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Huawei P40 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

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In the mainstream consciousness, Huawei and Samsung are easily two of the top Android smartphone makers today. Both came out with their first half of 2020 flagships so naturally we’re pitting them against each other. This is the Huawei P40 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Both series actually came out with three phones each. However, the P40 Pro+ isn’t coming until June 2020. Since there’s no time like the present, we’ll be comparing two phones that are available right now.

It’s easy for these comparisons to get out of hand. So for this one, we’re just going to answer four really vague or simple questions about the two phones. Let’s get started.

Which one looks better?

As the old adage goes, “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.” The same is true here and any other circumstance for that matter. However, we do feel like this is a two-part answer. After all, beauty should be inside and out.

In this case that’s the hardware and design on the outside and the UI on the inside. Let’s take a look at the hardware first.

A clear size difference 

On paper, it doesn’t look like the two are far apart. The Huawei P40 Pro has a 6.58-inch display while the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra comes in 6.9 inches. However, they feel monumentally different once you hold them.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra feels humongous. With or without a case, it just simply feels like one of the biggest phones today. Meanwhile, the P40 Pro feels like it hits the sweet spot in terms of size. It feels comfortable for one-hand use but not too small that you feel like you’re losing some screen real estate.

That feeling is most probably largely due to the unibody and curved overflow display found on the P40 Pro. It allows for the most display without extending the overall footprint of the device.

You can also get the P40 Pro in a variety of colors like the Deep Sea Blue that we have or the Blush Gold that’s also available. It’s a stark contrast to the too play-it-safe colors of the Galaxy S20 Ultra which are what some friends in the industry like to call “boring” black and just grey.

The camera modules at the back also look slightly different. The P40 Pro actually has more in common with the other phones in the S20 series. The Galaxy S20 Ultra has a module that feels as huge as the phone itself. We’ll go into more detail about the cameras later.

Deer Mountain Theme on EMUI

No notable difference in the UI

This one comes down entirely to preference. Both devices run on Android 10. The P40 Pro has the EMUI 10.1 on top while the Galaxy S20 Ultra has One UI 2.

Everything you expect to find on Android 10 is present here. They also behave pretty similarly in terms of the notification shade, settings, and whatnot. Just minor, negligible differences here or there. If you’re not a fan of the default themes, it can easily be changed. Each phone has a themes store with a variety of wallpaper options and icon packs.

Which phone is faster?

There are plenty of things to consider when we’re talking about speed. But we’re just going to go right ahead and assume you mean overall performance.

The P40 Pro is powered by Huawei’s latest and greatest chip to date — the Kirin 990 5G. Meanwhile, in the Philippines at least, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 990.

Samsung’s gotten plenty of flak over the performance of the Exynos 990. Some websites have pointed out how it trails in benchmarking tests. In terms of speed, this isn’t readily noticeable. However, when it comes to overheating, the Galaxy S20 Ultra tends to heat up faster when screen recording or watching a livestream.

There’s also a little wrinkle about the S20 Ultra that’s unique to the Philippines. While both the Galaxy S20 Ultra and the P40 Pro are 5G-capable, Samsung opted to “disable the feature for the time being” owing to the lack of infrastructure to truly experience it.

Huawei put no such limiter on their device. When you get a 5G SIM and happen to find yourself in an area with 5G, you will get to enjoy the feature.

Which one takes better photos?

This is always one of the primary questions when it comes to comparing phones. Before we dive in, here are the specs for both flagships.

Huawei P40 Pro Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
  • 50M f/1.9 RYYB OIS (Main)
  • 12M f/3.4 RYYB OIS (50x tele)
  • 40M f/1.8 (Ultra-wide)
  • TOF 3D

 

  • 12MP, F2.2 Ultra Wide
  • 108MP, F1.8 Wide-Angle
  • 48MP, F3.5 Telephoto
  • Depth Vision
Video up to 4K 60fps Video up to 8K 30fps, 4K 60fps
32MP f/2.0 AF + IR selfie cam 40MP, F2.2 selfie cam

We’ll drop some samples here with a few comments but watch out for a more comprehensive look at photo samples coming shortly. As with our usual smartphone camera comparisons, these were shot in auto mode and the only edits applied were resizing, combining into a collage, and adding text so you can load the images faster and compare them better.

