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Huawei P30 Pro vs P20 Pro vs Mate 20 Pro specs comparison

Now that the Huawei P30 series is official, it’s time to check out what has changed among the company’s previous flagship smartphones. In this specs comparison, I’ll be putting the P30 Pro, P20 Pro, and Mate 20 Pro side-by-side to see which device has the upper hand in each vital aspect. Let’s start!

Here are their detailed specs:

 Huawei P30 ProHuawei P20 ProHuawei Mate 20 Pro
Display6.47-inch FHD+ OLED display @ 2340 x 1080px6.1-inch FHD+ OLED FullView display @ 2240 x 1080px6.39" 19.5:9 2K OLED [email protected] 3120 x 1440px
ProcessorKirin 980 2.6GHz octa-core processor (2x Cortex A76 2.6GHz + 2x Cortex A76 1.92GHz + 4x Cortex A55 1.8GHz)HiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core (4 x ARM Cortex A73 2.36GHz + 4 x ARM Cortex A53 1.8GHz)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 GPUMali-G76 MP10
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB128GB internal storage128GB, 256GB
Expandablevia NM card (SIM 2)Hybrid slot (SIM 2)via NM card (SIM 2)
Rear camera40MP f/1.6 OIS RYYB (World’s first) + 20MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle + 8MP f/2.4
- 5x Periscope(5X Optical Zoom, 10X Hybrid Zoom, 50X Digital Zoom)
- Time-of-Flight technology
-Leica lenses
-AI Stabilization
40MP f/1.8 RGB sensor + 20MP f/1.6 monochrome sensor + 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens triple Leica cameras w/ Huawei AIS, 5x Hybrid Zoom
- AI Image Stabilization, LED flash
40MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.8) + 20MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2) + 8MP (Telephoto, f/2.4) Leica Triple cameras
- AI Stabilization
Front camera32MP f/2.0 front camera24MP front camera with AI beautification and 3D portrait lighting24MP, f/2.0, 3D Depth Sensing
LTE4G LTE Cat. 214G LTE Cat. 18 (1.2Gbps)4G LTE Cat. 21
Wi-FiWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (wave2), 2.4GHz and 5GHzWiFi 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 and HWA AudioBluetooth 4.2, BLE, aptX, aptX HDBluetooth 5.0, BLE, SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC and HWA Audio
GPSDual GPS, AGPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo (E1 + E5a dual band), QZSSGPS with GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEODual GPS, AGPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo (E1 + E5a dual band), QZSS
Feature- IP68 resistance
- Invisible Dual speakers
- App Twin
- Google AR Core
- 3D Live Emojis
- AR support
- IP67 water and dust resistance
- Infrared Remote Control
- IP68 resistance
- Invisible Dual speakers
- App Twin
- Google AR Core
- 3D Live Emojis
USBUSB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1
Biometrics- In-screen fingerprint scanner (New generation)
- 3D Face Unlock
- Fingerprint scanner
- Face Unlock
- In-screen fingerprint scanner
- 3D Face Unlock
OSEMUI 9.1 (Android 9.0 Pie)Android 8.1 Oreo (EMUI 8.1)EMUI 9.0 (Android 9.0 Pie)
Battery- 4,200mAh battery with SuperCharge
- Wireless Charging Support
- Wireless Reverse Charging
4,000mAh battery with SuperCharge and AI battery management- 4,200mAh battery with SuperCharge
- Wireless Charging Support
- Wireless Reverse Charging
ColorBreathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Pearl White, Classic Black, AuroraTwilight and Pink Gold, Black, Midnight BlueEmerald Green, Midnight Blue, Classical Black, Twilight, Pink Gold

Here are the advantages of each smartphone:

Huawei P30 Pro

  • Largest screen size
  • Highest maximum storage capacity
  • Widest main rear camera aperture
  • Up to 50X Digital Zoom
  • Up to ISO 409600
  • Professional Night Mode
  • Dual-View Video
  • TOF technology
  • Highest front camera resolution
  • Improved In-Screen fingerprint sensor
  • EMUI 9.1 out-of-the-box

Huawei P20 Pro

  • Smallest screen size

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

  • Tallest aspect ratio
  • Highest screen resolution

Starting with the display, The P30 Pro overtakes the Mate 20 Pro easily by having the largest size in this comparison. Previously, I usually separated the P-series and Mate-series based on how large the screen is, but now, it’s trivial. The advantage of the latter, however, is that it has the largest resolution which is good if you’re sensitive to pixels. If the two devices are too much for you, then you can opt for the P20 Pro with the smallest inch among the three.

Performance-wise, It’s a little disappointing given that the P30 Pro still retains the Kirin 980 chipset which falls behind in terms of raw performance as compared with Apple’s and Snapdragon’s chips. Nevertheless, it’s the same one used in the Mate 20 Pro, so we expect it to perform almost similarly.

The camera category is the main change in this aspect due to the P30 Pro’s significant improvement over the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro. It uses the world’s first RYYB (Red Yellow Yellow Blue) sensor on the main lens. It also has a wide aperture which performs significantly in terms of low-light shots while its Time-of-Flight technology provides more accurate AR capability. One thing that amazed me is its zooming prowess. Unlike with its predecessors, the P30 Pro can zoom up to 50X digital zoom and 10X hybrid zoom while it can go up to an ISO 409600 that rivals the DSLR cameras.

Huawei also introduced the Dual-View video feature where you can record a video showcasing the standard view, and a zoomed in one –Pretty neat actually. As for the front cameras, the company increased the resolution of the P30 Pro’s shooter making it the highest resolution in this comparison.

Huawei didn’t focus much on improving the other features of the P30 Pro, but one thing worth noting is that it has an enhanced In-Screen fingerprint scanner which is said to be 40% faster than the Mate 20 Pro.

In terms of battery performance, the P30 Pro and Mate 20 Pro are identical with the same charging technologies. The P20 Pro falls behind by only having a bit lower mAh capacity and no wireless charging support.

Overall, the P30 Pro is your new Mate 20 Pro with improved camera features. If you are a P20 Pro user and want to upgrade to the latest model, then I would recommend you to do that given its significant improvements in terms of camera performance.

What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Vaughn is your go-to person when it comes to comparing gadgets especially smartphones. He's also a gamer by heart and the "Hackerman" of the team.

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