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Could Huawei Mate 10 Pro Beat Samsung Galaxy Note 8?

11 April 2018 | MJ Mendoza

Leading the market, Samsung releases brand new flagship phones almost every year and their best one yet is the Samsung Note 8. It has face ID, edge-to-edge bezel-free screen, powerful octa-core processors, and 12+12MP dual cameras. It is a brilliant Android phone at a reasonable price point.

Taking the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 head-on is the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. Huawei captures our attention with reasonably-priced mobile phones, they do have models on the higher-end spectrum like the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. This phone features 12+20MP Dual Leica cameras, fast-charging, and an octa-core processor, which is enough to justify its price range.

Android phones have been skyrocketing because of their affordable price point, customizable settings and widgets, custom ROMs, Google integration, exclusive apps and games, and a whole lot more. Today, more and more people are choosing Android phones over other competitors.

How do these two Android phones compare with each other? Let’s look at a side by side comparison below.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Price

S$990. Check Samsung Galaxy Note 8 price

S$798. Check Huawei Mate 10 Pro price

Release Date

August 2017

October 2017

Dimensions

162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm (6.40 x 2.94 x 0.34 in)

154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm (6.07 x 2.93 x 0.31 in)

Weight

195 g (6.88 oz)

178 g (6.28 oz)

Sim

Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Screen Type

Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Screen Size

6.3 inches, 101.1 cm2

6.0 inches, 92.9 cm2

Screen-to-body ratio

~83.2%

~80.9%

Resolution

1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio

1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio

Pixel Density

~521 ppi

~402 ppi

Screen Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)

OS

Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)

Android 8.0 (Oreo)

Chipset

Exynos 8895 Octa - EMEA

Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 - USA & China

HiSilicon Kirin 970

CPU

Octa-core (4x2.3 GHz Mongoose M2 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) - EMEA

Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) - USA & China

Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)

GPU

Mali-G71 MP20 - EMEA

Adreno 540 - USA & China

Mali-G72 MP12

Internal memory

64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM

128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM

External memory

microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) - dual SIM model only

No

Primary Camera

Dual: 12 MP (f/1.7, 26mm, 1/2.5", 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF) + 12MP (f/2.4, 52mm, 1/3.6", 1 µm, AF)

Dual: 12 MP (f/1.6, 27mm, OIS) +20 MP (f/1.6, 27mm)

Secondary Camera

8 MP (f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6", 1.22 µm)

8 MP, f/2.0

Camera Features

Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama

Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR

Battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth

5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX

4.2, A2DP, aptX HD, LE

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS

Infrared

No

Yes

Radio

No

No

USB

3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; USB Host

Sensors

Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2

Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass

Colors Available

Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Gray, Deep Sea Blue, Star Pink (Taiwan only)

Midnight Blue, Titanium Gray, Mocha Brown, Pink Gold

Other Features

- Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)

- Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)

- Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)

- ANT+ support

- Bixby natural language commands and dictation

- MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player

- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player

- Photo/video editor

- Document editor

- Fast battery charging 4.5V/5A (58% in 30 min)

- DivX/XviD/MP4/H.265/WMV player

- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/FLAC player

- Document editor

- Photo/video editor

Both models are neck and neck in many specs including the screen, internal memory, primary and secondary cameras. Both phones are released almost at the same time and are pretty much alike in terms of specs. Each phone is amazing in their own right and would prove to be a great companion regardless of your lifestyle. There are, however, several differences.

Facial Recognition

Winning the first round in this Android battle is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. This Samsung phone has more sensors including barometer, heart rate monitor, SpO2 or pulse oximetry which monitors the user’s oxygen saturation. Another feature that is present in the Samsung Note 8 is facial recognition which is what most buyers are looking for in a smartphone nowadays.

Battery

In this aspect, however, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro trumps over the Samsung Note 8. The Mate 10 Pro has a 4,000mAh Li-po battery while the Samsung Note 8 only has 3,300mAh. Another aspect that is both different in each model is the type of battery. The Huawei phone has a Li-Po battery which is smaller in size, flexible, and lower chance of leaking. The Samsung phone, on the other hand, uses Li-ion which has higher power density but has a capacity to explode.

Price Point

In terms of price range, it’s another win for the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro costs S$200-S$300 less than the Samsung Note 8. Although the Mate 10 Pro doesn’t exactly fit the mid-range category, it costs less than the high-end Samsung phone.

Display

If you love to watch movies and play games on your phone, then you would want the Note 8 than the Mate 10 Pro. For starters, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a bigger 6.3-inch screen compared to the Mate 10 Pro which only has 6 inches of screen. In addition, the Galaxy Note 8 also has a larger screen-to-body ratio which is ~83.2% in comparison to the ~80.9% of the Mate 10 Pro. The Note 8 also trumps the Mate 10 in terms of pixel density ~521 ppi versus ~402 ppi.

Accessories

Another difference between two models is the accessories which we would give to the Samsung Note 8. For one thing, this Samsung phone has wireless charging which is available as an extra, Samsung Dex Station which transforms your phone into a desktop, as well as a headphone jack - something that the Mate 10 Pro doesn’t.

The Winner? Samsung Note 8.

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is an amazing phone with features beyond its price range, however, it couldn’t possibly beat the Note 8. It does have some positive notions like great battery life, and excellent camera but it also has some pitfalls like the lack of headphone jack and wireless charging. If you can stretch your budget, might as well get a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

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