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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs Huawei P30 Pro: Which One Is Better?

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

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus comes at a higher price, but it also is the better device of the two considering their specs.

It gives you better glass protection, a better display, and more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB).

What else do they have to offer?

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus also has a larger (+0.4") display, better outdoor brightness, and more RAM (12GB vs. 6GB). But the P30 Pro features a telephoto lens (+73 mm).

But how much more will I have to pay for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus?

If you're considering a new and unlocked smartphone, it'll cost you around $269 more.

Is the Galaxy Note 10 Plus still worth buying in 2021?

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is holding up pretty well in 2021, as it still retains its value. Having said that, the Oppo Find X2 Pro has better performance, better cameras, a better optical zoom, and faster charging.

Is the P30 Pro still worth getting in 2021?

I would say don't buy the P30 Pro in 2021. If you want good cameras, good battery life, optical zoom, and fast charging, then fine. But if you prefer better performance, more security updates, and more RAM, there are other options. That's something you can find in the Galaxy S21 Plus, for example.

Just keep reading if you want to know everything about them, how they differ from their competition, and you'll know how the tech experts evaluate their specs.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, Huawei P30 Pro

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Introduction

The P30 Pro has one major flaw, but still, it'll be interesting to see how the two fare against each other.

Huawei launched its P30 Pro in March 2019, while Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 Plus arrived at stores in August 2019.

With this article, you'll be able to compare every feature of the Galaxy Note 10 Plus and the P30 Pro. Then, you can decide what model better suits your needs. Let's start.

You should be aware that the P30 Pro isn't being updated anymore.

The weight of each section

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to check who their rivals are.

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy Note 10 Plus P30 Pro
Release Date 2019, August 2019, March 0y.
OS Updates 3 years 2 years -1y.
Security Updates 4 years 2 years -2y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5, which measures overall performance, the P30 Pro was, on average, 11% quicker while finishing its tests. In real-world usage, the difference between them isn't significant.

You should know that performance-wise, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus is below the norm for its price range. While they got a score of about 3184, it has 2137. That puts it 33% below them.

By the way, you can define the Galaxy Note 10 Plus as an upper mid-range and the P30 Pro more like a lower high-end.

PS: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (with the Adreno 640 GPU) and the Exynos 9825 (with the Mali-G76) are market-dependent.

There's a performance increase of about 20% on the 855 for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Plus P30 Pro
SoC Exynos 9825 Hisilicon Kirin 980
Graphics Mali-G76 MP12 Mali-G76 MP10
Geekbench 5 Score 2137
2378
241
OS Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI Android 9 (Pie) and EMUI 10
Tek-Score
5.6
6.0
0.4

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus front transparent png Huawei P30 Pro front transparent png

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is the winner here, and the difference is considerable.

If you're leaning towards the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, 79% offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate, and 89% have an Always-On display.

Considering the P30 Pro, as a reference, 88% of its rivals can play HDR content, 96% have an AMOLED screen, and 92% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Plus P30 Pro
Size 6.8
6.4
-0.4
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1440x3040
1080x2340
-1850400
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 494.68
402.69
-91.99
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Teardrop
Peak Brightness 794 nits
605 nits
-189
HDR HDR10+ HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
9.1
7.9
-1.2
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6 -
Tek-Score
8.0
2.8
-5.2

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus back transparent png Huawei P30 Pro back transparent png

Looking at DXOMARK's ranking, one can conclude that the P30 Pro is approximately 50 points above other cameras in its class. But you won't find a winner here.

The Galaxy Note 10+ has a dual aperture camera. You can choose between f/1.5 or f/2.4.

About the Galaxy Note 10 Plus: DXOMARK reviewed this camera and gave it 118 points. If you also consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that will go up to 130. If you click here, you can check what they think of it.

I hope this helps: all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization, and 95% feature a telephoto lens. Yet, none of them feature a macro lens.

What this picture-taking powerhouse is known for in the tech world is it's 50x hybrid zoom. While not being as good as a genuine 50x optical lens, thanks to AI, it is much better than the traditional digital zoom.

About the P30 Pro: DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 122. And if we consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we'll get to the final score of 137** points. If you want to know more about it, check it here.

Furthermore, just so you know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 96% feature Optical Image Stabilization. That said, only 24% of them feature a macro lens.

We can classify the Galaxy Note 10 Plus as lower high-end and the P30 Pro as high-end.

Just out of curiosity, the P30 Pro telephoto lens is 64mm higher than the average in its class, but the Galaxy Note 10 Plus is 55mm lower.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus's lens can be great in low light conditions owing to its greater aperture.

