Huawei Mate 10 Pro vs LG V30+ – Clash of the Titans

Huawei Mate 10 Pro vs LG V30+ – Clash of the Titans

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We’ve seen them both – a beast of a tool for audiophiles and a worthwhile upgrade. What about we put them up against each other?

What’s up, Manila? This is Caesar of ManilaShaker for a comparison between the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and LG V30+.

SPECS LG V30+ Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Display 6″ 1440 x 2880 P-OLED (~537 ppi)

Gorilla Glass 5
HDR10-compliant

6″ 1080 x 2160 AMOLED (~402 ppi)

Gorilla Glass

Dimensions & Features 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm, 158g

Hybrid dual-SIM tray
MIL-STD-810G compliant
IP68-certified

154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm, 178g

Hybrid SIM tray, metal unibody
IP53-certified

Chipset Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Hisilicon Kirin 970
CPU Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU Adreno 540 Mali-G72 MP12
Memory 4 GB RAM, 128GB + microSD 4/6GB RAM, 64/128GB internal
Connectivity LTE Cat. 16, 802.11ac, Wi-Fi Direct, BT 5.0, GPS, Stereo FM, USB 3.1 Type-C 1.0, NFC, 3.5mm headphone jack (ESS Sabre ES9218P DAC) LTE Cat. 5/4, 802.11ac, BT 4.2, GPS, USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack
Cameras Rear:
Dual: 16 MP (f/1.6, 1 µm, 3-axis OIS, PDAF) + 13 MP (f/1.9, no AF), phase detection & laser autofocus, LED flash[Video]
2160p@30fps, Cine Log FormatFront:
5 MP (f/2.2, 1/5″, 1.12 µm)[Video]
1080p@30fps
Rear:
Dual: 12 MP (f/1.6, 27mm, OIS) +20 MP (f/1.6, 27mm), 2x lossless zoom, Leica optics, phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash[Video]
2160p@30fps, 720p@120fpsFront:
8 MP, f/2.0[Video]
1080@30fps
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 3300mAh Non-removable Li-Ion 4000mAh
OS Android 8.0 (Oreo)
LG UX 6.0+
EMUI 8.0
Android 8.0
SRP PhP 42,000.00/$840 PhP 38,990/$660

Design

If it weren’t for their respective branding and iconic camera placements, these two can be easily mistaken as the other when off. The Mate 10 Pro is taller than the V30+ and is also heavier by 20 grams. They’re not far off even with the layout difference on the rear. The Mate 10 Pro has its cameras in a vertical fashion while the V30+’s are horizontal. The V30+’s side frame is more catchy with a near-chrome finish that outshines the Mate 10 Pro’s in terms of attention.

Display

With their displays, they vary from resolution down to structure. It’s no question that the V30+’s denser display is crisper and actually shows better colors. In the way of contrast, the Mate 10 Pro is superior but is at fault for having no Always On Display that some, like me, may find annoying.

User Experience

Okay, onto user experience. Honestly, the LG V30+ is better in almost everything but one – the fingerprint scanner’s placement. Most of the time, I ended up shuffling the phone upwards before being able to comfortably have my fingerprint scanned. The Mate 10 Pro carries the Oreo-based EMUI 8.0 skin and does well in the way of feeling premium. With the gold trims on the icons and such, it’s probably one of the secondary identifiers of the Pro variant next to the phone’s color.

With the V30+, the experience feels different and vastly responsive and interactive despite being Nougat-based. The various force feedbacks or vibrations that the V30+ offers are satisfying, to the point that I think that force feedback should be made mandatory for interaction.

Camera

As for their cameras’ performance, the Mate 10 Pro has the upper hand in photography while the V30+ has its ace – shooting in Cine Log – revealed for video recording.

Performance

With regards to performance, the Kirin 970’s optimization on the Mate 10 Pro is definitely much better than the Snapdragon 835’s performance on the V30+. One major factor to consider is the larger display that the GPU has to drive-up on the V30+ and another is the larger RAM that the Mate 10 Pro provides for the more expensive variant.

Battery

Moving on to the powerhouses, the Mate 10 Pro’s larger and bulkier pack delivers more and also charges a bit faster than the V30+’s smaller battery.

Audio

First – the speakers, the Mate 10 Pro’s are outstanding with better soundstage and clarity due to the separation of the lower and upper frequencies. The V30+’s mono output is not outstanding by any means and compared to its Quad DAC setup, it really feels underwhelming.

After all has been said and done, plugging in decent in-ears or headphones on both shows the difference between Histen and the Quad DAC Hi-Fi option that the V30+ provides. Although it consumes more battery in the process, I believe the experience is pretty much worth it if you’re a fellow audiophile.

Verdict

Depending on which you’re more into, the V30+ serves the people who likes shooting videos with their phones and being able to get more out of the process. Also, it’s an audiophile magnet. What the Mate 10 Pro gives other than the faster performance is its superior stills. So, what are you more into? Is it the Huawei Mate 10 Pro or the LG V30+? Let us know in the comments below!

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