Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ vs. Huawei P30 Pro: Which should you buy?

Galaxy Note 10+ and Huawei P30 Pro
Galaxy Note 10+ and Huawei P30 Pro (Image credit: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central)

Galaxy Note 10+

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

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The Note 10+ packs a ton of new features, including a gradient design and an edge-to-edge AMOLED screen with a cutout at the center for the front camera module. The internal hardware has also been refreshed, the S Pen has picked up more features, and you now get 45W wired charging and 15W wireless charging.

Galaxy Note 10+

Best of Samsung

Stunning AMOLED display
45W fast charging with 4300mAh battery
S Pen gets even better
Top-notch hardware
MicroSD slot
Expensive
No headphone jack

Huawei P30 Pro

Huawei P30 Pro

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There really isn't a whole lot missing from the P30 Pro. You get a gorgeous design with gradient patterns at the back, the latest internal hardware, a 4,200mAh battery that lasts two days, and 40W wired charging. Combine that with the best camera on any phone today and it's easy to see why the P30 Pro is in a league of its own.

Huawei P30 Pro

Camera champion

Gorgeous design
Outstanding cameras
10x lossless zoom
Two-day battery life
Latest internal hardware
Not sold officially in the U.S.
No headphone jack

Right now, the P30 Pro is one of the best phones money can buy. With a 5x optical zoom lens and two-day battery life, the phone has plenty to offer for those in the market for a high-end device. The Note 10+ is aiming to change that, with Samsung rolling out a host of new features to take on Huawei.

The Note 10+ has a stunning design and exquisite display

Samsung made a lot of changes to the Note 10 series this year, and it's easy to see that some of the new additions — particularly around design and charging — were motivated by Chinese brands. The Note 10+ has a gorgeous new gradient pattern that's one of the most vibrant I've seen on any phone, and it's safe to say that these are two of the best-looking phones in the market today.

Both phones are packed with features, but the Note 10+ takes the lead thanks to that stunning AMOLED panel.

The gradient pattern on the Aura Glow Note 10+ is mesmerizing — the colors shift between various hues as light strikes the glass back, and the effect is very pronounced. The Breathing Crystal variant of the P30 Pro has a similar shimmering effect, and while it is much more subdued, it is striking nonetheless.

Both phones have four cameras at the back, and the sensors are arrayed roughly in the same location. The P30 Pro has both the power and volume buttons on the right, and the power button is located just where your thumb usually rests on the side. The Note 10+, meanwhile, has both buttons on the left, a controversial move as every other major Android device has the power button on the right. What that means is that you'll have to relearn to press the button on the left to wake the screen, and change back whenever you switch to another device. It is infuriating, and Samsung should have known better.

As you can make out from the images above, the Note 10+ is considerably taller and wider than the P30 Pro. That's because of the larger 6.8-inch panel, and when it comes to usability the P30 Pro is the better choice. The rounded corners and narrow frame make it easier to hold and use, but there's no denying that the massive AMOLED panel on the Note 10+ is in a class of its own.

Samsung has led the field when it comes to displays for some time now, and the Note 10+ has a Dynamic AMOLED display that is the best you'll find on any phone today. The QHD+ panel is rated for HDR10+, and Samsung has managed to drastically cut down on the bezels by going with a in-screen camera cutout that's now at the center. The P30 Pro has a great OLED panel, but the FHD+ screen just isn't on the same level as what you get on the Note 10+.