2019 photography showdown: Huawei P30 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Google Pixel 3

It’s tough to go wrong with a flagship smartphone camera these days, but if you’re after the crème de la crème, just a handful of names stand out. The Google Pixel 3 and its machine learning-enhanced camera continues to be the tech enthusiasts goto handset for consistently great pictures. Likewise, recent Huawei handsets have built a solid photography reputation for the company, The new P30 Pro takes low light and zoom capabilities another step further. Samsung also scores consistently well in all photography tests and the Galaxy S10 remains a great shout if you love taking pictures.

But which one is the best? That’s what we’re here to find out with today’s comprehensive shootout. We’re going to look at everything from landscape and macro shots, to HDR, low light, and zoom capabilities. Images have been compressed and cropped in the article for the sake of bandwidth, but you can find uncompressed images in this Google Drive folder. I hope your bandwidth is ready for all these pictures.

Detail, exposure, and color

Huawei P30 Pro camera sample of a street and houses
Google Pixel 3 camera sample of a street and houses
Samsung Galaxy S10 camera sample of a street and houses

This first picture gives a good overview of how these cameras handle a scene with a range of details and colors. At 10MP, 12MP, and 12MP respectively and minimal noise in this scene, all three cameras offer a very similar level of detail. None of them present any major issues with post-processing, such as oversharpening, or exposure either.

The biggest difference here is color saturation and white balance. The Huawei P30 Pro takes on a slightly warmer tint with more natural, subdued colors on this overcast day. The Pixel 3 has a more neutral white balance but boosts colors such that the clouds take on a blue hue. Nice looking but not strictly true to the scene. The Samsung Galaxy S10 offers a similar white balance and a small boost to color that’s closest to how the scene actually looks.

Huawei P30 Pro camera sample of a post box
Google Pixel 3 camera sample of a post box
Samsung Galaxy S10 camera sample of a post box

Roles reverse in this second snap. Here the Huawei P30 Pro has the better color and white balance accuracy. Although it verges on overexposing the window. The Galaxy S10 attempts to make the colors pop a little too much, erasing subtle highlights and details from the post box and over-pinkening the brickwork. Meanwhile, the Pixel 3 is a tad darker than its rivals, reducing the pop of the shadow.

Huawei P30 Pro camera sample flower close up
Google Pixel 3 camera sample flower close up
Samsung Galaxy S10 camera sample flower close up

This indoor flower example highlights this trend further. The P30 Pro is notably more exposed, compensating for darkness on the left by blowing out the light on the right. The result is a slightly over brightened subject. The Pixel 3 is the polar opposite, darkening the flowers too much in an attempt to keep the highlights in check. The Galaxy S10 wins in terms of exposure and color vibrancy. The flowers are perfectly exposed and the phone’s auto-HDR effect (which doesn’t seem to switch off regardless of the toggle) balances out the dark and bright backgrounds perfectly. You can even see the blue of the sky.

Huawei P30 Pro painting camera sample
Google Pixel 3 painting camera sample
Samsung Galaxy S10 painting camera sample

Let’s return the focus to colors for a moment. Again the P30 Pro is subtly warmer than the other two. I quite like the look, but it’s not entirely accurate. The Pixel 3 ramps up the colors, particularly the yellows, and darkens the blacks a little too far. It pops, but isn’t very accurate. The Galaxy S10 again clocks in the more balanced color presentation.

As expected, all three of these cameras produce excellent pictures in good lighting.

This last general comparison shows off the wide-angle lenses on the Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10. The Pixel 3 lacks this shooting option. The S10 has a wider lens to fit more in the scene and again its colors pop more than the P30. However, the P30 boosts the highlights to produce a more textured look on the grass and trees. Both are pretty good but suffer from a lack of detail and blurring at the edges of the lens.

Samsung Galaxy S10 wide angle Huawei P30 Pro wide angle Samsung Galaxy S10 wide angle

Huawei P30 Pro wide angle

Generally speaking, the Huawei P30 Pro produces a warmer white balance and more subdued colors. The handset also prefers a slightly brighter exposure than its rivals. The Pixel 3 is almost the opposite, often producing darker looking pictures with a lot more color saturation. The Samsung Galaxy S10 is somewhere in between, although occasionally boosts colors even more than the Pixel 3.

