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The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 64GB, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Huawei Mate 20 Pro!

Huawei Mate 20 Pro  Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 64GB 
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
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Excellence Score
79.9
65.1
Value for Money Score
67.6
62.3
Price ₹ 43,525 onwards ₹ 34,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2018 Mar, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10 Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.39 inches 6.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x3120 pixels (~ 538 pixels per inch) 1440x2960 pixels (~ 531 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features AMOLED, DCI-P3, HDR10, FullView Display, 3D Curved Glass Super AMOLED, 3D Touch (home button only), Always-on display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.6 GHz 2.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 980Ranked #9 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 9810Ranked #10 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G76 MP10 Mali-G72 MP18
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 40MP + 20MP + 8MP 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 40MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 27mm Focal Length (wide); 1/1.7" Sensor Size, 20MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 16mm Focal Length (ultrawide); 1/2.7" Sensor Size, 8MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 80mm Focal Length (telephoto); 1/4" Sensor Size; 5x Optical Zoom; OIS, PDAF/Laser Autofocus, Leica Optics, Panorama, HDR, Slo-mo Video (720p@960fps) 12MP: F/1.5-2.4 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF, 12MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 52mm Focal Length; 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1µm Pixel Size; Autofocus; 2x Optical Zoom, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, Touch focus, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Panorama, HDR, Dual-Video rec., Slow-motion Video
Secondary Camera 24MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length (wide), HDR F/1.6 Aperture, Autofocus, Full HD+ Video Recording, Dual Video call, Auto HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 400 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.6 mm 8.5 mm
Weight 189 gm 189 gm
Width 72.3 mm 73.8 mm
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 2m for 30 mins) Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 4200 mAh 3500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 40W SuperCharge (70% in 30 min) Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes, 40W Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Qi Wireless Fast Charging; Reverse Wireless Charging; In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor; DLNA; NFC; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; LDAC and HWA Audio Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Samsung DeX (desktop experience support); Qi Wireless charging; Bixby; NFC; ANT+ support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Absolutely classy, sleek, eye-catching design - you are going to fall in love with the curving glass and metal approach reminiscent of the Galaxy S9
  • Some very attractive looking colour options
  • Water resistant (IP68)
  • Reasonably manageable size and weight, given what the phone packs - its 6.39-inch display is big, sure, but its odd 18.7:9 aspect ratio makes it long and narrow, and therefore easy to wrap your hand around
  • Good hand feel
  • Uses a solid in-screen fingerprint scanner - a little fingerprint icon lights up when the screen's locked to tell you where to place your finger
  • Also has an excellent face unlock system, which works like a breeze
  • An absolutely gorgeous AMOLED display - it's pin-sharp, thanks to its 3120x1440-pixel resolution, vibrant, has superb brightness, and great sunlight contrast - very simply it's as good as any flagship display gets
  • Huawei's EMUI is a decent Android skin (though it's starting to look a little dated now) but this time, importantly, it has a number of behind-the-scenes optimisations to make it run butter-smooth
  • Breathtaking performance with the most powerful processor on an Android phone yet - the potent Kirin 980 - navigation is immediate, apps open without hesitation, editing photos in Adobe Lightroom is a breeze, and heavy games such as Asphalt 9: Legends are a piece of cake
  • Incredibly versatile set of 3 cameras at the rear - arguably the best all-round setup on a smartphone especially for still images (even beating the likes of the iPhone XS, and Pixel 3 in various conditions)
  • The phone will take some brilliant shots in all sorts of conditions
  • The telephoto mode gives you a 3x zoom, with no loss of detail. Or you can digitally zoom in further to 5x if you want to get even closer on the action
  • Even more useful arguably is the super-wide angle lens, though - it's wide enough to give you some dramatic, creative angle shots
  • The AI scene recognition works well too and adds the software smarts to automatically make your pictures even better
