Samsung has dominated the mobile phone industry for a while now and the Samsung Galaxy S7 only solidifies its superior status. Even after the Note 7 debacle, Samsung has found a way to stay relevant.
Huawei, meanwhile, is progressively making a name for itself with new handsets that break the mould, just like its new crown jewel, the Mate 9. In a head-to-head flagship battle, can the upstart Huawei Mate 9 have what it takes to bring down the reigning Samsung Galaxy S7?
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Huawei Mate 9: Design
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is beautifully constructed with its glass body and metal frame, but the glass housing reportedly cracks with ease. It is water resistant with an IP68 certification. The Samsung flagship is available in five colours: white, black, silver, gold and pink gold.
The entire frame of the Huawei Mate 9 is integrated with its aluminium back panel, which is sandblasted to provide its premium look. The phone is not dust and water resistant, though. The Mate 9 is available in six colours: black, brown, gold, grey, silver and white.
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Huawei Mate 9: Display
The Galaxy S7 equips a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1,440 x 2,560 pixel resolution. The Gorilla Glass 4 screen protector can reportedly endure numerous drops.
The Mate 9, meanwhile, features a 5.9-inch FHD display with a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution. Huawei has not confirmed the glass protection used on the Mate 9.
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Huawei Mate 9: Performance
The Galaxy S7 comes with Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 octa-core processor. The chipset is considered to be one of the best in the industry. The handset has a 32 GB storage capacity with 4 GB of RAM.
The S7 comes with an expandable microSD slot that accommodates up to 256 GB. The US variant of the S7, which is also available in certain regions, furnishes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor. It also comes with an optional 64 GB internal storage.
The Mate 9 is powered by the Kirin 960 octa-core chipset, which Huawei calls “the world’s highest performing smartphone processor.” It makes the phone perform smoothly even after 18 months of prolonged use.
The Mate 9 has a 64 GB internal storage capacity with 4 GB of RAM. Its external microSD memory slot is expandable up to 256 GB.
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Huawei Mate 9: Battery & Charging
The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a 3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery that provides 22 hours of call time and 62 hours of music play. The Galaxy S7 can last a whole day of regular usage. It is fully charged within 75 minutes and has wireless charging support.
The Huawei Mate 9’s Li-Po 4,000 mAh battery comes with the new SuperCharge technology. It allows 24 hours’ worth of usage in only 20 minutes of charging time. The new power-saving technology also permits the Mate 9 to extend battery life and provide more than two days of continuous usage.
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Huawei Mate 9: Camera
The Galaxy S7 features a 12 MP main camera and a 5 MP secondary camera. The S7 main camera stands out with its dual pixel technology that provides faster focus. Its selfie shooter can squeeze in more faces with its wider lens.
The primary snapper of the Huawei Mate 9 is a Leica dual-lens camera with 12 MP and 20 MP sensors. It has geo-tagging and face detection features. The Mate 9’s 8 MP selfie shooter comes with autofocus and sensor-activated shutter.