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Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro: How are they different?

16 March 2019 5

The South Korean giant Samsung kicked off the year with the announcement of Galaxy S10 series on February 20th. At the event, the company not only unveiled the iterative variants Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus but also two new models including Galaxy S10e to lure budget-conscious buyers and Galaxy S10 5G who are looking for a beast with 5G connectivity.

Last year Huawei dethrone the Cupertino giant Apple from the second largest smartphones maker globally. Now the company is eyeing to grab the first position by the end of this year or early 2020. To beat Samsung the Chinese giant premium phones will have to on par with Samsung flagships. The Mate 20 Pro is currently the latest best flagship offering from Huawei. It will certainly challenge Samsung's Galaxy S10 Plus.

The P20 Pro was the Huawei's first flagship phone with triple rear cameras, the Mate 20 Pro further strengthen the triple camera's position. There is a number of aspects which are common between the Galaxy S10 Plus and Mate 20 Pro. Both the phones have an under-glass fingerprint scanner, OLED display with Quad HD+ screen resolution, and reverse wireless charging. Both the devices are the premium flagships with the latest best hardware. Both have strikingly beautiful display panels, top of the line hardware, triple rear cameras and much more to attract buyers. Without any further delay, let's start with the design.

74.1 x 157.6 x 7.8 mm
6.4 inches - 3040x1440 px
72.3 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm
6.39 inches - 3120x1440 px
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Design

The Mate 20 Pro was one of the most beautiful phones announced last year. Like most of the premium flagship, the Mate 20 Pro has aluminum chassis with glass covering the front and rear side. In terms of looks the Mate 20 Pro shares aesthetics with the Samsung's Galaxy S lineup phones. The glass rear is gently curved from the edges so that the device can be grabbed easily single handidly. However, the finish differentiates it from Samy's phone.

The Mate 20 Pro features the traditional notch at the top of the display with almost none bezels on sides. The only prominent bezel is at the bottom. On the rear side, the Mate 20 Pro has triple cameras enclosed in a square box. The Top portion of the square has LED flashlight and sensor, the second portion has dual cameras. The Mate 20 Pro doesn't have 3.5mm headphone jack instead of the company opted Type-C port.

The Galaxy S10 comes with a new revamped design language. The S10 chassis is made up of aluminum with glass covering the front and rear side. The rear glass is gently curved from the edges. Like its predecessor, the front-glass is gently curved from edges. Unlike the other latest phones, the Galaxy S10 comes with a punch-hole at the top right of the display. The only prominent bezel is at the bottom.

On the rear side, you will get triple cameras aligned horizontally in the center with LED flashlight. It has the 3.5mm headphone jack. For connectivity, both the devices have USB-C port. Both the phones are IP68 certified which means both can resist under 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes.

The under-glass fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S10 Plus is an ultrasonic scanner which is more secure and faster. Another prominent aspect is it works even with wet fingers. The Mate 20 Pro comes with an optical fingerprint scanner. The Galaxy S10 Plus dimensions are 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm whereas the Mate 20 Pro is almost similar in height but thicker at 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 mm. The S10 Plus is lighter at 175g whereas the Mate 20 Pro is heavier at 189g.

Display

Samsung is one of the few OEMs who didn't opt notch for their premium phones when almost all major OEMs unveiled phones with a notch. The Galaxy S10 Plus has a dual cutout for the selfie cameras at the top right corner. Samsung phones are known for their great display and fortunately, the Galaxy S10 Plus is no exception.

The Galaxy S10 Plus sports a 6.4-inches Dynamic AMOLED display. The display aspect ratio is 19:9 and the Quad HD+ screen resolution is 1440 x 3040 pixels. The display pixels density is 522 pixels-per-inch and it is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 6. The Mate 20 Pro features a 6.39-inches curved OLED display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixel. The display aspect ratio is 19.5:9 and the pixels density is 538 pixels-per-inch.

The Mate 20 Pro comes with a large notch at the top of the display which accompanies selfie snapper and other sensors for the 3D facial recognition like the iPhone XS. In terms of facial recognition, the Mate 20 Pro is more secure than the Galaxy S10 Plus. The Galaxy S10 Plus supports HDR10+ display whereas the Mate 20 Pro supports HDR content. Last but not least the S10 Plus is one of the first phones with max brightness at 1,200 nits.

Hardware

Being the premium flagships both are packed with the latest best hardware. The Galaxy S10 Plus is available in two variants, the US-bound model is running on the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 855 SoC whereas the global market will get the Exynos 9820 powered model. The Mate 20 Pro was the first Huawei flagship phone powered up by the Kirin 980 SoC.

The Galaxy S10 Plus base model comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB built-in storage. You can grab the top-tier model with 12GB RAM and either 512GB or 1TB storage. It supports memory expansion via MicroSD card up to 512GB. The Mate 20 Pro base model comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the top of the line models has 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. It supports memory expansion via Nano-Memory card. In terms of performance both the phones are super fast in handling heavy multi-tasking, HIFI games swiftly. The benchmark scores also prove both are amongst the fastest Android phones available in the market.

