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Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Better big phone?

Blow by blow comparison

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Make no mistake about it: The Mate 20 Pro and Galaxy Note 9 are two of the biggest phones you could buy today — both figuratively and literally. But they’re not all about size; Huawei and Samsung made sure to stuff these two flagships with the best features around.

While they’re both excellent in their own right, a comparison to see how each smartphone does in certain categories is in order. After all, there’s a GadgetMatch for every specific need.

Let’s break this down to a few segments.

Display

This has to be a strength for both phones. They have curved displays and are practically the same size: 6.39 inches for the Mate 20 Pro and an exact 6.4 inches for the Galaxy Note 9.

Fortunately, they’re both bright and nicely saturated. It also helps that the panels are tightly packed with pixels. The Mate 20 Pro has a resolution of 1440 x 3120, while the Galaxy Note 9 goes for 1440 x 2960. Because of this, Huawei’s entry has a slightly taller offering — great for browsing the web vertically and watching videos horizontally.

Security

You can find advanced security features on the front of these two devices. Huawei implemented a system consisting of a 3D depth-sensing array to ensure that the right face unlocks the phone. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 9 makes use of an iris scanner to complement the face scanning for quick logins.

If reading your face isn’t your cup of tea, fingerprint scanning is another option. The Galaxy Note 9 offers a rear-mounted sensor below its cameras. More impressive, however, is the under-display reader on the Mate 20 Pro. It may not be as quick, but it’s definitely more intuitive and easier to reach.

Battery

The Mate 20 Pro has a slight advantage here with a 4200mAh battery compared to the 4000mAh capacity of the Galaxy Note 9. This allows the Huawei phone to last at least an hour longer during YouTube or Netflix viewing sessions.

In addition, thanks in part to the efficient Kirin 980 processor, the Mate 20 Pro can easily last two days of moderate usage with over six hours of screen-on time, whereas the Note 9 could last two days as well if limited to about 5.5 hours of screen usage.

But where the Mate 20 Pro really shines is in fast charging. Its 40W SuperCharge adapter can fill up the battery from zero to a hundred percent in only 70 minutes. For comparison, the Note 9 takes a little over 110 minutes to go from zero to full using its bundled charger.

Cameras

This part will always come down to personal preference, but it’s good to know what each product offers. The Mate 20 Pro has three rear cameras: a high-resolution 40MP main camera, 20MP ultra-wide-angle shooter, and 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom. The Galaxy Note 9 has two — both 12MP but one has 2x optical zoom.

Their front cameras are a little more simple: A single 24MP sensor for the Mate 20 Pro and an 8MP selfie cam for the Note 9.

However, what matters more is how they perform in real life. Here are samples taken on default settings with Auto mode and no post-editing:

Signature Features

Across the board, both phones are high-end in all regards, mainly because they offer the best processors from Huawei and Samsung themselves. Huawei’s Kirin 980 chipset, in particular, is the first 7nm SoC introduced to the world, meaning it’s super-efficient.

Another advantage the Mate 20 Pro has is wireless reverse charging. This allows the phone to charge any Qi-enabled device that’s placed on its back. It’s fun to show off and handy when needed to charge an accessory or a friend’s phone.

On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 9 has the upper-hand in ports. It owns a 3.5mm audio port which is rarely seen nowadays on higher-end handsets. It’s a definite plus for those who can’t let go of wires just yet.

You also get an S Pen along with the Note 9, which is now Bluetooth-enabled and can act as a remote shutter for the camera app, so it offers more ways to interact with the interface.

Unfortunately, as of writing, the Note 9 is stuck on Android Oreo while the Mate 20 Pro has been enjoying Android Pie and all its delicious features since launch.

Pricing

Although it’s difficult to compare their international prices — the Mate 20 Pro launched in Europe and the Galaxy Note 9 in the US — the Philippine pricing is more comparable.

You can purchase the Mate 20 Pro for PhP 49,990, and the Galaxy Note 9 starting at PhP 55,990, placing them right against one another in the premium market. If you’re out for a large Android phone and have the cash to spend, then it doesn’t get much better than these two.


