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iPhone 7 vs. Huawei P9 – Which Smartphone Is Better?

Which smartphone should be my next one? Should I invest in an Apple device or in a phone from competitors?  Especially Huawei smartphones got more popular over time. We compared the iPhone 7 with the cheaper Huawei P9 and reveal, if Huawei is a worthy competitor to the Apple devices.

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The first impression

At first glance, there are almost no differences between the iPhone 7 and Huawei P9. Both have a characteristic smartphone form with rounded edges. The Huawei P9 generally looks a little edgier than the Apple phone, because the edges are not as round as the ones on the iPhone 7. Both feel good in the hand and are easily operable.

The display diagonal of the P9 is 5.1“, so it is a little bit larger than the 4.7“ iPhone 7. The front and back are visually similar because microphones and cameras are in the same spots. The only difference is the second lens on the Huawei P9.


Big differences occur in the durability. The iPhone 7 is in the IP67 protection class and therefore it is dust and water resistant. It withstands a dive of 1m (3ft) for up to 30min. Huawei renounces such certification. This category obviously wins the iPhone 7 because of its great durability.


When it comes to the camera, Huawei wants to score with two powerful lenses by the camera manufacturer Leica. The resolution of the main camera is for both smartphones the same: 12 megapixels. The selfie camera of the Huawei P9 got 8 megapixels, whereas Apple gave its iPhone 7 only a 7-megapixels camera. The concept of the two cameras on the Huawei P9 is working perfectly. One lens is for taking black & white photos and the other one for color shots. Leica’s image processing algorithm shall help to capture more light to make the photos rich in contrast. This definitely works out well: The photos of the P9 are very dynamic and the technic produces great photos at daylight. However, you will see big differences in photos with bad light conditions. The iPhone 7 is clearly ahead in this case. In total darkness, on the other hand, the Huawei P9 floodlights a room better with the dual tone flash.


The P9 shows its strength in the performance. The HiSilicon Kirin 955 CPU with eight cores ensures a decent power. The result is a faster and smoother system.  In our test, the iPhone 7 still performs well with its very powerful A10 Fusion processor, although it is older than the one of the P9. In the end, the performance of both smartphones is almost identical.

Sound quality

The sound of the iPhone 7 is very strong. When Apple announced that they get rid of the jack plug, many people were afraid of a bad sound quality. The reality shows that the new headphones sound even better than the previous models.

The sound of the Huawei P9 convinces as well. You can hear everything very clearly when you call someone or listen to music. The included headset makes a good sound.

Battery life

The battery is the biggest weakness for the Huawei. Although it has a capacity of 2900mAh, a fully charged battery only lasts for six hours with normal to slightly intense usage. The 1960mAh battery of the iPhone lasts a whole day, though. We would have expected a longer battery life from the Huawei P9.


Both smartphones are high-end devices. In a direct comparison, the Huawei P9 scores in terms of camera and processor. The iPhone 7 wins in durability and battery life.

If you have to decide for one device, you should weigh the features for yourself. What is more important for you? The Huawei P9 is great for people who are looking for a cheaper and solid everyday life smartphone. It is available for only half of the iPhone 7 price and has many handy features like the dual Leica lenses. The iPhone 7, on the other hand, scores as a comprehensive package, which unfortunately costs more money.

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