Without a doubt, the rivalry between Huawei and Apple gets more fierce with every new generation of smartphones. Now that their best hands of the year have been shown, it’s time to make a detailed comparison.
For this shootout, we have the Mate 20 Pro and iPhone XS — both giants in their own ways. Not only do they offer the most advanced smartphone chipsets to date, but also a whole host of high-tech features.
Let’s see how they fare in each category.
While they both have a beautiful display, the Mate 20 Pro’s is larger at 6.39 inches compared to the iPhone XS’ 5.8 inches. In addition, the former has curved edges and a more dense 1440p resolution, making it more suitable for overall media consumption.
To the iPhone’s credit, its AMOLED panel is curved inward at the bottom, leaving a slightly smaller chin on the surface. This gives the Apple product a nice, compact feel from top to bottom.
The phones offer powerful facial scanning features to unlock the phone without much fuss. Apple has its complex Face ID system, and Huawei has its equally impressive 3D depth-sensing array, so we’re more or less even here.
What Huawei does better, however, is provide an alternative to this. There’s an under-display fingerprint scanner on the Mate 20 Pro, and even though it’s not the fastest way to log in, it’s better than not having one at all.
Apple rarely reveals specs such as for the battery, but it’s safe to say that the Mate 20 Pro has the advantage with its massive 4200mAh capacity. It’s enough to get through two days with moderate usage and over six hours of screen usage. With the iPhone XS, you can expect about an entire day of moderate to heavy usage with approximately five hours of screen-on time. As for watching videos, the Mate 20 Pro lasts around four hours longer with Wi-Fi turned on.
Another strong suit of the Mate 20 Pro is its fast charging. Not only is the 40W SuperCharge adapter included in the box — something Apple missed out on with the iPhone XS — but it can fully charge the phone from zero to 100 percent in about 70 minutes. That’s much faster than the 150 minutes needed for the iPhone XS and its much weaker 5W charger.
This is where things get more interesting. Both manufacturers are proud of their camera implementations, and the results show how great they are.
The Mate 20 Pro has a solid combination on the rear: a high-resolution 40MP main camera, 20MP ultra-wide-angle shooter, and 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom. In front, we have a 24MP selfie camera.
As for the iPhone XS, it’s equipped with two rear cameras: one regular 12MP sensor, and another 12MP shooter with 2x optical zoom. The front camera has a standard 7MP sensor.
Impressions here are always subjective, so we’ll let you gauge which photos suit your taste better:
The Mate 20 Pro is absolutely jam-packed with special features as mentioned earlier, plus it has wireless reverse charging so you can charge other Qi-enabled devices on its glass back and a gorgeous selection of colors to choose from.
The iPhone XS, on the other hand, benefits from excellent software support, receiving the latest iOS updates directly from Apple as soon as they roll out. In addition to the robust ecosystem, moving from one Apple device to another is easier than any other combination.
Because the Mate 20 Pro and iPhone XS were released in different continents under different currencies, we’ll choose the Philippine pricing for this comparison to be more precise.
Currently, the Mate 20 Pro retails for PhP 49,990, while the iPhone begins at PhP 67,990 for the lowest storage configuration. It’s a rather large gap, but Apple has always been known for its extra premium prices.
Whichever phone you choose, whether it be for specific features or simply preferring one ecosystem over another, you’re guaranteed to receive the best each brand has to offer.
This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.
realme 9i Hands-On
Solid as usual
The realme 9i is the “little brother” in the realme 9 series. And while it doesn’t pack the same punch as its pro siblings – the realme 9 Pro and realme 9 pro+ – there’s enough here for anyone who just needs a reliable daily smartphone.
Here’s a quick look at the specs before we dive in deeper:
- 6.6-inch IPS LCD display with 90Hz refresh rate
- Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G processor
- 6GB RAM with Dynamic RAM expansion feature up to 5GB
- 128GB Internal Storage
- 5,000mAh battery
- 33W Dart Charge tech
- 50MP main camera
- 2MP macro lens
- 2MP depth lens
- 16MP selfie shooter
Here are some samples for your appreciation.
Neat, simple, and elegant
The realme 9i is pretty understated in the looks department. The variant we got comes in blue and depending on how the light hits, you’ll see some lines to accentuate its back.
