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Huawei Honor 9 vs Gionee S10: two amazing camera smartphones under $400 battle it out

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It is going great for fans of camera smartphone with Huawei Honor 9 offering a great dual primary camera setup while Gionee S10 is equipped with four cameras (dual primary camera + dual selfie camera).

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The Honor lineup is positioned as top-of-the-line, and Honor 9 is the latest in the long running series which have been around for a couple of years now. Just released last month in June 2017, here’s why everyone is abuzz with it:

  • 5.15-inch Full HD LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels (~428 ppi pixel density)
  • Metal body
  • 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 20MP+12MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Android Nougat 7.0 OS
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3200 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • June 2017 release date
  • ~$399 USD price tag

Not everyone is keen on a large screen smartphone, that’s why we have the likes of Honor 9 joining in the fray. It comes in a 5.15-inch Full HD LTPS IPS screen with a metal body and fingerprint sensor as well. Definitely great on the look and feel department.

Performance-wise, the Honor 9 is pretty much on the high-end side with the Kirin 960 chipset paired with a blazingly fast octa-core processor, great graphics and 4GB RAM. The amount of power it dishes on the relatively small screen, means that you have a pocket rocket in your hands.

The highlight of the show for Honor 9 is on its oh-so excellent dual 20MP+12MP primary camera packed with all the features and functions that you can dream of. Go on ahead to take great-looking pictures with it, and it will get you hooked on taking more and more pictures. Then there’s the 8MP selfie camera which makes the package complete.

With 64GB internal storage available, it will be full in no time at all. With high-res photos amounting to more than 10MB per picture, thankfully you can easily add an additional 256GB space with the available microSD expansion slot.

Equipped with a 3200 mAh battery, there’s no problem for Honor 9 to be able to last you for a full day. Finally, the latest Android Nougat 7.0 operating system is available for you to take full advantage of.

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Now let’s turn our attention to the S10. With more manufacturers joining in on the dual camera bandwagon, how’s four cameras sounds like? Blessed with a dual primary camera and a dual selfie camera, it is nothing short of amazing over here.

Here’s the full low-down on the S10:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~401 ppi pixel density
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Mediatek MT6757T Helio P25 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.4 GHz Cortex-A53) processor, Mali-T880MP2 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Dual 16MP+8MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • Dual 20MP+8MP secondary camera
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3450 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • June 2017 release date
  • $2,599 Chinese Yuan or ~$379 USD price tag

The S10 sports a larger 5.5-inch Full HD LTPS IPS screen that is big on real estate and viewing pleasure. The extra screen space is very much appreciated over here. Then there’s also the fingerprint sensor which can be put to good use.

In terms of performance, it stands somewhere between the mid-range and high-end with the Helio P25 chipset, a balanced octa-core processor, great graphics and 4GB RAM. It might not be as fast, but still fast enough for your daily usage without a doubt.

With four cameras running the show for the S10, let’s break it down further. First, there’s the dual 16MP-8MP primary camera setup that lets you take great-looking photos with it. Go ahead to experiment with the bokeh effect, to get some excitement going on with it. Next comes along an even better dual 20MP+8MP selfie camera that lets you take some of the best selfies in the world with it. You will be excited at how great it looks, and everyone will be amazed once you share it on your favorite social media.

Similarly, it also has 64GB of internal storage which will be full in no time at all. There’s also an expansion slot which can take it up to a maximum of 256GB as well.

Software-wise, the S10 is also running on the latest Android Nougat 7.0 operating system which is good news indeed.

And with a larger screen, it will definitely benefit from the larger 3450 mAh battery which is more than capable of powering the smartphone for a full day in between charging.

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Conclusion:

Huawei Honor 9 packs a flagship performance in a small 5.15-inch Full HD LTPS IPS screen wrapped in a beautiful metal body a great dual 20MP-12MP primary camera. Definitely a hot smartphone to begin with.

Huawei Honor 9 is currently available for approximately ~$399 USD. It is available in Amber Gold, Seagull Grey and Charm Sea Blue colors.

Meanwhile for Gionee S10, it goes beyond the traditional with an amazing four cameras on it. Go for it if you are looking for a large screen device packed with an awesome dual primary camera and a dual selfie camera, great hardware, great battery and the latest operating system to boot. Plus, it is also slightly cheaper by $20 USD.

Gionee S10 is currently available for approximately $2,599 Chinese Yuan or $379 USD. You can choose either Cherry Gold, Dark Black, Indigo Blue or Primrose Green color.

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