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

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy Note 10 Plus P30 Pro
Megapixels 12
40
28
Aperture 1.5
1.6
0.1
Lens 27mm
27mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 2 1
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 130
137
7

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy Note 10 Plus P30 Pro vs.
Megapixels 12
8
-4
Aperture 2.1
3.4
1.3
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
125mm (5x zoom)
73
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 16 20 4
Aperture 2.2 2.2 0.0
Lens 12mm 16mm 4
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Megapixels 0.3 -
Lens Type Depth Sensor Depth Sensor
Score 12 15 3
Selfie Camera Galaxy Note 10 Plus P30 Pro vs.
Megapixels 10
32
22
Aperture 2.2
2.0
-0.2
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
Galaxy Note 10 Plus P30 Pro vs.
Tek-Score
7.6
8.1
0.4

Who has the best frame?

There isn't a clear winner, so you can't go wrong here.

I'm hoping you don't mind carrying a phone with about 192 g. (6.77 oz), because they both weigh that. If you're looking for a lightweight device, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus has a "weight to screen size" score of 5.3, which means it has an acceptable score for a 6.8 inches screen. The P30 Pro, in its turn, has 4.5, so nothing to state here.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep, and the same goes for the P30 Pro. Remember that it shouldn't be for over half an hour, in standby mode, so no underwater photos.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy Note 10 Plus P30 Pro
Size 162 x 77 x 7 mm
(5.71 x 2.72 x 0.25 in)
158 x 73 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.58 x 0.28 in)
4954
Weight 196 g. (6.91 oz)
192 g. (6.77 oz)
-4
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Aura Glow, Aura Black, Aura White, and Aura Blue Aurora, Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Misty Lavender, Pearl White, Black, and Mystic Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 92.52%
87.17%
-5.35
Disp.Size To Weight Score 5.3 4.5 -0.8
Looks 10.0/10
10.0/10
0.0
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
7.3
7.5
0.1

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

Which has the best battery?

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus does have a battery capacity of 4300 mAh versus the 4200 mAh of the P30 Pro. But by GSMArena's standards, you shouldn't expect notable differences here.

For the record, both of them also do overcome pretty much every phone out there. Let's see if both still have a place on our top 10 list of smartphones with the best battery life.

Quick charging is reasonably speedy with the P30 Pro's charger. That's rare because phones from this budget usually stay at around 30w/hour.

Battery*
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Plus P30 Pro
Capacity (mAh) 4300 4200 -100
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
84% left
0
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 68% left
70% left
2
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
74% left
0
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.3 5.3 2.0
Sub Tek-Score
7.5
7.6
0.1
Fast Charging 45w
40w
-5
Wireless Charging 15w
15w
0
Reverse Charging 9w
2.5w
-6.5
Tek-Score
7.6
7.6
0.0

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

Definitely, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Plus P30 Pro
RAM (GB) 12GB
6GB
-6
Internal (GB) 256GB
128GB
-128
Micro SD microSDXC (shared SIM slot) Nano Memory (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
10.0
7.5
-2.5

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

They do have a resemblance here.

Do you still favor wired headphones? None of them will help you with that. Just skip adapters and get a decent pair of wireless earbuds. You can have it anyway if you don't care that much about them. You can get that with the Sony Xperia 1 II.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus runs on LTE or (LTE and) 5G networks.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Plus P30 Pro
Network LTE (also available in 5G) LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
3.6
3.6
0.0

Which is more affordable?

Here are the best deals on some major online stores:

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Reference: $949

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Huawei P30 Pro

Reference: $680

Huawei P30 Pro

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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 Galaxy Note 10 Plus P30 Pro VS
Amazon - 1.09 -
eBay 0.74 - -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

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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. It's 7.5 for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus and 6.9 for the P30 Pro.

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Stand Out?

These two don't have that much in common. If you value performance and you can't get the Snapdragon version of the Note 10 Plus, then the P30 Pro is your best option. The same goes for those who love telephoto lenses.

Aside from that, you should pick the Note 10 Plus.

Here are the main reasons:

  • Decent glass protection (Gorilla Glass 6)
  • Around 500 dots per inch
  • Higher screen-to-body ration
  • Faster reverse charging
  • Double the RAM
  • Double the internal storage

Unfortunately, both lack the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Pros Galaxy Note 10 Plus P30 Pro
#1 AMOLED AMOLED
#2 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Battery Life Battery Life
#5 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#6 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#7 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#8 Storage
#9 Glass Protection
Cons Galaxy Note 10 Plus P30 Pro
#1 Weight Weight
#2 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#3 Price Price
#4 Glass Protection
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy Note 10 Plus P30 Pro
Gaming Score
7.5
6.2
-1.3
Tek-Score
7.65
6.42
-1.23
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.


 Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $799
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
    $1050
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $795
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $982
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
    $949
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $809
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $849
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $799
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $949
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $949
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $1050
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra
    $1079
  • OnePlusrival9 Pro
    $909
  • VivorivalX60 Pro
    $900

 Huawei P30 Pro 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $649
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
    $579
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $700
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $598
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $574
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $564
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $500
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
    $499
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $596
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $566
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $566
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $515
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $579
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $697
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $548
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8
    $480
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $511
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $682
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $658
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $650
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $561
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698
  • OpporivalFind X3 Lite
    $503
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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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