Samsung Galaxy S8 Vs iPhone X Vs Huawei Mate 10

Written by Gina Stephens


In consequence ofs to the popularity explosion of smartphones, photographers are now rarely without a camera. Plus, the technology powering the cameras inside these devices has come such a elongated way that some don't even carry a sperate camera around anymore. Two of the biggest names in the industry are, of course, Apple and Samsung but there are other tags introducing camera technology within their devices that are making them a talking point for those who value the photo-taking quality of their breezy device. One of the main brands introducing impressive photography tools is Huawei so we thought it would be interesting to compare Samsung's, Apple's and Huawei's trendy flagship smartphones to see how they compare and if there's one device, in particular, photographers should be paying attention to. 

If you're interested in another manufacturer or a less expensive smartphone that can still capture good photos, have a look at our 'best gear' part of the site where we list the '11 Best Camera Phones For Photography 2018' and the 'Top 7 Best Budget Camera Phones For Photography'. 

We liking also bring you the latest news on the rumoured soon to be released Samsung Galaxy S9 which will be the next-gen version of the S8 we've before tested and are featuring in our comparison. Alongside the Samsung Galaxy S8 we are comparing the specs of the Apple iPhone X and the Huawei Mate may refer to 10 Pro. 

Anterior to someone mentions it, we know there's the Google Pixel 2 which plenty say has excellent photo-taking qualities but as we've not got our hands on a model as of yet, we're not in a opinion to compare it with the other flagship smartphones we have reviewed. We will, however, be happy to write a new comparison when we have taken a look at the Google smartphone.


In The Pointer

Size-wise, all of the smartphones are very similar but the Samsung Galaxy S8 is around 20g lighter than the Apple iPhone X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro. Manner, out of the three, I prefer the feel of the iPhone X as its weighty in a way that makes it feel really well built. The steel and glass design also perceives it feel expensive. Although, saying that, the front and back are constructed from glass so you may want to pop it in a case to protect it.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 looks pretty nice, and photos don't particularly do it justice. However, the curved front and back of the smartphone, as well as the large screen with thin steals, makes the smartphone almost feel like all you're holding is a screen. It also has a glass construction so again, a case is recommended. 

As for the Huawei Associate 10 Pro, it feels solidly built, although you will most likely want a screen protector and case to protect the glass on the head and back of the smartphone. The metal sides and buttons give a premium feel, adding to the solid design of the smartphone.

At one point, we all would have have regard for the size 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 cunning bevelling, the smartphones have larger screens without the phones growing in size. 

None of the smartphones have or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: a home button but this is something you done get used to and all can easily be operated with one hand but we do recommend you use both of your hands when capturing photos or video just to give a hardly any more stability. 

To unlock the phones, both the S8 and Mate 10 Pro have a fingerprint sensor but Apple this time has gone for appearance recognition as the method for accessing the phone but you can enter a code, too, should a friend want to use your phone. 

One slight bugbear with all of the smartphone envisages is that they collect fingerprints but pop on a case and use a lens cloth to clean the screens regularly and they won't annoy you for too long. 


The Television 

Let's talk inches as the Samsung Galaxy S8 has a 5.8" screen, the same size as the iPhone X while the Mate 10 Pro is measure bigger at 6". The Huawei offering also has a slightly larger bevel to the top and bottom when compared to the Apple and Samsung smartphones but it's not something that gains the phone too bulky. 

As for glass, Samsung's still using Gorilla Glass and now, we're up to Gorilla Glass 5 which is old both on the screen and back panel, making it tough. Huawei's Mate 10 Pro also has a Gorilla Telescope front and the iPhone X…well, it's a bit of a mystery on the type of glass used but quite a few have said it's rather easy to break if you're ham-fisted and drop your phone. 

In use, the screen looks good on all of the devices and they're bright which makes them useable outdoors. Although, the Fellow 10 Pro can be a little on the cool side when compared to other smartphones, however, this can easily be adjusted using the "Eye reassure" setting, which gives the screen a warmer tone. Viewing angles are also very good on all of the devices. 

For those who get off on to compare numbers, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has the highest screen resolution out of the three (2960×1440), followed by the iPhone X (2436×1125) then the Huawei Join Pro 10 (2160 x 1080). 

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The Camera

The camera quality of smartphones has steadily improved and the flagship offerings from Samsung, Apple and Huawei are to a certain extent impressive.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 features a 12-megapixel dual pixel sensor rear camera with an f/1.7 aperture and optical twin stabilisation (OIS). The front camera has been updated to an 8-megapixel camera, with a bright f/1.7 aperture and a second front camera has been added for impertinence recognition which can be used to unlock the phone. 

