Some of the biggest and best phones over the last couple of years have come from Huawei. The Chinese manufacturer packs cutting edge tech into increasingly attractive designs, but which is best for you? The Huawei P30 Pro looks very impressive, but the Mate 20 Pro is only six months old, and last year’s Huawei P20 Pro is still a formidable phone.
Whether you’re thinking about upgrading, or considering saving yourself some money with an older model, we’ve got a complete explanation of the differences between these three great phones for you right here.
|Huawei P30 Pro||Huawei Mate 20 Pro||Huawei P20 Pro|
|Size||158 × 73.4 × 8.41 mm (6.22 × 2.89 × 0.33 inches)||157.8 × 72.3 × 8.6 mm (6.22 × 2.85 × 0.34 inches)||155 × 73.9 × 7.8 mm (6.1 × 2.9 × 0.3 inches)|
|Weight||192 grams (6.77 ounces)||189 grams (6.66 ounces)||174 grams (6.14 ounces)|
|Screen size||6.47-inch AMOLED display||6.4-inch AMOLED display||6.1-inch AMOLED display|
|Screen resolution||2,340 × 1,080 pixels (398 pixels-per-inch)||3,120 × 1,440 (538 pixels-per-inch)||2,240 × 1,080 pixels (408 pixels-per-inch)|
|Operating system||Android 9.0 Pie||Android 9.0 Pie||Android 9.0 Pie|
|Storage space||128GB, 256GB, 512GB||128GB, 256GB||128GB, 256GB|
|MicroSD card slot||No – features proprietary Nano Memory Card||No – features proprietary Nano Memory Card||No|
|Tap-to-pay services||Google Pay||Google Pay||Google Pay|
|Processor||Kirin 980||Kirin 980||Kirin 970|
|RAM||8GB||6GB, 8GB||6GB, 8GB|
|Camera||Quad-lens 40MP, 20MP, 8MP, and ToF rear, 32MP front||Triple-lens 40MP, 20MP, and 8MP rear, 24MP front||Triple-lens 40MP, 20MP, and 8MP rear, 24MP front|
|Video||2,160p at 30 frames per second, 1,080p at 60 fps, 720p at 960 fps||2,160p at 30 frames per second, 1,080p at 60 fps, 720p at 960 fps||2,160p at 30 frames per second, 1,080p at 60 fps, 720p at 960 fps|
|Bluetooth version||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 4.2|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes (in-display)||Yes (in-display)||Yes (front)|
Qi wireless charging
Qi wireless charging
|App marketplace||Google Play Store||Google Play Store||Google Play Store|
|Network support||TBA||T-Mobile, AT&T||T-Mobile, AT&T|
|Colors||Amber Sunrise, Breathing Crystal, Pearl White, Aurora, Black||Emerald green, midnight blue, twilight, pink gold, black||Black, blue, pink gold, twilight|
|Price||999 euros ($1,128)||1,049 Euros (around $1,220)||$1,000|
|Review score||Hands-on||4.5 out of 5 stars||4.5 out of 5 stars|
Performance, battery life, and charging
Power wise, the P20 Pro lags behind with a 4,000mAh battery, slower wired charging, and no support for Qi wireless charging. The P30 Pro and Mate 20 Pro both boast 4,200mAh batteries, speedy 40W wired charging, and fast 15W wireless charging. The P20 Pro is clearly the weakest here, but the P30 Pro only sneaks the win thanks to the extra storage option and additional RAM in the base model, which is the one most people will buy.
Design and durability
These phones all look gorgeous on the back with interesting finishes that catch your eye. The P30 Pro and P20 Pro are clearly part of the same family with an offset camera suite on the top left, whereas the Mate 20 Pro has that central square of lenses. When we flip around front, the P20 Pro immediately shows its age with a lozenge-shaped fingerprint sensor at the bottom; the other two have in-display fingerprint sensors. The P20 Pro also has a small notch at the top of the screen; the Mate 20 Pro has a larger notch; the P30 Pro makes do with a teardrop notch, which gives you the most screen area.
All three will survive a dunk in shallow water, although the P20 Pro is IP67-rated and the other two are slightly tougher, managing an IP68 rating. You will certainly want to get a case to protect your phone whichever of these you go for.
All three phones have an AMOLED display, but the
Winner: Huawei Mate 20 Pro
You’ll find some of the most versatile cameras with the highest megapixel counts around come from Huawei. The Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro are very similar with triple-lens main cameras that combine a 40-megapixel lens with with an f/1.8 aperture, a 20-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens with an f/2.2 aperture, and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture. In the P20 Pro there was a monochrome lens, instead of an ultra wide-angle lens. Both have a 24-megapixel front-facing camera.
Software and updates
Although it launched with an older version of Android, the P20 Pro has been updated and so all three of these phones are running Android 9.0 Pie, though the older two have EMUI 9 on top while the P30 Pro has EMUI 9.1, which is supposed to bring some performance improvements. Huawei’s software is packed with extras including gestures and its own digital wellbeing features. It is slimmed down a bit compared to earlier, busier versions, but there’s still a learning curve here and it will take you some time to gets to grips with the customization options. We assume EMUI 9.1 will roll out to the older phones in time, but for now it gives the P30 Pro an edge.
The P20 Pro lags again. We could point to the monochrome lens, but beyond that, the other two have it beat on the special features front. Both the Mate 20 Pro and the P30 Pro have in-display fingerprint sensors, but Huawei says the one in the P30 Pro is improved and it should be more reliable. Both also offer reverse wireless charging, so you can charge any Qi-certified device with the back of your P30 Pro or Mate 20 Pro. There are also some interesting new features in the P30 Pro such as OneHop, which allows you to record your PC screen with your phone or copy and paste between your phone and PC.
Price and availability
Sadly, none of these phones are officially available in the U.S. The Huawei P20 Pro would have cost around $1,000 near release, but you can find onenow. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro was over $1,000 on release, but it can picked up for closer to $800 now.
All three will work on AT&T or T-Mobile in the states, but not on Verizon or Sprint.
Overall winner: Huawei P30 Pro
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