What is common among flagship smartphones of this year? Huge displays without frames, record powerful processors, a large number of cameras, the high price. But a lot of differences that are not immediately realize, is it worth it for them to pay. We took the flagship smartphones 2019 model year, from relatively inexpensive brands, to “the steeper is nowhere” and now, let’s figure out what smartphone you should give the bag hard earned money, and what should be ignored as not the most successful model.

It is unlikely that this article should be considered as a classical benchmark — all smartphones are different money. We deliberately only took the model that came out strictly in 2019, to understand the non-obvious issues. For example:

How big is the difference between the Huawei and Samsung flagships?

What closer the best smartphones ASUS — by the Chinese (and if the Chinese, then it cheap or expensive?) or Samsung/Apple?

Is it true that the P30 Pro camera better than the Galaxy S10+?

Where in this hierarchy is the most expensive model of Nokia?

So, in the lead roles:

ASUS Zenfone 6 is the flagship of the Taiwanese company, came out in may of 2019, and, as usual from ASUS, got several characteristics in the style of “no one else”. First, is the rotating back camera, which can turn to be front and allows you to take pictures at different angles. Secondly, it is the only flagship of moderate size with extremely long battery life — 5000 mAh. There are more Huawei Mate 20 X, but it as 7.2-inch shovel, very far from the usual popular smartphones.

Huawei P30 Pro— probably the last flagship of the strongest among the Chinese manufacturer. However, one of the best on the market. Its highlight is the presence not only of the three cameras with different focal length, but 5-fold optical zoom (without loss of quality) and even a good 50 times. Not without compromising quality, but the pictures with even with the increase in smartphone go bad, and no one until this was repeated. In General, a godsend for the mobile photographer, but it is not very clear, the best choice for anyone in need of a flagship is not only important camera.

Nokia also managed to surprise all in the discipline of “most-most”, when released Nokia 9 PureView— with a stuffed back-facing cameras smartphone. Cameras on the rear panels here are five pieces! And Carl Zeiss optics, as in the good old Finnish times. Does the quality of the best is this range of Chinese achievements in pictures and will not break if Nokia all in terms of price and quality given the fact that it costs 45 thousand, and Samsung below — 77 thousand roubles?

Speaking of Samsung. After several weeks of shame and withdrawal foldable flagship Fold sale, Samsung Galaxy S10+ is the coolest model is the most likely opponent of IPhones to date. Cooler will only Samsung Galaxy Note 10, which roughly will appear in August. S10+ also comes with a lot of cameras with different purposes, like Huawei P30 Pro, but without a record of the approximation without loss in quality. As shown by sales, is the flagship of Samsung, which had been waiting for workers. It is a pity that wildly expensive and therefore all these developments in terms of the rouble spent the Samsung will have to prove.


Design and management

We’ll see about that, is it true that all smart phones at the present time are the same. Yes, our visibility is very many similar traits. For example, three of the four of them — a display of about 6.4 inches. Only Huawei P30 Pro it by 0.07 inches longer. Nokia 9 same a small — 5.99 inches. But it is he and not frameless, but with the strip above and below the screen, so the height is the exact same as its competitors.

Materials four identical front and rear panel of glass and the frame in between the metal. But Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10+ displays are bent on the edges, which some people like and some don’t, and the other two flat. Back cover is bent at all.

But all manufacturers are different approaches to “bezremontnoy” their smartphones. ASUS Zenfone 6, for example, no eyebrows, no cutouts, and even the front camera somewhere on the front panel. And all because the Taiwanese have made it rear camera rotable, that is, the module cameras when you need to take a picture of yourself rises to 180-degrees. More on this story in the section camera.

On the one hand, this is convenient, nothing takes the place of the display, on the other, not all in awe of the mechanical elements and other servos in smartphones, it’s unnecessary risk to break the mechanics before you are going to change the smartphone.

Huawei P30 Pro made a small cutout in the form of a drop which is placed selfie camera. I think she was “bitten” by the display quite a bit, but still it’s not the same as if the neckline was not at all. Samsung Galaxy S10+ front already two camera, more camera and sensor depth, but for them, of course, needed a “Bang” more. Finally, Nokia 9 went on the beaten track: do not bother entirely and left the old design as it was in the days of the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6, and in General, until the arrival of the iPhone X and indiscriminate theft design with a cutout in the screen. Fans of smartphones with looks like old times to be satisfied.

ASUS Zenfone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S10+, in addition to the usual buttons, there is one additional. Samsung is, of course, call ~~damn~~ the voice assistant Bixby, which is still not working in our country. Instead, this button can “hang” with a different application or feature, but the smartphone sends you to first take advantage of the Bixby, which, I remind, does not work in Russia. In General, the unit for execution.

