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Huawei P40 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S20+ - More expensive is not always better

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Huawei and Samsung, two of the top global mobile makers have recently launched their high-end smartphone line for the first half of the year—the P40 family and Galaxy S20 series.
P40 Pro or S20+?

For Huawei, it includes the P40, P40 Pro, and P40 Pro+. On the other hand, you'll find the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra. Those two smartphone lines highlight top-end specifications and cameras.

In this article, we compared the Huawei P40 Pro (PHP 50,990) and the Samsung Galaxy S20+ (PHP 55,990) to see which one suits your preference best.


Let's start!

Build Quality/Design

As expected, the two phones boast premium and sturdy materials. Both are equipped with glass and sturdy metal body, machine-cut metal buttons, and really nice finishes.
Premium materials
Premium materials

Samsung uses Gorilla Glass 6 at the back and front, so expect it to survive a few accidental drops and avoid having annoying hairline scratches.

Beautifully designed phones!

Meanwhile, Huawei has its own glass protection. The back panel of the P40 Pro has a refractive matte finish with scratch and fingerprint smudge resistance.

Up to this date, our P40 Pro is still very free from hairline scratches in the front even if it doesn't have a pre-installed screen protector. Also, its back panel is more smudge resistant than the Galaxy S20+. 

Both have IP68 water and dust resistance rating. This means that the P40 Pro and Galaxy S20+ can survive accidental drops in fresh water up to 1.5 meters deep for about 30 minutes.
Punch-hole in the middle and pill-shaped punch-hole, both come with an In-Display fingerprint scanner
Punch-hole in the middle and pill-shaped punch-hole, both come with an In-Display fingerprint scanner

The two phones highlight a 3D curved back with a rectangular-shaped camera hump on the upper left corner. The camera hump of Huawei is smaller than the Galaxy S20 Ultra, but it is bigger than the Galaxy S20+. But, the edges on camera hump is smoother on the P40 Pro. 

On a closer look, it is also a tad slimmer.


Huawei's camera hump contains the Leica quad-cam along with the dual-tone LED flash and the back microphone. S20+ goes with four cameras and a microphone as well. There's a single LED flash at its back too.

The devices have similar curves, but they differ in the finish. As mentioned, the P40 Pro has a matte glass finish with a nice shine and gradient look on different angles. It comes in  Deep Sea Blue, Ice White, Black, Blush Gold, and Silver Frost colors.

The finish of P40 Pro is simply stunning!

On the other hand, Samsung opted for a glossier and more plain finish. You can get it in Cosmic Gray, Cosmic Black, or Cloud blue colors.

In the front, the S20+ has a flatter 2.5D curved back. The P40 Pro doesn't have the waterfall-like curve of the Mate 30 Pro, but it is using the Quad-Curve Overflow screen design. It curves on top, bottom, and sides for a more comfortable grip and easier gesture swipes.

Even if the P40 Pro has curvier curves, it isn't prone to accidental touches on the sides like the Galaxy S20+.

The main difference between the two in front is the implementation of the punch-hole. Samsung has a smaller punch-hole in the middle to house its single selfie camera.

For me, it looks neater than the bigger pill-shaped punch-hole of the P40 Pro.

However, it'll still pick function over the looks. Besides, P40 Pro's punch-hole design is still considered as very small considering that it has all the sensors found on the Mate 30 Pro with a bigger notch.

Inside the punch-hole, you'll find its 32MP f/2.2 selfie shooter with AF along with the important sensors for 3D depth sensing, gestures, more secured face unlock, and more.

S20+ has an earspeaker that acts as the secondary speaker on the upper left side of the punch-hole. P40 Pro comes with an In-Display speaker that acts like a traditional ear speaker for calls.


The P40 Pro has slightly slimmer bezels and it has a larger 91.6 percent screen-to-body ratio. S20+ goes with 90.5 percent.


The P40 Pro is smaller at 158.2 x 72.6 mm than the 161.9 x 73.7 mm of S20+. But, the S20+ is slightly slimmer at 7.8 mm versus 8.5 mm.
Top and bottom view
Top and bottom view
Right view
Right view

On top of the phone, the P40 Pro hs an IR Blaster and a microphone. The S20+ has a slot for the hybrid SIM slots and a microphone. Below, both come with the main speaker, USB-C slot, another mic.