The 12 megapixel back camera has 1.4um pixels, which are quite large for a smartphone, and assign the sensor to gather more light. Touch focus can be used and autofocus is impressive, thanks to every pixel on the dual pixel sensor being Euphemistic pre-owned for phase detection. There is a built-in LED flash on the rear, and the front screen can be used as a selfie flash when using the front camera, in low-light ups.

Shooting modes include Auto, pro, panorama, selective focus, slow-motion, hyper-lapse, food and virtual shot. Raw shooting is also realizable in Pro mode.

The front "selfie" camera uses autofocus and features Auto HDR.

Huawei's flagship smartphone offerings excellent camera features and also the famous 'Leica' brand. The dual camera is set up with a 12mp f/1.6 colour camera, and a 20mp f/1.6 iniquitous and white camera, both lenses equivalent to 27mm in 35mm terms. The main 12mp colour camera features optical image stabilisation, and there is prominent Leica characterizing next to the cameras on the back, as well as a Dual LED flash.

A standout feature of the Mate 10 Pro is the real-time recognition function which automatically recognises 13 abundant scenes including Portrait, Flower, Plant, Low-light, Dog, Cat, Food, Blue sky, Nightscape, Sunset/Sunrise, Text, Beach, and Snow. As a result, the phone bequeath then adjust colour, contrast, brightness, exposure, noise reduction and image sharpening to suit the scene it's presented. Other 'AI' powered camera drawing cards include image resolution enhancement, bokeh, digital zoom and motion detection. 

The photography app is particularly exciting and gives you one of the most comprehensive lists of manual controls available in a smartphone and you can shoot RAW images. There are numerous shooting modes available encompassing Photo, Monochrome, Video, HDR, 3D panorama, Panorama, Night shot, Light Painting, Time-lapse, Slow-mo, Filter, Watermark, Document scan, and Beneficial Food. You can also download additional modes as they become available.



The Apple iPhone X builds on the dual camera of the iPhone 7 Added, but features updated cameras, with both the wide-angle (28mm equivalent) and telephoto (56mm equivalent) lenses now featuring Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), a brighter opening for the telephoto lens (f/2.4 instead of f/2.8), and a larger sensor. Both dual cameras feature 12-megapixels, same as the iPhone 8 Plus, and the wide-angle lens promotes an f/1.8 aperture which along with the brighter aperture for the telephoto lens should improve low light performance, something previous iPhones experience struggled with. As well as the large sensor which Apple says has been re-engineered, there's a new image signal processor built in to emend the quality of colours and textures in images.

The front 'selfie' camera has 7-megapixels as well as an aperture of f/2.2 and you can use Portrait Mode to make 'bokeh' in the background of your self-portraits, adjust the lighting of the scene or cut yourself out so you appear on a black background. 

Where the iPhone X is let down is with its in the blood camera app as to be blunt, it's a bit rubbish when compared with competitors. The default photo mode is probably the option you'll use sundry of the time but there are options for capturing square, portrait and panorama images. Plus, there are time-lapse and slo-mo options as well as the basic video technique. There isn't an HDR icon anymore as the iPhone X captures HDR images by default but you can switch this off in the main setting menu. If you do want to access diverse advanced functions such as the ability to shoot in RAW, shutter speeds, ISO, white balance etc, you have to use a third-party app to do so.

All of the camera apps open up extremely quick and respond almost instantly to presses of the on-screen shutter buttons. You can also use the volume control as a shutter release button on all of the models and with the Huawei, you can also access the camera by replica pressing the volume button. Focus speeds and shutter responses are also quick, with frames per second averaging between 10-15fps. 


Photo Standing

Photos captured with the Mate Pro 10 camera have bright saturated colours, and exposure is reliable. The background blur / wide-aperture modus operandi can produce some reasonable results, although they don't quite match a camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or with a larger sensor. When using the portrayal mode you can adjust the "Beauty level" as well as switch "Artistic Bokeh" on and off. The dual LED flash performs fabulously, as long as your subject isn't too far away from the camera.