ASUS Zenfone 6 also offers you a separate button to invoke Google assistant, but gives you the opportunity to choose something else. However, the selection is small. Is assistant you can turn on the flashlight, change the ring mode (vibrate/silent etc), do a screenshot, and, well, everything. Call applications on this smart key is impossible. The other two smartphones have only swing volume control and lock button.

Only ASUS Zenfone 6 you can find a fingerprint scanner on the housing, namely on the rear panel. The rest he built into the screen. Which is better — a complex question. On the screen is not necessary so far to reach, but optical always work worse: the finger is slightly moist — not coming in, put a finger to the entire surface and it caught the direct rays of the sun again refused. But, in General, all it is not every day. The daily challenges only on the optical scanner Nokia 9, which is too slow for flagship standards, and most often refuses to recognize.

The waterproof feature got not all, but many. Drops out of the list of the lucky ones only ASUS Zenfone 6, which, of course, hurt — in shower smartphone to take a risk, and try to use it under the shower. On the other hand, it is cheaper than Samsung Galaxy S10+ and P30 Pro Huawei, and Nokia 9 is looking at him with undisguised superiority in her eyes. Anyway, this is the only waterfowl touchscreen smartphone Nokia! Such was not neither in the era of Windows Phone, nor among the later models on Symbian.

Wired headphones without the adapter you can only connect to two smartphones — Samsung Galaxy S10+ and ASUS Zenfone 6.

Finally, colors. ASUS Zenfone 6 is not just dark as in our pictures, but silver is much more cute in my opinion. At Huawei P30 Pro is also two colors, but both of the gradient, and I would say, very unusual and beautiful.

But not all of them! agree with me, but polls generally show that people want only a black color, so that shouldn’t come up with something new? Nokia 9, only exists in dark blue. But the flagship of Samsung this year, very unusual colors: in addition to classic black there is also dark green (like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro), as well as something between the white and pearl — the old-timers remember the white Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 3 six-seven years ago, and like a tear.

In General, to say that all smartphones in 2019 look the same — big mistake. As you now have seen, they vary greatly in detail. Another question is, what role you playing these parts. But one can still generalize in 2019 is not “a shovel” to find problematic. Relatively compact left only Galaxy S10e, and for this he was worse most of the characteristics in comparison with the full-size brethren.

Although the “shovels” of the new flagships seem to be only the first week or two of use, then you will not be able to jump into anything 5-5. 5 inch.


About the size we already have — here Nokia 9 loses only its screen is 0.4 inches smaller than the other in the body of the same size as everyone else.

But it has excellent picture clarity — 2880×1440 pixels. Above are only Samsung Galaxy S10+ — 3040х1440 pixels. However, his screen is bigger, because of this the pixel density is slightly lower than the Nokia 9 Pureview. The same and not such high resolution at Huawei P30 Pro and ASUS Zenfone 6 — 2340х1080 points. And for big screens this is not as much as I would like — at first the picture may seem a little soap until you get used to it.

Moreover, Huawei P30 Pro is still a function of automatically reducing the resolution to save battery. Fortunately, you can turn it off in settings if you don’t like. Reduce the clarity of the screen and you can have a Samsung Galaxy S10+, if you think that it runs on a single battery charge does not last as long as I would like. But, again, the taste and color.

All except the “Sanfona”, type of matrix is one or another variation on the OLED. What ASUS Zenfone 6 IPS doesn’t mean he’s worse. Just the contrast is lower and there is no output function clock and notifications on / off display. And still the brightness at an angle much lower, but it’s generally the little things. But with the same number of points IPS always look sharper than OLED/AMOLED (PenTile see), and sensitive to the flickering (see PWM) people also love the more IPS.

All four smartphones screens support HDR10 (in the case of the Galaxy S10+ — HDR10+, which is about the same, just implemented differently). In plain human language this means that the picture on them shows a far more nuanced, better contrast and generally looks like a TV with a new CRT in the background “tired” (screens of competitors). However, these benefits you will notice only in a special video and games with HDR support, but in all other cases, the picture is not different from the usual ~~detergents~~ screens.

The bright screen of the Nokia PureView 9, the least bright in manual adjustment — the Galaxy S10+ (auto Samsung bright, but only when the screen of a smartphone will beat the fierce sun of the South, and only time will allow automatic).

