Android Showdown: Google Pixel 3 Vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Vs Huawei Mate20 Pro

If you're an Android fan, there are a lot of great options when it comes to choosing a new handset. And three of the best we've looked at recently are the Google Pixel 3, Samsung Galaxy S10 and Huawei Mate20 Pro. We line them up side-by-side so you can compare and decide which is best for you.

The Specs

Specifications

Google Pixel 3 Samsung Galaxy S10 Huawei Mate20 Pro
Dimensions Height: 145.6mm, Width: 68.2mm, Depth: 7.9mm, Weight: 148g Height: 149.9mm, Width: 70.4mm, Depth: 7.8mm, Weight: 157g< Height: 157.8, Width: 72.3mm, Depth: 8.6mm, Weight: 189g
CPU Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 Kirin 980 Octa-core (2x2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2x1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
Memory 64/128 GB, 4 GB RAM 128/512 GB, 8 GB RAM 256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6/8 GB RAM
Display 5.5 inches, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio, ~443 ppi density 6.1 inches, 1440 x 3040 pixels, 19:9 ratio, ~550 ppi density 6.39 inches, 1440 x 3120 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio, ~538 ppi density
Operating System Android 9.0 (Pie) Android 9.0 (Pie); One UI Android 9.0 (Pie); EMUI 9
Cameras Rear: 12.2 MP, Front: dual 8 MP (wide) + 8 MP (ultrawide) Rear: 12 MP (wide) +12 MP (telephoto) + 16 MP(ultrawide), Front: 10 MP (wide) Rear: 40 MP (wide) + 20 MP (ultrawide) + 8 MP (telephoto), Front: 24 MP (wide)
Communications Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, Satnav (GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO), NFC, USB 3 (Type C) Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5, Satnav (GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO), NFC, USB 3 (Type C), ANT+ Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, Satnav (GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS), NFC, USB 3 (Type C), Infrared
Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2 Facial recognition, fingerprint scanner (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 2915 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery, wireless charging, reverse charging Non-removable Li-Po 4200 mAh battery, wireless charging, reverse charging
Price From $849 via Ebay From $1349 via Ebay From $1339 via Ebay

What's that all mean

If you're looking for a great Android device and can live with a last gratin CPU then the Google Pixel 3 is excellent value. There's not a lot you can't do with it and, as it comes from Google, will be one of the first handsets to officially get Android Q support when that's released later this year.

And while it lacks the multi-camera set up of the other two handsets, photo quality has been rated very highly proving there's more to shooting good pics with a smartphone than loading up with a stack of sensors - although it doesn't hurt.

When it comes to the Huawei and Samsung options, the difference isn't so clear. Both have great displays and ship with the latest hardware - the Galaxy S10 with the latest Qualcomm has to offer with the Huawei running the last Kirin chip from its own factory.

Samsung has an edge when it comes usability. One UI offers a nicer user experience, in my view, than EMUI although that's a subjective call, coming down to personal preferences. But, as I said in my Huawei Mate20 Pro review, Huawei could make things better for users by not loading their own versions of apps that are basically clones of the default Android apps.

Choosing between the two will, in part, come down to brand loyalty and which feels better in your hand. The Huawei is a larger and heavier but has a larger display, albeit at a slightly lower pixel density.

With those two, I'd suggest a trip to your local phone retailer and some serious hands-on time before committing to one or the other.

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