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Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, known in short as Huawei, has been the world’s largest manufacturer of telecommunication equipment since 2012. As you will be aware, in recent years, the company has also entered into the smartphone industry. In April 2016, they released their latest line of Android smartphones, the P9 series, containing two flagships - the P9 and P9 Plus. They also released a more affordable high-end smartphone - the P9 Lite.
Huawei’s new line of smartphones is very similar to those brought to us by Apple. The P9 is smaller, yet equally, powerful smartphone. While the P9 Plus comes with a bigger screen and battery, but with similar technical specifications. On Apple’s side, the iPhone 7 is the smaller of the two handsets, with an almost identical design as the iPhone 7 Plus, but lacking a few of its big brother’s features.
A direct competition between the two companies is made possible by the various similarities in build quality and features that they both offer on their latest flagships. Below, we’ll show you why we love Huawei’s P9 and Apple’s iPhone 7, while showing you some of the key differences between each smartphone.
Key iPhone Differences
One of the key differences that might drive you towards buying a Huawei handset is the price tag. Currently, the iPhone 7 price starts at £599 for the 32GB version to a whopping £799 for the 256GB version.
In terms of storage, the iPhone 7 has no external SD card slot. This means that in the event that you bought the 32GB version and you run out of space, there’s not much you can do. Of course, you can opt for cloud-based storage, but not everyone is keen on moving away from physical storage.
Like the majority of flagships that were released after 2015, the iPhone 7 is also IP certified. The IP67 certification allows users to submerge their phone in water, up to 1 meter, for no longer than 30 minutes. Although Apple doesn’t recommend excessive water exposure, if you drop your phone in the pool, you’ll be able to recover it (hopefully) without any damage.
Key P9 Differences
Regarding the price tag, the P9 becomes the obvious choice. The 32GB model sells for roughly £510, while the 64GB version sells for around £550. Unlike the iPhone 7, the P9 does have an SD card slot, making it easier to expand its already available storage. Running the latest Android OS version, the smartphone can use SD cards that have up to 256GB of storage. Although the phone doesn’t ship with an SD card, you can buy one if and when you need it.
Unfortunately for the P9, Huawei opted not to include an IP certification. In the past years, we’ve seen a great majority of companies moving towards an IP certification for their flagships, starting with Sony’s Xperia Z, back in 2013. We don’t know why Huawei chose this road, but we hope that they will have learned their lesson by the time they release the next line of flagship smartphones.
Yes, Apple usually comes out on top in terms of popularity, but what are your thoughts when it comes to Apple vs Huawei?