The P40 Pro has its NM card slot and single SIM slot below. Just note that the P40 Pro also has a secondary eSIM support.


Both have nothing at left and power key and volume rocker at right.


Overall, the two feels amazing in the hands. They weigh at 186 grams (S20+) and 209 grams (P40 Pro). The slight edge in comfort to hold goes to Huawei.


Multimedia Experience

These two 2020 high-end phones are both equipped with high-end displays.
Closer fight than expected
Closer fight than expected

The P40 Pro is packed with a custom OLED screen from either BOE, LG, or Samsung. This screen is 6.58-inch big and as mentioned it is dubbed as a Quad-Curve Overflow display as it wraps around all sides of the display. It also has a crisp 2640 x 1200 resolution at 441 ppi with a 90Hz refresh rate.

Gorgeous high refresh rate screens!

S20+ highlights a larger 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2x panel with super crisp QHD+ 3040 x 1440 resolution at 525 ppi. It also has a high refresh rate of 120Hz if you will switch all the way down to FHD+ 2400 x 1080 or around 393 ppi.


Samsung's display has up to QHD+ resolution, but most likely, you will go down to 2400 x 1080 most of the time to take advantage of the smoother 120Hz refresh rate.


Meanwhile, the P40 Pro comes with the 90Hz refresh rate screen even on its max 2640 x 1200 resolution with 441 ppi.


In this case, it's either you will go for the slightly smoother animations of the 120Hz FHD+ mode of S20+ or the P40 Pro with slightly sharper 441 ppi at 90Hz refresh rate.


In real-life, the difference between the two screens in terms of picture quality is not that huge.


The colors on Natural or Normal mode are very similar. Both are super high-quality screens with natural colors, strong brightness levels, and excellent viewing angles. The blacks on Samsung's panel are just a hairline deeper for me.


Overall, both are excellent for viewing different types of content like playing games, watching YouTube clips or Netflix movies/series, viewing your social media account, and many more.


A good screen without a great audio output won't give you a complete multimedia experience.


The P40 Pro only uses a single loudspeaker at the bottom. But, it is a loud type of single speaker. Mids and highs are pretty good. It has some sort of bass response, but it won't be that pronounced as expected. It has clear and loudspeaker performance with a reasonably wide soundstage.


But, the speaker quality advantage goes to the S20+. It is a bit too bright and airy, but it has stereo audio quality tuned by AKG. Its primary down-firing speaker is paired with a secondary loudspeaker/ear speaker hidden in the bezel above the display. It has a slightly tighter bass response and louder max output. Both come with minimal distortion at high volume levels.


To enjoy listening to using your good old wired headphones or earphones, you'll need to use a USB-C dongle as these high-end devices don't have a dedicated music player anymore.


The S20+ is picky with dongles, so be careful and do not lose its stock USB-C to 3.5mm female dongle. It'll also arrive with a good quality stock AKG in-ear earphones.


Compared to the P40 Pro, the S20+ is warmer and bassier. The P40 Pro has a more balanced output with a tighter bass response and clearer highs. The driving power of the S20+ is a tad stronger though. Samsung's 60 percent loudness is equal to 70 percent of Huawei.


Both also have 32-bit HiFi audio support. It's a close match.


The sound produced wirelessly via Bluetooth is similar. S20+ comes with Bluetooth 5.0 while the P40 Pro has the newer Bluetooth 5.1 tech. The difference is in the stability and connection speed. Bluetooth 5.1 comes with a faster and stronger connection that consumes less power.


Both did really well for calls with clear ear speakers. Huawei's In-Display speaker works just like


The two phones also have a trio of microphones that worked really well for calls and voice recordings. The handsets even have the ability to do "audio zooming" and it works decently in some conditions.


Camera

Capable shooters!
Capable shooters!

The two arrived with powerful camera quad-cameras at the back. On paper, the P40 Pro uses more capable camera hardware with bigger sensor sizes.

Powerful cameras!