All three are clearly very capable shooters, but there are key differences between their main sensors and image processing algorithms.

High Dynamic Range

High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography is a helpful tool for balancing exposure in tough shooting environments. These often include scenes with a bright light source behind the subject or low light scenes with a single light source. Good HDR improves over and underexposure when compared to regular photographs.

This shot below might not look tricky because all the results are surprisingly good. But without HDR on, the foreground cactus looks completely black or the window becomes blown out.

Huawei P30 Pro cactus HDR camera sample
Google Pixel 3 cactus HDR camera sample
Samsung Galaxy S10 cactus HDR sample photo

The Huawei P30 Pro provides a good all-round HDR look. The background overexposure is kept to a minimum, while the foreground is lit up enough to ensure that all the small details are discernable. Galaxy S10 is even better in this regard, further reducing the overexposure in the clouds while maintaining foreground balance.

The Pixel 3 is a little different. The background is more overexposed than its competitors and the foreground a little darker. However, the phone has done a better job than the other two at enhancing the details and lighting between the cactus spines and the body. The color of the plant pot is also more pronounced. Perhaps the best way to describe this is that the Pixel 3’s HDR is more subject-focused, while the other two are frame focused. Unfortunately, the Pixel 3 takes longer to snap HDR shots than its rivals.

Low-light performance

Low-light performance and HDR often go hand in hand, as is the case when shooting in low light with the Google Pixel 3. The phone takes a few seconds to gather multiple exposures and stitch them together for a brighter, less noisy picture. Although as you can see in the example below, the result is still rather noisy, a little dark, and color saturation is dialed up a notch too far.

Huawei P30 Pro low light camera sample
Google Pixel 3 low light camera sample
Samsung Galaxy S10 low light camera sample

The Samsung Galaxy S10 produces a similarly passable result, but there are clear issues. The image is still a little noisy, the phone struggles to focus in the dark, and the colors are a little washed out. The obvious winner in this example is the Huawei P30 Pro. The enhanced low-light capabilities of its new SuperSpectrum sensor produces results that are low in noise and offer well-balanced colors and dynamic range. The focus is also spot-on, likely thanks to the time-of-flight sensor.

In this next example, we turn the lights off and switch to the phones’ various Night Mode options. Put bluntly, the Samsung Galaxy S10’s night mode is not in the same league as the technology offered by Huawei and Google. It’s overly noisy and focusing took too many retries to count. Samsung’s implementation is fine in better lighting conditions, but it can’t handle ultra-dark environments as well as its competitors.

The Galaxy S10’s low light capabilities fall well short of other flagships.

Huawei P30 Pro Night Mode camera sample
Google Pixel 3 Night Mode camera sample
Samsung Galaxy S10 Night Mode camera sample

The Google Pixel 3 does a phenomenal job by comparison, capturing plenty of detail and color. If there’s one drawback it’s that the result is still too dark and noisy in the shadows. Furthermore, the white balance is a bit too cool.

There isn’t a huge amount of difference between toggling Night mode on and off with the P30 Pro, that’s just how good the new sensor is in ultra-low light. Although using it captures a bit more light and reduces the red tint to the color balance. Huawei’s Night mode captures even more light than Google’s, resulting in very low noise. However, detail capture isn’t perfect and the image is a tad little too yellow. You can fix this in post-processing for a great result, but it’s a shame Huawei can’t get this right out of the box.

Zooming in

With a 5x telescopic lens dedicated to zooming, the specs heavily suggest that the Huawei P30 Pro is going to come out on top in any zoom test. However, the Samsung Galaxy S10 offers a 2x telephoto lens and Google touts its own Super Res Zoom technology too. So let’s find out just what level of decent zoom quality is achievable on each handset.

Our first example is a picture of text in a book taken in so-so lighting conditions. At 2x, the Huawei P30 Pro’s Hybrid Zoom technology makes out the text well enough but produces a somewhat soft result. By contrast, the Pixel 3’s zoom algorithm dials up the sharpening filter, which introduces artifacts in the book edge. The text is legible, but the image isn’t pretty. The Samsung Galaxy S10 provides by far the greatest clarity and sharpness at 2x. There’s a little bit of noise in the darker areas, but it’s hands-down the winner.

