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Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Google Pixel 3 XL: Tussle between two stupendous flagships

22 October 2018 5

In the last few weeks, we have seen many big names come to the stage to announce their new offering. LG was the first to kick off this month with their latest phablet V40 ThinQ. Later on, Google unveiled Pixel 3 lineup on October 9th. As expected Google announced base model Pixel 3 with toned down design whereas the new design goodies are exclusive for the XL model only. To challenge the latest Pixel 3 XL, Huawei unveiled their new phablet lineup Mate 20 series. The Mate 20 Pro is the company's latest best flagship phablet offering.

It will be an interesting battle to see how two latest top-tier premium phones confront each other. Both the flagship phablets are packed with the latest best hardware and design. The Pixel 3 XL is the latest best from Google but whether it is capable to challenge the latest Huawei's phablet or not. Undoubtedly the Mate 20 Pro is one of the most striking flagships of H2 2018.

Huawei stepped up their flagships game this year that's why the P20 Pro is still one of the best flagship phones despite being six months old. We are hopeful this comparison will help you better decide whether the Mate 20 Pro is good enough to dethrone the P20 Pro from the best flagship from Huawei this year and also how it stacks up against the latest best Google offering. Without any further delay, let's start with the design difference of both the devices.

72.3 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm
6.39 inches - 3120x1440 px
76.7 x 158 x 7.9 mm
6.3 inches - 2960x1440 px
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Design

Following the latest trend, both the devices have glass and metal sandwich design. Both Huawei and Google opted the new notch design but the finish is different. The Mate 20 Pro chassis is made up of metal with glass covering the rear side. The glass rear is gently curved from the edges. Up front, you will get a slim notch at the top of the display and thin bezel line on the chin as well. Overall looks are quite minimalistic due to curved edges.

The P20 Pro was the company's first flagship with triple rear cameras, the Mate 20 Pro also has triple cameras on the rear side but the design is different. Huawei opted a square box design for the triple cameras module. The LED flashlight is on the top left side of cameras box. The fingerprint scanner is embedded on the front-facing side under glass. The refreshing design certainly helps it to stand out amongst the crowd.

The Pixel 3 XL features a metal chassis with glass on the rear side. For the first time, Google opted for full glass rear but they kept the two-tone texture of earlier Pixel phones. That's why on first look you may not find it different from the predecessor. The upper rear portion comes with a glossy finish, it features a single camera on the top left corner and LED flashlight. The bottom portion has a rear fingerprint scanner and Google's G logo, this portion comes in the matte finish. Despite having notch design it has a significant bezel on the bottom. Google utilizes the top and bottom bezel for the front-facing speakers.

Overall the Mate 20 Pro looks far more refined than the Pixel 3 XL. Both the devices are IP68 certified which means both can resist under 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage. In terms of connectivity, both come with USB-C port for connectivity and charging. The Pixel 3 XL lacks the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack but the Mate 20 Pro retains it. In most of the aspects, the Mate 20 Pro is a better option.

Display

As both the phones are phablets that's why both are packed with gigantic displays. The good thing is both the devices have OLED display panels with Quad HD+ screen resolution. The Mate 20 Pro sports a 6.39-inches panel 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. It also supports HDR content.

The Pixel 3 XL features a 6.3-inches display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. The display pixels density is 523 pixels-per-inch. This year Google resolved all the issues related to the dullness of the Pixel 2 XL OLED display, so you will get a much better-refined display. No matter which smartphone you opt both have pretty awesome display pane but the Mate 20 Pro has an advantage of the slightly larger display, thin notch and support for HDR.

Hardware

Under the hood both the devices are packed with the latest best hardware, however, the Mate 20 Pro has an advantage of latest Kirin chipset. The Pixel 3 XL has the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset whereas the Mate 20 Pro comes with the latest Kirin 980 chipset, it is the first 7nm chipset in the market. On the other hand, the Snapdragon 845 SoC debuted back in February this year and it is built on the second gen 10nm process.

The Mate 20 Pro Octa-core chipset is accompanied with 6GB RAM and built-in native storage is 128GB. It can be further expanded using nmcard whereas the Pixel 3 XL has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage for the base model, 128GB for the top-tier model. It lacks support for memory expansion, so you will have to choose Pixel 3 XL variant wisely.

Despite the fact, both the devices are on the latest best hardware but the Mate 20 Pro has an advantage of the latest chipset whereas the Snapdragon 845 successor is due in Q1 2018. Overall both the devices are ultra fast in handling HIFI games and hefty multi-tasking. So far all benchmarks showcase the Kirin 980 is superior to the Snapdragon 845 in all aspects.

