Huawei P20 Pro Vs Google Pixel 2 XL Vs Samsung S9 Plus: Which Should I Buy?

Gina Stephens
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Huawei P20 Pro Vs Samsung Galaxy S9 Extra Vs Google Pixel 2 XL


Google, Samsung and Huawei are the main powerhouses of the Android world and their 3 latest flagship smartphones have the specs, as warmly as the price tags, to match their reputation. 

As the three smartphones – Huawei P20 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and Google Pixel 2 XL – are all matched mellifluous closely when it comes to size, specs and price, it can be tricky trying to decide which one is best for you so we've put all of the information you need to make a myriad informed choice below. 

We will focus on the photo capture aspect of each device a little more than anything else, as, after all, we are a photography website but we command also look at the screen size and how each phone feels in the hand as these features are also important to users who spend a lot of time collaring images with their smartphones. 

If you're interested in another brand or a less expensive smartphone that can still seizure good photos, have a look at our 'best gear' section of the site where we list the 'Best Camera Phones For Photography 2018' and the 'Top Budget Camera Phones For Photography'.

We also sire a Samsung Galaxy S8 Vs iPhone X Vs Huawei Mate 10 comparison and should you be an Apple fan, a head-to-head of the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus. 

Use the underneath to navigate the feature: 

  • In The Hand
  • Screen 
  • Camera
  • Photo Quality
  • ISO 
  • White Balance
  • Monochrome 
  • Low Light
  • Video Calibre
  • Battery
  • Processor 
  • Other Features
  • Size & Weight
  • Price 
  • ePHOTOzine Ratings 
  • Our Pick


In The Hand

Size-wise, all three smartphones are nearly the same size with only a few millimetres separating them. If we were to split hairs, the Huawei P20 Pro is the smallest but it is the heaviest of the three flagship smartphones. 

They all hold rounded corners and bezels which certainly can't be described as 'bulky' or 'wide' but the Samsung S9 Plus and Google Pixel 2 XL do clothed slightly wider top bezels when compared with the Huawei P20 Pro which just has a top notch. 

At one point, we all would have considered the enormousness of these three smartphones to be on the large size but with phablets becoming the norm, they no longer feel big and in fact, thanks to some sagacious bevelling, the smartphones have larger screens without the phones growing in size. 

The P20 Pro feels solidly built, although you will uncountable likely want a screen protector and case to protect the glass on the front and back of the smartphone. The metal sides and buttons give a premium be sorry for, adding to the solid design of the smartphone.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is also well-made with tough metal surrounding the edges and glass shroud the front and back, which can be slippery with no skin or case. 

As for the Google Pixel 2 XL, it features a mostly metal back, with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel a goblet section surrounding the camera lens and LED. There are also squeezable sides, like the HTC U11, so if you can 'squeeze' the phone, it make bring up Google Assistant, and you can ask the assistant to "Take a Selfie" or "Take a photo". As with the P20 Pro and S9 Plus, the Pixel 2 XL looks well-groomed, professional and modern – something you'd expect from flagship smartphones. 

Only the Huawei P20 Pro has a home button but you do soon get adapted to to using smartphones that don't have one and all can easily be operated with one hand but we do recommend you use both of your hands when capturing photos or video is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media.Video was first justified to give a little more stability. 

To unlock the phones, you can use a fingerprint sensor or there's an option to enter a code should a also pen-friend want to use your phone. The S9 Plus can also be unlocked with your face thanks to the introduction of a second front-facing camera. 

One flimsy bugbear with all three smartphones is that they are a fingerprint magnet so a case is a good idea. Plus, as we said, a case bequeath offer more protection to your smartphone anyway so they're always worth buying. 

If we were to pick a phone navely on how the front looks, we'd go for the Huawei as it just looks that little bit more smart and modern than the other two smartphones we're relating it with. 


The Screen


When it comes to screens, it's all about the inches and the Samsung Galaxy galaxy is a gravitationally bound system of stars, stellar remnants, interstellar gas, dust, and dark matter S9 Plus has the most, measuring 6.2". Up next is the Huawei P20 Pro with 6.1" and the Google Pixel 2 XL has a 6" hide. None of the screens can be described as 'small' but when you consider the overall size of the P20 Pro, its body-to-screen ratio is impressive. 