Huawei P30 Pro 2x zoom crop camera sample
Google Pixel 3 2x zoom crop camera sample
Samsung Galaxy S10 book 2x crop sample photo Huawei P30 Pro 3x crop sample photo
Google Pixel 3 3x crop sample photo
Samsung Galaxy S10 shed 3x crop sample photo

The Pixel 3 begins to deteriorate at a 3x zoom. White balance has shifted well into the reds in the above example and the denoise and sharpening algorithms produce a muddy painted look. Overall, detail capture is very poor even in great light. The Galaxy S10 and P30 Pro are vastly superior and a tough to tell apart. The P30 Pro pulls slightly ahead on texture detail, as seen in the wood around the window and the branches on the roof. This is due to the phone pulling data from its 5x zoom camera and stitching that together with the main sensor’s Hybrid Zoom.

Huawei P30 Pro 5x zoom crop camera sample
Google Pixel 3 5x zoom crop camera sample
Samsung Galaxy S10 5x zoom crop camera sample

The Huawei P30 Pro pulls far ahead at 5x, where the periscope camera kicks in. Details, white balance, and exposure are all exceptional. The Galaxy S10 holds up OK at 5X, although we can clearly see blurring and lack of details at this long range. I don’t even think I need to mention the Google Pixel 3’s capabilities at 5x. They’re simply non-existent.

In summary, the Galaxy S10 is best when zooming to just 2x. Beyond 2x, the Huawei P30 Pro is the clear winner and it’s lead greatly increases as you up the zoom factor. I should also mention that the P30 Pro’s 40MP main camera produces better results than its 10MP zoom at 2x. It’s often worth shooting in this mode if you intend to crop in.

The Galaxy S10 offers a decent zoom, but Huawei’s 5x periscope camera takes the crown.

Bokeh blur (portrait mode)

Bokeh blur, or portrait mode, has become a staple of the smartphone photography experience. These three handsets offer unique ways to calculate the necessary depth map and edge information to add in software bokeh. The Huawei P30 Pro offers a dedicated time-of-flight (TOF) sensor that physically measures distance using infrared light. Meanwhile, Google relies on a combination of multiple-image, object/face detection, and sharpness to gather data from normal photos.

Huawei P30 Pro bokeh blur camera sample
Google Pixel 3 bokeh blur camera sample
Samsung Galaxy S10 bokeh blur camera sample

With solid objects, all three cameras do a pretty decent job at detecting edges. The quality of the blur is nice on all the handsets too. Although Google’s is perhaps overly strong and dramatic, with a very sharp cutoff between the foreground and background. This produces some harsh edges and a few errors along the wooden table edge and at the back of the skull.

The P30 Pro and Galaxy S10 do a better job at gradually blending in and out of focus, as we can see small amounts of bokeh creep in at the foreground edges. Their results are certainly more realistic. However, both do seem to encounter an error at the top of the skull.

Huawei P30 Pro glass bokeh camera sample
Google Pixel 3 glass bokeh camera sample
Samsung Galaxy S10 glass bokeh camera sample

Edge detection errors are more pronounced in this second shot due to the transparent glass. This type of issue persists with hair in portraits too. Note that the Huawei P30 Pro blurs the foreground on the upper left side of the bulb. Likewise, the Pixel 3 struggles near the top of the bulb and we can see sharp edges along the sides as well. The Galaxy S10 is excellent around the bulb but seems to have confused the background picture frame with the foreground. Sadly, all three cameras have clear detection issues, although you often have to pixel peep to find them.

Despite Google’s good level of detection, you can’t go back and change the focal point or adjust the amount of blur once you’ve hit the shutter. Both Huawei and Samsung allow for this, and also offer a range of additional effects. Huawei’s bokeh is the most pleasing to look at, as its strength realistically increases further into the background. The P30 Pro’s ToF sensor also detects edges much more consistently and at greater shooting distance than the Pixel 3 and Galaxy S10.

