The Galaxy Note 10 & iPhone 11 are proof Huawei's an industry leader

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The Galaxy Note 10 & iPhone 11 are proof Huawei's an industry leader
Apple and Samsung have been at the forefront of the smartphone industry for years. The two are responsible for some of the biggest trends and have ultimately set the tone of innovation throughout the better part of this decade. Nowadays, however, the companies are sharing their position of dominance with a third competitor.

Just a couple of years ago, Huawei’s flagship smartphones were far from the premium offerings we see today. Many, myself included, saw them simply as devices that tried hard to mimic Apple’s iPhones or Samsung’s Galaxies. But this situation changed completely upon the arrival of the Huawei P20 Pro in early 2018.

Since then, Huawei has been leading the smartphone industry in a number of areas. The wide range of devices that try to emulate its features are evidence of this, but both the Galaxy Note 10 and iPhone 11 are perhaps the best proof of Huawei’s current influence over the market.

More rear cameras to better compete with Huawei

Although dual-camera setups started becoming popular in 2016 thanks to the arrival of the LG G5 and iPhone 7 Plus, the layouts didn’t reach mainstream status until mid-2017 when Samsung finally included two rear sensors on the Galaxy Note 8. Just months later, though, the implementations become old news.

In March 2018, Huawei announced the P20 Pro as the world’s first triple-camera smartphone. The flagship quickly became a hit and forced arch-rival Samsung to react. It rushed out a rather crappy quadruple-camera smartphone months later and, in a bid to better compete with Huawei, ultimately fitted this year’s Galaxy S10 with three rear cameras. Now, for the exact same reason, a similar setup is expected to make its way onto the Galaxy Note 10 while its larger sibling will gain a fourth sensor.

Let’s be clear, these upgrades to Samsung’s camera hardware were bound to happen eventually. But Huawei’s passion for innovation has clearly increased competitiveness in the smartphone industry and, in turn, benefited consumers. After all, without it, these important changes wouldn’t have happened so soon. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at the iPhone 11.

Despite producing some amazing devices, Apple is extremely stubborn when it comes to implementing new technologies. The company reuses its designs and features whenever possible but now, just one year after Huawei did it and consumers started demanding more, the Cupertino giant is suddenly ready to add an extra camera to its premium phones.

Their own versions of Night Mode

Night Mode is another trend Huawei kicked off with the P20 Pro. The company previously used a dedicated monochrome sensor which captured extra detail to produce better low-light photos but its software-backed Night Mode undeniably took things to a whole new level. Once again, this is something that probably would have happened sooner or later, but the fact Huawei had its version ready by early 2018 shows exactly how far ahead of the curve it was.

Google’s Night Sight didn’t arrive until eight months later while Samsung’s still trying to create a viable alternative. The latter has been improving its own version through a number of software updates but still struggles to achieve Huawei-like results. Apple’s situation, on the other hand, is rather laughable at the minute as it has no Night Mode at all. Nevertheless, the latest rumors suggest its hard at work on one that’ll launch alongside the iPhone 11 series in September, eighteen whole months after Huawei first introduced its alternative.

Huawei did the iPhone 11's square camera last year

Huawei certainly didn’t invent square-shaped camera modules but it most definitely was the first mainstream brand to fit its flagships with one that contained three sensors. The company itself never revealed why it chose the particular layout on last year’s Mate 20 Pro but subsequent iPhone 11 and Pixel 4 leaks suggest it could provide better photographic results.

Many people have already started accusing Apple and Google of copying Huawei’s design purposely but those statements, in my opinion, are pretty stupid. If either of these companies wanted to copy designs, they could have chosen a significantly more popular option. Google had total liberty when selecting a new design because it’s upgrading from an antiquated single-camera setup. Apple, on the other, could have simply elongated its vertical layout and avoided all of the controversies in the process. Despite this, both have chosen a square-camera module much like Huawei’s.

Apple and Google are unlikely to reveal why the particular layout has been chosen this year but it must offer some sort of benefit when it comes to taking pictures. Perhaps when it comes to combining data from multiple sensors which, if the case, is further proof Huawei’s choice last year was a smart one.

