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Huawei P30 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: Clash between two stupendous 2019 flagships

28 March 2019 5

After a long streak of leaks and rumors, the Chinese giant Huawei finally took the stage in Paris to unveil latest P30 lineup flagships. As expected the company launched two models of P30 series including P30 and P30 Pro. Both the phones are a worthy contender to be amongst the best flagship phones of this year. Huawei not only paid attention to the beautification of their flagships but also packed the best possible hardware and camera. Unlike its predecessor, the P30 comes with triple rear cameras whereas the P30 Pro is the Huawei's first flagship with four rear cameras.

As expected all the camera sensors are top-notch in their class. To be amongst the best flagships the latest Huawei P30 Pro will have to face stiff competition from Samsung's latest best Galaxy S10 Plus. The S10 Plus is currently rated as the best flagship phone currently available in the market. Last year the P20 Pro and Galaxy S9 Plus are fortunately amongst the best flagships of 2018. Those who are looking to grab the new flagship phone will certainly consider both Galaxy S10 Plus and P30 Pro.

Like always we will put the latest phones in a head-to-head competition to know in detail which smartphone is better amongst the two. Both the phones have different selling aspects, So it will be interesting to see how Samsung's powerhouse confronts against the Huawei's camera powerhouse. Let's find out the P30 Pro goodies are enough to challenge Galaxy S10 Plus's king status or not?

Design

Following the latest trend both the phones have glass and metal sandwich design, however, the finish is different. With the P30 Pro Huawei stepped up their design to the next level. On the front-facing side, you will get an almost full display with a tiny waterdrop notch at the top of the display. The display panel is gently curved from the edges. The rear side is adorned with quad cameras setup aligned vertically on the top left corner.

On the other hand, the Galaxy S10 Plus is no exception in the striking design. Unlike the other latest phones, Samsung opted punch-hole design for the selfie camera. The dual selfie snappers punch-hole is at the top right corner. On the rear side, the S10 Plus features triple cameras aligned horizontally in the center with LED flashlight and heart sensor.

Both the phones have an under-glass fingerprint scanner, the P30 Pro features optical fingerprint scanner whereas the S10 Plus comes with an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. In terms of dust and water resistance, both the phones are IP68 certified which means both can resist under 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage. Due to glass rear both the phones are prone to scratches.

The P30 Pro dimensions are 158 mm x 73.4 mm x 8.41 mm and weigh 192g whereas the Galaxy S10 Plus is almost
similar but slimmer at 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm and weighs 175g. Another important aspect P30 Pro lacks 3.5mm headphone jack instead it is shipped with USB-C connector. The S10 Plus retains the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C port.

The P30 Pro is available in four striking gradient colors including Breathing Crystal, Aurora Black, Amber Sunrise and Pearl White. The S10 Plus is available in six colors including Prism Black, Prism White, Flamingo Pink, Prism Blue, Ceramic White, and Black.

Display

Huawei paid special attention the P-lineup flagships display that's why P30 Pro features an OLED display of 6.47-inches with curved edges. The display screen resolution is 1080 x 2340 pixels and the pixels density is 398 pixels-per-inch.

The Galaxy S10 Plus sports a 6.4-inches Dynamic AMOLED panel with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 3040 pixels. The display pixels density is 526 pixels-per-inch. The S10 Plus is not only sharper but also brighter than the P30 Pro. By default, the S10 Plus display is at Full HD+ but still, its brightness is way superior. It also supports HDR10+.

Apart from the screen resolution, it's up to customers whether they prefer the waterdrop notch of the P30 Pro or the notch design of S10 Plus.

Hardware

Huawei opted the Kirin 980 chipset for the P30 Pro. It was the first 7nm SoC announced for the Android market in Q4 2019. It features tri cluster design, the first quad is Cortex A55 with max clocking at 1.8Ghz, the second layer features dual Cortex A76 cores with max clocking at 1.92Ghz. Last but not the least the dual Cortex A76 cores clocked at 2.6Ghz. It features dual neural processing unit to better handle 3D games and AI tasks.

On the other hand, the Galaxy S10 Plus is running on the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 855/ Exynos 9820 SoC. Both the variants are super smooth in handling HIFI games and multi-tasking. The P30 Pro comes with 8GB RAM and three memory models including 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. It supports memory expansion via NMcard.

The Galaxy S10 Plus is available in two configurations, the base model has 8GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the top-tier model has 12GB RAM with either 512GB or 1TB storage. Its native storage is expandable up to 512GB using MicroSD.

