Huawei P10 vs Honor 9

Well known chinese developer Huawei makes great smartphones. Among Chinese companies this one is the most worthy and large manufacturer, which not only make phones, but also produces hardware for them. The new almost flagship Honor 9 received good processor, a dual camera, and now it competes with another popular smartphone – Huawei P10.

huawei p10

In this review, we compare the parameters of Huawei P10 and Honor 9, determine their shortcomings and give an example of the images on the cameras of both smartphones.

Feature comparison

In the table we indicate the main characteristics and features of both phones. In comparison take part models with an equal amount of RAM and memory – 4 and 64 GB.

P10 Honor 9
Price $500 $490
Screen 5.1 inch, FullHD, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 glass 5.1 inch, FullHD, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 glass
CPU Kirin 960 Kirin 960
GPU Mali-G71 MP8 Mali-G71 MP8
RAM 4 Gb 4 Gb
Camera 2 modules: monochrome and RGB, optics Leica, stabilization, diaphragm f / 2.2 2 modules: 20 and 12 Mp, no stabilization, aperture f / 2.2
Battery 3200 mAh 3200 mAh

What in the end: the phones received the same processors, displays, graphics accelerators. The only serious difference is the camera.

Huawei Honor 9

Comparison of cameras and sample images

Huawei use two sensor of the camera in a completely different way. Almost all manufacturers use 2 lenses for dynamic focal length – it allows you to zoom in on the subject without losing quality and create spectacular photos with a blurry background. Also, due to two lenses the matrix receives more light – that reduces the amount of noise.

In Huawei, two modules have additional functionality. One of them is monochrome and shots only in black and white mode, which allows the software to accurately determine the light of the scene; another – in color – it collects information about colors. Then the received pictures are processed by the software (it happens quickly) and at the output the user sees an image with an exact white balance, distinguishable trifles in the light and dark parts of the scene (wide dynamic range). The ability to make frames with a blurred background (Bokeh effect) has not gone away.

P10 – one of the best cameraphones in 2017, which makes clear pictures and flawlessly shows colors. It received the Leica Summarit-H and 4-in-1 focusing: laser, phase, depth, contrast, optical stabilization is present.

Examples of photo on the camera of Huawei P10

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example photo on Huawei P10 effect bokeh Huawei P10 photo example on Huawei P10 with a bad light

Great photos. Especially good the night shot, which accurately conveyed a dark blue sky.

Now let’s talk about Honor 9, which raises a number of questions. Firstly, why is there no optical stabilization in the phone for $500? Why optics with diaphragm f / 2.2 (this applies to P10 too), if in a cheaper model the company installed more light-sensitive lenses? And optics and software are not developed by Leica. All this is bad for the camera.

Now to the point: when natural sunlight the shots are good, with exact colors and white balance. But if the sun hides, then there are noises, and this is the main minus of the Honor 9 camera.

Sample photos on Huawei Honor 9

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 Huawei Honor 9 camera test photo sample on the camera of Huawei Honor 9 noises on the Huawei Honor 9 camera

The last photo clearly shows the phone’s capabilities to shoot in low light. Conclusion: Huawei P10 shoots better with a quality rear-facing camera with Leica lenses, so it wins in this comparison.

Other differences

From the table above you can see that smartphones have received the same “hardware” and screens, and that’s good. The Kirin 960 processor made by HiSilicon (owned by Huawei) is the penultimate (after Kirin 970) flagship chip with high performance.

It is based on 8 cores produced by Mali company – 4xCortex-A73 (2.4 GHz) and 4xCortex-A53 (1.8 GHz). They work alternately: for everyday use, weak blocks are involved, but if necessary, additional four high-performance cores Cortex-A73 are activated. The CPU has a built-in video accelerator Mali G-71 with 8 video processors, which can encode video in 4k-resolution at 30 FPS, but playing video is possible at 60 FPS.

Note that Huawei Honor 9 gets 130,000 points in the benchmark Antutu (performance testing program) – this is a good result.

huawei honor 9 antutu test

Huawei P10 shows better results – 144820 points

huawei p10 antutu test

It’s hard to say what caused such a difference in performance, but it is so – P10 works faster, so it wins in comparison.

Disadvantages

From customers feedbacks, we will show the main shortcomings of phones.

Minuses

P10

Honor 9

  • The fingerprint scanner does not always work. After the rain or the shower does not work (the finger should be dry).
  • Weak vibration.
  • No oleophobic coating.
  • No stereo speakers – sound on the “four”.
  • A lot of unnecessary Google software that cannot be deleted.
  • Slippery casing.
  • There is no equalizer in the player.
  • The Chinese version does not support the LTE-frequencies used in USA or Europe. When selecting, be sure to see what LTE frequencies are supported by the smartphone.
  • Slippery and slim body (glass).
  • Protective glasses are not available for sale because of unusual bevelled edges.
  • Some users complain about the unscrewed colors of the display.
  • The video processor heats up while running 3D applications
  • The power button is flaky.
  • There are complaints about the appearance of a yellow strip on the display in the right part.

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