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Huawei P30 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 2019’s biggest flagships clash

Huawei P30 Pro
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Huawei has finally taken the wraps off its first flagship phone of 2019, and it’s a beauty. The Huawei P30 Pro is a stunning device with four camera lenses, a beautiful design, and some new software tricks. But it has competition, and the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is one of the best phones in the world right now. The P20 Pro and Galaxy S9 Plus came to serious blows last year, with Samsung’s phone coming out on top.

Can the S10 Plus repeat that feat, or will Huawei’s new flagship take down the Korean titan? We pit them in a head-to-head specs comparison.

Specs

Huawei P30 Pro Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Size 158 mm x 73.4 mm x 8.41 mm (6.22 x 2.89 x 0.33 inches) 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm (6.20 x 2.91 x 0.30 inches)
Weight 192 grams (6.77 ounces) 175 grams (6.17 ounces)
Screen size 6.47-inch OLED 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED
Screen resolution 2,340 x 1,080 pixels (398 pixels per inch) 3,040 × 1,440 pixels (526 pixels per inch)
Operating system Android 9.0 Pie (under EMUI 9.1) Android 9.0 Pie (under One UI)
Storage space 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 512GB, 1TB
MicroSD card slot Huawei’s proprietary NM card only Yes, up to 512GB
Tap-to-pay services Google Pay Google Pay, Samsung Pay
Processor Kirin 980 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
RAM 8GB 8GB, 12GB
Camera Quad lens 40-megapixel lens (OIS), 20-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens, 8-megapixel 5x optical periscope zoom (OIS), and Time-of-Flight camera rear, 32-megapixel lens front Triple lens 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle, 12MP variable aperture, and 12MP telephoto rear, 10MP, and 8MP front dual lens
Video Up to 4K at 30 frames per second 4K at 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960 fps
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0
Ports 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C
Fingerprint sensor Yes, optical in-display Yes, ultrasonic in-display
Water resistance IP68 IP68
Battery 4,200mAh

40W Huawei SuperCharge

15W Qi wireless fast charging

4,100mAh

Fast charging (QuickCharge 2.0)

Qi wireless charging

App marketplace Google Play Store Google Play Store
Network support T-Mobile, AT&T T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint
Colors Amber Sunrise, Breathing Crystal, Pearl White, Aurora, Black Prism Black, Prism White, Prism Blue, Flamingo Pink, Ceramic Black, Ceramic White
Price 999 euros ($1,128) $1,000
Buy from Huawei Samsung, Amazon
Review score Hands-on review 4.5 out of 5 stars

Performance, battery life, and charging

Galaxy S10 Plus
Galaxy S10 Plus Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends

The P30 Pro has been upgraded with the Kirin 980 from the Mate 20 Pro. It’s a powerful piece of hardware and it will handle all the latest 3D games with ease. But it’s still a processor from last year and our benchmarks show the Galaxy S10 Plus’ scores beating it thanks to the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. While both will provide strong and smooth performance, the S10 Plus is objectively the more powerful of the two.

Huawei’s flagships have traditionally sported a stronger battery than Samsung’s usually lackluster lifespans, but that ended with the Galaxy S10 range. We got two days of light usage out of Samsung’s biggest new flagship, and it held up extremely well even on heavy days. We expect similar performance from the P30 Pro. However, Huawei still has the lead on battery charging, thanks to the incredibly fast 40W fast charging. The S10 Plus still uses the extremely outdated QuickCharge 2.0, making Huawei’s phone significantly faster.

While the S10 Plus is the more powerful of the two, we wager you won’t notice a difference in everyday use. You’ll absolutely notice the much faster charging speed on the P30 Pro.

Winner: Huawei P30 Pro

Design and durability

Huawei has pushed its designs to even more stunning levels with the P30 Pro. The front of the device is almost entirely screen, with only a small notch cut into the top of the screen. The back panel has an opalescent quality on colors like the pearl white, and there’s a stunning new color called amber sunrise; even the standard colors are beautiful. But the S10 Plus is no ugly duckling. It has a similarly impressive screen-to-body ratio and uses the new hole-punch camera to eliminate the notch. Whether you prefer the notch or the hole punch is ultimately down to personal preference, but we prefer the S10 Plus’ hole-punch style.

