Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs OnePlus 6T vs Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs OnePlus 6T vs Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max

Mate 20 Pro fights with iPhone XS Max, Galaxy Note 9, as well as budget flagships like OnePlus 6T

  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro sports a triple camera setup
  • The smartphone packs a large 4,200mAh battery
  • All four smartphone support Face Unlock

Huawei Mate 20 Pro has been launched in India, after unveiling it in Europe last month. The flagship smartphone is exclusive to Amazon India online, and as can be expected from a top-end offering - it packs a lot of features. The most visually spectacular of the features is the presence of a triple rear camera setup. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro also comes with a dedicated neural processing unit (NPU), which will allow more efficient AI-based functions. as part of the 7nm HiSilicon Kirin 980 octa-core SoC, It also features a display notch up front, as well as an in-display fingerprint scanner. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro smartphone with its premium looks and specifications will give tough competition to the likes of iPhone XS Max and Samsung Galaxy Note 9, as well as the more affordable flagships like the OnePlus 6T.

We pit the flagships against each other to see which one fares better on paper, and if the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is worth a purchase consideration.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs OnePlus 6T vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max price in India

In India, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro price in India is set at Rs. 69,990 for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage model. It will be available on Amazon India exclusively - from December 3 for Prime members and December 4 for non-Prime members. It will also be available in Croma retail stores from December 10. As part of an introductory offer, Huawei is bundling the Sennheiser PXC 550 wireless headphones if you pay Rs. 71,990. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro will be available in the Emerald Green colour variant.

The iPhone XS Max, on the other hand, is priced in India at Rs. 1,09,900, Rs. 1,24,900, and Rs. 1,44,900 for the 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options respectively. It is available in Space Grey, Silver, and Gold colour options. The smartphone is available to buy online from Flipkart, Airtel Online Store, IndiaiStore,, Amazon, and more. Ingram Micro and Redington are responsible for offline distribution of the iPhone XS Max.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price in India starts at Rs. 67,900 for the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant, while the 8GB RAM/ 512GB storage variant costs Rs. 84,900. It is available in Midnight Black, Metallic Copper, Ocean Blue, and Lavender Purple colour options. The smartphone is available to buy via Amazon India, Flipkart, Paytm Mall, and the Samsung Mobile Store online, and is also available from offline stores.

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Lastly, OnePlus 6T is priced in India at at Rs. 37,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage option, and it is available in Mirror Black variant only. The top model with 8GB RAM and 256GB inbuilt storage is priced at Rs. 45,999 and comes in only the Midnight Black option. The newly launched OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple variant is priced in India at Rs. 41,999 and is available in only an 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage configuration. The smartphone is available on Amazon.inand OnePlus exclusive stores.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs OnePlus 6T vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max specifications

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro ships with Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.0 on top, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience UX customisations, and the OnePlus 6T runs OxygenOS-based on Android 9.0 Pie. The iPhone XS Max, of course, runs Apple's own iOS 12 out of the box. All the phones support dual-SIM slots, but the iPhone XS Max does this via eSIMs. The eSIM is soldered onto each phone's motherboard, and this enables telecom operators to set up a second SIM remotely by pushing a user's credentials onto the device. In India, Airtel and Reliance Jio support eSIM as of now.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs OnePlus 6T vs Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max display

The largest display is on the iPhone XS Max at 6.5 inches, with the OnePlus 6T, Galaxy Note 9, and Huawei Mate 20 Pro neck to neck with 6.41-inch, 6.4-inch, and 6.39-inch displays respectively. The iPhone XS Max sports an OLED Super Retina panel with a 1242x2688 pixel resolution, the OnePlus 6T sports a full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels ) AMOLED display panel, the Galaxy Note 9 sports a Quad HD+ (1440x2960 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity Display panel, while the Mate 20 Pro sports a QHD+ (1440x3120 pixels) curved OLED display panel. The Huawei and Apple phones sport a display notch, while the Samsung variant has a traditional display design with bezels on top and bottom. The OnePlus 6T, on the other hand, sports a waterdrop-style notch.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs OnePlus 6T vs Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max processor

