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Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Battle to rule the phablet market

18 October 2018 7

After a long streak of rumors and leaks the Chinese giant Huawei finally wraps off the cover from the much-awaited flagship Mate 20 series. Huawei surprised everyone this year by introducing four variants of Mate 20 on Oct 16th event. Apart from standard Mate 20, Mate 20 and Porsche edition Mate 20, the company introduced a gaming-centric model Mate 20X with Stylus on board and specially optimized for the top-notch gaming experience.

All the rumors and leaks indicate the Mate 20 Pro will be the new beast from Huawei and indeed all the leaks were accurate. The Mate 20 Pro is running on the 7nm Kirin 980 SoC which makes it one of its kind phone in the market, the new triple camera setup seems quite capable, gigantic battery, stylish design, and display make it one of the most luring options for buyers who are looking for a flagship phablet.

Being the latest phablet in the market, the Mate 20 Pro will have to compete against the best phablets in the market. The Galaxy Note 9 is the latest best flagship phablet from Samsung and undoubtedly one of the best option currently available in the market. The Mate 20 Pro will have to face stiff competition from the Samsung's latest Galaxy Note 9.

Both the phones are bringing attractive glass-clad design, top of the line hardware and dual curved display to fascinate buyers. So if you are looking for a new phablet phone you certainly will consider these two before making any purchase. Today we will check out how the latest Mate 20 Pro stacks up against the Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 to know how well the latest Huawei flagships stacks up against the Samsung's latest Note. We are hopeful this comparison will help you better decide which smartphone is better in what aspects. Without any further delay, let's find out how two mighty flagships confront each other. Starting with the design differences.

76.4 x 161.9 x 8.8 mm
6.4 inches - 2960x1440 px
72.3 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm
6.39 inches - 3120x1440 px
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Design

The Mate 20 Pro is the Huawei's first flagship phone with a dual curved display. The frame is made up of metal with all glass rear. On the front, you will find a cutout for the notch at the top of the display and thin bezel at the bottom. The Galaxy Note 9 retains the design which Samsung introduced last year with the Galaxy Note 8. It has a metal chassis with a glass covering the rear side. The Note 9 has thin bezels layer on the top and bottom of the display.

Despite having glass rear the finish is different on both the devices. The Galaxy Note 9 has dual sensors on the rear placed horizontally in the center with LED flashlight. On the other hand, the Mate 20 Pro comes with a square box featuring triple cameras and LED flashlight. The fingerprint scanner on the Note 9 is below the cameras whereas the Mate 20 Pro has the latest in-glass fingerprint scanner.

In terms of dimensions the Galaxy Note 9 measures at 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm and weighs 201g whereas the Mate 20 Pro is significantly smaller at 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6mm and weighs 189g. The Mate 20 Pro is more easy to hold thanks to its curvy design.

Both the devices are available in a number of striking color options, the Note 9 can be purchased in Midnight Black, Lavender Purple, Metallic Copper and Ocean Blue colors whereas the Mate 20 Pro will be available in Pink Gold, Midnight Blue, Emerald Green, and Twilight and Black Shades. The twilight variant of Mate 20 Pro is pretty much same like the P20 Pro which changes shades at different angles.

Display

The Mate 20 Pro features a 6.39-inches OLED display, its a curved display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19.5:9 and support HDR. The Galaxy Note 9 sports a Super AMOLED 6.4-inches display panel with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. Its aspect ratio is 18.5:9 and also support HDR.

The display tech on both the devices is same but the Mate 20 Pro has a slightly smaller panel and also its pixels density is higher. On paper, both the devices have one of the best displays in the market. The Galaxy Note 9's display is regarded as the best-in-class in the market.

Hardware

Being the latest flagship phones both the Mate 20 Pro and Galaxy Note 9 is packed with the latest best hardware. The Mate 20 Pro is the company's first flagship phone with the latest Kirin 980 chipset. Its an Octa-core SoC built on the 7nm process. At the moment the Kirin 980 is the first 7nm SoC powering the Android flagship phone. The key highlight of this chipset is its dual neural processing unit. Huawei claims the Kirin 980 is the fastest chipset in the Android market, however it still lags behind Apple's latest A12 Bionic SoC.

On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 9 is running on the Exynos 9810 SoC/Snapdragon 845 chipset. The US variant has the Snapdragon chipset whereas the global variant has Samsung's own Exynos 9810 chipset. Both the chipsets successor are due in the first half of next year that's why you can't expect it to be as fast and efficient as the latest Kirin chipset. The company claims even after 18 months of usage the device performance will age only 5% whereas the Galaxy Note 9's performance will be affected around 30% in the same period.

The Mate 20 Pro and Galaxy Note 9 both have 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The top of the line variant of Note 9 has 8GB RAM and 512GB storage. Both the devices support memory expansion. The Mate 20 Pro is further expandable up to 256GB using nanoSD card whereas the Note 9's storage is further expandable up to 512GB.