Both phones come with IP68-rated water resistance, and both have similarly fragile glass bodies. A protective case is, as always with glass phones, highly recommended.

These phones are at loggerheads on design and durability, so we just can’t judge them fairly. While there’s no winner here, no one who picks either of these is going to feel like a loser. It’s a tie.

Winner: Tie

Display

Galaxy S10 Plus
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We haven’t had much time with the P30 Pro’s display, but based on previous performance, we anticipate the 6.47-inch OLED display with a 2,340 x 1,080 resolution will be bright and clear. But the S10 Plus’ 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED display is perhaps the best in the world, and the 3,040 x 1,440 resolution is considerably sharper than the P30 Pro’s screen. Honestly, this isn’t much of a competition.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Camera

Huawei P30 Pro
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You’ll find three lenses on the back of the S10 Plus — a 12-megapixel lens with variable aperture, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens. The range of lenses makes it extremely versatile and though it’s not our favorite camera phone, it’s very capable and takes great shots. There are also two lenses around the front, a 10-megapixel and an 8-megapixel lens. It takes strong selfies.

The P30 Pro is looking set to be a camera powerhouse, too, and it comes with four lenses. There is a 40-megapixel Huawei SuperSpectrum main lens, a 20-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens, an 8-megapixel optical telescope zoom, and a time-of-flight camera for more accurate background blur. According to Huawei, the main lens is capable of taking in up to 40 percent more light than previous lenses, so it’s set to be a low-light snapping machine. There’s only one camera around the front, but it’s a huge 32-megapixel lens.

We need more time with the P30 Pro’s extensive range of lenses, so we don’t feel we can judge this yet. Judging how much we loved last year’s P20 Pro, we’re leaning toward the P30 Pro here for the win, but until we can do further testing, this is a tie for now.

Winner: Tie

Software and updates

Samsung Galaxy s10 plus hands-on
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If you’re a fan of stock Android, these aren’t the phones for you. Both use customized manufacturer skins, and while neither are our favorite, both Huawei’s EMUI and Samsung’s One UI are a lot better than they used to be — and both run the latest Android 9.0 Pie.

But don’t expect speedy updates from either manufacturer. Both companies historically struggle with new versions of Android due to their extensively modified UIs. Major OS updates can take upwards of six months for even their latest phones, so while you’ll get Android Q and Android R on both, don’t expect to get them quickly. Definitely ones to avoid if you love being on the cutting edge of software features.

We do think Samsung’s One UI is a lot easier to use, and a lot less cluttered than EMUI. Samsung has simplified the software greatly and settings are easy to find. Huawei’s phone still requires a little digging to properly set up the way you want.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Special features

Huawei P30 Pro
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There is no shortage of special features on either of these phones. The Galaxy S10 Plus’s biggest new addition is undoubtedly the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner beneath the display. It’s not the fastest fingerprint scanner ever made, but it’s the best in-display one we have tested so far. Aside from this, you’ll also find the reverse wireless charging PowerShare that allows you to charge other Qi-compatible phones, the virtual assistant Bixby, Dex desktop mode, Gear VR support, and various A.I.-enhanced areas like the camera’s Shot Suggestions.

The P30 Pro has an in-display fingerprint scanner, too, but it merely takes a picture of your fingerprint, so it’s not as secure. But the P30 Pro holds up in other area, and includes a similar desktop mode when plugged into a monitor, a similar reverse wireless charging feature, a large amount of A.I.-powered features, including A.I.-stabilized long exposure shots, the ability to open certain Audi cars (for some reason), and data-syncing with certain brands of treadmills. If you own a Huawei laptop, there are a lot more things you can do through a feature called OneHop, such as copying text on the laptop and pasting them on the phone.

Both phones have too many special features to do them all justice in this article, and we encourage you to do more research and pick based on which features most attract you.

