How Huawei Mate 20 Pro Is Better Than Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9 and iPhone XS Max

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Chinese telecommunications-equipment and consumer-electronics company Huawei just launched its Huawei Mate 20 Pro in India. Its 6GB/128GB variant launched with a price tag of Rs. 69,990 which roughly translates to around $989 USD.

Finding Success In The Indian Market

In recent years, Chinese smartphones have found success in the Indian market. Take for example Xiaomi’s Mi A2 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Specifically for the latter, Xiaomi claimed that it is one of the top-selling and best mid-range smartphone in India.

But what about with Huawei? Well, last April, Huawei-brand smartphones were on the top 5 list of biggest smartphone vendors in the Indian market, replacing Lenovo in the fifth place, while Xiaomi took the first place. And currently, the most popular Huawei phone in India is the P20 Pro which was launched earlier this year.

But for this article, we’ll be focusing on what makes the Mate 20 Pro better than the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, and Apple iPhone XS Max.

The Price Tags

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

  • 6GB/128GB – 69,990 ($989)

Galaxy Note 9

  • 6GB/128GB – Rs 67,900 ($960)
  • 8GB/512GB – Rs 84,900 ($1,200)

Galaxy S9

  • 4GB/64GB – Rs 46,900 ($663)

iPhone XS Max

  • 4GB/64GB – Rs 1,09,900 ($1,099 in the US)
  • 4GB/256GB – Rs 1,24,900 ($1,249 in the US)
  • 4GB/512GB – Rs 1,44,900 ($1,449 in the US)

The Display

For the display, everyone has their own personal tastes – some prefer smaller displays, while others love larger displays. But in recent years, we can more or less agree that smartphones with larger displays is the popular trend.

But of course, there are also other factors that need to be considered as well, like the screen-to-body ratio for example. Sure, you can have a phone that features a large screen, but if it has thick bezels, then the overall size and weight of the device will be higher as well. With that, it would be a few steps from being a “mini-tablet”, and you might as well go with a tablet instead if that’s the case.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

  • 6.39-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • 87.9 percent screen-to-body ratio
  • Screen resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels.

Galaxy Note 9

  • 6.4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • 83.4 percent screen-to-body ratio
  • Screen resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels.

Galaxy S9

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • 84.8 percent screen-to-body ratio
  • Screen resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels

iPhone XS Max

  • 6.5-inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • 84.4 percent screen-to-body ratio
  • Screen resolution 1242 x 2688 pixels

The Battery

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro

  • 4200 mAh battery
  • 40W fast-charging capable of charging the device from 0 to 70 percent in just 30 minutes. And based on a review from Tech Thusiasts, it took 1 hour and 14 minutes to fully charge the device.
  • 15W wireless charging
  • Reverse wireless charging which enables the phone to wirelessly charge other devices. However, it’s a bit slow. But hey, at least you can share your battery life with other smartphones for the greater good.

Galaxy Note 9

  • 4000 mAh battery
  • Fast battery charging – Quick Charge 2.0 gives 75 percent faster charging times than standard devices. And according to a review from Tech Guy Charlie, the charging took 1 hour and 42 minutes with the use of a stock charger.
  • It has a wireless charging feature, but the features are dependent on the charging pad.

Galaxy S9

  • 3000 mAh battery
  • Fast battery charging – Quick Charge 2.0. Based on a review from KaHaSagit, to charge the Galaxy S9 from 5 percent to 100 percent took 1 hour and 30 minutes with the use of Samsung’s adaptive fast charger.
  • It has a wireless charging feature, but the features are dependent on the charging pad

iPhone XS Max

  • 3174 mAh battery
  • Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 min. And according to PhoneArena, it took 3 hours and 5 minutes to fully charge the iPhone XS Max with the stock 5W iPhone charger, 2 hours and 16 minutes with the 12W iPad charger, and 1 hour and 55 minutes with the 87W MacBook charger.
  • Qi wireless charging

The Camera

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro features a triple (40MP+20MP+8MP) rear camera and a 24MP selfie camera. Yeah, as expectable from Chinese high-end phones, they don’t shy away from high MP.

The Galaxy Note 9 features a dual (12 MP +12MP) rear camera and an 8 MP front camera. The Galaxy S9 features a 12 MP rear camera and an 8 MP selfie camera. Lastly, the iPhone XS Max features a dual (12 MP +12MP) rear camera and a 7 MP front camera.

Sure, some may argue that it’s not always about the MP, features of the camera also plays an important. Take for example Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL. In terms of performance, they’re quite good.

But what about the phones mentioned in this article that’s being compared to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro? Well, check out this camera test comparison between the Mate 20 Pro and Galaxy Note 9.

Although there were some cases that the Galaxy Note 9 excelled, in general, it was the Mate 20 Pro who excelled the most. The photos taken are sharper and defined, and the device is capable of capturing more due to its ultra-wide lens. Moreover, it performs better in low-light conditions. Video-wise, its stabilization is another level compared to the Galaxy Note 9, and combined with its ultra-wide lens, it makes things even more dramatic.

Next, we have is the comparison camera review between the Mate 20 Pro and iPhone XS Max.

This one here, although the photos captured with iPhone XS Max look more accurate (in terms of capturing the blue sky) in daylight conditions, the photos taken with the Mate 20 Pro are sharper and more detailed. For portrait photos, the photos capture with iPhone XS Max offers more contrast, but in terms of background, the Mate 20 Pro did a better job. And as for selfies, Mate 20 Pro takes sharper photos but falls apart when the Portrait mode was enabled.

In slightly lower light conditions, the Mate 20 Pro excels. And in low-light conditions, again, the Mate 20 Pro excels, but way ahead – it even takes it a whole ‘nother level when the Night Mode is activated.

In terms of video recording, with the rear camera, again, the Mate 20 Pro is the winner. It captures more details and has more dynamic range. But for the front camera, the iPhone XS Max seems better.

As for the camera comparison review between the Galaxy S9 and Mate 20 Pro, we weren’t able to find any. The ones we found were between the Mate 20 Pro and Galaxy S9 Plus instead. We apologize.

Anyways, what are your thoughts about the Mate 20 Pro? Tell us in the comment section below.

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