But in reality any of the four smartphones no problem to use outdoors on a Sunny day. In contrast, all behind ASUS Zenfone 6, as the rest of the smartphones thanks to the OLED-matrix it is infinite, u-factor, she always has a limit. For accuracy of rendering all smartphones are about the same, very good level (Samsung and Huawei just a little ahead) and all have different profiles — you can choose between a realistic, but boring image, and colorful, but the sugary-rich..

ASUS sound from the speaker causes mixed feelings — the loudspeaker is quite powerful, the bass is relatively loud, but sound about the same deaf and with a slight echo, as if you dropped a little bluetooth box in an empty bottle of softener.

But Nokia sounds even worse, like ASUS dropped in water, and then dried. So the speaker is quieter, more shrill (less bass) and the sound more dirty. In General, about the same sounds Xiaomi Redmi 6A for 6 thousand rubles, Nokia only 7-8 times more expensive.

Huawei P30 Pro, of course, also degraded — the old P20 Pro was stereo speakers and better sound, and P30 Pro offers the sound on “the middle” and “top” with the effect “of the Soviet faceted glass.” But the sound is relatively clean and even a little clearer than I should have. But it’s not bad.

Samsung on this background just makes God sound quality from the speakers is loud, clean, balanced, with good stereobase (because both speakers equal power, not as is usually the case). With the sound can compete Apple iPhone XS/XS Max or Sony Xperia 1/XZ3, and the rest of the test participants Korean severs as a football team Germany Estonians.

With headphones the difference between smartphones is not as noticeable. We “tightened” our smartphones to the 45-Ohm Pioneer SE-MHR5 and Nokia 9 PureView normal sound of the Snapdragon chip 845. Not super-clear or legible, but clearly better than all state employees. Neutral level of bass/mid/high, with almost excessive clarity where whistling dirty songs at some point. If small volume in comparison with competitors, to abuse the Nokia big it was if not for that. Except for the fact that there are no audio settings in the mobile is not at all under him I do not alter at all desire.

It’s funny, but the sound in the headphones history repeats itself and ASUS is again brought to mind the Nokia. A little more bass, cleaner sound, much more volume and there is sound settings. Initially the bass a little more than I would like — if the old rock, where the bass was, sounds fine, then here is your RnB sometimes bludgeons beyond measure. But you can go to audio settings, turn on Manager DTS and ASUS will immediately sound intelligent and very close to the ideal.

In Samsung, can not climb in any setting — clean and balanced sound with plenty of volume he has at once. To switch the setting from “Auto” to “Music” in the settings of Dolby Atmos makes sense if you want a more brutal and downed sound (for example, to hear how tense drummers in heavy parties with a huge number of strikes). And if you switch UHQ Upscaler] in the “higher bit depth and frequency”, Galaxy S10 and will save the old songs from part of the noise and defects recording. Buzz!

Huawei still has grown to have normal sound in headphones. Not cool as in LG, Samsung and Sony, and the normal — sounds like ZenFone 6 in “Auto” mode. Only Sinfon can jump over your head with the included DTS and Huawei with settings a bit lacking clarity. But if it would squeeze out less capable than the Samsung, audio, would have been sopelka-whistles-level Nokia. So and so will do (the traditional definition sound HaVaYaH, by the way).


Shooting options of smartphones is very different, and almost everyone has a unique thing about which we can tell very long time.

Let’s start with the ASUS Zenfone 6. It has no front camera at all, and two rear located on a special module, which can rise to 180 degrees. Accordingly, if in one extreme position you can use the camera as a rear, the other extreme — like front. Frontally have smartphones historically inferior to the characteristics and quality of main — surround, but the ASUS Zenfone 6 is no such problem — it is a smartphone with the world’s best selfie camera (because it had universal, yeah).

But ASUS went a step further — turning module, you can also control via the volume keys or a special “lever” on the screen to choose any rotation angle between 0 and 180. This gives you the opportunity to conveniently take pictures from different positions and at different angles, and can be taken unnoticed because nobody expects if you sent a smartphone right in front of me, it actually removed the one on the left or right of you. In addition, the camera position can be changed without stopping the video. And it works even in third-party applications, e.g. when taking pictures of Instagram Stories. But there are downsides — the “Sanfona” no camera with optical zoom, but there are at least sirokouhly (to shoot a panorama or a lot of space in cramped conditions) in addition to the standard. Again, a selfie just as you can do on shirokougolki, which is handy for taking photos of yourself with friends.

Huaweiотличился in the other. All three have a P30 rear camera: standard, wide angle and the highlight of the smartphone — a separate camera with a 5x zoom. Moreover, the smartphone allows without loss of quality to even 10x zoom (so called hybrid), and optical is limited to as much as 50-fold.

