Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Google Pixel 3 XL review

THESE DAYS, phone users wish their inclination to exaggerate epic cameras, and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Google Pixel 3 XL are by distant a many considerable a marketplace has to offer right now.

But that handset has a edge? And what about battery life, screen, pattern and performance? If we were to review all a facilities that make a good smartphone between these dual handsets, that one would win?

Well, that’s accurately what we’re about to find out. We’ve pitted a Mate 20 Pro and Pixel 3 XL in a conflict of a behemoths to see which comes out on top.

If you’re looking for something new and fresh, a Pixel 3 XL doesn’t unequivocally cut it in terms of design; it’s flattering many a same as a Pixel 2 XL, though this time it offers a some-more dull framework and a well-spoken potion behind rather than a textured steel rear.

Still, this has a poetic silky feel and creates a handset nicer to hold, if a tad some-more slippery, than a comparison sibling. The potion also equips the Pixel 3 XL with support for wireless charging, that can be finished regulating a Pixel Stand that also turns a phone into a pseudo intelligent orator with a Google Assistant listening out for commands.

The Mate 20 Pro sees Huawei embracing a winding potion unibody, something a tiny different from your bog-standard smartphone design, and a shade creates an apparition of probably no bezel. As with a Pixel 3 XL, there’s a nick for a front-facing camera, possibly you’re a fan of them or not. In terms of looks, a Mate 20 Pro’s twilight potion behind is super imagination and gives it a many some-more reward look.

And like a Pixel 3 XL, a Mate 20 Pro is slippy in a palm due to a well-spoken hardness of a chassis. However, it’s IP67 rated, definition it can be forsaken into a physique of H2O adult to a scale low for half an hour, since a pixel is IPX8 rated, that means it can mount continual soak in inlet over one metre, though it’s not dust-tight like a Mate.

Winner: Mate 20 Pro

Google has equipped a Pixel 3 XL with a 6.3in screen, a tad incomparable than a Pixel 2 XL’s 6in display. To do this it has had to opt for a shade notch. As we already mentioned, a Mate 20 Pro boasts a tiny nick where a front-facing camera sits, though on a Pixel 3 XL it’s a rather chunkier event that looks kinda ugly, somehow. The additional 0.3in of shade space doesn’t concede we to see more, either, eating into a side of videos when they’re finished to fill a whole display. You can censor it by carrying a practical bezel put in place though afterwards you’d be wasting a additional shade space it provides.

Google has opted for a candid AMOLED display. Sporting an 18:9 aspect ratio, a Pixel 3 XL rocks a fortitude of 1440×2960. Everything you’ll ogle on a arrangement will demeanour pointy and clear, with accurate colours, decent contrariety and plain brightness.

The Mate 20 Pro’s arrangement is simply beautiful, able of a fortitude adult to WQHD+, that’s 3120×1440 pixels to be exact, that is many bigger than a Pixel 3 XL. The 6.39in winding OLED boasts a super far-reaching angle shade aspect ratio of 19.5:9, many wider than that of a Pixel, too.

The usually irritating thing here – and it’s unequivocally irritating – is that a winding shade during a edges can diverge a arrangement during a sides, creation it seem smaller. We unequivocally cite a wider ratio of a Pixel 3 XL, and a bigger fortitude on a Mate is unnoticeable if we put a smartphones side by side

Winner: Pixel 3 XL

Like many other Android flagships, a Pixel 3 XL comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845, that we’d have to admit, is due a refresh. Nevertheless, it’s still a tip chip in Qualcomm’s repertoire.

This is interconnected with 4GB of RAM, that is excellent notwithstanding rather behind a bend when it comes to other flagships, generally a Mate 20 Pro, that touts 6GB of RAM. Nevertheless, all loads quick with a Pixel 3 XL and even with a slew of apps open there’s no spirit of slowdown. But afterwards we’d design zero reduction of Google given how sharp prior Pixels have been.

Huawei’s latest savage doesn’t opt for a Qualcomm charity and instead boasts a firm’s possess chip, a Kirin 980, that was suggested during IFA progressing this year. It’s a violence heart of a Mate 20 Pro and creates all feel many faster. As good as outrageous speed boosts and a GPU-Boost patch charity to Huawei phones this year, a 980 also boasts dual NPU – neural estimate units. In other words, a AI has dual brains. This means that it can preempt you, during slightest a little, in terms of that apps to put nearby a top, that is a good to have.

However, both phones perform effortlessly, notwithstanding a Mate leader on specs, so it’d be tough to select a leader here.

Winner: Draw

What a Pixel 3 XL does showcase good is how orderly all of Google’s services and apps integrate, interjection to a unclothed Android UI. Getting things finished in Gmail and attaching files from Drive, for example, is super easy, while subsidy adult pics to a Photos app with all a intelligent tagging and government collection is expected to sojourn many appreciated by snap-happy folks.

Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro comes with EMUI 9.0, a company’s flare of Android 9.0 Pie. While it’s a utterly heavily skinned chronicle of a mobile OS, a whole thing zips along with buttery well-spoken scrolling and though a spirit of lag. The responsiveness to tasks like opening apps is strikingly improved than a firm’s comparison handsets.

However, zero utterly beats a morality of Google’s own, unskinned chronicle of Android.

Winner: Pixel 3 XL

Now it’s time to compare one of a many critical aspects that people demeanour for these days when shopping a new smartphone: a camera.

The camera on a Pixel 2 was one of a best smartphone snappers around, notwithstanding a use of a singular lens. Surprisingly, a Pixel 3 XL sticks with a singular behind camera setup, distinct roughly any other flagship phone and in terms of hardware. Te camera is flattering many unvaried from a predecessor, too, braggadocio a 12.2MP sensor and a lens charity an orifice of f/1.8.

Optical design stabilisation is benefaction and scold though there’s no telephoto lens for analogue zooming. So on paper, a camera prompts a shrug. However, Google’s strength here is usually partly in a hardware – a genuine print necromancy comes with a smarts it relates it photography.

Using a tradition Visual Core design vigilance processor chip in and with a hunt giant’s fake comprehension (AI) smarts, a camera snaps mixed pics during a daub of a shiver button, analyses them and sticks together a best design a camera can conjure up.

Despite this arguably fake process, a formula are fantastic. There’s copiousness of detail, accurate colours and contrast. However, a disproportion between photos snapped on a Pixel 3 XL and those on a Pixel 2 handsets isn’t unequivocally obvious, that leads us to consider Google hasn’t progressed a tech that many in a past year. Either that, or a limp on a XL 2 was only so many forward of a bend already. Without a doubt, a Pixel 3 XL has an extraordinary camera and one of a best altogether mobile snappers around.

The initial thing you’ll notice on a Mate 20 Pro is that a camera arrangement on a behind replaces a straight line of lenses as seen on prior flagship devices, with a 2×2 arrangement right in a middle. It’s maybe a tiny in-your-face, though it creates a statement, that’s for sure. This arrangement boasts what Huawei is job “the world’s initial Ultra Wide Angle Leica triple camera”. That’s a behind set adult of a 40MP, 20MP, and an 8MP snapper.

The monochrome lens from a P20 has been transposed by a wide-angle offering, that alongside a 40MP Leica array, has won a Mate 20 Pro a lot of fans.

The AI in a camera mode is illusory and super clever, detecting a sourroundings we are in as shortly as we reason adult a phone to your subject, and adjusting a settings appropriately. On a Mate 20 Pro, it does seem to have been tightened up, too, and it feels like Huawei’s AI camera abilities are removing stronger with any release.

Results are, therefore, zero brief of epic. However, infrequently we do feel like it tries a tiny *too* tough during times, with images looking a tiny too bustling or over-saturated.

However, when it comes to a best phones from Google and Huawei, what separates their photography chops will mostly come down to a matter of preference, as any of a phones’ cameras are unusual in their possess right. We hatred doing it, though we’re going to have to call this one a draw.

Winner: Draw

Battery life
Another underline that people unequivocally demeanour out for when shopping a new handset is battery life. The Pixel 3 XL boasts a 3,430mAh battery, that we found didn’t unequivocally produce many some-more than a day’s value of middle use. Fondle a phone a satisfactory bit with a arrangement liughtness cranked and you’ll need to assign a battery come a dusk time. So battery life isn’t bad though it’s not class-leading by any measure.

The battery on a Mate 20 Pro, however, that is already bolstered by a efficiencies of a Kirin 980, clocks in during a whopping 4,200mAh. During use, we found a handset would simply final a full day and into a next, and can suppose it would even be a box for those of us who live with inclination glued to a faces.

Winner: Mate 20 Pro

The Pixel 3 XL offers users a non-expandable storage choice of possibly 64GB or 128GB, both of that are ideally excellent unless we go insane on apps and large files. Then there’s Google’s Cloud, that is so good integrated into Android that storage isn’t unequivocally a problem.

The Mate 20 Pro also boasts 128GB of inner storage, though this time, distinct a P20 Pro, a latest Mate sees a reintroduction of support for outmost memory cards. However, instead of microSD cards, Huawei has left for a exclusive resolution – a NM card, smaller than a microSD, that we’ve never listened of before. Nevertheless, this will take a 128GB storage adult serve to 256GB, double that of a Pixel 3 XL.

Winner: Mate 20 Pro

The Google Pixel 3 XL starts during a whopping £869, while a Mate 20 Pro is even more, costing £899.

Winner: Pixel 3 XL

If we turn adult a scores, you’ll find both a Mate 20 Pro and a Pixel 3 XL win 3 rounds each, and tie on dual other rounds, definition a finish outcome is a draw. With a outcome like this, we’d have to suggest meditative about what it is you’re looking for in a smartphone before creation a purchase.

If storage and battery life are many critical to you, afterwards go with Huawei’s flagship, though if it’s cost and display, go with Google’s. Either way, both phones offer some super considerable facilities and we won’t be unhappy whichever we opt for. µ

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