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Lucy Eva is a content writer in Paylessdeal for 4 years, and a part-time contributor focused on the news and features attached to technology. She is always being excited about technology, especially about smartphones.

April 9, 2018

Huawei P20 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus – Which One is Best?

Huawei has just revealed its latest flagship devices “P20” and “P20 Pro” which are set to compare with smartphone products from manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung. Both devices are sporting gorgeous cameras, a renovated bezel-less display, and chipset powerful chips.

Unlike Huawei, Samsung has also focused a lot on better-quality mobile camera technology with its latest Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus flagships.

Samsung’s flagship devices are big, powerful and backed by dazzling features and while these are both top-end Android handset they have lots of differences.

Here we compared Huawei P20 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus so you can see all the key ways in which the both of devices differ, and the ways in which they are similar.

Listed below are the Huawei P20 Pro specifications you can have a look.

  • Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight: 180g
  • CPU: Octa-core (4 x 2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 + 4 x 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU: Mali-G72 MP12
  • Chipset: Hisilicon Kirin 970
  • Display Size: 6.1-inches OLED
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2240 Pixels
  • RAM: 6GB
  • ROM: 128GB (Expandable Up to 256GB via microSD Card)
  • Rear Camera: 40MP + 20MP + 8MP
  • Front Camera: 24MP
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-Band, WiFi Direct, Hotspot, Bluetooth, GPS
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Compass, Fingerprint (front-mounted),Gyro, Proximity
  • Battery: 4000mAh Non-Removable  
  • Colors: Black, Pink Gold, Midnight Blue, Twilight

Now let’s have a look at Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus specifications.

  • Operating System: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight: 189g
  • CPU: Octa-core (4 x 2.8 GHz Mongoose M3 + 4 x 1.7 GHz Cortex-A55) 
  • GPU: Exynos 9810 Octa
  • Chipset: Mali-G72 MP18
  • Display Size: 6.2-inches Super AMOLED
  • Resolution: 1440 x 2960 Pixels
  • RAM: 6GB
  • ROM: 64/128GB (Expandable Up to 256GB via microSD Card)
  • Rear Camera: 12MP + 12MP
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-Band, WI-Fi Direct, Hotspot, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Compass, Fingerprint, Gyro, HeartRate, Iris Scanner, Proximity, SpO2 
  • Battery: 3500mAh Non-Removable
  • Colors: Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple 


Huawei P20 Pro looks similar to the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus in terms of design as it comes with a glass back and a metal frame, but still, there’re some major differences. For example, The Huawei P20 Pro design boasts a notch on the screen, whereas Samsung Galaxy 9 Plus design lacks this feature, though both devices have small bezels. As far as dimensions are concerned, S9 Plus is heavier at as compared to P20 Pro’s 7.8mm.

Both devices come with a screen-to-body ratio which is greater than 80%.

They’re waterproof and dustproof, but Huawei P20 Pro boasts IP67 certified, which means it can be submerged almost 1 meter deep in water for more than 30 minutes. The Galaxy S9 Plus features IP68 certifications enabling a phone to be submerged up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.

A color scheme is also a visual difference. The Huawei P20 Pro comes in Midnight Blue, Twilight shades, Rainbow-like Pink Gold and Black. While Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is available in Lilac Purple, Titanium Grey, Midnight Black and Coral Blue.

A 3.5mm headphone port is the biggest difference between Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and Huawei P20 Pro. The Galaxy S9 Plus does have it whereas Huawei P20 Pro doesn’t.


Samsung flagship devices are significantly expensive compared to Huawei’s and there’s no avoiding that. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus price Australia is AU$1500 which means it’s the same price as Samsung’s year-old expensive phone, Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

On the other hand, Huawei P20 Pro price Australia is AU$1450 making it undercuts its rivals considerably. It definitely bumps up from the Galaxy S8. Isn’t making a huge difference for anyone who wants a flashy 2018 flagship, but doesn’t want to go all out?


The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus display is quite gorgeous as compared to Huawei P20 Pro. The Galaxy S9 Plus sports a 6.2-inches 1440 x 2960 Super AMOLED display. And Huawei’s P20 Pro display is 6.1-inches with 1080 x 2240 resolution.

However, the display of Galaxy S9 Plus is uninterrupted as Huawei P20 Pro comes with a notch at the top which eats into a portion of the real estate.

It dominates the usually-dead space in the center of the notification bar, so you won’t notice it most of the time.

Both devices are equipped with long, narrow screens and sporting light on the bezel. The aspect ratios are alike, but not identical – Huawei P20 Pro houses 18.7:9 while Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus houses 18.5:9.

Power, Storage, and Operating System:

The Huawei P20 Pro is powered by Octa-core Kirin 970 chipset and 6GB of RAM. Kirin 970 is the latest high-end chipset from Huawei.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is backed by a 6GB of RAM too and either a Snapdragon 845 chipset or an Exynos 9810 (depends which part of the world you live in). Altogether, both devices are powered by top-end Octa-core chipsets and both versions also loaded with 6GB of RAM.

As for storage, Huawei P20 Pro comes with 128GB of onboard memory and either 64GB (in the US) or 128GB (rest of the world) in Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. Both flagships feature a microSD card slot (helps you expand onboard memory up to 256GB). Also, run Android Oreo, though with different interfaces on top.

Camera and Battery:

The Huawei P20 Pro camera is more powerful as compared to Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus with three on the back – 12MP f/1.8 RGB sensor, a 40MP f/1.6 monochrome sensor, and an 8MP telephoto sensor.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus camera meanwhile has a pair of 12MP sensors, one of which is fixed at f/2.4 aperture and the other one offers a variable aperture that can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4.

A super slow-motion video at 720p quality is being offered on both devices. But P20 Pro has AL skills, enabling it to optimize the setting of the camera and assist with the composition of shots. So, there’s a lot of techs packed into the two.

Battery life is one of the biggest factors that cannot be overlooked when comparing. It’s the big difference between these two phones as while Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus comes with a large 3500mAh one, the P20 Pro is backed by an even bigger 4000mAh one – and with a lower resolution display to drive.

Based on numerous reviews, S9 Plus lasts all day long – but we’ll let you know in case Huawei P20 Pro does any better when putting the phone through its paces.

Final Words:

Huawei P20 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus are quite similar in many other ways, with large OLED screens, onboard memory, 6GB of RAM among other things. Plenty of things still need to be tested fully such as Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Plus camera is great in some conditions, but Huawei is now offering the triple rear camera. Huawei, in fact, has a lot to prove and a lot to fight for. So, before you get your hands on any of these, you should have a look at Huawei P20 Pro review and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Review, to see accurately how well all its features and specs are in practice.


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