Huawei P20 Pro vs iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S9: Price In India, Specifications, Features Compared

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The Huawei P20 Pro was launched in India yesterday along with the P20 Lite. While the pricing of the P20 Lite was in-line with expectations from consumers and experts, the P20 Pro’s price was a shocker for most people. At Rs. 64,999, the Huawei P20 Pro is fighting with the best players in the market: Apple and Samsung.

Can it actually deliver a matching performance in all the aspects? Well, the P20 Pro looks amazing and has a triple-camera to boot, but is that enough to beat smartphone behemoths like Apple and Samsung? Moreover, even if it does offer a better performance than the iPhone 8 and the Galaxy S9, will people actually bother to spend that much on a Huawei phone when they can get much better after-sales reliability and brand recall that phones from Apple and Samsung offer?

Let’s have a look at the pricing of all three phones and then compare their specifications and performance in all the key areas of a smartphone usage.

Huawei P20 Pro vs iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S9: Price In India, Availability

The Huawei P20 Pro was launched in India on April 24, 2018, and will go on sale starting May 03, 2018 exclusively through Amazon.in. It is priced at Rs. 64,999 for the variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

The Apple iPhone 8 is available in two storage variants: 64GB and 256GB. The 64GB storage variant of the phone is available for Rs. 59,000 at the time of writing this article. The 256GB storage variant of the device is available for as low as Rs. 70,000 in India. The phone is available in Rose Gold, Silver, and Space Grey.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 was launched in India in March, and it is available in three colour variants: Coral Blue, Lilac Purple, and Midnight Black. The smartphone is available in three storage variants: 64GB (57,900), 128GB (Rs. 61,900), and 256GB (Rs. 65,900). It has the price advantage over the other two phones.

Huawei P20 Pro vs iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S9: Design

All three phones use metal-and-glass design philosophy. They all look glossy and shiny. However, the Huawei P20 Pro’s rear design stands out, looking simply amazing in its Twilight trim. However, the front of the phone has us questioning Huawei’s design choices. If it really wanted to get rid of all the bezels in such a way that it had to use the screen notch element, why didn’t it use a rear-facing fingerprint reader? Well, only they know why they had to use a front-facing fingerprint reader in a “bezel-less” phone. The company even got rid of a 3.5mm headphone port, something that we love.

The Galaxy S9 has the most symmetrical and logical design of all three phones. It has non-existent bezels on the sides of its screen and very thin, symmetrical bezels at the top and the bottom. The fingerprint reader is placed below the rear-facing camera, making it easier to reach and simplifying the design at the same time. It also features a 3.5mm headphone port and a stereo loudspeaker setup. There are multiple sensors at the front for iris scanning. The Galaxy S9 might not look as amazing as the Huawei P20 Pro, but it has the most logical and effortless design.

If you’re thinking why we haven’t talked about the iPhone 8’s design, well we think that Apple is still stuck in 2013 in terms of design. There are huge bezels on all sides of the screen, and there’s no 3.5mm headphone port. And, if you happen to break the glass back, it costs more than what it costs to get the screen replaced. Its design is simply no match for the Huawei P20 Pro, let along competing with the Galaxy S9.

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Huawei P20 Pro vs iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S9: Display

The Huawei P20 Pro has a P-OLED screen (made by LG) with Full HD+ resolution (2240×1080 pixels), 18.7:9 aspect ratio, and a display cutout to accommodate sensors and the front-facing camera.

The Galaxy S9 has a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED screen with QHD+ resolution (2960×1440 pixels), 18.5:9 aspect ratio, and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The display is capable of showing HDR10 video content. It even has a pressure sensitive home button area on the screen, which takes you to the home screen no matter which part of UI you’re seeing. It even works when the phone is in sleep mode.

The iPhone 8 has a 4.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 750×1334 pixels. It has an ion-strenghthened glass over the the screen with oleophobic coating. The screen features 3D Touch and wide colour gamut and true-tone display setting.

Overall, the iPhone 8’s screen is the weakest among the three phones. While it is bright under direct sunlight, it lacks the inky blacks and practically infinity contrast ratio that is possible with the P20 Pro’s and Galaxy S9’s OLED screens. The Galaxy S9 is the winner here, thanks to better colour accuracy, brightness, and HDR10 compatibility.

Huawei P20 Pro vs iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S9: Cameras

The Huawei P20 Pro has a triple-camera setup at its rear, consisting of a 40MP colour sensor with ƒ/1.8 aperture, a 20MP monochrome sensor with ƒ/1.6 aperture, and an 8MP sensor with ƒ/2.4 aperture and 3x telephoto lens. All camera sensors have optically stabilised lenses. The phone can capture images with background blur and record up to 4K videos at 30fps and 720p slow-motion videos at 960fps. The front-facing 24MP camera has a fixed-focus lens, ƒ/2.0 aperture, and can record 1080p videos. The phone’s Master AI technology identifies scenes, objects, and subjects automatically inside in a frame and apply camera settings accordingly for more striking images.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 has a single rear-facing camera with a 1/2.6-inch sensor, dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus, OIS, dual aperture (ƒ/1.5 and ƒ/2.4), and 4K video recording at 60 frames per second. On the front, there’s an 8MP camera with autofocus, ƒ/1.7 aperture and QHD video recording. The Galaxy S9 uses multi-image stacking for improved dynamic range, higher details, and lower noise in images. The phone can also record 1080p slow-motion videos at 240fps and 720p slow-motion videos at a whopping 960fps.

