Here it is, Huawei P10 and iPhone 7 at a glance.
The Huawei P10 might look like the iPhone 7, but how does it compare overall? Previously the closest you could get to the iPhone without owning one was the Google Pixel. However, the Huawei P10 hopes to supplant the Pixel as an iPhone rival, and hence there’s a lot of excitement about its release.
Although the P10 is Android, it looks like an Apple device and feels top of the range. Although, if you’re looking for something that’s like an iPhone, why not just opt for an iPhone?
Price-wise, the two handsets are similar. The iPhone 7’s more extensive storage options are more expensive than Huawei’s standard storage. But you’re looking at over £500 for either device.
Huawei P10 vs iPhone Specifications
The iPhone 7 has an A10 Fusion processor with 2GB RAM. This made it the fastest smartphone chip when the phone was released, but it stiffened the Huawei P10. The Huawei device has its custom Kirin 960 processor and 4GB RAM.
Apple’s iPhone 7 comes with a 4.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD with 326 PPI, various storage options, a lightning port, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and multiple sensors. On the other hand, Huawei has a full HD 5.1 inch IPS display with 16M colors and 432ppi. It also offers Bluetooth 4.2, has USB 2.0, and multiple sensors.
The Apple device wins on core performance when it comes to raw power, but the Kirin 960 is better for multi-core usage. The Huawei device is ultra-fast, as is Apple, and both have great operating systems. The iPhone 7 using IOS 10, and the Huawei P10 using Android 7.0 Nougat.
The Huawei P10 only offers a 64GB model but offers up to 256G of additional storage using microSD cards. The iPhone 7 has a range of storage options – 32GB being the most minor and going up to 256GB, but no additional storage is available.
Battery-wise, the Huawei has 3,200mAh, whereas the iPhone 7 has just 1,960mAh – a dramatic difference. Both perform well for a whole day, but it would be difficult to get much usage for a second day if constantly in use – both would need a charge.
Features: Huawei P10 vs iPhone 7
Apple always seems to have one of the better smartphone cameras on the market for everyday usage. However, the iPhone 7 doesn’t quite have the camera specs of the iPhone 7 Plus, and this is also true of the Huawei device. The iPhone 7 Plus has a pair of 12mp shooters, whereas the P10 has a 12MP color sensor with a 20MP monochrome camera.
Huawei’s dual setup makes for the variable zoom with quick results. You can also get amazing shots with either individual camera. The iPhone 7 Plus camera will give you great results, but the P10 has more perks. The P10 offers a new Portrait mode and can identify and track 190 different facial points in a 3D space. The front-facing camera also has a new sensor. Huawei claims that this has a more comprehensive dynamic range and allows double brightness compared to their older handsets. They also claim that the smartphone is meant to be ‘smart enough to distinguish between a selfie and group shot and adjusts the angle to suit the picture.
The iPhone 7 has a decent camera setup, perhaps one of the best there is, but the Huawei pips it to the post to capture shots.
Display iPhone 7 & Huawei P10
The mobile display of the Huawei P10 has the edge over the iPhone 7. Unfortunately, Apple has kept to their 1334 x 750 resolution for their standard 4.7inch model, which fans would love to update. Although it looks good, the Huawei P10’s display is far more spectacular.
An upgrade on previous Huawei models, the display is a 1080p panel that packs 431 pixels per inch (the iPhone 7 only manages 326 PPI). The screen is also larger. The Huawei screen is 5.1 compared to the iPhone’s 4.7 (unless opting for the iPhone 7 Plus at 5.5inch), and the phone is slightly wider than the Apple handset.
Designing of both smartphones
The iPhone 7 has the same core design as the iPhone 6 and 6s. The design is classy, and while there are some tweaks from earlier models (new colors, less obvious antenna lines), it still follows a tried and tested design that people love.
The apparent change is the lack of a headphone jack, a short-sighted move by Apple considering most people still require one of these. As a result, the Huawei P10 looks almost identical to the Apple handset. The key differences are that Huawei has a headphone jack and Pantone partnered colors.
The P10 is very reminiscent of its predecessor, the P9, but there have been some subtle changes. Most notably, Huawei has moved the fingerprint scanner and widened the array of colorful finishes.
When it comes to color, the iPhone 7 is available in these shades: black (a plain matt black), jet black (a high gloss black only available for the higher storage options), red, silver, gold, and rose gold. The Huawei comes in these exact colors, but there isn’t a matt and gloss option for black.
Which mobile comes out on top?
These phones are closely matched, but there’s a winner: the Huawei P10. The larger display on the Huawei P10 makes it ideal for viewing videos and playing games. While the decision to move the fingerprint scanner to a more intuitive position and include a headphone jack in the design makes it a more user-friendly phone altogether.