Specs Galaxy S10 Plus Mate 20 Pro
Display 6.4-inches 6.39-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 3040 pixels 1440 x 3120 pixels
Chipset Exynos 9820/ Snapdragon 845 Kirin 980
RAM 8GB, 12GB 6GB, 8GB
Storage 128GB, 512GB, 1TB 128GB, 256GB
Rear cameras 12MP+16MP+12MP 40MP+20MP+8MP
Front camera 10MP+8MP 24MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes No
IP68 Yes Yes
Battery 4,100mAh 4,200mAh
Software Android Pie Android Pie
Camera

Both the phones are adorned with triple cameras setup on the rear side. The primary rear snapper on the Galaxy S10 Plus is a 12MP module with variable aperture. In stable lighting condition, the aperture is f/2.4 whereas in the low-light condition the aperture automatically turns to f/2.4. The secondary sensor is ultra-wide angle 16MP module with an f/2.2 aperture. The ultra-wide angle sensor field of view is 123 degrees. The third rear sensor is a 12MP telephoto module with f/2.4 aperture and optical zoom up to 2x. The primary sensor and telephoto module comes with optical image stabilization.

The Mate 20 Pro is currently one of the finest camera flagship phones in the market. The primary rear snapper is a wide-angle 40MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture. The secondary sensor is ultra-wide angle 20MP module with an f/2.2 aperture. The third sensor on the rear is an 8MP telephoto module with optical zoom up to 3x. The wide-angle and ultra wide-angle sensor on the Mate 20 Pro comes with OIS.

As per DxoMark ratings, the Mate 20 Pro and Galaxy S10 Plus are on the same level as both the phones score impressive 109 points to be the best camera-centric phone in the market. In low-light conditions, the Mate 20 Pro results are quite extraordinary and even better than the S10 Plus. The wide-angle sensor on the S10 Plus lacks autofocus. The 3x optical zoom on the Mate 20 Pro is quite an extraordinary. In daylight conditions, both the devices are quite solid.

Up front, the Galaxy S10 Plus comes with dual selfie snappers. The primary sensor is 10MP with f/1.9 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is an 8MP depth-sensing module. The Mate 20 Pro comes with 24MP snapper on the front with f/2.0 aperture. It comes with 3D facial recognition and 3D Live Emoji like the iPhone XS.

Overall the Mate 20 Pro's camera setup is superior due to better night capturing capabilities and 3x zoom.

Software

As OS both the devices is pre-installed with the latest Android Pie straight out of the box, however, both have different custom UI skin over it. The Galaxy S10 Plus comes with One UI skin which is specially optimized to utilize large display phone single handidly. The Mate 20 Pro comes with EMUI 9 skin. The One UI comes with minimal bloatware as opposed to EMUI.

As far as the major OS updates are a concern both the OEMs are known for taking months before rolling the next major updates. Both the devices will be receiving new major updates for at least the next couple of years.


Battery

In the battery section both the phones are quite close to others. The S10 Plus lights are kept on by a 4,100mAh battery whereas the Mate 20 Pro comes with slightly larger battery cell of 4,200mAh. On normal usage, both devices can give you more than one-day battery life. Even on heavy usage both the device can last one day.

Both the phones support fast charging, the S10 Plus rely on the Quick Charge 2.0 whereas the Mate 20 comes with Huawei's Supercharge tech. Thanks to glass rear both the phones support wireless charging. Both the phones support reverse wireless charging which allows users to reverse charge other Qi-enabled phones.

Price

The Galaxy S10 Plus base variant starts at $899 in the US whereas for the UK buyers it costs £899. The top of the line model with 1TB storage costs $1399. The Mate 20 Pro base model starts at £899, it won't be available via carriers in the US. The S10 Plus was up for pre-orders soon after the announcement, it was released on March 8th. Due to being almost five months older the Mate 20 Pro can be grabbed at slightly lower pricing. In terms of pricing both the devices are on almost the same level, the S10 Plus has an advantage of wide availability.

Conclusion:

Both the phones are quite close to each other in almost all aspects. In the display section, both have a full front-facing display with Quad HD+ screen resolution. The S10 Plus has punch-hole design whereas the Mate 20 pro comes with a traditional thick notch, now it's up to customers which kind of design they prefer. In the hardware, software, battery, and cameras both the devices are amongst the best. No matter which smartphone you choose both are pretty great.

The best thing is despite being almost five months old the Mate 20 Pro is still amongst the best in the market. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Galaxy S10 Plus vs Mate 20 Pro in the comments section below. Stay tuned, we will be bringing more comparisons in the coming days.

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  • In terms of storage and camera, the Galaxy S10 Plus promises to be on par with what we heard and read about the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. The latter's storage is not even half of what the former is offering.

    • On the design front, the Galaxy S10 Plus is definitely a better phone. The approach of not having a notch actually goes well for Samsung.

        • Probably a punch-hole gives another aspect of beauty to the phone. But let's not be partial. I feel, when the P20 Pro was there, it was designed with that design trend. So, it's all good!

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