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Huawei Mate 9 Pro vs Vivo Xplay 6: amazing dual-camera smartphones with great hardware for under $690

Huawei Mate 9 Pro vs Vivo Xplay 6 photo

If dual-camera is something that you are searching for, then let's look at two of the best in Huawei Mate 9 Pro and Vivo Xplay 6.

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Huawei was among the first to make dual-camera popular with the introduction of P9 and P9 Pro.

It seems to be the right time to further advance the series. Let’s take a closer look at what Mate 9 Pro is all about:

  • 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2560 pixels or ~534 ppi pixel density
  • Metal body
  • Curved screen
  • Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Hisilicon Kirin 960 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) processor, Mali-G71 MP8 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Dual 20 Megapixel +12 Megapixel primary camera, f/2.2 aperture, OIS, 2x zoom, Leica optics, phase detection & laser autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/1.9 aperture
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • November 2016 release date
  • $689 USD price tag

A cool 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED screen is available which lets you watch everything in the highest detail. The curved screen is also there wrapped in a beautiful metal body. One advantage the Mate 9 Pro has is in the form of Gorilla Glass 4 providing the necessary protection.

Under the hood is the great Kirin 960 paired with a speedy octa-core processor and 4GB RAM. You will surely be able to run all apps and games without any hiccups.

Camera-wise, this is where Mate 9 Pro will excel with its dual 20MP-12MP primary camera setup. Huawei have done it before with P9 and P9 Plus, so the experience is already there and it is much easier to make improve on it. Packed with a whole lot of features and functions, you should be getting one of the best camera experience on a smartphone and have so much fun playing around with the bokeh effect.

With 4000 mAh battery powering up the Mate 9 Pro, there should be enough power to supply juice to it for at least a day or two in between charging. Last but not least, it will be running on the latest Android Nougat 7.0 which will further optimise its performance and add in a couple of extra features as well.

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Now let’s turn our attention to the Xplay 6 which is set to be released just in time for the year-end holidays. Take a look for yourself at what it has to offer as per below:

  • 5.46-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2560 pixels (~538 ppi pixel density)
  • Curved screen
  • Metal body
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 chipset, Quad-core (2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 530 graphics and 6GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP primary camera withf/1.7 aperture + 5 Megapixel camera sporting Sony’s IMX362 sensor, OIS (4-axis), phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 16MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1.0 µm pixel size
  • 128GB internal storage with no microSD expansion slot
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4080 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Funtouch OS 3.0 based Android Marshmallow 6.0.1
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • 12th December 2016 release date
  • $655 USD price tag

There isn’t much difference between the two, other than the Xplay 6 having a slightly smaller and negligible size.

But when it comes to performance, it wins hands down with the Snapdragon 820, fast quad-core Kryo processor and 6GB RAM. There’s nothing that it can’t run smoothly enough with a lot more left in the tank for other things.

Camera-wise, the dual 12MP-5MP primary camera falls just slightly below but will still be providing great-looking photos, better than most camera phones out there. Sporting Sony’s latest IMX362 sensor ensures that you will be able to capture great quality photos. Say goodbye to shaky photos as the 4-axis Optical Image Stabilization ensures steady pictures. Shooting in the dark won’t disappoint you as well.

One clear advantage that it has is the availability of a great 16MP selfie camera which makes for a great companion for you to take great selfies.

With 128GB of internal storage, you won’t have to worry too much about running out of space. With no expansion slot available, you can still tap into cloud storage or pop in a USB on-the-go to negate the effect.

In terms of battery, Xplay 6 will now be sporting a larger 4080 mAh battery that should be able to power up the smartphone for at least a day or two in between charging. Finally, it is slightly cheaper by $34 USD – well at this high price point, the difference is rather small indeed.

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Conclusion:

Huawei Mate 9 Pro is a great 5.5-inch flagship packed with everything that money can buy. Quad HD screen, curved display, metal body, great hardware, great dual 20MP-12MP camera and the latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS combines to give you a great flagship.

Huawei Mate 9 Pro had just been launched and is expected to be available for $4699 Chinese Yuan or $689 USD. It will be available in Space Gray, Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold and Rose Gold.

Vivo Xplay 6 looks great with a curved screen, metal body and Quad HD resolution. It also has an amazing hardware to boot. Not only that, the 12MP-5MP dual camera coupled with a great selfie camera and a large battery makes for a really interesting combination.

Vivo Xplay 6 is expected to be released on 12th December with an expected price tag of $655 USD. It is said to be available in Gold and Rose Gold colour.

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