Do you want to get a top smartphone with Android for little money? Then you should take a look at the flagships of 2019. Last year’s bestsellers include the Huawei P30 and the Samsung Galaxy S10. As the successors have already appeared with the S20 and the Huawei P40, you can get the predecessors incredibly cheap at the moment. But which of the cell phones should you use? And are they still worthwhile? We compared the 2019 models.
The Huawei P30 vs. Samsung S10 – in this comparison, you should be aware that both phones are high-speed top models that are superior to the middle class in terms of camera, performance, and build quality. It hardly matters that the two cell phones are now over a year old. Even if the successors set new standards, you still get a lot for your money with the 2019 models. And you will be spared stuttering or app loading times anyway.
Before we take a closer look at the cell phones, here is a rough comparison of the technical data we will go into later.
Huawei P30: Specifications
- Display: 6.1 inch OLED screen with Full HD +
- CPU: Kirin 980
- R.A.M: 6 GB RAM
- Storage space: 128 GB, expandable via “nano memory” memory card
- Main camera: 40 MP (wide angle), 16 MP (ultra wide angle), 8 MP (telephoto lens)
- Front camera: 32 MP
- Miscellaneous: Optical fingerprint sensor in the display, headphone jack available, USB-C, quick charge function, five-fold hybrid zoom
Samsung Galaxy S10: Specifications
- Display: 6.1 inch OLED screen with QHD +, curved screen around the sides
- CPU: Exynos 9820
- R.A.M: 8 GB RAM
- Storage: 128 GB or 512 GB, expandable via microSD card
- Main camera: 12 MP (wide angle), 16 MP (ultra wide angle), 12 MP (telephoto lens)
- Front camera: 10 MP
- Miscellaneous: Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor in the display, headphone jack available, USB-C quick charge function, wireless charging, stereo speakers, heart rate monitor on the back, reverse wireless charging (supplies other cell phones and gadgets with energy)
Design in comparison: flat meets rounded.
Both the P30 and the S10 present themselves with a noble design and high-quality artistry. Both phones have a stylish glass back that meets an aluminum frame. For comparison: the middle class usually uses plastic on the back.
The smartphone’s front also comes with a modern design: the display takes up almost the entire front of both devices. The front camera of the Huawei P30 is located in a small notch at the top.
The Galaxy S10, on the other hand, uses a so-called punch hole: a small hole in the top right of the display that discreetly accommodates the lens. The Android operating system ensures that these cutouts are usually hidden by the status bar. The design is not annoying, as our Galaxy S10 long-term test reveals.
For us, however, the Galaxy S10 has the edge in design. As with its predecessors, a curved display is used (no, it has nothing to do with our magazine). That means: the screen bends left and right around the sides. This can have an immersive effect on videos and is also lovely to look at daily when symbols, texts, and more run smoothly over the pages.
The P30 is available in the colors “Breathing Crystal” (violet-light blue gradient), “Aurora” (turquoise-blue gradient), and black. With the Galaxy S10, you have the choice between “Prism Black,” “Prism Green,” “Prism Blue,” “Prism Silver,” and “Prism White.”
Comparison of the displays: Full HD vs. QHD
Both the Huawei P30 and the Samsung Galaxy S10 are equipped with an OLED screen. This offers you better colors and an outstanding black level compared to an LC screen. The black level is particularly noteworthy: an OLED display can switch off individual pixels. So black is black. Simultaneously, the technology saves energy with an always-on display that shows you the time, notifications, and other information directly on the standby screen. Both P30 and S10 have the feature.
In terms of display size, both models don’t give much. Like the Galaxy S10, the Huawei P30 measures 6.1 inches in diagonal. Due to the narrow edges, mobile phones are still comparatively small and fit in every pocket. So you don’t need large hands to operate the smartphones with one hand.
Samsung has a small advantage in resolution: The Galaxy S10 has a maximum resolution of QHD + (Full HD + is activated by default). 3040 x 1440 pixels ensure a razor-sharp image on paper. In practice, you hardly notice anything on the comparatively small screen. A difference to the Full HD Plus display (2340 x 1080 pixels) of the P30 cannot be seen with the naked eye, so that you don’t have to accept any significant losses with the Huawei model.
Cameras in comparison: duel at a high level
When it comes to camera quality, both Galaxy S10 and Huawei P30 live up to their reputation as top models. In principle, both devices shoot beautiful photos; the manufacturers have installed a triple camera on the back.
In detail, the Huawei P30 has a wide-angle lens (primary camera) with a 40 MP resolution. Besides, there is an ultra-wide-angle lens with 16 MP, which allows panoramic and group shots due to its excellent viewing angle. The package is rounded off by an 8 MP telephoto lens, enabling an optical zoom without compromising quality. Thanks to the hybrid zoom from Huawei, there is even a five-fold magnification.
