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Huawei P30 Pro vs Mate 20 Pro: How they differ?

05 April 2019 5

Finally, the wait is over as the Chinese giant took the stage in Paris to wrap off the cover from the much-awaited flagships P30 and P30 Pro. Both the phones were in leaks and rumors that's why many details were already out ahead of official launch. Like its predecessor, the latest P-lineup flagships brings superb cameras setup. Last year Huawei started the triple rear cameras trend with the P20 Pro, the device remained camera king until Huawei launched another superb cameras device Mate 20 Pro. The Mate 20 Pro is still amongst the best flagships in the market.

The P30 Pro brings a lot of features which were introduced last year with the Mate 20 Pro, So we can claim the latest Huawei flagships shares DNA with the last year's best. Both the phones are refined enough to compete against the latest best in the market. We already compared the Huawei P30 Pro against the Galaxy S10 Plus and iPhone XS Max. Today we will put it against the Huawei's own best Mate 20 Pro. Both are Pro models that's why packed with tons of special features.

If you already own the Mate 20 Pro, Should you upgrade to P30 Pro or not. Let's find out whether the Huawei P30 Pro goodies are enough to dethrone the Mate 20 Pro from the Huawei's latest best flagship or not? We are hopeful this comparison will help you better decide which smartphone 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
72.3 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm
6.39 inches - 3120x1440 px
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Design

With the P30 Pro Huawei didn't overhaul the designed instead the company further refined what we have seen last year. Last year Huawei opted the glass and metal sandwich design for the P20 Pro, same is the case with Mate 20 Pro and P30 Pro. The chassis on both the phones is made up of aluminum with gently curved glass covering the front and rear side. Thanks to curved glass both the phones can be grabbed single-handed easily.

The latest P30 Pro features a small teardrop notch at the top of the display. It retains a thin bottom bezel. On the other hand, the Mate 20 Pro comes with a thick bezel similar to iPhone XS Max at the top of the display, the bottom bezel is also quite prominent.

On the rear side, the P30 Pro comes with quad cameras setup aligned vertically on the top left corner. The Mate 20 Pro features a square box on the rear in which triple cameras and LED flashlight are enclosed. The special aspect is both the phones come with gradient finish which looks quite striking. The Mate 20 Pro is available in Twilight, Black and Emerald Green whereas the P30 Pro can be grabbed in five striking colors including Black, Aurora, Breathing Crystal, Pearl White, and the new Amber Sunrise.

Both the phones lack the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack instead comes with Type-C connector. Both are IP68 certified phones which means both can resist under 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage. The P30 Pro dimensions are 158 x 73.4 x 8.41mm and weigh 192g whereas the Mate 20 Pro is less tall, wider but thicker at 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6mm. It weighs 189g. Last but not least both the phones have an under-glass optical fingerprint scanner.

Display

Fortunately, Huawei is now using AMOLED panels for the flagships that's why both P30 Pro and Mate 20 Pro comes with OLED panels. The P30 Pro is packed with a 6.47-inches curved OLED display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19.5:9 and the pixels density is 398 pixels-per-inch.

The Mate 20 Pro comes with a slightly smaller 6.39-inched curve dOLED display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19.5:9 and the pixels density is 538 pixels-per-inch. Thanks to better screen resolution the Mate 20 Pro display is more crisper than the P30 Pro.

Undoubtedly the Mate 20 Pro is packed with one of the finest OLED display in the market. No matter which displays you opt, you won't disappoint but the Mate 20 Pro is the winner here.

Hardware

Under the hood, both the phones are packed with the Huawei's latest best Kirin 980 SoC. This chipset was announced in Q4 2018. It was the company's first chipset built on the 7nm process. It comes with the dual neural processing unit.

The Mate 20 Pro comes only in one configuration with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. It supports memory expansion via NanoSD card. The P30 Pro comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB, 256GB, 512GB storage. It also allows memory expansion via NanoSD card. No matter which smartphone you opt both are ultra fast and speedy to handle HIFI games and heavy multi-tasking.

Although both the phones are amongst the fastest but having more RAM and more storage option is always a plus point.