Winner: Tie

Price

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is currently available and starts at $1,000. It can be bought from all the major carriers, but you can also buy it unlocked from a variety of retailers.

The Huawei P30 Pro is available now. Prices start from 999 euros ($1,128) for the 128GB model and go up to 1,249 euros ($1,410) for the 512GB model. In the U.S., it will only work with T-Mobile and AT&T, and you need to import it, as it won’t be officially available.

Overall winner: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

While some elements of this tough battle are still unknown, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus just has the edge over the Huawei’s P30 Pro in our initial estimates. However, key elements like the camera and the usefulness of the P30 Pro’s special features still up for debate, so keep in mind this verdict could easily change in the future.

We wouldn’t use that as a reason to hold off on buying either phone if you’re really into them. Both are beautiful, powerful phones with extremely capable cameras, a multitude of special features, and enough longevity to act as your pocket pal for at least the next two years. Buy either one and you won’t be disappointed.

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Huawei Watch GT Active and Watch GT Elegant: News and features

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Whether you’re looking to complement your style or track your fitness to a minute level, there’s a smartwatch out there that fits your specific needs. At an event on March 26, Huawei launched two new versions of the Huawei Watch GT alongside its new flagship smartphones, the Huawei P30 Pro and P30. The Huawei Watch GT Active is Huawei’s fitness-focused version of the Huawei Watch GT, while the Huawei Watch GT Elegant is a smaller version of Huawei’s hit smartwatch that focuses on style and elegance. Here’s everything you need to know about the Huawei Watch GT Active and Watch GT Elegant.

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Huawei Watch GT Active

The first thing you will notice about the Huawei Watch GT Active is that it’s identical to the original Huawei Watch GT. It has the same 46mm frame size and silicon bands, and has the same 1.4-inch, 454 x 454 resolution AMOLED touchscreen. It does, however, come in two new colors — dark green and orange.

The Huawei Watch GT Elegant is an entirely different beast, though. It has a smaller, 42mm frame, and ditches some of the Huawei Watch GT’s more active aesthetic for a sleeker, more stylish look. It has a ceramic frame surrounding the 1.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen with a 390 x 390 resolution. It will be available in black and white.

huawei watch gt active and elegant news
Huawei Watch GT Elegant

Both new models come with the same dual-core processor as the Huawei Watch GT and both sport the long battery lives the Huawei Watch GT excelled at. The Huawei Watch GT Active comes with the same two-week lifespan as its predecessor, while the Watch GT Elegant comes with a lower week-long battery life, probably because of the smaller case. However, that is still a longer battery life than most smartwatches can dream of. Like the Huawei Watch GT, both new models run Huawei’s Lite OS.

Picking up on the new “Active” branding, Huawei also added a new sport mode to all models of the Watch GT. Triathlon mode now allows for smart tracking as you transition between cycling, swimming, and running. Huawei has also added a customizable watch face market to the Huawei Watch GT, Active, and Elegant.

The Huawei Watch GT Active will cost 249 euros (around $281), while the Huawei Watch GT Elegant will set you back 229 euros (around $259). A release date has not been confirmed, and Huawei has not revealed whether either watch will be coming to the U.S.

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FTC tells ISPs to disclose exactly what information they collect on users and what it’s for

The Federal Trade Commission, in what could be considered a prelude to new regulatory action, has issued an order to several major internet service providers requiring them to share every detail of their data collection practices. The information could expose patterns of abuse or otherwise troubling data use against which the FTC — or states — may want to take action.

The letters requesting info (detailed below) went to Comcast, Google, T-Mobile, and both the fixed and wireless sub-companies of Verizon and AT&T. These “represent a range of large and small ISPs, as well as fixed and mobile Internet providers,” an FTC spokesperson said. I’m not sure which is mean to be the small one, but welcome any information the agency can extract from any of them.

Since the Federal Communications Commission abdicated its role in enforcing consumer privacy at these ISPs when it and Congress allowed the Broadband Privacy Rule to be overturned, others have taken up the torch, notably California and even individual cities like Seattle. But for enterprises spanning the nation, national-level oversight is preferable to a patchwork approach, and so it may be that the FTC is preparing to take a stronger stance.

