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Huawei P30 Pro vs Apple iPhone XS Max: Battle to rule the phablet market

03 April 2019 5

After a long streak of rumors and leaks, Huawei finally unveiled the much-awaited flagships P30 and P30 Pro. A few years ago Huawei flagships were not considered as powerful enough to compete against the flagships from Samsung and Apple. However, in the last couple of years, Huawei stepped up their flagships phone game. The Huawei premium phones are not only able to confront the flagships from Apple and Samsung but also in few scenarios outclasses their competitors.

Last year P20 Pro was the Huawei's first flagship with triple rear Leica certified cameras. The cameras setup was good enough to be the best camera phone in the market during 2018. Huawei opted a slightly different camera setup with the Mate 20 Pro by ditching the monochrome sensor in favor of wide-angle sensor. This formula worked well and the Mate 20 Pro matches the P20 Pro in the cameras prowess. Now all eyes are on the latest P30 Pro as Huawei markets it as the new camera king to rewrite the camera rules.

The P30 Pro quad rear cameras setup looks quite promising. Apart from solid cameras, the P30 Pro is packed with stylish design, superb display, and top-tier hardware. One thing in everyone's mind is whether all these goodies enough to challenge Apple's latest best iPhone XS Max. We already compared the P30 Pro against the Galaxy S10 Plus Today we will put the P30 Pro against the iPhone XS Max to know the real differences and similarities between the two phones.

We are hopeful this comparison will help you better decide which smartphone amongst is better in what aspects. Without any further ado, let's kick off with the design.

73.4 x 158 x 8.41 mm
6.47 inches - 2340x1080 px
77.4 x 157.5 x 7.9 mm
6.5 inches - 2688x1242 px
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Design

In the design department, both the phones are quite striking. Following the latest trend, both the phone have glass and metal sandwich design, however, the finish is different. The P30 Pro comes with aluminum chassis with glass covering the front and rear side. Both the front and rear glass is gently curved so that the device can be grabbed easily. It comes with a waterdrop notch at the top of the display and the only prominent bezel is at the bottom. The edge-to-edge display looks quite astonishing due to ultra-thin bezels.

On the rear side, you will quad cameras aligned vertically at the top left corner with dual LED flashlight. It lacks rear fingerprint scanner instead it comes with an under-glass optical fingerprint scanner. The iPhone XS Max features steel chassis with glass on the rear and front side. The iPhone XS Max retains the thick notch Apple introduced with the iPhone X in 2017. The edge-to-edge display is quite impressive.

The iPhone XS Max rear is adorned with dual cameras aligned vertically on the top left corner. It doesn't have traditional fingerprint scanner instead it comes with Face ID as the primary biometric option. Both the phones lack the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, the P30 Pro relies on the USB-C connector whereas the iPhone XS Max comes with a Lightning port.

In terms of water and dust resistance, both are 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 damage in case of an accidental drop. The P30 Pro dimensions are 158 x 73.4 x 8.41 mm and weigh 192g, the iPhone XS is almost same but less thick at 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm, however it is heavier at 208g.

The iPhone XS Max is available in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray colors whereas the P30 Pro can be grabbed in five striking color options including Pearl White, Amber Sunrise, Black, Aurora and Breathing Crystal.

Display

As mentioned above both the phones come with notch displays and fortunately, both have OLED panels. The P30 Pro is featuring a 6.47-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The display pixels density is 398 pixels-per-inch. The iPhone XS Max comes with almost similar 6.5-inches Super Retina display with a screen resolution of 1242 x 2688 pixels. The display pixels density is 458 pixels-per-inch.

Thanks to better screen resolution the iPhone XS Max display is more crisper. The Super Retina deep black and colors accuracy is worth appreciating. Another prominent aspect is TrueTone tech on the iPhone XS Max balance white according to the surroundings. The display panel on the P30 Pro is pretty good but the iPhone XS Max has a great display.

Hardware

Unlike the latest flagships from Samsung, LG or any other Android OEM, Huawei utilizes their own Kirin chipset to power their most of the phones. The P30 Pro is running on an Octa-core Kirin 980 chipset. It was the first 7nm SoC announced for the Android market. The same chipset was powering the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. It is currently one of the fastest chipset available in the market but still lags behind Apple's A12 Bionic powering the iPhone XS Max and Snapdragon 855 SoC.

The Kirin 980 comes with dual neural processing units to better handle AI tasks and 3D games. The P30 Pro comes with 8GB RAM whereas the iPhone XS Max comes with 4GB RAM. In terms of native storage, the P30 Pro is available in 128GB, 256, and 512GB. It supports memory expansion via NMcard whereas the iPhone XS Max is available in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB memory variants. It lacks support for memory expansion via MicroSD.

Overall both phones have enough power to handle HIFI games and heavy multi-tasking. The benchmarks indicate the iPhone XS Max is a winner in sheer power.