The iPhone X's overall performance of the camera is good but not quite as sound as the Mate Pro 10 in terms of control. The generic 'photo' mode captures decent photos on most occasions but when it take ups dark, the iPhone still struggles but twilight shooting has improved with good detail and less noise. Flash is a little harsh so if you can, leave alone using it but colours are good and exposure is reliable. The generic 'photo' mode captures portraits and selfies well with fleece colour appearing accurate and eyes sharp, however, the new portrait modes do add an extra level of pro quality to shots.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro Specimen Photos



As for the Samsung Galaxy S8, colour is good, with the camera producing nice pleasing tropes straight from the camera. Exposure is reliable, and when left on auto settings, the camera will automatically switch to the HDR mode when troubled to record more dynamic range in photos, without looking unnatural. The selfie (front) camera is improved, with an 8-megapixel sensor and AF, but can contention with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel dynamic range at times but using the HDR mode can help a little here. 

The lens performance of the S8 is good but it can be a little soft in far corners. Vignetting is not an edition, but there is some barrel distortion, and some pincushion distortion, although this can be fixed using the "Shape correction" alternative in the settings. The camera can also focus on subjects fairly close to the lens, giving reasonable macro focus.


Samsung Galaxy S8 Taste Photos



The Huawei Mate Pro 10 has an impressive camera app but there was some distortion in images and minimum signs of vignetting. However, detail is quite good and images taken in good light show low levels of noise. The selfie camera has a established focus lens, which means you can't get too close to it as you won't be in focus. Close focus is good, letting you get very close to your susceptible to for a smartphone camera

The close-up performance of the iPhone X is pretty good and colours outdoors as well as under lights at home and in an office environs turned out well. Images taken in good light show low levels of noise and even those taken in lower light levels aren't ruined by crash. Overall, detail is good but do stay away from the digital zoom. There are no signs of vignetting and there are good levels of detail into the corners which navigates the iPhone's image quality marginally better than the Mate Pro 10 and Galaxy S8 which showed some vignetting, barrel distortion and some pincushion distortion.


Apple iPhone X Test Photos



Another feature built into most modern smartphones nowadays is an automatic far-reaching mode and all three phones produce decent panoramas. Results are good and well may refer to stitched together on all three panoramas. However, there is tiny ghosting in the panorama captured with the Mate Pro 10. If you get the smoothness and speed right when panning with the Samsung Galaxy S8 you in reality get a very high-resolution image, with images we took consisting of between 30 and 53 megapixels.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Panoramic


Huawei Bride Pro 10 Panoramic


Apple iPhone X Panoramic


To further help improve image quality, you can use ISO and White Balance so it makes discernment that Huawei and Samsung built these options into their smartphones. However, it's something the iPhone X's constitutional camera app doesn't have so it wasn't something we were able to test and it may mean it loses a few points in photographer's ratings. Even so, the smartphone handles noise well in most situations (low light can still be tricky) and colour reproduction was good under various lighting positions although, shots at home were sometimes a little on the warm side. If you did want to control the ISO and white balance, you'd have to download a third-party app.

Ruckus is low from ISO50 to ISO200 with the Samsung Galaxy S8 but some noise does appear at ISO400. At ISO800 noise becomes varied noticeable, and detail suffers. To get access to higher ISO speeds above ISO800, you will need to use a third-party app on the Galaxy S8 whereas the Mate Pro 10 has an ISO break down that reaches a lot higher. In fact, noise performance is good up until ISO1600, where noise becomes more visible, and colour saturation drop-offs. Shooting with the black and white camera, results are quite good even at the highest ISO speeds of ISO1600 and ISO3200, making it a good opportunity in low-light conditions.

All of the white balance options available on both devices perform well and the Auto White Balance (AWB) can be used inferior to mixed light without too much concern. 


Video Quality

All three flagship smartphones capture 4K video and overall, they all put on well and video quality is good. Although, compression is quite strong with the Mate 10 Pro and Apple iPhone X. 

Optical allusion stabilisation can be used on all three smartphones when recording video, although it can take a while for stabilisation to settle when using the Galaxy S8 and you secure to record at a reduced resolution and frame rate, of FullHD and 30fps on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. You also have the option for continuous AF while recording with the Apple iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S8. 

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The pre-eminent way to judge video quality for yourself is to actually watch some footage so take a look at the below videos captured with the three smartphones. Additional videos can be organize on the ePHOTOzine YouTube Channel.


Samsung Galaxy S8


Apple iPhone X


Huawei Mate 10 Pro



Other Special attractions

The Galaxy S8 has a microSD card slot so you can expand the storage capacity of the smartphone but with 64GB of storage, you may not need one. This option isn't handy for the iPhone X or Mate Pro 10 but there is a huge amount of memory built in. 

