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Huawei Nova 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S10+: Which would you pick?

Here’s a comparison of the two flagship phones

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Time for another comparison! If you’re shopping for a flagship phone, there are quite a few choices like the Nova 4 from Huawei and the Galaxy S10+ from Samsung. Both the Nova 4 and Galaxy S10+ are powerful devices that sit on top of their manufacturer’s product line and we’re not expecting any compromises when it comes to features.

Which phone is your pick? Let’s check them out and we’ll let you decide

Specifications

Let’s start the comparison of the two with specs. Which of the two has better numbers on paper? Here’s a quick rundown of their notable specifications:

Huawei Nova 4
Samsung Galaxy S10+
Display 6.4-inch LCD (1080 x 2310) 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED (1440 x 3040)
Processor HiSilicon Kirin 970 Exynos 9820 Octa
Graphics Mali-G72 MP12 Mali-G76 MP12 / Adreno 640
Memory 8GB 8GB
Storage 128GB 128GB
Rear camera 20MP f/1.8 primary
16MP ultra wide-angle
2MP depth sensor
12MP f/1.5-2.4 primary
16MP ultra wide-angle
12MP 2x zoom
Front camera 25MP f/2.0 10MP f/1.9 + 8MP
Battery 3750mAh (Non-removable) 4100mAh (Non-removable)
Fingerprint Rear-mounted scanner Ultrasonic in-display scanner
OS Android 9 Pie w/ EMUI 9 Android 9 Pie w/ One UI

The first difference between the two is their display technologies. The Nova 4 uses LCD while the Galaxy S10+ has an AMOLED screen. Apart from that, the Galaxy S10+ also has more pixels, but that would mean more power consumption. A Full HD+ display like with the Nova 4 is already sharp for everyday use. Both have holes in their screens to house front-facing cameras, yet the Nova 4 has a smaller, less obtrusive hole-punch.

For power, both offer flagship performance plus the latest software. The Nova 4’s home-baked Kirin 970 might be a bit older, yet it’s already proven to be a capable chipset that doesn’t slow down even after months of use. The Galaxy S10+ also uses its own Samsung-made chip, the Exynos 9820 Octa. Since the Galaxy S10+ is relatively new, we don’t know how it’ll stand the test of time, but it managed to impress users so far.

Of course, software is also a crucial factor in performance. Both devices run the latest Android Pie version, although they have their respective customizations. Choosing between EMUI and One UI will be a matter of personal preferences in design, but each has its own strengths.

The batteries of the Nova 4 and Galaxy S10+ are not lacking. Both have high capacities and can definitely last more than a full day of use. When it comes to security, the approach of the Nova 4 is different from the Galaxy S10+’s. The former uses a tried-and-tested rear-mounted fingerprint reader that’s easily accessible using one’s index finger, while the latter has an ultrasonic in-display reader which is pretty neat but a bit slower.

Cameras

Let’s now check which phone takes better photos. For this comparison, we used the primary sensors of the two. The Nova 4 has a 20-megapixel f/1.8 camera, while the Galaxy S10+ has a 12-megapixel main shooter with variable aperture shifting from f/1.5 to f/2.4 depending on the scenario. Both cameras have AI working in the background to help with image processing.

We begin with a wide shot. Here you can see how the phones deal with really bright scenarios. Taken in broad daylight, the image should let the cameras take in as many details as possible while maintaining good exposure.

Here’s another daylight sample that’s a closer to the subjects. You can clearly see here which phone takes a better HDR image.

A closeup of a flower is surely a pleasant sight.

Here’s another one to showcase how sharp closeup photos can be.

At night, both can still shoot detailed and noise-free images. The phones have their own respective night modes for scenarios like this.

Of course, let’s not forget about the selfies. The Nova 4 has a whopping 25-megapixel front-facing camera, while the Galaxy S10+ has a modest 10-megapixel shooter accompanied by a depth sensor.

Here’s what it looks like to take a selfie by yourself…

… and with a friend.

Before we conclude, let’s not forget that the Nova 4 offers all of these flagship features at a fraction of the Galaxy S10+’s asking price. Huawei is offering the Nova 4 in select markets as a flagship phone without the premium price tag.

So, which phone is your choice?


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei.

Camera Shootouts

vivo V25 vs V23 5G: Camera Shootout

Are there even significant improvements?

