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Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Huawei P10: Who will pull this balance beam?

03 April 2017 0

During first quarter of this year spotlight was mostly acquired by South Korean giants. Initially, at MWC 2017, we have the announcement of LG's G6 and then after one month, Samsung wraps off the cover from their flagship Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Amidst of all this, we have another powerful flagship lineup from Chinese number One and world number three manufacturer Huawei, yes you guessed it right, we are mentioning P10 and P10 Plus.

As being a top of the line flagship Galaxy S8 lineup will have to compete against all top of the line flagships available in the market and Samsung flagships biggest rival is none other than Apple's iPhone. We recently put Galaxy S8 head to head against iPhone 7 and also S8 Plus competed against iPhone 7 Plus. LG flagships were often not capable enough to compete against Samsung flagships but that's not the case this year as G6 is completely revamped powerful flagship smartphone that's why we compared G6 with S8 as well.

The Huawei P10 is also a powerful flagship which isn't much changed from last year P9 and the reason is obvious, the huge success of P9 prompted the company to not bring major changes in winning formula but still the P10 is one of the most luring smartphones from Huawei. On the other hand, Galaxy S8 is also the most attractive smartphone from Samsung with the large display and compact body, ultra-thin bezels, and powerful hardware makes it a top-notch performer.

How well Galaxy S8 will against Huawei's P10, To answer this question we will compare both S8 and P10 so that you can easily decide which smartphone is better if you are looking to purchase anyone of the aforementioned flagship smartphone. We are starting with the design as it is indeed one of the most important aspects while making a purchase. Without any further ado, let's get started.

68.1 x 148.9 x 8 mm
5.8 inches - 2960x1440 px
69.3 x 145.3 x 7 mm
5.1 inches - 1920x1080 px
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This year Huawei P10 looks more like an Apple smartphone than Huawei because on first look it won't be easy to decide whether it is iPhone 7 or Huawei P10. However, there are few differences which set them different from each other. Obviously, both of them can't be similar in all aspects but one thing is clear Huawei didn't try any major changes here.

Huawei brought some luring bright colors with themes like Green and Dazzling Blue variant which surely makes them a unique option which you won't find on any other smartphone available in the market. With the Galaxy S8, Samsung engineers surely did a great job by trimming down the bezels. It surely is a great evolution from traditionally designed Galaxy S7.

Samsung not only cuts out the bezels but they also removed the physical buttons and on the top side they left a small space for the sensors only. The Samsung logo on the front facing side is also part of the history now. The display of standard Galaxy S8 is dual curved. In Huawei P10, the fingerprint scanner is shifted to front facing side under a physical button, Samsung shifted the fingerprint scanner to the rear side alongside the rear camera modules.

Without any doubt, the Galaxy S8 is certainly one of the best-looking smartphones announced in the first half of the year but P10 lack this charm despite its solid metal chassis and sleek body. Another prominent change in design is Galaxy S8 design looks futuristic and P10 doesn't look that much innovative. Like most of the flagships available in the market, the Galaxy S8 is IP68 certified which means it can survive 30 minutes under water of 1.5 meters, however, the P10 completely lacks this feature.


One of the biggest back draw in Huawei P10 is still Full HD at that time when most of the standard flagships in the market are featuring Quad HD screen resolution. The P10 5.1-inches display panel has 1920 x 1080 pixels screen resolution. Although it is not dull and dim, it is still bright even in direct sunlight but the problem is when you are spending more than $600, you always expect none less than the best.

On the other hand, the Galaxy S8 has one of the best display available in the market. The Quad-HD display of S8 is 5.8-inches. Its screen resolution is 2960 x 1440 pixels. The S8 display aspect ratio is 18.5:9 which means it is slightly taller than wider. Thanks to this aspect ratio, Galaxy S8 fits easily in hand despite having such large display.

The Galaxy S8 is company's first flagship to have HDR support and as we know Samsung's AMOLED display are best in the business because of their deep black, awesome colors saturation and contrast. The P10 doesn't have HDR support.


Nowadays one of the main aspect while making the purchase of a flagship smartphone is its camera sensors. The camera sensors on both S8 and P10 are quite different. The Galaxy S8 is packed with the single camera lens on rear side whereas P10 enjoys dual sensors on the rear side. Of course, quality of images is important than quantity of sensors.