To be clear, the FTC already has consumer protection rules in place and could already go after an internet provider if it were found to be abusing the privacy of its users — you know, selling their location to anyone who asks or the like. (Still no action there, by the way.)

But the evolving media and telecom landscape, in which we see enormous companies devouring one another to best provide as many complementary services as possible, requires constant reevaluation. As the agency writes in a press release:

The FTC is initiating this study to better understand Internet service providers’ privacy practices in light of the evolution of telecommunications companies into vertically integrated platforms that also provide advertising-supported content.

Although the FTC is always extremely careful with its words, this statement gives a good idea of what they’re concerned about. If Verizon (our parent company’s parent company) wants to offer not just the connection you get on your phone, but the media you request, the ads you are served, and the tracking you never heard of, it needs to show that these businesses are not somehow shirking rules behind the scenes.

For instance, if Verizon Wireless says it doesn’t collect or share information about what sites you visit, but the mysterious VZ Snooping Co (fictitious, I should add) scoops all that up and then sells it for peanuts to its sister company, that could amount to a deceptive practice. Of course it’s rarely that simple (though don’t rule it out), but the only way to be sure is to comprehensively question everyone involved and carefully compare the answers with real-world practices.

How else would we catch shady zero-rating practices, zombie cookies, backdoor deals, or lip service to existing privacy laws? It takes a lot of poring over data and complaints by the detail-oriented folks at these regulatory bodies to find things out.

To that end, the letters to ISPs ask for a whole boatload of information on companies’ data practices. Here’s a summary:

  • Categories of personal information collected about consumers or devices, including purposes, methods, and sources of collection
  • how the data has been or is being used
  • third parties that provide or are provided this data and what limitations are imposed thereupon
  • how such data is combined with other types of information and how long it is retained
  • internal policies and practices limiting access to this information by employees or service providers
  • any privacy assessments done to evaluate associated risks and policies.
  • how data is aggregated, anonymized, or deidentified (and how those terms are defined)
  • how aggregated data is used, shared, etc
  • “any data maps, inventories, or other charts, schematics, or graphic depictions” of information collection and storage
  • total number of consumers who have “visited or otherwise viewed or interacted with” the privacy policy
  • whether consumers are given any choice in collection and retention of data, and what the default choices are
  • total number and percentage of users that have exercised such a choice, and what choices they made
  • whether consumers are incentivized to (or threatened into) opt into data collection and how those programs work
  • any process for allowing consumers to “access, correct, or delete” their personal information
  • data deletion and retention policies for such information

Substantial, right?

Needless to say some of this information may not be particularly flattering to ISPs. If only 1 percent of consumers have ever chosen to share their information, for instance, that reflects badly on sharing it by default. And if data capable of being combined across categories or services to de-anonymize it, even potentially, that’s another major concern.

The FTC representative declined to comment on whether there would be any collaboration with the FCC on this endeavor, whether it was preliminary to any other action, and whether it can or will independently verify the information provided by the ISPs contacted. That’s an important point, considering how poorly these same companies represented their coverage data to the FCC for its yearly broadband deployment report. A reality check would be welcome.

You can read the rest of the letter here (PDF).

Firefox Send file-sharing service is now an Android app

There’s a new way to share large files via your Android device.

Mozilla has just launched a free app called Firefox Send, offering the same service that it launched for web users a couple of weeks ago.

Firefox Send lets you share files of up to 1GB via a web link, or 2.5GB if you make a free account. The link and the associated file expire after a time frame of your choosing, which can be as short as five minutes or as long as seven days. Alternatively, you can set it to expire after anything between 1 and 100 downloads.

The service offers end-to-end encryption for security, but for extra peace of mind you can also add a password to the file so that only the intended recipient (or recipients) is able to download it.

Once you’ve set the parameters and hit the “upload” button, Firefox Send springs into action and then provides you with a link to the file that you can then share with whomever you like.