  • Also like the P20, the Mate 20 Pro excels in low light - there's a "Night" mode, which takes multiple images over a period of several seconds, piecing them together into a much brighter, more detailed image than you are likely to find anywhere else
  • The Mate 20 Pro also features nice stereo speakers, but with a surprising, clever implementation: the secondary speaker is actually embedded in the USB-C port, so audio comes at you from the earpiece and the USB-C port (this does mean though that when your phone is plugged in for a charge, audio will sound a bit muffled)
  • Very good battery life - the burly 4200-mAh ticker will easily last a full day of demanding use - and with lighter use, you can even get 2 days - which puts it squarely among the top flagship performers, beating out the Google Pixel 3 and just below the Galaxy Note 9
  • It's also got some truly super fast charging tech - using a new 40-watt charger, you can get up to 70 percent charge in only 30 minutes! - these are pretty much unprecedented charging speeds, and leaves even OnePlus' excellent Dash charging in the water
  • There's also 2-way wireless charging - so you can not only wirelessly charge your phone - but also charge another wireless charging phone, using your phone! - again, this is some truly cutting edge tech
  • All said and done, the Mate 20 Pro is, especially in terms of hardware, the very best Android phone (and possibly even any phone) you can get your hands on, if money is no concern. Full stop.
  • This is the new Android power beast, taking over the baton from a position that's been held by the Samsung Galaxy Note series for a long time
  • If you want to walk around knowing that your pocket is home to some of the most cutting-edge tech it's possible to put in a phone, look no further
  • If you travel a lot and take a ton of photos, look no further
  • Ultimately, the Mate 20 Pro, sets the new standards of what an ultimate flagship should be like, and the rest of the industry will need to follow suit, or get left behind
  • Absolutely luscious design, continuing the design language that was introduced with the Galaxy S8 series (which is not a bad thing at all) - and it has some really sizzling color options in purple and blue, which really helps those supple curves stand out - the body colors look deep, rich and ever-changing thanks to the way the glossy glass catches the light - you will be hard pressed to find anything remotely as elegant, and beautiful in the Android market
  • The biggest design change is on the back, where the fingerprint reader moves below the camera module - this corrects the worst design mistake of both Galaxy S8 phones and the Note 8
  • Water resistant body
  • The tall, 18:9, minimal bezel, 6.2-inch AMOLED screen is absolutely gorgeous and even brighter than last year's (15 percent brighter, in fact) - and the sexy dual-curved design adds to the charm
  • Samsung software on top of Android adds some useful extras, extending the core functionality of Android - it is one of the better, more refined UIs in the Android world
  • Whiplash-fast performance backed by the super powerful Samsung's Exynos 9810 (similar to the Snapdragon 845 in terms of performance) - performance is top-notch as expected under all use cases
  • Terrific camera - the first to bring a mechanical dual-aperture lens from DSLRs to the much tinier mobile phone, a feature that's designed to let in more light, reduce image noise and generally make your photos a lot better
  • The image quality in well lit situations is top-notch
  • Low light performance often borders on astounding - with the amount of brightness & lack of noise you will find in the shots (thanks to the dual aperture lens) - although its not very consistent (some low light photos are oddly washed out)
  • The Galaxy S9 Plus also one-ups the excellent Galaxy S9 with a second rear camera for taking portrait photos - they come out well with a good bokeh effect
  • The super-slow motion video mode is pretty cool too, and when you frame the shot well, can give some incredible result
  • The selfie camera is good too, and has a new Selfie Focus mode, which uses software (and not a second lens) to create a depth effect with the front-facing camera, similar to the Pixel 2, or the iPhone X
  • On the whole the cameras on the Galaxy S9+/S9 compare well with the those on the other top camera phones - the Google Pixel 2, and the iPhone X - it's a toss up between these 3 - the Galaxy S9+ can produce some truly exceptional shots especially in the dark, but perhaps the iPhone X and the Pixel 2 are just a bit more consistent all round, everything considered
  • Dual-speaker system is excellent, and makes for loud, rich audio - and results in one of the best speaker experience of any smartphone, ever
  • Call quality is fantastic too, with the AKG tuning really paying off
  • Also has the good old-fashioned headphone jack! (that's missing in a lot of other flagships now)
  • Good (though not exceptional) battery life - will definitely last the work day on a single charge
  • Supports fast charging (although it's not the fastest around)
  • Supports wireless charging
  • DeX Pad support is another cool feature that enhances the Desktop Experience Samsung introduced on last year’s flagship Galaxy phones
