After the launch of the OnePlus 8 series, we can finally say all the main flagships of the first half of 2020 are official. And we can finally make the first comparison between them. After comparing the OnePlus 8 Pro to Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro and Oppo Find X2 Pro, we decided to compare it with the remaining flagships from the main smartphone manufacturers released in the last period in order to give you a complete view of the actual scene. We are naturally talking about the Huawei P40 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20+ which will be the main rivals of the OnePlus 8 Pro if we exclude the devices included in the previous comparison.
Which device has the best design? It is all a matter of taste. All come with an impressive screen-to-body ratio, punch-hole displays, glass backs, and aluminum frames. And all of them are waterproof with the IP68 certification. Huawei P40 Pro seems to offer a higher screen-to-body ratio, but its dual punch hole makes the front panel less minimalistic than OnePlus 8 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20+. Huawei P40 Pro is also the most compact device due to its smaller display. Which design do you prefer?
On the paper, OnePlus 8 Pro offers the most impressive display. It has an amazing 10 bit panel displaying one billion colors with a Quad HD+ resolution and the HDR10+ technology. The handset also provides a very smooth user experience with its 120 Hz refresh rate. And it has the widest panel of the trio with a 6.78-inch diagonal. Right after, we got the Samsung Galaxy S20+ with the same resolution and the same refresh rate, but it can be used at 120 Hz only with the Full HD+ resolution. Huawei P40 Pro offers a lower, but still high, 90 Hz refresh rate. But the max resolution stops at 1080p.
OnePlus 8 Pro is fueled by the Snapdragon 865 chipset, Samsung Galaxy S20+ packs either a Snapdragon 865 or an Exynos 990 SoC (slightly inferior to Snapdragon 865, according to benchmarks) depending on the market, while Huawei P40 Pro has a Kirin 990. With Samsung Galaxy S20+ and OnePlus 8 Pro, you get up to 12 GB of RAM. Besides a chipset that can be considered inferior to the Snapdragon 865, Huawei P40 Pro even comes with less RAM: just 8 GB. In each case, you get Android 10 out of the box.
As for now, it is hard to establish which devices of this trio sports the best cameras. We can only analyze the specs on the paper since we still had no chance to test the OnePlus 8 Pro as it just went official. On the paper, Huawei P40 Pro looks more interesting with its periscope lens supporting up to 5x optical zoom, an amazing 50 MP sensor with RYYB filter, and a 40 MP ultrawide lens. This handset is currently in the first place of DxOMark’s ranking of the best camera phones.
Due to its smaller battery, Huawei P40 Pro should provide a shorter battery life than OnePlus 8 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20+. But it has the fastest charging technology with a power of 40W.
OnePlus 8 Pro is priced €899/$899 in its base variant, Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (in Europe there is also a 4G version costing €999) costs $1,199/€1,099, and Huawei P40 Pro starts from €999 (it is not sold in the U.S. for obvious reasons). With its amazing display, fastest wireless charging technology, amazing hardware, big battery, and even nice cameras, OnePlus 8 Pro looks like the most balanced device of this trio, at least on the paper. But Huawei P40 Pro may be the most impressive one in terms of camera. But you should not underestimate Samsung Galaxy S20+ which is more or less at the same level as the OnePlus 8 Pro. Unfortunately, we still can not make a comparison based on the usage and given the marginal differences, we can not pick a definitive winner. Which one would you choose?