Rear Cameras

The Huawei P40 Pro noticeably lets in more light. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra looks sharper here but it’s heavily processed. The P40 Pro’s photo is also a more faithful color reproduction of this scene.

One look and you would think the Galaxy S20 Ultra nailed this shot. After all, it captured the blue sky and the colors are deeper. However, it isn’t color accurate. The sky wasn’t blue at all when we took this shot. In this particular set, the P40 Pro captured the more color accurate scene.

For anyone who likes to post-process their photos, that’s a fine quality for a smartphone camera to have.

Selfies

Our managing editor isn’t much to look out so kindly focus on the other details. Clearly, the two phones’ selfie cameras have vastly different focal lengths. In this case, the P40 Pro’s ability to capture more of the scene is quite a boon compare to the Galaxy S20 Ultra. That’s especially true for the person above whose face tends to occupy a lot of the shot.

The S20 Ultra also tends to apply more “beautification” even if that feature is turned off. For people who like to go all natural, that’s another win for the P40 Pro. However, if that’s not your cup of tea, the P40 Pro’s beautification is one of the best in any smartphone today.

One huge edge that the P40 Pro has are the AI features. The ones were very fond off are the AI Remove Reflection and AI Passersby. What this essentially does is take multiple frames before, during, and after you press the shutter button. It then analyzes the scene to give you the option to take out any traces of reflection if you shot through a glass window or take out people or objects that may affect the composition of your shot.

 

Which phone lasts longer? 

Given our current self-isolation situation, battery life can be hard to gauge since we’re not out and about to truly put it through the paces. Before we jump straight to our actual experience, here are some battery-related numbers.

Huawei P40 Pro Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
4200mAh 5000mAh
40W Fast charging 45W Fast charging
27W Fast wireless charging USB Power Delivery 3.0
Fast reverse wireless charging 27W Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W
Power bank/Reverse wireless charging 9W

There seems to be a fair bit of a difference here but so many other factors come into play here. The Galaxy S20 Ultra’s 5000mAh is a necessity because of the sheer size of the display. That display also has a 120Hz screen refresh rate which consumes a bit more battery.

On the Huawei P40 Pro, the 4200mAh supports similar features. However, it has a smaller display that supports a 90Hz refresh rate which mildly consumes less power.

In the weeks we’ve spent with each phone so far, battery performance has been beastly for both. Even wired fast charging shows no considerable difference. However, the P40 Pro truly edges out the S20 Ultra in wireless charging. It just fills up faster.

Other things of note

Google Play on the Galaxy S20 Ultra will give you access to your usual social media apps, those that help you manage your finances (BDO, PayMaya, GCash), your favorite games (Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, PUBG, Asphalt 9), and many more. Guess what? Those are also available on the Huawei P40 Pro either via the AppGallery or a third party app.

P40 series users will also enjoy the new video calling app/feature called MeeTime. It promises 1080p video calls between P40 users along with a clear and uninterrupted experience.

That’s not all. MEEtime also lets you share your screen. It’s perfect if you have to show someone how to do something on the P40 Pro. No more scratching your head trying find the best words to describe each instruction. Show, don’t tell! It’s the best.

Which one should you get?

Head-to-head, the Huawei P40 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra are pretty evenly matched. Perhaps the primary factors for consideration will be the phone size, camera performance, and pricing.

Phone size, design, as well as camera performance really come down to your preference. Pricing differs considerably. Both phones are now available in the Philippines but the base variants offered vary.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 ultra with 128GB storage and 12GB RAM retails for PhP 69,990. Meanwhile, for a comparable performance and a 256GB storage with 8GB of RAM, the Huawei P40 Pro retails for only PhP 50,990.

