When we choose mobile, the price is usually the first thing we look. The most cutting-edge smartphones panorama takes center stage, but the window offers more options and more affordable models are those just attracting the most attention. The comparative before us today faces two smartphones that could be classified in the intermediate segment. They have more modest specifications, but they offer a good value, which ultimately is what matters when the budget is tight.
The protagonists of this battle are the Samsung Galaxy J5 and Huawei P8 Lite, two of the most attractive terminals engaged in a comparative time. Both start from the same point: 5-inch screens, cameras 13 and 5-megapixel midrange processors and prices around 200 euros. We see all their differences to help in this difficult decision.
Display and Design
Both Huawei and Samsung are betting on the balance as the screen is concerned. Large screens have been democratized and are common to find simpler terminals mounted 5-inch panels. With this diagonal, it remains a manageable size without sacrificing visual experience that offers a wider screen. They also agree resolution, with a distribution of 1,280 x 720 pixels and a density of 293 dots per inch. Again, figures are balanced without being anything special; they offer a more than acceptable sharpness.
The only difference between the screens of the Samsung Galaxy J5 and Huawei P8 Lite is the technology used. Despite belonging to its most economical range, Samsung wanted his J5 have a more advanced models Super AMOLED panel, alike. This technology offers a higher level of contrast with deep blacks and bright colors while consuming less energy than conventional LCD panels. Huawei P8 Lite screen is IPS LCD, which does not offer such deep blacks, but instead shows a palette of more natural and accurate color type. In addition, it is protected with a sheet of glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
Both manufacturers have striven to create a design that reflects the elegance of its leading models. Both are made of plastic, but imitating metallic finish – the Samsung Galaxy J5 only in the frame, while the Huawei P8 Lite mounts a polycarbonate shell with brushed metal effect. The versatility of plastic is apparent with these two models, who get very well imitate their older siblings. Huawei can score a goal with his, tougher unibody design, but does not allow removing the battery as is the case with the Samsung Galaxy J5.
As for the measures, the Huawei P8 Lite boasts a slimmer chassis (7.7 mm) and a weight of 131 grams compared to 146 grams of his opponent, the chassis has a thickness of 7.9 millimeters. Samsung includes a physical home button on the front, flanked by the usual capacitive navigation keys, while Huawei bets on virtual buttons that are integrated directly on the screen, leaving the clear front. Both are available in the same color options: white, black and gold.
Camera and Multimedia
Samsung and Huawei also agree on the choice of the cameras: 13 megapixel rear and 5-megapixel for the front, but despite their similarities, there are differences that are worth comment. The Samsung Galaxy J5 integrates a 13-megapixel sensor under a lens aperture f/1.9. The brightness of the lens is key when taking pictures indoors or in low natural light and Samsung Galaxy J5 meets note at this point (the same lens carries the Samsung Galaxy S6). Samsung also includes the Quick Launch feature, which lets you open the camera from any screen simply by pressing twice in a row on the start button.
For its part, the Huawei P8 Lite mounts a lens f/2.0, slightly less bright, but it compensates with BSI sensor, ready to take lighter. The two have HDR, image editor and other common functions such as geo-tagging photos or panoramic mode. In addition, Full HD videos recorded at a frequency of 30 frames per second and carry LED flash, although only the Huawei P8 Lite is twofold.
As mentioned, the front camera both models offer a resolution of 5 megapixels. Samsung is committed to a lens f/2.2 and includes an LED flash forward. Huawei dispenses with flash and improves function provides for self-selfie pictures better illuminated.
In the multimedia section there are hardly any differences, but we note that the Huawei P8 Lite has a more powerful speaker, which integrates an amplifier for higher volume but avoiding distortion.
Power and memory
Samsung has chosen the Snapdragon 410 to move the Galaxy J5. It is a mid-range chip Qualcomm, supports 64 bits and consists of four core Cortex A53 1.2 GHz clock frequency. It is accompanied by an Adreno 306 graphics processor and 1.5 GB of RAM. Meanwhile, Huawei stays true to its HISILICON Kirin processors and the P8 Lite integrates the Kirin 620 eight cores running at 1.2 GHz and comes with a Mali 450 MP4 graphics chip and 2 GB of RAM. Both the CPU and GPU of Huawei P8 Lite are significantly faster than his opponent, although the Snapdragon 410 offers a newer version of OpenGL. However, the Huawei P8 Lite is ahead in the battle for power.
The Samsung Galaxy J5 again is left behind with the internal memory. The device features a background 8 GB, of which only have 4.3 GB available to deduct the weighing system and the visual layer of Samsung. In the case of Huawei P8 Lite, the Chinese company has not wanted to catch your fingers and offer 16 GB of internal memory. Both allow expansion with MicroSD memory cards up to 128 GB.
Operating system and applications
The two opposing terminals were launched in the first half of 2015, so neither has the latest version of Android, though not rule out an update soon. The Huawei P8 Lite has the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop version and user interface EMOTION UI 3.1, which is characterized by the absence of a menu of applications, its effects and transitions and custom themes. Huawei includes a feature called Phone Manager which lets you set filters to calls and messages activate the battery saving mode, free up RAM or block applications among other tasks.
The Samsung Galaxy J5 integrates Android 5.1 Lollipop with the Samsung TouchWiz interface. In addition to the package of applications Google, usual Android, also has a way of saving battery and Smart Manager, a role similar to that proposed by Huawei and allows control aspects such as performance RAM, scans for viruses and closes the apps that are not being used to lighten the system and go smoother.
Connectivity and autonomy
Connections are a key point in any smartphone and Huawei P8 Lite and Samsung Galaxy J5 offer good connections to play them out the whole game. They connect to the Internet via 3G or 4G networks; carry Wi-Fi, GPS antenna, Bluetooth, NFC chip and Wi-Fi Direct. In addition, the Samsung Galaxy J5 adds the ANT + standard to use sports accessories. Physical connections are usual: a micro USB and headphone minijack.
We have said that the Samsung Galaxy J5 is slightly thicker and heavier than P8 Lite, but this has an advantage and is riding a larger battery, namely 2,600 milliamps. Data autonomy plays in their favor, with 18 hours talk time and up to 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, while the battery of 2,200 milliamps of Huawei P8 Lite offers 11 hours talk time and up to 380 at rest. We recall that both have a battery saving mode.
We have already said at the beginning: the decision is complicated, and the Samsung Galaxy J5 and Huawei P8 Lite have more similarities than differences.
The terminal Samsung is ahead in areas such as the battery, a camera is brighter and the front camera has LED flash. It also carries a version of Android slightly newer and Super AMOLED screen is certainly a point in his favor. However, the Huawei P8 Lite makes things difficult points such as power, sound and storage capacity. In addition, its design has better finishes and, despite being made of plastic as his opponent, unibody construction providing strength. Does the catch? It is more expensive; 180 euros compared to 165 euros for the Samsung Galaxy J5.