HIROSHIMA -- The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and the Huawei Mate 30 Pro are two of the most expensive and most powerful released so far this year and are obvious contenders for 2019's Android crown.
The world's top two smartphone vendors both promise fast and fluid performance, all-day battery life and eye-catching design. They deliver on all fronts, save for the lack of Google apps out of the box on the Mate 30 Pro.
For this comparison, we focus on the cameras, taking both phones on a trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima island in Japan. Camera review website ranks the Mate 30 Pro as the world's best smartphone camera with a 121 score, followed by the Note 10+ with 117 points.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ camera specifications:
- 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 27mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, Dual Pixel phase-detect auto focus (PDAF), optical image stabilization (OIS)
- 12 MP, f/2.1, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6", 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
- 16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), 1.0µm, Super Steady video
- (Time of flight) 3D VGA camera
Huawei Mate 30 Pro camera specifications:
- 40 MP, f/1.6, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7", PDAF, OIS
- 8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4", PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
- 40 MP, f/1.8, 18mm (ultrawide), 1/1.54", PDAF
- 3D TOF camera
The Galaxy Note 10+ has super steady video and a "zoom in mic" that literally amplifies the sound from far-away sources.
The Mate 30 Pro, on the other hand, can zoom up to 30X with the Leica-engineered lenses and shoot slow-motion up to 7680 fps.
Generally, the Note 10+ shoots warmer images, especially at night. Both phones produced excellent images in natural light, sometimes indistinguishable when placed side by side. Images taken with the Mate 30 Pro had higher contrast.
We will be coming out with a full comparison soon, after the Mate 30 Pro goes on sale. Here are some test shots from review units provided by Samsung and Huawei: