Top tier flagships became incredibly expensive but also incredibly powerful. Unlike 2019, this year, Samsung and Huawei launched three variants of their flagship lineups. The most expensive variants are the Huawei P40 Pro+ (which just hitten several European markets) and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. Meanwhile, Motorola is back in the flagship segment after years of silence with its Motorola Edge+. All of these devices carry a price tag superior to €1,000, but are they worth the money asked? And which one should you prefer? We will try to answer these questions through the following specs comparison between Huawei P40 Pro+, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, and Motorola Edge+.
Huawei P40 Pro+ vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs Motorola Edge+
|Motorola Edge+||Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra||Huawei P40 Pro+|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||161.1 x 71.4 x 9.6 mm, 203 g||166.9 x 76 x 8.8 mm, 222 g||158.2 x 72.6 x 9 mm, 226 g|
|DISPLAY||6.7 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), OLED||6.9 inches, 1440 x 3200p (Quad HD+), Dynamic AMOLED 2X||6.58 inches, 1200 x 2640p (Full HD+), OLED|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, octa-core 2.84 GHz||Samsung Exynos 990, octa-core 2.73 GHz|
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, octa-core 2.84 GHz
|Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, octa-core 2.86 GHz|
|MEMORY||12 GB RAM, 256 GB||12 GB RAM, 128 GB – 12 GB RAM, 256 GB – 12 GB RAM, 512 GB – micro SD slot||8 GB RAM, 512 GB – nano memory card slot|
|SOFTWARE||Android 10||Android 10, One UI||Android 10, EMUI|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS|
|CAMERA||Quad 108 + 8 + 16 MP + TOF, f/1.8 + f/2.4 + f/2.2|
25 MP f/2.0 front camera
|Quad 108 + 48 + 12 + 0.3 MP TOF, f/1.8 + f/3.5 + f/2.2 + f/1.0|
40 MP f/2.2 front camera
|Penta 50 + 8 + 8 + 40 MP + TOF, f/1.9 + f/4.4 + f/2.4 + f/1.8|
Dual 32 MP + IR TOF 3D f/2.2 front camera
|BATTERY||5000 mAh, fast charging 18W, Fast wireless charging 15W||5000 mAh, fast charging 45W, Fast wireless charging 15W||4200 mAh, fast charging 40W and fast wireless charging 40W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Hybrid Dual SIM slot, reverse wireless charging, 5G, splash resistant||Hybrid Dual SIM slot, reverse wireless charging 9W, waterproof IP68, 5G, eSIM||Dual SIM slot, fast reverse wireless charging 27W, 5G, eSIM|
If I had to make a choice by considering the design only, I would go for the Motorola Edge+. First of all, it has a higher screen-to-body ratio. It is more compact and its rear side is more elegant due to its smaller camera module. But several people may not agree with me because Huawei P40 Pro+ comes with more unique and premium materials (it is made of ceramic). Further, unlike the Motorola Edge+ which is just splash resistant, Huawei P40 Pro+ is waterproof with the IP68 certification. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra should be sturdier thanks to its waterproof certification (IP68) and the Gorilla Glass 6 protection for both front and back glasses, but its dimensions are big, just like its camera module.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra provides the most impressive display: not only it is wider with its 6.9-inch diagonal, but it also supports a higher 120 Hz refresh rate, despite you can only use it by setting a Full HD+ resolution. The Dynamic AMOLED display of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has the HDR10+ certification and a high Quad HD+ resolution, while Huawei P40 Pro+ and Motorola Edge+ stop at Full HD+. Currently, we believe the only displays which can compete with the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra in the Android world belong to OPPO Find X2 Pro and OnePlus 8 Pro.
The Motorola Edge+ has the most interesting hardware department because it is fueled by the Snapdragon 865 mobile platform which has currently no rivals among Android phones. On the other hand, while providing a less powerful chipset, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra comes in a variant with a higher amount of RAM and internal storage: 16 GB and 512 GB respectively. Motorola Edge+ only comes in a configuration with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of native storage, while Huawei P40 Pro+ stops at 8 GB of RAM. Note that if you get the global version of the Huawei P40 Pro+, you won’t get Google services out of the box due to the U.S. ban.
The most amazing camera (and not only of this comparison) is on board of the Huawei P40 Pro+. It features a 50 MP Penta-camera (the fifth sensor is a TOF 3D sensor) including 10x optical zoom and a 40 MP ultrawide lens. Further, on the front side, the 32 MP selfie snapper is accompanied by another TOF sensor for 3D facial recognition. The silver medal goes to the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra offering a 108 MP quad camera with a 48 MP periscope lens, 4x optical zoom supporting 8K video recording, and awesome stabilization.
Since it packs a huge 5000 mAh battery and a less energy-demanding display than Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, Motorola Edge+ is more satisfying in terms of battery life. However, the Motorola Edge+ has slower charging speeds (just 18W with wired charging and 15W with wireless charging), while Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and Huawei P40 Pro+ charge at 40W and 45W, respectively.
Huawei P40 Pro+ is priced €1399 globally, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra starts from $1199/€1099, and Motorola Edge+ costs $1199/€1200. Is it worth getting one of these handsets? Well, if you need an astonishing camera quality or you are a power user, then yes. But if you do not want the max you can get, there are a lot of more affordable devices that will let you save a lot of money while still giving you nearly perfect user experience.
Despite Huawei P40 Pro+ does not have Google services, it remains a very impressive phone due to its ceramic design, better cameras, and very fast wireless charging technologies. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has the best display, while Motorola Edge+ has longer battery life than S20 Ultra but inferior cameras and display. What do you think about actual top tier flagships? Do they cost too much or they deserve a chance? Let us know by using the comment box below.
Huawei P40 Pro+ vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs Motorola Edge+: PRO and CONS
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Widest display
- Big battery
- Micro SD slot
- Ultrasonic fingerprint reader
- Stereo speakers
Huawei P40 Pro+
- Fastest wireless charging
- Fastest reverse wireless charging
- Most impressive cameras
- 3D facial recognition
- Inferior display
- Best hardware
- Big battery
- Good street prices
- Stereo speakers
- Slow charging speeds
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