It’s the battle of the flagships between the two giants from Asia – Huawei’s latest P10 and P10 Plus with Samsung’s  highly-anticipated Galaxy S8 and S8+! Here’s a comparison on what we currently know, and what you should know.

We’ll be taking a look at a few aspects between the Huawei P10/P10 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and comparing them side by side. We’ll be focusing on the smartphone itself only – so no accessories are taken into account. Let’s begin.

This is a spec-to-spec comparison. I have yet to play around with the Galaxy S8/S8+ and P10 Plus as of this time of publishing. More information regarding both smartphones will be added as I tested them.

Specs

First, I think it’s only fair that I give you guys a full summary of the specs between the two families of flagship smartphones. It still serves as a precursor to many things to come – just that a part of its significance as a smartphone has been passed to other aspects.


[UPDATE]: The Huawei P10/P10 Plus is having a big issue now regarding the different storage and RAM chips used. There is no clear specification on which “variant” that a customer can get, and it doesn’t seem like Huawei is going to fix this issue either. Learn more about it here.


Huawei P10 Samsung Galaxy S8 Huawei P10 Plus Samsung Galaxy S8+
Chipset

HiSilicon Kirin 960

Exynos 8895

HiSilicon Kirin 960

Exynos 8895

Processor

Octa-core
4x 2.4 GHz Cortex-A73
4x 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53

Octa-core
4x 2.3 GHz
4x 1.7 GHz

Octa-core
4x 2.4 GHz Cortex-A73
4x 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53

Octa-core
4x 2.3 GHz
4x 1.7 GHz

FinFET?

Yes, 16nm

Yes, 10nm

Yes, 16nm

Yes, 10nm

RAM

4GB

4GB 6GB

4GB

Storage

64GB

64GB 128GB

64GB

Display Size

5.1-inch

5.8-inch 5.5-inch

6.2-inch

Resolution

1920×1080

2960×1440 2560×1440

2960×1440

Dimensions

145.3 x 69.3 x 7 mm

148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm 153.5 x 74.2 x 7 mm

159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm

Battery

3200mAh

3000mAh 3750mAh

3500mAh

Camera Front

8MP f/1.9, fixed focus

8MP f/1.7, autofocus 8MP f/1.9, autofocus

8MP f/1.7, autofocus

Rear

12MP+20MP f/2.2, autofocus

12MP f/1.7, autofocus 12+20MP f/1.8, autofocus

12MP f/1.7, autofocus

Fast Charging?

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Prices

(RRP)

2499

3299 3099

3699

From what I can see here, the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are already winning when it comes to the price. While many of the other specs listed above aren’t 100% relevant or make sense, we’re going to further analyze at the points that matter to all of us.

Size and shape – Galaxy S8/S8+ is the clear winner

Alright – let’s address the elephant in the room first. I mean, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ has a pretty humongous screen. As Samsung made the bezels thinner, they didn’t modify the phone’s original footprint – but instead, increased the screen size. That’s certainly not easy to pull off.

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ now has an aspect ratio of 18.5:9, and with a weird resolution of 2960×1440. It’s surreal to look at and use a device such such high screen-to-body ratio!

Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung’s own render shows an awkward grip of the long phone.

With this screen’s aspect ratio, it’ll be difficult to find a video that is made exclusively to fill in all 2960×1440 pixels without any sort of cropping or stretching. Same goes for wallpapers too. Breaking this standard to create a beautiful smartphone with a seductive display can definitely show off your engineering marvel, but the community will definitely take some time before more content is created for this lustrous screen.

With a much higher resolution means it will need more power to drive the display. This clearly affects the battery life overall – but minimal. Remember – Samsung uses Super AMOLED displays and OLED-based displays will only turn on the pixels that are needed.

On a side note, the navigation keys. Samsung finally moved them inside the display, and the back/multitask button positions can be swapped too.

Camera – More cameras, more data, more features; but is it better?

In the current state of flagships, it seems like dual cameras are the way forward. This is particularly true, and dual camera smartphones aren’t going away anytime soon. However, not all dual camera phones are created the same – but that’s a story for another time. This time, we’re focusing on the Huawei P10/P10 Plus and the Galaxy S8/S8+.

