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Specs Comparison: Huawei Mate 10 and Samsung Galaxy S8

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Specs comparison between two flagship smartphones for the holiday season: the Huawei Mate 10 and the Samsung Galaxy S8.

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Huawei Mate 10 and Samsung Galaxy S8

Here’s a quick specs comparison between two popular flagships, the Huawei Mate 10 and the Samsung Galaxy S8. This is not meant to show which one is the better phone, but rather highlight what each have to offer, relative to each other, their price range, and flagship status.

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Display

Let’s start with the most important part of a smartphone, the display. The Huawei Mate 10 comes with a 5.9-inch FullView IPS display, while the Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED Infinity display. Both offer roughly the same resolution, and both have small bezels, but the Galaxy S8 boasts a sexy dual edge display that tapers to the sides.

At this point, there is no denying that the Galaxy S8’s Super AMOLED display is widely considered the best in this price range. It features crisp, super saturated colors and deep blacks. In contrast, the Mate 10 uses IPS technology. Its still great, but not as good an OLED panel. But that being said, it’s still one of the best displays I’ve seen.

Another thing I’d like to point out is the aspect ratio of the screens. The S8 uses an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, while the Mate 10 in 16:9. The former makes the phone slimmer and sleek. The latter is great for watching movies and streaming videos.

Processor

Both devices are powered by homegrown SoC’s, with the Mate 10 and its octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor, and the Galaxy S8 on an octa-core Exynos 8895 processor. At this level, its no surprise that both are powerful enough for most, if not all, tasks, scoring upwards of 173,000+++ points in AnTuTu Benchmark.

One thing you need to know about the Kirin 970 though is that it is the company’s first AI-enhanced SoC. It features a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) designed to drastically reduce the phone’s performance degradation over time. It learns your behavior and adjusts resources accordingly to how you use it.

Cameras

The Mate 10 features a dual 20MP + 20MP camera with Leica f/1.6 lenses, OIS, 2x lossless zoom, PDAF, laser AF, and a dual LED flash. The Galaxy S8, on the other hand, comes with a dual pixel 12MP camera with f/1.7 lens, dual pixel AF, OIS, and dual LED flash.

Both cameras are widely considered top performers. They offer superb image quality, bringing the best of smartphone photography technology at the forefront. But if you want to go into scores and metrics, then DXOMark has the answers. They scored the Mate 1o a total of 97, with 100 for still photos and 91 for video. The Galaxy S8 got a total of 88, with 88 for stills and 88 for video. Take it as it is. Its 2017 and we’re at the point where most mobile cameras are good for most uses (specially true if is just for social media). Trust me, you won’t go wrong with either. But one things for sure though, the Mate 10’s camera made me want to take more pictures.

You can check out the details of DXOMark’s scores here for the Mate 10, and here for the S8.

Battery

And now, the second most important smartphone spec, the battery (because what use are top of the line features if the device is off). The Mate 10 boasts a 4,000 mAh, while the Galaxy S8 has a 3,000 mAh.

The Mate 10 lasts a full workday and a half, while the Galaxy S8 can go a full workday with little left for the night. Either way, you’ll probably charge the next day but its always better knowing you have enough left in case you forget.

Others

There are differences between the two that may or may not be the reason for the 7k price difference. The Galaxy S8 offers IP68 water and dust resistance, wireless charging, Samsung Experience UI, Bluetooth v5.0, and a Super AMOLED display. The Mate 10 offers none of these, but it does have its own advantages — 2x lossless zoom, Leica branded optics, a larger battery. The omission of water and dust resistance, in my opinion, was a disappointment (at least there’s splash resistance). And EMUI, while not bad, is an homage to iOS.

Final Thoughts

The Huawei Mate 10 and the Samsung Galaxy S8 are two of the best flagships available in the market. The price between the two, Php32,990 for the former and Php39,990 for the latter, are somewhat close. Both offer different things, and the best one for you will depend on how you’re going to use the phone. Either way, both are winners.

 Huawei Mate 10Samsung Galaxy S8
Display5.9-inch FullView IPS Display
(2560 x 1440, 499 ppi)
16:9 Aspect Ratio, Gorilla Glass
5.8-inch QuadHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display
(2960 x 1440; 570 ppi)
18.5:9 Aspect Ratio
ProcessorOcta-core HiSilicon Kirin 970Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895
GPUMali-G72 MP12Mali-G71 MP20
RAM4GB RAM4GB RAM
Storage64GB Storage
+microSD up to 256GB
64GB Storage
+microSD up to 256GB
Front Camera8MP Front Camera
f/2.0, Screen Flash
8MP Front Camera w/ f1.7, Autofocus
Rear CameraDual 20MP + 12MP Rear Camera
Leica Optics, f/1.6
OIS, 2x Lossless Zoom, PDAF
Laser AF, Dual LED Flash
Dual Pixel Camera 12MP Rear Camera
f1.7 Dual Pixel AF
OIS, Dual LED Flash
ConnectivityWi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Dual Band
Bluetooth v4.2, aptX HD
GPS, NFC
Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth v5.0, aptX
GPS, NFC
SecurityFingerprint Scanner (Front Mounted)Fingerprint Scanner (Rear Mounted)
OthersUSB Type-C
Audio Jack
IP53 Splash Resistance
USB Type-C
Audio Jack
IP68 Water and Dust Resistance
Wireless Charging
Battery4,000 mAh
fast charging
3,000 mAh
fast charging
OSEMUI 8.0, Android 8.0 OreoSamsung Experience UI, Android 7.1.1 Nougat
PricePhp32,990Php39,990

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