Our Opinion

The Apple iPhone XS 64GB is a significantly better phone, but the Huawei P20 Pro is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But from a pure value perspective, we recommend the Apple iPhone XS 64GB.

Apple iPhone XS 64GB  Huawei P20 Pro 
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Excellence Score
91.8
83.4
Value for Money Score
54.4
59.4
Price ₹ 90,699 onwards ₹ 59,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2018 May, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 12Expected update to next Apple iOS version Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.8 inches 6.1 inches
Screen Resolution 1125x2436 pixels (~ 463 pixels per inch) 1080x2240 pixels (~ 408 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Features OLED, Super Retina HD Display, HDR Display, True Tone Display, Wide Colour Display (P3), 3D Touch, Fingerprint-resistant Oleophobic Coating, Support for Display of Multiple Languages and Characters Simultaneously, 120Hz touch-sensing OLED
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.49 GHz 2.36 GHz
Processor Type Hexa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Apple A12 BionicRanked #1 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Hisilicon Kirin 970Ranked #6 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Apple GPU (4-core graphics) Mali-G72 MP12
RAM 4 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port Lightning USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 12MP 40MP + 20MP + 8MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Wide-angle: F/1.8 Aperture, Telephoto: F/2.4 Aperture, 2x Optical Zoom, Digital Zoom up to 10x, Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Dual Optical Image Stabilisation, 6P lens, Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync, Panorama (up to 63MP), Sapphire Crystal lens cover, Backside illumination sensor, Hybrid IR filter, Autofocus with Focus Pixels, Tap to focus with Focus Pixels, HDR, Live Photos, Local tone mapping, Red-eye Correction, Exposure control, Auto Image Stabilisation, Burst mode, Timer mode, Geo-tagging, 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps, Full HD Video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps, HD Video recording at 30 fps, Slo-mo Video for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps, Time-lapse video, Continuous Autofocus video, Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video, Playback zoom, Video geotagging, Stereo recording 40MP: RGB; F/1.8 Aperture; 1/1.7" Sensor Size; OIS, 20MP: Monochrome; F/1.6 Aperture, 8MP: Telephoto ; F/2.4 Aperture, Leica Optics, 3x Optical Zoom, Phase Detection and Laser Autofocus, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama, Slow Motion Video
Secondary Camera 7.0MP 24.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Portrait mode with bokeh and Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Animoji and Memoji, Full HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps, HDR, Cinematic video stabilisation (1080p and 720p), Live Photos, Retina Flash, Backside illumination sensor, Auto image stabilisation, Burst mode, Exposure control, Timer mode F/2.0 Aperture, Autofocus, 3D Portrait Lighting
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.7 mm 7.8 mm
Weight 177 gm 180 gm
Audio Output Lightning 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 2m for 30 mins) Yes, IP67 Rated (up to 1m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 2658 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime 20.00 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time: upto 12 hrs, Video Playback Time (wireless): upto 14 hrs, Audio Playback Time (wireless): upto 60 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified); Wireless Charging (works with Qi chargers); Siri; Fast Battery Charging: Upto 50% Charge in 30 mins, IP68 Rated; NFC; TV Out; Lightning Connector; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 Content; AirPlay Mirroring; Photos and Video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later); Video Mirroring and Video Out Support; AirDrop; AirPlay; AirPrint; Control Centre; Handoff; HomeKit; iCloud; iCloud Keychain; Multitasking; Night Shift; Notification Centre; Siri; Spotlight Search; iMovie; Pages; Keynote; Numbers; iTunes U; GarageBand; Apple TV Remote; iTunes Remote; Music Memos, Siri Shortcuts, Measure NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Continues the gorgeous, premium design language of last year's iPhone X
  • Ditching the home button and moving to a face-based login was a bold move from Apple last year - and its mostly ended up working (with just a bit of a learning curve for previous iPhone users), and thus allowed modern iPhones to go nearly all-screen - the new iPhones this year continue the trend
  • There is now even better water and dust resistance - these iPhones can stay water-safe an extra meter under water, up to 2 meters of immersion for up to 30 minutes (last year's iPhones already survived up to 1 meter) - this phone, according to Apple, will also better handle salt water, chlorinated water and various liquid spills
  • Face ID is now faster than before
  • The display is fantastic, and even slightly better than the already great one on the iPhone x - the new display looks subtly brighter and richer at maximum brightness
  • Apple also claims to have used even more durable, scratch-resistant glass, than on the iPhone X
  • The new iOS 12 brings a number of new features like group notifications and most importantly makes deep performance improvements - Apple is known for regularly tuning its software to perform optimally with the hardware - overall, this as refined and polished as software experience on a smartphone as you can hope for
  • One of the best things about iPhones of course is that you are pretty much guaranteed updates for many years to come (even the best Android phones top out at about 3 years), so as long as you take care of your phone physically, the longevity factor here is really high!