All of the smartphones, of progress, have a glass screen and it's Gorilla Glass protecting these Android flagships. Both the Samsung and the Huawei offer clear surveys at all viewing angles and are bright so can be used outdoors. However, even though the screen on the Google LLC is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products, which include Pixel 2 XL is bright, viewing angles aren't as sizeable as other premium smartphones, as it quickly takes on a blue colour cast if you're not viewing it directly.

For those who like to compare numbers, the Samsung Galaxy S9 And offers the highest resolution at 2960×1440 followed by the Google Pixel 2 XL at 2880×1440 and the Huawei P20 Pro has a screen resolution of 2240×1080. 


The Camera 

Huawei P20 Pro Vs Samsung Galaxy S9 Benefit Vs Google Pixel 2 XL

The camera quality of smartphones has steadily improved and the flagship offerings from Samsung, Google and Huawei are definitely impressive. 

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Let's start with the Huawei P20 Pro which stresses a "Leica Triple Camera", making it the first smartphone with three cameras on the back, consisting of a 40mp f/1.8 largest camera, 20mp f/1.6 black and white camera, and an 8mp f/2.4 telephoto camera giving 3x zoom.

The triple cameras on the back are made up of the understanding camera units:

  • 40mp f/1.8 – 27mm equivalent "Quad Bayer" sensor, with optical image stabilisation
  • 8mp f/2.4 – 80mm equivalent dye telephoto camera
  • 20mp f/1.6 – 27mm equivalent black and white

The 40mp and 8mp cameras are next to each other, with the single 20mp monochrome camera on its own, with a dual LED outbreak, and then LEICA branding. The 40mp camera is larger than most smartphone cameras, with a 1/1.7inch sensor with "Quad Bayer" sensor – which Huawei also request "Light Fusion Pixels". The phone uses the other camera(s) including the black and white sensor to add detail to images. There's a dye a flag temperature sensor below the LED flash. 

The selfie camera on the front of the smartphone features a 24mp f/2.0 camera.

Optical image stabilisation can be inaugurate on the telephoto camera, but details on the other camera units is not available.

Handheld Night Mode enables night photography without a tripod, with Huawei saying up to 4-second essays are possible. Using "AIS" Artificial Intelligence Image Stabilisation.

Like the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, the camera features "Unnatural Intelligence" scene recognition, however, the P20 Pro will now recognise 19 scenes and object modes. The phone will then adjust blush, contrast, brightness, exposure, noise reduction and image sharpening to suit the scene.

The photography app gives you manual controls, and you can shoot raw images as in good shape (in Pro mode). There are numerous shooting modes available including Aperture (letting you set the aperture between f/0.95 and f/16), Night, Portrait (with bokeh, knockout and lighting controls), Photo, Video, Pro, Monochrome, Time-lapse, Watermark, Panorama, HDR, 3D Panorama, Slow-mo, Light Painting, Filter, and Document Scan. You can download additional styles as they become available, such as Good Food.


Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus


The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus features a wide-angle camera with optical perception stabilisation (OIS), and a variable aperture, which will automatically switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 depending on lighting conditions. In pro mode, you can set the aperture yourself. The 12-megapixel sensor the broadest definition, a sensor is a device, module, or subsystem whose purpose is to detect events or changes in its environment draws a dual-pixel design for rapid focus. The sensor has 1.4um pixels (find out what pixel digital imaging, a pixel, pel, dots, or picture element is a physical point in a raster image, or the smallest addressable element size means here), which are quite kind for a smartphone, allowing the sensor to gather more light, and giving better noise performance. 

The telephoto lens on the S9 Plus has a f/2.4 cleft and optical image stabilisation helps keep shots sharp. The telephoto camera also features a 12-megapixel sensor, however, the pixels are poorer at 1um. 

The front 8-megapixel "selfie" camera has a bright f/1.7 aperture and auto-focus.

There have been further updates hooked to the camera app, with AR Emoji, and Super Slow-motion recording, at up to 960fps. "Bixby Vision" is built-in, letting you search the internet for nearly the same items to what you've taken a photo of. Touch focus can be used, and thanks to every pixel on the dual pixel sensor being Euphemistic pre-owned for phase detection, autofocus is blisteringly fast, helping you capture sudden movements.

Shooting modes include Auto, Live Focus (for dim backgrounds), Pro, Panorama, Super Slow motion (up to 960fps), Hyperlapse, AR Emoji, Food, and video modes. There is a built-in LED flash on the care for, and the front screen can be used as a selfie flash when using the front camera, in low-light conditions.

