Huawei P30 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S10+ : Two phones, ten cameras & Headphone jack wars

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What seemed extravagant and almost excessive a year ago, is practically the norm now.  We say that because last year’s Huawei P20 Pro wowed with three rear cameras on the back.

This year, Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and S10+ share three cameras on the back and two on the front. Huawei tops it with four, one of which is a 3D camera designed to improve portrait photos.

Huawei P30 Pro

  • 40-megapixel “SuperSpectrum” lens
  • 20-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens  
  • 8-megapixel 5x optical periscope zoom lens
  • Time-of-flight (TOF) sensor to measure distance
  • Front-facing camera: 32 megapixels

Galaxy S10 Plus:

  • 12-megapixel wide-angle lens
  • 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens
  • 12-megapixel telephoto lens with 2x zoom
  • Front-facing camera: 10 and 8 megapixels

The Galaxy S10+ (and the Galaxy S10 family in general) have received a ton of attention in recent months, and with good reason. However, the arrival of the Huawei P30 Pro did steal some of the limelight. The two android smartphones share many of the same features: water resistance with IP68 certification, wireless charging, reversible charging, Android Pie, an octa-core processor, five cameras in total, a curved OLED screen and a metal frame.

However, despite those similarities, each phone is in great ways different to the other. In some ways, the Huawei P30 Pro might actually be better, while in some the Samsung Galaxy S10+ could be the better phone.

Specs Comparison Chart: Huawei P30 Pro Vs Samsung Galaxy S10+

CategoryHuawei P30 ProSamsung Galaxy S10+
Operating systemAndroid 9.0 Pie
EMUI
Android 9.0 Pie
One UI
Display6.47-inch OLED
2340×1080 (19.5:9)
HDR10
6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED
3040×1440 (19.5:9)
HDR10+
Gorilla Glass 6
Thickness8.4 mm 7.8 mm
Width73.4 mm 74.1 mm
Weight192 grams 175 grams
ChipsetHiSilicon Kirin 980
2 x 2.6GHz Cortex A76
2 x 1.92GHz Cortex A76
4 x 1.8GHz Cortex A55
Mali-G76 MP10
7nm
Snapdragon 855
1 x 2.84GHz Kryo 485
3 x 2.41GHz Kryo 485
4 x 1.78GHz Kryo 485
Adreno 640
7nm
RAM8GB8GB
Storage128GB/256GB/512GB128GB/512GB
MicroSD slotNano Memory (up to 256GB)Yes (up to 512GB)
Hybrid slot
Rear camera 140MP, f/1.6
OIS
Dual Pixel PDAF
12 MP, f/1.5-2.4
1.4um, OIS
Dual Pixel PDAF
Rear camera 220MP, f/2.2
Wide-angle
16 MP, f/2.2
Wide-angle
Rear camera 38MP
5x optical zoom
10x digital zoom
12MP
2x optical zoom
Rear camera 4TOF 3DNone
Front camera 132MP, f/2.0
HDR
10MP, f/1.9
HDR
Front camera 2None8MP, f/2.2
Wide-angle
ConnectivityWi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0
AptX HD, NFC, A-GPS
Wi-Fi ax, Bluetooth 5.0
AptX, NFC, A-GPS
FM radio
AudioUSB-C
Single speaker
3.5mm jack
Stereo speakers
Battery4200mAh
Non-removable
4100mAh
Non-removable
ChargingUSB-C 1.0
40W
USB-C 3.1
15W
Water resistanceIP68IP68
SecurityIn-display fingerprint (optical)In-display fingerprint (ultrasound)
Special features Camera night mode, 40w Huawei SuperCharge, 15w wireless charging, reverse charging, IP68 water resistance Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Price (Kes.)99,999/-105,999/-

Huawei P30 Pro

Pros

  • 10x zoom is outstanding
  • Re-engineered 40MP primary camera
  • 4200mAh battery with 40W fast charging
  • Gorgeous design
  • Top-notch specs

Cons

  • Optical in-display sensor is slow
  • Too tall for one-handed use
  • 3.5mm headphone jack replaced with USB-C
  • Not all colors available in Kenya
  • A bit heavier than the Galaxy S10+

Samsung Galaxy S10+

Pros

  • Best display on a phone today
  • Top-tier hardware
  • Outstanding cameras
  • Headphone jack

Cons

  • Average battery life
  • Power button is way too high
  • Expensive

Conclusion

Samsung and Huawei both offer premium, well-built and striking designs with flagship specifications, especially in the case of the P30 Pro and Galaxy S10+.

The P30 Pro is the one to buy out of the two Huawei devices launched under the P30 series, if your budget allows. It has a curved display, faster charging, a larger battery, bigger display, more camera functionality and even offers reverse wireless charging, compared to it’s junior the Huawei P30.

The S10+ is the one to opt for out of the S10 series devices, for those after the latest and greatest specs at least. It has a larger display than the S10 and the S10e, a bigger battery, more camera functionality on the front and more RAM and storage options.

Although which smartphone of the two to opt for will come down to personal preference. The devices are similar in terms of specs on paper, though the Huawei P30 Pro is that little bit cheaper compared to the Samsung Galaxy S10+– read our full reviews for all the details.