The P40 Pro uses a brand new 50MP f/1.9 RYYB Ultra Vision Wide sensor with 1/1.28-inch sensor size, 2.44μm pixel size, Full Pixel Octa PD Autofocus, and OIS. This camera sensor is even bigger than the 108MP sensor found on the Galaxy S20 Ultra. It means that it is designed to capture more details and light.

Knowing Huawei, they aren't content with just that. The Chinese tech giant paired it with a 1/1.54-inch 40MP f/1.8 SuperSensing Cine Camera for wider photos and videos, 12MP f/3.4 RYYB 5x Optical Telephoto camera (periscope) with OIS for up to 50x digital zoom, and a ToF 3D Depth Sensing sensor. It also has a Color Temperature Sensor + dual-tone LED flash.

Meanwhile, the S20+ comes with the new 12MP f/1.8 1/1.76-inch sensor with 1.8µm pixels. It is an upgrade to the 1.4µm pixels and 1/2.55-inch sensor size of the Note10 phones. Its 12MP f/2.2 123-degree ultra-wide lens is also bigger than the 1.0µm of Note10 at 1.4µm pixels.

The third camera of the S20+ is the 64MP f/2.0 sensor with Hybrid Optic Zoom, PDAF, and OIS. It enabled the device to do up to 30x digital zoom.

Both are also loaded with plenty of features such as AI scene detection, different filters, Night mode, Portrait mode, and Pro mode.

Huawei's Pro mode is just more advance as it has the ability to shoot up to ISO 409600. Huawei also has a few unique modes such as the Leica-tuned Monochrome mode and Light Painting modes (Traffic Trails, Light Graffiti, Silky Water, Star Trails) with unlimited exposure.

Huawei also added a few AI camera features on the P40 like the AI Best Moment, AI Remove Passersby, and AI Remove Reflection. To know more about these features, read here.

For Samsung, it has the new Single Take feature that allows users to snap 14 photos and some videos all at once.

Rear Camera Samples

The primary cameras of the two phones performed really well in daylight. Both are highly detailed and they just differ in color rendering and exposure. S20+ got closer to natural colors while the P40 Pro got a brighter image with a wider dynamic range.

For wide shots, it is clear that the S20+ delivers the wider images. Thanks to its use of a 123-degree ultra-wide-angle lens. But, it is more saturated and a bit underexposed versus the 40M Cine wide camera of Huawei. The image that Huawei packs more details as well.

Since both have optical zooms, we tried them. Huawei's periscope system can do up to 5x optical zoom while Samsung's 3rd 64MP camera has up to 3x Hybrid Optic Zoom. Again, Samsung's colors are more accurate, but exposure is dimmer. Obviously, P40+ can losslessly with greater distance.
P40 Pro vs S20+ 5x zoom
P40 Pro vs S20+ 5x zoom
P40 Pro vs S20+ 10x zoom
P40 Pro vs S20+ 10x zoom

The zoom advantage here obviously goes to Huawei as it has a clearer 5x and 10x zoom. Samsung did a good job as well even if it is only a hybrid zoom this time.
P40 Pro 50x vs S20+ 30x zoom
P40 Pro 50x vs S20+ 30x zoom

For the max zoom, both aren't really great. But, Huawei has up to 50x magnification.
P40 Pro vs S20+ close-up well-lit 1
P40 Pro vs S20+ close-up well-lit 1
P40 Pro vs S20+ close-up well-lit 2
P40 Pro vs S20+ close-up well-lit 2
For close-ups, both did okay. P40 Pro got the image with shallower depth of field due to its larger sensor size. S20+ can just focus closer. This is a common trait of larger and smaller camera sensors.

In the first close-up image, Samsung's output is sharper with truer colors. In the second image. Samsung's output is more saturated, but with better exposure. It failed to get the details from the P40 Pro shot though.

The indoor shots we got are similar in quality. Details are identical as well. This time, I slightly prefer the colors on the P40 Pro. It is closer to the actual color of the doll.

