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Huawei P40 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: How Do They Compare?

author Luis Silva (August 2020 Updated: August 2021 - 6 min. reading time)

The P40 Pro may cost you a few bucks more, but considering its features, its opponent is the one you should pick.

It features better performance (+21%). But with the Galaxy S20 Plus, you can get better glass protection, a better display, and Google's services.

Anything else?

The P40 Pro also has a telephoto lens (+125 mm), faster-charging speeds (40w vs. 25w), faster wireless charging (27w vs. 15w), and Bluetooth 5.1. But the Galaxy S20 Plus will also give you a higher refresh rate, larger (+0.2") display, better peak brightness, and more RAM (12GB vs. 8GB).

How much more are you willing to spend on the Galaxy S20 Plus?

If you ignore carrier offers, since it is more affordable, you can end up saving up to about $50.

Is it still worth buying the P40 Pro in 2021?

The P40 Pro isn't the perfect smartphone, but there aren't many better phones for this budget. You can go for the Oppo Find X2 Pro, but we should acknowledge this device, as it has good performance, good cameras, good battery life, optical zoom, and fast charging.

Is the Galaxy S20 Plus still worth getting in 2021?

Just because the Galaxy S20 Plus was released last year doesn't mean I won't recommend it. I like its good cameras, good battery life, excellent glass protection, tons of RAM, and 8K recordings. Although you can also check the OnePlus 8 Pro.

Keep reading to learn more about what sets them apart, how they fare against their competition, and you'll know what the industry thinks about their specs.

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Huawei P40 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

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Introduction

While Samsung's Galaxy S20 Plus hit stores in March 2020, Huawei's P40 Pro went on sale one month later.

In this article, we see how the P40 Pro and the Galaxy S20 Plus compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

The weight of each section

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to check who their rivals are.

Price*
vs.
Device P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Plus
Release Date 2020, April 2020, March 0y.
OS Updates 2 years 3 years 1y.
Security Updates 2 years 4 years 2y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

Geekbench 5 scores the P40 Pro 21% ahead of its rival in the multi-core ranking. The differences are slight but still noteworthy between these two chipsets.

By the way, you can define the P40 Pro as high-end and the Galaxy S20 Plus as a lower high-end device.

PS: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (with the Adreno 650 GPU) and the Exynos 990 (with the Mali-G77) are market-dependent. Click here for more info.

Some users did install the Google Play Store on recent Huawei phones, but please be aware that officially you won't get Google apps, and some essential apps may be missing too on the P40 Pro.

There's a performance increase of about 15% on the 865 for the Galaxy S20 Plus.

Performance*
vs.
Features P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Plus
SoC Hisilicon Kirin 990 Exynos 990
Graphics Mali-G76 MP16 Mali-G77 MP11
Geekbench 5 Score 3197
2649
-548
OS Android 10 and EMUI 10 Android 10 and OneUI
Tek-Score
7.3
6.4
-0.9

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Huawei P40 Pro front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus front transparent png

The Galaxy S20 Plus is the winner here, and that's as clear as glass.

Related-priced rivals only do around 812 nits, but there's a 207 nits gap below that for the P40 Pro.

About the P40 Pro, 96% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, 92% have an Always-On display, and 85% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Regarding the Galaxy S20 Plus, as a reference, 95% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, 90% have an Always-On display, and 75% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Plus
Size 6.5
6.7
0.2
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1200x2640
1440x3200
1440000
Refresh Rate 90hz 120hz 30
Dots per Inch 446.14
523.74
77.60
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 605 nits
797 nits
192
HDR HDR10 HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
8.7
9.8
1.1
Protection - Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Tek-Score
3.1
8.3
5.2

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Huawei P40 Pro back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus back transparent png

You should note that the P40 Pro is in the neighborhood of 31% above its adversaries for the same budget. So it should be your option today.

The P40 Pro and the P30 Pro share the same ability to do 50x hybrid zoom. It isn't an optical zoom, but (thanks to AI) it is much better than digital zoom.

About the P40 Pro: DXOMARK gave this shooter a score of 137. And if you take into account the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it'll get 153 points. For a thorough review, click here.

Last (but not least), all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Nevertheless, only 4% of them feature a macro lens.

About the Galaxy S20 Plus: DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 123. Plus, combining with its wide-angle lens, we'll get to the final score of 135** points. If you want to know more about every tidbit, check it here.

Last (but not least), just so you know, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Still, only 5% of them feature a macro lens.

If you're not a numbers person, we can tag these two as high-end.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They moved to a better camera test protocol, and they don't have enough reviews, so I can refine the pre-update camera scores.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Plus
Megapixels 50
12
-38
Aperture 1.9
1.8
-0.1
Lens 23mm
26mm
3
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 4320 2160
Score 153
135
-18

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Plus vs.
Megapixels 12
64
52
Aperture 3.4
2.0
-1.4
Lens 125mm (5.4x zoom)
-
Lens Type Telephoto lens -
Megapixels 40 12 -28
Aperture 1.8 2.2 0.4
Lens 18mm 13mm -5
Lens Type Wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels - 0.3
Lens Type Depth Sensor Depth Sensor
Score 16 12 -4
Selfie Camera P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Plus vs.
Megapixels 32
10
-22
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Plus vs.
Tek-Score
9.0
7.9
-1.1

Who has the best frame?

The Galaxy S20 Plus does stand out because of its weight. But the P40 Pro is also pretty decent.

