Huawei introduced two new high-end smartphones in London on Wednesday: the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus. It will be interesting to see how these new devices compare with Huawei’s Nexus 6P, the LG G5 and the Samsung Galaxy S7.
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The report focuses on the P9 model that comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage since the other device – the P9 Plus – has a slightly larger display but the same 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage option. The Huawei Nexus 6P released last year proved to be a huge success and is a great addition to the Nexus family of smartphones.
LG recently released the new LG G5 that comes with a modular design, and the device could redefine the way people think about their next smartphone. Samsung released the Galaxy S6 series last year making big changes, but the new devices from the company, namely, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, are a step ahead with further refinements and updates, adding to the metal and glass design.
An important question that arises here is how do the new Huawei devices, the P9 and P9 Plus, fit into this mix of flagship devices? Do they have what is needed to compete with the more established and tested models? To answer this, we need to take a look at the detailed specifications of these devices.
Specs: Huawei P9 and P9 Plus, Nexus 6P, the LG G5, Galaxy S7
The above-mentioned devices can be compared on various aspects such as design, display, camera, battery, processor and so on. Both new Huawei devices use a polished aluminum backing and 2.5D Gorilla Glass for the display. Huawei went for Full HD resolution rather than Quad HD resolution. The company used the same glass and metal construction for the Nexus 6P, while the LG G5 uses an all-aluminum build with a coating of a hard plastic-type substance. The Samsung Galaxy S7 uses Gorilla Glass and has sculptured aluminum edges.
Huawei has used its homegrown variety in terms of processors, and both devices use the 64-bit HiSilicon Kirin 955 octa-core processor with four cores clocked. The Nexus 6P uses a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core, while the LG G5 is powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor with dual cores. The Galaxy S7 comes with a Snapdragon 820 with dual cores.
For the camera, the company teamed up with camera legend Leica for the production of a dual 12MP primary camera that comes with a f/2.2, 27mm using a 1.25µm pixel size, phase detection autofocus, and a dual-tone LED flash. The devices have an 8MP front-facing camera.
The Nexus 6P’s camera has 12.3MP, f/2.0, laser autofocus and dual-toned LED flash, and 8MP FFC, while the LG G5 has a “16MP lens and a wide-angle 8MP lens for its main camera with a f/1.8 and f/2.4 respectively, laser autofocus, OIS+ and LED flash. It also uses a large 8MP lens for its FFC for selfies,” the report says. The Galaxy S7 gives users a Dual Pixel 12MP camera and 5MP FFC.
The Huawei P9 has a non-removable 3000mAh battery, and the P9 Plus has a 3400mAh battery. The LG G5 uses a smaller, 2800mAh battery, but it is removable. The Galaxy S7 comes with a non-removable 3000mAh battery.