As mentioned, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is powered by the flagship HiSilicon Kirin 980 7nm SoC with dual AI processor. Meanwhile, the OnePlus 6T is powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC .The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is also powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC (2.8GHz + 1.7GHz) in markets like the US, while countries like India receive the Exynos 9810 (2.7GHz + 1.7GHz) variant. Lastly, the iPhone XS Max powered by Apple's latest A12 Bionic SoC, which is also manufactured using a 7nm process.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs OnePlus 6T vs Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max camera

Coming to the camera, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro includes a triple camera setup consisting of a primary 40-megapixel primary wide angle lens with f/1.8 aperture, a 20-megapixel ultra-wide angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture, and a third 8-megapixel 3X telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. These sensors are coupled with LED flash and Super HDR. There is a 24-megapixel RGB selfie camera at the front, with support for 3D facial unlocking.

The OnePlus 6T has a dual rear camera setup comprising a primary 16-megapixel Sony IMX519 sensor with an f/1.7 aperture, paired with a secondary 20-megapixel Sony IMX376K sensor with an f/1.7 aperture. It can shoot 4K video at 60fps, Super Slow Motion Video (1080p at 240fps and 720p at 480fps). A dual-LED flash accompanies the rear setup, while there is also OIS and EIS available. The front camera on the OnePlus 6T features a 16-megapixel Sony IMX371 sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and 1-micron pixels. The front camera also supports EIS, and can recording 1080p video at 30fps and 720p video at 30fps.

The Galaxy Note 9, on the other hand, has a horizontally-placed dual rear camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel dual pixel sensor along with a wide-angle lens that has a variable f/1.5 and f/2.4 aperture and a 12-megapixel sensor along with a telephoto, f/2.4 autofocus lens. For selfies, there is an 8-megapixel sensor backed by an f/1.7 aperture, autofocus lens.

Lastly, the iPhone XS Max sports a vertical dual camera setup with one 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor (f/1.8 aperture) and another 12-megapixel telephoto secondary sensor (f/2.4). The rear camera gets a 6-element lens and 2x optical zoom. There is also an improved TrueTone quad-LED flash at the back. On the front, the iPhone XS Max get a 7-megapixel RGB camera sensor with f/2.2 aperture.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs OnePlus 6T vs Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max battery

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has the biggest battery on paper with a 4,200mAh battery, with the Galaxy Note 9 following closely behind with a 4,000mAh battery, the OnePlus 6T holds the third spot with 3,700mAh battery, and the iPhone XS Max packs a 3,174mAh battery. The iPhone XS Max is thinnest at 7.70mm, while the Galaxy Note 9 is the thickest at 8.80mm. The iPhone XS Max is the heaviest though at 208 grams, and the OnePlus 6T is the lightest at 185 grams only.

