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The global smartphone industry has become a battle of the androids. Now with Huawei becoming the number two smartphone vendor globally, surpassing Apple. With the competition getting fierce, let us take a look at two of the biggest flagships out there right now; the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Huawei P20 Pro. We will look at four main features that would drive you to buy one phone over the other: Camera, chipset, design of the phone and ultimately value for money.
Equipped with Leica Triple Camera, Huawei P20 Pro has a leading rear camera system comprised of a 40MP RGB sensor, 20MP monochrome sensor and an 8MP sensor with telephoto lens. Compared to the Note 9’s 12+12MP dual lens camera, Huawei P20 Pro supports a higher resolution in both its primary and secondary sensors.
With AI being the current ‘game changer’ in the world of smartphones right now, it is safe to say that Huawei was the first to do so with their last year’s flagship Mate 10 series. The phone offered real-time scene and object recognition, which is where the phone recognizes the object and scene, and adjusts the camera setting automatically to capture a clear and sharp image. This feature was further developed and improved upon with the launch of their Huawei P20 Pro that came equipped with triple AI cameras. The Samsung Note 9 follows suit with similar features but with ‘AI-based’ technology.
One of the greatest features of Huawei P20 Pro is its low light photography capability, which is equipped with state-of-the-art AI Image Stabilization. Phone users are be able to capture incredible blur-free, handheld shots in low-light using Night Mode, without the need for a tripod. In fact, Huawei P20 Pro’s Night Mode feature can sometimes capture scenes that even the naked eye cannot see.
Huawei’s current top-of-the-line flagship also supports 3x optical zoom, allowing the Huawei P20 Pro to zoom farther than the Note 9, which only can manage 2x optical zoom. The AI stabilization on the Huawei P20 Pro also comes in useful at digitally zoomed 5x and 10x too.
One SoC to power it all
In order to tailor the device to the needs of different consumers across the world, Huawei has customized its Huawei P20 Pro for different regions. Samsung is doing the same for Note 9, but it has arguably taken a step too far—the Note 9 to be sold in US, LATAM and China will be powered by a Snapdragon 845, while the EMEA models will have Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 9810 SoC embedded within. The two SoCs not just run at different clock speeds and there’s one key component that the Exynos 9810 is sorely missing: a discrete processor for AI tasks.
According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 845’s digital signal processor (DSP) is optimised for AI tasks, similar to the Neural Processing Unit (NPU) inside the Kirin 970 powering the Huawei P20 Series. However, the Exynos 9810 lacks hardware AI support, and instead uses a software alternative. Without the support of a dedicated AI processor, the EMEA model of Note 9 will likely provide a subpar user experience compared to other Note 9 models, as well as the Huawei P20 Pro.
Another score for Huawei P20 Pro with its AI enabled Kirin 970 chipset.
Another important feature we would like to focus on is the physical look and feel of the device and the camera placement.
While the Samsung Note 9 has launched four colours this year (out of which only 3 are coming to the UAE), the Huawei P20 Pro released and created the trend of the gorgeous gradient coloured bodies. Drawing inspiration from the Northern Lights (Aurora Borelis), Huawei created the unique Twilight purple-to-blue gradient color using the NCVM process, a lengthy industrial.
Another huge advantage of the P20 Pro body is the placement of the camera sensors. While the Note 9’s sensors are placed on back of the device in a generic vertical format while the Huawei P20 Pro’s sensors have been places horizontally to give the user the camera experience like most compact cameras.
Huawei P20 Pro’s gradient colours and camera placement, makes it a user-friendly and ‘haute’ phone to own and hold.
Value for money
Lastly, which works better for your pocket and gives you the best value for your money?
The Huawei has loaded their devices with long-lasting 4000mAh batteries right through from the Mate 8 to the Mate 9, Mate 9 Pro, Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro and P20 Pro. Samsung finally follows suit with the Note 9 also getting the same treatment.
Considering all the above factors on the Huawei P20 Pro and Samsung Note 9, which are priced at Dh2599 and Dh3699 respectively, the P20 Pro does stand out as a much better deal. Huawei is offering these premium features at a very competitive price today—while Samsung still needs another few weeks before they can put their new flagship into the hands of consumers.