The Apple iPhone 8 has a 12MP camera with ƒ/1.8 aperture, dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus, OIS, quad-LED flash and 4K video recording at 60 frames per second. The phone can record 1080p slow-motion videos at 240fps. The 7MP front-facing camera has ƒ/2.2 aperture, fixed-focus lens, and 1080p video recording.

Overall, the still images captured using the iPhone 8 are the weakest. There’s comparatively lower details, higher noise, and warmer colours. It records the best 4K videos, though, always hitting the 60fps mark. The Huawei P20 Pro captures excellent images, even in low-light conditions, edging past the Galaxy S9. However, its performance in video recording leaves a lot to be desired. It lacks EIS, so videos appear janky. Even the 24MP front camera can’t click images that are as good as the ones captured by the Galaxy S9 or the iPhone 8. Overall, the Galaxy S9 has the best camera because it clicks excellent images and videos in all types of lighting conditions.

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Huawei P20 Pro vs iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S9: Performance, Software

The Huawei P20 Pro comes equipped with the Kirin 970 chipset, consisting of four Cortex-A73 CPU cores clocked at 2.4GHz, four Cortex-A53 CPU cores clocked at 1.8GHz, and ARM Mali-G72MP12 GPU. There’s 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. There’s no memory card slot for storage expansion. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo based EMUI 8.1 interface.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 uses the company’s Exynos 9810 chipset. The SoC has four Exynos M3 CPU cores clocked at 2.7GHz, four Cortex-A53 CPU cores clocked at 1.8GHz, and ARM Mali-G72MP20 GPU. There’s 4GB RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB UFS 2.1 storage. There’s a microSD card slot as well for further storage expansion. It runs Android 8.0 Oreo based Samsung Experience 9.5 user interface.

The Apple iPhone 8 uses the A11 Bionic chipset with two Monsoon CPU cores, four Mistral CPU cores, and a tri-core Apple-designed GPU. It has 2GB RAM and either 64GB or 256GB of NVMe storage. There’s no option to expand the storage space. It was launched with iOS 11, and will receive at least five major iOS version updates.

Overall, the iPhone 8 performs the fastest, be it CPU or GPU intensive tasks. It has slightly lower memory, but it makes up for it by launching apps and games faster than its competitors. The Huawei P20 Pro is the second in terms of performance, thanks to a well-optimised chipset. However, its UI is not as modern looking as iOS 11 or Samsung’s Experience 9.5. The Galaxy S9 is the slowest of them all even though its chipset appears faster on paper, and this is due to its poorly optimised Exynos 9810 chipset. It stutters and lags from time to time, something that is unacceptable from a 2018 flagship smartphone.

Huawei P20 Pro vs iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S9: Battery Life

The Huawei P20 Pro comes packed with a 4000mAh battery and support for 5V, 4/5A Super Charge technology. Going by most reviews, you can expect the phone to last more than a day and a half even if you’re a moderately heavy user. It lacks wireless charging, though, something that’s present in both Galaxy S9 and iPhone 8. However, not many people use wireless charging, especially in India.

The iPhone 8 has the smallest capacity battery (1821mAh) among all three phones, but it lasts just as long as the Galaxy S9, and sometimes even longer, thanks to better software optimisation. Expect it to last a complete day with normal usage. The Galaxy S9 comes equipped with a 3000mAh battery, which also supports Fast Charge (18W) and fast wireless charging. However, it may not last till dinner for most people’s use cases.

The Huawei P20 Pro wins the battery life segment without any doubt. You might face some difficulty carrying the supplied charging wall adapter, though, since that is your best chance to rapidly charge the phone’s battery in the shortest time possible. It does not work very well with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge compatible chargers.

Huawei P20 Pro vs iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S9: Extras

The Apple iPhone 8 and the Samsung Galaxy S9 feature stereo speakers, while the Huawei P20 Pro lacks a stereo loudspeaker. While the P20 Pro’s loudspeaker is not bad in volume or clarity, it lacks the depth and loudness of the speakers found on the iPhone 8 and the Galaxy S9. The Galaxy S9 is the only phone among the three with a dedicated 3.5mm headphone port, so if you’re someone who listens to music through wired headphones or earphones, the Galaxy S9 is your best bet.

Huawei P20 Pro vs iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S9: Who’s The Best?

It’s not an easy task to pick the best phone among the Apple iPhone 8, Huawei P20 Pro, and the Samsung Galaxy S9. You need to see which aspect of a smartphone is the most important to you and then choose the phone that performs the best in that particular aspect without being below par in other aspects as well.

The Huawei P20 Pro has the flashiest design and the best battery life, while failing in terms of UI modernity and the selfie camera. The Galaxy S9 has the best screen, modern UI, and the best camera of the three phones. However, it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of pure performance and battery life. The iPhone 8 has the best performance, be it launching apps or playing games. It is also the best phone for people who like the longest possible software support. However, it has a dated physical design, an unimpressive screen, and a walled-garden software that lacks customisability and flexibility in terms of features.

It’s a complex decision to make, and I will leave it up to you to choose the best phone that suits your needs and not mine. I will take the Galaxy S9 any day over the Huawei P20 Pro, and that’s because of the end result that is achievable from the phone’s excellent front and rear-facing cameras.