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Huawei P20 Pro vs Galaxy Note 8 vs Apple iPhone X: How are they different?

28 March 2018 5

The Chinese giant Huawei took a separate stage yesterday to announce their latest flagships offering P20 and P20 Pro. Last year Huawei took the MWC stage to showcase their flagship P10 series. One of the reasons behind holding a separate event is to steal more limelight which wasn't possible when Samsung also announce their flagship Galaxy S-series on the same event. However, after a long wait of rumors and leak, the company finally announced their latest flagships.

Both the P20 and P20 Pro are solid flagships to compete well against other top-tier smartphones of 2018. Being the latest flagships the P20 series will have to compete against other top-tier options in the market. We recently compared the P20 against the P20 Pro to know in detail the key differences between the two devices. Now we will put the Huawei's P20 Pro in a head to head competition with the Samsung's finest Galaxy Note 8 and Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone X.

All three devices fall into the same category of flagships and certainly will challenge each other in the market. If someone is planning to grab the P20 Pro smartphone they surely will consider Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X as well. We are hopeful this comparison will certainly help you better understanding which smartphone is better in what aspects.

74.8 x 162.5 x 8.6 mm
6.3 inches - 2960x1440 px
70.9 x 143.6 x 7.7 mm
5.8 inches - 2436x1125 px
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The good thing is following the latest trend all three devices features same material for designing. All three devices chassis is made up of aluminum with glass covering the rear side. However, the feel is different due to finish. The Huawei P20 Pro seems like much inspired from the iPhone X that's why it features a full front-facing display with a notch design. On the rear side, the P20 pro features three cameras placed vertically on the top left corner.

The Galaxy Note 8 is also a metal-clad design with gently curved edges. It features trimmed bezels on top and bottom. The rear side of Galaxy Note 8 is adorned with dual rear cameras placed horizontally. Last but the least the iPhone X is the Apple's first bezel-less phone with ultra-thin bezels, it comes with a notch on the front. The iPhone X comes with dual rear snapper on the top left corner which is slightly protruding.

The fingerprint scanner on P20 Pro is on the front below the display panel whereas the Galaxy Note 8 fingerprint scanner is placed on the rear side right next to camera modules, it isn't convenient position at all that's why you may accidentally smudge your camera sensors instead of a fingerprint scanner. Apart from the fingerprint scanner, the device features facial and iris scanner as well. The iPhone X lacks fingerprint scanner instead it comes with facial recognition AKA Face ID.

In terms of water and dust resistance, the P20 Pro and iPhone X are IP67 certified which means they can bear up to 1.0 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage whereas the Galaxy Note 8 is IP68 certified which mean it can resist even half meter more. The P20 Pro and iPhone X lack the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack whereas Galaxy Note 8 has 3.5mm headphone jack. For connectivity, all three devices have USB Type-C ports.


Huawei adopted the OLED display panel with the Mate 10 Pro and the good thing has they used it for the P20 Pro as well. The OLED display panel of P20 Pro is 6.1-inches with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2244 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 18.7:9. The reason behind awkward aspect ratio is the notch design.

The Galaxy Note 8 is largest amongst all with a 6.3-inches display panel. Like all latest Samsung flagships, it features a Super AMOLED panel with dual curved edges. The display aspect ratio is 18.5:9 and the screen resolution is 1440 x 2960 pixels. The Apple iPhone X isn't the largest phone despite having full front-facing design and small notch. It is very compact smartphone with a display panel of 5.8-inches. The iPhone X display aspect ratio is 19:9 and the screen resolution is 1125 x 2436 pixels.

The good thing is the display panel on all three devices is OLED which means the colors contrast ratio and deep black are equally good on all the panels. Unless you prefer Quad HD+ dual curved screen resolution of Galaxy Note 8 all the devices are pretty superb in the display department.


In the hardware department, all three devices have different setup under the hood but one thing is common in all is that all devices were featuring the best hardware available on the market. The P20 Pro is running on the company's own Octa-core Kirin 970 SoC with 6GB RAM and built-in native storage is 128GB. Its active storage isn't further expandable via MicroSD.

The Galaxy Note 8 isn't the latest Samsung's smartphone instead it was the second flagship smartphone of last year that's why it is running on the slightly older Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835/ Exynos 8895 SoC with 6GB RAM. The device native storage is 64GB which is further expandable using a MicroSD card.

The Cupertino giant's iPhone X was also announced last year. It is powered up by the A11 Bionic chipset with 3GB RAM. Its native storage is 64GB but there is a top of the line variant with 256GB storage. Unfortunately, the device native storage can't be further expanded using MicroSD card.

