Samsung, Huawei, and Xiaomi have officially announced their leading flagship smartphones of 2020 for the global market. Prices raised, but they bring 5G and a lot of new exciting features on the shelves. In this specs comparison, we will shed some light on the differences between the new flagship series by focusing on the Pro and versions. This is a specs comparison between Huawei P40 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S20+ and Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro. While the Mi 10 Pro is the most advanced Xiaomi device, Huawei and Samsung released even more sophisticated variants of the P40 and the S20. If you want to read a comparison between them, head to this link.
I like the minimalism of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro. With a single punch-hole camera, very narrow bezels and a less invasive camera module, it looks sweet. But unfortunately, it is the only which does not offer any water resistance. Just like the Samsung Galaxy S20+, Huawei P40 Pro has the IP68 certification making it waterproof. Further, it has the highest screen-to-body ratio, even though not everyone may like the massive punch-hole housing the front cameras and sensors. Samsung Galaxy S20+ is the perfect compromise with its single punch-hole display, IP68 certification, and a more compact and thinner design.
Even though it is the smallest panel, the display of the Samsung Galaxy S20+ is the most stunning one. It is the only to support a refresh rate up to 120 Hz, as well as a higher Quad HD+ resolution. According to the specs on the paper, right after we got the Xiaomi Mi 10 with an HDR10+ panel supporting a 90 Hz refresh rate and a 180 Hz touch-sampling rate. Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro also comes with a more extensive 6.67-inch group. The fingerprint scanner of the Samsung Galaxy S20+ should be better since it is an ultrasonic sensor. Samsung Galaxy S20+ should even provide better audio quality with its AKG stereo speakers. Also, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro has stereo speakers, while Huawei P40 Pro does not.
If we exclude the European version of the S20+, Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20+ come with the fantastic Snapdragon 865 chipset paired with up to 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of UFS 3.0 internal storage, and they boast the highest performance. Samsung Galaxy S20+ has expandable storage, while Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro does not. The Exynos version of the Samsung Galaxy S20+ launched in the European market has an inferior chipset, especially when it comes to 5G connectivity since it does not support mmWave. Huawei P40 Pro is still a mighty flagship, but Snapdragon 865 is more performing than its Kirin 990, and its two rivals come with more RAM, while the P40 Pro stops at 8 GB. Further, Huawei P40 Pro does not have Google services preinstalled due to the U.S. ban, but it relies on Huawei Mobile Services.
On the paper, the quad rear camera of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro looks very impressive with its 108 MP primary sensor, two telephoto lens with 10x hybrid zoom, and a 20 MP ultrawide sensor. But Huawei P40 Pro may offer an even better photo quality with its 50 MP primary sensor, a 40 MP ultrawide lens and a 12 MP periscopic sensor with 5x optical zoom. Even Samsung Galaxy S20+ is one of the best camera phones out there. Still, it might be able to compete with its opponents only when it comes to video recording, mainly thanks to its fantastic stabilization system.
Due to their bigger batteries, Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20+ should offer a longer battery life on a single charge. But given that we did not test all of these devices thoroughly, we still can not give a precise and definitive opinion. What we know is that Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro offers the fastest wired charging and wireless charging technologies, while Huawei P40 Pro reaches the highest speeds at reverse wireless charging.
Both Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro and Huawei P40 Pro start at €1000/$895 globally, while for the Samsung Galaxy S20+, you need €1,099. Considering the whole specs sheets, Samsung Galaxy S20+ and Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro are more or less at the same level, and we will need to test both thoroughly to give you a definitive verdict. I would personally go for the Snapdragon 865 version of the Samsung Galaxy S20+ since it is waterproof, and it has a better display. On the paper, Huawei P40 Pro is slightly inferior in terms of hardware and battery, but its cameras might offer a higher photo quality.