Backs of the Huawei P30 Pro, Google Pixel 3, and Samsung Galaxy S10

The verdict

Clearly, all three of these flagship smartphones are very capable shooters. I don’t have any major qualms about the image quality provided by any of these smartphones, although each still has its own distinct set of pros and cons.

The Google Pixel 3 aims for consistency and simplicity. Quickly point and shoot and you’re guaranteed a decent, if not always excellent picture virtually every time in nearly any shooting environment. There’s minimal messing about with settings and lens toggles, and if you need a small zoom, bokeh, or to shoot in low light, the Pixel 3 can handle it. The trade-off is a lack of flexibility compared to its multi-camera rivals.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is more capable in terms of zoom and wide-angle shots than the Pixel 3, yet still clearly offers a phone-optimized camera experience. The handset also has probably the best HDR implementation out of any phone I’ve used so far. Color saturation can sometimes be overdone, but this isn’t a bad thing if the picture’s destination is social media. The phone’s tradeoff is that the S10’s low light capabilities are notably behind the curve.

Pick the Pixel 3 for consistency, the P30 Pro for flexibility, or the S10 for something in between.

This leaves us with the Huawei P30 Pro – by far the most flexible shooter out of the three. It offers superior zoom, low light, wide-angle, bokeh, and even a high-resolution shooting option that we haven’t touched on here. Better still, the oversharpening and heavy post-processing from last year’s P20 Pro is a thing of the past. The only drawback is that its white balance regularly shifts too warm and it can tend towards overexposure in well-lit scenes. But this isn’t a problem if you plan to edit most of your pictures.

In summary, pick the Google Pixel 3 if you’re after a consistent, simple smartphone camera. The Galaxy S10 is excellent if you want a bit more flexibility without an overload of options. Finally, the Huawei P30 Pro is simply fantastic if you’re an adventurous photographer happy to line-up the perfect shot and make the odd crop or adjustment in post.

Huawei P30 Pro vs Mate 20 Pro: Is the better camera worth it?

The Huawei P30 Pro is the photography king of 2019 (so far). With four cameras and a massive arsenal of advanced features, it’s flashy enough to make you forget about Huawei’s other flagship, the six-month-old Mate 20 Pro.

Huawei P30 Pro review: A phone with superpowers

Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: The best phone for power users

The Mate 20 Pro has almost the same features as the P30 Pro, except for the super advanced camera. On paper, the newer phone should comfortably win, but the Mate 20 Pro could be the better choice for most people due to one simple reason: it’s cheaper.

Let’s begin our Huawei P30 Pro vs Mate 20 Pro comparison.

huawei p30 pro vs huawei mate 20 pro side by side twilight and aurora

The big picture

The Mate 20 Pro and P30 Pro are Huawei’s latest flagship phones. Released every fall, phones in the Mate series tend to offer the best performance and the latest technology from Huawei. Effectively, the Mate is Huawei’s answer to the Galaxy Note. The P series, meanwhile, is designed to counter the Galaxy S line, with one big twist — a strong focus on photography. Phones in the P series are typically built on the same platform as the previous year’s Mate.

Design

P30 Pro

  • 158 x 73.4 x 8.4mm
  • 192g

Mate 20 Pro

  • 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6mm
  • 189g

P series phones used to be smaller than Mates, but the trend towards larger screens has chipped away at the difference. This year, the P30 Pro eclipsed the size of the Mate 20 Pro, which itself is quite a handful. On a side note, if you can’t stand large phones the Huawei P30 may provide some relief, though you won’t get quite all the bells and whistles from the P30 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro.

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The P30 Pro is a millimeter wider than the Mate 20 Pro, and you can actually feel it. I find the Mate 20 Pro to be easier to hold and handle. Its top and bottom edges are pleasingly tapered. The P30 Pro’s bottom is much flatter, so it doesn’t sit as comfortably in the hand.