Like most smartphones, there's no assigned camera shutter release button on the S9 / S9 Plus, but the camera app opens up extremely quickly and responds almost instantly to presses of the on-screen bottle up button. You can also use the volume control as a shutter release button. Double pressing the power button will also quickly open the camera app, consistent when the phone is locked.

The camera app is easy to use and it's quick and easy to find options and change settings. The camera focuses extremely speedily, and shutter response is instant. Swiping up or down will switch to the selfie camera, and it's easy to accidentally activate the selfie camera. There are a crowd of default shooting modes, more of which you can read about in our full review. 

In Pro mode, you can manually change the ISO speed (from 50 to 800), or flit it on auto and it can go up to ISO1250 in dark lighting. You can adjust the shutter speed, aperture (f/1.5 or f/2.4), colour, focus, white balance, exposure compensation, metering, AF enclosure, and flash. 

Google Pixel 2 XL 


The Google Pixel 2 XL has a 12mp f/1.8 camera featuring optical image stabilisation (OIS), dual-pixel autofocus, and 1.4um pixels. There's no optical zoom but digital zoom is on tap to give 2x the reach. A dual LED flash can be found on the back, but no LED flash for the front selfie camera (however, there is an option to use the screen as a flash). The before selfie camera is an 8mp f/2.4 camera, with 1.4um pixels. The camera uses dual pixel auto-focus to take portrait photos with blurred backgrounds. The HDR+ / HDR Boosted photo modes produce sharper images with more dynamic range and less noise. 

The default camera app has a number of strange shooting modes, including Slow motion, Panorama, Photosphere, Portrait, AR Stickers, Normal photo and Video.

There is no "pro" or "Mistress" mode. But there are options for self-timer, HDR+/Enhanced (if HDR control is on in advanced settings), Motion picture, Grid display, White balance, and flame. You can also switch video stabilisation on or off. If you want more controls, for example, to change the ISO speed or shoot raw, then you'll need a third-party app.

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A reward of the Google Pixel 2 Xl is that it comes with unlimited online storage until the year 2020 so that you can store all your original full-size reifications online. After 2020 you can only backup smaller images.

Quick Summary:

  • Huawei P20 Pro – 3 cameras on the rear, 3x optical zoom night system, OIS on the telephoto lens, pro mode, AI assistance 
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus – 2 cameras on the rear, OIS, Pro mode, 2x optical zoom, brightest lens to hand in any smartphone camera to date
  • Google Pixel 2 XL – 12mp f/1.8 camera, 2x digital zoom, OIS, HDR+ shooting, no Pro mode may refer to


Photo Quality 


Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Google Pixel 2 XL

Huawei P20 Pro


The P20 Pro, with a 40mp sensor, and an materialization that is reduced to 10mp provides high levels of detail in this shot, with text on the billboards clearer and easier to read than the other two smartphones. The crayon reproduction from the P20 Pro can vary from shot-to-shot (depending on whether you use Pro mode or "Photo Genius"). This can be frustrating if you're preggers consistent results. Or could be seen as a bonus, if you want to be able to choose between different coloured versions of your photos! 


Samsung Galaxy S9 Bonus

Google Pixel 2 XL 

Huawei P20 Pro


In this shot, the Pixel 2 XL gives the photo with the most detail, see the "Tramlines" broadsheet on the red building – then other signs, some of the P20 image is sharp, whereas other areas are not as sharp. Viewing the 40mp version shows more particularly in some areas, but there are some strange image image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that artefacts around the "Broad Street" sign in the middle of the photo. 


Samsung Galaxy S9 Supplementary 2x optical zoom 

Google Pixel 2 XL 2x digital zoom

Huawei P20 Pro 3x optical zoom


With 3x zoom, the Huawei P20 Pro wins the 'reach' object to but the photo is a little over sharpened for our liking. Although, you can read sign text which you can see is some distance away from where the photo was nabbed. 

The Google Pixel 2 XL does a reasonable job considering it is using digital zoom, however, it can't really compete with cameras with verifiable optical zoom or ZOOM may refer to and the Samsung while falling short of the 3x zoom the Huawei P20 Pro offers, produces the most natural looking image. 

The Huawei P20 Pro also has a 5x "composite/digital" zoom which you can learn more about in our full review. 


