Summary of advantages
* Slightly larger display
* Leica dual-rear camera w/ Hybrid AF
* 8MP front camera
* USB Type-C
* Thinner and lighter body
Samsung Galaxy S7:
* Higher-resolution display
* Starts at 4GB RAM
* Larger microSD card capacity support
* Heart rate sensor
* Dust and water-resistant body
As you can see, the P9 and the S7 have their own strengths and weaknesses. Both devices sport almost the same screen size but the P9 opted for a lower Full HD resolution compared to competitors who are already equipped with QHD.
Both smartphones pack octa-core CPUs and 4GB RAMs but Huawei is also offering a 3GB variant with 32GB of storage. It might be a disadvantage compared to the S7 that offers 4GB RAM for all storage variants but this also gives Huawei the opportunity to offer a lower priced model.
Camera-wise, the P9 and S7 have the same megapixel count but the P9 packs not one, but two Leica-branded cameras. It also features hybrid autofocus combining Laser, Depth, and Contrast focusing. We’ll know soon enough if it’s better than the S7’s camera when we get our hands on the review unit and run it through our Camera Blind Test.
As for other features, the P9 sports a USB Type-C while the S7 uses microUSB – both have their advantages and disadvantages. The S7 has the upper hand for having a heart-rate sensor and a dust and water-resistant body, but the P9 wins when it comes to having a thinner and lighter body.