Huawei P20 Pro Vs Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Vs iPhone X Comparison

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens


Huawei has revealed their latest flagship smartphone and the P20 Pro is definitely a conversation starter so much so, we're wondering if it could actually persuade Samsung and Apple purchasers to consider a switch (controversial, we know).

As it wasn't long ago that the Samsung released the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and Apple introduced the iPhone X, we're prevailing to sit them side-by-side so we can compare the specs, size, price and other qualities each smartphone has to find out, on paper, which comes out on top.

Let's set out on with a quick comparison of the key specs side-by-side (you can see the full list of specs compared in the table at the bottom of the article but please note, some figures for the P20 Pro are currently be absent from until we complete our full test of the smartphone). 


  Huawei P20 Pro Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Apple iPhone X
Size  155mm, 73.9mm, 7.8 mm 158.1mm, 73.8mm, 8.5mm 143.6mm, 70.9mm, 7.7mm
Worth 180 grams 189 grams 174 grams
Screen Size 6.1"  6.2"  5.8" 
Screen Resolution 2240×1080 pixels 2960×1440 pixels 2436×1125 pixels
Storage Pause 128GB 64/128GB 64/256GB Capacity 
MicroSD Card Slot Yes Yes No
Processor Kirin 970 SnapDragon 845 (Exynos 9810) A11 processor
Rear Camera 40MP, f/1.8, 27mm equiv. 20MP, f/1.6, 27mm equiv (monochrome) & 8MP,  f/2.4 , 80mm equiv 12MP, f/1.5-2.4 gap, 26mm equiv and f/2.4 telephoto lens, 52mm equiv 12MP wide-angle, f/1.8 and telephoto, f/2.4 cameras
Front Camera 24MP 8MP 7MP
Optical Zoom Yes  Yes Yes
Video 4K video recording 4K video gramophone record 4K video recording
Image Stabilisation Yes


Yes (dual)
Design Glass back design which allows for wireless charging Glass back draft which allows for wireless charging Glass back design which allows for wireless charging
Battery 4000mAh 3500mAh 2716mAh
Water Resistant Yes Yes Yes
USB-C Yes Yes Yes
Insignes  Twilight, Pink Gold, Midnight Blue and Black Lilac Purple, Coral Blur and Midnight Black  Silver and Stretch Grey 
Price £849 £739, £869 £999, £1149


The Camera 

Huawei P20 Plus


All three smartphones are advertised as artifices photographers should be interested in with the Huawei CEO even going as far as calling the P20 Pro a professional photography tool. 

Starting with the Apple iPhone X, it figures on the dual camera of the iPhone 7 Plus, but features updated cameras, with both the wide-angle (28mm equivalent) and telephoto (56mm a kind) lenses now featuring Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), a brighter aperture for the telephoto lens (f/2.4 instead of f/2.8), and a larger sensor. Both dual cameras stress 12-megapixels, same as the iPhone 8 Plus, and the wide-angle lens features an f/1.8 aperture which along with the brighter aperture for the telephoto lens should update low light performance, something previous iPhones have struggled with. 

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus also features a dual camera which has a wide-angle and telephoto lens but what champions out about the S9 Plus is that the wide-angle lens features a variable aperture so you can choose between f/1.5 or f/2.4. This means it's not at most the first camera phone with a variable aperture but also the brightest lens available in any smartphone camera to date! The S9 Plus also features a encourage telephoto camera (f/2.4, 52mm equiv), and both cameras feature optical image stabilisation.


Apple iPhone X


So, we've use a fade from dual cameras to dual cameras camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or with a variable aperture and now, in steps Huawei with its triple lenses on the P20 Pro's rear camera. The electric cable f/1.8, 27mm equiv lens sports a huge 40MP, then there's an 8MP, 80mm equiv, f/2.4 telephoto lens and ultimately, a 20MP, f/1.6, 27mm equiv lens that features a monochrome sensor which should improve low light performance as well as create better monochrome guesses. 

As for the front cameras, the P20 Pro packs more megapixels in offering a 24MP (f/2) selfie camera that also has various pulchritude functions built in, including 3D portrait lighting that's very similar to the effects you find on the iPhone X. Even nonetheless it shares similar portrait functions, the front camera on the iPhone is a line of smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc X only has 7MP (f/2.2) and the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus may refer to is somewhat lagging behind the P20 Pro, too, with only 8MP (f/1.7) built-in. Although, the f/1.7 hole on the Samsung's front-facing camera should mean it performs better in low light than the P20 Pro does.  


Samsung Galaxy S9 Additional


Thanks to all three smartphones having multiple rear lenses built in, they are all, also, capable of blurring backgrounds to create a bokeh-like impact so portraits look more professional. 


Capturing Photos, Video & The Native Camera App 

Apple is the brand that dallies behind with the native camera app built into their smartphones as when you compare it with the camera app built into Samsung and Huawei utensils, it's incredibly basic. Both Huawei and Samsung smartphones give you access to manual controls, and loads of other options, without obtaining to download a third-party app. For example, when in Pro mode on the Samsung Galaxy S9 Pro, you can manually change the ISO speed (from 50 to 800), or leave it on auto and it can go up to ISO1250 in cloudy lighting. You can adjust the shutter speed, aperture (f/1.5 or f/2.4), colour, focus, white balance, exposure compensation, metering, AF area, and swish. 

