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Huawei disclosed the release of two new smartphones: the Porsche Design Mate 9 along with Mate 9. The following is a more refined version of the Mate 9 conferring a curved display, thus being a premium model.

At an initial peek at the Huawei Porsche Design Mate 9 one can clearly see the resemblance with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. They clearly bear a resemblance in front, the back being a little bit different. What’s the difference between them though? Let’s find out.

Huawei versus the Samsung: the build

  • The S7 Edge is shorter, thinner, has less weight and can withstand water;
  • The pair is premium;
  • Their fingerprint sensors are mounted in the front.

The Huawei is 157x75x7.5 mm and weighs 169g. The full metal built with its Porsche Design badge up front and the PD logo in the rear compares with Samsung S7 Edge which measures 150.9×72.6×7.7 mm and weighs 157g, made from a combination of metal and glass, with the Samsung logo in the middle, offering IP68 water and dust resistance.



The two offer fingerprint sensors, mounted on the front of them, customary for Samsung phones, although Huawei used to put theirs on the rear.

Display

Huawei and Samsung have curved AMOLED displays, measuring 5.5 inches that confer Quad HD 2560x 1440 resolutions, with a pixel density of 534 ppi, delivering refined, fresh images with a good color saturation. Samsung has some extra tools to work around in this department, where one can make use of the curved display, while Huawei doesn’t.

Cameras

Huawei offers a dual camera system, the same as P9, continuing their partnership with Leica, the camera setup being with one sensor over the other unlike other phones such as the iPhone 7 and the LG G5 where the sensors are side by side.

The Huawei has a 20 mp monochrome and 12 mp sensors while the S7 edge has one 12 mp sensor in the rear, the S7 edge, despite the lack of megapixels is performing better than the Huawei, camera-wise.

Hardware

  • The PD Mate 9 offers more RAM;
  • S7 edge comes with a Micro SD slot;
  • PD Mate 9 has a better battery.

PD Mate 9 offers an octa-core Kirin Processor and 6gb of RAM, while S7 Edge has the Snapdragon 820 quad-core hardware, with 4gb of Ram. They both support quick charging, Huawei having an USB Type-C port, while Samsung has a Micro-USB.

Software

In terms of software, PD Mate 9 runs on Android Nougat with EMUI, and S7 on Marshmallow with TouchWiz. The Huawei’s interface is easier to use, while the Samsung’s interface offers some extra advantages due to its curved display practicality.

Conclusion

They both have some appealing designs, while the PD Mate 9 has a clear advantage in the hardware department offering more RAM, a better battery and more storage. The Samsung on the other hand is slimmer, lighter, is water resistant, and has a better camera and costs less money. PD Mate 9 comes at 1395 pounds, will be limited while Samsung S7 Edge begins at 639 pounds and can be found anywhere.

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