Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note9 vs Huawei P20 Pro Specs Comparison, Prices in the Philippines

I just want to do a quick specs and price comparison between the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note9, and Huawei P20 Pro, which are three of the best Android smartphones that were launched in the Philippines in 2018.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note9 vs Huawei P20 Pro

This post was inspired by one of my high school classmates who messaged me yesterday, October 29, 2018, asking which of these flagship-level 2018 Android smartphone I'm inclined to recommend.



To answer his answer, I decided to come up with this meticulous side-by-side specs and prices comparison table featuring the two top-of-the-line cameraphones of Chinese Tech company this year as well as the new stylus-toting high-end phablet of the Korean Giant.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specifications Table

Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Samsung Galaxy Note9
Huawei P20 Pro
Dimensions 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 mm161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm155 x 73.9 x 7.8 mm
Weight 189 grams201 grams180 grams
Display 6.39 inches 1440 x 3120 pixels, QuadHD+, 19.5:9 Aspect Ratio, 545 ppi, Huawei Curved OLED Display6.4 inches 1440 x 2960 pixels, QuadHD+, 18.5:9 Aspect Ratio, 516 ppi, SuperAMOLED Infinity Curved Display6.1 inches, 1080 x 2240 pixels, FullHD+, 18.7:9 Aspect Ratio, 408 ppi, AMOLED
Screen to Body Ratio 87.9%83.4%82%
Notch YesNoYes
Stylus Support NoYes, S-PenNo
Front Selfie Camera 24 MegaPixels, f/2.0 Aperture, 26mm, 1/3.2", 1.4µm, AutoFocus8 MegaPixels, f/1.7 Aperture, 25mm, 1/3.6", 1.22µm, AutoFocus24 MegaPixels, f/2.0 Aperture, 26mm, 1/3.2", 1.4µm, AutoFocus
Rear Camera Triple Rear Camera Module:

40 MegaPixels, f/1.8 Aperture, 27mm Wide, 1/1.7" Sensor Size, Optical Image Stabilization, Phase Detection AutoFocus/Laser AutoFocus, Leica Camera

20 MegaPixels, Wide-Angle, f/2.2 Aperture, 16mm Focal Lengh, 1/2.7" Sensor Size

8 MegaPixels, f/2.4 Aperture, 80mm Telephoto, 1/4", 3X Optical Zoom, OIS, PDAF/Laser AF

Unique Features: Large Sensor, 3X Zoom and Wide-Angle Shot, Bokeh Effect, Handheld Long Exposure
Dual Rear Camera Module:

12 MegaPixels, f/1.5-2.4 Variable Aperture, 26mm, 1/2.5" Sensor Size, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel, Optical Image Stabilization, Dual Tone LED Flash

12 MegaPixels, f/2.4 Aperture, 52mm, 1/3.6", 1 µm, AutoFocus, Optical Image Stabilization

2X Optical Zoom, Live Focus Effect

Unique Features: Variable Aperture, 2X Lossless Zoom, LiveFocus Effect
Triple Camera Module:

40 MegaPixels, f/1.8 Aperture, 27mm, 1/1.7" Sensor Size, Optical Image Stabilization, Phase Detection AutoFocus/Laser AutoFocus, Leica Camera

20 MegaPixels Black and White, f/1.6 Aperture, 27mm Focal Lengh, 1/2.7" Sensor Size,

8 MP, f/2.4 Aperture, 80mm, 5x Optical Zoom

Unique Features: Large Sensor, 3X and 5X  Hybrid Zoom, Bokeh Effect, Handheld Long Exposure
Video Recorder Back - 4K 2160p 30fps, FullHD 1080p 60fps, 1080p 30fps (Gyro-EIS), 720p 960fps Slo-Mo

Front - 1080p 30fps
Back - 4K 2160p 30fps, 1080p 240fps, 720p 960fps

4K Video Stabilization

Front - 1440p 30fps
Back - 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 1080p 30fps (Gyro-EIS), 720p 960fps Slow-Mo

Front - 1080p 30fps
User Interface Upon Launch EMUI 9.0Samsung ExperienceEMUI 8.1
Operating System Upon Launch Android Pie 9.0Android 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Chipset 7nm Octa-Core 2.6 GHz HiSilicon Kirin 980 Processor10nm Octa-Core 2.9 GHz Exynos 9810 Octa Processor10nm Octa-Core 2.4 GHz HiSilicon Kirin 970
GPU Mali-G76 MP10Mali-G72 MP18Mali-G72 MP12
RAM 6GB6GB and 8GB6GB
ROM 128GB128GB and 512GB128GB
Memory Card Slot Yes, Hybrid NM, up to 512GBYes, Hybrid microSD Card, up to 512GBNone
Battery Non-Removable 4,200 mAh Li-Po Battery PackNon-Removable 4,000 mAh Li-Po Battery PackNon-Removable 4,000 mAh Li-Po Battery Pack
Charging Port USB Type CUSB Type CUSB Type C
Fast Charging 40W (~70% in 30 minutes)Quick Charge 2.0 (~60% in 30 Minutes)4.5V/5A (~58% in 30 minutes)
Wireless Charging Yes, QiYes, QiNo
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.05.04.2
4G LTE Cat21Cat18Cat16
Dual SIM Capability Yes, 2x NanoYes, 2x NanoYes, 2x Nano
Gyroscope YesYesYes
3.5mm Headphone Jack NoYesNo
Fingerprint Scanner Yes, In-DisplayYes, RearYes, Front - Below Screen
Facial Recognition YesYesYes
Protection Against The Elements IP68 Dust and Water ResistantIP68 Dust and Water ResistantIP67 Dust and Water Resistant
Colors Midnight Blue, Twilight, Emerald Green, Pink Gold, BlackLavender Purple, Ocean Blue, Metallic Copper, Midnight BlackTwilight, Midnight Blue, Black, Pink Gold
Build Glass, MetalGlass, MetalGlass, Metal
Availability November 2018August 2018April 2018
Price in the Philippines 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM Version -
PHP 49,990
6GB RAM + 128GB ROM Version -
PHP 55,990