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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How to get NBA League Pass with your telco provider

There are two package options

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NBA action is in full swing. In fact, it has been since August when the season restarted following a shut down that was caused by the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic. As of writing, we’re in the thick of the Conference Finals series. If you want to catch all the action, here’s how you can get NBA League Pass through different telecomm providers in the Philippines.

It’s now easier than ever to get access to the games legally. All of Smart, PLDT, and Globe are offering the same price packages.

PhP 85 — Watch any three games of your choice
PhP 485 — 30-day pass for all games including live and on-demand

Here’s how to get the subscription for each provider.

Smart Postpaid and Prepaid
(Also works with TNT and SUN Postpaid)

  • Download the NBA app (iOS / Android /APKPure)
  • On the app, click on the icon at the top-right corner
  • Click sign-in
  • A banner on top of the page will appear for Smart, Sun and TNT subscribers
  • Click ‘Get Started’
  • Enter mobile number for verification and a one-time PIN which will be sent to your mobile number
  • Choose your provider: Smart, TNT or Sun.
  • Choose your NBA League Pass Package (3-game or 30-days) and enter mobile number
  • Confirm your payment by entering the one-time PIN sent to your mobile number
  • Click NBA logo and start watching

PLDT Home

  • Go to pldthome.com/nbaleaguepass
  • Select your preferred package
  • The amount will be added to your next bill
  • PLDT will give a voucher
  • Download and sign-in to the NBA app
  • Enter the voucher in the promotion code field
  • Click NBA logo and start watching

Globe

  • Open the GCash app
  • Go to Buy Load
  • Look for the PayTV tab
  • Choose your preferred package. (Note: The chosen package is valid for 90 days).
  • Confirm payment
  • Open the NBA app and enjoy!

As mentioned earlier, we’re no in the Conference Finals with four teams remaining. Dueling in the West are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets. Meanwhile in the East, it’s a battle between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics.

A new NBA champion will likely be crowned in the next 30 days so now is the best time to subscribe!

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Apple Watch Series 6 vs Watch SE: Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide

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There’s a new Apple Watch iteration every year — although this year, we have two new models to unbox. Other than that, we also have the newest one-piece bands called ‘Solo Loop’ — both in silicon and braided.

Although Apple completely removed the charging brick out from the usual packaging, they packed several new features on the Watch Series 6 including the new blood oxygen sensor and Always-On Altimeter. Meanwhile, the Watch SE is meant for people who’d want to experience Apple’s wearable without having to spend too much.

Between these two, which of them is your GadgetMatch? Or are you struggling to choose one?

You can head over to our latest Apple Watch Series 6 vs Apple Watch SE Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide right here to find out more.

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Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE (2020): Camera shootout

Battle of the small phones

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Pixel 4a iPhone SE

Now that we have the Pixel 4a in our hands, it’s time for another smackdown! Priced at US$ 349, we tested it against Apple’s US$ 399 iPhone SE that packs the powerful A13 Bionic Chip. With two compact phones sporting single rear cameras, which one will shoot better?

Make sure to jot down your answers, as the results of this blind test will be at the end of this article. As usual, photos were labeled, resized, and collaged (this time) for you to load the images faster. No post-processing nor any color adjustments were done in any of the photos. So, let’s begin!

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Results

Pixel 4a: 1A, 2A, 3B, 4B, 5A, 6B, 7B, 8B, 9A, 10A, 11A, 12B, 13A, 14A, 15B, 16B, 17A, 18B

iPhone SE: 1B, 2B, 3A, 4A, 5B, 6A, 7A, 8A, 9B, 10B, 11B, 12A, 13B, 14B, 15A, 16A, 17B, 18A

If you observe closely, the iPhone SE produced warmer yet vibrant photos and well-lit, wider portraits. During daylight, it provides more details while it gets pretty noisy in lowlight.

Meanwhile, the Pixel 4a captured cooler photos. Portrait-wise, it has better focus compared to the iPhone SE despite the cropping. But this affordable phone shines better with its HDR and Night Sight, doing a great job in lowlight!

At the end of the day, both phones took photos that are rich in colors and manageable highlights. They also have decent backlit shots and creamy depth-of-field which might appease smartphone photography enthusiasts. For US$ 399, we already have an impressive camera performance. There are no losers here.

 

 

 

 

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone SE vs Google Pixel 4a: Head to Head

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