Specs P30 Pro Mate 20 Pro
Display 6.47-inches 6.39-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels 1440 x 3120 pixels
Chipset Kirin 980 Kirin 980
RAM 8GB 6GB
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB Expandable via NMcard 128GB Expandable via NMcard
Rear cameras 40MP+20MP+8MP+ToF sensor 40MP+20MP+8MP
Front camera 32MP 24MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
IP68 Yes Yes
Software Android Pie with EMUI 9.1 Android Pie with EMUI 9
Battery 4,200mAh 4,200mAh
Battery

Both the phones light is kept on by a 4,200mAh battery cell. Other goodies are also same, both support Huawei's 40W SuperCharge for fast charging. Due to glass rear both supports 15W wireless charging. The Mate 20 Pro was the Huawei's first phone which supports reverse wireless charging, the same feature is introduced for the P30 Pro. On normal to medium usage both have enough juice to last more than a single day.

Camera

The Mate 20 Pro cameras setup is largely based on the P20 Pro. It was understandable considering the P20 Pro was the camera king of 2018. The Mate 20 Pro was the Huawei's first flagship phone without the monochrome sensor. It comes with an ultra wide-angle sensor instead of monochrome module. The P30 Pro take it to the next level by opting quad cameras setup on the rear side.

The P30 Pro primary rear snapper is 40MP SuperSpectrum sensor with f/1.6 aperture and optical image stabilization. The secondary sensor is an ultra wide-angle module of 20MP with f/2.2 aperture. The third rear sensor is Periscope zoom 8MP sensor with f/3.4 aperture and OIS. It is one of its kind sensors with optical zoom up to 5x. It can capture hybrid zoom shots up to 10x. Last but not the least you can capture 50x zoom shots with digital zoom. The last camera sensor on the rear is Time of flight module which assists in capturing the depth of field info for capturing portrait shots.

The Mate 20 Pro primary sensor is 40MP with f/1.8 aperture and OIS. The secondary sensor is an ultra wide-angle 20MP module with an f/2.2 aperture. The third sensor on the rear is an 8MP telephoto module with f/2.4 and optical zoom up to 3x. This sensor comes with OIS.

Up front, the selfie snapper on the P30 Pro is a 32MP module with f/2.0 aperture whereas the Mate 20 Pro comes with a 24MP module with f/2.0 aperture. As per the DxoMark rating, the P30 Pro is the new camera king with an impressive score of 112 points whereas the Mate 20 Pro falls slightly behind with 109 scores. Overall both phones have best-in-class cameras.

Price

The Mate 20 Pro wasn't officially released in the US, same will be the case with the P30 Pro. However, both the phones are up for sale via retailers in Canada and other regions. So you can grab unlocked variant via retailer in the US.

The Mate 20 Pro base model is currently available at $825. It is understandable considering it was announced almost six months ago. The P30 Pro base model with 128GB storage costs 999 Euros in Europe which means it will be above $1000 in other regions.

Software

As OS both the phones is pre-installed with Android Pie straight out of the box. The P30 Pro comes with the latest EMUI 9.1 skin whereas the Mate 20 Pro comes with EMUI 9 skin. Overall the UI experience on both phones is the same. Being the latest flagship the P30 Pro will be receiving new major updates for a longer period. However, Huawei isn't amongst the fast OEMs to roll out a new software update.

Special goodies

Being the premium flagships both have a number of special features. The Mate 20 Pro was the company's first phone with an under-glass fingerprint scanner. It also supports reverse wireless charging feature which allows the user to recharge other Qi-enabled phones.

The P30 Pro is one of its kind phones with digital zoom up to 50x. The cameras prowess makes it the latest best option in the camera segment. The desktop mode allows the user to connect with the PC seamlessly.

Conclusion:

Despite the fact, both the aforementioned phones are ultra premium flagships from Huawei but both fall in the different category. The Mate 20 Pro is the phablet phone whereas the P30 Pro is the latest flagship with the gigantic display. The Mate 20 Pro is a better option in the display department whereas the P30 Pro emerge as the winner in the design, hardware, and cameras. In the software and battery section both the phones are on par to each other.

Last but not least the pricing will play a critical role here. The P30 is more than $200 expensive than the Mate 20 Pro. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the P30 Pro vs Mate 20 Pro in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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