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Compare HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S10

With the local launch of the new Samsung Galaxy phones recently, I thought I would see how HUAWEI’s Mate 20 Pro from last year stacks up against the Samsung Galaxy S10.

Let’s take a quick look at the specifications:

 HUAWEI Mate 20 ProSamsung Galaxy S10
Operating SystemAndroid (9.0 Pie), Huawei Emotion UIAndroid (9.0 Pie), Samsung One UI
ChipsetHiSilicon Kirin 980Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 9820
GraphicsMali-G76 MP10Mali-G76 MP12
ProcessorOcta core (2.6 GHz, Dual core, Cortex A76 + 1.92 GHz, Dual core, Cortex A76 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A55)Octa core (2.73 GHz, Dual core, M4 Mongoose + 2.31 GHz, Dual core, Cortex A75 + 1.95 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A55)
Architecture64 bit64 bit
Ram6 GB8 GB
Thickness8.6 mm7.8 mm
Width72.3 mm70.4 mm
Weight189 grams157 grams
Waterproof Water resistant (up to 30 minutes in a depth of 1.5 meter), IP68 Water resistant (up to 30 minutes in a depth of 1.5 meter), IP68
RuggednessDust proofDust proof
Height157.8 mm157.6 mm
ColoursBlack, Midnight Blue, TwilightPrism White, Prism Black, Prism Green
Display TypeOLEDDynamic AMOLED
Aspect Ratio19.5:90.79791666666667
Bezelless DisplayYesYes
Pixel Density538 ppi550 ppi
Screen Size6.39 inches6.1 inches
Screen Resolution1440 x 3120 pixels1440 x 3040 pixels
Front Camera24 MP
Support 3D Depth Sensing Camera
f/2.0 aperture
10MP Selfie Camera
Dual Pixel AF
Pixel size: 1.22μm
FOV: 80˚
f/1.9 aperture
Rear Camera40 MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.8 aperture)
20 MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2 aperture)
8 MP (Telephoto, f/2.4 aperture)
Supports autofocus (laser focus, phase focus, contrast focus)
Supports AIS (Huawei AI Image Stabilization).
12MP Telephoto Camera
12MP Wide-angle Camera
16MP Ultra Wide Camera
Dual OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
Up to 10x digital zoom
HDR10+ recording
Tracking AF
Wi-Fi802.11 a, b, g, n, ac (wave2), dual-band802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, ax, dual-band
Mass storage device, USB OTG, Video out
USB Type-C (reversible)
USB 3.1
Mass storage device, USB OTG, Video out
USB Type-C (reversible)
Internal Memory128 GB128 GB
Expandable MemoryUp to 256 GBUp to 512 GB
User ReplaceableNoNo
Quick ChargingFast, 70 % in 30 minutesYes
Wireless ChargingYesYes

Both phones come with Android 9.0 Pie along with their own custom user interface (UI). The Galaxy S10 has an updated processor and slightly more ram. We would expect the performance to still be relatively close.

The HUAWEI is around 32g heavier but can be forgiven as it comes with a higher density 6.4″ OLED screen compared to Samsung’s 6.1″ Dynamic AMOLED. From what we can see on the Galaxy S10, the main difference between the 2 handsets is with the camera.

HUAWEI’s Mate 20 Pro includes the following 3 rear-facing cameras:

  • 40 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7″, PDAF/Laser AF
  • 20 MP, f/2.2, 17mm (ultra-wide), 1/2.7″, PDAF/Laser AF
  • 8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4″, 5x optical zoom, OIS, PDAF/Laser AF

Mounted in a square formation, these cameras are coupled with a dual-LED dual-tone flash. The front is a 24 MP, f/2.0″ capable of supporting 3D Depth Sensing.

The Samsung Galaxy S10, also comes with 3 cameras but in a rectangular formation:

  • 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
  • 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
  • 16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), 1.0µm

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10 are very close. Samsung also has the Galaxy S10+ which has a similar size screen/battery to the Mate 20 Pro and an additional camera.

All things being equal, both have a similar design, look and feel, features and performance. Samsung includes bonus wireless earbuds, HUAWEI includes a bonus smartwatch. You can’t really go wrong with either model. All that said, we did note that the Mate 20 Pro came out earlier, so for Samsung, it was a case of catch up. When HUAWEI start to release their 2019 models, we will no doubt see a gap in features and performance again.