Our Opinion

The Huawei P30 Pro is a slightly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Huawei P30 Pro  Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite 
Huawei P30 Pro Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite
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Excellence Score
85.8
83.9
Value for Money Score
67.0
83.6
Price ₹ 51,725 onwards ₹ 39,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2019 Jan, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.47 inches 6.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 398 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 393 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features AMOLED, FullView Notch Display, DCI-P3 Super AMOLED, Always-on display, HDR, Punch-hole Camera
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.6 GHz 2.84 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 980Ranked #11 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G76 MP10 Adreno 640
RAM 8 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 40MP + 20MP + 8MP + TOF Camera 48MP + 12MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 40MP: F/1.6Aperture; 27mm Focal Length (wide); 1/1.7" Sensor Size; PDAF; OIS, 20MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 16mm Focal Length (ultrawide); 1/2.7" Sensor Size; PDAF, Periscope 8MP: F/3.4 Aperture; 125mm Focal Length (telephoto); 1/4" Sensor Size; 5x Optical Zoom; OIS; PDAF, Leica Optics, 50x Super Zoom, Panorama, HDR, Video EIS, Slo-mo Video (720p@960fps) 48MP: f/2.0 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF; OIS, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (Ultra-wide), 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 1/5.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size; Dedicated Macro Camera, Panorama, HDR, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30/60fps; 720p@960fps, EIS
Secondary Camera 32MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, HDR f/2.2 Aperture; 25mm Focal Length, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR
Internal Memory 256 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 1 TB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.41 mmMedium 8.1 mmMedium
Weight 192 gmHeavy 186 gmMedium
Width 73.4 mmOk for one-handed use 75.6 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 2m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 4200 mAh 4500 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, 45W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 40W Fast charger Yes, 25W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Nano Memory Expendable Slot; In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor; Wireless Quick Charge; Reverse wireless charging; NFC; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Beautiful, aesthetic, dual-glass-with-metal-frame design
  • Stunning gradient color options, something that's now becoming a bit of an industry standard, but was first introduced by Huawei itself
  • Nice ergonomics, even for such a large screen device - because of all the curves it feels smaller and thinner than it actually is (the front and rear glass pieces are both curved towards their longer sides)
  • The under-display fingerprint scanner is arguably the fastest sensor of this type yet (matching speeds of physical sensors), and works pretty much flawlessly
  • There's also quick face unlock available, if you prefer to use that
  • IP68-rated for dust and water resistance
  • Excellent, sharp, large 6.47-inch HDR AMOLED screen with a tiny cut-out notch, and skinny bezels
  • The display is also quite bright, and sunlight legibility is excellent
  • The display of the P30 Pro has two Color modes - Normal and Vivid - each of those also has three sub-modes - Default, Warm, and Cold - allowing for a lot of customization, according to your taste
  • EMUI is a pretty polished and refined Android UI now, after years of Huawei's software team working on it
  • One of the new things with this EMUI version is the ERO file system that offers 3x increase in Random reads, 10% improvement in app startup, and also frees up the storage taken by system files by 20% - all of it means even snappier general performance
  • Other useful add-ons include GPU Turbo 2.0 mode (supported games run at higher frame rates, and consume less battery than usual), Password vault, Huawei Share (share files with a PC and print documents wirelessly), Digital balance app (tells you how much time you are spending on your phone and gives you the option to limit yourself or your kid), iPhone-like gesture navigation, smart rotation, lift to wake, extensive theme support, mobile optimiser app, Health app (Google Fit syncing and step counting), and an improved AI-powered gallery
  • Flagship-grade performance backed by the top-end Kirin 980 chip by HiSilicon - that runs butter smooth under all work-loads
  • The Huawei P30 Pro also has an improved cooling system with a combination of graphene film and a heat pipe with vapor chamber - which means that even with prolonged gaming, the phone will warm up significantly lesser
