Samsung Galaxy Note9 VS Huawei Mate 20 Pro Camera Shootout

I attended the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro Media Roundtable recently to check out these latest flagship phones. Those who follow me know very well that I’ve been hemming and hawing on getting a Huawei P20 Pro for the past several months, but eventually brought home the Samsung Galaxy Note9. However, after watching the Mate 20 livestream, I am being tempted again to make a switch to Huawei.

We were given a chance to test the phones by taking photos of the Makati Skyline by the sunset. Since I have my Note9 with me, I thought why not compare photos taken by these two phones? So here it is my friends, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 VS Huawei Mate 20 Pro Camera Shootout.

Both phones’ cameras were set to Auto with AI on. You may click on the images to see them on a larger scale.

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE9 VS HUAWEI MATE 20 PRO CAMERA SHOOTOUT

PHOTO 1 

Photo taken with a Samsung Galaxy Note9

Photo taken with a Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Comparing the two photos, it seems to me that the Mate 20 Pro did a better job. The plants in the foreground are visible and the lights of the houses in San Lorenzo Village as well as the buildings in South Superhighway look lively.

PHOTO 2

Photo taken with a Samsung Galaxy Note9

Photo taken with a Huawei Mate 20 Pro

These are my favorite photos. While the Note9 did a good job, the Mate 20 Pro did it better. Again, both the foreground and background are brighter and livelier to view. Some friends were wowed by the second photo, while others couldn’t believe it was taken by a camera phone.

PHOTO 3

Photo taken with a Samsung Galaxy Note9

Photo taken with a Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The second photo by the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is blurry but I had to put it in. I think the Note9 did very well on this comparison. The blue skyline and the lighting was just right for my taste. Also, it took the photo right away while I had to wait for 3 seconds for the Mate 20 Pro to process the photo.

PHOTO 4

Photo taken with a Samsung Galaxy Note9

Photo taken with a Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Kinda hard to tell the difference at first, but after looking closely, the photo taken by the Note9 looks better.

PHOTO 5

Photo taken with a Samsung Galaxy Note9

Photo taken with a Huawei Mate 20 Pro

At first, I’d like to choose the second photo over the first, but changed my mind after viewing the photos on my monitor. The photo taken by the Note9 looks better in my opinion. While the photo by the Mate 20 Pro looks brighter, it’s quite oversaturated for my taste. If you noticed, I used the wide angled lens for taking the second image. Kudos to Huawei for having that feature.

PHOTO 6

Photo taken with a Samsung Galaxy Note9

Photo taken with a Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The second photo by the Mate 20 Pro is the obvious winner here. The camera’s AI went to Portrait mode and this was the result. Very nice!

I initially thought that my Samsung Galaxy Note9 will be blown away by the Huawei Mate 20 Pro Camera Shootout, but it turned out to be a draw. To be fair, this is just a comparison for nightmode. Once I get a chance to have a review unit of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, then I’ll do a shootout in different scenarios.

Am I still wanting to get a Huawei Mate 20 Pro? Yes, and I’ll tell you guys why in a future blog post.

Meanwhile, if you want to pre-order a Huawei Mate 20 or Mate 20 Pro, check out this link: https://dronthego.net/huawei-mate-20-and-huawei-mate-20-pro-pre-order-now-ongoing/

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