Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs Huawei P10 Plus: What’s Different?
After pitting the S8 against the P10, we now take a look at their bigger siblings. The Samsung Galaxy S8+ and Huawei P10 Plus have slight changes and improvements compared to their variants with smaller displays so let’s see how they would fare against each other when we talk about specs. This is the battle of the ‘Plus-sized’ smartphones.
Read: Samsung Galaxy S8 Review
Samsung Galaxy S8+
Huawei P10 Plus
The S8+'s display is larger than the P10 at 6.2 inches. Samsung used a Super AMOLED panel which delivers the usual vibrant colors and deep blacks that it is known for. It has a Quad HD+ screen that gives it a 2960 x 1440 resolution with a higher pixel density at 531ppi. They also boast of its Infinity Display which almost takes up the entire front of the handset.
Meanwhile, the Huawei P10 Plus sports a smaller 5.5-inch display with a Wide Quad HD resolution at 2560 x 1440 bringing it to a decent 510ppi. It is an improvement from the P10 but still doesn't exceed S8+'s resolution. Both have Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protecting the screen from scratches.
Processor and Storage
The S8+ uses its own processor, specifically the Exynos 8895 octa-core processor (4 ARM Cortex A53 1.7GHz + 4 Exynos M1 2.3GHz). This is partnered to a Mali G71MP20 GPU, 4GB RAM, and 64GB of storage which can be expanded via microSD.
The P10 Plus also runs on its own CPU -- the HiSilicon Kirin 960 octa-core processor (4 ARM Cortex A73 2.4GHz + 4 Cortex A53 1.8GHz). A Mali-G71 MP8 GPU takes care of graphics, while RAM and storage space is at a higher 6GB and 128GB, respectively. Expanding the internal storage up to 256GB is also possible.
It still uses the same Dual Pixel technology from S7 and comes with 12-megapixels, f/1.7 aperture, dual-tone flash, and optical image stabilization. The front-facing camera made a jump to the upgraded 8-megapixel sensor with autofocus and f/1.7 aperture.
Huawei offers Leica-certified optics for the P10 Plus. It has dual Leica lenses with 20MP for color and 12MP for monochrome imaging. It carries OIS as well and a dual-tone flash for dimly-lit shots. Additionally, the front camera also received a Leica-approved sensor with 8MP and f/1.9 aperture.
Sensors and Features
The Galaxy S8+ is given a slew of sensors and that includes the Iris scanner that debuted on the Galaxy Note 7. In addition, there's a fingerprint scanner, heart-rate sensor, fingerprint reader, USB-C, and NFC. Aside from the sensors, the Galaxy S8 retains its IP68-rating meaning it can take on water and dust.
The P10 Plus neither has an iris scanner nor a heart-rate sensor but offers its users an IR blaster. Just like the S8, the P10 has NFC, dust and water resistance, USB Type-C, and a fingerprint scanner.
Power is handled by a non-removable battery with 3500mAh capacity. It supports Samsung’s adaptive fast charging as well as wireless charging. Samsung has implemented their 8-point battery check for the Galaxy S8, too.
Huawei has a slight advantage in battery capacity since it rocks a 3750mAh non-removable pack. It also has fast charging through what the company calls Super Charge but doesn't go for wireless connection.
The Galaxy S8+ runs Android Nougat out of the box topped with their skin called Samsung Experience. Also, it features its own virtual assistant called Samsung Bixby and supports the new Samsung Dex accessory to convert it into a desktop-style experience.
The P10 Plus operates on Android's Nougat OS as well but Huawei also has their own take with the EMUI 5.1 on top.