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Huawei P20 Pro Vs Galaxy S9+ Comparison Review

Friday, 4 May 2018 12:14:07 Asia/Singapore

Samsung & Huawei are amongst the top 3 Mobile Phone Manufacturers on a global scale and perhaps the most innovative in the spectrum. With a wide variety of product offering across all tiers and price points, they have established dominance in Upper Midrange and Flagship smartphone segment. Both the Tech Giants possess commendable technological prowess, backed by a strong R&D team and a whole lot of loyal consumer base. It would be an understatement to say that they are the driving force in the evolution of smartphones as we have come to know it. With top of line specs, features and cameras both Galaxy S9+ and P20 Plus are the latest flagships from Samsung & Huawei respectively and undoubtedly the most powerful and class-leading smartphones in 2018 as of now. Though both of them possess similarities in design principles, what differentiates them is their perspective and versatile approach to the iteration of Android.

Design – If looks could kill

With gorgeous looking all-glass design, both the phones are an amalgamation of Beauty and Substance. The Lilac Purple S9+ and Twilight Colour P20 Pro, in my opinion, are the most beautiful colours ever on smartphones, it’s a celebration of colour, shimmer and glitters. Samsung has carried forward their design legacy with the curved edge to edge screen, featuring a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED QHD display which they proudly call it infinity display. It now has even thinner bezels and improved colour contrast and brightness compared to its predecessor. While aesthetically it has rectified a much-criticized positioning and placement of rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, which now has been placed conveniently just below the camera with appropriate depth and bifurcation. Also, it’s the very first in S series to sport a horizontal dual camera setup.

Huawei, on the other hand, has significantly upgraded design compared to its predecessors. By adopting the all-glass design with 2:1 screen aspect ratio, wherein it features a 6-inch AMOLED FHD display which they refer to as Huawei FullView display. While the upper portion of the screen has minimum bezel, the lower portion has a small chin which houses the front mounted fingerprint sensor. Also, present is the Notch! (though Essential Phone an Android Phone, was the first to implement it, the notch implementation by Apple is somehow more glorified here, maybe since the whole design concept is more reminiscent of the notch onf iPhone X) However, you can cover it up entire simply by activating a black bar. Also, the notch is smaller and doesn’t really interfere with any of the essential notifications or information on the display.

Key Specs & Differences: I got the Power!!

 

GALAXY S9+

HUAWEI P20 PRO

Display

6.2-inch Super AMOLED QHD 

Aspect Ratio 18.5:9

6.01-inch AMOLED FHD Aspect Ratio 18.7:9

Rear Camera

Dual: 12 MP f/1.5-2.4 Dual Pixel PDAF + 12MP f/2.4AF, OIS, PDAF 2x optical zoom, LED

3 Camera Setup: 40MP f/1.8 RGB sensor + 20MP f/1.6 monochrome sensor + 8MP f/2.4 telephoto with PDAF, OIS & AI Integration

 

Front Camera

8 MP f/1.7 Autofocus & HRD

24 MP f/2.0 Autofocus

CPU

Exynos 9810

Kirin 970

Storage

64GB & 256GB Expandable by upto 400GB

128GB not expandable.

RAM

6GB

6GB

Battery

3500mAh

4000mAh

3.5mm Headphone Jack

Yes

No

Security

Iris scanner, Fingerprint (Rear-Mounted) Knox, Face Recognition.

Fingerprint (Front-Mounted) Face recognition

 

Bonus Features

AR Emoji, Bixby, Wireless Charging, IP68 Certified, Stereo Speakers with Dolby ATMOS

Stereo Speakers, IP67 certified

UI

Samsung Experience 9.0 (Android Oreo 8.0)

EMUI 8.1 (Android Oreo 8.1)

 

 

As you would observe from the table above, there are quite a few differentiating factors amongst the two. The S9+ builds upon its successful and strong foundation of traditional approach towards fundamental design and aesthetic aspects such as, IP68 rating, wireless charging, support for MicroSD card and retaining the 3.5mm headphone jack. The ever-gorgeous display, an addition of Stereo Speakers with Dolby ATMOS and a model with 256GB base internal storage makes it all the more desirable. Huawei, however, seems to incline towards the Apple approach - simply remove essential features and call it innovation, case in point non-expandable memory and absence of 3.5mm audio jack. Though features such as IP67 rating is a first on P-series, 4000mAh battery largest ever on a P-series and of course the revolutionary 3 Camera setup again the very first ever on a smartphone makes it a compelling offering.