That’s a huge price difference. Additionally, buying the P40 Pro now until May 31, 2020 will also net you the Huawei Band 4, Free 50GB of Huawei Cloud storage for 12 months, along with Huawei’s VIP service.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines

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Unboxing the OPPO Find X2 Pro Automobili Lamborghini Edition

Looking grand and fancy!

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Sleek, classy, and powerful — these are the words I think of whenever I see Lamborghini. The Italian luxury carmaker has always been associated with grandeur and power. It has etched itself as a desirable experience one can dream of. You can even call it a beauty and a beast; evident in their supercars, SUVs, and e-bikes.

Brimming with such finesse, no wonder it partnered with OPPO’s finest phone which similarly carries the same epitome: a beauty and a beast.

Back in 2018, OPPO and Lamborghini already collaborated. The OPPO Find X Lamborghini Edition — worth almost US$ 2000 — was a remarkable luxury device. In 2020, OPPO brings the same lavish experience albeit more sophisticated.

An exquisite unboxing

Before we start, let’s call the OPPO Find X2 Pro Lamborghini Edition as Find X2 Pro Lambo. This luxurious handset came in a sexy, black paper bag.

Both OPPO and Lamborghini’s symbols were embossed in striking gold color, shining reflectively. Lamborghini’s signature patterns were embellished to present an exquisite and noble look.

The posh and upscale weight possessed by the ornate box was conspicuous all throughout. First, its design was reminiscent of Lamborghini’s distinct scissor doors.

You can open the box outwards like you’re about to enter your own Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster — the inspiration for this special edition phone. In essence, it felt like a regal experience.

Of course, the Find X2 Pro Lambo edition came in a protective case, but I took it out to marvel at its magnificence standing out against my black coat. In certain angles, it reveals subtle patterns that make it look dapper.

But let’s forget about the phone for a while, and let’s proceed to see what else is inside the box.

The marriage of aesthetic and performance

Inside the thick layer where the phone sat houses the manuals written in a bunch of black papers, a premium-looking warranty card with stamped insignias, and a SIM ejector tool.

At the deep-end of the box, you can find the elegantly-designed accessories. If there’s one thing I can commend OPPO about, it’s the meticulous presentation of an opulent device. Those who will attempt to do special edition boxes can learn a thing or two from how OPPO and Lamborghini did it.

It’s complete with accessories produced cohesively, conveying the marriage of performance and aesthetics. Lamborghini’s design language was written all over these peripherals, how can you not love it?

There’s a SuperVOOC 2.0 charger, a golden braided USB-C to USB-A cable (and a shorter, black one), a car charger, an exclusive phone case, and OPPO’s true wireless earphones — the OPPO Enco Free.

Hey there, handsome!

The Find X2 Pro Lambo edition has a unique and stunning exterior. It’s composed of a four-layer overlaid carbon-fiber texture similar to the Aventador SVJ Roadster, coated with a forged glass revealing simulated patterns and curves you’ll definitely love.

Compared to the original Find X2 Pro (which we associated with Hermès), the Lambo edition fashioned a hexagonal, edgy camera module in lieu of the rounded frame. It also stuck to the Lamborghini branding, applying gold and metallic accents to the phone and its accessories.

What I loved the most is the golden braided cable. It’s similar to my favorite cable from the HP Spectre X360 13, which looks suave!

The beauty to your beast

Naturally, a luxurious, special edition phone should come with an exclusive case to make its users feel special. Gratefully, OPPO packed a hand-stitched two-toned case: black carbon fiber and a metallic copper leather exuding a certain oomph when you glide your fingers.

This phone will suit your style if your aesthetic is a mix between black and varying shades of leather brown. Par exemple, this fancy phone complemented my faux leather brown organizer and Louis Vuitton vacation bag.

Moving to its front, the Find X2 Pro Lambo edition runs a custom Lamborghini Color OS 7.1 theme. This handset brims with the same power and performance.