Specs Huawei P30 Pro Galaxy S10 Plus
Display 6.47-inches 6.4-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels 1440 x 3040 pixels
Chipset Kirin 980 Snapdragon 855/ Exynos 9820
RAM 8GB 8GB, 12GB
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB Expandable via NMcard 128GB, 512GB, 1TB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras 40MP+ 20MP+8MP 12MP+16MP+12MP
Front camera 30MP 10MP+8MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No Yes
Battery 4,200mAh 4,100mAh
IP68 Yes Yes
Software Android Pie Android Pie
Battery

Since the last couple of years the battery cell remains a solid aspect of Huawei's flagships and fortunately, the P30 Pro is no exception. The S10 Plus lights are kept on by a 4,100mAh battery cell whereas the P30 Pro has slightly larger 4,200mAh battery. Since the Galaxy Note 7 Fiasco, Samsung didn't bring any upgrade to the battery cell. However this year Samsung took a jump by putting a larger battery cell. The S10 Plus easily last more than one day on normal usage and even on hefty usage you can end the day with significant juice.

As far as the fast charging is a concern the P30 Pro comes with 40W SuperCharge tech which completely recharges the battery in less than 100 minutes. The S10 Plus support Quick Charge tech which allows 18W fast charging. Both the phones support wireless charging, the P30 Pro support 15W charging.

Camera

The P30 Pro comes with quad rear cameras setup, the primary sensor is SuperSensing 40MP module with f/1.6 aperture. It's one of its kind RYYB sensor which replaces the traditional RGGB sensor. The company claims the RYYB sensor is 125% larger than the primary sensor on the S10 Plus and iPhone XS Max. This means the primary sensor will capture more light and will provide better results in low-light conditions. According to Huawei, the new sensor will capture 40% more light than the predecessor.

The secondary sensor is an ultra wide-angle 20MP module with an f/2.2 aperture to capture wide-angle shots. The third sensor on the rear is telephoto 8MP module with f/2.4 aperture. The telephoto sensor comes with Periscope zoom lens with an optical zoom up to 5x. You can also capture 10x zoom shots with hybrid zoom. Another prominent aspect of this sensor is a 50x digital zoom. The fourth rear sensor is the depth of field sensor to assist in capturing portrait shots. The front-facing selfie snapper is 32MP.

The Galaxy S10 Plus comes with triple rear cameras, the primary sensor is a 12MP module with a variable aperture between f/1.5 and f/2.4. In stable lighting condition, the aperture is f/2.4 whereas in the low-light condition the aperture is f1.5. The secondary sensor is an ultra wide-angle 16MP module with an f/2.2 aperture. This sensor field of view is 123 degrees. Last but not the least there is an 8MP telephoto sensor with an f/2.4 aperture with optical zoom up to 2x.

On the front facing side, the S10 Plus is adorned with dual cameras, the primary sensor is 10MP with f/1.9 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is 8MP with f/2.2 aperture. As per the DxOMark ratings, the S10 Plus is currently the latest best camera phone from Samsung with an impressive score of 109 points whereas the P30 Pro is even superior with 112 points.

Software

Both the phone running on the latest Android Pie straight out of the box with different custom UI layer over it. Both the companies released a new version of custom UI with less bloatware. The S10 Plus is running on the One UI skin whereas the P30 Pro is running on the EMUI 9 skin.

Due to custom UI skin both the OEMs take months before rolling out the new major update. So no matter which smartphone you choose you to have to wait months before getting the latest update. Samsung rolls out monthly updates regularly, that's an edge over the P30 pro. Samsung's One UI is less cluttered and more simple to use as opposed to the EMUI.

Special goodies

Being the premium flagships both the phones are packed with a number of special features. The S10 Plus is one of the phones in the market with an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. The S10 Plus comes with PowerShare feature which allows the user to reversely recharge other Qi-enabled phones. Other goodies include Bixby AI Assistant, Dex mode and Gear VR support.

The P30 Pro comes with an optical fingerprint scanner, OneHop feature allows the user to seamless copy and paste files from PC, Auto HDR with AI support, reverse charging Qi-enabled phones and ability to unlock few Audi phones via mobile.

Price

The Galaxy S10 Plus base model with 128GB storage costs $1000 in the US, It is widely available in locked and unlocked models via carriers and retailers across the globe. The P30 Pro is initially released for the European region at 999 Euros which is $1128 at current currency exchange rate. If you opt the 512GB model you will have to pay 1,249 Euros. As expected the P30 won't be officially released in the US instead you will have to grab international model via e-retailers.

Conclusion:

One thing is confirmed both the phones have enough goodies on board to be amongst the best flagships of 2019. The Galaxy S10 Plus takes lead in design as it looks more futuristic, better Dynamic AMOLED display, latest best hardware, strong battery, and wider availability. On the other hand, the P30 Pro's comes with the stylish design but waterdrop notch isn't something new in the design segment, it is packed with five months old hardware, best-in-class cameras, two days battery juice, and hefty pricing.

Now if you are looking for a performance-centric stylish flagship phone the S10 Plus is a better option whereas the P30 Pro takes lead in the cameras section with the superb quad rear cameras setup. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the P30 Pro vs S10 Plus in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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  • More than the differences, it's the similarities between these high-end flagships that make it difficult to zero in on one of them. Special goodies are there yes, but just see how feature-packed the specs sheet is.

    • With the likes of the Huawei P20, P20 Pro, P30, P30 Pro, and the recent phones in the Mate series launch, Huawei has made a name for itself in the camera department.

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