Huawei P20 Pro Vs Samsung Galaxy S9+: What’s similar and what’s not?

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Rumour mill churned it all about Huawei’s latest flagship, the Huawei P20 Pro, and of course, its design: The iPhone X style notch and triple camera array at the back. All we were waiting for was the display, camera specifications, battery capacity and price. This year’s onset glorified some remarked tech innovations in the smartphone space. For example, the Vivo X20 Plus UD featuring an on-screen fingerprint sensor, the Vivo APEX with half-screen fingerprint sensor technology & retractable front camera and Samsung Galaxy S9 series came with variable aperture. And now the Huawei P20 Pro came featuring three camera lens with AI for better composition. Like Samsung Galaxy S9+, Huawei P20 Pro flaunts a tall front panel and includes high-end innards.

With praiseworthy specifications, powerful SoC and promising camera experience, this his how Huawei’s latest flagship takes on Samsung Galaxy S9+:

Huawei P20 Pro Vs Samsung Galaxy S9+ design

Samsung didn’t drastically change the design on the Galaxy S9+ compared to S8+, except for fingerprint sensor’s placement which now sits below the dual rear camera. The smartphone has metal and glass-clad alongside the front bezels slightly trimmed by 1.2mm than on its predecessor. The Huawei P20 Pro is also encased in glass and has metal chassis. Both the handsets have some similarities in terms of the design. But the difference is evident on the front. Following in the footsteps of Apple’s iPhone X, Huawei P20 Pro has the notch above the display, and many other smartphone makers like Asus, Vivo and Oppo have employed the same with their recent offerings. However, Huawei claims to flip this off inside the Settings. The P20 Pro has chunky bezel at the bottom to accommodate the home button that also works as a fingerprint reader.


On the contrary, the Galaxy S9+ sports a curved edge-to-edge display with the home button and navigation keys embedded on the screen. The fingerprint sensor, as we mentioned, is located on the rear panel this time around, and apparently enough, its placement seems to be more convenient on Samsung Galaxy S9+ than Huawei’s. Since both the smartphones have a tall display, reaching for the fingerprint reader is expected to be a bit troublesome. They both are water and dust resistant (IP67 and IP68 rated, respectively). The S9+ can be submerged up to 0.5meter deeper than the P20 Pro for almost half an hour. However, if you talk about the sleekness, Huawei P20 Pro is slimmer than the Galaxy S9+, measuring 7.8mm thickness whereas the S9+ is 8.5mm thick.


A visible change on Huawei P20 Pro has to be Twilight colour shade which many are calling as “unicorn.” The blue and purple gradient on the rear glass panel that shifts colour in the light adds an astral look. There’s another colour variant Pink Gold which stands out as well. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S9+ comes in Lilac Purple and Coral Blue shade (there are Titanium Grey and Midnight Black version as well), which appears to be elegant though it may not be as staggering as Huawei P20 Pro’s new colourway.



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Processing hardware (SoC, RAM, storage)

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What’s similar, what’s not?

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