Huawei P30 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs iPhone XS Max: price, specifications compared

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Huawei has officially announced its latest P series smartphones at an event held in Paris, France. The company unveiled the new P30 and the P30 Pro smartphones, both featuring a quad-rear camera setup and a new design. The Huawei P30 Pro will compete against other flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S10+, the Pixel 3 and the Apple iPhone XS. In this post, we will be comparing the Huawei P30 Pro prices and specifications with those of Galaxy S10+ from Samsung, and the iPhone XS Max from Apple

Huawei P30 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs iPhone XS Max price 

While Huawei hasn’t announced the Indian pricing for the new P30 smartphones, we do have the European prices. The P30 Pro price starts at €999 (~Rs 78,800) for the variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Its 256GB variant costs €1,099 (~Rs 85,600) and the 512GB storage version is priced at €1,249 (~Rs 97,250). The phone is already available for purchase in certain European countries and comes in Black, Aurora, Pearl White, Aurora Sunrise and Breathing Crystal colour options. 

Huawei P30 Pro
Huawei P30 Pro

On the other hand, the Galaxy S10+ starts at Rs 73,900 with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The variant with 512GB storage is Rs 91,900, whereas the one with 12GB RAM and 1TB of storage is Rs 1,17,900. The phone is available in Prism Black, Prism White, Prism Blue, Ceramic White and Ceramic Black colours. The iPhone XS Max is the most expensive phone here. The 64GB variant is priced at Rs 1,04,900, the 256GB variant goes for Rs 1,19,900, and the 512GB version can be had for Rs 1,49,900.  

Huawei P30 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs iPhone XS Max specifications

Coming to the specifications, all three phones are equally great in their own way, but we are still going to look at the differences in hardware. Let’s start with the display and the design. The new Huawei P30 Pro features a 6.47-inch AMOLED FHD+ display with a tiny notch at the top. The Galaxy S10+ has been the most innovative with the design and uses a the hole-punch display, which houses two front cameras. It features a 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED panel with QHD+ resolution. The iPhone XS Max gets a 6.5-inch AMOLED screen with 120Hz touch sensing and 3D Touch. 

iPhone XS Max

The Huawei phone uses the brand’s acoustic technology to turn the front display into a speaker; the screen also houses an in-display fingerprint scanner. The Galaxy S10+ also features an in-display fingerprint scanner, but uses ultrasonic technology instead of optical. Apple has stuck with its Face ID tech for unlocking the phone. 

Samsung Galaxy S10+

Now, let’s talk about performance. All three phones feature the latest chipsets from each manufacturer and are comparable to each other when it comes to power. The Huawei P30 Pro uses the 7nm Kirin 980 chipset, the Galaxy S10+ comes with the 8nm Exynos 9820 or the 7nm Snapdragon 855, and the iPhone XS Max is powered by the 7nm A12 Bionic chip. The Huawei phone gets a maximum of 8GB RAM and 512GB storage, the Apple model gets 4GB RAM and 512GB storage, and the Samsung handset tops out at 12GB RAM and 1TB storage. 

In the camera department, Huawei has outdone itself and included a very impressive setup on the P30 Pro. It features a primary 40-megapixel SuperSpectrum sensor, which is paired with a 20-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, an 8-megapixel periscope sensor with 5x optical zoom, and a 3D TOF sensor. For selfies, a 32-megapixel camera is available up front. The Galaxy S10+ gets a triple-rear camera setup with a main 12-megapixel dual-aperture sensor, a 12-megapixel telephoto sensor, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide sensor. On the front, there are 10-megapixel + 8-megapixel combo for selfies.

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Huawei P30 Pro

The iPhone XS Max features a primary 12-megapixel sensor, which is paired with a secondary 12-megapixel telephoto unit. The front camera is a 7-megapixel sensor, which is used for selfies. 

As for battery and software, the P30 Pro gets the largest cell with a 4,250mAh cell, which supports 40W SuperCharge, 15W wireless charging, and even reverse wireless charging. The Galaxy S10+ gets a slightly smaller 4,100mAh unit, which supports 15W fast charging, while the iPhone XS Max comes with a shameful 3,174mAh unit. It also supports wireless charging and 15W fast charging. In terms of software, the Galaxy S10+ and P30 Pro run the latest Android 9.0 Pie OS with their custom skins on top, while the iPhone XS Max runs on iOS 12. 

If you are looking for total value for money, then you should probably go for the Huawei P30 Pro or the Samsung Galaxy S10+. The iPhone XS Max doesn’t really have anything great to offer on paper, apart from a better ecosystem. But, of course, you should wait for our in-depth review of the new Huawei phone to decide which model to go for.