The Mate 20 Pro feels nicer in the hand, but the P30 Pro arguably looks nicer

Both phones feature notches, but they couldn’t be more different. The Mate 20 Pro’s notch is wide and packed with sensors. The P30 Pro goes the minimalist route and it’s an improvement, in my opinion. Visually, the small “water drop” notch is less intrusive and it doesn’t mess with the status bar as much. All your icons are in their “usual” place, which is not the case with the Mate 20 Pro’s cramped status bar.

huawei p30 pro vs huawei mate 20 pro side by side notch close up

The P30 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro both look like Galaxy phones a bit, thanks to their curved display edges, but there’s no mistaking them for any other phone if you look at the large, flashy camera modules on their backs.

The Mate 20 Pro feels nicer in the hand, but the P30 Pro arguably looks nicer thanks to its stunning color options. The most striking is the fiery-orange Sunrise, but I also really liked the Aurora model (pictured). The darker Twilight colorway on the Mate 20 Pro is still beautiful, but maybe not as fresh looking.    

One more note on usability: the power button and volume rocker are a little too close together on the Mate 20 Pro, resulting in accidental presses. Huawei has addressed this small problem on the P30 Pro.

Display

P30 Pro

  • 6.47-inch OLED
  • Full HD+ 2,340 x 1,080 pixels 

Mate 20 Pro

  • 6.39-inch OLED
  • Quad HD+ 3,120 x 1,440 pixels

The displays on the Huawei P30 Pro and Mate 20 Pro are about the same size, but the Mate features higher resolution. That’s according to the spec sheet; in real life, the Mate 20 Pro runs in Full HD+ by default in order to save battery life. That’s the same resolution as the P30 Pro, and you’ll have to look very closely to see a difference in sharpness between the two.

huawei p30 pro vs huawei mate 20 pro side by side notches

I did notice a difference in the two panels’ color balance. The Mate 20 Pro’s screen is ever so slightly warmer and more yellowish than the P30 Pro. You can tweak both phones’ displays to your liking from the display settings.

The in-display fingerprint sensor on the Mate 20 Pro is hit and miss. It works correctly about 70 percent of the time. On the P30 Pro, the sensor is placed lower on the screen, and it’s also slightly larger and faster. I found it to be more reliable, but it’s still not as solid as a standard reader. The Mate 20 Pro scores a point here thanks to its laser-based face unlock system. It’s faster and more reliable than the P30 Pro’s camera-based version. It’s also more secure – you can’t bypass it by showing it a photo of the owner, like you can with the P30 Pro.

Performance

P30 Pro

  • HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • octa-core: 2 x 2.6GHz, 2 x 1.92GHz, 4 x 1.8GHz
  • Mali-G76 GPU
  • 128/256/512GB of storage
  • 6GB/8GB RAM

Mate 20 Pro

  • HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • octa-core: 2 x 2.6GHz, 2 x 1.92GHz, 4 x 1.8GHz
  • Mali-G76 GPU
  • 128/256/512GB of storage
  • 6GB/8GB RAM

You won’t see any real-life difference in performance when comparing the Huawei P30 Pro vs the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. That’s not surprising: both phones feature the same processor and memory, and very similar software. Modern high-end devices rarely have any performance issues to speak of, anyway.

In benchmarks, the P30 Pro pulls ahead of the Mate 20 Pro, possibly due to its new filesystem, which is supposed to accelerate app loading times and data transfer speeds. In Gary’s Speed Test G for instance, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro completed the course in 2m:01s, compared to the P30 Pro’s 1m:45s. In AnTuTu, the Mate 20 Pro hits around 280,000 points, compared to 290,000 for the P30 Pro. Respectable performances, though not something to write home about.

Huawei P30 Pro screen (55 of 60)
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

Battery

P30 Pro

  • 4,200mAh
  • 40W fast charging
  • 15W fast wireless charging

Mate 20 Pro

  • 4,200mAh
  • 40W fast charging
  • 15W fast wireless charging

Battery life is excellent on both the Huawei P30 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro. With both, you’re getting 7 to 9 hours of screen-on time. In my experience, I had slightly better screen-on time on the P30 Pro, though you could chalk up the disparity to different usage patterns.

Battery life is excellent on both the Huawei P3o Pro and the Mate 20 Pro.

The two phones have identically-sized batteries and the same functionality. The highlight is, without doubt, the very fast charging. Using the bundled charger and cable, you can replenish the battery up to 70 percent in just 30 minutes. It’s truly impressive.