We did a 3x zoom indoor as well. Details are slightly sharper on the P40 Pro. But, I like the more controlled exposure and shadows of the S20+ this time.
P40 Pro indoor 5x zoom
P40 Pro indoor 5x zoom

Unlike the P40 Pro, the S20+ can't do an optical 5x zoom.
P40 Pro vs S20+ portrait shot
P40 Pro vs S20+ portrait shot

For portrait shots, since both come with a ToF 3D sensor, the subject to background separation is great on both phones. Both have a way to adjust the blur according to your liking as well.

When using the bokeh mode, only Huawei has the ability to adjust the blur effect even after taking the shot.


In low light, Huawei's output is clearly sharper and brighter. My only issue with it is the color tone. It is a little yellowish. Maybe Huawei can seed an update to fix its color accuracy in low light.

On the other hand, S20+ performed decently. But, it lacks the dynamic range and details from the Huawei shot.

For wide shots, Samsung's output is wider, but not better. This is due to the bigger ultra-wide camera sensor that Huawei used on the P40 Pro.
P40 Pro and S20+ almost no light
P40 Pro and S20+ almost no light

In almost pitch black lighting condition, the clear winner is the P40 Pro. It has a slightly reddish tint, but details are considered as crisp and not that noisy for an ultra low-light shot. Meanwhile, S20+'s shot is blurry, grainy, and just plain bad.
P40 Pro and S20+ moon shots
P40 Pro and S20+ moon shots

We also tried to compare the 50x zoom of Huawei and the 30x zoom of Samsung in low light. The moon shot of the P40 Pro is clearly better.

Using the Night mode, Huawei's output is sharper and brighter, but more saturated again. Samsung's output has less noise than the point-and-shoot mode. Colors are more natural as well. But, dynamic range is lesser and exposure is dimmer.
This time, it is Samsung who failed to get the right colors. But, it delivered the brighter Night mode shot. We just like Huawei's output with slightly sharper details and more controlled highlights.
The next Night shot showed that the S20+ got the dimmer output with softer and lesser details. It's not that good next to the 6s Night shot of Huawei.

Both also have the ability to take ultra-wide Night shots. The S20+ delivered the more distorted wide shot with oversaturation. P40 Pro's wide Night shot is narrower, but it has sharper details. Distortion is much lesser as well.
Punch-hole selfie cams
Punch-hole selfie cams


In the front, the Huawei P40 Pro comes with a 32MP f/2.2 with AF and an IR Depth/Gesture Camera. It has the Portrait mode with customizable Beauty effects and different background blur effects. It comes with different filters as well.

The S20+ uses a 10MP f/2.2 with Dual Pixel on the other hand.

By default, Samsung crops the field of view of its selfie cam. But, it has an option to use its full field of view (wider view) if you want to take groufies. The quality selfies are similar using the cropped and uncropped mode.

It also has up to level 8 Beauty with different effects, Filters, and Live Focus selfie (fancy name for the Portrait mode). The Live Focus has an option to let you change the blur type and strength.

Selfie Camera Samples

P40 Pro and S20+ daylight selfie
P40 Pro and S20+ daylight selfie

P40 Pro's daylight selfies are nicer and clear than the S20+ selfies. It is just a bit warmer in tone, but details are on point.
P40 Pro's selfie is sharper and brighter again though S20+ got the exposure correctly this time. It's a close match in this scene.
In a dimmer lighting situation on Portrait mode, the P40 Pro got the colors and exposure right this time. Both did well in separating the subject from the background. Upon closer inspection, P40 Pro's edge detection is a hair better than the S20+.
Cropped (P40 Pro left, S20+ right)

When cropped, you'll see that my pores are still visible on the P40 Pro selfie. The selfie on the S20+ is softer with more grain.
In low light, S20's selfie is brighter. But, it is softer with fewer details compared to P40 Pro's selfie sample in low light.

With Beauty mode on, both did just fine. I just like that the P40 Pro has less noise with more accurate colors. The grain is visible on the S20+ shot here.

For videos, the P40 Pro has the ability to shoot up to 4K 60fps at the back and front cameras. You can also use the 4K 60fps mode even on ultra-wide-angle or zoom modes.

On the other hand, the S20+ also has up to 4K 60fps recording at the back and front cameras. But for the ultra-wide cam, it is only up to 4K 30fps.

As mentioned above, the two devices are capable of doing audio zooms.

The max resolution of the S20+ is 8K at 30fps. It is one of the few with this mode. Personally, I still like going back to the 4K mode as the crop is large at 8K. While it is detailed, the stabilization is not that great as well.

Both have effective stabilization up to 4K 60fps. Stabilization will improve further when you switch to lower frames per second.

The two phones can also take 960fps super slow-motion videos. Huawei can just push it further to 256x 7680fps slow-mo at 720p.

The two also have a customizable Time-lapse (Hyperlapse for Samsung). The S20+ has up to 64x time-lapse while the P40 Pro has up to 1800x time-lapse at 4K 30fps. Unlike the S20+, the P40 Pro can also do an ultra-wide or up to 15x zoom time-lapse.

Huawei said that the 600x to 900x time-lapse is ideal for shooting stars. The 1800x time-lapse could be good for a blooming flower or hatching egg.

Samsung's 1080p time-lapse is not totally inferior though as you can use the Super steady function or Night hyperlapse for recording cars with streaking lights.

For selfie videos, both are highly detailed. I prefer the colors on the P40 Pro. But, the crop is lesser on the S20+ with slightly better stabilization. Both have the ability to use the Beauty mode for videos, but up to 1080p 30fps only.

Video Samples


Performance

Side by side AnTuTu of both devices
Side by side AnTuTu of both devices

The two devices are equipped with powerful chips. Huawei P40 Pro uses the 7nm+ EUV Kirin 990 5G octa-core processor clocked at 2.86Hz. It is paired with Triple NPU (2x Big-Core + Tiny-Core) and Mali-G76 MP16 GPU.

On the other hand, Samsung loads the PH model of the Galaxy S20+ with the 7nm Exynos 990 octa-core processor up to 2.7GHz clock speed, dual-core NPU, and Mali-G77 MP11 GPU.
P40 Pro 3 straight AnTuTu tests
P40 Pro 3 straight AnTuTu tests

The chips are both paired with 8GB RAM and 256GB UFS 3.0 fast storage. The P40 Pro is still using the older LPDDR4X while the S20+ comes with the newer and supposedly faster LPDDR5 memory.
S20+ 3 straight AnTuTu tests
S20+ 3 straight AnTuTu tests

Our initial benchmark tests showed that the Exynos 990 is slightly faster than the Kirin 990 5G. That's understandable as Exynos 990 is newer. But after running the AnTuTu benchmark test for 2 more times, Exynos 990 slowed down after heating up, unlike the Kirin 990 5G.
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Higher Single-Core Score for Exynos 990, but lower Multi-Core Score against Kirin 990 5G

At Geekbench, the same. Kirin 990 5G is superior and more stable than the Exynos 990.

In real life, the two phones performed really well. Both are buttery smooth and they can run all of the apps I have with ease. Switching from an app to another is super easy and the performance of the handsets is still great even if I have plenty of apps opened in the background.

Kirin 990 5G is faster and more stable in real-life

You'll never have a problem running playing high-resolution videos, checking your social media feed, and taking photos.
Huawei's GameCenter
Huawei's GameCenter

For gaming, the two can run games like the Call of Duty: Mobile, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, NBA 2K2020, and more at max settings with high frame rates. The S20+ just heats up faster than the P40 Pro and there's a slight drop in after a few minutes of gaming.
Samsung's Game Launcher
Samsung's Game Launcher

For uninterrupted and optimized gaming, Huawei has a hidden GameCenter found in the AppAssistant in the settings. Samsung also has one dubbed as the Game Launcher.



Even if the two chips are based on the newer 7nm chip-making process, they differ in thermal management. The P40 Pro handles heat better than the Galaxy S20+. As mentioned, the S20+ throttles a little in demanding games if it gets warm. It simply heats up faster than the P40 Pro as well.

For connectivity, the P40 Pro is way ahead of the Galaxy S20+. It has the more advanced WiFi 6 Plus, 5G support, and Bluetooth 5.1. S20+ only has WiFi 6, 4G LTE, and Bluetooth 5.0.

