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Huawei P40 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: Which Should You Buy?

author Luis Silva (May 2020 Updated: March 2022 - 6 min. reading time)

You shouldn't have to pay much more for the Galaxy S20 Ultra, but it also is the better device of the two considering their specs.

It gives you better glass protection, a better display, and Google's services.

What else stands out?

The Galaxy S20 Ultra also has a higher refresh rate, larger (+0.4") display, better peak brightness, and more RAM (12GB vs. 8GB). But the P40 Pro will give you faster wireless charging (27w vs. 15w) and Bluetooth 5.1.

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

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, it'll cost you around $156 more.

Is the P40 Pro still worth buying in 2022?

The P40 Pro isn't your best option in 2022. It's losing its security updates, and the Vivo X60 Pro is an overall better phone, for example, because then you'll get more storage, more security updates, and more RAM.

Is it worth getting the Galaxy S20 Ultra in 2022?

Don't let its age scare you. The Galaxy S20 Ultra still is a fantastic device as we go thru 2022. You'll love it for its good cameras, excellent glass protection, fast charging, tons of RAM, and 8K recordings. But keep an eye on the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max too.

Read on and find out more about them, how they differ from their competition, and how other specialists evaluate them.

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Once upon a time, there was a great battle.

That could be the beginning of a legendary tale, in which two kings fight against each other over each one's kingdoms.

That could also be the beginning of this story between Huawei's P40 Pro and Samsung's Galaxy S20 Ultra.

You're probably here because you definitely value picture quality in a smartphone's camera, but there's much more than that.

But I digress here. Let's start over from the beginning.

Samsung launched its Galaxy S20 Ultra in March 2020, while Huawei's P40 Pro arrived at stores one month later.

We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the P40 Pro and the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Warning: Please, refrain from purchasing the P40 Pro, as it will be losing it's security updates sooner than later.

The weight of each section

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to check who their rivals are.

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

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

Geekbench 5 scores the P40 Pro 18% ahead of its rival in the multi-core ranking. You should notice that it is a bit faster if you test them side by side.

When it comes to performance, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is way under the average by comparing it with other smartphones from this price range. While they got a score of about 3396, it has 2698. That puts it 26% below them.

One can entitle the P40 Pro as high-end and the Galaxy S20 Ultra as a lower high-end.

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 Ultra.

Features P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra
SoC Hisilicon Kirin 990 Exynos 990
Graphics Mali-G76 MP16 Mali-G77 MP11
Geekbench 5 Score 3197
OS Android 10 and EMUI 10 Android 10 and OneUI

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 13.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

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

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

Very few rivals share this maximum brightness. Usually, they stay in the ballpark of 788 nits, while the P40 Pro can only do 23% less.

Bearing in mind the P40 Pro, 96% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, 84% have an Always-On display, and 76% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Regarding the Galaxy S20 Ultra, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, 84% offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate, and 79% have an Always-On display and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)*
Features P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra
Size 6.5
Resolution (px) 1200x2640
Refresh Rate 90hz 120hz 30
Dots per Inch 446.14
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 605 nits
894 nits
Sub Tek-Score
Protection - Corning Gorilla Glass 6

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

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

You should note that the P40 Pro is in the neighborhood of 44% above other smartphones from its price range. That's why between these two, it should be your choice too.

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 has rated this camera with a score of 137. If you add the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that will go up to 153. You can check their review if you 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. However, only 8% of them feature a macro lens.

Despite only having an optical zoom of 4x, thanks to its AI, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is also known for its impressive 100x hybrid Space Zoom. While better than a digital zoom, that's still far from a pure optical zoom.

About the Galaxy S20 Ultra: DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 128. By considering the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we'll get to the final score of 144 points. If you want to know more about every tidbit, check it here.

Lastly, 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, and 84% feature a telephoto lens. Moreover, none of them feature a macro lens.

One can place these two as high-end.

