Two of the hottest devices out there right now come from the same native soil. However, one of them has started to veer away from what it made it appealing to consumers. With the Huawei P30 having an official price of Php36,990, it’s surprising to see how it compares to the Php22,990 of the Xiaomi Mi 9. Both are Chinese phones, but the other has elevated to a whole other level. Let’s see how big the differences are when it comes to features.
Xiaomi Mi 9 and Huawei P30 Differences
Advantages of Xiaomi Mi 9
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5 – back, 6 – front
- slightly larger 6.39-inch display
- triple main camera (48MP wide + 16MP ultrawide + 12MP tele)
- up to FHD 960fps, 4K @ 60fps video recording
- 27W wired charging, 20W wireless charging
Advantages of Huawei P30
- IP53 dust and splash resistance
- slightly higher 422ppi
- expandable storage via a nano-memory slot of up to 256GB
- up to 256GB onboard storage
- triple main camera featuring up to 3x optical zoom. (40MP wide + 16MP ultrawide + 8MP tele)
- 32MP wide selfie camera
- audio jack with 32-bit hi-fi support
- Dolby Atmos sound
- 3650mAh battery
- five colors (Aurora, Amber Sunrise, Breathing Crystal, Black, Pearl White)
Xiaomi Mi 9 and Huawei P30 Similarities
- OLED screens
- FHD+ resolution, HDR10, DCI-P3
- teardrop notch
- Android 9.0 Pie
- 7nm SoCs
- triple main camera setup
- single selfie camera
- Wi-Fi ac
- BT 5.0
- USB Type-C
- under-display fingerprint scanner
Which is a better buy between the Xiaomi Mi 9 and Huawei P30?
When it comes to design, both the Huawei P30 and Xiaomi Mi 9 sport the same triple camera placement down to the notch size. But if we are to take into account the displays, the latter variant has better support with Corning Gorilla Glass protection for both front and back. But in terms of display quality, both provide deep blacks and vibrant colors.
Performance-wise, it’s a matter of preference with the Snapdragon 855 and Kirin 980. Spec-wise, although the P30 supports expandable storage, its nano-memory availability is still scarce at the moment.
Same triple camera capabilities, but one is slightly better
When it comes to cameras, we have similar setups to compare. As seen in the list above, we have the wide + ultrawide + telephoto configuration for the main cameras. What you want to focus on here is the 48MP main sensor of the Mi 9 vs the 40MP of the P30. Also, the telephoto lens of Huawei offers optical 3x zoom; making it more effective to use.
Moving to selfies, it seems like the P30 has the upper hand with a larger and wider 32MP sensor.
Audio jack vs charging features
Unfortunately for the Mi 9, the audio jack is omitted. While the P30 enjoys 32-bit playback support, along with Dolby Atmos sound.
The P30 continues to take the lead in the battery department. But when it comes to charging, the M9 offers better and more ways with 27W wired and 20W wireless charging.
The Huawei P30 (6GB/128GB) starts at Php36,990, while the Xiaomi Mi 9 (6GB/64GB) at Php22,990. Upgrading the storage to 128GB will only set you back at P24,990.
Even with the price increase, we are still seeing a flat Php12k gap here; the worth of P30’s extra features. If there’s a definitive feature, like at least 4000mAh and IP68 rating, we could have had a heated debate. But in this case, the Mi 9 just saves you a lot of money without compromising the performance and camera.
|Specs||Xiaomi Mi 9||Huawei P30|
|Display||6.39-inch Full FHD+ Super AMOLED screen, 403ppi, 19.5:9 ratio, HDR, DCI-P3, teardrop notch, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 (front), 5 (back), HDR10, DCI-P3||6.1-inch Full HD+ OLED, 422ppi 19.5:9 ratio, (front), 5 (back), HDR10, DCI-P3|
|Dimensions||157.5 x 74.7 x 7.6 mm , 173g||149.1 x 71.4 x 7.6 mm, 165g|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)||HiSilicon Kirin 980 (7 nm)|
|GPU||Adreno 640||Mali-G76 MP10|
|Memory||64/128 GB, 6/8 GB RAM||64/128/256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM + nano-memory, up to 256GB|
|Main Camera||48 MP, f/1.8, 1/2″, 0.8µm, Laser/PDAF|
16 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/3.0″, 1.0µm, Laser/PDAF
12 MP, f/2.2, 54mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, Laser/PDAF, 2x optical zoom
|40 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7″, PDAF/Laser AF + 16 MP, f/2.2, 17mm (ultrawide), PDAF/Laser AF + 8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4″, 3x optical zoom, PDAF/Laser AF, OIS|
|Front Camera||20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm||32 MP, f/2.0, (wide)|
|Connectivity||4G LTE-A, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, hotspot, BT 5.0, LE, USB Type-C||4G LTE-A, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, hotspot, BT 5.0, LE, USB Type-C, audio jack with 32-bit support, Dolby Atmos sound|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 3300mAh battery (27W Quick Charge 4+, 20W wireless charging)||3650mAh, 22.5W wired|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI 10||Android 9.0 (Pie) with EMUI 9.1|