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Both phones have reverse wireless charging, which can be useful for emergency situations or when you need to charge up small gadgets like wireless earbuds or smartwatches. It works with any Qi-enabled device, but it’s very slow. Don’t rely on it for anything critical.

Camera

P30 Pro

  • 40MP f/1.6 standard
  • 20MP f/2.2 wide
  • 8MP  f/3.4 telephoto with 5X optical zoom
  • Time-of-Flight sensor

Mate 20 Pro

  • 40MP f/1.8 standard
  • 20MP f/2.2 wide
  • 8MP f/2.4 telephoto with 3X optical zoom

The P30 Pro is the camera phone of 2019, but don’t dismiss the Mate 20 Pro too quickly. It has many of the same features, and image quality is quite good.

Both the P30 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro come with a 40MP (pixel-binned) standard camera, a 20MP ultra-wide camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera. While the basics are the same, the P30 Pro pulls ahead thanks to better optical zoom and superior low-light performance.

huawei p30 pro vs huawei mate 20 pro side by side rear 2

Where the Mate 20 Pro is capable of 3X optical zoom, the P30 Pro goes up to 5X optical zoom (and up to 10X lossless zoom). The ability to really bring the subject close affords you a lot of creative freedom — not only can you capture more detail, you can also frame the subject in ways that are just not possible without optical zoom. The deep zoom is made possible by the P30 Pro’s use of a periscope-style design that rotates light towards a set of lenses hidden inside the body of the phone.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro 5X zoom Huawei P30 Pro 5X zoom Huawei Mate 20 Pro 5X zoom

Huawei P30 Pro 5X zoom

The P30 Pro is also the better phone if you take a lot of pictures in very low light. The phone has a very light-sensitive RYYB sensor (compared to the conventional RGGB sensor on the Mate 20 Pro), larger aperture, and better optics. Thanks to these features, the P30 Pro can almost see in the dark. You can get similar results using the Mate 20 Pro’s Night Mode. However, the P30 Pro delivers better pictures and is easier to use, as you don’t need to switch to the dedicated Night Mode to get good results.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Huawei P30 Pro Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei P30 Pro

Another key difference between the two cameras is in Portrait Mode. The P30 Pro features a Time-of-Flight sensor on its back, which lets it measure the distance to objects in the scene. This results in a more natural, progressive bokeh effect compared to the Mate 20 Pro. This applies to the cameras on the back – there’s no Time-of-Flight sensor on the front.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Huawei P30 Pro Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei P30 Pro

With either phone, you get some extremely versatile cameras that give you more ways to express your creativity than most any other phone out there. If you’re a “regular” user, both will serve you just fine, but if you really want the best camera, the P30 Pro is clearly the first option.

Huawei P30 Pro camera review: Next level optics, low-light king

Software

P30 Pro

  • EMUI 9.1
  • Android 9 Pie

Mate 20 Pro

  • EMUI 9
  • Android 9 Pie

Despite a change in version number from EMUI 9 to EMUI 9.1, the P30 Pro’s operating system is largely unchanged compared to the Mate 20 Pro. There are a couple of user-facing differences worth mentioning: the Always-on Display now shows notifications from third-party apps, not just calls and messages; and Google Assistant is now easier to access by pressing and holding the power button. Huawei also added a few integrations with third-party products on the P30 Pro, such as the ability to open and start your Audi with your phone (Audi sold separately).

Other than the small changes on the P30 Pro, EMUI is the same as always: feature-packed, customizable, and a bit unpolished.

The P30 Pro is the better phone all-around, by a small margin.

