We will compare the technical specifications of the different sections of each terminal and face them, commenting on their vicissitudes and elucidating the winner, if any, in each section. Let the battle begin!
Display and layout
In the section of design, he Huawei Mate 20 Pro It has a design that fuses glass (at the back) and aluminum (at its edges). The elegant finish of its glass on the back and the incorporation of three photographic sensors stand out. Your screen is a 6.39 ″ Curved Oled panel with QHD + HDR resolution (3120 x 1440) and with a 19.5: 9 aspect ratio. In addition, it has an “edge” curvature that makes it pleasant to the touch as well as elegant.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 also has the glass and aluminum elements, but the glass stands out more, which seems to surround the entire contour and body of the device. Panel mounted by Samsung is a 6.4-inch super Amoled and a QHD + resolution (2960 x 1440). It has a pixel density of 516 and a screen ratio of 18.5: 9.
Huawei on this occasion proposes its own processor for its Mate 20 Pro how is he Kirin 980 eight core. In addition, together with the processor and the Mali G76 GPU they accompany 6 GB of Ram.
For its part, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 also bets on a processor of the house and is the Exynos 9810, a chip with 10 nm architecture and eight cores. To this, we add the Mali G72 GPU and 6 or 8 GB of Ram, depending on the market.
In both devices, the performance will not be a problem, being able to move everything that the Android operating system offers.
Photography: the best in the high-end
This section is always the turning point between buying one or the other. The Mate 20 Pro has three cameras at its rear. One of 40 megapixels with aperture f / 1.8, another sensor of 20 megapixels with aperture f / 2.2 and a last one of 8 megapixels with aperture f / 2.4. All three sensors will be wide angle.
On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 incorporates a double sensor 12 megapixel, dual pixel, with a variable aperture f / 1.5-2.4, OIS + telephoto f / 2.4, AF, OIS.
These cold data may not tell you anything, but what they do say is that they are two of the best high-end photographic exponents on Android.
Software: EMUI vs Samsung Experience
This section deserves full attention since we are facing the most representative antithesis of the pure Android experience. Due to this, each smartphone gives us a different image of what Android is, this time with a customization layer different on each device. Both layers, with variations, have a multitude of alternative functions and options other than stock Android.
The Mate 20 bets, as always, with Emui in its version 9.0. To this we will add that the Android system that hides is Android 9.0 Pie although it does not seem like it.
The Samsung, bet on Samsung Experience (previously called TouchWiz) and Android 9.o inside.
Battery and connectivity
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro incorporates a battery of 4200 mAh, an amperage that augurs the day for full autonomy and a little more. The Mate range has always stood out for the battery, so we are probably facing the best autonomy on Android.
On the other hand, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 is not far behind in this section and mounts a battery of 4000 mAh and has come to postulate as the best high-end in autonomy. We will see if the Mate 20 Pro manages to overcome it.
On the subject of connectivity, both stand out for having everything that is required of a high gam: NFC, 5ghz wifi, GPS, fast charging and wireless charging, among others.
Price, availability and conclusions
The Galaxy Note 9 was released last August at a price of 1009 euros in its 128GB configuration. There is also a variant with 512GB at 1259 euros officially.
The price of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is € 1049 in its 128GB version. In addition, it can be purchased in Spain and other countries from the same day of presentation, on October 16.
By way of conclusion, we can affirm the following. If you are thinking of acquiring a high-end Android smartphone, and you don’t care about the software, we can confirm that we are facing two of the best alternatives currently in the Android landscape.