8GB RAM + 512GB ROM Version -
PHP 75,990
Upon Launch in April 2018: 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM Version -
PHP 44,990

Current SRP -
PHP 40,990

Looking at the table above and based on my experience with these smartphones, I'd say that these are their individual strengths:

Huawei Mate 20 Pro
1. Has the most powerful and energy-efficient processor of the bunch.
2. Sports the most pixel-dense OLED display of the three with the highest screen-to-body ratio, which kept its overall footprint relatively small.
3. Its primary rear cam is just about as powerful the main rear cam of Huawei P20 Pro -- thanks to its large 1/1.7" sensor. I'd say that they are largely comparable in terms of Low Light performance with Mate 20 Pro probably having a slight edge because of newer software.
4. The Triple Leica Module can also capture Wide-Angle, Macro, 3X Telephoto, and Portrait shots, making it very versatile.
5. Runs the most updated version of Android OS right out of the box
6. Has the biggest battery of the trio, resulting in extended uptime.
7. Supports the fastest charging speeds at 70% in 30 minutes
8. Mate20 Pro is the only phone in this comparison that has an in-display fingerprint scanner.
9. Not the most expensive handset in this comparison; Sits right in the middle.

MAJOR DOWNSIDE: Quite pricey. Plus, its primary rear shooter is not far more powerful than what's on the more affordable Huawei P20 Pro.

Samsung Galaxy Note9
1. This is the only model in this group that supports stylus input via Samsung S-Pen, making it a great creative or corporate tool.
2. Its curved Infinity Display is just about as large as Huawei Mate 20 Pro's.
3. I know that there are mobile consumers who hate the notch -- and they'd be glad to know that this phablet doesn't have one.
4. Its primary rear cam features variable aperture, which improves its performance across different lighting conditions. When you use it - for instance - to shoot photos in low light, the aperture automatically widens to f/1.5 to let in more light.
5. Note9 is one of the few 2018 smartphones in the Philippines that come with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of ROM -- although that version is very expensive. Oh, and even if it's already quite 'dated', this phone's Exynos 9810 Octa chipset is by no means a push over.
6. Like Mate 20 Pro, it is also IP68 Dust and Water Resistant which means that it can survive submersion in 1.5 meters of liquid for up to 30 minutes.
7. Of the three, Note9 is the only one that has a front cam that can record 2K or 1440p 30fps videos, which is important for vloggers and video creators.
8. Like Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro, Note9 can also record super Slo-Mo 720p HD videos at a whopping 960 frames per second.
9. This phablet still has a 3.5mm audio jack, which is already lacking on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro. I know that this port is still important to so many mobile users for listening to music on the go.
10. For video creators, the Galaxy Note9's 4K video stabilization will prove very useful.

MAJOR DOWNSIDE: Very expensive and doesn't look and feel all too different from its 2017 predecessor, the best-selling Samsung Galaxy Note8.

Huawei P20 Pro
1. It's the least pricey model of the bunch.
2. The low light performance of its 40 MegaPixel primary rear cam is more or less similar to what you'll get on the more expensive Mate 20 Pro. I'd say that the Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro are better cameraphones compared to the Note9 when it comes to low light stills imaging performance or shooting photos at night.
3. P20 Pro has a dedicated monochrome camera at the back, which should result in better black and white shots.
4. Although its Kirin 970 processor is not as powerful as what's inside the Mate 20 Pro, Huawei P20 Pro nonetheless has the same amount of RAM and Internal Storage as the base version of the newer release.
5. Huawei P20 Pro has practially the same 24MP f/2.0 Selfie Camera as what's on the more expensive Mate 20 Pro.
6. Its IP67 certification means that it can easily survive accidental splashes of water.
7. This cameraphone's 4,000 mAh battery capacity is exactly the same as that of the Samsung Galaxy Note9.
8. Upon launch of the Mate 20 Pro, Huawei Philippines slashed the SRP of this model to just PHP 40,990. Its still pricey -- but the PHP 4,000 price cut is much appreciated.

DOWNSIDE: Lacks a microSD card memory expansion slot and has the lowest resolution screen of the three.

So which of these three 2018 high-end smartphones do I recommend? Well, it really depends on the type of mobile consumer who's choosing among these models.

If you've always been a big Galaxy Note fan and you must have that very precise S-Pen stylus along with the large notch-less Infinity screen, great imaging performance, and powerful internal hardware - plus you don't mind spending big money on your daily driver, go ahead and choose the Samsung Galaxy Note9.

If you want a good looking handset by a hotshot brand with industry-leading performance across the board and ultra-versatile imaging capabilities headlined by the primary rear cam with big sensor as well as the wide-angle secondary shooter, go ahead and pick Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

Now, if you're a practical consumer who just needs a stellar cameraphone that will give you ultra-crisp photos in low light conditions to wow your friends all while having decent internal hardware and battery life, pick the - now - fairly affordable Huawei P20 Pro.

So there you have it. Those are my thoughts about these three incredible handsets. Did I miss anything? Which of these three are you most attracted to? Let me know your thoughts by writing them in the comments section below or by messaging me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Cheers!

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