It still has the same 6.7-inch OLED display with HDR10+ support and 120Hz refresh rate. The same processor, memory configuration, and battery capable of OPPO’s proprietary 65W fast charging support — which you can enjoy on the Find X2 Pro — are also housed in the Lambo edition.

A splendid, special edition experience

Certainly, the partnership between OPPO and Lamborghini is a fine example of special edition phones done right. It offers the lavish experience every Lamborghini car owner and fan can delight on, at a staggering price.

The OPPO Find X2 Pro Automobili Lamborghini Edition retails for CNY 13,000 (US$ 1,900 / PhP 92,000). For a luxury special edition phone, the price tag isn’t something that Lambo owners worry about. However, the phone is only available in China.

Meanwhile, the Find X2 Pro retails for CNY 7,000 (PhP 65,990). In the Philippines, telco providers offer the handset as part of their postpaid plans.

SEE ALSO: OPPO Find X2 Pro Unboxing and ReviewFind X2 Pro review: OPPO’s finest

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5 things we like about the realme Watch

A fitness band you won’t mind wearing in non-workout scenarios

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realme has been on a roll in expanding their product portfolio. They started with smartphones, added some earphones and powerbanks, and this year they have two wearables so far – the realme smartband and the realme Watch.

Today we’re listing some of the things we really liked about the realme Watch. Oh and quick note – most of this video was shot using the realme X3 SuperZoom.

Battery Life

Okay so, number one is battery life.

At the time that this was written, the Watch was at 52 percent and it has been seven days since the last time it was fully charged. If I use it more or less the same way I have in the past seven days, then it’ll be another week before it completely runs out of juice.

It’s definitely a plus when you don’t have to think about charging your watch too often.

Variety of workouts

At launch it can track 14 different workouts with good variety.

You have stuff like Running, Walking, Strength Training, Yoga and even sports like Football, Table Tennis, and Badminton.

The only “workout” I really got to try is walking, since I absolutely dread running — or any other form of exercise for that matter. But the fitness tracking was fairly accurate for the most part.

I was dying to try basketball since that’s the only workout I truly enjoy. Unfortunately the courts are still closed because in case you forgot, the Coronavirus is still very much out there taking lives and we are totally not winning that battle.

Casual fit

If it’s just your regular trip to the grocery store, then this watch will suit you just fine.

Perhaps, you can also wear this on regular work days if you’re required to report onsite. Point is, since it doesn’t look like a fitness band. You can probably get away with wearing it in most casual situations.

Remote camera

This one was particularly useful for when I was making this video.

The remote camera camera works for both photo and video. And for photos, it can be set to either take the snap right away or with a timer.

Very convenient if, like me, you’re forever alone, and need or want photos of yourself.

Water reminder

For you thirsty folks out there, it also has a water reminder option that you can turn on using the realme link app.

You can set a time period when you should be reminded, as well as the frequency of the reminder. I didn’t exactly follow this all the time since I sorely lack discipline, but it’s nice to have that constant reminder.

Is the realme Watch worth buying?

To properly set your expectations, you’ll need to think of the realme Watch as more of an enlarged fitness band versus an actual Smart Watch, since most of its features are geared towards health and fitness.

And if you look at it, it’s… okay. Not really something you’d want to show off.

Underneath the display there’s this subtle realme branding that could’ve been smaller or they could’ve totally done away with. That might have helped with the overall look a little bit.

The watch faces are also limited at launch, but realme emphasized that a wide variety of choices is coming soon.

For PhP 3990 (US$ 81), you get a fitness band that you wouldn’t mind wearing in non-workout scenarios. I think that’s the primary benefit that you get, for paying around twice the price of a regular fitness band.

SEE ALSO: realme X3 SuperZoom, realme Watch price in the Philippines

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How to maximize your Redmi 9

Smart tips for your budget smartphone

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Having a smartphone these days is akin to a necessity. However, times are especially hard and you may not have the means to splurge on the best ones. Here are tips on maximizing budget smartphones — specifically, the Xiaomi Redmi 9.

