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November 3, 2016updated 14 Nov 2016 11:29am

Should you swap your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 for the Huawei Mate 9?

By Alexander Sword

The Huawei Mate 9 has been announced and it is already being touted as a possible alternative to the axed Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

The devices sold like hot cakes following their release this summer but had to first be recalled and eventually discontinued after the batteries were reported to be overheating and catching fire.

Could the Huawei Mate 9 fill the void? CBR compares the devices across a range of categories.


1. Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 featured 4GB of RAM with an octa-core processor, featuring four each of the 2.3 GHz Mongoose and the 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53.

The stats are almost identical for the Huawei, although the 2.3 GHz Mongoose has been upped to a 2.4 GHz Cortex-A73.

Both have 64GB of internal storage.

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Huawei will ship with the latest version of the Android operating system, Nougat, which the Samsung model would have upgraded to when it arrived.

Winner: Huawei

2. Graphics and camera

On the camera front, Huawei compares well against the Note 7, with dual 20 MP and 12 MP primary cameras and an 8 MP secondary camera.

cameraBy contrast the Note 7 featured a 12 MP camera on the front and a 5 MP secondary camera: still fairly powerful but not a match for the Huawei offering.

Winner: Huawei

3. Price

huawei-porscheThe Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was priced at £749 when announced, while the Huawei costs, in converted prices, around £620 for the standard 64GB version.

There is also a 256GB Porsche Design model of the Huawei which is priced at £1240.

Winner: Huawei

4. Durability

Tapping into a consumer desire for smartphones to address basic usability requirements, the Samsung device was IP68-certified, dust-proof and water-resistant to 1.5 metres for 30 minutes.

samsung-galaxy-note-7-2It’s unclear as of yet what kind of durability certifications the Huawei might have.

However, both smartphones have a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 screen. According to Corning, Gorilla Glass can survive 1.6-meter drops onto rough surfaces up to 80 percent of the time.

Winner: Unknown

5. Features

The main difference in features is that the Note 7 worked with a stylus, making it suited to design and creative industries.

The Huawei, lacking this, will be reliant on applications that use a standard touch screen.

Winner: Samsung

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