Memory expansion

Huawei has moved to a proprietary NM card that costs about $1 per GB and comes in 64/128/256GB.

Samsung uses a 128/256/512GB microSD card for between $25-40/60-100/200+ (depends on speed – supports up to UHS 3 in FAT, FAT32 and exFAT) – under 50 cents a GB.

Winner: Samsung until Huawei NM cards drop in price to microSD levels

Comms and LTE

Samsung has 4×4 MU-MIMO Wi-FI 6 AX that gives faster speeds that the Huawei 2×2 Wi-Fi 5 ‘with the right router’.

In normal use with a non VHT80/160 Wi-Fi AC router, they will perform similarly.

In terms of rural or remote use, the Samsung has better LTE antenna sensitivity earning it a Telstra Bluetick approval. Huawei does not have this.

Samsung uses an LTE modem with 2Gbps/316Mbps/8CA versus Huawei 1.4Gbps/200Mbps/3CA. Winner Samsung but practically there is not much difference unless you live in remote areas or need that little extra speed or reception strength.

Sound

Samsung has a 3.5mm audio jack – most purists will say it wins hands down by that alone. It also has an acceptable stereo mid-sound signature for movies and music and supports multi-point BT audio – two headsets at once.

Huawei has USB-C buds, and while its acoustic speaker display is innovative it’s sound signature is Bright Voice verging on Analytical – fine for a hands-free speaker but too harsh for movies or music,

But if you listen with buds or Bluetooth, then this is a moot point.

Winner: Samsung sounds better and has a 3.5mm jack.

Battery and Charging

Both have similar batteries – 4100mAh for Samsung and 4200mAh for Huawei.

Video loop tests were 15 hours (Samsung) and 17 hours (Huawei)

Huawei 40W charging – 30% in 10 minutes; 70% in 30 minutes, 100% in 60 minutes.

Samsung 15W charging – 0-100% in 1.5 hours but can use higher wattage USB-C PD 3.0 charger for around 60 minutes in total.