• Comparison: Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9

    By Samantha Watson , October 19, 2018 - Leave a comment

    With the release of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Samsung may have felt a little concerned that their Galaxy Note 9 is about to face some pretty serious competition.

    The two powerhouses of the smartphone world are large and powerful, coming with some surprising similarities and other big differences.

    With this in mind, how do the two really compare and which one’s for you?

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    Design and Display

    First things first, both Huawei and Samsung are renowned for making gorgeous devices and the Mate 20 Pro and Galaxy Note 9 are certainly no different.

    The Mate 20 Pro has been crafted with a whopping 6.39-inch curved display that has a tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 3120 x 1440-pixel resolution. At 6.4-inches, the AMOLED screen of the Note 9 is practically identical in size and similarly comes with curved edges, but this time with an 18:5 aspect ratio and 2960 x 1440-pixel resolution. As such, whilst the Mate 20 Pro is ever so slightly smaller, its resolution is slightly higher, but really, the two are almost inseparable when it comes to display.

    A deal breaker for many, the Mate 20 Pro does come with that infamous notch, however this is used to house improved software for facial recognition.  The slim frame is crafted from aluminium and the front and the back of the device from glass in order to support that all-important Qi Wireless Charging.

    To the rear of the device, the triple-lens camera along with it’s flash has been arranged in a unique square shape and the device is currently available in both Black and Twilight from Clove (we’re big fans of the transitioning Twilight variant!).

    In comparison, Samsung have decided to opt against a notch with the Note 9 and have instead crafted a device with minimal bezels. The rear of the device houses the dual camera setup and fingerprint sensor and comes in a number of colour options, including Midnight Black, Ocean Blue and Lavender Purple.

     

    Camera

    With the P20 Pro, Huawei took the smartphone camera game by the scruff of the neck and so it’s of little surprise to see them adopt a similar system within the Mate 20 Pro.

    As such, the Mate 20 Pro comes fitted with a Leica triple lens camera setup featuring a 40MP f/1.8 wide-angle lens, a 20MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle lens and an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens.

    In comparison, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 has an impressive rear dual camera arrangement, both measuring in at 12MP and featuring Samsung’s popular f/1.5-2.4 variable aperture technology that allows for great night time photography.

    The front camera of the Mate 20 Pro is a 24MP lens with a f/2.0 aperture, whilst the 8MP selfie shooter of the Note 9 comes with a wide f/1.7 aperture. As such, it’s difficult to compare the two here, since whilst the Note 9 has a lower MP, it has a much larger aperture.

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    Performance

    When it comes to the two powerhouses, two top-of-the-range processors are necessary.

    The Mate 20 Pro is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset which Huawei claim provides a 20% speed improvement and 40% power efficiency improvement compared to its predecessor.

    In comparison, the Note 9 comes fitted with Qualcomm’s latest chipset; the Snapdragon 845 which offers similarly impressive power and performance.

    It’s somewhat tricky to compare the two, however the Kirin 980 was made using the world’s first 7nm process and we thereby envisage it to offer slightly more power than the 10nm Snapdragon 845 chipset.

    If you’re looking for a super phone then you’re going to need it to last all day and you’re in luck with these two, as the Mate 20 Pro has a 4,200mAh battery and the Note 9 a 4,000mAh offering.

    The Note 9 supports the standard Quick Charge 2.0 as well as Qi wireless charging at 7.5W – okay, pretty impressive – however the Mate 20 Pro is built with Super-Fast Charging via a 40W adapter, promising a charge from 0-70% in only half an hour.

    The Mate 20 Pro also offers Qi Wireless Charging at 15W and has become the first device on the mass-market to offer reverse wireless charging; allowing you to use your device to power up other Qi enabled smartphones and accessories.

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    Other Features

    As you may have heard, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro has become the first mainstream device to come with an in-display fingerprint sensor – that is if you’re not content to use facial authentication!

    One of the most notable new features of Samsung’s Note 9 is the new Bluetooth-enabled S-Pen that has brought with it a world of possibilities to the device.

    Similarly, it is the first of Samsung’s devices to have its DeX system incorporated directly into it, allowing you to transform your smartphone device into a desktop environment quickly and efficiently. Perfect for those looking for a device that satisfies both work and play!

     

    Price

    Huawei Mate 20 Pro | 128GB | £749.17 ex-VAT

     

    Samsung Galaxy Note 9 | Dual SIM – EU Model | 128GB | £662.50 ex-VAT

    Samsung Galaxy Note 9 | Dual SIM – EU Model | 512GB | £832.50 ex-VAT

    Samsung Galaxy Note 9 | Single SIM | 128GB | £766.08 ex-VAT

    Samsung Galaxy Note 9 | Single SIM | 512GB | £887.60 ex-VAT

     

     

    Samantha Watson

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