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The P30 and Galaxy S10 started selling in March of 2019.
We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the P30 and the Galaxy S10.
You'll rarely (if ever) find these two with the same price tag. Keep this in mind when comparing both of them.
It's probably a good idea to stay away from the P30 because it will stop receiving security updates in the meantime.
For each featured section, there's a "Tek-Score" for you to check. For a quicker analysis of how far they are from each other, we'll consider all their specifications. There's also a global score for you to compare them to other phones if you're interested in other than these two.
Our Tek-Score is based on a study done by Globalwebindex.com on what buyers are looking for when purchasing a smartphone. But you'll be able to define how the global score is composed based on your preferences. You can check this out now, or just keep reading.
For additional information regarding our smartphone comparisons, check this FAQ.
Some features have a colored bar next to them. That can help you understand how they compare with other smartphones with similar prices.
You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, but we've only included smartphones within a 40% price range.
Some items are underlined, and you can tap to access our corresponding eight top 10 listings for every budget.
|Release Date||2019, March||2019, March||0y.|
|OS Updates||2 years||3 years||1y.|
|Security Updates||2 years||4 years||2y.|
*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
About performance: Geekbench 5 scores the P30 12% ahead of its rival in the multi-core ranking. All in all, there's not much of a difference between the two.
It's safe to say that the P30 can be tagged as a lower high-end and the Galaxy S10 more like an upper mid-range.
Inside the Galaxy S10 is the Exynos 9820 SoC, while on the P30, there's the Hisilicon Kirin 980 chipset.
If you're a gamer, you'll like to know that the former features a Mali-G76 MP12, and the latter has a Mali-G76 MP10.
At least you'll get the Android 9 (Pie) and EMUI 10 on the P30, and the Galaxy S10 has Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI.
PS: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (with the Adreno 640 GPU) and the Exynos 9820 (with the Mali-G76) are market-dependent. Click here for more info.
There's a performance increase of about 17% on the 855 for the Galaxy S10.
|SoC||Hisilicon Kirin 980||Exynos 9820|
|Graphics||Mali-G76 MP10||Mali-G76 MP12|
|Geekbench 5 Score||2406
|OS||Android 9 (Pie) and EMUI 10||Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI|
*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.
The Galaxy S10 is the winner here, and you'd be able to tell the difference.
They both share the same AMOLED display size: 6.1". Which one would you choose? Do you favor AMOLED screens?
The Galaxy S10 adopts a 1440x3040 Quad HD resolution. The P30 features a more modest resolution of 1080x2340 (Full HD) pixels.
Just a tiny drop may shatter your phone, so you need to know about their glass protection. Unfortunately, the P30 doesn't have Gorilla Glass protection, but the Galaxy S10 has a Corning Gorilla Glass 6.
Good news for those who value an Always-On display: both phones have it.
If you set your brightness to auto, you can count on the P30 to go up to 635 nits, while the Galaxy S10 goes up to 820 nits.
The P30 features an HDR10 display, and the Galaxy S10 does HDR10+.
About the P30, 96% of its rivals can play HDR content, 89% have an AMOLED screen, and 75% have an Always-On display. On the other hand, only 25% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate.
For the Galaxy S10, 96% of its rivals can play HDR content, 93% have an AMOLED screen, and 78% have an Always-On display. Yet, only 22% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate.
|Display Density (DPIs)*||vs.|
|Dots per Inch||422.49
|Peak Brightness||635 nits
|Protection||-||Corning Gorilla Glass 6|
*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.
I don't see a meaningful winner in the camera department.
What about its shooters? The P30's primary camera has a whopping 40 Megapixels sensor, with an aperture of f/1.8, a 27mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, and HDR capabilities. Videos on its shooter have a maximum resolution of 2160p.
It also has a secondary 8 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.4, plus an 80mm telephoto lens. And a third of 16 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 17mm ultra-wide-angle lens.
Just so you know: You can take a 40 Megapixels photo, zoom in and crop, and get 2x of optical zoom: by trimming it into a 10 Megapixels photo.
With the selfies camera, you get a generous 32 MP shooter, with an aperture of f/2.0 and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.
Unfortunately, DXOMARK hasn't tested this camera, but we don't need a crystal ball to guess the score: 119*. Then, if you consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it can go up to 132** points.
I hope this helps: you should know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 82% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Though only 21% of them feature a macro lens.
The Samsung Galaxy S10, in its turn, features a 12 Megapixels camera with an f/1.5 aperture and a 26mm, wide-angle lens. Then it has one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It records videos at up to 2160p. You'll also get two additional sensors, one with 12 Megapixels, an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 52mm telephoto lens, and another with 16 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 12mm ultra-wide-angle lens.
There's a dual aperture shooter on the Galaxy S10 that allows you to choose between f/1.5 or f/2.4.
The front-facing camera features a 10 MP shooter with an aperture of f/1.9 and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.
On DXOMARK's reviewing article, they gave this shooter 116 points. By adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that score goes up to 129**. If you want to know more about it, check it here.
Winding it up, just to let you know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 81% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Moreover, only 19% of them feature a macro lens.
If you're not a numbers person, we can tag the P30 as a high-end and the Galaxy S10 as lower high-end.
Both phones have something that I truly value in a camera: an optical zoom (of 2x and 3x). It enables you to zoom in on the subject without ruining your photos.
Additionally, the P30 telephoto lens is 26mm higher than the average on similarly priced devices.