If you love it, the P40 Pro zoom lens is 41mm above what you usually see on similarly priced devices.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra
Megapixels 50
Aperture 1.9
Lens 23mm
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 4320 2160
Score 153

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 12
Aperture 3.4
Lens 125mm (5.4x zoom)
103mm (4x zoom)
Lens Type Telephoto lens 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 16 0
Selfie Camera P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 32
Aperture 2.2
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra vs.

Who has the best frame?

I'd go for the P40 Pro for its weight and the number of color options. But the Galaxy S20 Ultra is also pretty decent.

The P40 Pro weighs 209 g. (7.37 oz), while its rival is 13 g. (0.51 oz) heavier. If you're looking for a lightweight device, the "weight to display size" score of the P40 Pro is 3.1, which suggests it's kind of weighty for a 6.5 inches display. In the meantime, the Galaxy S20 Ultra has 3.1, which suggests it's considerably hefty too.

The P40 Pro truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep, much like the Galaxy S20 Ultra. It should be for less than 30 minutes, in standby mode, so no underwater photos.

Body P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra
Size 158 x 72 x 9 mm
(5.57 x 2.54 x 0.32 in)
166 x 76 x 8 mm
(5.86 x 2.68 x 0.28 in)
Weight 209 g. (7.37 oz)
222 g. (7.83 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, Blush Gold, Ice White, and Black Cosmic Grey and Cosmic Black
Screen To Body Ratio 90.26%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.1 3.1 0.0
Looks 10.0/10
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint

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

Which has the best battery?

At 4200 mAh, the P40 Pro is the owner of the smallest battery, while the Galaxy S20 Ultra features 5000 mAh. But by GSMArena's standards, both should theoretically get the same battery life.

So, the Galaxy S20 Ultra doesn't have the best battery life out there. Samsung should've put a bigger battery and/or energy-efficient hardware on it. It got a rate of 1.8 for the "battery to device size" ratio.

Fast wireless charging on the P40 Pro is likewise a nice plus. You won't find many phones as fast at about its price.

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

Features P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra
Capacity (mAh) 4200 5000 800
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
82% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 70% left
65% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 72% left
70% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.7 1.8 -2.9
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 40w
Wireless Charging 27w
Reverse Charging 27w

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A42.

Which has more storage?

It's a tie.

Features P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra
Internal (GB) 128GB
Micro SD Nano Memory (shared SIM slot) microSDXC (shared SIM slot)

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The P40 Pro is your better option, as it features Bluetooth 5.1.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra has two network variants: LTE or (LTE and) 5G.

Features P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra
Network 5G 5G (also available in LTE)
Bluetooth 5.1
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No

Which is more affordable?

Here are the best prices that we've found:

Huawei P40 Pro

Reference: $799

Huawei P40 Pro

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Reference: $955

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

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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 P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra VS
Amazon 0.87 0.77 -0.09
eBay - - -
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. For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. They're at 7.2 (for the P40 Pro) and 7.6 (for the Galaxy S20 Ultra).

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

Just like the P30 Pro at its time, the P40 Pro could've been one of the best overall smartphones around (despite lacking the 3.5mm audio jack), if Huawei opted for a Gorilla Glass 6 glass protection. Not only that, but they also don't publicly disclosure what (if any) kind of protection they went for, so it's fair to assume it has none, which is terrible for a full glass body at this price range.

That said, performance-wise, let's say that the S20 Ultra is too slow for its price and it's camera while being one of the best around, isn't as good as Huawei's.

When it comes to battery life, the P40 Pro is one of the best smartphones around, despite having only 4200mAh of capacity.

If you're going to spend over one thousand dollars on a new smartphone, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is the safest bet, despite not standing out anywhere else.

Pros P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra
#1 Performance Performance
#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 Ultra
#1 Weight Weight
#2 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#3 Price Price
#4 Glass Protection
Relative Score*
Global Score P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra
Gaming Score
Your Score

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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

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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.


"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.



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
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
  • OnePlusrival8T
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
  • OnePlusrival9 Pro
  • VivorivalX60 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone 13 Mini
  • ApplerivaliPhone 13

 Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra
  • VivorivalX60 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone 13
  • ApplerivaliPhone 13 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone 13 Pro Max

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.


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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