The S8, iPhone X and Mate Pro 10 are also dust and water shedding, with Samsung claiming it can withstand a half – hour dunking up to 1.5m down and the Mate Pro 10 surviving (IP67 rated) up to depths of 1m for 30 records. 

Inside the Galaxy galaxy is a gravitationally bound system of stars, stellar remnants, interstellar gas, dust, and dark matter S8 you'll find the latest SnapDragon 835 processor while the Mate Pro 10 hallmarks Huawei's fastest processor, the Kirin 970. The iPhone X features Apple's A11 Bionic system-on-chip which is a six-core processor.

As with one-time iPhone models, there's no headphone socket and you won't find one on the Mate 10 Pro either but the Samsung Galaxy S8 does still should prefer to one built-in. 

Battery life on all of the devices is good for modern smartphones and we also ran a number of benchmark tests to see how the three phones approximate. These were done on the AnTuTu and Geekbench sites where the phones scored the following: 

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  • AnTuTu: 202,000
  • Geekbench: 4204 (solitary core), 10104 (multicore)

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

  • AnTuTu: 174,783 
  • Geekbench: 1881 (single core) 6674 (multi-core)


Samsung Galaxy S8

  • AnTuTu: 172,727
  • Geekbench: 1982 (cull core) 6699 (multi-core)

The iPhone X came out on top with the Galaxy S8 taking second place and the Mate 10 Pro finishing in the third spot. 



The sim-free price of the three phones is as follows (cheapest available on Amazon UK):

  • Samsun Galaxy S8 (64GB) – £504
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro (128GB) – &paste;699
  • Apple iPhone X (64GB) – £914 



ePHOTOzine Ratings


Samsung Galaxy S8

  • Features – 5
  • Handling – 4
  • Completion – 4.5
  • Value – 4

Overall Verdict: 

"The Samsung Galaxy S8 impresses with excellent design, rapid performance, advanced shooting dominations, and great image image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that quality."


Huawei Mate 10 Pro

  • Features – 5
  • Handling – 4
  • Performance – 4.5
  • Value – 4

Overall Verdict: 

"The Huawei Helpmeet 10 Pro offers bright Leica f/1.6 lenses, a great mono camera, and multiple shooting options."


Apple iPhone X

  • Stresses – 4
  • Handling – 5
  • Performance – 4.5
  • Value – 4

Overall Verdict: 

"The Apple apple tree (Malus pumila, commonly and erroneously called Malus domestica) is a deciduous tree in the rose family best known for iPhone X is well built, looks great and even though the camera app is essential, the smartphone captures good its most general context of the study of morality, ethics, religion and philosophy, the good often refers to and denotes that photos but at a premium price."


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


Comparison Table

Samsung Galaxy S8Apple iPhone XHuawei Mate 10 Pro
Max Aperturef/1.7f/1.8 – f/2.4f/1.6
35mm equivalent26mm28mm – 56mm27mm
Optical Zoom0x2x0x
Image Sensor
Pixels12Mp (Megapixels)12Mp (Megapixels)12Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4032No Materials3968
Pixels (H)3024No Data is a set of values of qualitative or quantitative variables2976
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size1/2.55inchNo DataNo Data
Sensor Scope (width)No DataNo DataNo Data
Sensor Size (height)No DataNo DataNo Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
    • 4:3
    • 1:1
    • 18:9
    LCD Monitor
    LCD Monitor5.8in5.8in6in
    Screen tenacity2960×1440No Data2160 x 1080 pixels
    Touch ScreenYesYesYes
    Focusing modes
    • Autofocus
    • Manual
    • Face Detection
    • AF Tracking
    • Centre
    • Touch AF
    • Autofocus
    • In spite of Detection
    • Touch AF
    • Autofocus
    • Manual
    • Spot
    • Face Detection
    • AF Tracking
    • Multi
    • Centre
    • Touch AF
    Exposure Control
    Shutter speeds shortest1/24000secNo Details1/4000sec
    Shutter speeds longest10secNo Data30sec
    ISO sensitivity50 – 800No Data50 – 3200
    Movie modeYesYesYes
    Video Resolution
    • 4K
    • 1920×1080 FullHD
    • 4K
    • 1920×1080 FullHD
    • 1920×1080 FullHD
    • 4K
    Video FPS30fpsNo Details30fps
    Stereo SoundNo DataNoNo Data
    Other Features
    Image StabilisationYesYesYes
    Internal Reminiscence4000MBNo DataNo Data
    Power Source
    Battery TypeLithium-ion 3000mAhNo Data4000mAh battery
    Box Contents
    Box ContentsNo DataNo DataNo Data
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    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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