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|
OLED, HDR10, 90Hz
Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+
|SoC + GPU||Kirin 9000 5G (5 nm)
|Exynos 990 (7 nm+)/ Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+)
Mali-G77 MP11/ Adreno 650
|RAM + ROM||8GB + 256GB
8GB + 512GB
|12GB + 128GB
12GB + 256GB
12GB + 512GB
|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)
|10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3.2″, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF|
|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
Fast charging 25W
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W
Reverse wireless charging 4.5W
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 appears to produce images similar to 5X Zoom. Warmer and more detail with the Mate 40 Pro.
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.
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.
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
Huawei MatePad 2021 Unboxing and First Impressions
The device for people on the go!
Starting off, we have the box. A clean and simple look, but definitely pleasing! The front of the box shows us the branding and the name of the device.
A Huawei logo on the upper left corner, the AppGallery on the lower right, and on the lower left, the screen size of the device.
The box also has an interesting texture, only on the top cover though.
Opening the box, we have the device itself wrapped in fine paper and a pull tab to assist you when lifting the device out of the box.
Underneath the device, you are presented with two boxes. One box for the charging brick…
and the second containing the paperwork, USB Type-C cable, a 3.5mm headphone jack adaptor, and a warranty card.
Only the larger box is removable so be careful not to rip out the smaller box. Behind the larger box is the sim ejector tool, be sure to keep it safe!
Removing the paper, we now see the simple but gorgeous Huawei MatePad in the “Midnight Grey” colorway. Be sure to remove the sticker — it’s optional but I suggest that you do.
The device itself is lightweight and easy to carry around, as a slim device it’s very easy to place it in a bag and you will have no problem carrying it around all day.
Starting off at the front, you will see the 10.4-inch screen with the camera at the top. Referring to the format at the back of the device, the front-facing camera is placed at the top.
On the left side of the device, you will be able to find the speakers along with the sleep/wake button. The right side shows you another pair of speakers and a charging port.
The top shows 4 microphones with the volume up and down button at the very left.
Heading over to the back you’ll be able to see the single-shooter camera, the Huawei branding, and an indication of their partnership with Harman/Kardon. The camera is accompanied by a flash and a microphone.
- Display: 10.4-inch 2000×1200 IPS, 225 PPI
- Processor: Huawei Kirin 820 series
- Memory: RAM – 4GB, ROM – 128GB
- Camera: 8MP front, 8MP rear
- Battery: 7250mAh
Finally, now we have unboxed the new Huawei MatePad. With this, the device itself feels good to the touch and is a good size for a tablet. Additionally, the “Midnight Grey” colorway of the MatePad is a great choice, it doesn’t collect fingerprints easily and the device is lightweight so you don’t have to worry when taking it with you anywhere.
The initial setup of the new MatePad was fast and easy, there are pre-loaded apps that are ready to use. Although I’m not sure if it’s just me or the apps change from time to time when you open the designated folders of the pre-loaded apps. For media consumption, the experience was good. Although the YouTube app was not the same as the ones we see on our devices, it works well as it should.
The screen looks good so far with the 2000×1200 IPS display, trying a few videos and films, the quality was great. Additionally, the speakers are a huge boost to the volume — loud but good quality. The MatePad also doesn’t have a 3m5mm headphone jack, luckily, they provided an adaptor. The MatePad is looking good so far, stay tuned for the next article as we are going deep and we’ll be having a full review of the Huawei MatePad 2021.
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Voice assistants no more!
What if we gave a face to our favorite virtual assistants? That’s a question that sparked among us when Virtual Assistant Sam made the Internet go nuts.
After seeing people’s reception towards an animated assistant, we decided to commission Ange Salasiban, an artist based in the Philippines. Here, we reimagine how the popular voice assistants would look like.
Not a girl, and not a robot. Google Assistant is giving us Janet’s vibes from the comedy show The Good Place. After all, Google decided to give it a gender-neutral name — and multiple voice options — to make them a personality that can serve depending on a user’s need.
In a way, we reimagine Google Assistant as a femme-presenting non-binary persona, albeit looking like a cis, blond woman, who’s knowledgeable and conversational, and isn’t defined nor limited by their gender to do certain tasks. It’s a much-needed representation in our society, slowly paving the way to encourage acceptance.
Apple’s Siri is sassy, sophisticated, and definitely a trendsetter. She most likely has a million followers and built a social media empire in her teens.
A celebrity-like persona, whatever Siri does encourages her cult-like community to follow her. Whether it’s dyeing her hair with an attention-grabbing color, sporting a new style to wear for Coachella, or even eating at a hip restaurant around Brooklyn. Although, she’s loud most of the time she talks and takes a lot of mirror selfies in every mirror she passes by.
She’s giving us major Leo vibes bordering between obnoxious and self-absorbed. But what made her cult-like community love her is her ability to connect and create a conversation. People just love it when they’re a part of a story, or if the lines of communication are open. And Siri is definitely a people person.
Amazon’s Alexa, in our reimagination, is the resourceful friend we all have in our lives. You might’ve mistaken them as Virgo multiple times because of their ability to provide information exactly the way you needed it.
After all, Alexa is well-rounded and possesses a versatile set of skills. She’s analytical, methodical, and highly organized. She’s a reliable friend that you can trust when it comes to finding solutions, as long as she’s not busy cooking and cleaning her home filled with gadgets and smart appliances — that probably make her life better.