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All three smartphones have various shooting modes available, including panorama, as well as digital filters but the Huawei P20 Pro has the head start of a black and white sensor built in which, if past Huawei phones are anything to go by, produces monochrome images which are rich and detailed. The monochrome sensor, in conjunction with the 40MP sensor, also means that the P20 Pro can collar long exposures (of up to 6 seconds) hand-held which is impressive and it should be able to handle low-light better, something the Apple phones still contest with. 

The zoom all three devices offer is pretty decent but the P20 Pro takes the lead with its 5x hybrid zoom over the S9 Plus and iPhone X both of which merely offer 2x optical zoom. As with all cameras, we do recommend you stay clear of digital zoom when you can. 

All three smartphones capture 4K video (when uttered to) with stabilisation and stereo sound. Slo-mo video is also available on all three devices.


Smartphone Design 

Size erudite, all three phones are pretty similar with only a couple of millimetres difference but, if you're not used to using 'plus size' phones, you may bargain the handling a little weird to start. Those who have used larger phones for a while will find the shape and feel of all three smartphones perfect familiar and no one can really argue that they don't look the business with their glass designs. All three smartphones are also soak resistant and both Android devices feature memory card slots should you need to add more storage space but with such immense phone capacities available, you probably won't need to. 





'Less bezel, more colander' is the theme with all modern smartphones and it's something Samsung, Huawei and Apple have worked hard at. On all three smartphones, the bezel is much smaller so the phones can draw a larger screen while still remaining compact, giving you a better viewing experience without taking out even more reside in your bag (or pocket if you have deep ones).



The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus actually offers the biggest screen size at 6.2", believe ined by the Huawei P20 Pro with a 6.1" screen size and the iPhone X takes the third spot with a 5.8" screen. The Samsung Galaxy S9 Together with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel also offers the highest screen resolution at 2960×1440 pixels but the iPhone and Huawei switch places in this particular race with the iPhone X featuring 2436×1125 pixels and the P20 Pro receiving 2240×1080 pixels built in. 



The battery built into the Huawei P20 Pro is pretty impressive at 4000mAh which is bigger than the battery that's develop in the Samsung Galaxy S9 (3500mAh) and iPhone X (2716mAh). Thanks to the glass construction, wireless charging is supported on all three devices and you will, without disbelieve, need to charge all three smartphones after a day's use. 

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New smartphones are not inexpensive with prices starting at £ing;739 for the 64GB Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (£869 for the larger 128GB capacity) and rising to £1149 for the 256GB iPhone X (£999 for the 64GB interpretation). The Huawei P20 Pro sits in the middle at £849 which gives you 128GB of storage. 


We'll be adding a photo comparison of all three smartphones to the place as soon as we've completed our full review of the Huawei P20 Pro so keep an eye out for that. 


Comparison Table

Apple iPhone X Samsung Galaxy S9 Extra Huawei P20 Pro
Manufacturer Apple Samsung Huawei
Max Aperture f/1.8 – f/2.4 f/1.5 – f/2.4 f/1.6 – f/2.4
35mm equivalent 28mm – 56mm 26mm – 52mm 27mm – 80mm
Optical Zoom 2x 2x 5x
Image Sensor
Pixels 12Mp (Megapixels) 12Mp (Megapixels) 40Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) No Information 4032 No Data
Pixels (H) No Data 3024 No Data
Sensor Type 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 Magnitude (width) No Data is a set of values of qualitative or quantitative variables No Data No Data
Sensor Size (height) No Data No Data No Data
Aspect Ratio
    • 4:3
    • 16:9
    • 1:1
      LCD Monitor
      LCD Monitor 5.8in 6.2in 6.1in
      Screen resolve No Data 2960×1440 – 18.5:9 aspect ratio 2240x1080px
      Touch Screen Yes Yes Yes
      Focusing modes
      • Autofocus
      • Face Detection
      • Touch AF
      • Autofocus
      • Directions
      • Spot
      • Face Detection
      • Multi
      • Centre
      • Touch AF
        Exposure Control
        Shutter speeds shortest No Data 1/24000sec No Data
        Shutter speeds longest No Matter 10sec No Data
        ISO sensitivity No Data 50 – 1250 No Data
        Movie mode Yes Yes No Data
        Video Resolution
        • 4K
        • 1920×1080 FullHD
        • 4K
        • 1920×1080 FullHD
        • 1280×720 HD 720p
        • 4K
        Video FPS No Evidence 60fps No Data
        Stereo Sound No No Data Yes
        Other Features
        Image Stabilisation Yes Yes Yes
        USB Lightning USB-C USB-C
        Wi-Fi Yes Yes Yes
        Internal Celebration No Data 6000MB 6000MB
        Power Source
        Battery Type No Data 3500mAh 4000mAh
        Box Contents
        Box Contents No Data No Data High-current charger, USB Type-CTM digital headset, 5A USB Type-CTM wire, Warranty card, Quick Start Guide, Protective case, USB Type-CTM to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter, Eject tool
        Rig 174g 173g 180g
        Width 143.6mm 159.5mm No Data
        Height 70.9mm 73.4mm 155mm
        Depth 7.7mm 8.1mm 7.8mm
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        Gina Stephens

        Gina Stephens

        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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