Fast chargers as standard across the board... finally!

Huawei has really made an effort over the past two years to improve the battery life of its devices. It’s also made significant advancements in the area of fast chargers – last October it introduced an incredible 40W charger and earlier this year it improved upon things with a 55W brick. Now, these changes are forcing Samsung and Apple to step up their game.

Samsung’s current situation is far from amazing but it’s at least acceptable. The brand’s latest flagships support the 15W fast charging technology it introduced years ago although pretty a soon a big upgrade is expected. Specifically, with the arrival of the Galaxy Note 10 in early August, the company is set to announce a new 45W fast charging alternative that’ll rival Huawei’s technology directly.

Moving on to Apple’s situation, quite frankly the company should be ashamed of itself at this point. Selling phones that cost up to $1449 with 5W chargers is simply inexcusable. Thankfully, Huawei’s influence over the industry finally seems to have sparked a reaction from the company which is reportedly preparing to ship the iPhone 11 series with an 18W fast charger as standard after years of complaints from customers.

Huawei did reverse wireless charging first too

While on the topic of charging technologies, the fact reverse wireless charging is about to become a standard feature in the flagship segment is even more proof Huawei’s a leader nowadays. The tech, which essentially means compatible smartphones can be used to charge wearables, phones, and other devices via wireless charging, was first introduced in October on the Mate 20 Pro. Samsung quickly announced its alternative called Wireless PowerShare in February and now Apple is rumored to be creating its own version.

Both Samsung and Apple’s variations should be present inside the Galaxy Note 10 and iPhone 11 respectively and, just like Huawei did last year, both brands are expected to focus on the ability to charge compatible wearables such as the Galaxy Buds and AirPods.

The Galaxy Note 10's gradient finish is clearly inspired by Huawei

Black, white, silver, and gold are basically the most common colors in the smartphone industry. This is especially true in the flagship segment although if a company's feeling adventurous or simply aiming to attract a younger crowd other options such as red and blue may be created. It's been this way for years now but last year Huawei really switched things up.

Alongside the P20 Pro, the world's second-largest smartphone manufacturer unveiled a new gradient color option called Twilight. It was met with a decent amount of skepticism but successfully caught the attention of consumers and became a huge hit among consumers. This popularity pushed other brands such as Xiaomi to develop their own alternatives for all kinds of smartphones, not just flagships. But now, as recently leaked press renders have revealed, Samsung is creating a gradient option for the Galaxy Note 10 which looks a lot like the Huawei P30 Pro's Breathing Crystal finish. 

As I'm sure many loyal fans will be keen to point out, Samsung's new Galaxy Note 10 color option isn't simply a direct copy of Huawei's. The former's gradient shifts color depending on the angle and lighting conditions while the latter's is a fixed one which simply transitions from A to B. Nevertheless, the similarities are obvious and few can argue that Samsung's new color doesn't exist because of Huawei – it created the trend, just like all the ones mentioned above, and now others are following.

Related phones

Galaxy Note 10
  • Display 6.3" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. alanrock

Posts: 326; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

and not a single word about politics ? ... respect.

3. danny_a2005

Posts: 365; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

Actually is a very good article

4. joshuaswingle

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Thank you!

9. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

You outdid yourself with this article man. Thumbs up. BTW, Huawei has been the only oem shipping with the IR blaster for years and now, we heard Samsung is bringing that back too.. loooooool, talk about dominance. No wonder their smartphone business is growing like wildfire..

63. shm224

Posts: 303; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

who really uses IR blasters on smartphone?

10. Mikele

Posts: 185; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

This article touched my heart! Keep up

12. joshuaswingle

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Thanks, guys! Really appreciate the positive comments

62. Vancetastic

Posts: 1754; Member since: May 17, 2017

When you can get both Apple AND Samsung fanboys upset with a single article, you know you’ve done something right.

67. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Do you wanna say Huawei leads the industry defeating apple and Samsung!??? It's a no smoking zone dude

6. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Huawei are simply ahead of everyone else now that it's almost laughable. It's also the first and only major Android OEM to do a legit 3D facial recognition (yet sport an UD FPS at the same time). Just wait till the mate 30 pro comes out. Huawei are killing everything in it's wake and politics from the US isn't going to change that.

