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Huawei Mate 40 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

An inevitable comparison between Android flagships

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Two major flagships, one inevitable clash. This is our Huawei Mate 40 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G.

Let’s jump right in and see how these two stack on paper.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
DISPLAY 6.76”

OLED, HDR10, 90Hz

6.9”

Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+

SoC + GPU Kirin 9000 5G (5 nm)

Mali-G78 MP24

Exynos 990 (7 nm+)/ Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+)

Mali-G77 MP11/ Adreno 650

RAM + ROM 8GB + 256GB

8GB + 512GB

UFS 3.1

12GB + 128GB

12GB + 256GB

12GB + 512GB

UFS 3.0

MAIN CAMERAS 50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28″, 1.22µm, omnidirectional PDAF, Laser AF

12 MP, f/3.4, 125mm (periscope telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom

20 MP, f/1.8, 18mm (ultrawide), PDAF

108 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.33″, 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS

12 MP, f/3.0, 120mm (periscope telephoto), 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom, 50x hybrid zoom

12 MP, f/2.2, 120˚, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm

SELFIE CAMERA 13 MP, f/2.4, 18mm (ultrawide)

TOF 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)

[email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/240fps

10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3.2″, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF

[email protected]/60fps, [email protected]

OS Android 10, EMUI 11,HMS Android 10, One UI 2.5. GMS
BATTERY + CHARGING 4400mAh

Fast charging 66W

Fast wireless charging 50W

Reverse wireless charging 5W

4500mAh

Fast charging 25W

USB Power Delivery 3.0

Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W

Reverse wireless charging 4.5W

Design

As with most phones in the same category these days, the gaps are narrow and the differences minute. Most of the time, it comes down to preferences. As beings who like to look and make initial assessments, how the Mate 40 Pro and the Galaxy 20 Ultra look will drive the decision between the two.

The smartphones we’re comparing today clash most in the looks department. The Mate 40 Pro, while the larger phone in Huawei’s two major flagship series, dwarfs in comparison to the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

The size makes the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra almost exclusively a double-handed phone. It’s difficult to use on one hand alone, unless you have unusually large hands. The camera module also protrudes so much that, uncased, it’ll be wobbly when set it down on a table.

Meanwhile, the Mate 40 Pro has a large display while still being welcoming to beings with a smaller pair of mitts. The camera module with its space ring design is distinctly Huawei Mate and does not protrude as much.

Both also come in new-ish colors with the Galaxy S20 Ultra coming in with the bronze finish and the Mate 40 Pro in Mystic Silver that will speak to anyone with a sleek style.

Overall Performance 

This is one of those areas that are just too close to call. It’s a testament to how far mobile consumer tech has come. Throw any task at either of these phones and they’ll handle it like a champ.

One thing the Mate 40 Pro has going for it is that it’s performance will be consistent across the board no matter where in the world you get it. The same can’t be said for Samsung which ships the Note 20 Ultra with two processors — one Qualcomm and the other Exynos. Markets that get Exynos feel slighted. This isn’t an issue with the Mate 40 Pro that’s just Kirin 9000 5G through and through.

Exynos equipped Note 20 Ultras tend to heat up more when pushed to the brink. It’s a problem that has been historically associated with the chip. Hopefully, Samsung is able to fix it in the next iteration.

Meanwhile, the Kirin 9000 5G is just an absolute workhorse that gives you a performance that’s undeniably flagship-level. Switching from one app to another is seamless, refresh rate is fast, and your overall interaction with the device will just be a breezy and smooth experience.

This also means a variance in overall battery life. Power management doesn’t rely solely on how many mAh the phone is equipped with. The processor does a lot of heavy lifting in this department as well. In our usage, you’ll feel more at ease if you forget to charge the Mate 40 Pro overnight vs the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

More on juicing up the devices, the Mate 40 Pro edges the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra here by a mile thanks to its support for 66W SuperCharge.

Software 

With the Mate 40 Pro relying solely on Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), it’s easy for most people to assume that the Galaxy S20 Ultra will wipe the floor with the Mate in the software department.

Huawei has done a marvelous job in just a year to get developers on board and make plenty of apps available on their phones via the App Gallery and Petal Search.