Touting the official launch of Firefox Send for the web earlier this month, Mozilla’s Nick Nguyen wrote in a post: “Imagine the last time you moved into a new apartment or purchased a home and had to share financial information like your credit report over the web. In situations like this, you may want to offer the recipient one-time or limited access to those files. With Send, you can feel safe that your personal information does not live somewhere in the cloud indefinitely.”

There’s no word yet on whether Mozilla will be launching Firefox Send for iOS, but if you want to use the service with an iPhone or iPad, you can simply head to its mobile site and take it from there.

Other services that let you share large files include WeTransfer, Google Drive, Dropbox, and One Drive, among others. Digital Trends has more information on each of these services, so you can pick the one that best suits your needs.

Finally, it’s worth noting that when using any of these services, you should absolutely trust the recipient of the file that you’re sending, as well as the file-sharing service itself, especially if it’s important that the data isn’t shared with anyone other than your chosen recipient/s.

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The best Sony Xperia 10 Plus cases to keep your smartphone safe

The Sony Xperia 10 Plus is the big brother to the Sony Xperia 10, and it boasts a 6.5-inch display that you’ll want to safeguard. We’ve already created a guide for the best Sony Xperia 10 cases, so now we’re rounding up the best Sony Xperia 10 Plus cases. You don’t have to spend too much to obtain an extra layer of protection, but it could help your new smartphone last a lot longer.

You should also check out the key settings to change on your new Sony Xperia 10 Plus to make sure you’re getting the most from your new Sony smartphone.

Official Sony Cover Stand Case

Official Sony Xperia 10 Plus Cover Stand Case

If you like a folio-style case and you want a perfect fit, then Sony’s official Cover Stand Case is probably your best bet, though it is a bit expensive. Protective corners hold your Xperia 10 Plus inside and the cover provides protection from every angle. It will wake your phone when you open the cover and send it to sleep when you close it. The cover also doubles as a landscape stand, which is ideal for this phone since it has a 21:9 aspect ratio that’s perfect for watching movies on.

Tudia Merge Series Rugged Case

Tudia Merge Sony Xperia 10 Plus Case

This is perhaps the toughest case we’ve been able to find for the Sony Xperia 10 Plus so far. It combines a flexible TPU shell with a hard polycarbonate back. There is a raised lip around the screen and it’s quite chunky, which means you can expect proper drop protection. The openings are precise and the button covers are easy to find and press without looking, though this case does make it slightly more awkward to use the fingerprint sensor on the side. The inner shell is black, but the back panel comes in rose gold, mint, metallic slate, or black.

Olixar Carbon Fiber Case

Olixar Carbon Fiber Sony Xperia 10 Plus Case

You can expect basic drop protection from this TPU case, which has a raised bezel around the screen to keep it from touching surfaces. The TPU is flexible, but thick enough to guard against minor drops and bumps. There are accurate openings for the fingerprint sensor, camera, ports, and button covers for the controls. Olixar has added a little visual flair with a carbon fiber pattern and matte panels with gloss lines dividing them.

Top Ace Gel Case

TopACE TPU Sony Xperia 10 Plus Case

This is a simple, clear TPU case that’s flexible and shock absorbent. It will guard against scratches and minor falls, but we wouldn’t expect rugged drop protection. There’s a matte texture to ward off fingerprints, and you’ll find accurate openings and thin button covers. It’s a basic case for basic protection and that’s reflected in the price.

Redluckstar Wallet Case

Redluckstar Wallet Case for Sony Xperia 10 Plus

Anyone seeking a wallet case, but not keen on spending too much could do a lot worse than this offering from Redluckstar. This is a polyurethane leather wallet with a clear TPU shell inside that holds your Xperia 10 Plus snug and secure. There are three card slots and a larger pocket at the back of the cover that can also bend back to act as a landscape stand. You’ll also find a magnetic closure to keep it securely shut. The TPU shell has a raised lip and should provide protection from falls and knocks,. The cutouts are generous so you can use the fingerprint sensor on the side and access the ports without a problem. It comes in a few different colors.

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