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Samsung Galaxy S9 (2018)
Huawei Mate 30 Pro (2019)
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Samsung Galaxy S9 (2018) vs Huawei Mate 30 (2019)

Analysis:

The Samsung Galaxy S9 (2018) is one of the very best Smartphones that one can get for around $340. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro (2019), however, while a very good choice at its $760 price point, falls just short of being remarkable.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 (2018) got praised by Tom's Guide and SoundGuys - two highly trusted sources that perform in-depth hands-on testing. It was awarded the "A great small flagship now on the cheap" title from Tom's Guide and "Ranked 1 out of 2" from SoundGuys in their respective Smartphone roundups.

Moving on to the Huawei Mate 30 Pro (2019): it was unable to reach the very top of any roundups from sources that conduct reliable and unbiased testing. Nonetheless, it still managed to impress reviewers from a number of such sites, like Notebookcheck.net, Android Authority, GSMArena, Expert Reviews, AVForums, Digital Camera World, Techradar, CNET, Tom's Guide, DXOMARK, Tech Advisor, and Android Central, enough for them to include them on those lists.

To get a better idea of how they fare when compared directly to each other, we analyzed review scores of sources that tested both. GSMArena, AVForums, CNET, and Techradar, for example, preferred the Samsung Galaxy S9 (2018), while Expert Reviews rated both of them the same.

We also took a look at which sources had the best things to say about them. We learned that the Samsung Galaxy S9 (2018) got reviewed the highest by T3 - it gave it a rating of 10, while the Huawei Mate 30 Pro (2019) most impressed reviewers at Notebookcheck.net, which gave it a score of 8.9.

Lastly, we averaged out all of their review ratings and observed that the Samsung Galaxy S9 (2018), with its 8.7 average, performed considerably better than most Smartphones - the mean score for the product category being 7.5 out of 10 - while the Huawei Mate 30 Pro (2019) managed an average of 6.9.

There's one caveat here - it might not be entirely justifiable to do a direct Samsung Galaxy S9 (2018) vs. Huawei Mate 30 Pro (2019) review average comparison since they aren't priced the same and more expensive products tend to get higher review scores from some sources.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
Tom's Guide
AVForums
Notebookcheck.net
GSMArena
SoundGuys
Photography Blog
PCmag
DXOMARK
Android Central
CNET
Tech. Specs Comparison
Samsung Galaxy S9 (2018)
$409
Huawei Mate 30 Pro (2019)
$699
Operating System
Android
Android
Screen size
5.8 (inches)
6.53 (inches)
Highly recommended by trusted experts
Tom's Guide
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Top 10 Galaxy S9 Features” 
Last updated: 20 Jun 2018
SoundGuys
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best of MWC 2018” 
Last updated: 3 Mar 2018
Notebookcheck.net
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Rated 8.5 out of 10
in “Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 500 Euros” 
Last updated: 29 May 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Phone For Seniors, Hearing Impaired, and Vision Problems in 2020” 
Last updated: 15 Jan 2020
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #3 out of 5
in “The Best Android Smartphones of 2020” 
Last updated: 15 Oct 2019
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #4 out of 5
in “The best budget phones in the Middle East for 2020” 
Last updated: 2 Feb 2020
Android Authority
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #6 out of 8
in “The best Boost Mobile phones you can get” 
Last updated: 15 Dec 2019
BestReviews
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Camera Phones” 
Last updated: 6 days ago
Tom's Guide
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best used smartphones 2020” 
Last updated: 25 days ago
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Amazing value
in “Best of 2018 Awards — The Best Android Phone” 
Last updated: 28 Dec 2018
Tom's Guide
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
A great small flagship now on the cheap
in “Best small phones in 2020” 
Last updated: 9 days ago
CNET
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best phones under $500: Including iPhone SE, Galaxy A51, Pixel 3A XL” 
Last updated: 21 May 2020
CNET
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “20 best phones that still have a headphone jack” 
Last updated: 9 Aug 2019
BestReviews
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Samsung Phones” 
Last updated: 6 days ago
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Refurbished Phones in 2019” 
Last updated: 12 Aug 2019
Recommended by trusted experts
Notebookcheck.net
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Notebookcheck's Top 10 Camera Smartphones” 
Last updated: 29 May 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best Huawei Phones in 2020” 
Last updated: 10 Mar 2020
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #5 out of 10
in “Best Huawei phones 2020: find your perfect Huawei” 
Last updated: 4 May 2020
Tech Advisor
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #7 out of 10
in “Best Huawei phones 2020” 
Last updated: 9 Apr 2020
Notebookcheck.net
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Rated 8.9 out of 10
in “Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones” 
Last updated: 29 May 2020
Tech Advisor
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #15 out of 20
in “Best Chinese phone 2020” 
Last updated: 7 May 2020
Notebookcheck.net
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Rated 8.9 out of 10
in “Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>90cm²)” 
Last updated: 29 May 2020

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