EMUI 11 and ONE UI 2.5 also comes down to preference. In terms of default aesthetics, ONE UI might look cleaner but it also offers less customization. If you’re the type who really wants to make their device feel like their own, you’ll have a field day with EMUI 11’s wealth of customization options.

The ability to personalize what appears on the Eyes On/Always On display, the massive number of themes, and even the option to choose what shows up on screen while it’s locked all help make the Mate 40 Pro truly feel like your own.

Videography

As professional video-makers, we’ll always prefer to use our mirrorless cameras to make our stuff. However, not everyone does what we do for a living. For most people, they just want to document life’s moments.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s biggest feature to this end is Single Take which was introduced in the Galaxy 20 Series. It essentially captures a moment in various ways. It sounds great on paper but is mostly gimmicky in practice.

Meanwhile, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro made improvements on already existing features. If you’re gonna go into vlogging with the Mate, the selfie camera has plenty of shooting capabilities to enhance this experience.

They added a host of new vlogging solutions like AI tracking and Audio Zoom to help you capture your subject better both in video and audio. If you’re shooting something fast-paced, there’s Super motion image stabilization to help you get a good shot, and if you need to whip up something quick, there’s Vlog story made that takes dramatic shots for you — all you need to do is point and shoot!

Want to up the quality? The Mate 40 Pro’s selfie video can now take 4K at 60PS. You can even take Slow Mo videos with it for even more dramatic effect.

Huawei also took extra time to add other helpful features that are part of their whole Cine Camera approach. For instance, both the front and back cameras are HDR-capable and have fantastic video stabilization.

Another thing that sets the Mate 40 Pro’s shooting capabilities apart is the dual-view feature. You can shoot from the front and rear cameras simultaneously. It opens the possibilities for plenty of creative shots.

As far as quality and stabilization goes, we’ll leave the assessment to you with the videos below. Bare in mind, these were edited down to 1080P 30PS for faster processing. No other edits were applied.

 

Huawei Mate 40 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Main cameras 

Now onto everyone’s favorite — photo comparisons. People like to have fun with these, dissecting every detail, composition and color reproduction. It’s understandable given how plenty of us still live out some version of our lives on social media where we can’t help but our best foot forward.

To make the comparisons easier for everyone, all the photos on the left side were taken with the Huawei Mate 40 Pro while those on the right side were taken with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

The photos are untouched save for being resized and collaged all for your convenience.

1X-HDR 

The one obvious difference in the photos above is how the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra photos tend to highlight even the really darker areas in certain scenes. It’s not a faithful reproduction of the scene but is a little more social media ready.

If you’re a fan of warmer tones, that seems to be where the Mate 40 Pro shines. Plus it really made that damn juicy burger look super appetizing.

5X Zoom

Taking closer shots from afar this time at 5X Zoom, again the difference is pretty apparent. The Mate 40 Pro produces warmer shots while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra tends to crank up the highlights more than necessary.

A closer look will also show that the Mate 40 Pro does a better job at retaining a bit more detail.

10X Zoom 

10X Zoom appears to produce images similar to 5X Zoom. Warmer and more detail with the Mate 40 Pro.

Portrait

This one’s almost pretty darn even. If you want that creamy bokeh look for your profile image, both phones do a fantastic job of applying separation between the subject and the background.

The key differentiator, again, is the color reproduction. The Mate 40 Pro is more faithful to the actual colors of the scene vs the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Selfie

The roles reversed a little here with the Mate 40 Pro applying more highlights than the Galaxy S20 Ultra. This is a default on most Huawei phones and works really well in low-light scenarios.

Ultrawide angle 

We’re back to the rear cameras and the ultrawide angle lenses of the two tell mostly the same tale — warmer shots for the Mate 40 Pro and higher highlights and whites on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

But overall, ultrawide angle shots taken on both have no noticeable distortion which is a win for us all.

Which one is your GadgetMatch?

At the end of the day, the choice is up to you and what you ultimately value. This comparison was pretty close with the primary differentiators being the size and design, image reproduction, and overall access.

Oh right. Pricing. The Huawei Mate 40 Pro retails for PhP 55,999 while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will set you back at a maximum of PhP 72,990.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines

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