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Note 10+ versus P30 Pro: Which flagship smartphone is the best?

With the launch of the Samsung Note10+ on August 8, it is the time again for the battle of the best Android phones between Huawei and Samsung’s flagship series.

Huawei P series remains one of our favorite flagship series, with the multiple award-wining Huawei P30 Pro remaining a strong competitor for the best premium flagship phones in the market.

So which is the better flagship smartphone? And which smartphone offers the best features?

 

Quad Rear Camera

Camera has been an important battleground for smartphone trying to leave a mark in the market, and both P30 Pro and Note 10+ has a set-up of quad camera, albeit with different specs. Huawei has leveraged on its collaboration with the legendary German camera brand Leica to produce 40+20+8MP cameras, as well as the TOF sensor to increase the depth-of-field effect. Samsung has caught up to Huawei as well with the newly added TOF with Note 10+, although the 12+12+16MP setup is arguably much lower than we would expect from a flagship phone.

It is slightly disappointing to see that Note 10+ has not been doing much innovative changes on its cameras, with the main sensor retaining the 12M as its predecessors. The new ToF sensor and night-mode camera features almost seem dated when compared to the 50X zoom and super low-light feature of P30 Pro.

 

Selfie Camera

Things actually get tricky when there is only one camera involved. Admittedly, P30 Pro has a higher spec with its 32MP sensor against Note10+’s 10MP camera. But when it comes to our important selfie tool, we all know hardware isn’t the only consideration like traditional photography. Guess we would have to get our hands on the phone to try out the selfie function. It is also a bit disconcerting that Samsung has changed from f1.9 to f2.2 for its front camera aperture. And if you are wondering, smaller number is better when it comes to aperture.

Battery and Charging

On paper, this seems to be a no brainer. With a slightly bigger battery (Note 10+’s 4300mAh against P30 Pro’s 4200mAH) and a higher voltage fast-charge capability (45W against 40W Huawei SuperCharge), Note 10+ is clearly the better option, until you dig deeper. Note 10+ is a spiritual descendent of the explosive Note 7, and we do mean that literally.

The battery of Note 7 offers a powerful battery power that process to overheat and has caused a serious PR crisis for the brand, which is why Samsung has greatly reduce the power of Note 8 to 3,300 mAh from Note 7’s 3,500 mAh. That happened two years ago, and now Samsung has decided to attempt a 4,300 mAh battery with its latest flagship phones. Suffice to say, it is best to adopt a wait-and-see attitude to see if it ends well for Samsung, and its users.

Meanwhile, Samsung 45W charger is an interesting improvement, but most users who bought the Note 10+ would have to fork out more if they do want to try out the fast charging feature, as Samsung is only offering the 25W charger alongside its phone. You would have to buy the 45W wired charger separately.

 

Design

Question: Does the Samsung Note 10+ look awfully familiar to you? For comparison purposes, we have put the picture of the phones here. One would almost wonder if they are from the same brand if not for the word Samsung behind Note 10+. Steve Jobs once thought that imitation is the highest form of flattery, and Samsung clearly agrees with a similar color scheme and rear camera layout not unlike the Huawei P series.

Both P30 Pro and Note 10+ are flagship phones with premium pricing to reflect just that. However, buyers of Huawei P30 Pro would benefit from the fact that the phone has been launched for a few months, and hence you could find better deals on the market. Note 10+ would surely give you good feeling of holding a hot new product fresh out of the product research lab, that is, until Huawei launches the Mate 30 and a whole new battle starts again.

 

New Features

Samsung Note 10+ has used the 7nm chipset to the Note 10+. If it sounds familiar, it is because Huawei smartphones has been using the same exact technology for a few months. Moreover, Samsung has finally removed the 3.5mm headphone jack on its latest flagship series. Coincidence? Hardly.

 

Price

Both P30 Pro and Note 10+ are flagship phones with premium pricing to reflect just that. However, buyers of Huawei P30 Pro would benefit from the fact that the phone has been launched for a few months, and hence you could find better deals on the market. Note 10+ would surely give you good feeling of holding a hot new product fresh out of the product research lab, that is, until Huawei launches the Mate 30 and a whole new battle starts again.

So what do you think? Samsung Note 10+ or Huawei P30 Pro?

For more information on Huawei P30 Pro, visit the website

https://consumer.huawei.com/np/

 

 

Note 10+

P30 pro

Screen

6.8,19:9, FHD, 90.74%, HDR10+

Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED

3040 X 1440p (498 ppi)

6.47,19.5:9, FHD, OLED, HDR10

2340 x 1080 (398 ppi)

Rear Camera

  1. 12M, variable apertureOIS (1.4u,F1.5/F2.4)
  2. 12M2X opticalOIS (1.0u, F2.1) S10 F2.4
  3. 16Multra-wideAF (1.0u, F2.2)
  4. TOF Depth Sensor

LEICA Quad-Camera

  1. 40MP Super Sensingf/1.6OIS
  2. 20MP Ultra-widef/2.2
  3. 8MP 10x hybrid/50x digital zoomf/3.4OISAF
  4. TOF

Memory

12+256 / 12+512

UFS 3.0

Hybrid MicroSD card

8+256 / 8+512

UFS 2.1

HUAWEI NM card

Front Camera

10M Dual Pixel AF

(1.22u,F2.2)S10 F1.9

32M FF

0.8u,F2.0)

Security

Face unlock +

Ultrasonic In-Display fingerprint

Face unlock +

Optical In-Display fingerprint

Battery

4300mAh

4200mAh

Charging

Up to 45W (Wired), 25W charger

12W (Wireless)

Wireless PowerShare

40W HUAWEI Supercharge

15W (Wireless)

Reverse-wireless charging

Speaker

Stereo speaker

Sound on Display, bottom firing

3.5mm Jack

NO

NO

IP-rating

IP68

IP68

Chipset

Exynos 9825 (7nm), NPU

Kirin980 (7nm), Dual NPU

Size

162.3 x 77.1 x 7.9 mm (198g)

158.0 x 73.4 x 8.41mm (192g)

Color

Aura Glow, Aura Black, Aura White

 

Price

 4G: $1099 (256GB), $1199 (512GB)

 5G: $1299 (256GB), $1399 (512GB)

$1090

 

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