Specs

  Huawei P30 Pro Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Display 6.47-inch dual-curved OLED display
19.5:9 aspect ratio
2,340 x 1,080 resolution
398ppi
6.39-inch OLED display
19.5:9 aspect ratio
3,120 x 1,440 resolution
538ppi
Processor Kirin 980 Kirin 980
RAM 6GB/8GB 6GB/8GB
Storage 128GB / 256GB / 512GB
Nano Memory Card expansion
128GB / 256GB / 512GB
Nano Memory Card expansion
Battery 4,200mAh
40W Supercharge
15W wireless charge
Reverse wireless charging
4,200mAh
40W Supercharge
15W wireless charge
Reverse wireless charging
Cameras Rear:
40MP 27mm f/1.6 (RYB sensor)
20MP 16mm f/2.2 Ultrawide
8MP 5x optical periscope prism 125mm f/3.4
Huawei TOF (time of flight) camera

Front:
32MP f/2.0

Rear:
40MP 27mm f/1.8 (RGB sensor)
20MP 16mm f/2.2
8MP 3x optical 80mm f/2.4

Front:
24MP f/2.0

IP Rating IP68 IP68
Audio No headphone jack No headphone jack
Security In-display fingerprint In-display fingerprint
Software EMUI 9.1, based on Android 9 Pie EMUI 9, based on Android 9 Pie

Value for the money

Unsurprisingly, the newer phone comes out on top in this comparison of the Huawei P30 Pro vs the Mate 20 Pro. That said, the Mate 20 Pro plays catch-up when the price tag comes into discussion.

At the time of publication, the P30 Pro is available on Amazon for 899 pounds (~$1170). The phone is still brand new, so we don’t expect this price to go down by much in the next couple of months.

Meanwhile, the Mate 20 Pro costs 715 pounds (~$930) on Amazon. That’s 185 pounds (~$240) lower, which is enough spare change to accessorize your Mate 20 Pro with several nice cases or maybe to buy a Huawei Watch GT or a pair of wireless earbuds.

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Huawei P30 Pro vs Mate 20 Pro: Our verdict

The Huawei P30 Pro and Mate 20 Pro are premium flagship phones that are packed with the latest mobile technologies. They rival the best products from Apple, Google, and Samsung.

The P30 Pro is the better phone all-around by a small margin. Get it if you want the best smartphone camera, or simply want the latest and greatest in mobile technology. The Mate 20 Pro is a step behind when it comes to the camera, but it’s arguably a better deal thanks to its lower price. Your call. 

And that’s a wrap! Which phone would you pick between Huawei P30 Pro vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro?

We asked, you told us: Most prefer the Galaxy S10 Plus over the Huawei P30 Pro

Huawei P30 back glare vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (5 of 60)

Huawei officially announced the P30 Pro this week, introducing the Galaxy S10 Plus’ first real competition of 2019. Both handsets feature top-of-the-line specs, impressive camera performance, and a premium price tag.

With this in mind, we decided to ask you if you’d rather pick up Samsung’s latest and greatest or Huawei’s. Here is what you had to say.

Huawei P30 Pro or Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus?

Results

It was a pretty cut and dry poll across the site, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. With over 50,000 votes, 60 percent of the voters would rather own and use the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus over the Huawei P30 Pro.

According to the comment section, most people valued Samsung’s overall performance. While a lot of voters agreed that Huawei’s camera setup would likely outperform Samsung’s, the Galaxy line has a reputation of being a lot more reliable than the P series.

Editor’s Pick

Additionally, it appears as though most who shared their opinion are liking Samsung’s new One UI. Compared to Huawei’s EMUI, One UI is fresh, fast, doesn’t limit an app’s background performance, and is made for larger phones.

Noteworthy comments

Here are some of the best comments from last week’s poll explaining why they voted the way that they did:

  • S10 Plus. All of the features that most people would want are right there and they made the Samsung experience even better.
  • how about ‘NOTCH interested’?! (in case you didn’t get it, neither of those)
  • Neither. Phones are getting so monotonous. It’s the same thing in every phone these days
  • Everything aside, EMUI sux
  • Only thing good is the camera. Everything else, S10+ is much much better.
  • Samsung all the way. Not touching Huawei, don’t trust them.
  • The S10+ is a much better phone overall. (Build quality, components quality, the display, headphone jack, features, etc.) The camera alone isn’t enough to make that Huawei phone as good as the Galaxy.
  • Huawei does have the best cameras, but Samsung has better UI, UX, better screen, Dex and it’s own VR superpowers.

That’s it for this week, everyone. As always, thanks for voting, thanks for the comments, and don’t forget to let us know what you thought of the results below.