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Huawei Mate 20 vs Apple iPhone XS: which phone’s worth splashing out for?

Huawei’s just-unveiled Mate 20 could just be a dark horse for 2018’s phone of the year.

A powerhouse smartphone with cutting-edge specs and a spectacular design, it’s a very worthy alternative to all the sharpest Android phones out there.

But how does it stack up against Apple’s recently launched iPhone XS?

We’ve put the two handsets up against each other. Read on and decide which one you should break out your credit card for.

Huawei Mate 20 vs Apple iPhone XS: Screen

The Huawei Mate 20 comes with a larger display compared with the iPhone XS, clocking in at 6.53–inches compared with the relatively small 5.8–inch screen on Apple’s effort.

That makes it more akin to the larger iPhone XS Max.

However, size isn’t everything. The iPhone XS packs a heftier 1125 x 2435 resolution (Huawei’s phone is 1080 x 2244) and has a better pixels per inch ratio of 458 (the P20’s is 381).

In real-world situations, these differences will be hard to spot, but if you’re a stickler for specs, then the iPhone XS wins out in this case.

What's take on the iPhone XS? Read the uSwitch review.

Huawei Mate 20 vs Apple iPhone XS: Cameras

With twin 12-megapixel sensors, one wide and one telephoto, and deeper pixels offering richer detail compared with last year’s iPhone X, the iPhone XS’s camera is excellent.

Add a front–facing camera with eight megapixels that can take bokeh effect selfies and it’s hard to find a camera on a phone that beats it.

The Huawei Mate 20 does just that, however, in no small part to a triple lens, Leica–powered main snapper.

There are 12, 16 and eight megapixel lenses for crisp, detailed shots, and an astonishing array of AI powered modes, recognising up to 1,500 different scenes and scenarios.

With a 24-megapixel selfie camera, it’s safe to say the Mate 20 can hold its own against the iPhone XS and then some.

Huawei Mate 20 vs Apple iPhone XS: Speed and performance

The Huawei Mate 20 comes with an own-brand Kirin 980 AI chipset, an octa–core processor that helps power those useful camera modes, as well as an impressive Cinema Mode for shooting special effect 4K videos on–the–fly.

Apple’s iPhone XS comes with Apple’s A12 Bionic chip. While it’s hexacore, it’s hardly a slouch, with benchmark tests suggesting it’s more powerful than some top–spec PCs.

In terms of battery, the Mate 20 wins hands down with a massive 4200mAh power pack.

The iPhone XS’s 2658mAh version might be good for an Apple device, but it struggles to get much more than a day from a single charge and remains a weak spot in an otherwise market–leading product.

And with super fast charging, that can boost the Mate 20 from zero to 58% in just thirty minutes.

Annoyingly, to get fast charging working on an iPhone XS, you need to splash out on a more powerful charger. Chalk this one up to the Mate 20.

Huawei Mate 20 vs Apple iPhone XS: Storage

The Mate 20 comes with a plentiful 128GB of in built storage, which can be boosted further via microSD, adding up to 256GB.

Apple has a wider array of storage options, with 64GB, 256GB and 512GB options available.

However, none of these can be expanded, meaning you get what you pay for.

There is, of course, the option of stashing apps and files in iCloud, but local storage trumps cloud–based options every time.

Huawei Mate 20 vs Apple iPhone XS: Price

Huawei has yet to confirm UK pricing, but will sell the Mate 20 for €799 (£702 at the time of writing).

Compare that with the entry level 64GB iPhone XS, which costs £999, and it’s easy to see which device to go for if price is top priority.

And when you consider that a 256GB model costs £1,249, with a 512GB edition coming in at a barely credible £1,449, the Mate 20 seems even more alluring.

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