The first of the flagship smartphones for 2017 have been announced at MWC 2017. Here's how the LG G6 and Huawei P10, P10 Plus stand against each other.
This year's first flagship smarphones are now official, and the LG G6 and Huawei P10 will inevitably be compared to each other. We don't yet have reviews on the devices, but here's how the phones stack up against each other, specs-wise. As expected earlier, the Snapdragon 835 SoC from Qualcomm hasn't made an appearance yet, but both LG and Huawei spoke more about features than specifications, at MWC 2017.
Interestingly, while the Snapdragon 821 inside the LG G6 can be considered a last-gen SoC now, the Kirin 960 on the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are the first to use ARM's Cortex A73 cores. The Cortex A73 is a slight upgrade to the Cortex A72, that powers SoCs like the Snapdragon 650 and 652. In the P10 and P10 Plus, this core has been used for the performance cluster in its big.LITTLE configuration. Of course, the Cortex A53 still takes care of the "efficiency" part of the chipset.
Both the LG G6 and Huawei P10 or P10 Plus, sport dual-cameras. Here, again, the implementation is different. While LG has worked to improve its combination of wide angle and regular cameras on the back, Huawei continues its association with Leica.
On the one hand, the G6 now sports two 13MP sensors on the back, one of which support wide angle photography. LG's software implementation allows you to seamlessly zoom using both the cameras, instead of switching from one to the other. On the other hand, Huawei continues its winning combination of monochrome and RGB sensors. The P10 and P10 Plus now have 20MP and 12MP sensors, of which the former is a monochrome sensor, while the other takes care of colours. The impact ideally should be the same, however, Huawei says the new camera provides better low light photos. It also has both laser assisted auto-focus and Optical Image Stabilisation now.
Huawei's camera choices, though, may be questioned in terms of aperture. While both have the same sensors, the P10 seems to support only f/2.2 aperture on the back, while the P10 Plus should be better for low light photography, with its f/1.8 aperture.
A stark difference between the devices is in the memory capabilities. While the LG G6 does have UFS 2.0 storage, it provides only 32GB and 64GB storage options. Similarly, LG has also chosen 4GB LPDDR4 RAM for its flagship device, which though enough, could elicit questions about how it stacks up against competiton. Huawei's P10 Plus comes in 64GB and 128GB storage options only, while it also offers a choice between 4GB and 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM. Interestingly, Huawei made an Apple-like choice, allowing only 64GB ROM and 4GB RAM options on the Huawei P10.
We don't have a price on the LG G6 yet, but the Huawei P10 will start at $649 (approx. Rs. 44,000), while the P10 Plus starts at $699 (approx. Rs. 47,000).
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