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The battle lines have been drawn, and the two Android contenders – Samsung Galaxy S10+ versus Huawei P30 Pro – are in a fight for supremacy. Game of Phones.

It has taken three hard years for this flagship shootout – Samsung Galaxy S10+ versus Huawei P30 Pro – as Huawei really did not have a ‘Samsung killer’ in its arsenal. Read on to see which is the real winner and you may be surprised why.

Huawei has announced its expectation that it will surpass Samsung as #1 Android maker as soon as the end of 2019. It also warned Apple although it gave it two years notice.

But Huawei’s assertion does not necessarily make it so.

Samsung has already fought back with its 2019 Galaxy S10+ that exceeds the P30 Pro in many areas except the critical camera. Huawei has a clear winner in zoom and lowlight photography until the Galaxy S10 5G, and Note10 bring out a Huawei beating camera. Then it starts again with the Mate 30 Pro followed by the Galaxy S11+– a bit like Groundhog Day.

I won’t go tit-for-tat, feature for feature and we will not comment where there are insignificant differences, e.g. looks, colour etc.

You can read the full reviews for the Galaxy S10+ here and the Huawei P30 Pro here.

But here are a few areas of difference between the Samsung Galaxy S10+ versus Huawei P30 Pro.

Horsepower: Samsung Exynos 9820 versus Kirin 980

We have a comparison here.

The Kirin 980 has a GeekBench score of 3390/10318 for single/multi-core. The later Exynos 9820 (remember it is a Qualcomm SD855 sibling) has a GeekBench score 4510/10253 in single/multi-core.

Winner: Samsung by a nose but both devices have tonnes of power.

The Kirin 980 has two AI units but these only work with one core at a time so while it looks good on paper it is only a slight edge. Winner Huawei by a nose.

Video GPU

Both use a Mali-G76. The Huawei has 10 execution cores versus Samsung’s 12. What this means is Samsung has 20% more GPU power to run its 4K screen and for [email protected] video. Winner Samsung by a nose


Samsung’s new dynamic AMOLED screen, 3040 x [email protected], 10-bit, 1.7 billion colours, 400-1200nits, HDR10+, 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut is the best screen by far that I have ever seen.

If this is important to you, then it is far ahead of Huawei’s BEO made OLED, 2340x 1080, 8-bit, 16.7 million colours and 75% DCI-P3 gamut. Huawei also suffers from PWM – pulse width modulation – to control brightness. This is not evident to the human eye but shows up as modulating bands across the screen when photographed .

But a screen is a screen and will normally run in 1080 mode anyway to conserve battery.

Winner: If you need 100% accurate colours out of the box (and only photo/videographers will) the Samsung is the one. For everyone else, it’s a draw.