  • To put it very simply, the camera setup on the P30 Pro is extraordinary, and doesn't just make the P30 Pro the new camera phone king leaving the iPhone XS, Pixel 3, Mate 20 Pro, and Galaxy S10 behind, but actually challenges a lot of dedicated digital cameras
  • For the quad rear camera setup at the back, starting top to bottom - the first snapper is the 20MP one with the ultra-wide lens - then comes the 40MP sensor with OIS - and finally you can see the end of the periscope zoom lens for the 8MP sensor, also with OIS - and, next to the triple main setup sit the dual-tone LED flash and the ToF camera which replaces the laser autofocus on the P30 Pro and also improves the edge detection accuracy in portrait shots
  • Main camera: Photos from the main camera are among the best photos a smartphone camera can produce today - there is very high-level detail even in complex areas, exceptional dynamic range, accurate colors, superb contrast, and, overall very mature processing
  • Ultra-wide camera: Photos from this camera too have enough resolved detail, color rendition is excellent and true to life, while the noise levels are still low - the dynamic range is often superb, probably due to the multi-frame stacking magic - the ultra-wide-angle cam can also do macro shots just like the other cameras
  • Tele-photo camera: Without a doubt, the hero of the piece, and what makes the P30 Pro extra special, is the 8MP telephoto lens with spectacular '5x' zoom - the zoomed pictures are very detailed and the extra reach is really quite impressive for a smartphone - the color, contrast, and dynamic range are also very good - that's not all, you can also go up to 10x hybrid zoom, and 50x digital zoom (effectively you can use the camera as a portable binocular)
  • TOF camera: When taking portraits, the P30 Pro uses the main 40MP camera and the ToF snapper - the results are quite impressive - the subject separation in the portrait shots are one of the best, if not the best that you will see on a smartphone - the resolved detail is excellent, and the blurred backgrounds look nice
  • All shots also get a boost from a well-optimized AI system which recognizes and tunes settings for up to 1, 500 different scenes
  • Low-light performance is another big highlight here and low-light images from all the rear cameras, with and without the night mode, leave you surprised - they are all perfectly usable and blur-free - the images have an even exposure, well preserved highlights, and over all great dynamic range - noise is never an issue even in the shadows and night-time colors are retained very well too - overall, even in low light performance, the P30 Pro leaves every other smartphone camera behind
  • The front selfie camera is very good too - the dynamic range is excellent for a selfie shooter enhanced by that AI HDR+, and you will never have to think about the light source position - the colors are good as well and there is plenty of detail
  • Video recording via the rear camera setup is excellent too, giving you the freedom to zoom in or out in any video resolution, with some excellent stabilization at that - something that a full-blown camera will have a hard time matching, let alone with the same level of convenience - plus the footage has stellar dynamic range, the colors are true to life and contrast is excellent - there is of course slow-mo, and super-slow-mo recording as well
  • Low-light video footage is also excellent, and once again, class-leading - the level of resolved detail is high, the noise is kept under control, the exposure is even and the colors are just brilliant
  • The camera app also has the handy HiVision smart assistant as part of the camera app - it's basically a smart lens, which automatically recognizes landmarks, art, and food - a la Google Lens
  • Fairly loud, bottom-firing speaker (it's a single speaker though, not stereo)
  • Excellent, rich call quality - the front panel of the P30 Pro also doubles as an earpiece - the whole thing is "acoustic" and vibrates to create sound - the tech is really impressive, and works flawlessly - in fact because of the bone conduction technology sound can be heard in much noisier environments when compared to a traditional earpiece - even if you are in a club, you will hear the other side quite clearly - there is no sound leakage either
  • Very good battery life from a large 4200 mAh battery, an efficient chipset, and some good software optimization - you will comfortably get 1 and a half days of use
  • There is also support for 40W Super Charging - the bundled cable and charger can fill a flat battery up to 70% in just 30 mins, 90% in 45 mins and 100% in 60 mins - super impressive given the battery size, and probably the fastest charging on a mainstream phone
  • There is also 15W wireless charging support, as well as the reverse wireless charging (you can use the phone to wirelessly charge other devices, quite like the Galaxy S10)
  • Huawei has really hit its stride with the P30 Pro and will once again have the rest of the phone makers playing catch up, especially in terms of the brilliant camera tech - for now, the P30 Pro is by far the best camera smartphone you can get for your money - and while photography is the Huawei P30 Pro's forte, it still excels at everything that you'd need from a modern smartphone - design, screen, performance and gaming, even battery life - you simply can't go wrong with the P30 Pro, if you have the money to spend