In General, such a variation of the focal length smartphone can really replace to some extent the professional cameras. I remember when I had the camera out of the category of “soap”, but with 20x optical zoom and this was a lens that went from the machine at a very respectable distance. In Huawei P30 Pro, of course, nothing leaves the body, not to mention the fact that the casing is significantly smaller that my camera, which, moreover, did not know how anything can top modern smartphones — applications, calls, games, music, Internet. But frontalka at Huawei P30 Pro — no frills. But the quality of her pictures later.

Let’s move on. Nokia 9 Pureviewобещал be a storm, all camera phones with its five rear cameras, decorated in a non-trivial pattern on the back panel of the smartphone. Detail why it is five and how it works. we wrote the material did Nokia make a revolutionary new camera-phone? Review of Nokia PureView 9 (https://www.ferra.ru/review/mobile/nokia-9-pure-view.htm), and here we recall briefly. All five rear cameras here have the same characteristics, except that only two chambers are colored and the remaining three black — and-white. However, they shoot all at the same time — to do HDR photos shooting are not consistent and parallel. The downside is that Nokia 9 Pureview has no shirokougolki or telephoto lens, it is possible to shoot with only one focal length, if not to take into account the electronic zoom photos. In other words, Nokia has bet on the quality of the photos, not the number of cameras with different focal lengths. Below you will see what came of it. Finally, front camera in Nokia 9 Pureview — just front camera. Not jumping out of the corps, and any magic does.

Samsung Galaxy S10+, as Huawei has gone on the most simple way — more different cameras for different purposes. On its rear panel you can find three chambers in a row — standard, “shirik” and a camera with dual optical zoom. Here, I must admit, Huawei P30 Pro beat his South Korean opponent with its 5x zoom, but do not offer a conclusion until we see the photos themselves.

Like the ASUS Zenfone 6, Samsung Galaxy S10+ twin front-facing camera is a standard and, I would say, a little more wide angle. In fact, the second camera is just a depth sensor, but it can be done and shared pictures.

As you understand, in today’s test a lot, no, a lot of cameras, so the comparison would not be easy.

All four of the smartphone proved to be very good. Not surprisingly, with such a price. However, the difference between them is still there.

For example, 5 surround cameras did not help Nokia 9 Pureview. It shoots no better than the rest. But handles pictures much longer, manages to warm up, if you take pictures often, and quickly consumes battery at the same time. Since our separate review of this smartphone, he began to photograph much better. Less and less muddles the colors. But not good at night shooting. But it makes portrait shots because he knows how to separate the background from the main subject.

But the front camera he loses all the rest — the colors on these pictures are painfully white.

ASUS Zenfone 6 takes great pictures. This is surprising, given that the main camera uses the same sensor that can be found in less expensive smartphones (the Xiaomi Redmi Note or Mi 7 9 SE 12-18 thousand) — pseudo-48-megapixel Sony IMX586.

Night is also good, but still slightly worse than the more expensive parties — Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10+, although all three have a special night mode. Among the disadvantages — the lack of optical proximity, and among the advantages — the fact that the rear camera performs the function of the front too, so your selfies will always be very clear which is evident in the examples. Photos with excellent coverage of the difference between the front camera ASUS Zenfone 6, Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10+ is not visible at first sight, but the night selfie of the ASUS Zenfone 6 is a head taller than the rest.

Which, again not surprisingly, the two most expensive smartphone shoot mostly interesting.

But, by the way, a lot depends on your perception. Even a couple of years ago when the smartphone was not so easy to get a good picture, not everyone was able to see the difference between them and photos on a SLR camera. And to see the difference between different top-end smartphones — have to be too choosy (like the editors of sites about cell phones). Between the Samsung Galaxy and Huawei S10 P30 Pro it is lost altogether. Both make the bright and vivid pictures, both have excellent HDR modes, both are well off in the night on the rear of the camera. On the front for the reason mentioned still worse than ASUS Zenfone 6, but still very good.

By and large, the difference between the Samsung Galaxy S10+ and Huawei Pro P30 is that the P30 Huawei from Pro — “longer.” Yes, that’s right, he’s not a 2x mode, like the Samsung-and and a 5x optical, 10x hybrid and 50-fold electronic. This allows you to remove something and really go for it — the animals at the zoo, people in the far Windows, floors, anything across the river, or very wide road. If we do not take this into account, then both phones — the finest tools for shooting, which many fans will replace the camera. By the way, Huawei P30 Pro though and did not shoot dramatically better last year’s model, but wildly stopped to turn up the saturation and contrast of the images, now they are not enraged fans of the “purity of genre”.