Unlike its foreign version, it is weird and quite disappointing to know that the more expensive S20+ doesn't support 5G in the Philippines. 

Sooner or later, 5G will be available in the country. Most of those who will get the S20+ will probably use it for at least 2 years. By that time, 5G should be widely available in the cities already.

They could just have added that to make the device more future-proof like the P40 Pro.

Both performed really well for calls and texts.


In terms of security, the two handsets come with fast and accurate In-Display fingerprint readers. Either perform instantaneously which rarely fails.

The two also have face unlock. Huawei's face unlock is just more secured as it comes with 3D face detection. The face unlocking solutions of the two phones work even in low light.

Oh, by the way, the P40 Pro has an IR Blaster remote control feature that you can use to control your home appliances.
Battery scores of P40 Pro and S20+
Battery scores of P40 Pro and S20+

Since both have high refresh rate screens, it is quite expected that the two phones will experience faster battery drops even if they have larger battery capacities. Fortunately, that is not the case.

At 90Hz with full resolution, the P40 Pro with 4,200mAh juice did very well in our test. It clocked a battery performance score of 15 hours and 41 minutes. That's not bad compared to the 16 hours and 46 minutes that the P30 Pro achieved last year.

In real life, it can last for a whole heavy workday with around 30 percent of battery left in its tank.

On the other hand, the S20+ at 120Hz 1080p mode recorded with 4,500mAh recorded 13 hours and 23 minutes. Personally

The stock 25W charger of the S20+ only needed 1 hour and 13 minutes. Not bad for Samsung. Meanwhile, P40 Pro only needed 59 minutes and 30 seconds from 0 to 100 percent using its 40W SuperCharge charger.

Both have wireless charging and reverse wireless charging tech. Sadly, I wasn't able to check their wireless charging speeds as the fastest wireless charger in my possession currently is just at 15W.

P40's wireless charging solution should be slightly faster as it is rated at 27W compared to the 25W of Samsung.
Android 10 phones
Android 10 phones

In terms of UI, both are powered by Google's Android 10 operating system. Huawei uses EMUI 10.1 skin while Samsung features the One UI 2.0 skin. Either is good, super smooth, and intuitive for me. Both have neat looking icons, different themes, neat transitions, and loaded with useful features. The two skins also have similar gesture styles.

EMUI 10.1 has a hidden gesture control when you hold your swipe at either left or right. One UI 2.0 hidden assistant hidden in the settings of your phone.

Both also come with system-wide Dark Mode. EMUI 10.1 has an option to change the Home screen style to Drawer or Standard. The two have an Always On Display feature to show the clock and notifications.

I also like that these two have Desktop or PC modes when connected to a larger screen via USB-C to HDMI cable.

It is a toss coin in the skin department and it will all boil down to your personal preference.

For downloading apps, Samsung has Google Play and its own Galaxy Store.

Meanwhile, because of the China-US trade situation, Google is not allowed to put their services in new Huawei devices.

So, Huawei replaced Google with its own Huawei Mobile Services that has the AppGallery for downloading apps and Members Center for rewards and other prizes.



Huawei AppGallery is the company's official app distribution platform to download, manage, and share mobile apps. It also comes with exclusive content, free welcome gifts, and special in-game events.


In a short period of time, the AppGallery has already evolved into the world's 3rd largest app market. Sooner or later, it'll have all the top apps and services for its users.

In particular, I like that I can now download plenty of top apps. I was able easily to download most of the essential apps I use such as Viber, Booky, TikTok, PayMaya, GCash, Snapchat, WeChat, WeSing, Line, OWTO, Lazada, Shopee, Booking.com, Agoda, AnTuTu, Metrobank, BDO, and more. It also has a pre-loaded Microsoft Office app and Bing Search.

Recently, the HERE WeGo maps app was added to the AppGallery as well.

In case the service you want is not in the AppGallery, you can try other open app markets. Huawei has created a shortcut on its Browser app where you can easily find those app markets. This shows that there is life after Google.

To know more about our AppGallery experience, you may read hereThe P40 Pro also has the MeeTime, a new video calling service that works well even in low light or poor network conditions. It also has a share screen capability and you can even share your call on a bigger display.


