Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Huawei Mate 40 Pro specs comparison

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Huawei Mate 40 Pro specs comparison

Samsung’s latest premium flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S21 Ultra, has brought a few improvements that consumers are willing to spend for some bucks.  Another top-notch, 5G smartphone available in the local market is the Huawei Mate 40 Pro which was launched in Q4 last year. Although both smartphones bring special productivity features, we would like to see which one brings more to heavy consumers.  Is waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S21 a wise move or should you opt for the Huawei Mate 40 Pro?

Samsung Galaxy S21 UltraHuawei Mate 40 Pro    
6.8-inch Edge QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display6.76-inch FHD+ (2772 x 1344) OLED display, 456ppi
10~120Hz Dynamic refresh rate90Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate
Gorilla Glass Victus--
Samsung Exynos 2100Huawei Kirin 9000 octa-core CPU
ARM Mali-G78Mali-G78 GPU
256GB, 512GB storage256GB storage (expandable with Huawei NM card)
Quad-rear cameras:
• 108MP Phase Detection F1.8 (wide)
• 12MP Dual Pixel F2.2 (ultrawide)
• 10MP Dual Pixel F4.9 (10x tele, 100x Space Zoom)
• 10MP Dual Pixel F2.4 (3x tele)
Triple-rear cameras:
• 50MP F1.9 Ultra Vision Camera (main)
• 20MP F1.8 Cine Camera (ultrawide)
• 12MP F3.4, OIS (telephoto)
100x Space Zoom, 10x Optic Zoom, up to 100x Super Resolution Zoom50x Digital Zoom, 5x Optical Zoom, 10x Hybrid Zoom
40MP Dual Pixel F2.2 front camera13MP F2.4 Ultra Vision Selfie Camera + 3D Depth Sensing Camera
5G, 4G LTE5G, 4G LTE
WiFi 6EWiFi 6, 2 x 2 MIMO, HE160, 1024 QAM, 8 Spatial-stream Sounding MU-MIMO
Bluetooth 5.1Bluetooth 5.2, BLE, SBC, AAC, LDAC
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GalileoGPS (Dual-band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS (Quad-band), GALILEO (Tri-band), QZSS (Dual-band), NavIC
USB Type-CUSB Type-C
Fingerprint scanner (in-display)Fingerprint scanner (in-display)
Face Unlock3D Face Recognition
AKG Stereo SpeakersDual speakers (3D audio)
IP68 water and dust resistanceIP68 water and dust resistance
Samsung Knox--
Link to WindowsHuawei Share
--Huawei MeeTime
S-Pen support--
--IR Blaster
Google Mobile ServicesHuawei Mobile Services
OneUI 3.1 (Android 11)EMUI 11 (Android 10)
5,000mAh battery w/ 25W fast charging, wireless charging, reverse wireless charging4,400mAh battery w/ 66W SuperCharge, 50W Wireless SuperCharge
75.6 x 165.1 x 8.9mm162.9 x 75.5 x 9.1mm (Glass) ~ 9.5mm (Vegan Leather)
229g(mmW), 227g(sub6)212 g (Glass, Vegan Leather)
Phantom Black, Phantom SilverMystic Silver, White, Black, Green, Yellow

Summary of advantages

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Higher screen resolution and refresh rate
Quad rear cameras
• Higher resolution front camera
• Android 11 w/ GMS out of the box
• Larger RAM option
• Larger battery capacity
• S-Pen support

Huawei Mate 40 Pro
• Higher resolution for the ultra-wide and telephoto sensor
• Expandable storage via Huawei NM card slot
• 3D Depth Sensing Camera
• Faster wired and wireless charging
• IR Blaster


At first glance, the Galaxy S21 Ultra has a slightly bigger display at 6.8-inch compared to Huawei Mate 40 Pro’s  6.76-inch screen. Although both feature an OLED panel, the former has a better Edge QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display than the latter’s FHD+ display. The Galaxy S21 Ultra also ships with an adjustable refresh rate that stretches between 10 to 120Hz. Meanwhile, the Mate 40 Pro has a lower refresh rate that can go up to 90Hz through its Smart Resolution that allows the device to adjust the resolution based on the user’s activity to save power. It also comes with a 240Hz touch sampling rate for smoother gameplay.

In terms of glass protection, the Galaxy S21 comes with a better Corning Gorilla Glass Victus that can survive accidental drops on hard, rough surfaces from up to 2 meters. Huawei, on the other hand, didn’t mention if the Mate 40 Pro has any display protection.