47. foreverNOOB

Posts: 179; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

Nope, The first Android phone with 3d structure light/ dot projector/illuminator/infrared is Oppo Find X. Also Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition have it along with UD FPS,too. For Mi 8, i mean the very first "Explorer Edition" which got introduced alongside regular Mi8 as there are 2 versions of said Explorer Edition, one with full 3d and another one with only infrared. Both of them are available in China only.

2. ebfields

Posts: 30; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

That’s the very reason they had to try to place stumbling blocks in Huawei’s path. Those two giants had to sit up and realize that Huawei means serious business. While I love Samsung, I’ll still go for a great Huawei phone any day. Huawei is gonna bounce back stronger than ever. Remember everyone thought the Note line was dead after the Note 7 fiasco but look at it now, stronger than before. So shall Huawei rise like the Phoenix and take dominance in the phone industry.

7. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Exactly.. the only thing I can maybe complain about and that will need me to be nitpicky, would be the software aesthetics in which case, the Android customization will always take care of.

5. Guseinguliev

Posts: 129; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

maybe the other way around? if I am not mistaken p30 and the future note 10 copied y iphone x. do not talk nonsense!

16. pimpin83z

Posts: 597; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

As far as what? Camera placement or the amount of cameras & their specific need? There's a difference.

8. User123456789

Posts: 1150; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Galaxy Grand Prime VE had night mode. I know because it belonged to my mother and now it is my backup device. Nokia had much larger sensors years ago. We all know Oppo was experimenting periscope on prototypes since 2017.

55. ibrar1996

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

There's a difference in class leading night mode and average mid range night mode

11. ahmadkun

Posts: 663; Member since: May 02, 2016

I swear I had to double check If I’m reading this on Phone arena, great article keep it real

13. joshuaswingle

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Thank you!

17. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I was shocked as well and you can tell everyone is in agreement and actually surprised by their reaction..

18. Methlab

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 19, 2019

Same reaction here, I even went back to check the name of the author even before finishing reading the article. This is the best article I've read so far this year in PhoneArena. I wish you a great career!

20. joshuaswingle

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Thank you! It's my first ever editorial so all of the positivity is greatly appreciated :)

14. haruken

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

And Wawei phones copied Samsung's curved designs. Shall we make an article about that?

15. joshuaswingle

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

If your conclusion after reading this article is that I'm accusing companies of copying Huawei then you have completely misunderstood the point.

23. QuantumRazer

Posts: 160; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

When one intentionally misspells the company's name you know that that person is strongly biased against that company, which instantly makes his/her opinion worthless.

19. User123456789

Posts: 1150; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Just a proof that both just copy other today. Nothing new. We are getting to the point all phones will be exactly the same. Just different UI and brand logo, which sucks. One does something just because other just did, instead of trying something new. 99% has same front design. 90% has same bad 12MP 1/2.55" Useless 12Gb ram

45. oldskool50 unregistered

That's false. They aren't all copying. You can't copy an industry standard. If an OEm implements a standard first, so what. They were all gonna have their version at some point because its a stabdrad that everyone is gonna adopt. Wireless charging as an example is an industry standard. With each revision, its gonna get more powerful, faster and offer new capabilities too. But one phone gettign it first and another later, when they don't even own the technology behind it, means they are adopting the industry standard.

56. ibrar1996

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

And than comes sony, never copy and unique since a decade

21. slim3bdo

Posts: 186; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

When a PhoneArena article comes with 0% bias then judgment day is near . Great article and clearly shows the true reasons why so many entities ( pun intended) try to slow it down by any means necessary . And shows how competition is great for sane consumers .

31. maherk

Posts: 7012; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

To be fair to Joshua, he's always been honest and I don't remember him showing bias in his articles, thus why he was called by fanboys a hater or a fanboy of another OEM. You're doing a great job when you are pissing off fanboys from all camps, and that's what Joshua has been doing since he got here.

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