As for button and port placements, at the bottom you’ll find the usuas: speaker grille, USB-C port, and 3.5mm jack.
On the right side is the power button/fingerprint scanner.
And on the left hand side are the two, tiny volume buttons.
Overall, the realme 9i looks neat. Simple yet elegant. The camera stands out, obviously. But you can say that for most phones these days. It’s light for its size and appearance. It’s already easy to hold as is, but it’s even easier if you’re the phone-case-and-pop-up socket type of person.
Switching from one app to the other, or going back to the home screen for that matter is seamless and fast. There’s no trouble opening or loading apps so far.
The apps load from where I last left it, provided I haven’t closed all apps, cleared RAM, or optimized phone usage.
Media consumption and gaming
We enjoyed more than our fair share of watching sports highlights on the realme 9i. It pays to have a great-performing phone to not miss any action. We didn’t have any problems watching on YouTube at the highest resolution settings and at 60 fps.
Same is true for other types of content. The viewing experience was likewise seamless.
The speaker is really loud and complements the video. You don’t have to put it on max volume although it’s still of the best quality when put to max. It doesn’t break.
Playing Mobile Legends with friends and relatives on this phone is perfect even if it’s “only” a mid-level phone. The game’s graphics settings were set on default when opening from the phone. I tinkered it to HD mode with a high refresh rate and “Ultra” graphics, and it didn’t have problems throughout the game like lagging when I played.
On full standby in power saving mode without having to connect it to Wi-Fi or turn on mobile data, the phone consumes just about 5 to 10 percent of its battery power in one whole day.
When charging, it takes less than an hour to charge from 30 percent to full with its 33W fast charging.
Solid as usual
The “i” variants in realme’s numbered series phones have consistently been steady performers and the realme 9i is no different. It’s not gonna wow you with raw specs, but the overall package and performance makes it worthwhile.
The realme 9i retails for PhP 11,990. Buy it here.
vivo X80 Pro Unboxing and Review
vivo’s best smartphone just got even better!
The vivo X70 Pro+ was launched just several months ago. However, we’re already having a follow-up!
Namely the X80 and X80 Pro — with the latter being vivo’s latest flagship smartphone.
But what makes it different from its predecessor? And what makes the successor a lot more exciting?
Watch our vivo X80 Pro Unboxing and Review now to find out more!
Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro Unboxing and First Impressions
Premium, smart timepiece
Huawei has been giving us the best choices for stylish timepieces to help us reach our health and fitness goals. And they’re taking the stage again with their new flagship smartwatch — the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro.
Now let’s take a closer look at this device and check what Huawei has in store for us this time.
The GT 3 Pro comes in this sleek black box with the name of the device in gold. Through the box, we also get to know that it is powered by HarmonyOS.
Lifting the cover, you’re immediately greeted by the GT 3 Pro Titanium Edition looking classy beside a gold Huawei logo.
Pulling the tab on the right, you’ll see a smaller enclosure. Opening it up, you’ll see some paperwork, a USB-C cable and a wireless charging cradle.
Now here’s the GT 3 Pro taken out of the box. Looks premium, doesn’t it?
By examining the watch strap, you can easily tell that it’s made of genuine high-quality leather.
The Huawei branding is not seen on the strap. It’s instead engraved on the buckle.
Also unlike the previous GT 2 Pro that has the usual double crown design, the GT 3 Pro has a watch crown and a button.
The rotating crown serves as its power button and scroll and zoom wheel. Rotating it feels smooth without much resistance. But it does have haptic feedback, mimicking a mechanical feel.
Powering it up, you’re notified to get the Huawei Health app and pair it with your phone.
Once paired, you can tinker with the settings and apply customizations based on your preference and liking.
What I immediately liked with the GT 3 Pro is how classy it looks. And despite it being a big smartwatch compared to what I usually use, it feels light on my wrist.
I also can’t help but admire how clean and clear it looks with its 1.43-inch AMOLED display and sapphire glass lens.
Its body, on the other hand, is made of titanium and it has a ceramic back case to complete the premium package.
Using it for a few days, it looks like this timepiece will definitely level up my expectations for smartwatches. But I have yet to fully explore and experience everything about the GT 3 Pro that I’ll share on my hands-on review so don’t forget to also check that out.
Pricing and availability
The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro retails for PhP 16,999 and is available in Titanium and Ceramic Edition.
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