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The smartphone arms race just got tighter

25 Feb 2019
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On February 21, Samsung launched the next offering in its Galaxy series – the S10.

While the device has some impressive new features, the announcement also revealed that they are playing catch up to other Android devices already offering much of the same technology – like Huawei’s Mate 20 Series.           

The S10 Series devices feature some big upgrades from its predecessor the S9, including a triple lens camera, reverse wireless charging and an on-screen fingerprint scanner.

However, all of these features were released on the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro in October 2018.

With Huawei’s next offering only a few weeks away, the company anticipates that many consumers will wait to see what the P30 Series brings to the market before committing to purchasing a device.

Comparing the main specs and features of the Samsung Galaxy S10+ with the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro reveals some interesting findings.

Camera: Ultra-wide-angle lens a must-have feature for flagship phones

Samsung has given its camera features significant upgrades with the triple-rear-camera system, offering greater photography features such as enhanced zooming and low-light performance - features were available on Huawei devices long before.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro’s 40MP+20MP+8MP against the Samsung S10’s 12MP+16MP+12MP showcases the specs advantage that Huawei has over Samsung when it comes to smartphone photography capabilities.

Additionally, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro occupies the top spot of smartphone camera reviewer DxOMark Mobile, alongside its sister product, the P20 Pro.

Huawei was the first to introduce the world's first Leica triple camera with an ultra-wide-angle lens.

The main 40MP RGB camera, coupled with other lenses, offer impressive night photography with a good lighting configuration.

The ultra-wide-angle 20MP camera of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro also brings in a broader and spacious perspective of multiple sceneries with a 0.6x zoom.

It supports macro photography that can focus on an object as close as 2.5cm.

The Galaxy S10+ has followed suit by incorporating a 16MP ultra-wide-angle lens.

Battery and charging technology

The 4,100 mAh battery life has been hailed as a significant upgrade on S10+.

However,  Samsung’s flagship phone fails to match the Mate 20 Pro’s 4,200 mAh battery capacity.

Huawei’s 40W SuperCharge technology allows for 70 per cent battery power charged within 30 minutes - one of the things that sets the Mate 20 Pro apart from its competitors.

Samsung has introduced the Wireless PowerShare on S10 and S10+, though the Huawei Mate 20 Pro was the first to introduce reverse wireless charging technology to the market.

Gaming experience in a dual-SIM world

Samsung S10+ now supports the Dual SIM model (Hybrid SIM slot), a feature supported by most Android phones.

While both the SIMs are active, if you are using a particular SIM, incoming callers from another SIM will find you unreachable.

However, the Mate 20 Pro features dual-VoLTE technology along with a dual-SIM feature.

It allows you to pick up calls from one SIM when you are actively using another SIM to play games or take calls.

Here is a comprehensive spec comparison between the two devices:

Specifics Comparison of S10+ with Mate 20 Pro

 

Model

Galaxy S10+

Mate 20 Pro

Rear Camera

16MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide lens

12MP, f/2.4 wide-angle lens

12MP, f/2.4 telephoto lens

40MP, f/1.8 wide-angle lens

 

20MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide angle lens

 

8MP, f/2.4 telephoto lens

Triple lens camera

2x optical zoom

Leica Triple lens camera

3x optical zoom

0.6x zoom for ultra-wide-angle capture

Top spot in DxOMark Mobile (DxO 109)

Front Camera

10 MP + 8 MP dual front cameras

24MP front camera

Battery

4,100mAh

4,200 mAh

Charging

Wireless Charging 2.0

Reverse charge (Wireless PowerShare)

 

15W Wireless Charge

40W SuperCharge (70%in 30 mins)

First to offer reverse wireless charging

 

Waterproof

IP68

IP68

Storage

8GB +256GB

12GB +512GB

12GB +1TB

6GB +128GB

8GB +128G

8GB +256GB

Price

$1,699

$1,499