Huawei P9, these are its strongest rivals
Huawei was already determined to start playing with the largest on Android when it launched its P8 model, a terminal that already gave us clues of how far the Asian brand aspired to go. With the recent Huawei P9, it confirms expectations and places a powerful, attractive terminal on the market that, with the medium-term price policy, will be one of the most successful smartphone models, just as it happened last year with the P8 models. .
In the absence of knowing the bet of HTC, with this Huawei P9 we already have the main shortlist that will compete this year to become the best smartphone on the market. Do you want to know how the fight between the Apple, Samsung, Sony, Google, Microsoft, LG or Xiaomi models looks like? Here you have the complete comparison of Xataka.
The first big card is played with the design
With such a competitive market and paying more than 600 euros in most cases, the design, materials, efforts and care in the appearance of the terminal is an aspect that no manufacturer should ignore. It will be the first contact of many users with the terminal and if there is not a certain infatuation at first sight, they will have little to do the numbers on the technical sheet of each model.
Here the Huawei P9 definitely plays in the first division. The new model is thin, light, with very good details in the design and a finish in accordance with what the manufacturer asks for in exchange for our pocket.
As we have seen, not missing the opportunity to excel in finish and design is almost an obligation for large manufacturers, and exceptions such as the Lumia 950 are immediately evident.
Another issue is how each brand faces sections that give it extra and important value for a certain sector of the market. Water resistance is one of them, and there both Sony and Samsung lead a strategy that we like: give the highest level in design and materials without having to give up being a submersible terminal. And even in some cases offering more value with the possibility of removing the battery or expanding internal memory with microSD cards.
Everything for autonomy
Without entering the field of phablets exclusively, the high-end or better terminals of the most important manufacturers have in autonomy surely the greatest challenge. The compromises with the screen, power or dimensions (basically thickness and weight) make the balance quite complex.
Huawei is one of the companies that has been working more and better on that difficult combination of screen / resolution, processor power / efficiency and battery capacity. In its new P9 it has sacrificed resolution to combine it with a very efficient in-house processor, a Kirin 995, and a large battery capacity. And it promises a lot.
Among the most complete models in our comparison, it is usual for them to exceed the 1080p resolution for their panel (which at this level does not admit many doubts about the quality in general terms of brightness or contrast) as a way to stand out, although densities above 450dpi help a better experience both reading text and playing multimedia content. Then it must be borne in mind that at this level and with large-capacity batteries, fast charging is almost an obligation.
Where there are not many fissures is that these models do not neglect to bet on the best processors, a good amount of RAM and, with exceptions such as the Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, an internal memory of at least 32 GB as a point departure.
The big media showdown is on camera
If you ignore the design in some of its most relevant aspects, and you notice that in gross specifications the roughly majority of terminals are more or less on par, the camera will surely be the factor final determinant. It is where manufacturers are turning the most both at a technical and innovation level, as well as in comparison with rivals and at the media level.
The innovations range from improvements in focus, where Samsung or LG lead the way, the LG G5 module system, or different configurations such as Huawei's dual camera, from which all its possibilities will have to be tested.
And at the end of the whole, when you have almost been able to decide on one of these large terminals, the final decision comes in which the price is unforgiving. In many of the cases, and as you have asked us from the Xataka community, we will also take into account the discounts and discounts that some of these terminals already have even a few weeks after their arrival on the market.
At this point, which one would you choose?
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