If you’re looking for a new phablet, there are tons of brand out there that can provide you with one. However, if you’re looking for the best one, there are only a couple manufacturers to consider. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Huawei Mate 10 are two of top-of-the-line quality phablets out on the market today.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the latest phablet by Samsung. The supposed comeback from a disastrous year that is the Galaxy Note 7. The Note 8, whose release had been a massive success, is Samsung’s competitor for Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
Meanwhile, Huawei Mate 10 (one-half of Huawei’s phablet duo that includes Huawei Mate 10 Pro) is one of the company’s powerful yet affordable phablet that can rival both the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
The Galaxy Note 8’s 6.30-inch Infinity Display (dual curved edge) gives it such a stunning look, redefining the whole imagery for the Note. The display whose maximum brightness is at WQHD+ resolution also has an extensive color gamut and Mobile HDR Premium.
Aside from its amazing display, the Note 8 is 9 mm taller than the usual note and is at 195g, making it bigger and heavier than the usual Note. This weight comes from its body that’s made of glass and aluminum frame. It is also water resistant for 30 minutes within 5 ft. under the water, thanks to its IP68 certification.
The Note 8 also comes in different colors like Orchid Gray and Midnight Black, followed by the Deep Sea Blue color that was recently released.
Huawei Mate 10 is almost like its predecessor, Mate 9. The two are almost identical with its screen size and proportion. However, the Mate 10 upped its game by having a metal and glass combination for its body, giving it a slick and professional look. It also has the same 5.9-inch screen IPS LCD Panel but with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a QHD screen resolution, giving it a sharper and overall better display compared to Mate 9.
Despite being covered in both glass and metal; the Mate 10 provides an extra grip for the users through the presence of Gorilla Glass. It comes in different colors: Mocha Brown, Titanium Gray, Pink Gold, and Champagne Gold.
Unlike the Note 8, the Mate 10 is not water resistant.
SPECS, FEATURES, and PRICE
Samsung Note 8 runs on Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with a processor of either the Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895, paired with 6GB RAM. All these are powered by a 3,300mAh battery. It uses a USB-C connector, just like it’s predecessor.
This powerful device also has 64GB of storage that is expandable up to 2TB via microSD. A fingerprint sensor is also present at the back. It also brags a dual 12-megapixel camera (that has 4K support for videos) and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The Note 8 also comes with an S-Pen and wireless charging feature.
The Galaxy Note 8 is currently priced at Php49,999.
Huawei Mate 10 will be the first Android device to run Android 8.0 (Oreo) that is powered by the 1.8GHz octa-core Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor and 4GB RAM. Not only that, but it will also run with Huawei’s very own Emotion UI 8 that gives the device’s interface and design an overhaul. It has 64GB storage (expandable up to 256GB via microSD). The Mate 10 is powered by a 4000mAh battery which lasts enough to get through the day and then some.
Located at the back is the dual-camera setup, one 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and a 12-megapixel colored one that works very well. The two cameras work together, despite the differences, in order to capture details that the other can see better. It also has an aperture of f/1.6 and a 4-in-1 hybrid autofocus technology.
For Php32,990, one can get the Huawei Mate 10 in the Philippines.
These two devices are powerful on their own, the judgment relies heavily on the what the user is looking for.
If you have the budget, feel free to go for Samsung’s best smartphone yet. However, if you’re after for the most value for your money, the Huawei Mate 10 is not a choice either. In fact, you could save over Php15,000 by going with it.
If I were to choose, I’d pick the Mate 10 primarily because the differences between the two aren’t really that noticeable so I’d rather save the money. But then again, if you need waterproofing and special features like the S-Pen, the Galaxy Note 8 is the way to go.