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Recharge using the supplier charger – Huawei by a very narrow margin

Both have Qi 15W charging, and the Samsung has 9W reverse charge, and the Huawei has 2.5W.

Qi winner Samsung by a practical mile as it will charge an iPhone in four hours.


So much has been written including a shootout by camera expert Thomas Bartlett that we can confirm Huawei has the best zoom and computational photography night shot. If 5/10/50x optical/hybrid/digital zoom in important Huawei leads until the Galaxy S10 5G and Note10 up the ante again.

For all other photography including selfie, Samsung leads with more natural colours, lower noise, better HDR and video. It also has direct YouTube and social media encoding to upload on the fly.

Winner: Unless you see the images taken side-by-side you will be happy with either.


The main difference is that Samsung has 3D facial recognition versus Huawei 2D – the former is a lot more secure.

Samsung’s ultrasonic under glass fingerprint sensor is faster and more accurate than Huawei’s Goodix sensor – although not enough to be an issue.

Operating systems

Both have Android 9x and similar upgrade policies.

Samsung’s One UI is superb and well developed over many iterations. Huawei’s EMUI is a little different and raw with some rough edges that are steadily being polished off.

While both are not Pure Android, they offer the best overall Android experiences. Winner Samsung because its UI is more polished, works flawlessly, and its non-Google apps suite is better.

GadgetGuy’s take: Which would I buy? Galaxy S10+ versus Huawei P30 Pro

First, you are assuming I have a lazy $1500 or so lying around. Statistics show that 90% of smartphones sold cost under $500 so my answer would be the Motorola G7 series or Nokia 7.1 or 8.1 – and I would be very happy.

If you have the cash to splash, then it will come down to the camera (Huawei zoom and Night Shot) versus Samsung’s better all-around camera.

As a techy – boring I know – Samsung’s components are ahead of Huawei and that is a key issue. Huawei basically uses all Chinese made components.

Huawei has been very smart to get to true flagship status in perhaps three years (P/Mate/9/10/20) and now can challenge Samsung on a fairly equal feature and price footing. Where is struggles to challenge is the brand!