In terms of sheer power the iPhone X is on top because of its software and hardware optimization, it works ultra fast without requiring more RAM like Android flagships. The P20 Pro performs better than Galaxy Note 8 on benchmark test thanks to the powerful Kirin 970 SoC with the built-in neural processing unit. Overall all the devices are powerhouses and you won't find them lagging behind in any scenario

Specs Huawei P20 Pro Galaxy Note 8 iPhone X
Display 6.1-inches 6.3-inches 5.8-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2244 pixels 1440 x 2960 pixels 1125 x 2436 pixel
Chipset Kirin 970 Snapdragon 835/ Exynos 8895 A11 Bionic
Storage 128GB Non-Expandable 64GB Expandable via MicroSD 64/256GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameras 12+40MP+8MP Dual 12MP Dual 12MP
Front camera 24MP 8MP 7MP
Battery 4,000mAh 3,300mAh 2,716mAh
USB Type-C Type-C Type-C
OS Android Oreo 8.1 Android Oreo 8.0 iOS 11
IP-ratings IP67 IP68 IP67
3.5mm headphone jack NO YES NO


The Huawei P20 Pro has the advantage of being the latest smartphone that's why it is pre-installed with EMUI 8.1 based on Android Oreo 8.1 with a number of new AI features. It is amongst those few smartphones which are currently on the latest version of Android OS. The Galaxy Note 8 comes with a Stylus S Pen which means it has few software tweaks related to S Pen. As OS it was pre-installed with Android Nougat 7.1, later on, which is recently updated to Android Oreo in most of the regions. The iPhone X was pre-installed with iOS 11. It comes with a number of gestures support as it is the first iPhone without home button so its UI is different from the other iPhones with the home button. All three devices have different UI experience, now it is your preference which UI attracts you most.


The P20 Pro is one of its kind smartphones with three Leica certified camera setup on the rear side. It is the first Huawei flagship with triple camera sensors. The P20 Pro primary snapper is 12MP RGB module with f/1.8 aperture, the secondary sensor is a 20MP monochrome sensor with f/1.6 aperture and the last separate module is an 8MP telephoto lens which provides hybrid zoom up to 5X. This means the Huawei flagship will not only provide monochrome shots but also allows the user to get the full benefit of telephoto sensor zoom capabilities as well.

The Galaxy Note 8 is also adorned with dual snappers on the rear, the primary sensor is a wide-angle 12MP module with f/1.7 aperture. The secondary sensor is a 12MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture and 2x optical zoom. Both the sensors have optical image stabilization. The iPhone X is also featuring dual 12MP snappers on the rear side, the OIS is for the primary camera only. All three devices support 4K video recording at 60fps. However, the P20 Pro also supports slow-motion video of 720p at 960 frames per second.

The front-facing selfie camera on the P20 Pro is 24MP AI camera with built-in AI features to further beautify your selfies. The Galaxy Note 8 features an 8MP selfie snapper on the front with f/1.7 aperture. Last but not the least iPhone X has a true-depth 7MP sensor. Although the camera setup of all three devices is pretty good the P20 Pro features the best camera setup amongst all due to its dual capability of doing telephoto zoom and capturing monochrome shots. No matter which smartphone you opt all the devices capture pretty great shots in almost all scenarios.

The battery cell on the P20 Pro is pretty awesome as it is a 4,000mAh cell which comes with capacity more than most of the flagships in the market. There are pretty few smartphones on the market with such gigantic battery cell. The P20 Pro easily last more than one day even on heavy usage. It comes with Huawei Super Charge tech to charge the device pretty quickly, it lacks wireless charging support.

The Galaxy Note 8 lights are kept on by a 3,300mAh battery which is a shame considering it features the largest display amongst all with Quad HD+ screen resolution. The device last one day on normal to heavy usage. It supports fast as well as wireless charging. The Apple iPhone X comes with a 2,716mAH battery cell which is also not a deal breaker at all. It supports fast and wireless charging but you will have purchase fast charger and also the Qi wireless charging pad because the iPhone X is shipped with a standard charger.


The Huawei P20 has few advantages over the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X due to being the latest flagship smartphone. The P20 Pro features a stylish design, fairly large OLED display panel, top-tier hardware, best-in camera sensors, latest OS and superb battery life. However all these goodies don't come at a cheap price, you will have to pay above $900 to grab this device.

The Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is currently the company's most premium phablet with a price tag above $900. It's a powerful device with striking design, display, solid hardware, dual rear camera setup with OIS, average battery. The device is currently widely available in almost all regions. Last but not the least, the iPhone X is the current special flagship from iPhone which they announced on the 10th anniversary of iPhones. The devices are a brand new design from Apple with the best possible hardware, if you don't have an issue with iOS, the iPhone X is certainly the best flagship smartphone available in the market.

Feel free to share your views regarding the Huawei P20 Pro vs Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone X in the comments section below, Stay tuned for more comparisons and previews.

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