Huawei P9 or Samsung Galaxy S7, which one do I buy?

Huawei P9 or Samsung Galaxy S7, which one do I buy?

With the Huawei P10 and Samsung Galaxy S8 established in the market, previous generations of these phones have dropped in price quite a bit, becoming an opportunity . The Huawei P9, for example, can be found between 350 and 400 euros, while Samsung's Galaxy S7 is currently between 430 and 450 euros.

Both phones still offer some specs that are still cutting edge today . Which one to buy then? We are going to guide you through the main positive points of each of these terminals, so that you can see which one best suits your needs.

Display and layout

The Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch screen with QHD resolution (2,560 x 1,440 pixels), while the Huawei P9 is content with a 5.2-inch screen with Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels). With a slight nuance, the two terminals have the same screen size, but the resolution is higher on the Galaxy S7. The Samsung terminal would be better in that regard .

Regarding the part of measurements, the Galaxy S7 has a thickness of 7.9 millimeters and a weight of 152 grams. For its part, the Huawei P9 is 6.95 millimeters thick and weighs 144 grams. That is, it is lighter and thinner, so its grip will be easier and it will be more comfortable to carry. Huawei wins that round.

Comparative sheet

Samsung Galaxy S7 Huawei P9
screen5.1 inches, Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels)5.2 inches, Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels)
Main chamber12 megapixel Dual Pixel sensor (12 + 12 mp), aperture f / 1.7

26mm and 2K video

12 megapixel dual camera (monochrome sensor + RGB sensor), f / 2.2 and 27 mm and video in 1080p
Camera for selfies5 megapixels, f / 1.78 megapixels, f / 2.4, 1080p video
Internal memory32 or 64 GB32 or 64 GB
ExtensionmicroSD up to 200GBmicroSD up to 256GB
Processor and RAMSamsung Exynos 8890 eight-core (four at 2.3 GHz Mongoose and four at 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53), 4 GB RAMHiSilicon Kirin 955 (four 2.5 GHz Cortex A72 cores + 1.8 GHz Cortex A53 four cores), 3 or 4 GB RAM
Battery3,000 mAh3,000 mAh
Operating systemAndroid 6.0 Marsmallow (upgradeable to Android 7 Nougat)Android 6.0 Marsmallow (upgradeable to Android 7 Nougat)
ConnectionsBT 4.2, GPS, NFC, WiFi 802.11 acBT 4.2, GPS, NFC, WiFi 802.11 ac
DesignGlass on the front and back and metal on the sides, colors: black, gold and silverGlass and aluminum. Colors: silver, gold, dark gray and rose gold
Dimensions142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 millimeters (152 grams)145 x 70.9 x 6.95 (144 grams)
Featured FeaturesFingerprint reader, IP68 resistanceFingerprint reader
Release dateAvailableAvailable
Price430 euros 350 euros


We may not be as interested in image resolution as we are in power. We are then going to compare the hardware of each of the two terminals. The Samsung Galaxy S7 runs on its own Exynos 8890 eight-core processor at a maximum of 2.5 GHz and 4 GB of RAM . On the other hand, the Huawei P9 uses a HiSilicon Kirin 955 chip, also with eight cores with a maximum frequency of 2.5 GHz. The RAM memory, of course, ranges between 3 and 4 GB, the most common being 3 GB. with 32 GB of storage.

It's pretty similar hardware, although the 4GB RAM (both 32GB and 64GB ROM) is a point in favor of the Galaxy S7 . On the software side, both went on sale with Android 6.0 Marshmallow but they have already been updated to Android 7 Nougat, so there is no difference there.


This is a topic that will interest many users, since the camera has become one of the elements that most determines the final decision. The Huawei P9 camera pioneered the dual camera, using Leica optics and two 12-megapixel sensors, one monochrome (black and white) and gold in RGB color . The aperture is f / 2.2, and it allows you to record video in Full HD.

With this double camera , perspective effects such as Bokeh can be generated , achieving very professional results. The front camera, on the other hand, is 5 megapixels with f / 2.4 aperture, allowing you to record video also in Full HD.

On the other hand, we have the camera of the Samsung Galaxy S7. It has a single lens, but with a dual 12 megapixel Dual Pixel sensor and an aperture of f / 1.7 . This enables you to take sharper photos in less natural light. Also, you can record video in 4K resolution. The front camera has only 5 megapixels of resolution, but maintains an aperture of f / 1.7.

If we have to compare, the Galaxy S7 has a larger aperture, a resolution of the same megapixels and can also record in 4K . Unless we are a fan of the possibilities of the dual camera, Samsung would again take the lead on the scoreboard.

Autonomy and extras

The Huawei P9 has a 3000 mAh battery, with a fast charging system. It is exactly the same capacity that the Samsung Galaxy S7 battery offers, also with fast charging. Therefore, in the aspect of autonomy we have to decree a tie .

In terms of connectivity and extras, both phones have a fingerprint reader, NFC connection, Bluetooth 4.2 and 4G . Of course, the Galaxy S7 has resistance to water and dust with IP68 certificate, which in the Huawei P9 is greatly missed. Another point for the Galaxy.


As we have told you at the beginning of this article, the Galaxy S7 is located in a price range close to 450 euros. On the other hand, the Huawei P9 has lowered its price more in this time, and we can get it for up to 350 euros in its version with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM. In this case, the balance leans more towards the Huawei phone, with a difference that ranges between 50 and 100 euros .


In the course of this analysis we have seen the main and most valued points by the users of the two mobiles. In the case of performance, screen resolution and camera, we have found more reasons to opt for the Galaxy S7. In the part of the comfort as a terminal and in the price, the Huawei terminal is more attractive .

Therefore, depending on the type of user we are, we will be more interested in one or the other: if we want the one that has a more optimal operation, we must choose the Galaxy S7 . If we place a lot of importance on comfort of use and price, the recommended choice would be the Huawei P9.