First of, let’s find out what we’re working with. Here’s a quick rundown of the device’s specs:

Redmi 9

Display 6.53” FHD+ Dot Drop Display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Processor MediaTek Helio G80 Processor
RAM + ROM 3GB+32GB and 4GB+64GB
Battery Capacity 5020mAh, support for 18W charging
Front Camera 8MP
Rear Cameras 13MP main wide-angle camera

8MP ultra-wide angle camera

5MP macro camera

2MP depth sensor

There’s not a lot you’re working with here. But that’s to be expected from a phone that starts at PhP 6,990 (US$ 141) for the 3GB+32GB variant which is what we have with us currently.

Quick note: That specific variant is currently on sale today on Xiaomi’s official flagship store on Lazada. On July 7, 2020 only, it’s up for grabs for PhP 500 less or at exactly PhP 6,490 (US$ 131).

If you want to snap this up, here’s what you’re getting.

It doesn’t look like a budget phone

Some budget smartphones tend to look very bland. That’s not the case with the Redmi 9.

The Ocean Green variant has this subtle radial pattern on its back. It’s very nice to hold and marginally adds to the grip. That’s a thoughtful choice considering how most budget smartphones come in plain backs in a slippery plastic build.

Another thoughtful design decision is the alignment of the power button and volume keys. For a phone with this big a display, having them all on the right side is an underrated design decision.

Unfortunately, that design decision is countered by the placement of the fingerprint sensor. It’s curiously connected to the camera module. During your first few days of use, you’ll be prone to smudging the lens that sits right above it.

That said, that camera module also doesn’t look like it’s a budget smartphone. The vertical camera array is situated on the top middle part and is separated by a circle that looks like the source of the radial pattern.

Learn basic mobile photography skills

While we’re talking about the cameras, the versatility of the ones equipped on the Redmi 9 is pretty impressive.

On most occasions, you should be able to take a good enough photo for your social media feeds. But you can even take it a step further by learning some basic mobile photography skills.

Here are some tips and how tos from our archives that you might find useful:

  1. How to take slice of life photos
  2. Capturing festivities
  3. Using foreground element

Use the built-in photo editor

You don’t have plenty of space for apps, so it’s prudent to learn the in and outs of the built-in photo editor. Just go into the gallery and edit one of your photos, and you’ll be treated to plenty of options.

Take for instance this wide angle photo. It looks fine, but a little unbalanced.

On the photo editor, you can fix that by aligning the horizon to the grid and making the colors pop more.

If you’re feeling adventurous, there are also plenty of filters you can play with. Here’s a sample of how that same photo was turned into this very stylized one that looks almost like a scene from Attack on Titan. 

Google is your best friend 

One of my favorite Google Apps is Google Photos. It gives you unlimited storage of your photos at zero cost.

It’s most likely already installed on the Redmi 9 out of the box. Just make sure you turn syncing on so every time you take a photo, it’s automatically uploaded and backed up.

Google also has lite versions for most of their apps so that should help ease up the load on your limited RAM and storage.

Use lite versions of apps

Lite apps aren’t limited to Google though. More commonly used apps like Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, and even Spotify have lite versions.

These versions eat up less space and less memory when used. Of course, you’ll be missing some features, but that’s the trade-off.

What you can do is identify which app you use the most and need all of the features available, so you can get the full version of that app, while keeping everything else lite.

Be resourceful about it

One of the hallmarks of Xiaomi and Redmi is offering good value for less. That means making the most of what you have.

For the Redmi 9, this means knowing for sure what it can do, and allocating its existing resources based on your smartphone needs.

Remember, your smartphone is only as good as how you use it.

A quick reminder that the Redmi 9 (3GB+32GB) is currently on sale today on Xiaomi’s official flagship store on Lazada. On July 7, 2020 only, it’s up for grabs for PhP 500 less or at exactly PhP 6,490 (US$ 131).

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