Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: Which of the two is the best in 2018 …

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Latest flagship of the Chinese manufacturer, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro displays beautiful promises. Enough to come to challenge a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus that we enjoyed at its release? Autonomy, design, photos, performances: we compare today the two phones to help you make an opinion.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus was released in March 2018 to 959 euros, while pre-orders for the Huawei Mate 20 Pro began on October 16 for commercialization on October 26 at a suggested price of 999 euros.

Mate 20 Pro
Galaxy S9 Plus

Model Huawei Mate 20 Pro Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Version of the OS

Android 9.0

Android 8.0

Interface

Emotion UI

Samsung Experience

Screen size

6.39 inches

6.2 inches

Definition

3120 x 1440 pixels

2960 x 1440

Pixel density

538 dpi

529 dpi

SoC

Kirin 980 at 2.6GHz

Exynos 9810 at 2.7GHz

Processor (CPU)

ARMv8

ARMv8

Graphics Chip (GPU)

Mali-G76

Mali-G72 MP12

RAM memory

6 GB

6 GB

Internal memory (flash)

128 GB

64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB

MicroSD

Yes

Yes

Camera (backpack)

1:40 Megapixel Sensor, Sensor 2: 20 Megapixel

Dual 12 Megapixel sensor

Camera (front)

24 megapixels

8 megapixels

Video recording

4K

4K

Wireless

Yes

Yes

Bluetooth

5.0 + ADP + aptX + LE

5.0 + ADP + aptX + LE

networks

LTE, HSPA, GSM

LTE, HSPA, GSM

Supported bands

2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)

2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)

SIM

2x nano SIM

2x nano SIM

NFC

Yes

Yes

Ports (Inputs / Outputs)

USB Type-C

USB Type-C

Geolocation

Yes

Yes

Drums

4200 mAh

3500 mAh

Dimensions

157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 mm

158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm

Weight

189 grams

189 grams

Colors

Dark blue

Blue, Black, Gray, Purple

Price 999 € 759 €
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Design and Display: Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro boasts a beautiful and large OLED panel of 6.39 inches with a maximum definition in Quad HD +. Huawei, with a slim waist, has chosen a Fashion Week model format with this 19.5: 9 slab. The screen is beautiful, everything is very balanced and its tendency to turn blue out of the factory can easily be corrected in the phone settings. This is a great success for Huawei.

Design side we highly appreciate the very thin chin that highlights the screen, but we like less the size of the notch at the top of the screen, although it is justified by the presence of a sensor dedicated to facial recognition. The finishes are very neat, the rounded edges make the smartphone pleasant to hold in hand, the speaker is integrated in the USB type C, the fingerprint sensor is located under the screen … The optimization performed by Huawei is successful and in hand we feel that we hold a premium smartphone. It is not a featherweight in its category however, with 190 grams weighing.

Barely smaller, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus offers a 6.2-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels. Samsung is a reference on Android when we talk about the quality of screens. The Korean manufacturer had not disappointed the release of the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus with a sublime slab, still considered a reference on the market today.

Design side, no notch in the program, it starts to become rare. The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is a Samsung Galaxy S9, bigger simply. The Bixby button still hurts us in everyday use. Moreover, as his opponent of the day at almost 1,000 euros, it is a smartphone with rounded edges, neat finishes, enjoying a very pleasant grip.

Even if the notch is present, the Huawei P20 Pro takes the hand for its design very well optimized, more ergonomic than that of Samsung. Fans of a design without notch can however turn to the latter with their eyes closed.

Performance and software, Huawei 20 Pro

It goes without saying that in this price range, we end up with the cream of power at your fingertips. By performing the test of this Huawei P20 Pro, we see that the Kirin 980 is the most powerful processor currently available on the market. The management of RAM has been reviewed and optimized, intensive use it does not burn the fingers and can play the most greedy games with fluidity. The leap forward is not extraordinary, but by dint of optimizations, today is the boss on the market.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus introduced the latest generation of Samsung's processor with the Exynos 9810. At the time, it equaled the results of the previous version of Kirin Huawei. So in fact, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is less powerful than its opponent of the day. It remains fluid in a classic use as intense.

The navigation of the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is done on the overlay Samsung home, the Samsung Experience 9.0 based on Android 8.0. Samsung was moving towards more simplicity by making its interface clearer and easier to use until this latest version. This is more clutter and seems heavier to use with the use of many animations at any time in the navigation, unlocking the screen at swipe between the screens. The manufacturer always tends to push its competing services to those of Google, even to create more confusion for the end user. The Samsung interface, however, adds a lot of features that can be useful for your productivity.

With EMUI 9.0, Huawei gives the improvements that have been expected for a long time on this interface. A facelift has been made to simplify the user experience and it works very well. Adding to this a 3D facial recognition of the fastest, the latest security updates, a fingerprint sensor under the powerful screen … We quickly see who is the big winner in this category.

Photo: Huawei Mate 20 Pro

"Great work" and a rating of 10/10 … that's what we wrote after testing the camera Huawei Mate 20 Pro. The quality of the pictures is similar to that given by the Huawei P20 Pro, ie excellent in all areas. Huawei has added a lot of great features, such as the ability to isolate a subject and make its surroundings black and white, look rather. That's not all, the bokeh effect is now available in video, and modes dedicated as a "retro" mode will allow you to emulate the calibration of movies. The triple camera of this Huawei Mate 20 Pro is bluffing.


Without demerit, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus offers a performance of high-flying, but fails to climb to the summits and actually challenge the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Short coupons, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a reference of this end of the year in the matter.

Battery life: Huawei P20 Pro

The 3500 mAh battery of Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus does not break the house, to the point of struggling to hold a full day of use and to do worse than its predecessor in our tests. This is clearly not the best performance of Samsung, fortunately the fast recharge saves a little bit.


In front, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro has a battery of 4,200 mAh that will allow you to hold the day and more intensive use. For recharging, everything is there, from 15W wireless charging to 40W fast charging, we concluded the test of this part with a "it's perfect", everything is said.

Conclusion: which smartphone to choose?

Let's take stock: Huawei's latest smartphone gets a total victory in all areas against his opponent of the day, a strike On all fronts.

Of course we recommend it warmly, but keep in mind that this is a smartphone to 1000 euros. The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is an alternative in the same very interesting format to consider, as it can be found today for almost half the price of this Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Otherwise, to offer you the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, we let you find the best offer below so that it is in your pocket soon!

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