The triple camera of the Samsung Galaxy S10 has a wide-angle lens with 12 MP, an ultra-wide-angle with 16 MP, and a 12 MP telephoto lens. However, it is only a double optical zoom. The hybrid technology from Huawei does not have the S10. Regarding the lower megapixel information compared to the P30: It should be said that many megapixels have long since not taken a good photo. It also depends on the image sensor. Here are a few impressions from the Galaxy S10 camera:
In terms of photo quality, both phones deliver clean results. Even in difficult lighting conditions, you should still be able to take good photos. In bright sun anyway. It gets interesting in the dark: The top models each have a night mode, with which you can take pictures on which in very little light you can see more than the naked eye. In direct comparison, the P30 has the edge here and provides brighter photos with more details. But results from the S10 are also impressive. On Twitter, you can find some photo examples of the camera power of the P30:
The specs: You hardly need more power
Sure: performance enthusiasts hunting for the shortest game loading times and maximum performance are more likely to find out more about the Galaxy S20, OnePlus 8, Huawei P40, and Co. But that doesn’t mean that the P30 and S10 are slow. On the contrary: the flagships from 2019 have plenty of power. Simple apps like Spotify, WhatsApp, and Netflix open about without delay. Even with games like “Fortnite,” loading times are low, while the frame rate is stable, and the image remains smooth.
The top chipset Kirin 980 works in the Huawei P30, which is also in the more expensive Pro model. There is also 6 GB of RAM. The Samsung Galaxy S10 draws its power from the Exynos 9820 and 8 GB RAM. With the slightly larger RAM, the S10 can keep more apps open in the background without reloading. But this will only be exciting if you frequently switch back and forth between many apps. And even if the cell phone recharges (we remember), it is swift. The following speed test gives you an impression:
The P30 has 128 GB of storage space, and there is more with a “nano memory” memory card – a format specially developed by Huawei, but a little more expensive than a classic microSD. The Galaxy S10 is available with either 128 GB internal or even 512 GB for an additional charge. If you want, even more, you can add up to 512 GB of additional memory with a microSD.
Battery endurance: How long will the P30 and S10 last?
If you’re looking for a fast cell phone with the most extended possible battery life, you’re more likely to be happy with the Huawei P30 on paper. The cell phone has an energy storage of 3650 mAh while the S10 works with a 3400 mAh battery.
The difference is also apparent in practice. The P30 usually lasts a few hours longer than the Galaxy S10. Nevertheless, with both devices, you can quickly get through the day with one charge. If the energy is exhausted, you can fill both devices with new life in less than two hours using the quick charge function. The Huawei phone even charges a bit faster.
We miss wireless charging on the P30, which supports the S10 with a speed of up to 12 watts. With wireless charging, the top model fully charges in just under 2.5 hours.
Wireless charging is more of a luxury.
Extras: stereo sound, fingerprint sensor, and Co. in comparison
Huawei P30 and Galaxy S10 would not be top models if they didn’t offer some extras. Here Samsung scores with features. The S10 has stereo speakers that ensure a good stereo effect when you hold the cell phone in front of you and watch a video. The P30 only uses a single speaker, but it still offers good sound.
In terms of security, both smartphones are trending: they each have a fingerprint sensor on display. The P30 uses an optical sensor like the one used in many mid-range phones. Although this variant already works reliably, Samsung relies on an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor that does a little better—provided that you also take the time to set it up. This article tells you what to look out for when registering your fingers.
Friends of the classic headphone jack can also look forward to it: The Galaxy S10, like the P30, still has the 3.5 mm jack connection. The smartphones also have a USB-C port for charging and data transfer.
Unless you want to rely directly on wireless variants, if you choose to do this, you have “free choice”: Both phones support the modern Bluetooth 5.0 standard, which promises more excellent range and stability. According to our tests, a Bluetooth speaker can play music without any problems, even if several walls exist between the cell phone and the speaker.
Both smartphones are equipped with the latest Android versions. Since the P30 appeared before the US-China trade dispute began (unlike its successor), it is equipped with Google services. We assume that S10 and P30 will receive the update to Android 11 and the update to Android 12. By the way, Huawei and Samsung rely on their user interface for the operating system – EMUI and One UI – that add different functions to Android.
Due to the trade dispute, Huawei has not yet confirmed which devices will receive the update to EMUI 11 or Android 11. The fact that the P30 still has a valid Google license shouldn’t be an obstacle to the update (as of May 2020).
Price comparison: What do you pay for the flagships of 2019?
The most significant advantage of smartphones from 2019 is that they are now significantly cheaper than the release. While the Galaxy S10 initially cost around 900 euros, it is now about 600 euros on average. At that time, you could still get the Huawei P30 for 750 euros. Now the device is already available at a bargain price of 400 euros on average. All information as of May 2020.
Samsung S10 vs. Huawei P30: which cell phone is worth it for you?
Both the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the Huawei P30 are currently profitable deals. If you want to have a lot of smartphone for little money, you should go for the P30, as it is even cheaper than its competitor and you don’t have to cut corners. On the contrary: If you are looking for a particularly good triple camera with night mode, you will get a little more quality with the P30, although the S10 is also at a very high level.
The Samsung Galaxy S10, on the other hand, scores with additional functions such as wireless charging and stereo speakers. Also, you should not forget the chic design with the display curved around the sides.
Conclusion: The Galaxy S10 offers a bit more premium feeling. But the Huawei P30 can also deserve to be called a top model. The latter model is a good deal if you can do without some of the gadgets from Samsung. If you only want as much display, performance, memory, camera quality, and battery life as possible for a reasonable price, you won’t go wrong with the P30.
Finally, a tip from the editors: The Huawei P30 Pro, the P40 Pro, and of course, the Samsung Galaxy S20 promise even more photo quality and performance. Tap on one of the device names to learn more about these phones. And here we have the models mentioned for you again: