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Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs. Huawei Mate 20 Pro: Two flagship smartphone cameras compared

By Marcus Wong - 2 Apr 2019


Note: This article was first published on 14th March 2019.


Duel of the titans

Chances are, the phone in your pocket is your most preferred camera for any occasion. Certainly, the rise of computational photography has meant that our smartphones now contain camera systems that are very capable of getting a quality image that may sometimes be better than what we can capture with a regular camera and with less hassle. Case in point, the two flagship smartphones we’re comparing today: the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S10+.

Discover more about each smartphone here:

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: Hands-on video, Review, Pricing

Samsung Galaxy S10+: Hands-on video, Review, Pricing


Cameras at a glance


Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The Mate 20 Pro is armed with a triple camera setup compromising of a wide 40MP f/1.8 lens, an ultra-wide 20MP f/2.2 lens, and an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens. Perhaps to keep images consistent through the various digital zoom levels, the main 40-megapixel sensor produces 10-megapixel images via pixel binning, but you still have the option to save a full 40MP image if you wish. Also take note that both zoom and main lenses now have optical image stabilization (OIS).


Samsung Galaxy S10+

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S10+ is the latest phone to come from Samsung, and also sports triple rear cameras that pairs a 12MP variable aperture f/1.5-f/2.4 lens, an ultra wide-angle 16MP f/2.2 lens that has a 123-degree field of view (FOV) and a lastly a 12MP f/2.4 telephoto lens to give you 2x optical zoom. Take note that while the wide and telephoto lenses both have OIS, the ultrawide does not, and it also lacks autofocus.

Specs-wise, here is how the two phones stack up in other areas besides photography:

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Samsung S10+ Compared
  Huawei Mate 20 Pro Samsung Galaxy S10+ (128GB)
  Huawei Mate 20 Pro Samsung Galaxy S10+ (128GB)
Operating system
  • Android 9.0 with EMUI 9.0
  • Android 9.0 Pie with Samsung One UI
  • Hisilicon Kirin 980 octa-core (2 x 2.6GHz Cortex-A76 & 2 x 1.92GHz Cortex-A76 & 4 x 1.8GHz Cortex-A55)
  • Samsung Exynos 9820 8nm octa-core (2x2.7 GHz Mongoose M4 & 2x2.3 GHz Cortex-A75 & 4x1.9 GHz Cortex-A55)
Built-in Memory
  • 6GB RAM
  • 8GB RAM
  • 6.39-inches 3,120 x 1,440 pixels (538 ppi) AMOLED 19.5:9 ratio
  • Always-On Display
  • 6.4-inch / 3,040 x 1,440 pixels (526 ppi) / 19:9 ratio / Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display
  • Always-On Display
  • Rear: Triple 40-megapixel f/1.8 wide + 20-megapixel f/2.2 ultrawide + 8-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto, OIS, Leica optics, 3x optical zoom,5x hybrid zoom, phase detection and laser autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash
  • Front: 24-megapixel, f/2.0
  • Rear: Triple 12-megapixel dual f/1.5 and 2.4, 26mm wide + 12-megapixel f/2.4, 52mm telephoto, 2x optical zoom + 16-megapixel, f/2.2, 12mm ultrawide
  • Front: Dual 10-megapixel, f/1.9 + 8-megapixel, f/2.2 depth sensor
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G+ LTE-A (3CA) Cat 21 (up to 1400Mbps), dual-band, hotspot, DLNA, Bluetooth v5, A2DP, LE, GPS, GLONASS, USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4 + 5GHz), 4G+ LTE Cat 20 (up to 2000Mbps), Bluetooth 5.0, VHT80, MIMO (2x2), GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Screen Mirroring
Storage Type
  • 128GB internal storage
  • Huawei Nano Memory expansion (up to 256GB)
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 512GB (MicroSD)
  • 4,200mAh
  • 40W Huawei SuperCharge
  • 15W Huawei Wireless Quick Charge (Qi wireless charging)
  • Reverse wireless charging
  • 4,100mAh
  • 15W Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
  • 15W Fast Wireless charging
  • 9W Reverse Wireless charging
  • 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 mm
  • 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm
  • 189g
  • 175g / 198g (ceramic)

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