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vivo V25

It hasn’t even been a year but vivo has already revealed the successor to the V23 5G that was launched earlier this 2022. But is it actually worth upgrading to the new vivo V25? Or should you save yourself some money and buy the older V23 5G instead?

vivo V25

Don’t let that new camera bump with bigger circular cutouts on the vivo V25 fool you. On paper, the cameras are close to one another but the V25 has the advantage of having a slightly wider aperture and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) that the V23 5G doesn’t have.

vivo V25 vivo V23 5G
Wide 64MP f/1.79
PDAF, OIS + EIS
64MP f/1.89
PDAF, EIS
Ultra-WIde 8MP 120º f/2.2
Macro 2MP f/2.4
Selfie 50MP f/2.0 wide

 

50MP f/2.0 wide
8MP f/2.28 ultra-wide
+ Dual-tone Spotlight

The sad news though is that, vivo has decided to remove the extra ultra-wide selfie camera and dual flash system on the new V25.

vivo V23 with the Dual-tone Spotlight Flash feature

But how do these phones perform side-by-side knowing the new V25 also has a slightly less-powerful MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset over V23 5G’s Dimensity 920? Are there enough convincing differences or is the older model actually better? Feed yourself some photo sample comparisons below.

Daylight

In any given circumstance, a valuable Android midranger should take at least a decent photo with natural light around — thus me taking lesser photos to compare.
Still, your judgment matters.

#1A (Ultra-wide)

vivo V25

#1B (Wide)

vivo V25

#2

#3A (Wide)

#3B (Zoom)

Food

Taking food shots (mostly with indoor lighting) is a better way to test which phone camera is capable of producing the better image output with the right amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness, temperature, as well as Dynamic Range.

#4

#5

#6

#7

#8

#9

#10

#11

*Left photo was taken multiple times with the focus tapped on the baked roll. Lens coating was also cleaned several times but still resulted to the same output.

#12

Night Mode

Low-light photos can either make or break the capabilities of a smartphone’s camera.
While it’s a mixed bag of outputs, it still depends on the user if Night Mode photos are important in a midranger or not.

#13A (Wide)

#13B (Ultra-wide)

#14

#15

#16

#17

#18

vivo V25

#19

vivo V25

#20

vivo V25

BONUS: Low-Light Selfie

For users who love taking selfies even in the dark, both phones can take fill-in flash (using the display) to brighten up your faces.

Without Flash

vivo V25

However, the ultra-wide selfie and Dual-tone Spotlight feature were removed completely from the vivo V25. You just have to guess and pick which is which.

With Flash (Aura Fill, Dual-Tone Dual Spotlight Flash)

vivo V25

Results

No more confusions, the results are consistent all throughout the board:

Photo A — vivo V23 5G

Photo B — vivo V25

Conclusion

vivo V25

While it’s barely a big camera quality improvement, the vivo V25 has rendered some of the scenes quite well such as in Photos 1A, 11, and 12 which the V23 5G failed to display at least an acceptable output. Other times, the vivo V23 5G delivered better results like in Photos 1B, 2, 3A, 4, and 13A. Those images delivered overall better photos with a sufficient amount of HDR (High Dynamic Range) and AWB (Auto White Balance).

Overall, the V25 produced better images with decent amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness. The newer model also has some slight edge on focusing and making shots brighter and more stable at night.

vivo V25

While only two selfies were provided, the V23 5G obviously has the edge — especially with its extra selfie lens and dual-flash feature.

vivo V25

If you’re coming from the V23 5G, you don’t need to upgrade to the vivo V25. Period. But, if you’re looking for a phone to replace your old vivo smartphone (or pretty much any old budget phone or midranger for that matter), buying the V25 won’t hurt.

vivo V25

Unless you’re looking for a used unit, a brand new vivo V23 5G is being sold at PhP 27,999. Whereas, a brand new V25 retails at a cheaper PhP 23,999 price tag.

vivo V25

Imho, choosing the V23 5G over the V25 is advantageous for some reasons: a more premium-looking design with metallic sides, slightly faster chipset, and the extra selfie camera.

vivo V25

But realizing how more capable the cameras of the V25 are, you can also choose it for its bigger battery and brighter display. Also, the OIS feature is very handy if you love taking photos in action or at night or just record stable-free videos without worrying about warping and jitters. At the end of the day, you should know what you value the most in buying a new smartphone.

SEE ALSO:

vivo V25 is a Night Portrait Master

Taking photos to the next level with the vivo V23 5G

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iPhone 14 Pro Max vs 13 Pro Max vs S22 Ultra: Camera Shootout

A Very Different Camera Test

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The iPhone 14 Pro Max finally has an upgraded camera system — highlighted by its 48MP main camera sensor.

But does it really take better photos vs the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra?

Find out in our photo-walk style camera shootout with the pro-photographer and Apple’s #ShotoniPhone Macro Challenge Global Winner Tom Reeves.

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Apple Watch Ultra Unboxing and Review (Part 1)

Is it really worth your hard-earned savings?

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After several years of waiting, an Apple Watch dedicated for explorers, adventure-seekers, and elite athletes is finally here!

Lo and behold, the new Apple Watch Ultra.

While just being a first product of its kind, it actually offers features that can rival its popular competitors.

But is it worth your hard-earned money considering its price tag starts at a whopping US$ 799 / S$ 1199 / ₱53,990?

Watch how Michael Josh unwraps the new watch in the latest Apple Watch Ultra Unboxing and First Review.

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