While Huawei is trying to dominate the smartphones market by releasing the most advanced and innovative devices, Xiaomi seems to point on a different strategy: unlike the newly-announced Huawei P30 Pro, its latest top-end device Xiaomi Mi 9 is still an affordable flagship and it is also one of the most affordable phones equipped with the Snapdragon 855 chipset. That is the reason why it is perfect to compare it to the vanilla Huawei P30 and to the affordable variant of the Samsung Galaxy S10 series: the Galaxy S10e. If you want to get a new powerful device, here we will try to let you understand which affordable flagship you should choose this year.
Huawei P30 vs Xiaomi Mi 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S10e Huawei P30 Xiaomi Mi 9 Samsung Galaxy S10e DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 149.1 x 71.4 x 7.6 mm, 165 g 157.5 x 74.7 x 7.6 mm, 173 g 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 mm, 189 g DISPLAY 6.1 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), OLED 6.39 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), Super AMOLED 6.39 inches, 1440 x 3120p (Quad HD+), AMOLED PROCESSOR Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 980, octa-core 2.6 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, octa-core 2.84 GHz Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 980, octa-core 2.6 GHz MEMORY 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 64 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB, nano memory card slot 6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – nano memory card slot SOFTWARE Android 9 Pie, EMUI Android 9 Pie, MIUI Android 9 Pie, EMUI 9.0 CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS CAMERA Triple 40 + 16 + 8 MP, f/1.8, f/2.2 and f/2.432 MP f/2.0 front camera Triple 48 + 16 + 12 MP, f/1.8, f/2.2 and f/2.220 MP f/2.0 front camera Triple 40 + 20 + 8 MP, f/1.8 + f/2.2 + f/2.4, OIS, Laser AF24 MP f/2.0 front camera BATTERY 3650 mAh, fast charging 22.5W 3300 mAh, fast charging with Quick Charge 4+, wireless charging 4200 mAh, fast charging 40W, wireless charging 15W ADDITIONAL FEATURES Hybrid Dual SIM slot Dual SIM slot Dual SIM slot, waterproof (IP68), reverse wireless charging Design
There are no doubts about the fact that Huawei P30 and Xiaomi Mi 9 come with stunning and very attractive designs. But we want to award the Samsung Galaxy S10e for its originality and aesthetical innovation. Unlike those boring waterdrop notches, Samsung Galaxy S10e minimizes the bezels around the display with a punch-hole camera. Further, we liked a lot the unusual Canary Yellow color variant, even though not everyone loves it. Further, the Samsung Galaxy S10e comes with better build quality and it is fully waterproof with the IP68 certification. Last but not least, it is even a more compact device than its rivals.
Samsung is the leader of the mobile OLED industry, that is why a lot of people will not be surprised after reading that the Samsung Galaxy S10e has a better display than its opponents. It comes with the brand new Dynamic AMOLED technology and the support to HDR10+ which improves the color reproduction. It also has a smaller display which is easier to use with one hand, even though there is to say that most of the people nowadays like bigger displays like the one of the Xiaomi Mi 9.
Samsung Galaxy S10e and Xiaomi Mi 9 are powered by a more powerful chipset, so the Huawei P30 loses the comparison. Out of these twos, we give the victory to the Samsung Galaxy S10e because, in its most expensive variant, it boasts more RAM and a higher amount of internal storage. Further, unlike the Xiaomi Mi 9, it has a micro SD slot to expand the storage. All the phones come with a highly customized Android fork based on Pie, full of additional features: EMUI for Huawei P30, MIUI for Xiaomi Mi 9 and One UI for Galaxy S10e. Which user interface do you prefer?
We still did not test it thoroughly, but from what we can see by looking at the specs on the paper, Huawei P30 comes with the most interesting camera department. It has a triple setup with a 40 MP main sensor, an ultrawide lens and a telephoto lens with up to 3x optical zoom and OIS. However, even Xiaomi Mi 9 manages to shoot outstanding photos with its triple camera, and it is the same with the Galaxy S10e and its variable aperture. So I will give a definitive verdict only after testing the Huawei P30 thoroughly.
Its biggest battery with a capacity of 3650 mAh should allow the Huawei P30 to last significantly more on a single charge. And with its 22.5W fast charging, it should even be able to charge its battery faster (although its rivals may reach 100% faster due to their smaller capacities). However, Huawei P30 lacks wireless charging unlike the Xiaomi Mi 9, while the Samsung Galaxy S10e supports both wireless charging and reverse wireless charging (it can be used as a power bank).
Huawei P30 starts at €800, Xiaomi Mi 9 costs just €450 and Samsung Galaxy S10e starts from €680. Overall, I define Samsung Galaxy S10e a slightly better device due to its better display, higher-end hardware, great build quality, water resistance, and more. Unlike you want a device that lasts long on a single charge, in that case you should go for the Huawei P30. Last but not least, Xiaomi Mi 9 wins the value for money award.
Huawei P30 vs Xiaomi Mi 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S10e: PRO and CONS
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