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iPhone 6S Plus vs. Huawei Mate 8 – Two Metal Titans Comparison

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The iPhone 6S Plus is the successor of Apple’s first phablet and it doesn’t come with any changes in terms of design, as all the work has been done inside. The processor and the cameras have been upgraded, the screen has received a new technology and the aluminum body has a new color. We’ll compare the iPhone 6S plus with Huawei’s giant Mate 8 phablet, which has also a metallic exterior and a luxurious design.

Designs and Displays

The iPhone 6S Plus is the physical copy of its predecessor, featuring the usual aluminum back with two thin lines at the top and bottom, a rear camera in the left corner and a circular home button which has the fingerprint scanner hidden inside, with which the users can make online payments. But the new innovation with which Apple has assured its success for a while is the 3D Touch technology that has been integrated into the screen and transformed it into pressure sensitivity panel. So, when you tap harder or softer, this technology can trigger some gestures which will allow you to interact better with your phone. So, the size of the Retina screen is 5.5-inch, the resolution is 1080x1920pixels at 401ppi and the dimensions of the device are 158.2×77.9×7.3mm, resulting in a total weight of 192grams – with 20 grams more than the predecessor. Also, there’s a new variant of color, Rose Gold, which was appreciated by the female buyers.

The Huawei Mate 8 has a minimalist design, a flat back made of aluminum, with a metal frame and a large rounded fingerprint scanner located under the rear camera. The phablet is much taller, measuring 157.1×80.6×7.9mm, but it weights 7grams less. The screen is an IPS-NEO LCD sized at 6-inch, which supports only a Full HD resolution, so it’s not very sharp because the pixel density is much lower, at 368ppi.

Hardware

Apple had one year to work on its A9 chipset and the results were amazing. The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are two of the fastest smartphones on the market, although on paper, their specs don’t seem impressive. The devices are powered by a dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister processor which handles intensive tasks in collaboration with 2GB of RAM and a PowerVR GT7600 GPU. The Huawei Mate 8 has a different combination, and no, it’s not using one of Qualcomm’s Snapdragons, but a HiSilicon Kirin 950 with four cores clocked at 2.3GHz and four cores clocked at 1.8GHz, which are backed by Mali-T880 MP4 GPU and 3GB of RAM/ 32GB of storage or 4GB of RAM/64GB or 128GB of RAM. The good news is that the users can add a microSD card and expand the two variants of internal memories up to 128GB. Unfortunately, the iPhone 6S Plus has fixed storage, and there are three available options of 16, 64 and 128GB.

Cameras and Batteries

Apple has finally accepted to upgrade the cameras of its iPhones, and the fist step was to increase their resolution, which is now 12MP and 5MP. Also, with the new model you can simultaneously record 4K video and 8MP images, and take a short video of 3 seconds: 1.5 seconds before the shot and 1.5 seconds after the shot. The Huawei Mate 8 offers a 16MP main camera with OIS, phase detection autofocus, 1/2.8″ sensor size and Full HD video recording, while the front camera is more advanced, supporting 8MP.

The 2750 mAh battery (10.45 Wh) of the iPhone 6S Plus offers 24 hours of talking time on 3G, but the 4000 mAh battery which powers up the Huawei Mate 8 has a longer life.