All four phones support Face Unlock, but the iPhone XS Max has no support fingerprint scanning. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 packs a rear fingerprint scanner, while the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the OnePlus 6T sport an in-display fingerprint scanner. Only the Galaxy Note 9, out of the four, features a 3.5mm audio jack. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 offer expansion of storage using the hybrid SIM slot tray. The Samsung variant offers microSD card support, while Huawei integrates the company's proprietary Nano memory card for expansion. OnePlus 6T and, of course, the iPhone XS Max do not offer storage expansion.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs OnePlus 6T vs Apple iPhone XS Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comparison
  Huawei Mate 20 Pro OnePlus 6T Apple iPhone XS Max Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for Money Rating
ModelMate 20 Pro6TiPhone XS MaxGalaxy Note 9
Release dateNovember 2018October 2018September 2018August 2018
Launched in IndiaNo-Yes-
Body typeGlassGlass--
Dimensions (mm)157.80 x 72.30 x 8.60157.50 x 74.80 x 8.20157.50 x 77.40 x 7.70161.90 x 76.40 x 8.80
Weight (g)189.00185.00208.00201.00
IP ratingIP68-IP68-
Battery capacity (mAh)42003700-4000
Removable batteryNoNoNo-
Fast chargingProprietaryProprietaryProprietary-
Wireless chargingYesNoYes-
ColoursEmerald Green, Midnight Blue, Pink Gold, Twilight, BlackMidnight Black, Mirror BlackSpace Grey, Silver, GoldMidnight Black, Metallic Copper, Ocean Blue, Lavender Purple
SAR value0.81---
Screen size (inches)6.396.416.506.40
Resolution1440x3120 pixels1080x2340 pixels1242x2688 pixels1440x2960 pixels
Aspect ratio19.5:919.5:9--
Protection type-Gorilla GlassOther-
Pixels per inch (PPI)--458-
Processorocta-core (2x2.6GHz + 2x1.92GHz + 4x1.8GHz)octa-core (4x2.8GHz)hexa-core1.7GHz octa-core
Processor makeHiSilicon Kirin 980Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Apple A12 BionicSamsung Exynos 9810
Internal storage128GB128GB64GB128GB
Expandable storageYesNoNoYes
Expandable storage typeNano Memory Card--microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)256--512
Dedicated microSD slotNo---
Rear camera40-megapixel (f/1.8) + 20-megapixel (f/2.2) + 8-megapixel (f/2.4)16-megapixel (f/1.7, 1.22-micron) + 20-megapixel (f/1.7, 1-micron)12-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.4-micron) + 12-megapixel (f/2.4)12-megapixel
Rear flashYesDual LEDYes-
Front camera24-megapixel (f/2.0)16-megapixel (f/2.0, 1-micron)7-megapixel (f/2.2)8-megapixel
Rear autofocus-Phase detection autofocusYes-
Front flash-No--
Operating systemAndroid 9.0Android 9.0iOS 12Android 8.1
SkinEMUI 9.0OxygenOS-Samsung Experience UX
Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothYes, v 5.00Yes, v 5.00Yes, v 5.00Yes, v 5.00
USB Type-CYesYes--
Number of SIMs2222
Active 4G on both SIM cardsYesYesYes-
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIMNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYesYesYes
4G/ LTEYesYesYesYes
Face unlockYesYesYes-
3D face recognitionYes-Yes-
Fingerprint sensorYesYesNo-
Compass/ MagnetometerYesYesYesYes
Proximity sensorYesYesYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYesYesYes
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Excellent battery life and super fast charging
  • Premium build quality and aesthetics
  • Powerful CPU
  • Versatile set of cameras
  • Vivid and sharp display
  • Bad
  • Inconsistent fingerprint recognition
Display 6.39-inch
Processor HiSilicon Kirin 980
Front Camera 24-megapixel
Rear Camera 40-megapixel + 20-megapixel + 8-megapixel
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4200mAh
OS Android 9.0
Resolution 1440x3120 pixels
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Looks good
  • Big, vibrant screen
  • All-day battery life
  • Excellent, up-to-date software
  • Bad
  • Disappointing low-light camera quality
  • Awkward and slow fingerprint sensor
  • No IP rating, wireless charging, or 3.5mm jack
Display 6.41-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Front Camera 16-megapixel
Rear Camera 16-megapixel + 20-megapixel
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 3700mAh
OS Android 9.0
Resolution 1080x2340 pixels
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Excellent battery life
  • Versatile S Pen
  • Good display and sound quality
  • Very good cameras
  • Bad
  • Heavy and bulky
  • Screen reflections are unavoidable
Display 6.40-inch
Processor Samsung Exynos 9810
Front Camera 8-megapixel
Rear Camera 12-megapixel
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4000mAh
OS Android 8.1
Resolution 1440x2960 pixels
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Best-in-class performance
  • Excellent cameras
  • Superb display
  • Dual SIM is finally an option
  • Great battery life
  • Regular, timely software updates
  • Bad
  • Expensive
  • Some might find it bulky
  • Dual SIM support is limited
  • First-party apps not great in India
  • Fast charger not bundled
Display 6.50-inch
Processor Apple A12 Bionic
Front Camera 7-megapixel
Rear Camera 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel
Storage 64GB
OS iOS 12
Resolution 1242x2688 pixels

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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to More
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