Chipset and Memory

For the processor, the Galaxy S21 Ultra Galaxy S21 runs with the latest 5G-ready and octa-core Samsung Exynos 2100 processor. It is built on the 5nm extreme ultra-violet (EUV) process node and offers up to 20-percent lower power consumption or 10% higher overall performance than the 7nm predecessor. It has up to 2.9GHz clock speed and is mated with ARM Mali-G78 graphics.

As for the Huawei Mate 40 Pro, it is powered by a Kirin 9000 processor which is also based on a 5nm architecture with a maximum clock speed of up to 2.54 GHz and an ARM Mali-G78 graphics. It is an octa-core processor consisting of four Cortex-A77 and four Cortex-A55 paired with an NPU. We can compare benchmark results once we’re done reviewing the Galaxy S21 Ultra.


Moving on to the smartphone’s memory, the Galaxy  S21 Ultra provides larger memory and storage options at 12GB + 256GB and 16GB + 512GB. The Mate 40 Pro, on the other hand, offers 8GB RAM and 256GB storage with a dedicated Huawei NM card to store more app data and media files.


The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is equipped with a rectangular, Dual Pixel quad-rear camera module consisting of a higher resolution 108MP main, 12MP ultrawide, and double 10MP telephoto with 100x Space Zoom. Compared to the Mate 40 Pro, which has a round rear camera module with 50MP Ultra Vision main, 20MP ultrawide, and 12MP telephoto with OIS, the Galaxy S21 Ultra has better main and telephoto cameras. It also has a higher resolution for its front cameras at 40MP versus the Mate 40 Pro’s 13MP. The Huawei Mate 40 Pro also has a 3D Depth Sensing camera up front that provides a natural-looking bokeh effect on portraits.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra’s zoom capabilities seem better on paper with its 100x Space Zoom, 10x Optic Zoom, and up to 100x Super-Resolution Zoom. The Mate 40 Pro also competes decently with 50x Digital Zoom, 5x Optical Zoom, and 10x Hybrid Zoom.


In terms of OS, the Samsung Galaxy S20 offers  One UI 3.1 based on Android 11. Since it supports Google Mobile Services, it is pre-loaded with other Google apps and may download mobile apps and games from the Google Play Store. Meanwhile, the Mate 40 Pro runs under Huawei’s latest Android 10 skin dubbed as the EMUI 11. It has Huawei Mobile Services such as AppGallery for downloading mobile apps and games.

Connectivity and other features

Both smartphones have the usual special features from flagship smartphones like IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, face unlock, in-display fingerprint scanner, NFC, 5G connectivity, Dual-SIM slots, and USB Type-C. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has Bluetooth 5.2, AKG Stereo speakers, Samsung Knox for security, Link to Windows for accessing smartphone straight from a connected Windows 10 laptop or PC, more advanced Wi-Fi 6E, and S-Pen support that’s sold separately. The Mate 40 Pro, on the other hand, has Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 6, Huawei Share for wireless file sharing and multi-screen collaboration across Huawei devices, and IR Blaster for hands-free controls of connected smart home devices.


The latest Galaxy S21 Ultra has a larger 5,000mAh battery capacity than the Huawei Mate 40 Pro’s 4,400mAh. Although both feature fast charging and wireless charging, the Mate 40 Pro offers faster wired and wireless charging rates at 66W and 55W, respectively. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has slower wired and wireless charging at 25W and 10W. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra also acts as a power bank with its reverse wireless charging feature.


The Huawei Mate 40 Pro comes at a more affordable price of PHP 55,999 (8GB + 256GB). On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra starts at PHP 69,990 for the 12GB + 256GB and PHP 79,990 for the 16GB + 512GB.

Which one should you get?

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra definitely brings more new features than the Mate 40 Pro. The latest flagship Galaxy S21 Ultra sports an advanced OS and chipset, better display resolution, quad rear cameras, 40MP front camera, larger memory and storage configurations, bigger battery capacity, security through Samsung Knox, Google Mobile Services and supports the optional S Pen. Should you value these factors more and is willing to spend PHP 9,000 more, then upgrading to the Galaxy S21 Ultra is a good choice. However, if expandable storage, a fast-charging battery, and a more affordable price tag are what you need, then the Mate 40 Pro is a decent option for a premium smartphone.

Jewel is a Multimedia Producer for YugaTech. She's a caffeinator by day and a cinephile by night.

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