Huawei Mate 30 Pro Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

We compare the Huawei Mate 30 Pro with the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ to find out which of the phablet-style smartphones offers the best specs for photographers.

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Huawei Mate 30 Pro Rear
 

The Huawei Mate 30 flagship range has arrived and with it comes 3 new smartphones - Huawei Mate 30, Huawei Mate 30 Pro and the Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G. The Huawei Mate 30 smartphone range updates the Huawei Mate 20/Mate 20 Pro announced last year and is the second collection of flagship smartphones introduced this year with the Huawei P30Huawei P30 Pro and Huawei P30 Lite also joining the ranks in the Spring. 


The flagship smartphone market is a busy place with Apple recently introducing the iPhone 11 range and Samsung updating its popular line-up of Galaxy smartphones (Samsung Galaxy S10eSamsung Galaxy S10 Plus). In fact, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is positioned to be the perfect competitor to the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and as a result, we're comparing their specs side-by-side to make it easier for you to choose which of the Android giant's latest smartphones is right for you. 

 

Huawei Mate 30 Pro Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Camera

Huawei Mate 30 Pro Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
40MP Ultra Wide f/1.8  16MP Ultra Wide f/2.2 
40MP Wide f/1.6 12MP Wide f/1.5-2.4
8MP Telephoto f.2.4  12MP Telephoto f/2.1
32MP front camera with f/2.0 max aperture & 3D Depth Sensing Camera 10MP front camera with f/2.2 max aperture & AF
3D depth-sensing lens ToF depth sensor, f/1.4
3x optical zoom 2x optical zoom
30x digital zoom  10x digital zoom 
Portrait Mode, Aperture Mode, Night Mode & More Portrait Mode, Aperture Mode, Night Mode & More
Optical image stabilisation (Wide & Telephoto) Optical image stabilisation (Wide & Telephoto)
Huawei AI Image Stabilisation Image Stabilisation 

 

Huawei is well known for its camera technology and the cameras built into the Huawei Mate 30 Pro look to be continuing the trend for excellence with a 40MP ultra-wide f/1.8 lens, 40MP wide-angle (standard) f/1.6 lens and an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens built-in. There's also a 3D depth-sensing lens for those bokeh-filled backgrounds and the wide/telephoto lenses offer Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS). The telephoto lens gives you 3x digital zoom and up to 30x digital zoom, while the 32MP selfie camera has an f/2.0 max aperture as well as a 3D Depth Sensing Camera. 

Samsung doesn't skimp on the specs either with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ featuring a 16MP ultra-wide f/2.2 lens, a variable aperture 12MP Wide f/1.5-2.4 lens and a 12MP Telephoto f/2.1 lens. It too has a Depth Sensor (ToF) lens with an f/1.4 aperture and there's a 10MP front camera with an f/2.2 max aperture and autofocus built-in. As with the Huawei, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ also offers Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) on the wide/telephoto lenses. 

Both the Huawei and Samsung smartphone offer various modes including a Pro mode, Portrait mode, Aperture mode, Night mode & more.

We'll have to wait-and-see how the Huawei Mate 30 Pro performs when we get it in for review but on paper, it sounds impressive. As for the Samsung Galaxy 10+ smartphone, on test, we thought it was an 'impressive camera that has lots of tools for a photographer to use and most will be very happy with the results'. 

Camera Features:

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

  • Supersensing camera array
  • Ultra-wide 16mp lens 
  • Supersensing wide 40 mp camera
  • 8-megapixel telephoto lens
  • Laser focus 
  • ISO 204800
  • 3x optical and 30x digital zoom. Total 45x zoom range 
  • 2.5cm macro shot distance offering more details in macro shots
  • OIS and AIS image stabilisation
  • Pro bokeh effects to rival DSLRs
  • 3D depth-sensing camera on the front 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

  • 16 megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide lens
  • 12 megapixel wide 2PD AF f/1.5-f/2.4 OIS lens
  • 12 megapixel telephoto f/2.1 OIS lens
  • VGA 3D depth camera
  • 10 megapixel 2PD AF f/2.2 selfie camera
  • Night mode on the selfie camera
  • Optical Zoom at 2x, Digital Zoom up to 10x
  • Scene Optimiser 
  • Pro Camera Mode

 

Huawei Mate 30 Pro Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Video

Samsung Galaxy Note10+
 

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro offers 4K (various fps), HD and slo-mo video options along with time-lapse. The slo-mo mode is rather cool as it can record at 7680fps! 

