Earlier this year, Huawei released the P20 Pro, a triple-camera monster capable of taking fantastic pictures. Huawei is back with an even more beastly device, one that promises to snap images more detailed and true-to-life compared to the Pixel 3 and iPhone XS.
During a day at the Porsche Experience UK, we took pictures with Huawei’s new Mate 20 Pro to see how they compare to the iPhone XS. The results will surprise you.
Similar to the P20 Pro, Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro features three cameras, but instead of being arranged vertically, they’re setup in a square configuration. Huawei also ditched the P20 Pro’s monochrome sensor, instead relying on larger and improved sensors to snap images with sharper details and less noise.
The Mate 20 Pro features a 20-megapixel wide-angle camera, 40-megapixel camera, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera. Each camera works in conjunction with Huawei’s AI to create images that should be much improved over the P20 Pro.
One of the areas where users will notice an improvement is with the Mate 20 Pro’s handling of scenes. Now, Huawei’s AI is smart enough to differentiate between different segments of a scene, processing them differently to make a beautiful image.
On the iPhone XS side, Apple has taken strides to improve how its software process images. That means integrating the ISP with the Neural Engine, which in turn allows the iPhone XS to utilize Smart HDR, providing images with more highlight and shadow detail.
It’s clear that the iPhone XS’ camera is a big improvement over last year’s iPhone X—we did a comparison gallery (below) and the proof is in the pudding. But can it compete with Huawei’s latest powerhouse?
We previously tested out the P20 Pro and we found that Huawei created a terrific smartphone camera that was capable of taking stunning images. So, which phone wins this round?
See for yourself in the comparison gallery above.
Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 9 is the pinnacle of design and power. With its all-glass design, extra-large battery and dual-camera system, it makes a claim for the throne as today’s premier Android smartphone. But how does it perform in the real world?
We’ll publish our Note 9 review soon. In the meantime, we wanted to see how its camera—arguably the most important aspect of any smartphone experience—holds up next to the Huawei P20 Pro. Huawei’s flagship contains a groundbreaking triple-camera setup, elevating what’s possible with a smartphone camera.
Samsung didn’t get too creative with the Note 9’s camera, instead sticking with what works. In fact, the new device’s camera system is virtually identical to what is found in the Galaxy S9 Plus; the same dual 12-megapixel sensors; the same dual aperture; the same HDR performance.
Different is the AI capabilities of the Note 9’s camera, which can automatically detect different scenes, including food, animals, snow, etc. It’s a feature that has become standard among many other competing smartphones, including Apple’s iPhone X.
When you look at the P20 Pro, it features a completely unorthodox layout in terms of smartphone design. Whereas the majority of handsets have moved to a dual-camera layout, the P20 Pro sports a triple-camera system with 40-megapixel, 20-megapixel, and 8-megapixel sensors.
Another thing to note about the P20 Pro’s camera is how it produces images. The device’s camera works to combine four pixels into one, resulting in very clean images, both in low light and outdoors. That sharpness is retained out to the edges in the images, too, something that smartphone cameras typically struggle with.
For the purpose of these comparison images, we set each phone to automatic and tried to take the same exact picture. We didn’t do any retouching, though we did resize the images when uploading to our website.
If you’re considering either of these phones, the comparison gallery provides a good example of what to expect. Both take excellent images, there’s no doubt about it. But which one do you think is the winner?