You can easily add dimension to your photos on the Galaxy S10 and also avoid blurred pictures thanks to its greater aperture.
*The guys over at DXOMARK know how to benchmark these shooters. Unfortunately, they don't test every smartphone camera out there. So when I get my hands on one of them, I consider every camera spec and give an approximated score. Our lastest test on our formula showed a deviation of up to 2 points.
**Consider this as an estimative, at least for phones with no zoom and up to 35 to 40MP. They moved to a new camera test protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.
|Primary Camera||P30||Galaxy S10|
*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.
|Extra Camera(s)||P30||Galaxy S10||vs.|
|Lens||80mm (3x zoom)
||52mm (2x zoom)
|Lens Type||Telephoto lens||Telephoto lens|
|Selfie Camera||P30||Galaxy S10||vs.|
I'd go for the Galaxy S10 for its water resistance.
Both have 149 mm (5.87 inches) of height, but each one has its own width: 71 mm vs. 70 mm (2.80 inches vs. 2.76 inches).
These two have about the same thickness: 7 mm (0.28 inches).
The glass rear on these phones makes them feel great on the hand. The Galaxy S10 weighs 157 g. (5.54 oz), while its rival is 8 g. (0.28 oz) heavier. If you want a big screen in a lightweight phone, the "weight to display size" score of the P30 is 6.7, and that's another way of saying a pretty nice weight for its screen size. The Galaxy S10, on the other hand, has 7.9, which suggests exceptional work from Samsung.
You'll also get some color options here. The Samsung Galaxy S10 comes in Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Blue, Cardinal Red, and Smoke Blue. The Huawei P30, in its turn, comes in Aurora, Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Black, and Pearl White.
Would you like to have a fingerprint scanner? Both phones have one.
The Galaxy S10 is resistant to water up to 1 to 3 meters. That shouldn't last over half an hour, in standby mode, so no underwater photos.
|Size||149 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.26 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
|149 x 70 x 7 mm
(5.26 x 2.47 x 0.25 in)
|Weight||165 g. (5.82 oz)
||157 g. (5.54 oz)
|Build||Front and back glass||Front and back glass|
|Colors||Aurora, Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Black, and Pearl White||Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Blue, Cardinal Red, and Smoke Blue|
|Screen To Body Ratio||86.34%
|Disp.Size To Weight Score||6.7||7.9||1.2|
|Biometrics||Under Display Fingerprint||Under Display Fingerprint|
*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.
The P30 features a 3650 mAh battery, while the Galaxy S10 has 3400 mAh. And by GSMArena's standards, the former does have better battery life.
This is what the P30 delivers if you do a complete charge:
And these are Galaxy S10's patterns:
Fast charging's here, and both phones support it. The Galaxy S10 can go up to 15w, and the P30 up to 22.
If you really need wireless charging, Galaxy S10 is the one. It can do 15w/hour.
You can also use the Galaxy S10 reverse wireless charging to charge any Qi-enabled device up to 9w per hour.
The Galaxy S10's wireless charging is likewise faster than the traditional 5w. You don't get to see it that much at this price range.
The Snapdragon 855 chipset has another advantage: A battery life boost of about 15% (screen-on-time) if you compare it to the Exynos 9820.
|1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video||83% left
|1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video||69% left
|1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video||71% left
|Bat. To Phone Size Score||7.1||5.9||-1.1|
*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.
None of them.
The P30 comes equipped with 128GB of integrated storage and 6GB of RAM. It isn't an issue because you can top that with a Nano Memory card.
In its turn, the Galaxy S10 features 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. If you ever run out of free space, you can add a MicroSD card.
|Micro SD||Nano Memory (shared SIM slot)||microSDXC (shared SIM slot)|
*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).
There also isn't much to see here.
Both phones have Bluetooth 5.0, so nothing special here. As for the NFC chips, both have them.
The 3.5mm headphone jack is here to stay, at least for these two.
The Galaxy S10 is LTE or (LTE and) 5G compatible. You can pick the Galaxy S10 with 5G with a larger 6.7-inch display, a 4500 mAh battery, a 0.3MP depth camera, 256GB of storage, and fast charging at 25w.
|Network||LTE||LTE (also available in 5G)|
You're likely not considering the P30 to make all your pennies count. But do search for any deals or price drops before making up your mind. Promotions aside, the Galaxy S10 is more expensive, but I'm not here to tell you if it's worth it. Maybe you can get some money back if you end up selling it.
If you still aren't sure about any of them, let's check how much worth you can expect.
Here are the prices that we've come across recently:
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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).
Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.
|Value for money||P30||Galaxy S10||VS|
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Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. First, let me mention the average at their price range. The P30 class is at 6.5, and the Galaxy S10 6.4.
The P30 would've been a perfect match to the Galaxy S10, if only it had decent glass protection. It indeed is way cheaper, but imagine if you break it in a first drop. You'd deeply regret buying it.
Nevertheless, if you like taking chances, or if you are planning extra measures of protection for your new device, the P30 does have a bit more flexibility in its zoom. Unfortunately, it loses on the wireless (and reverse) charging feature.
At this price-point, if it had at least a Gorilla Glass 3 protection, it would probably be the Galaxy S10 biggest rival.
|#5||Battery Life||Wireless Charging|
|#6||Fast Charging||MicroSD Slot|
|#7||MicroSD Slot||3.5mm Jack|
|#8||3.5mm Jack||Glass Protection|
|Global Score||P30||Galaxy S10|
Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.
|Total||Should be 10 or as close as possible:||9.6|
*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
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