  • The iPhone XS is a performance monster - there is no other way of putting it - it still blows the best Android phones away - and the new A12 Bionic processor sets a new standard for performance, and for chip design
  • The most important gains from the crazy fast A12 Bionic are in AI, AR and graphics - AR apps for instance show better, smoother video and higher-resolution backgrounds (Apple says that's due to a greatly improved Neural Engine chip for machine learning and computer vision)
  • The cameras will blow you away, and are easily the best-in-class along with the Pixel 2
  • The dual rear cameras are markedly improved from the iPhone X delivering better photos in both dark and high-contrast environments (Apple calls this "Smart HDR") thanks to a new sensor and the new image processor on the A12 Bionic chip - in practice, this means photos look better whether shot on a nighttime street, in a dark bar or in bright sunlight - focus is faster, too - all these elements combine to produce an even better camera than the already great iPhone X - and the difference is significant enough to get serious photographers interested
  • There is also a new adjustable background depth feature in portrait mode, that allows you to tweak the bokeh level, giving you even more power over your photos
  • Portrait Lighting effects, which digitally remove the background and turn selfies into head shots, now look slightly less artificial
  • The iPhone XS' video recording quality might benefit even more from the phone's camera improvements than still photos - the added HDR (better auto contrast, as with the still photos) and extra stabilization will make even your more casual videos look more vibrant, even at 1080p and 30fps - and the microphones now record in stereo, too - very simply, the iPhone's video camera is the best video camera on any phone at this point
  • As with the iPhone X, the iPhone XS pumps out some solid stereo sound in landscape mode, but the XS takes it up a notch - they sound even better, crisp and loud - movies and games sound great, almost like listening on an iPad Pro
  • The battery lasts the work day, and is slightly improved over last year's iPhone X - though it's not world-beating by any definition
  • Better wireless charging than before - Apple says the phone's wireless charging coil has improved so there'll be fewer misses when you place it on a charge pad
  • Support for faster Gigabit LTE
  • Finally, the iPhones this year also add dual SIM support - this is done with a physical nano-SIM + eSIM combination (eSIMs are currently supported in India only on Airtel and Jio)
  • On the whole, the iPhone XS series is pretty much an "S" iPhone series, an overall polish and refinement of the bold iPhone X - they're faster, with better camera hardware that will make everyday photography more professional-looking - for most iPhone X users this will be a skippable upgrade, but for everyone else, the iPhone XS and XS Max, are the very best iPhones (and arguably the best smartphones) you can get - that's of course if you can afford it - these are crazy good phones at crazy high prices!