Video options on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ are also impressive with 4K 60fps, FullHD video, HD, super slo-mo, Live Focus video which blurs the background behind moving subjects and various editing tools built-in. Other features include VDIS (Video Digital Image Stabilisation), Digital zoom up to 10x, Tracking AF, Playback zoom, Video location tags and the ability to capture 9.1MP still photos while recording 4K UHD video.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro Video resolutions: 

  • 2160p@30/60fps
  • 1080p@30/60/120fps
  • 1080p@960fps
  • 720p@7680fps
  • Gyro-EIS

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Video resolutions: 

  • 4K UHD video recording at 60fps (3840x2160)
  • 1080p FHD video recording at 60fps (1920x1080)
  • 720p HD video recording at 30fps (1280x720)
  • Super Slow-mo 720p video support at 960fps
  • Slow-motion 1080p video support at 240fps
  • Hyperlapse 1080p video support

 

Huawei Mate 30 Pro Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Size, Weight & Capacity 

Samsung Galaxy Note10+
 

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

  • 158.1 x 73.1 x 8.8mm
  • 198g
  • 128GB, 256GB

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

  • 162 x 77.2 x 7.9mm
  • 196g
  • 256GB, 512GB

 

Huawei Mate 30 Pro Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Construction 

Huawei Mate 30 Pro


Both the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ have a curved screen and are pretty long smartphones with metal frames and glass backs. Differences can be seen both on the front and back with the Galaxy Note 10+ having a cutout selfie camera and the Mate 30 Pro featuring a large top-notch. On the back, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ has cameras top-left in a long rectangle while the rear cameras on the Mate 30 Pro are arranged in a circle top-centre. 

Neither smartphone has a headphone socket and on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, the power buttons and volume rocker are both on the left side which is a little weird as usually, they're either on the right or split between the two. If you're left-handed, you might prefer it but when we've become so used to a specific design, it is a little weird at first. 

As for colours, neither company disappoints with the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is available in Classic Black, Cosmic Purple, Space Silver, Emerald Green and a vegan-leather version in Orange or Forest Green. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is available in Aura Glow, Aura White, Aura Black and Aura Blue. 

 

Huawei Mate 30 Pro Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Display

Samsung Galaxy Note10+
 

With big smartphones, you get big screens and the display on the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ measures 6.8" (1440x3040) and is an Infinity-O Display which means the front camera is cut out of the screen rather than sitting as a notch. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro has a 6.53-inch OLED curved screen with a resolution of 1176 x 2400 and a top-notch front camera design. 

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 + has a bigger screen and better resolution but really, both smartphones have screens you won't be disappointed with. 

 

Huawei Mate 30 Pro Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Power 

Samsung Galaxy Note10+
 

There's a 4,500mAh battery in the Huawei Mate 30 Pro while in the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 + is a 4300mAh battery. Wireless charging is supported on both smartphones as is 'super-fast charging'. Both smartphones can also reverse charge and give power to other smart devices, too. 

 

Huawei Mate 30 Pro Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Other 

Samsung Galaxy Note10+
 

The Galaxy Note 10+ has a stylus which can be used as a remote shutter and it's worth remembering that currently, Huawei smartphones don't have access to Google apps, services or the Play store while Samsung devices still have access to all of these features. 

8GB of RAM and 256GB of memory are built into the Huawei Mate 30 Pro while the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ has 12GB of RAM and 256/512GB of memory. Both smartphones are also water-resistant. 

 

Huawei Mate 30 Pro Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Price 

Huawei Mate 30 Pro
 

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is priced at 1099 Euros (around £975) but there's no confirmation on if/when it'll be available in the UK. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is priced at £999.99 (256GB) and is available in the UK. 

Less expensive Samsung smartphone such as the Samsung Galaxy S10e are available should you want to spend a bit less money and you could always look at the last generation Note 9 or Galaxy S9 smartphones, too. The Samsung Galaxy Note10+ does share some similarities with the Samsung Galaxy S10 series so if you want to save some cash and don't mind missing out on some features, you might be happy with the Samsung Galaxy S10 or S10+.

 

Huawei Mate 30 Pro Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Final Thoughts

Both smartphones are certainly flagship level and offer some interesting features as well as great design. However, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and its on-going Google issues might but some people off (that's if they can actually buy it!). 

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