The smarthone market isn’t necessarily comprised only of premium phone regarding popularity and buys. Mid-range markets expand at an increasing rate in their quest to match their higher sought after brothers. This competition includes the likes of Huawei’s P9 Lite and Samsung’s Galaxy A5.
Regarding their design the two couldn’t be ever more different. The Huawei P9 Lite has a metal housing and polycarbonate back conferring it a premium-like appearance but only on paper. Its case is covered by a material that gives the impression of it being made of metal. It’s extremely successful however as it attracted a lot of customers.
Samsung didn’t want their A5 to look like a premium device, covering its device in 2.5D glass. Another noticeable difference is their fingerprint sensors. While Huawei sports its scanner on the back side Samsung has it incorporated in its home button.
The Galaxy A5 sports a Super AMOLED display while the P9 Lite has IPS LCD with InCell technology. Regarding their size they both measure 5.2 inches with the same 1080 resolution and 424 pixel density. As screen quality is concerned both of them are great. They all display great colors and contrast with beyond-average viewing angles.
Software-wise the only difference being that Samsung’s A5 runs on Android 5.1.1 with minor tweaks by its TouchWiz which is both practical and intuitive. The Huawei P9 however runs the newer Android 6.0 Marshmallow with its own version of EMUI 4.1 that offers users an iOS-like appearance. Both come with pre-installed applications which help their respective users enjoy a more pleasant experience.
They both come with mid-range specs as the Huawei P9 Lite comes equipped with a 1.7 GHz HiSilicon Kirin 650 processor and 3GB of RAM. The Galaxy A5 also uses an octa-core namely the 1.6 GHz Exynos 7580.
Both cameras sport a similar 13 MP snapper the only difference being that the Samsung offers an f/19 aperture with no optical image stabilizer while the Huawei has f/20 aperture with image stabilization. Regarding photo quality the Huawei P9 Lite shines due to its image stabilization but you have to have luck on your side with lighting conditions in order to snap quality photos with both phones.
Despite its loss in the camera sector, Samsung’s Galaxy A5 battery can last as much as two days with intensive use while Huawei’s P9 Lite can only offer a day of intense functionality. Due to their specs they both function as the batteries that can be found in high-end devices. Samsung comes with a little extra feature, fast charging that is. It can be fully charged within an hour unlike the Huawei which takes longer.
We cannot draw a perfect conclusion over which phone is better as they both serve their purpose pretty well. I prefer the P9 Lite’s overall better design and interface while the Samsung wins over camera and battery life. We cannot help the fact that this will be regarded as a draw as both devices are great for what is expected of them to do.