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technologyJanuary 21, 2021

Mate 40 Pro vs Galaxy S21+: Which is the better 5G flagship?

Samsung recently announced their latest flagship series, the Samsung S21 series. The series offers up three options to customers, starting from the Samsung Galaxy S21, to the Samsung Galaxy S21+ and finally, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.
While Samsung did come up with new looks, improved performance and even updated the software across the lineup, how well does it fare against an existing flagship like the Huawei Mate 40 Pro?
Let’s compare some key elements and see just how well the Huawei Mate 40 Pro stands up to the Samsung S21+.
First things first, its 2021, so it’s no surprise that flagship smartphones are 5G enabled. Both Huawei Mate 40 Pro and Samsung S21+ come with 5G compatibility. While Huawei proved its technological leadership by being the first one to integrate a 5G modem into the Kirin 9000 chipset, Samsung has finally caught up, implementing the same into its Exynos 2100 chipset.
In terms of design, Huawei is known to set a tone with its unique design ethos, a trend seen even on the Huawei Mate 40 Pro with its iconic Space Ring design complete with a glass back design. This design is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also has a functional purpose of being the camera module, complementing the overall look. The Samsung Galaxy S21+ on the other hand is taking a similar approach as its previous iterations in terms of finish. However, it brings a new look for the camera setup to give it a more modular approach. Upfront both smartphones are roughly the same size in terms of display, with the Huawei Mate 40 Pro’s Huawei Horizon Display standing at 6.76 inches with a screen to body ratio of 94.1%, while the Samsung Galaxy S21+ stands at 6.7 inches with a screen to body ratio of 88.4%. While the Samsung Galaxy S21+’s display comes with a resolution of 2400 x 1080, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro comes with a resolution of 1344 x 2772 with an 88 degree curve is what heavily contributes to an immersive experience complete with a unique look.
On one hand, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro comes with an Ultra-Vision Cine Camera setup. This includes a 50MP Super Sensing Wide Camera, a 20MP Ultra Wide Cine Camera, and a 12MP Periscope Telephoto Camera that supports 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom and 50x digital zoom and a laser sensor for fast autofocusing. The Samsung Galaxy S21+ comes with a Triple camera setup that consists of a 12MP Wide-Angle Camera, 12 MP Ultra Wide Camera and a 64MP Telephoto Camera (only 1.1x Optical zoom). Mate40 Pro offer users a wide range of videography features that boosts the overall experience. This includes real time HDR videos, Steady shots for stabilization, Tracking shots, Story Mode and more. This setup also supports Slow-Motion Selfies which is captured at 240fps at 1080p.
While both these camera setups are quite formidable, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro’s Ultra Vision Cine Camera stands a step above. This is mainly because of good hardware, solid software and a strong synergy between the two to deliver the ultimate in smartphone photography and videography. Meanwhile, both smartphones deliver in the front camera segment.
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro comes with a 13MP Ultra Vision Selfie Camera and a 3D Depth Sensing Camera that not only takes some of the best selfies, but also records front camera video in full 4K resolution. The Samsung Galaxy S21+ however, comes with a 10MP selfie camera with limited features like group selfies, while the Huawei Mate 40 Pro’s front camera supports both landscape and group selfies without any distortion.
A smartphone is only as good as you can use it for, which boils down to two things – battery life and charging speeds. The Huawei Mate 40 Pro delivers on both these points, packing in a large 4400 mAh battery which can be recharged back up quickly with a 66W wired Huawei SuperCharge or a 50W wireless Huawei SuperCharge, which means you can charge up your smartphone in just half an hour and you will be ready to go. The Samsung Galaxy S21+ however, does come with a larger battery at 4800 mAh, but is limited to 25W wired charging and 15W wireless charging. To top it off, the new Samsung Galaxy S21 does not pack the charger in the box, which means users will have to buy it separately for an added cost. Basically, not only does Huawei give you charging speed twice as fast by comparison, but also gives you the charger in the box.
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro also brings in new interactive features, thanks to EMUI 11, which completely changes user interaction. Some of these key features that are not available on the Samsung Galaxy S21+ include AI Air Gesture that takes away the need for physically touching the screen. Another is the Always-on-Display which is also updated to the Eyes-On-Display and turns on only when looked at. This not only contributes to information security but also saves battery.
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro benefits from being a part of the Huawei AI Seamless Life and being connected under one ecosystem with Huawei ID. Thanks to this, users can seamlessly connect the phone to compatible Huawei MateBook laptops. On the Samsung side, the Galaxy S21+ comes with Samsung DeX, which is not as sophisticated or seamless as Huawei’s alternative. Wireless connections are possible with smart displays or TVs.
When it all boils down, choosing the right smartphone is not an easy task. While there is a general stigma of rushing to get what’s new, it’s always worth comparing it to see what existing smartphones offer and the results can be surprising. While the Samsung Galaxy S21+ is a strong contender, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro brings to users a unique look, strong performance and a stellar camera setup that makes it the ultimate flagship smartphone for all kinds of users.