  • Clean and simple design - manages to look and feel like a high-end device (though, it uses a 'Glastic' polycarbonate back)
  • The front looks striking and modern, thanks to the single punch-hole 'Infinity-O' panel with very narrow bezels and a thin chin at the bottom
  • Relatively light-weight at 186g for a phone this big
  • Both the in-display fingerprint sensor & face recognition are quick at unlocking the phone
  • Excellent, crisp and bright 'Super AMOLED+' display with Full HD+ resolution - it excels at producing punchy colors and has good viewing angles
  • The panel also supports HDR 10+ and Widewine L1, which makes the S10 Lite an absolute delight to stream HD movies and shows on popular OTT platforms such as Hotstar and Netflix
  • Samsung's second generation of its One UI based on Android 10 is one of the better, more clean and streamlined Android UIs around, and is well optimised for large modern displays (like this one)
  • Apart from facilitating fluid animations and gesture controls, the UI also brings support for Samsung’s ecosystem of apps and services, including Bixby (Vision, Lens Mode, Routines), the full version of Samsung Pay and Samsung Health - there’s also support for the defense-grade security platform Samsung Knox
  • Blazingly fast, power packed performance with the super fast flagship Snapdragon 855 - the device is arguably even more powerful than the company’s current flagship Note 10 and S10 series - opening apps or loading a game, the phone feels snappy, and even heavy-duty games such as PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty run at the highest graphic settings on the device
  • Very good triple camera setup - at the heart of its above par optics performance is a 48MP primary lens + a 12MP ultra-wide lens + a 5MP macro lens
  • For all intents and purposes, the primary lens is the star of the show here - it is capable of clicking some stunning shots during day time - the shots produce impressive levels of detail and dynamic range, under well-lit situations, putting this camera at least on par with the flagship devices from Samsung
  • Low light performance is equally capable of surprising the user - shots come out looking crisp and with a good amount of detail and colour accuracy, this might be because of the Super Steady OIS which helps save low light shots which would have otherwise been ruined by a slight movement of the hand
  • There is also a wide-angle and a macro-lens - both perform quite well during situations where the lenses are fed with enough light, the images look vivid and capture accurate colours and details - the two cameras provide the user with extra framing options which are high in quality
  • Portrait mode or Live Focus works well, with good edge detection, detail and colours - you can change the background bokeh effect for some interesting results
  • The 32MP front camera captures 8MP oversampled photos, which look good, with punchy colours and good amounts of detail - Live Focus is available here too, so you can play around with different bokeh effects - the front camera is pretty capable under artificial light too
  • Video quality is also good and the Super Steady mode help in recording very smooth videos
  • Overall, the Galaxy S10 Lite offers very capable cameras and the image quality on par with other phones in this price segment
  • Brilliant battery life, thanks to the optimised OneUI and the flagship Snapdragon 855 - on moderate use, the S10 Lite will easily give a day and a half’s worth of use
  • Very Fast Charging with the impressive 25W Charger (and support for an insane 45W Fast Charging), it tops up the phone’s battery to the brim in about 70 minutes
  • The Galaxy S10 Lite represents great value for money, something that you won’t generally get to hear about Samsung’s devices too often - from the cameras to the battery and overall performance, the phone impresses every step of the way, making it one of the best buys in the smartphone market right now
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Of course, like all glass backs, the back does get smudged up by fingerprints quite easily
  • That said, EMUI is not quite as simple and uncluttered as stock Android UI, or one of the lighter Android skins like Oxygen OS
  • The back panel is quite glossy and hence a fingerprint and smudge magnet
  • The display remains at 60 Hz refresh rate while the competition has moved to more futuristic 90 or 120 Hz displays like the ones in the OnePlus 7T and the ROG Phone 2
  • It is slightly more expensive than its closest competitor, the OnePlus 7T, which offers high refresh-rate display, a more premium glass and metal body, stereo speakers, a telephoto camera, and a more current processor - also, the base variant of the Asus ROG Phone 2 is also available at similar price, and offers much better gaming features
Expert Reviews
