PER­FOR­MANCE

Fi­nally, which phone helps you get more done, faster, and with­out any drama?

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One charge of the Mate 20 Pro lasts a day and a half, or longer with light use

Has Ap­ple ever re­leased a slug­gish phone? We cer­tainly can’t think of one, and this cat­e­gory of big flag­ships was never go­ing to be home to any­thing other than the most pow­er­ful of chips. Ap­ple’s A12 Bionic, how­ever, takes the crown as the world’s most pow­er­ful phone CPU. Ev­ery­thing is slick and smooth, so much so that you feel like you’re never tax­ing it.

The bat­tery life on iPhones has al­ways been dis­tinctly av­er­age, but the XS Max is ca­pa­ble of with­stand­ing a full day’s use… Un­less, that is, you’re play­ing games all day.

The Mate 20 Pro is equipped with a high-ca­pac­ity bat­tery and a fast charg­ing port to match. One sin­gle charge lasts a day and a half, or longer with light use – you can eke it out to two if you don’t ham­mer it. Clev­erly, the phone can be used as a wire­less charg­ing power bank for other Qi de­vices.

The Kirin 980 CPU teamed with An­droid Pie (over­laid with the lean EMUI 9 skin) makes for a snappy part­ner­ship, and there’s plenty of power there for those times when you’re swap­ping be­tween apps like crazy. The Mate loses a few points for us­ing Huawei’s NM Cards in­stead of mi­croSD – they’re more ex­pen­sive – but at least it has ex­pand­able stor­age, eh Ap­ple?

The Note9’s bat­tery life falls be­tween that of the other two phones, with only the light­est of users see­ing a full se­cond day from a sin­gle charge. Early batches of the Note9 came with An­droid 8.1, but the One UI im­ple­men­ta­tion of Pie has al­ready been re­vealed, and im­proves the one-handed use of the phone con­sid­er­ably.

Pro­duc­tiv­ity apps ben­e­fit from the in­cluded S Pen, whether it’s be­ing used to take notes or doo­dle un­flat­ter­ing car­toons of your boss. The phone speeds along nicely, no mat­ter what you call on it to do. Sam­sung also has a great way of set­ting pairs of apps to run eas­ily in split-screen mode, mak­ing use of that gen­er­ous dis­play. The Mate 20 Pro of­fers that as well, but the iPhone XS Max doesn’t.

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