  • Gorgeous fit, finish, and design - Huawei is known for its stunning hardware and the Huawei P20 is no exception - the phone looks stunning - and build quality is exceptional too
  • Water, and dust resistant (IP67 certified)
  • Fast, effective face unlock
  • Gorgeous tall OLED edge-to-edge screen with a notch - it looks great and ticks all the right (flagship-level) boxes
  • EMUI is now one of the more refined Android experiences - it is feature-rich, but sticks fairly close to stock Android, and most of the added touches are pretty useful - such as unique knuckle gestures (taking a screenshot with a single knuckle tap to the display), and drawing a line for split-screen mode
  • The software also supports 'easy projection' - so you simply plug in the USB-C to HDMI and out to a monitor to use your phone as your computer
  • Top-end, flagship level hardware (the Kirin 970 chipset) ensures a flawless, butter-smooth performance, and is on par with other top Snapdragon 845 level phones
  • Superlative triple (yes, triple!) camera system on the rear, goes one up on the already very good camera on the P20 - and is supercharged by some intelligent AI features - low light performance is amazing, slow-mo video is great, and the portrait mode delivers great results too - in every way, the camera is a blast to use and results are outstanding - and with even better low performance compared to the P20 and a 3x zoom setting that also happens to work great for portraits, the P20 Pro is arguably the best camera phone to date, even leaving behind the Pixel 2/XL and the Galaxy S9/Plus - and it certainly is the most compelling use of computational photography seen in a phone yet
  • The single speaker is quite loud
  • Good call quality and strong network reception
  • Epic battery life - will comfortably last you about 2 days with moderate use
  • Fast charging support
  • Ample internal storage
  • On the whole, if you’ve been waiting for a phone that can upset the Apple-Samsung duopoly, this is it - the P20 Pro surprises and delights like few others and the the synergy between the excellent ergonomics, display, camera, and responsiveness of the Huawei P20 Pro shouldn’t be underestimated - many people may (justifiably) prefer it to the likes of the Galaxy S9 (the P20 has a more potent camera, better ergonomics, longer battery life, and arguably a better Android skin) and the Pixel 2 (the P20 again has better battery life, and better design) - with Huawei’s rapid improvement, Apple and Samsung now have a credible third competitor in the contest for super flagship phone supremacy - it’s time for the entire world to sit up and take notice
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Headphone jack dongles are now no longer included in the retail package - which means you will have to rely on Apple's included lightning port earphones (or purchase wireless earphones)
  • No fast charger included in the retail box - Apple only includes a 5-watt basic Lightning iPhone charger in-box - a fast charger will need to be purchased separately
  • With the glass back, you will need to get used to smudges unless you use a case
  • The fingerprint sensor is positioned a bit too low and is not in any sort of natural ergonomic position
  • While the rear camera setup is excellent, the fixed focus front camera is only decent
  • No headphone jack, like a lot of modern flagship phones, so you will be dependent on USB-C or bluetooth headphones
  • No support for wireless charging like some other flagships
Expert Reviews
  1. A benchmark for the whole industr...If money isn't an issue, then go ahead and buy it
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The iPhone XS and XS Max are your best choice if you’re looking for a no-compromise smartphone experience (and money’s not an issue)
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The XS and XS Max are more polished, more advanced versions of the iPhone X
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. An evolution, not a revolution
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The iPhone XS, and XS Max are solid updates to a winning formula
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A modest upgrade on a very good phone
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A powerful and gorgeous Device...but also one that's quite heavy on the pocket
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Its performance is leaps ahead of not just its predecessor, but every other Android flagship smartphone...However, with its average battery life and the astronomical price, this isn't a smartphone for everyone
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Going for the gold - the monstrous performance and cameras will blow you away
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Crazy good phones at crazy high prices
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  1. Huawei offers true innovation with the P20 Pro catching everybody else off-guard
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Huawei P20 Pro's groundbreaking low-light mode and stunning twilight colour scheme make it a serious contender to Galaxy, iPhone and Pixel phones
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. It's not just ambitious, it's audacious...a remarkably well-built device with a triple camera system and loads of style
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Great battery life, top specs and the most compelling use of computational photography seen in a phone yet make the Huawei P20 Pro one of the most interesting phones available.
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A true flagship....Competes with the greatest smartphones out there today, and comes out winning in a lot of ways
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. If you want one of the most versatile cameras in a smartphone at the moment, the Huawei P20 Pro should be your first pick
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The Huawei P20 Pro is the perfectly executed flagship from Huawei
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Huawei P20 Pro shames every other smartphone camera in the market right now, thanks to the Leica branded optics
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. The P20 Pro is an excellent smartphone for those who want the best camera
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Artificial intelligence, three cameras and excellent battery life make the Huawei P20 Pro a top notch Android flagship phone
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
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