I can’t judge which camera is more superior and will take better pictures, but here is what I think.


[UPDATE]: Yes, we can judge it! I’ve taken both the Huawei P10 and the Samsung Galaxy S8+ for a spin. Check it out here! We’ve also explained the differences between dual-camera smartphones and showed that they’re absolutely NOT superior to single-camera smartphones!


Two cameras are always better than one. A camera is just another sensor to a smartphone, but extra information can be used for more features.

Samsung Galaxy S8

The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus has two cameras – and these two cameras have their own function. When these two cameras work together, they create a synergy and take even more beautiful pictures with more information packed into it. Ever tried the “Wide Aperture” mode on the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus yet? It essentially means you can take a picture now without bothering about its focus first, then refocus later.

This is clearly a big advantage for the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus. Samsung on the other hand took the improved upon what they already had with the Galaxy S7 and put it in the Galaxy S8/S8+.

Fingerprint sensor – Keep rubbing your cameras

Let’s NOT talk about the fingerprint speed or gestures or features just yet.

From what I can tell, many of us using the Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus will be molesting the camera instead of the fingerprint sensor. I mean, seriously – who would’ve thought of putting the fingerprint sensor at such an awkward place?

Samsung Galaxy S8
Only for right-handed people? Being a lefty myself, I can already imagine the strain on my forefinger.

But then again – Samsung implemented its own unique method of unlocking the phone – the Iris Scanner. Through my initial tests, the Iris Scanner works as advertised. It’s quick and accurate in most scenarios, but it can get fidgety at times where ambient light can hinder its performance. Still, a great move by Samsung!

Performance – Samsung’s 10nm gate length is fantastic

10nm vs. 16nm. This is where Samsung wins in terms of technological advancement for their chips. That 6nm difference on its source-drain channel can definitely make a significant difference in terms of efficiency.

That 100MHz in core clock speeds though, won’t make much of a difference, but its energy efficiency will. Samsung definitely went all out on their latest technology with their 10nm-process Exynos 8895 chipset here.

To be honest, such quick speeds aren’t really that detectable in everyday usage. It’ll be prominent through benchmark scores, sure – but are you buying such an expensive smartphone just to compare numbers generated by your smartphone? Obviously not – which is why I’d like to emphasize on the next point.

Battery – a game of tradeoffs; but Samsung has it better

When it comes to battery life, the 10nm will definitely help out in terms of battery efficiency and overall power consumption – but is it enough to make a significant difference?

On paper, there is about a 200mAh difference between both the non-plus and plus variants of the P10 and S8. Given that the tests are solely based on the chipset alone, I can foresee that the end result of both battery lives won’t differ much, but software optimization and temperatures will.

Huawei’s less-efficient 16nm chips will definitely cause the device to heat up more significantly than Samsung’s superior 10nm gate length chip. If heat starts to build up in the device, it’ll lead to some catastrophic battery draining issues. You can learn the whole story about that here.

Then comes software optimization. In our full review of the Huawei P10, we stated that the battery life it horrible. It’s still horrible, by the way. It might be due to the unpolished Machine Learning Algorithm that they are soooooo proud of, but there’s no way to know since MLA can’t be disabled.

In the simplest term here, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the clear winners when it comes to the battery life. Samsung gets an advantage due to its more efficient chipset with less heat.


Throughout the whole comparison, the Huawei P10 is more conventional – you don’t really have to go through the early adopter phase. But then again, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are easily adaptable due to how welcoming the smartphone really is. It’s definitely not something we usually see, but this is the future. Also, the Galaxy S8’s ergonomics will take some time to adapt. The screen footprint however, might be Samsung’s standard after all. I just hope that their placement for that fingerprint sensor will be different next year.

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are having issues now as Huawei is using two different types of RAMs and three different types of storage technologies. Learn more about this issue right here.

Choosing either one of these two families of smartphone will spark quite a lot of debate. Let us know down in the comments below on which is your favorite, and why?

This is certainly an interesting year for smartphones – and we’re only starting.