The P10 is bringing dual camera sensors, the primary rear snapper is of 12MP while the second rear sensor is the 20MP monochrome lens. Both sensors are one again Leica certified and brings top-notch results. The image quality doesn't effect even with zoom up to 2X. With the wide-aperture and portrait mode, it does bring depth of field feature.

The P10 regular photos are also pretty amazing with awesome colors. The monochrome sensor black and white results are also great, however, the camera doesn't perform extraordinarily in low-light conditions as its aperture size is f/2.2. The P10 rear camera can capture videos of 4K quality at 30 frames per seconds, and on Full HD the frames per second raise to 60.

Last year Galaxy S7 camera lens was great without any doubt and played a vital role in the success of the device. That is why Samsung didn't bring change in camera lens of S8 and still stick with the 12MP module but they brought minor upgradations. The camera sensor aperture size is F/1.7 which not only provides great results in daylight but also in low light conditions.

Samsung confirms the S8 camera has enhancements in its software. In shutter mode, the Galaxy S8 camera will capture three images and will merge them to produce a shot which is worth calling brilliant. The front-facing selfie camera on both P10 and S8 is 8MP. Samsung upgraded last year 5MP sensor with the latest 8MP module.


As being flagship both the Galaxy S8 and Huawei P10 is packed with top of the line hardware specs sheet. Both the manufacturer of the smartphone tried to bring the top of the line SoCs and for sure it will fly through all apps. With the Huawei P10, Huawei introduced Kirin 960 Soc with 4GB RAM. The device works efficiently in multi-tasking.

On the other hand, the Galaxy S8 is featuring Exynos 8895 SoC/ Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 chipset. Both the SoCs are the latest from respective companies and are accompanied with 4GB RAM. Both the devices will perform up to the mark and customers will not be disappointed with the performance. The internal storage of both devices basic variant is 64GB which can be further expanded up to 256GB using external MicroSD card.


The biggest issue what Huawei P10 criticized for was its battery cell. Its average battery life last single day only on the full charge. The P10 battery cell is 32,00mAh. Despite having average battery cell, its battery life is not as classy as it should be because of being the flagship. The Galaxy S8 battery cell is 3,000mAh. The best thing is both devices has fast charging tech support. However, Galaxy S8 owners will have added the advantage of wireless charging.

Extra features

For added security Galaxy S8 owners have iris scanner and facial recognition feature. Another cool feature of Galaxy S8 is its Dex peripheral which allows users to share their device screen on the PC. Thanks to Dex, the user can see Android apps on the full screen of the desktop. The Dex is an extra accessory which will cost buyers extra bucks. All these features are missed by Huawei P10.

The Galaxy S8 owners will have dedicated personal AI assistant Bixby, it can be accessed by pressing the physical button on right side. The Huawei P10 doesn't have Personal Assistant on board like GS8.


The best thing about P10 is that it is Ultra fast, top-notch dual cameras and hi-fi hardware on board. The device gives premium looks in hands thanks to its sleek metal design. Despite all these aspects it still lacks to be a top-level flagship device because of conventional design, lack of IP68, lack of Assistant and average Full HD display.

The Galaxy S8 has a number of reasons to be appreciated. The first thing is futuristic design and beautifully crafted Quad HD display. The device not only has the distinctive display but also top of the line hardware, camera, new innovative personal Assistant. Unfortunately, after the last year Galaxy Note 7 battery fiasco, it is not easy to put your bets on Samsung's flagship.

However, the Samsung's Galaxy S lineup track record is pretty amazing and with each iteration, the stature of lineup increases from the predecessor. Without any doubt, the Galaxy S8 has pretty appealing attractive build quality. To purchase Huawei P10, customers have to pay $750 whereas for the Galaxy S8 you have to spend whopping $850. Paying $100 more brings a number of luxuries which you can't enjoy on $100 less smartphone.

At the end, we would like to hear our readers views regarding the Huawei's P10 and Samsung's Galaxy S8. Which smartphone would you like to purchase amongst the aforementioned devices

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