Huawei revealed the Huawei P30 Pro. It is an impressive device with a four-lens camera, a beautiful design and new tricks. But it has a strong rival: the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. The P20 Pro and the Galaxy S9 Plus already had a tough battle, with the Samsung phone in the lead. Repeat the feat of the South Korean firm or be bent? We compare the Huawei P30 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus to find out.
|Huawei P30 Pro||Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus|
|Size||158 mm x 73.4 mm x 8.41 mm (6.22 x 2.89 x 0.33 inches)||157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm (6.20 x 2.91 x 0.30 inches)|
|Weight||192 grams||175 grams|
|Screen size||6.47 inch OLED||6.4 inches Dynamic AMOLED|
|Resolution||2,340 x 1,080 pixels (398 pixels per inch)||3,040 1,440 pixels (526 pixels per inch)|
|Operating system||Android 9.0 Pie (under EMUI 9.1)||Android 9.0 Pie (under One UI)|
|MicroSD slot||Huawei NM card only||S, up to 512GB|
|Tap-to-pay service||Google Pay||Google Pay, Samsung Pay|
|Processor||Kirin 980||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Camera||Rear: four lenses: 40 megapixels (OIS), 20 megapixels ultra wide-angle lens, 8 megapixels 5x optical periscope zoom (OIS), plus a flight time camera.
Front: 32-megapixel lens
|Rear: Triple 16 megapixel ultra wide-angle lens, 12MP variable aperture, and 12MP telephoto.
Front: Dual 10MP and 8MP.
|Video||Up to 4K at 30 frames per second||4K at 60 fps; 1080p at 240 fps, and 720p at 960 fps|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C||3.5 mm for headphones, USB-C|
|Fingerprint detector||S, display optics||S, screen ultrasonic|
40W Huawei SuperCharge
15W Qi wireless fast
Quick Charge (QuickCharge 2.0)
|App Store||Google Play Store||Google Play Store|
|US companies||T-Mobile, AT&T||T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint|
|Colors||Amber Sunrise, Breathing Crystal, Pearl White, Aurora, Black||Prism Black, Prism White, Prism Blue, Flamingo Pink, Ceramic Black, Ceramic White|
|Price||700 euros ($ 780)||$ 1,000|
|buy on||Huawei||Samsung, Amazon|
Performance, charge and battery life
The P30 Pro features the Kirin 980 of the Mate 20 Pro. It is a powerful piece of hardware and easily handle the latest 3D games. But it is still a processor of the past year and comparative tests show that Galaxy S10 Plus scores exceeded it, thanks to the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. While both will provide solid performance, the S10 Plus is more powerful. Huawei flagships had traditionally worn a stronger battery than Samsung, but that ended with the Galaxy S10 range. However, Huawei still has the advantage in terms of charging, thanks to the incredibly fast charging of 40W. The S10 Plus an uses QuickCharge 2.0, which is outdated. While the S10 Plus is the most powerful, you will not notice contrasts in daily use. Where if you see differences is in the loading speed, faster in the P30 Pro.
Winner: Huawei P30 Pro
Design and durability
Huawei took its designs to even more impressive levels with the P30 Pro. The screen practically occupies the entire front, with only a small notch at the top. The back panel has an opalescent quality in eye-catching colors, such as pearl white and the amazing new dawn mbar. But the S10 Plus does not do it wrong. It has an equally impressive screen-body relationship and eliminates the notch with the new perforated chamber. If you prefer the notch or the perforator, they are personal tastes, but we prefer the style of the S10 Plus. Both come with water resistance with IP68 rating and have equally fragile glass bodies. Therefore, in both cases we recommend a protective case. In the matter of design and durability the Huawei P30 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus go different paths, without taking advantages. While there is no winner, whomever you choose will not make you feel like a loser.
We haven't had much time with the P30 Pro screen, but based on the previous performance, we anticipate that the 6.47-inch OLED with a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels will be bright and clear. But the 6.4-inch dynamic AMOLED of the S10 Plus is perhaps the best of the moment, and the resolution of 3,040 x 1,440 pixels is considerably stronger. Honestly, ac the advantage is clear.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
You will have three lenses on the back of the S10 Plus: one of 12 megapixels with variable aperture, a 12 megapixel telephoto lens and an ultra wide angle of 16 megapixels. Although it is not our favorite camera phone, take great pictures. It also has two lenses on the front, one of 10 megapixels and another of 8 megapixels. The P30 Pro also seems to be a power with its four lenses. It has a 40-megapixel Huawei SuperSpectrum main lens, an ultra-wide-angle 20-megapixel lens, an 8-megapixel optical telescope zoom and a flight time camera (TOF) for more precise background blur. According to Huawei, the main lens absorbs up to 40 percent more light than the previous ones, so it should be a low light adjustment machine. It only has a camera on the front, with a large 32 megapixel lens. We need more time with the wide range of lenses of the P30 Pro. Judging by the results of the P20 Pro last year we should lean towards the P30 Pro. For the moment, it is a draw.
Software and updates
If you are an Android fan, none is your phone. Both use custom interfaces by the manufacturer, Huawei EMUI and Samsung One UI. They are not our favorites, although they have improved and run the latest version of Android 9.0 Pie. But don't expect quick updates. Both companies struggle with the new versions of Android due to their widely modified interfaces. The most important updates can take up to six months, even on new phones. While you will have Android Q and Android R in both, do not expect it to be fast. If you love being at the forefront of software features, you should avoid these computers. Samsung's One UI is easier to use and less crowded than EMUI. Samsung has simplified its software and the configurations are easy to find. The Huawei phone still requires some digging to set it up.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
The biggest novelty of the S10 Plus is the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner on the screen. It is not the fastest scanner, but it is the best on screen we have tested. You will also find PowerShare for reverse wireless charging, to supply other phones compatible with Qi; the virtual assistant Bixby; Dex desktop mode; Gear VR compatibility; and several aspects with artificial intelligence (AI) improvements, such as camera shooting suggestions.
The P30 Pro also has an on-screen scanner, but it only takes a picture of your fingerprint, so it is not so safe. But Huawei focuses on other areas and includes a similar desktop mode when connected to a monitor; reverse wireless charging; a large number of AI-driven functions, including long-exposure shots stabilized by AI, the ability to open Audi cars and data synchronization with treadmills. If you have a Huawei laptop, access OneHop, with which among other functions you can copy text on your laptop and paste it into your phone. Regarding special features between Huawei P30 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, we declare a tie. Both have too many tricks to do justice to all and rather depend on the functions that attract you most.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is available and starts at $ 1,000 dollars. You can buy it from major operators, but also unlocked in a variety of retail stores. The Huawei P30 Pro is also available. Prices start from 999 euros ($ 1,128 dollars) for the 128 GB model and reach up to 1,249 euros ($ 1,410 dollars) for the 512 GB model. In the United States only work with T-Mobile and AT&T, but you will need to import it.
While elements of the Huawei P30 Pro vs. battle are still unknown. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, the South Korean device has an advantage. Key elements such as the camera and the usefulness of the special features of the P30 Pro are still being reviewed, so this verdict may change in the future. Both are beautiful and powerful phones, with extremely capable cameras, a multitude of special features and the duration necessary to accompany you for at least the next two years. Buy anyone and you will not be disappointed.
* Updated on October 21, 2019 by Daniel Matus.