Specs Mate 20 Pro Galaxy Note 9
Display 6.4-inches 6.39-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 3120 pixels 1440 x 2960 pixels
Chipset Kirin 980 Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810
RAM 6GB 6,8GB
Storage 128GB Expandable via NMcard 128, 512GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras 40+20+8MP Dua 12MP
Front camera 24MP 8MP
USB Type-C Type-C
Battery 4,200mAh 4,000mAh
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
OS Android Pie Android Oreo 8.1

Cameras

Despite the fact, both the devices are bringing excellent cameras department but the Mate 20 Pro comes with more options thanks to the ultra-wide sensor. The Mate 20 Pro's triple rear sensors are enclosed in a square box. The primary rear snapper is wide-angle 40MP with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is an ultra-wide 20MP sensor so that you can capture amazing wide-angle landscape shots. The third sensor is an 8MP telephoto module with optical image stabilization and optical zoom up to 3X.

The Galaxy Note 9 has dual sensors on the rear the primary sensor is 12MP module with the variable aperture between f/1.5 to f/2.4. whereas the secondary sensor is a telephoto module with optical zoom up to 2x and f/2.4 aperture. The P20 Pro was the Huawei's first flagship with triple rear cameras and it outclasses everyone this year with its AI prowess.

The new chipset is capable to recognize more than 1500 objects, places, and scenes and optimizes the camera settings accordingly. Huawei also uses the AI for real-time motion tracking. The Mate 20 is pre-loaded with cinematic format 21:9.

Software


The EMUI 8 was the major overhaul to Huawei's custom UI, it was a big jump from EMUI 5.1 to 8 with the Android Oreo. With the latest Mate 20 Pro, Huawei introduces the latest EMUI 9 based on the Android Pie. On the other hand, Note 9 is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.1 with Samsung's Experience UI layer over it. Unfortunately, Samsung yet to release the latest Android Pie for their premium phones.

At the moment the Mate 20 Pro has an upper hand due to the latest flavor of Android. You can enjoy the new gesture navigation UI, a new dark mode to conserve battery juice, new layout for menu and apps. Samsung will also eventually roll out an update with all Android Pie goodies but the exact roll out time is still in dark.

Biometrics

Apart from the new in-glass fingerprint scanner, the Mate 20 Pro comes with 3D Facial recognition pretty much same like the Apple's facial recognition. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 9 has a rear fingerprint scanner, iris, and facial recognition.

The 3D facial on the Mate 20 Pro works quite efficiently on the Mate 20 Pro. The in-glass isn't as fast as the traditional scanner. So if you prefer the fingerprint scanner the Note 9 is better whereas the Mate 20 Pro's 3D facial recognition is more efficient.

Battery

The Mate 20 Pro is packed with a gigantic battery of 4,200mAh. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 9 has a 4,000mAh battery. Both have enough juice to last one day on a single charge. Huawei is quite confident regarding the battery life of Mate 20 Pro that's why the device also acts as a wireless charger as well.

For instance, if your second device is running out of battery and it supports wireless charging, all you need to put both devices back side by side so that Mate 20 Pro can charge it wirelessly. It's something which isn't available on any other phone in the market.

In terms of fast charging the Mate 20 Pro comes with the fastest charging setup of 40W, it charges the device up to 70% in just 30 minutes. The new 40W SuperCharge is way faster than Samsung's Adaptive fast 25W charging. Thanks to glass rear both the devices have wireless charging support, the Mate 20 Pro supports 15W wireless charging whereas the Note 9 sticks to 10 watts.

Price


With each new iteration of phones, the prices are increasing insanely. Last year Apple was the first OEM to touch $999, this year many Samsung and many other companies touched this mark. The Note 9 base model is announced at $1000. Surprisingly the Mate 20 Pro is even costlier than the Note 9. For the European region, the device will be available at €1049.

The Note 9 is widely available for purchase whereas the Mate 20 Pro is currently released for Europe. Surprisingly for the first time, Huawei's latest flagship is announced even at higher pricing than Samsung's, this shows the Huawei confidence on their latest premium phones. One of the biggest markets for Samsung phones in the US whereas Huawei is currently not officially allowed for releasing phones in the US. The Mate 20 Pro will be released worldwide except for the US region.

Conclusion:

The Galaxy Note 9 and Mate 20 Pro are certainly amongst the best in the market. No matter which smartphone you prefer both are bringing enough goodies on board to lure customers. In terms of display and design both are bringing the best in the market, however, the Mate 20 Pro has an advantage of new stylish design and better aspect ratio. The Mate 20 Pro takes lead in hardware, software, and battery. The Note 9 is bringing the latest best Snapdragon chipset but it is currently six months old and almost all flagships of this year have this chipset.

The Mate 20 Pro has an advantage of the slightly larger battery cell and also better fast and wireless charging setup. As far as pricing is a concern both the devices fall in the ultra-premium category so it doesn't make much difference which smartphone you purchase. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Mate 20 Pro vs Galaxy Note 9 in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

(last update 09 December 2018 @ 07:53)

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