Specs Mate 20 Pro Pixel 3 XL
Display 6.39-inches 6.3-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 3120 pixels 1440 x 2960 pixels
Chipset Kirin 980 Snapdragon 845
RAM 6GB 4GB
Storage 128GB Expandable VIA nmCard 64,128GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameras 40+20+8MP 12mp
Front camera 24MP Dual 8MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes No
Battery 4,200mAh 3,430mAh
OS Android Pie with EMUI 9 Android Pie

Camera

From past two years, Google Pixel phones emerge as king of camera-centric phones despite having a single snapper on the rear. However this year Huawei took the crown of camera champ from Pixel 2 by introducing triple cameras on the P20 Pro. So far this year P20 Pro lead the flagships camera and Google Pixel 3 XL yet to dethrone it.

This year once again Google stuck to the single rear snapper of 12.2MP. Once again instead of opting dual or triple rear cameras, Google uses the software prowess the optimize the capability of the camera of Pixel 3 XL. Thanks to Google AI, the Pixel 3 XL is able to capture shutter shot and then identify the best amongst all. However, due to lack of secondary sensor, the Pixel 3 XL depth-sensing and details are not pretty awesome like the P20 Pro or the latest iPhones.

Considering the Huawei's track record the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is bringing pretty solid hardware on board. The chances are high it is pretty much capable to be the next best camera phone in the market. The primary snapper on the rear is a wide-angle 40MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture, the secondary sensor is an Ultra-wide 20MP module with f/2.2 aperture. Last but not the least the third module is an 8MP telephoto sensor with optical zoom up to 3x and hybrid zoom up to 5x. Only the third sensor has an optical image stabilization. Its good to see Huawei opting a different cameras setup for the Mate 20 Pro.

So far all the Huawei flagships have a monochrome sensor as the secondary module but for the Mate 20 Pro, Huawei opted different route this time as they introduce ultra-wide sensor as the secondary camera. The Mate 20 Pro has 24MP selfie snapper with f/2.0 aperture. The selfie snapper on the Mate 20 Pro provides 3D-mapping for 3D facial recognition and animated emoji. On the other hand, the Pixel 3 XL has dual 8MP selfie sensors. However, it doesn't have facial recognition and 3D emojis support.

Software

The Mate 20 Pro is the first phone from Huawei pre-installed with the latest Android Pie straight out of the box with EMUI 9 layer over it. Thanks to light skin and speedy chipset the Pie on the Mate 20 Pro is as fast as on the latest Pixel phones. The Pixel 3 XL is running on the stock version of Android Pie with Pixel launcher. Both the devices will receive new updates for the next few years but the Pixel 3 XL has an advantage of receiving new updates more frequently as compared to Mate 20 Pro.

Battery

The Pixel 3 XL isn't amongst those phones which are packed with the gigantic battery cell. A 3,430mAh battery is on board to keep the Pixel 3 XL lights on, it easily survives one day on single charge. It supports Quick charge fast charging and also Qi wireless charging. The Mate 20 Pro comes with one of the largest battery in its niche, a 4,200mAh keeps the Mate 20 Pro running. It can last more than one day on a single charge.

The best thing is it comes with 40W SuperCharge tech which makes it the fastest charging on paper. The company claims it charges up to 70% in just 30 minutes. Thanks to glass rear it supports 15W wireless charging. Another new good thing is the Mate 20 Pro is also capable to charge other phones wirelessly.

Price

The Mate 20 Pro is initially announced for the European market at a price tag of €1049. The Pixel 3 XL base variant with 64GB storage can be purchased at $899 whereas the top of the line model 128GB model is $100 expensive. The Mate 20 Pro won't hit the US market officially whereas the Pixel 3 XL won't be as widely available as the Mate 20 Pro.

Conclusion:

Both the phones are premium flagships with the latest best hardware, display, design, software, and cameras. In many scenarios, the Mate 20 Pro takes to lead or emerge as the winner. For instance, the Mate 20 Pro's display looks better due to better aspect ratio and also its notch looks more refined. Although Google opted full glass rear still its dual-texture doesn't look attractive.

In the hardware section, the Kirin 980 SoC outclasses its competitor due to being the first 7nm chipset powering the Android phone. The Mate 20 Pro's triple rear cameras look quite impressive and the chances are high it won't let the Pixel 3 XL takes lead here. The Pixel 3 XL is cheaper as compared to Mate 20 Pro and also it is running on the stock version of Android. However, if you don't have budget issues the Mate 20 Pro is bringing better display, cameras, latest Kirin 980 chipset, a large battery cell and option to further expand storage.

In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Mate 20 Pro vs Pixel 3 XL in the comments section below, Stay tuned for more comparisons.

(last update 21 November 2018 @ 07:32)

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