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Apple iPhone X vs Huawei P20 Pro - Which is Worth It?

13 April 2018 | MJ Mendoza

When iPhone X came out last year, everybody just went bonkers about how awesome it is. Powered by a hexa-core processor with a dual 12+12MP camera, a screen that covers the entire front of the phone, and face ID, it’s an intriguing phone with tons of features. However, as advanced as the iPhone X is, competitors are drawing closer and closer to creating a phone that can actually compete with the model.

With balls to go neck and neck with Apple, Huawei recently released their brand new flagship phone - the Huawei P20 Pro. It features the first-ever triple-lens camera 40 MP+20 MP+8 MP, an octa-core processor with 6GB RAM, and a front design almost similar to the iPhone X which caused a stir for critics.

So, how does the iPhone X fair against the Huawei P20 Pro, let’s find out.

Specs

Apple iPhone X

Huawei P20 Pro

Price

RM 3,500. Check iPhone X prices

RM 2,599. Check Huawei P20 Pro prices

Release Date

September 2017

March 2018

Dimensions

143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 in)

155 x 73.9 x 7.8 mm (6.10 x 2.91 x 0.31 in)

Weight

174 g (6.14 oz)

180 g (6.35 oz)

Sim

Nano-SIM

Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Screen Type

Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Screen Size

5.8 inches, 84.4 cm2

6.1 inches, 93.9 cm2

Screen-to-body ratio

~82.9% screen-to-body ratio

~82.0% screen-to-body ratio

Resolution

1125 x 2436 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio

1080 x 2240 pixels, 18.7:9 ratio

Pixel Density

~458 ppi density

~408 ppi density

Screen Protection

Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating

Undisclosed

OS

iOS 11.1.1, upgradable to iOS 11.3

Android 8.1 (Oreo)

Chipset

Apple A11 Bionic

Hisilicon Kirin 970

CPU

Hexa-core 2.39 GHz (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral)

Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)

GPU

Apple GPU (three-core graphics)

Mali-G72 MP12

Internal memory

64/256 GB, 3 GB RAM

128 GB, 6 GB RAM

External memory

No

No

Primary Camera

12 MP (f/1.8, 28mm) + 12 MP (f/2.4, 52mm)

40 MP (f/1.8, 27 mm, 1/1.7", OIS) + 20 MP (f/1.6, 27 mm) + 8 MP (f/2.4, 80 mm)

Secondary Camera

7 MP (f/2.2, 32mm)

24 MP

Camera Features

Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)

Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama

Battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 2716 mAh battery (10.35 Wh)

Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery

Audio

- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

- Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter

-no 3.5mm headphone jack

- 24-bit/192kHz audio

- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

- 3.5 mm to USB-C headphone adapter incl.

Connectivity

WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC

WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, Infrared

USB

2.0, proprietary reversible connector

3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Sensors

Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, color spectrum

Colors Available

Space Gray, Silver

Twilight, Black, Midnight Blue, Pink Gold

Other Features

- Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 min

- Qi wireless charging

- Siri natural language commands and dictation

- iCloud cloud service

- MP3/WAV/AAX+/AIFF/Apple Lossless player

- MP4/H.265 player

- Audio/video/photo editor

- Document editor

- Fast battery charging 4.5V/5A (58% in 30 min)

- XviD/MP4/H.264/WMV player

- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player

- Document viewer

- Photo/video editor

Headphone Jack

To kickstart the comparison between the two models, let’s get rid of the obvious. People don’t forgive and forget, especially when you get rid of the standard headphone jack just to sell the lightning adapter and the Airpods as extras. It’s a major disadvantage not only against the iPhone X but also to their past models from iPhone 7 to iPhone 8. For this round, the Huawei P20 Pro takes the cake just for having common sense.

Face ID

The feature that everyone just went crazy over - the Face ID is an extra sensor that you can only find in the iPhone X. Instead of a fingerprint scanner (which the iPhone X also has), you can unlock your phone just by looking at it. It’s a great feature and the first of its kind, so points to the iPhone X on this round.

Performance

The reason why iPhones have such low battery capacity and MP with the iPhone X at 2716mAh and 12+12MP is because the phone is so optimized that the hardware itself is negligible. However, Apple did not hold back with the iPhone X equipping it with a Hexa-core 2.39 GHz (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral) processor compared to the P20 Pro’s octa-core processors. The P20 Pro compensates this by including a 6GB RAM which is twice more than the iPhone X. Regardless, the iPhone X still reigns supreme in terms of performance.

Camera

The Huawei P20 Pro might actually beat the iPhone X in terms of camera quality. For the longest time, iPhones have had the upper-hand when it comes to camera quality but that’s about to change with the Huawei P20 Pro. Instead of having dual-cameras, it has 40MP+20MP+8MP - three lenses with more power than a DSLR. It’s quite amazing and the quality is absolutely more than or equal to the power of an iPhone X. The P20 Pro also has a powerful 24-MP camera that even camera phones like Oppo or Vivo are no match.

Price

Price is always a make or break decision, especially if you’re looking for a premium phone (at least to most of us). To get rid of the obvious, the iPhone X is incredibly pricey with the cheapest price being RM3,500 while the Huawei P20 Pro is placed around RM2,500 being the cheapest offer - that’s almost RM900-RM1000 difference in price. It also doesn’t look good for the iPhone X in terms of price if you include accessories like the Bluetooth AirPods and the lightning cable. Both units are considered premium phones but the iPhone X costs way more than the Huawei P20 Pro.

The Winner?

You have to admit, both phones are phenomenal in terms of performance and specs but you have to hand it to the Huawei for coming up with the P20 Pro. It’s an underrated model that more people should consider buying compared to the iPhone X. It definitely excels in almost all aspects and could compete even with the most advanced phone models.

Image courtesy of Forbes.com

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