stuck with a 5MP front camera.
Huawei P9 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Verdict
This is another tough choice. In many respects the S7 Edge wins, primarily because of its killer display. However, though the P9 Plus’ display is inferior in resolution, the support for Press Touch means it’s a bit more future-proof. Add that to the fact that the P9 Plus has vastly superior cameras…if I had to make a snap decision, I’d opt for the P9 Plus. But that’s only because I take a lot of pics with my smartphone. If watching video, viewing photos, and using your smartphone for more productivity-related tasks is more important, the S7 Edge could be the right Android for you.