The Galaxy S20 Plus weighs 188 g. (6.63 oz), while the other is 21 g. (0.74 oz) heavier. If you want a big screen in a lightweight phone, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The P40 Pro got 3.1, and that's another way of saying it's kind of weighty for its screen size. Having said that, the Galaxy S20 Plus has 5.9, so nothing to state here.

The P40 Pro is resistant to water up to 1 to 3 meters, on par with the Galaxy S20 Plus. That shouldn't last over half an hour, and it's freshwater in standby mode only.

Looks*
vs.
Body P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Plus
Size 158 x 72 x 9 mm
(5.57 x 2.54 x 0.32 in)
161 x 73 x 7 mm
(5.68 x 2.58 x 0.25 in)
-20113
Weight 209 g. (7.37 oz)
188 g. (6.63 oz)
-21
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, Blush Gold, Ice White, and Black Cosmic Black, Cloud Blue, Cosmic Grey, Cloud White, and Aura Red
Screen To Body Ratio 90.26%
92.21%
1.95
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.1 5.9 2.8
Looks 10.0/10
10.0/10
0.0
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
6.9
7.6
0.7

*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.

Which has the best battery?

The P40 Pro features a 4200 mAh battery, while the Galaxy S20 Plus has 4500 mAh. But as claimed by GSMArena, there's no real difference between them.

Fast charging on the P40 Pro does stand out. Devices with similar prices can only do about 34w.

The P40 Pro's wireless charging is likewise faster than the traditional 5w. That's uncommon in its class.

The Snapdragon 865 also has better battery efficiency (about 10% more screen-on-time) when you compare it to the Exynos 990.

Battery*
vs.
Features P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Plus
Capacity (mAh) 4200 4500 300
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
82% left
-1
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 70% left
66% left
-4
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 72% left
70% left
-2
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.3 4.2 -1.1
Sub Tek-Score
7.5
7.3
-0.2
Fast Charging 40w
25w
-15
Wireless Charging 27w
15w
-12
Reverse Charging 27w
9w
-18
Tek-Score
7.8
7.0
-0.7

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

They share the same amount of storage.

Storage*
vs.
Features P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Plus
RAM (GB) 8GB
12GB
4
Internal (GB) 128GB
128GB
0
Micro SD Nano Memory (shared SIM slot) microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
7.5
7.5
0.0

*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

I'd go for the P40 Pro if you really value Bluetooth 5.1 and 5G.

If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. You can try an adapter if you want, but the wireless buds are the way to go here. Luckily, you can still get it on other phones if you just ignore these two. The Sony Xperia 1 II can help you with that.

The Galaxy S20 Plus is LTE or (LTE and) 5G compatible. This allows you to get a version of the Galaxy S20 Plus with 12GB of RAM.

Connectivity
vs.
Features P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Plus
Network 5G LTE (also available in 5G)
Bluetooth 5.1
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
5.1
3.6
-1.5

Which is more affordable?

Here are the best deals on some major online stores:

Huawei P40 Pro

Reference: $799

Huawei P40 Pro

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

Reference: $749

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

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Prices marked with ! are from renewed/refurbished/carrier-locked phones (except eBay prices that, as a last resort, can be from bids or used devices).

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 P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Plus VS
Amazon 0.84 0.98 0.14
eBay 0.64 - -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

Also, don't forget to check the latest deals from these four stores, and the state of the art on mobile technology, if you don't want to overpay on your next smartphone.


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Are you also considering other options? The global score can help. Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. They're at 7.3 (for the P40 Pro) and 7.1 (for the Galaxy S20 Plus).

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus Stand Out?

While it's hard to recommend the P40 Pro, mainly because of the lack of Google Services and the lack of decent glass protection, this device still has some valid reasons to, at least, be considered. One of them is its camera. It had a significant improvement over last year's P30 Pro, and according to DxOMark, it has the best camera on a smartphone up to this day.

When compared to the Galaxy S20 Plus, it also has a significantly higher processing speed, a true optical zoom, and a slightly better charging and battery life.

The S20 Plus, however, has a much better display. We're talking about screen resolution (DPIs), refresh rate, peak brightness, and mainly Gorilla Glass 6. You can top that with an extra 4GB of RAM.

Pros P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Plus
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#4 Cameras Cameras
#5 Battery Life Fast Charging
#6 Fast Charging Wireless Charging
#7 Wireless Charging MicroSD Slot
#8 MicroSD Slot Glass Protection
Cons P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Plus
#1 Weight Weight
#2 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#3 Price Price
#4 Glass Protection
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Plus
Gaming Score
7.0
7.7
0.7
Tek-Score
6.92
7.32
0.40
Your Score

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.

Performance 1.9
Display 1.7
Cameras 1.4
Frame 0.9
Battery 1.9
Storage 2.0
Connectivity 0.4
Total Should be 10 or as close as possible: 9.6

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained

This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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"Battery to device size" ratio explained

This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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Rivals

As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, and Walmart.


 Huawei P40 Pro 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $799
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $649
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $949
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $700
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $749
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $795
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
    $949
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $697
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $749
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $809
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $849
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $949
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $682
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $949
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $658
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $650
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698
  • OnePlusrival9 Pro
    $909
  • VivorivalX60 Pro
    $900

 Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $799
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $649
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $700
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $749
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $795
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $697
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $809
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $849
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $799
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $682
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $658
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $650
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698
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Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mclass-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they dclassn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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About GeekBench 5

This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.



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