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Galaxy Note 5 vs Mate 9: Will Huawei Ever be Able to Defeat Samsung?


Huawei used to be a promising up and coming tech company not so far long ago. Now that a couple of years have passed, Huawei established its brand as a household name and its competing against the likes of Apple and Samsung every day.

The Chinese tech giant didn’t shy away from publicly stating that its goal is to be known as the biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world. The only way that Huawei is ever going to be able to achieve that is by defeating the current rank one smartphone company, Samsung.

In order to get an idea of just how well Huawei’s plan is going, we’re going to take one of its top smartphones and pin it against one of Samsung’s own. The two devices we chose for this brief comparison are Huawei Mate 9 and Samsung Galaxy Note 5.


Samsung is known all around the world for its high-end panels. Therefore, Galaxy Note 5 ships with a huge 5.7-inches Super AMOLED panel. The display offers a high pixel resolution of 1440 x 2560 and a pixel density of 518ppi. Moreover, Galaxy Note 5’s panel is also coated in Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for extra protection.

On the other hand, Huawei Mate 9 sports and even larger 5.9-inches display. However, things don’t look so good for Mate 9 when it comes to technology since it uses IPS LCD that only offers a full HD pixel resolution of 1080 x 1920 and a pixel density of 377ppi.


Huawei Mate 9 is powered by the company’s own HiSilicon Kirin 960 CPU. This processor is impressive since it clocks in at 2.4GHz and it is coupled with a Mali-G71 MP8 GPU and 4GB of RAM. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 is fueled by an Exynos 7 Octa 7420 CPU that’s been clocked at 2.1GHz. The processor is also paired with an ARM Mali-T60MP8 GPU and 4GB of RAM.


As we can clearly see, there’s a good reason to why we chose these two smartphones. These two show the contrast between the two companies since Samsung is more focused on user experience with a higher quality display while Huawei cares more about hardware performance.