Huawei has decided to spice up its flagship P-series smartphones by adding a third member, the P40 Pro+. During its launch, Huawei hyped up the P40 Pro+ with its amazing cameras, especially the included periscope lens capable of up to 100x zoom. As such, we’re comparing the P40 Pro+ with the top of the line smartphone from Samsung’s S20-series, the S20 Ultra.
|Huawei P40 Pro+||Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra|
|6.58-inch FHD+ (2640 x 1200) Flex OLED Quad-Curve Overflow Display|
|6.9-inch QHD+ (3200 x 1440) Dynamic AMOLED 2.0 display
|Corning Gorilla Glass 6|
|HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G 2.86GHz octa-core CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core 2.8GHz CPU
Samsung Exynos 990 octa-core 2.7GHz octa-core CPU
|Mali-G76 GPU||Adreno 650 GPU
Mali-G77 MP11 GPU
|8GB RAM||12GB/16GB LPDDR5 RAM|
|256GB, 512GB storage||128GB/26GB/512GB UFS 3.0|
|NM card support, up to 256GB||Up to 1TB via MicroSD (shared slot)|
* 50MP Ultra Vision Camera, F1.9 (main – photo, OIS, Octa PD AF)
* 40MP SuperSensing Cine Cameram F1.8 (ultra-wide)
* 8MP SuperZoom Camera F4.4 (Periscope telephoto, 10x long-range optical zoom, 20X hybrid zoom, 100X digital zoom, OIS)
* 8MP Telephoto Camera F2.4 (telephoto, 3x mid-range optical zoom, OIS)
* ToF camera
|Quad rear cameras:
* 108MP F1.8 (main)
* 12MP F2.2 (ultra-wide)
* 48MP F3.5 (telephoto)
* Depth Vision
|Dual front cameras:|
32MP AF F2.2 front camera
IR Depth/Gesture Camera
|40MP F2.2 front camera|
Single-SIM + e-SIM (for select models)
|5G, 4G LTE||5G, 4G LTE|
|WiFi 6 Plus||WiFi 6|
|Bluetooth 5.1||Bluetooth 5.0|
|GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|Fingerprint scanner (in-display)||Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner (under-display)|
|IR Face Unlock||3D Face Unlock|
|USB 3.1 Type-C||USB 3.2 Type-C|
|-||Knox Mobile Security|
|IP68 dust and water resistance||IP68 dust and water resistance|
|EMUI 10.1 (Android 10)||Samsung One UI 2.0 (Android 10)|
|4,200mAh battery w/ 40W Fast Charging, 40W Wireless SuperCharge, Wireless Reverse Charge||5,000mAh battery w/ 45W fast charging, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless PowerShare|
|158.2 x 72.6 x 8.95 mm||166.9 x 76 x 8.8 mm|
|203 grams||220 g|
Summary of advantages:
- Higher ultra-wide camera resolution
- Inclusion of an additional 3x telephoto camera
- Inclusion of an IR Depth/Gesture front camera
- OIS support for the main, and two telephoto cameras
- Faster wireless charging support
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Bigger display
- Higher resolution display
- Faster refresh rate
- Higher main and telephoto camera resolution
- Higher front camera resolution
- Knox Mobile Security
- Higher battery capacity with faster wired charging support
Table of Contents
Starting with the display, the Samsung S20 Ultra trumps the P40 Pro+ with its massive 6.9-inch AMOLED screen. Users are also given a choice between a higher fidelity Quad HD+ resolution or buttery smooth animations with its 120Hz refresh rate when running at Full HD+ resolution. That being said, the P40 Pro+’ display is still excellent, measuring 6.58 inches with a Full HD+ OLED panel running at 90Hz.
Both devices are running on 5G capable flagship chipsets from HiSilicon and Exynos, although the US variant of the S20 Ultra is equipped with a Snapdragon 865. While Huawei outfitted the P40 Pro+ with up to a generous 8GB + 512GB configuration, Samsung is offering the S20 Ultra with double the amount of RAM and the same 512GB of internal storage. Should you need more storage for your files, you can expand the P40 Pro+ with up to a 256GB NM card, and the S20 Ultra with up to a 1TB MicroSD card.
Both flagship smartphones have amazing camera setups, with different strengths. The P40 Pro+ has a better 40MP ultra-wide and a dedicated 8MP Periscope, while the S20 Ultra has a whopping 108MP main and higher resolution 48MP telephoto camera. While the S20 Ultra may have a higher resolution 40MP front camera, the Huawei P40 Pro+ comes with an additional IR Depth/Gesture camera.
Connectivity & Other Features
Connectivity-wise, both devices come with 5G NR, 4G LTE, WiFi 6, and GPS. They both also have NFC and dual SIM support. However, the P40 Pro+ does come with the newer Bluetooth 5.1. In terms of biometrics, both devices can be unlocked via the in-display fingerprint scanner and facial recognition, although the implementation is different.
Both devices are also IP 68 dust and water-resistant; however, the S20 Ultra is more protected thanks to its use of Corning Gorilla Glass 6 and built-in Knox Mobile Security.
For OS, both devices are running on the latest Android 10, with their own respective skins; EMUI 10.1 for the P40 Pro+ and OneUI 2 for the S20 Ultra. The biggest difference between the two is that the P40 Pro+ runs on Huawei’s own Mobile Services, while the S20 Ultra has Google Mobile Services.
The S20 Ultra comes with a larger 5,000mAh battery with support for 45W wired fast charging and 12W wireless charging. Meanwhile, the P40 Pro comes with a 4,200mAh battery with 40W fast charging for both wired and wireless.
These two devices are, without a doubt, top of the line smartphones. They both offer amazing displays with fast refresh rates, the best chipsets, amazing cameras, large batteries, and the best fast-charging technologies from that their companies have to offer. If you’re into camera versatility, then the P40 Pro+ might be the better choice with its seven cameras. However, if the display quality and GMS matter more to you, then the S20 Ultra would be the better choice.
Which of these two would you rather have? Let us know in the comments below!