Huawei P40 Pro advantages - More premium finish, more comfortable to hold, Kirin 990 5G is more consistent, stronger real-life battery performance, more capable/versatile cameras, superior selfie cam, more secure face unlock, IR Blaster remote, lower price tag with bigger storage
Samsung Galaxy S20+ advantages - Larger 120Hz screen with an option for 2K resolution, stereo speakers, 8K video recording

Huawei P40 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S20+ Specs Comparison

DeviceHuawei P40 ProSamsung Galaxy S20+
Display6.58-inch Quad-Curve Overflow OLED screen w/ 90Hz refresh rate, 2640 x 1200 resolution at 441 ppi6.7-inch 3D curved Gorilla Glass 6 protected Dynamic AMOLED 2x 120Hz screen w/ QHD+ 3040 x 1440 resolution at 525 ppi
CPU
2.86GHz 7nm+ EUV Kirin 990 5G octa-core processor w/ Triple NPU (2x Big-Core + Tiny-Core)
2.7GHz 7nm Exynos 990 octa-core processor
GPUMali-G76 MP16 w/ GPU Turbo (New-Gen)Mali-G77 MP11
RAM8GB LPDDR4X8GB LPDDR5
ROM256GB UFS 3.0 expandable via NM card slot up to 256GB128GB UFS 3.0 expandable via microSD card up to 1TB
Back Camera50MP f/1.9 RYYB Ultra Vision Wide Camera w/ Full Pixel Octa PD Autofocus, OIS + 40MP f/1.8 SuperSensing Cine Camera + 12MP f/3.4 RYYB 5x Optical Telephoto w/ OIS + ToF 3D Depth Sensing + Color Temperature Sensor + dual-tone LED flash12MP f/1.8 w/ Dual Pixel and OIS + 12MP f/2.2 120-degree ultra-wide-angle + 64MP f/2.0 w/ 3x Hybrid Optic Zoom, PDAF, and OIS + ToF + dual-tone LED flash
Selfie Camera32MP f/2.2 w/ AF + IR Depth/Gesture Camera10MP f/2.2 w/ Dual Pixel
Battery
4,200mAh w/ 40W Wired SuperCharge, 27W Wireless SuperCharge, and 5W Wireless Reverse Charge
4,500mAh w/ 25W fast charging, wireless charging, reverse wireless charging
OSAndroid 10 w/ EMUI 10.1
Android 10.0 w/ One UI 2.0
Connectivity
WiFi 6 Plus, 4G LTE, 5G, Bluetooth 5.1 LE, OTG, NFC, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo (E1 + E5a dual-band), QZZS (L1 + L5 dual-band), dual SIM
WiFi 6, 4G LTE Cat 20, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, NFC, dual-band GPS, dual SIM (hybrid)
SensorsAccelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic, pressure, heart rate
Others
In-Display fingerprint sensor, face unlock, IR Blaster, IP68 water and dust resistance, triple-mic, 384K/32-bit HiFi DAC, USB-C, Colors: Deep Sea Blue, Ice White, Black, Blush Gold, Silver Frost
Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, face unlock, IP68 water and dust resistance, triple-mic, UHQ 32-bit/DSD audio support, AKG stereo speakersUSB-C,  Colors: Cosmic Gray, Cosmic Black, Cloud blue
Dimensions158.2 x 72.6 x 8.5 mm161.9 x 73.7 x 7.8 mm
Weight
209 g
186 g
PricePHP 50,990PHP 55,990

Verdict

It's a tightly contested match as these two are some of the very best that you'll find in the PHP 50K price range. The two high-end phones offer premium builds, beautiful screens, high-end specifications, and powerful cameras. 

If you want a phone with a bigger display and stereo speakers, the S20+ is a good alternative.


But if you will ask me, my vote goes to the Huawei P40 Pro. Why? It looks more premium in person, it has a much stable actual performance, larger internal storage, slightly stronger battery life with faster-charging speeds, more capable cameras, and a future-proof 5G capability for PHP 5K less than the S20+.


This shows that the more expensive device is not always better. The P40 Pro is the more practical choice.


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