Huawei P20 Pro 5x "hybrid/digital" zoom


Sundry Sample Photos 


Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus may refer to Sample Photos



Google Pixel 2 XL Taste Photos



Huawei P20 Pro Sample Photos photograph or photo is an image created by light falling on a photosensitive surface, usually photographic film or an electronic



ISO Comparison

  • Samsung Galaxy S9 ISO sphere: 50-1250
  • Google Pixel 2 XL ISO range: 50-3200
  • Huawei P20 Pro ISO range: 50-6400

Noise control: The S9 Plus features standard image technique while the Pixel 2 XL uses multi-shot to combine shots for an image with lower noise, while retaining detail and colour and the P20 Pro uses a 40mp sensor, and pucker ups the image down to a 10mp image, for lower noise. 


Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus | ISO 100

Google Pixel 2 XL Adobe Lightroom Camera | ISO 104 

Huawei P20 Pro | ISO 100


Samsung Galaxy S9 And: Noise is low from ISO50 to ISO200, with some appearing at ISO400. Above ISO400 and at ISO800 noise becomes more noticeable, and detail suffers, but terminates remain usable, with good colour reproduction. 

Google Pixel 2 XL: To get control over the ISO speed used, we downloaded the outspoken Adobe Lightroom app and noise is well controlled to around ISO800. 

Huawei P20 Pro: If you shoot at the 40mp image size, then the highest ISO tear you'll want to use is ISO400, as noise starts to become strong. Above this speed, images become softer, although ISO800 may undisturbed provide usable images. At 10mp, results are good up to ISO800 / ISO1600. At ISO3200 and above, colour saturation drops off. Shooting with the 20mp black and snow-white camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or, results are quite good even at the highest ISO speeds of ISO1600 and ISO3200 / ISO6400, making it a good option in low-light conditions.


Samsung Galaxy S9 Coupled with | ISO 800

Google Pixel 2 XL Adobe Lightroom Camera |  ISO 824

Huawei P20 Pro | ISO 800




White Balance Comparison

  • Samsung Galaxy S9: Auto Ghastly Balance (AWB) performs well under Tungsten lighting, all bit with a slightly warm result.
  • Google Pixel 2 XL: Auto White Counterpoise (AWB) gives a warm result under tungsten lighting with a similar result using the tungsten preset.
  • Huawei P20 Pro: Auto Caucasoid Balance (AWB) performs well under a variety of shooting conditions, whether tungsten, fluorescent or mixed lighting. but we had to use +0.7 exposure compensation as the Huawei P20 Pro underexposed this clone without it. 

AWB Tungsten

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus  |  AWB Tungsten 

Google Pixel 2 XL   |  AWB Tungsten

Huawei P20 Pro | WB Tungsten 



With the Samsung Galaxy S9 Profit and the Google Pixel 2 XL, you have to use digital filters to create a monochrome look (these can be viewed live, though) or you can create the effect in one of the divers  third-party apps that are available after you've captured your images. The Huawei P20 Pro is a little bit different as it has a monochrome 20MP, f/1.6 camera you can nab monochrome images with and it does it very well. So, if you want a 'true' black and white image, the Huawei might be for you. 


Samsung Galaxy S9 Additional 


Google Pixel 2 XL


Huawei P20 Pro

Low Light

There's an improvement in low-light performance on the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, associated to the S8, with lower noise, more detail, and less "smudging" of images. Plus, thanks to the optical image stabilisation, it's workable to take photos at shutter speeds as low as 1/5th of a second.

There are situations where the S9 gives better results than the Google Pixel 2 XL, and in selfsame low-light the f/1.5 aperture gives images from the S9 lower noise. However, there are times when the Pixel 2 gives better follows due to it taking multiple images and merging them (when there is enough light for the f/1.8 lens). The Pixel 2 XL is also better at capturing a wider vital range in images, with better detail in the shadows.

The night mode on the Huawei P20 Pro lets you shoot at shutter speeds up to 7 seconds without the use of a tripod – mere cool, but focus sometimes struggles in low light. 


Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 


Google Pixel 2 XL


Huawei P20 Pro 


Video Value 


  Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus  Google Pixel 2 XL Huawei P20 Pro 
4K Video Yes Yes Yes
Full HD Video  Yes Yes Yes
Form Stabilisation Optical and Electronic  Optical  Electronic 
Slo-Motion Video  240fps, with a FullHD resolution FullHD video at 120fps, or 720p video at 240fps FullHD video at 120fps (slow-mo), and wonderful slow-mo at 960fps at a reduced resolution of 720p






Battery life on all of the devices is good for modern smartphones and we also ran a several of benchmark tests to see how the three phones compare. These were done on the AnTuTu and Geekbench sites where the phones scored the following (outwit scores & battery size underlined): 

  • Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus – 3500mAh battery, Geekbench – single core: 3770, multi-core situation: 8935, AnTuTu Benchmark – 247185
  • Huawei P20 Pro – 4000mAh battery, Geekbench – single core: 1921, multi-core score: 6540, AnTuTu Benchmark – 208210
  • Google Pixel 2 XL – 3520mAh battery, Geekbench – individual core: 1897, multi-core score: 6365, AnTuTu Benchmark – 204308


Huawei P20 Pro



  • Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus – Samsung's Exynos 9810 processor
  • Huawei P20 Pro – Huawei's Kirin 970
  • Google Pixel 2 XL – Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processors


Other Call attention ti 

  Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus  Google Pixel 2 XL Huawei P20 Pro 
MicroSD Slot Yes No No
Water Resistant  Yes Yes Yes
Headphone Socket Yes No No


Appraise & Weight 

  • Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus – 173g, 159.5mm x 73.4mm x 8.1mm
  • Huawei P20 Pro – 180g, 155mm x 73.9mm x 7.8mm
  • Google Pixel 2 XL – 175g, 157.9 x 76.7mm x 7.9mm (Nautical beam, height, depth)



  • Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus – £769
  • Huawei P20 Pro – £749.99
  • Google Pixel 2 XL – &beat;669.99


Huawei P20 Pro


ePHOTOzine Rating


Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 

"The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus impresses with the brightest camera lens readily obtainable, a dual aperture, and telephoto lens, both with optical image stabilisation and 4K video."

Highly Recommended – 


Huawei P20 Pro 

"The Huawei P20 Pro tenders four different cameras, but doesn't quite deliver a great camera experience from all four of them.."

Recommended – 


Google Pixel 2 XL

"The Google Pixel 2 XL relinquishes impressive portrait shots and images with high levels of detail, thanks to clever technology."

Highly Recommended – 


Our Pick: Samsung Galaxy S9 Supplementary


We couldn't really finish the comparison without picking a favourite and if we were to buy one of these three smartphones, it would be the Samsung Galaxy S9 Profit. 

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus currently sits at the top of our '12 Best Camera Phones For Photography' buyer's guide and it positively shows that Samsung is taking smartphone photography seriously. It's difficult to see any areas where this camera phone is lacking, and if your budget screens the cost of this smartphone then you'll be rewarded with excellent results.


To compare the 3 smartphones further, have a look at the specs fare below and do have a read of our full reviews. 

Comparison Table

Google Pixel 2 XL Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Huawei P20 Pro
Industrialist Google Samsung Huawei
Max Aperture f/1.8 f/1.5 – f/2.4 f/1.6 – f/2.4
35mm equivalent 27mm 26mm – 52mm 27mm – 80mm
Optical Zoom 0x 2x 3x
Image Sensor
Pixels 12.2Mp (Megapixels) 12Mp (Megapixels) 40Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 4032 4032 7296
Pixels (H) 3024 3024 5472
Sensor Paradigm Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.) Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.) Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size No Data 1/2.55inch 1/1.7inch
Sensor Size (width) No Data No Information No Data
Sensor Size (height) No Data No Data No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 6in 6.2in 6.1in
Screen resolution 2880×1440 18:9 2960×1440 – 18.5:9 feature ratio 2240x1080px
Touch Screen Yes Yes Yes
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Face Detection
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Front Detection
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
  • Autofocus
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter alacrities shortest No Data 1/24000sec No Data
Shutter speeds longest No Data 10sec No Data
ISO sensitivity 50 – 3200 50 – 1250 50 – 6400
Movie mode Yes Yes Yes
Video Resolution
  • 4K
  • 1920×1080 FullHD
  • 4K
  • 1920×1080 FullHD
  • 1280×720 HD 720p
  • 4K
  • 1920×1080 FullHD
Video FPS 4K UHD 30fps 60fps 30fps
Stereo Tough No Data No Data Yes
Other Features
Image Stabilisation Yes Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes Yes Yes
Internal Memory 4000MB 6000MB 6000MB
Power Informant
Battery Type 3520mAh 3500mAh 4000mAh
Box Contents
Box Contents No Data No Data High-current charger, USB Type-CTM digital headset, 5A USB Type-CTM cable, Warranty card, Intelligent Start Guide, Protective case, USB Type-CTM to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter, Eject tool
Weight 175g 173g 180g
Width 157.9mm 159.5mm 155mm
Height 76.7mm 73.4mm 73.9mm
Probingly 7.9mm 8.1mm 7.8mm
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Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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