Huawei Mate 9 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
A bigger screen
If you use your phone to watch videos or play games, however, there’s only one winner.
The Mate 9 features a 5.9 inch IPS LCD touchscreen which can display around 16 million different colours, and is beautifully sharp to look at.
The Mate 9 fits comfortably into the palm of your hand, and can easily be used with one hand – Huawei has even added in a special mode that will push all your windows to one side for a specially accessible option.
Huawei’s screen also packs in a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels – around 373ppi, which does mark it slightly behind the Galaxy S7, which comes with a 2K display equivalent to around 577ppi – but for most apps and media, this will be too close to call.
A better and incredibly detailed camera
Huawei dedicated a serious portion of the Mate 9 launch event to the device’s camera.
The company teamed up with iconic camera maker Leica last year for the Huawei P9 smartphone, and the same technology has now been ported into the Mate 9.
That means that there’s a dual-lens 20MP + 12MP camera ion the rear of the device – one to focus on colour detection, the other on black and white, in order to create super-detailed images.
It also comes with optical image stabilisation technology that prevents blur and 4-in-1 hybrid auto-focus that uses lasers to make sure you get the best images, even in low light – and can also capture 4K video.
This is twinned with an 8MP front camera for super-powered selfies.
The Galaxy S7 is six months older than the Mate 9, but still packs a useful camera. The main unit is a 12MP kegs that comes with OIS and LED flash, but this single lens cannot keep up with Huawei’s offering.