Miss Ma’am Cortana, step on us. Kidding aside, Cortana is that intimidating yet softie superior in your office. She’s smart, sexy, and talented that you might even question your sexuality.
She looks serious and determined most of the time, kinda like a Capricorn. Though ambitious and goal-oriented, Cortana knows how to bond with her team, sometimes bringing out dark humor due to her sardonic personality.
Nonetheless, Cortana knows how to get a job done, and knows how to simplify tasks without using too many resources. She’s the efficient team leader we all need.
If you haven’t watched Start-Up, you need to rethink your life. The hit K-drama showcased Jang Yeong-sil as the superior voice assistant that enabled two-way communication for the blind through an app called NoonGil.
Though the show *spoiler alert* introduced a character in the final episode with the same voice as Jang Yeong-sil, that didn’t stop us from reimagining the virtual assistant into this hot, gorgeous guy sporting the latest Samsung devices.
He’s classy, sexy, sometimes cheeky, and definitely a looker but you won’t see him bragging about it. He can be a good friend or a chivalrous partner that you might want to introduce to your parents. Or even envision marrying him in the future.
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Redefining power and photography
Now that we’re at an age of portability with a purpose, we definitely want to own a smartphone that can provide everything that we want and need, so we don’t have to rely on any other gadgets. That’s what the vivo X60 aims to be.
One of the features we usually look for in a smartphone is if its cameras are top notch. With that in mind, vivo made sure that they can contend against the best of the best as they comeback with the vivo X60 series — among these is the vivo X60.
With the X60, vivo co-engineers their cameras with high-end lens manufacturer Zeiss, making us experience Zeiss’ cutting edge imaging technology through our phones and making X60’s photography function more powerful than ever.
Specs and performance
Providing us so much in the camera department, vivo also ticks all the boxes when it comes to amazing specs:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor
- 6.56” AMOLED display
- 120Hz refresh rate
- 12GB+3GB RAM
- 256GB internal storage
Expect lag free browsing of your social media content and your favorite mobile games, even the very demanding Genshin Impact.
With so many things that you want to do with your smartphone, the vivo X60 is packed with a 4300mAh battery. This gives you more than enough power for a day of media streaming, social media browsing and some games on the side.
It even comes with a 33W flash charger that lets you juice up your phone back to a hundred percent in just a little over an hour.
As for the software, the vivo X60 runs Funtouch OS 11.1 based on Android 11 which has to be one of the most efficient skins from vivo yet. It’s a very simplistic skin which feels close to vanilla Android but with visual improvements to enhance that vivo experience.
Despite its 6.56” display, the X60 is still ebay to grip thanks to it being slim at only 7.44mm and light at 176g.
Its AG glass back definitely grabs your attention with its gradient finish. Shifting its colors depending on how the light hits it, the shimmer blue design we have in our hands is absolutely gorgeous.
As we’ve touched on the 6.56” display of the vivo X60 earlier, do not be deceived as this is not your ordinary display. This is a 120Hz LTM AMOLED display and it boasts an HDR 10+ certification. This means you can expect details on the shadow side and lighter side of images that you won’t normally see on an average smartphone.
So surely, it would be your perfect companion for streaming films, documentaries, and TV series. LTM technology lets you enjoy clear visuals even with bright sunlight.
Now let’s talk about the star of the show, the camera with Zeiss optics.
Smartphone companies partner with camera or lens manufacturers to enhance their camera systems. And vivo pulled off a great move in partnering with Zeiss, making its superb technology present on all of vivo X60’s cameras.
Fantastic camera features
There’s the 48MP main camera, 13MP telephoto camera, and a 13MP ultra wide angle camera. And up front, you have the 32MP selfie camera.
With all these, you can take remarkable photos in whichever mode you choose. Your photos will look like it came straight out of a DSLR or a mirrorless camera with your main shooter.
Landscape views look amazing on the X60’s ultra wide mode, and your photos still look sharp and detailed with the telephoto lens.
The vivo X60 also has the Zeiss biotar portrait style, giving your portrait photos that iconic bokeh look. The portrait lens also has an equivalent 50mm focal length which is a staple for photographers to take great portraits.
As for its super panorama mode, shots are so seamless that you wouldn’t see any stitches.
Now when it comes to taking videos, its main camera has optical image stabilization (OIS) making your video shots really smooth and steady. The vivo X60 has ultra stabilization which combines OIS and EIS.
But what happens when the lights are out and you only have your surround light to keep you lit? That’s what really puts the vivo X60 on the pedestal — its outstanding low light capability.
With vivo’s updated AI noise reduction algorithm, you can take stunning photos even at night. With its HDR super Night Portrait Mode, you can still stay in the spotlight and shine even in darkness.
Even if it’s pitch black outside, the vivo 60 can still make it seem like it’s daytime, giving us photos with good light and clear details, thanks to its Extreme Night Vision 2.0.
The X60 also lets you shoot in long exposure mode, giving you the chance to capture light streaks without worrying about too many settings.
The vivo X60 surely puts the wonder in wonderful with its outstanding cameras. It even takes things a few notches higher among smartphone contenders with its amazing display and performance, with a competitive base flagship pricing.
Pricing and availability
vivo X60, 12GB+3GB RAM/ 256GB Storage — PhP 34,999. Available in vivo Official Stores, Lazada, and Shopee.
This feature is a partnership between GadgetMatch and vivo Philippines.
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