We are still in the first quarter of 2017 but there has been some incredible news coming in from the Mobile World Congress such as the introduction of the fastest Qualcomm Chip ever or the launch of Huawei’s latest flagships.
Even after the MWC 2017 concluded the world witnessed the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ tipped to revolutionize how smartphone companies design next devices.
The Huawei P10 is an excellent device that puts many smartphone cameras to shame with its Leica dual cameras, but we compare Huawei P10’s elder sibling the P10 Plus with the Samsung Galaxy S8 since they are more closely related price-wise.
Design & Display
An evident difference among the flagships is the design and build quality with the Galaxy S8 clearly the winner here. Huawei P10 Plus boasts a 5.5 inches display with an impressive resolution of 1440 X 2560p. On the other hand, the Galaxy S8 comes with a higher 1440 X 2960p resolution and a bigger 5.8 inches screen.
The Galaxy S8 has introduced the ‘infinite display’ with an almost bezel-less screen and a screen ratio of 83.6% in contrast to P10 Plus’s 71.6%. Both the phones have a USB Type-C connectivity.
Before the launch of Galaxy S8, there was a lot of speculation about the home button completely disappearing from the scene. 2 weeks have gone by the Unpacked event 2017 and if you’re somehow still unaware of what the results to those disappearing home button rumors were, we can confirm the home button on the Galaxy S8 is nowhere to be seen…although actually, it is there.
The home button is touch sensitive housed inside the Galaxy S8 screen. The P10 Plus has put a physical home button and added extra touch functions to it such as a gentle touch takes you back to the home screen and sliding left or right on the button opens up most recent apps.
P10 Plus’s home button has a fingerprint housed inside but the Galaxy S8 has had to move the sensor at the back to provide the users with a first ever mobile HDR certification handset.
Both Huawei and Samsung have put their best chipsets in the flagships.
Huawei has opted for the HiSilicon Kirin 960 and the Galaxy S8 debuted with the fastest Qualcomm chip till date, the Snapdragon 835.
Huawei P10 Plus and Galaxy S8 have a 4GB RAM each and an internal storage of 64GB expandable up to 256GB via an SD card. The Huawei P10 Plus has another variant which has a 6GB RAM and a 128GB of built-in internal storage.
The Galaxy S8 one-ups the Huawei P10 Plus in the Bluetooth sections as it is the first smartphone to support the Bluetooth 5.0. The Bluetooth 5.0 can support two devices at a time and has more range that the previous v4.2.
The GPU chipsets are no different from the CPU in the terms that both the Mali G71 MP8 and Adreno 540 are high-end graphic chips installed in premium mobile phones.
Samsung has been upgrading its cameras on the flagship devices every year but this year was different. The rear camera on the Galaxy S8 has seen no apparent difference from the Galaxy S7 packing the same 12MP camera with a f/1.7 aperture. On the contrary, the Huawei P10 Plus comes with a dual 12MP + 20MP Leica camera which vows to carry on the brilliant tradition it set with Huawei P9 and Mate 9.
The dual Leica cameras are capable of taking brilliant pictures with a host of post and pre-picture effect and filters such as the ISO, Exposure or the awesome Bokeh effect users experienced in previous flagships such as Mate 9.
Both handsets are capable of recording 4K videos and have an 8MP selfie camera.
Another point of concern for the users is the battery of Samsung Galaxy S8. The Galaxy S8 has the same battery as the previous flagship but experts argue Samsung should have upgraded since the 3000mAh has to power a bigger and more vibrant display.
On the other hand, the Huawei P10 Plus has a much bigger 3750 mAh battery promising to provide a backup of up to two days on mixed use.
Both phones have their own features to be proud of. The Samsung Galaxy S8 has truly unboxed our phone with the almost bezel-less display but the Huawei P10 Plus has great dual cameras. Do you want the best smartphone camera out there or a phone that is said to have the best display on a smartphone ever? It’s really a matter of what you want as a user when selecting from these two flagships.