Unlike photos, videos Nokia takes only one camera of five. When shooting in Full HD works very well digital image stabilization, but the 4K (in this resolution smartphone shoots only 30 frames per second) has no stabilization.

ASUS Zenfone 6 night video is clearly much incorrect definition of white balance. No biggie, but it hurts all turned jaundiced on video. I also did not like that during video recording you cannot switch between standard and wide angle camera — at Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10+ you can use any focal length without stopping the recording.

The rich colors in the video came from Samsung Galaxy S10+, the second place I would put Huawei P30 Pro and ASUS Zenfone 6 and Nokia 9 Pureview divide the third, but, again, I remind you that they are much cheaper. P30, by the way, is able to stabilize the video in 4K on all available cameras, but stabilization is only electronic, and that electronic plus optical.

Performance, autonomy

There should be played an interesting battle. For example, example, comparison, Nokia 9 Pureview with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and ASUS Zenfone c 6 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 we will see how much added power the latest Qualcomm chip in comparison with the previous generation. And Samsung Galaxy S10+ and Huawei P30 Pro got processors of its own design.

So, the performance of the whole system wins ASUS Zenfone 6 with a small gap from Samsung Galaxy S10+, and even 9 Nokia Pureview on last year’s top “Welcome” works faster than Huawei P30 Pro. In this pure CPU performance stands out ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S10+. In games no one leave any chance for ASUS Zenfone 6 — the remaining members of much losing him. In General, it turns out that the first guy in the village we have the ASUS Zenfone 6 despite the fact that it is much cheaper compared to Samsung Galaxy S10+ and P30 Huawei Pro.

While the ASUS Zenfone 6 yet and tons of memory — 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB on the drive, while the more expensive Galaxy S10+ only 128GB on the drive, and Nokia 9 Pureview with the same cost and less operational and permanent memory. Thus, the ASUS Zenfone 6 in our test the best in technical terms for their money. But from Huawei P30 Pro I expected much more in terms of performance. Fortunately, he did not disappoint at least in terms of memory.

C external memory all all different. Huawei P30 Pro supports memory cards, but only their own. To buy a memory card before Huawei would be an odd thing to do, as all the other uses common microSD and now when the fate of the Chinese companies in General are not known for their branded card at all likely to quickly turn into useless pumpkins. Nokia 9 Pureview does not support the memory card does Samsung Galaxy S10+ — only instead of the second SIM card. Finally, there are no problems only ASUS Zenfone 6 — she’s got a microSD separate slot.

However, Huawei P30 Pro was much steeper than all other tested smartphones for battery life. ASUS Zenfone 6 has not helped even its huge battery of 5000 mAh, although they are still well done, that does not put her a little in return. Scored Samsung Galaxy S10+, especially compared to S9 and Galaxy Note 9 and their huge problems with autonomy. Worst of all was Nokia 9 Pureview, but it has the smallest battery.

In terms of design systems our four smartphone became divided into two camps. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ and P30 Huawei Pro your own shell on top of Android, both easy and intuitive to control, for a long time to get used to not have. ASUS Zenfone 6 and Nokia 9 Pureview, on the contrary, the interface is close to native Android 9 Pie that for some people just a plus — a minimum of preinstalled applications and similar debris.

In conclusion

Between ASUS Zenfone 6 and Nokia 9 Pureview to make a choice is not difficult — ASUS Zenfone 6 and at the same cost and performance, and extended battery life, and better photographs, in my opinion. In fact, even with more expensive flagships the ASUS Zenfone 6 is able to compete. As we have seen, he is the fastest in this test, in principle, has the most memory for the ruble. But he had no protection from the water, and the spinning camera is a moot point. Someone will appreciate its functionality, while others will be afraid to break it ahead of time. On the part of the photo “Senton” the leader in quality selfie, but it lacks a camera with optical zoom. In terms of zoom all “broke” Huawei P30 Pro, but the video takes better still Samsung Galaxy S10+. He is the undisputed leader in sound quality from the speakers, but the question is, is this still important for consumers. If you need the most Autonomous flagship smartphone, then no doubt, that Huawei P30 Pro.

In General, if you need maximum performance and memory for minimum money, then take ASUS Zenfone 6. If the maximum autonomy and the universal set of cameras, the Huawei P30 Pro. If in the first place for you the video and the best sound, the Samsung Galaxy S10+. Finally, if you are a fan of Nokia, it is better to wait for a better model.

According to the test results, we decided to celebrate Huawei P30 Pro award “Innovation” — because it is so steep the first zoom in a regular size size. And ASUS Zenfone 6 — award of “Best design,” because spinning the camera not just allows you to take the best selfie, but a godsend for a spy. This has never been done.

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