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Huawei P30 vs Huawei P20 vs Huawei Mate 20 specs comparison

Huawei has just unveiled its newest flagship smartphone, the P30. Of course, the P30 wouldn’t exist without its predecessor, the P20. To match up with its flagship P series, Huawei also has its Mate series, with the Mate 20 lineup as its latest entries. We’re taking the P30, P20, and the Mate 20 up against each other, let’s see how they fare!

SpecificationsHuawei P30Huawei P20Huawei Mate 20
Display6.1-inch 19.5 FHD+ OLED display @ 2340 x 1080px, DCI-P3 HDR5.8-inch 18.7:9 FHD+ FullView LTPS IPS display @ 2244 x 1080 resolution, 429ppi6.53" 18.7:9 RGBW IPS LCD, FHD+ (1080 x 2244), 381ppi, 18.7:9, 88.0% screen-to-body ratio
CPUHiSilicon Kirin 980 2.6GHz octa-core (Dual NPUs)Hisilicon Kirin 970 octa-core processorHiSilicon Kirin 980 2.6GHz octa-core processor (2x Cortex A76 2.6GHz + 2x Cortex A76 1.92GHz + 4x Cortex A55 1.8GHz)
GPUMali-G76 MP10Mali-G72 MP12 767MHzMali-G76 MP10
Storage128GB storage128GB storage128GB
Expandable storageExpandable via NM cardN/AExpandable via NM card
Rear Cameras40MP f/1.8 + 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle + 8MP f/2.4 (3X Optical Zoom, up to 5X Hybrid up to Zoom, 30X Digital Zoom) telephoto triple Leica rear cameras12MP f/1.8 1.55 um + 20MP f/1.6 monochrome lens dual Leica cameras with Huawei AIS, 2x hybrid zoom, w/ LED flash12MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.8) + 16MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2) + 8MP (Telephoto, f/2.4) Leica Triple cameras, AI Stabilization
Front cameras32MP front camera24MP f/2.0 front camera with AI beautification and 3D portrait lighting24MP, f/2.0
LTEDual 4G VoLTE4G LTE Cat. 18 (1.2Gbps)4G LTE Cat. 21
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz, 5GHz)WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, DLNAWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (wave2), 2.4GHz and 5GHz
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0, BLE, SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, HWA AudioBluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 5.0, BLE, SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC and HWA Audio
GPSGPS/ A-GPS/ Glonass/ BeiDou/ Galileo/ QZSSGPS with GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEODual GPS, AGPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo (E1 + E5a dual band), QZSS
PortUSB 3.1 Type-CUSB Type-CUSB 3.1 Type-C
3.5mm audio portYesN/AYes
Biometrics- In-screen fingerprint scanner (New generation)
- Face Unlock
- Fingerprint scanner
- Face Unlock
- Fingerprint scanner (rear mounted)
- Face Unlock
FeaturesIP53 water and dust resistance
Dolby Atmos speakers
IP53 splash resistance- IP53 resistance
- Invisible Dual speakers
- 3D Live Emojis
OSEMUI 9.1 (Android 9 Pie)Android 8.1 Oreo (EMUI 8.1)EMUI 9.0 (Android 9.0 Pie)
Battery3,650mAh battery with 40W SuperCharge technology3,400mAh battery with SuperCharge and AI battery management4,000mAh battery with SuperCharge

Summary of advantages:

Huawei P30

  • OLED display panel
  • Tallest aspect ratio
  • Highest main rear camera resolution
  • up to 30X digital zoom
  • Dual-View Video
  • Highest front camera resolution
  • In-Screen fingerprint scanner
  • EMUI 9.1 out-of-the-box

Huawei P20

  • Smallest screen size
  • Widest main rear camera aperture

Huawei Mate 20

  • Largest display size
  • Widest range of RAM capacities
  • Largest battery capacity

Taking a look at their display measurements, the Mate 20 takes the cake for this one as the device sports a 6.53-inch screen. The P30 follows close by having a 6.1-inch but, it comes with an OLED panel which brings out more quality as compared with IPS displays. Lastly, the P20 has the smallest screen out of the three devices with its 5.8-inch FHD+ display.

When it comes to processors, both the P30 and Mate 20 are powered by the Kirin 980, whereas the P20 sports a Kirin 970 chipset. While the Kirin 980 may be the more improved brother of the Kirin 970, the latter chipset is also definitely powerful on its own.

The P30 offers 6GB of RAM, while the P20 has 4GB of RAM. The Mate 20 offers both RAM capacities as its variants, therefore coming out as the winner for this round. As for storage, all smartphones have 128GB. However, only the P30 and the Mate 20 are capable of storage expansion. This puts the P20 in the last place, for not having a micro SD slot or tray, therefore limiting storage to its base of 128GB.

Let’s head on to the cameras. For front cameras, both the P20 and Mate 20 have 24MP shooters, while the P30 comes with a 32MP shooter which is the highest in this comparison.

As for the rear cameras, the P20 sports a dual camera setup with its 12MP + 20MP with 2x hybrid zoom cameras. The Mate 20 possess a 12MP + 16MP + 8MP triple cameras, while the P30 pretty much trumps both devices with its 40MP + 16MP + 8MP with the ability to perform a 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, and 30x digital zoom.

The P20 is missing a 3.5mm audio port, but wired earphones users can rejoice at the P30 and Mate 20’s inclusion of the audio port. All three devices also have fingerprint scanners; the only difference is their placements. The P20 has its physical sensor on the phone’s lower bezel, the Mate 20 has it on the rear, while the P30 has it inside the screen.

Lastly, let’s talk about batteries. The Mate 20 claims the top spot for having a 4,000mAh battery capacity, the P30 comes in second with its 3,650mAh battery, and the P20 finishes last with its 3,400mAh battery. All three smartphones also support SuperCharge technology.

Overall, we can see there’s a reason why the P30 is the company’s newest flagship device; it has improved and more premium specs compared to that of the Mate 20 and P20. That doesn’t mean you should readily switch over to the P30 lineup though. The P20 and Mate 20 are still pretty much incredible devices on their own, and well, who knows, you might be able to get them at lower prices now that the P30 has launched. Which Huawei device ended up as your pick? Share it with us in the comments!

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