  • On the whole, while outside of the display, the S9+ isn’t a class leader in any category, but it’s good enough in all of them that the whole package makes for a great flagship phone - it will compete with the Pixel 2/XL and the iPhone X for the title of the best smartphone - which one of these 3 you might choose will depend on what specific things you value
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Video recording quality is the only (minor) weakness in the camera here - it's still very good, mind you - but not up to the flawless, high standards of say the iPhone XS or the Pixel 3
  • Fragile glass front and back means you should buy a case day 1
  • The new face-unlock tool is not particularly secure (it might have been better for Samsung to build out a more refined version before rushing in to compete with the similar feature on the iPhone X)
  • The 3D avatar software is again not that well executed - the AR Emojis track your expressions poorly and need far more customization options
  • There’s also still no compelling use case for Bixby, Samsung's AI agent (though of course you have no compulsion to use it, and can instead keep using the Google Assistant)
  • While the camera is great generally, it can sometime make low-light photos look blurry and lack detail - even though brightness levels is excellent and noise is minimal - so its sometimes a double edged sword
  • Battery life is good, but not exceptional - some of the competition is ahead here
  • Among the two S9 variants themselves (standard, and plus), a lot of people might prefer the Galaxy S9, as it's a little easier to handle - the incremental improvements in the S9+ on the other hand (even bigger screen, more RAM, and a secondary rear camera) are arguably not that significant
  • Everything considered, S8 owners can skip the upgrade - the S9+ is excellent all-round, and incrementally better - but it's not a monumental change from the S8
  • Apart from the iPhone X and the Pixel 2/XL, the S9+ will also face tough competition now from lower priced flagships like the OnePlus 5T, which are almost as good on most of the important counts
  • The S9+ will also face direct competition from Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, which is pretty similar in many of the meaningful ways, but might come at a lower price
Expert Reviews
  1. The most jam-packed with features smartphone this season...deserves to be on your wishlist
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Right there with the very best Android phones
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If you want to walk around knowing that your pocket is home to some of the most cutting-edge tech it's possible to put in a phone, then the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is for you
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The best smartphone on the market right now
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A top-tier phone for a top-tier price
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. No other phone that’s launched this year has attracted me the way Mate 20 Pro does
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Unless you absolutely need the stylus of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, we suggest that you throw in a few thousand rupees more and get the Huawei Mate 20 Pro instead
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The most impressive Android phone to come out in 2018
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  9. Every once in a while there comes a phone that you can’t help but fall in love with
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  10. The most feature-packed phone you can currently buy...Android's dark horse champion
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  11. You’ll wish you could get one
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  1. It's an awesome phone, the Samsung Galaxy S9+
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. You can hardly find anything remotely as elegant, as advanced, and as polished, all in a single product, on the Android market
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Samsung phone you really want this year
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Thanks to blazing performance, solid cameras and long battery life, the Galaxy S9/S9+ continue to uphold the S series’ reputation for excellence
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Samsung’s best phone with a big screen and superb camera
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The best Samsung flagship ever
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Both Galaxy S9 and S9+ are solid, dependable workhorses with excellent displays, premium craftsmanship, and improved cameras
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The best Android smartphone available right now
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Impressive, to say the least
    bgr.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Samsung gets it exactly right
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The S9 and S9+ are probably the best Android phones for most users, and I’d have no problem recommending them to almost anyone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
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