Specs Huawei P30 Pro Apple iPhone Xs Max
Display 6.47-inches 6.5-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels 1242 x 2688 pixels
Chipset Kirin 980 A12 Bionic
RAM 4GB 8GB
Storage 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB Expandable via NMcard 64GB, 256GB, 512GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameras 40MP+12MP+8MP+ToF Dual 12MP
Front camera 32MP 7MP
USB Type-C Lighting port
3.5mm headphone jack No No
IP-ratings IP68 IP68
Software Android 9 with EMUI 9.1 iOS 12
Battery 4,200mAh 3,174mAh
Battery

The iPhone XS Max is packed with a 3,174mAh battery cell which easily lasts one day on normal to medium usage. The P30 Pro is running on a 4,200mAh battery cell. It has enough juice to last more than one day on a single charge. It supports 40W SuperCharge which allows the user to recharge the phone in less than 100 minutes.

The iPhone Xs Max also support fast charging but it isn't shipped with a fast charger instead you will have to purchase it separately. However, with the fast charger, it isn't as fast as the P30 Pro. Thanks to glass rear both the phones support Qi wireless charging. The P30 Pro not only have larger battery cell but also it comes with a super fast charger.

Camera

So far all the aspects hint the P30 Pro comes with best-in-class cameras setup which will outclass the iPhone XS Max in the cameras game. The primary sensor is the SuperSpectrum 40MP sensor with f/1.6 aperture and optical image stabilization. The secondary sensor is an ultra wide-angle 20MP module with an f/2.2 aperture. The third rear snapper is Periscope zoom 8MP sensor with f/3.4 aperture and OIS. It provides optical zoom up to 5x, on hybrid zoom you capture shot up to 10x. Last but not the least P30 Pro provides 50x zoom on digital zoom.

The fourth sensor on the rear is Time of flight sensor which assists in capturing portrait shots with blur background. The front-facing selfie snapper is 32MP. Apart from the rear sensors, the P30 Pro front camera can also record 4K videos at 30 fps.

The iPhone XS Max is currently the latest best offering from Apple in the cameras department. The iPhone XS Max comes with dual cameras of 12MP. The primary 12MP sensor is a normal sensor with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is a 12MP telephoto module with an f/2.4 aperture. Both the sensors come with optical image stabilization. On paper, the camera's setup is the same as the iPhone X Max but the only prominent change is Smart HDR.

It helps in capturing great portrait shots with a good level of background blurs. Up front, the selfie snapper is a 7MP module. The rear cameras support 4K video recording at 60 frames per second. Both have pretty good cameras setup, however, as per the DxoMark, the P30 Pro achieves 112 points to be the best camera phone whereas the iPhone XS Max lies behind at 105 points.

Software

Both the phones are on different OS, So it's up to customers whether they prefer Apple's iOS software or opt the Android OS. Fortunately, both the phones are on the latest version of OS respectively. The P30 Pro is running on the Android Pie based EMUI 9.1 skin. The iPhone XS Max is pre-installed with iOS 12 straight out of the box. Both are phones are snappy and easy to use.

As far as the updates are a concern the iPhone XS Max owners won't have to wait longer as Apple will take care of updates. On the other hand, Huawei takes months before rolling the new major updates. Another important aspect is Apple support iPhones for a longer period.

Special goodies

Being the ultra-premium phones both are packed with a number of special features. Apart from having solid cameras setup, the company further assisted it with AI power to further enhance the capturing experience. Thanks to RYYB main sensor it captures significantly more light than a traditional sensor. It comes with an under-glass optical fingerprint scanner. The desktop mode allows the user to connect the phone with PC seamlessly. It also comes with a reverse wireless charging feature which allows users to recharge other Qi-enabled phones wirelessly.

Instead of a traditional fingerprint scanner, the iPhone XS Max come with Face ID to unlock and authenticate payments. The 3D facial scanner also brings support for Animoji and Memoji AR. The Smart HDR brings AI-powered goodies to assist in capturing shots.

Price

Being almost six months old the iPhone XS Max is widely available globally and also locked variant is available from all major carriers in the US. The base model can be grabbed at a price tag of $1100. The P30 Pro is initially announced for the European region at a price tag of 999 Euros which is roughly $1128 at current currency exchange rate. It will be available in another region in the next few weeks, however, it won't be officially available in the US via carriers.

Conclusion:

Undisputedly both the phones are amongst the best in the market. Both have different pros and cons, the iPhone XS Max takes lead in the display, hardware and software section whereas the P30 Pro emerge as a better option in the design, cameras and battery section. As far as the pricing is a concern both the phones are ultra expensive, no matter which smartphone you choose you will have to pay a hefty amount.

If you are looking for a solid performance phone with stylish looks the iPhone XS Max is a good option but if you are looking for a camera-centric option the P30 Pro is certainly a better option. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the P30 Pro vs iPhone XS Max in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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