Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs Huawei P30 Pro Full Comparison including hands-on Size, Display, Design, Camera, Battery & Price is here. The big phone battle is getting more and more interesting. We had the Samsung S10 plus a few weeks ago, and now we’ve got the Huawei P30 Pro. How do these compare, well let’s break down all the key differences?
Build and Design:
Now initially, starting off with the build and design, both have a surprisingly similar build, and that is a metal frame with curved glass panels on the front and back.
Now this was a design that was originally introduced with earlier Samsung devices, and it’s something that Huawei have been doing since the Mate 20 Pro, and in my opinion, it does look very sleek, makes the devices a little bit easier to fit in the hand. Both devices are also IP68 water and dust resistant, and we’ve got plenty of color options. We’ve got a few more color options on the Samsung S10+ compared to the Huawei P30 Pro, and I don’t think you’re going to have any problems finding the right color for you.
Now the Samsung S10+ does come in two ceramic options ceramic black and ceramic white, these are going to be a little bit more durable, these are options that you don’t have on the Huawei P30 Pro.
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Now for the displays, we’ve got very large displays on both devices, and they’re also very similar in terms of the size. The Samsung S10+ however, has a punchout for the front-facing cameras, the Huawei P30 Pro has a notch it’s a dewdrop notch, it’s quite small, but we do have this difference here. This is going to come down to your personal preference, what do you prefer, a dewdrop notch, or do you prefer the punchout. However, the Samsung S10+ does get a few solid advantages, and that’s firstly because it does have a higher resolution, we’ve got Quad HD+, versus Full HD+ on the Huawei P30 Pro and it also supports HDR10+, so it’s a very good display, I’d say the S10+ is probably the best in the market right now. Now let’s look at the internals.
The Huawei P30 Pro comes with Huawei’s Kirin 980 processor, the Samsung S10+ comes with either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or the Samsung Exynos 9820, now this is going to depend on your region, which version of these you get. Performance wise, both are going to be very good, I don’t think you’re going to have problems with either of these.
One thing however you are going to have to bear in mind is the differences in software. Although both are running on Android Pie, you do have different skins, so you’ve got OneUI on the Samsung S10+, the Huawei P30 Pro has EMUI. Now which one of these is better for you is going to come down to your personal preference, I’d advise trying them both out, and seeing which one you like more.
RAM and Storage:
Now when it comes to RAM, both devices have a base of eight gigabytes, but the Samsung S10+ is available in a 12 gigabyte of RAM version as well. And storage both also starts at 128 gigabytes, the Huawei P30 Pro maxes out at a 512-gigabyte option but with the Samsung S10+ you can get up to one terabyte.
Now that’s insane on a smartphone, both devices also have expandable storage, however you’ve got a Nano SD card on the Huawei P30 Pro whereas on the Samsung S10+ you have a more traditional microSD card slot. So, that is going to be easier to buy and it’s going to be cheaper to buy as well compared to the Nano SD card.
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Now let’s talk about the cameras. This is where things get interesting. So, the Samsung S10+ has a triple rear-facing camera setup and it’s been good in my experience so far, you’ve got a primary wide-angle camera, 12 megapixels, and this has a variable aperture so it’s going to switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 depending on the amount of light in your scene. There’s an ultra-wide camera which is 16 megapixels with an f/2.2 aperture and that also works well, and then you’ve got a telephoto camera, which is going to give you two times optical zoom.
Now the P30 Pro has a similar setup but takes things a little further as well. So, the primary camera is 40 megapixels, and while they call this a Super Spectrum camera, and that’s because instead of your standard RGB which you find on most smartphone sensors, this has red, yellow, and blue and apparently this is going to let in a lot lighter. In addition to that you’ve got a 20-megapixel ultra-wide camera which has an f/2.2 aperture. But then the telephoto camera is very interesting, because unlike the Samsung S10+ which gives you two times optical zoom. You do have up to five times optical zoom on the Huawei P30 Pro which is insane, it also has up to ten times hybrid zoom, and in my experience, it does seem to work well.
Now it doesn’t stop there, because you’ve got four cameras in total, there’s also a time-of-flight camera, this is going to help with depth information, so lots of cameras here, of course we’re going to have to put these side-by-side to see which one of these is better.
Now, when it comes to the front-facing cameras, the Huawei P30 Pro has a 32-megapixel front-facing camera, the Samsung S10+ has two front-facing cameras, one of them is ten megapixels, and the other is eight megapixels, but this is going to be used for depth information. Now we are, once again, going to have to put these side-by-side to see what the differences are, the Samsung S10+ can record up to UHD 4K from the front-facing camera, this is something that not many other smartphones can do, so this is one advantage that you got in the Samsung S10+.
Now, when it comes to the fingerprint scanners, both devices have an in-display fingerprint scanner. You’ve got an optical fingerprint scanner however on the Huawei P30 Pro, and you’ve an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner on the Samsung S10+.
Now in my experience, the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner has traditionally been better than optical fingerprint scanners, it’s more accurate and more reliable, but, I have had brief testing with the Huawei P30 Pro and it does seem to have been improved compared to the previous generation that we had on the Mate 20 Pro. Definitely let me know if you want me to do a comparison between the two fingerprint scanners to see which one is more faster and more reliable.
For the audio, the Samsung S10+ does have firstly a 3.5mm jack, as well as stereo speakers, these are things that we unfortunately don’t have on the Huawei P30 Pro, no 3.5mm jack, and we’ve got a single bottom-firing speaker.
So how do you make calls, well instead of the earpiece, the screen makes tiny vibrations which is going to give you more isolated sound compared to the standard earpiece on the Samsung S10+, but that is at the expense of losing that stereo speaker experience when you are consuming media.
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Now for the batteries, we’ve got very large batteries on both devices, the Huawei P30 Pro does come with a slightly larger battery, and we’ve also got faster charging on the Huawei P30 Pro, Huawei’s Supercharge 40 watts, and that’s going to give you up to 70 percent in just 30 minutes. This is not the case with the Samsung S10+, it is going to take you longer, although you do get a fast charger out of the box. Both devices also support wireless charging which is great, and they also support wireless reverse charging, this is where you can use the devices to charge other Qi enabled devices, you could kind of like, charge each other as well.
Now I’m not sure of the speed of the Huawei P30 Pro yet, I did do a speed test for wireless reverse charging of the Samsung S10+ versus the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, and the Samsung S10+ was twice as fast. Now I’m not sure if this has been increased on the Huawei P30 Pro but I will be doing some more tests on my full review.
Finally, looking at the pricing, both devices start at the same price, around 900 pounds for the base 128 gigabyte model, so they are very comparable, if you’re looking for a new smartphone, which one of these will you be going for? Well, there’s advantages and disadvantages on both sides, you are going to be getting overall, I’d say a better display on the Samsung S10+, but you are going to be getting more camera options on the Huawei P30 Pro.
Which one of these would you go for? Let me know in the comments below. We appreciate your feedback and suggestions. Thanks.
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