Cameras –Lenses everywhere - slow motion in action!

Camera performance is a significant factor to consider in a flagship phone today. And the cameras on these phones can outperform a few DSLR’s. Samsung S9+ features its very first dual camera setup on the S-series, and the highlight is Dual Aperture lens. The primary 12MP camera features a f/1.5-f/2.4 Dal pixel lens, depending on the lighting conditions it automatically switches between the two. Needless to say, the quality of pictures is excellent! There are various shooting modes and since its IP68 rated you can shoot underwater as well. While the front-facing 8MP camera takes sharp and beautiful looking selfies it also functions as a Face ID. The AI integration provides a neat feature called AR Emoji wherein when you snap a selfie and it creates an animated self of you while also automatically creating 18 stickers with different emotions which you could share on social media. You can also shoot in Super Slow motion in 720p @ 960fps. Unlike other cameras, Slow Mo is auto-triggered when movement is detected. It was rated a high score of 99 by DxOMark until Huawei P20 Pro toppled it by a large margin!

Huawei P20 Pro is the very first smartphone in the industry to feature a 3 Camera set: it’s a combination of a Main: 40MP f/1.8 RGB sensor + 20MP f/1.6 monochrome sensor + 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens With Leica optic and up to 3x optical and 5x digital zoom, it’s a phenomenal camera. Hence highest ever rating of 109 by DxOMark, outranking the best of competition by 10 points. And the picture quality is as per the ranking as well, under every lighting condition, even in low light, and when you zoom in on a subject this camera outshines every other camera. Deep AI Integration automatically detects scenes, objects, subjects and environmental conditions and aligns the camera to take a perfect snap. The front-facing the 24MP f/2.4 camera with autofocus also functions as a face recognition unlock and is competitively faster than the one on S9+.

Software & Performance – Catch me if you can!

Both the flagships are powered by their in-house chipsets – Samsung Exynos 9810 and Huawei’s Kirin 970 respectively. As with the current trend, these Octa-Core CPU’s are manufactured with 2nd generation 10nm technology, with deep AI integration, Neural Engine, and advanced machine learning skills. Combined with 6GB of RAM the performance is buttery smooth, be it multi-tasking, high-intensity graphical games. In summary, they are more powerful that few computers and laptops.

In terms of software and features Huawei’s EMUI and Samsung Experience 9.0 are by far the most feature packed, customization rich offering. There is more than any other android devices which is simply amazing. New adopters or users might feel a bit overwhelmed with the same but for the ones within the camp, it has gotten better. Especially since its built on the Android 8.0 platform. Task management, resource management, power management etc. has never been better. Resulting in seamless performance user experience.

With a Larger 4000mAh Battery, the flagship from Huawei outperforms the S9 Plus Singapore, if not almost every other flagship in its class. Even with heavy usage, it will last you over a day. The Samsung’s flagship is no slouch either with a 3500mAh its amongst the largest amongst the Samsung line of flagships. It will last you comfortable day. While both of them are capable of fast charging, the former betters the latter by a margin with proprietary Super Charging, while the presence of Wireless Charging is an additional novelty and comfort. Especially since some cafes and shops have installed wireless Charging pads, so you can top up your phone while you sip coffee!

Takeaway

Smartphone has never been so powerful, and feature so has been the smartphone cameras. In every aspect these devices represent what future generation superphones will have to offer, they have already broken the barriers to performance in every sense. You won’t regret about getting either one of these. If you prefer the screen with curved edges and prefer a 3.5mm audio jack and design which in every sense represents Samsung’s Panache, then there’s no better phone out there, unlike the S9+. However, if you are up for a phone which resembles the iPhone X even to the Notch but is more powerful of all, then go for the Huawei P20 Pro Singapore.

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Nitin Kamath