  1. Huawei is turning into the cameraphone benchmark for the whole industry...And the Huawei P30 Pro is the next big thing everyone will be looking to beat
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Brings a revolution in terms of being able to zoom 5x times or even 10x times, as well as in capturing photos in pitch black environments
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The absolute best camera on any phone
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Owns the title of the most capable mobile camera on the planet
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Gets pretty darn close to being the perfect smartphone, and it’s the best camera phone we’ve used to date
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Huawei has delivered a set of cameras that far surpass Apple, Samsung, and Google's current flagships in terms of features and capabilities...you'll be very happy choosing this phone over them if photography is your preferred creative outlet
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. All things considered, the P30 Pro once again offers the most of anyone in the market...the areas in which it loses to rivals are minor - but the areas in which the P30 Pro wins, it wins in a landslide
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Irresistible for photographers and camera enthusiasts
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. If you are looking for the best camera smartphone in the market today, the Huawei P30 Pro is the one to go for
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Most definitely the best cameraphone....Given that the rest of the phone is great as well, if you care about smartphone photography you should definitely consider it as your next phone
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A phone with superpowers...its advantages over competitors are almost unfair
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. The best flagship money can buy right now
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. Perhaps the most well-rounded flagship to date...Huawei’s elegant P30 Pro represents the very pinnacle of technological innovation
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  14. Superb quad camera system puts Huawei's flagship ahead of the pack
    zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Easily the best camera phone one can buy
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. The camera phone to beat this year...that is also a great smartphone
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  17. Huawei is flexing its muscles once again ...the P30 Pro is even more versatile than its predecessor and retains the crown as the best camera smartphone
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  18. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  21. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. beebom.com hands-on Read Review »
  23. digit.in hands-on Read Review »
  24. tomsguide.com hands-on Read Review »
  25. t3.com hands-on Read Review »
  26. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  1. It's a great phone... but not particularly competitive at its launch price
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. There’s nothing "lite" about the S10 Lite, it has the hardware of a 2019 flagship and it certainly holds its own as an upper-tier phone
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. It's nice to have a good option from Samsung in this segment after a long time... but the price is on the higher side
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Galaxy S10 Lite is every bit a premium flagship smartphone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. The price is just right for the S10 Lite
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The S10 Lite is a mighty competitor in the affordable flagship segment and for someone looking for a power-packed phone from a big brand, the S10 Lite is a no brainer
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. One of the highly recommended options in its price
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Galaxy S10 Lite is the best value-driven flagship Samsung has launched to date
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The Galaxy S10 Lite comes highly recommended
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. At its price, the Galaxy S10 Lite is a formidable proposition
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. If you are a Samsung loyalist and don't want to spend Rs 50,000 on other S10 series devices, the S10 Lite emerges as a satisfactory option
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. From its cameras to the battery and overall performance, the phone impresses every step of the way, making it one of the best buys in the smartphone market right now
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. cnet.com hands-on Read Review »
  15. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  16. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. hindustantimes.com hands-on Read Review »
  18. tomsguide.com hands-on Read Review »
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