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Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max vs Huawei P30 Pro: Should You Try A New OS?

author Luis Silva (July 2020 Updated: May 2021 - 8 min. reading time)

The iPhone 11 Pro Max will cost you more, but it isn't the better device of the two considering their specs.

It gives you better performance (+44%), better glass protection, and a better display. But the P30 Pro adds more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB) and external storage.

What else do they have to offer?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max also features a cleaner user interface and better outdoor brightness. But the P30 Pro also features an Always-On display, a telephoto lens (+73 mm), a lightweight body (34 g./1.20 oz less), faster-charging speeds (40w vs. 18w), faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w), reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (6GB vs. 4GB).

Having said that, none of them truly stood out because they almost share the same score.

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, you should be saving (close to $220), not paying more.

Is it still worth buying the iPhone 11 Pro Max in 2021?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is a pretty decent smartphone in 2021, and while it isn't the best device out there, at least it's more affordable now. Having said that, the iPhone 12 has better performance and more security updates.

Is the P30 Pro still worth getting in 2021?

I wouldn't get the P30 Pro in 2021. You'd get good camera, good battery life, optical zoom, and fast charging, but with no security updates, I'm sure you'll be better off with better performance, more security updates, and more RAM. Go for the OnePlus 8 if you can.

Read on to know more about them, how they rival their competition, and how the tech experts evaluate their specs.

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Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, Huawei P30 Pro

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Introduction

If you're torn between the best of Apple and the picture powerhouse that's the P30 Pro (that most likely is the last Huawei with Google services), then you're at the right place.

Huawei launched its P30 Pro in March of 2019, while Apple's iPhone 11 Pro Max arrived at stores in September of 2019.

We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the P30 Pro.

These two have a considerable price difference between them. Remember that when you're comparing the two models.

You should be aware that the P30 Pro has stopped receiving android and security updates.

Down below, there's a "Tek-Score" in every analyzed section of these models. For a quicker analysis of how far they are from each other, we'll consider all their specifications. The global score will help you compare them to other phones if you're interested in other than these two.

The weight of each section

This score is consumer-based from research done by Globalwebindex.com on what features users value on new smartphones. But don't let that daunt you. You can set it based on what you value. Click here to skip everything, but I encourage you to keep reading.

For additional information regarding our smartphone comparisons, check this FAQ.

There's a colored progress bar next to some items. That's to show how they relate to the ones from similarly priced smartphones.

Here's our contestant panel: but we only include smartphones with price tags from -20% to +20%.

Feel free to click any feature title to check out our corresponding eight top 10 listings for every budget.

Price*
vs.
Device iPhone 11 Pro Max P30 Pro
Release Date 2019, September 2019, March 0y.
OS Updates 6 years 2 years -4y.
Security Updates 6 years 2 years -4y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

As for performance, Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) scores the iPhone 11 Pro Max 44% ahead of its competitor in the multi-core ranking. You should also consider other features, but if you value every second you save, go for this one. You should be aware that apps on iOs usually run smoother because it is a more optimized OS.

By the way, you can define the iPhone 11 Pro Max as high-end and the P30 Pro as a lower high-end.

Regarding their chipset, while the Huawei P30 Pro comes with the Hisilicon Kirin 980 SoC, the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max has the Apple A13 SoC.

Regarding the graphics chipset, the former features a Mali-G76 MP10, and the latter has a proprietary Apple GPU.

At least you'll get the iOS 13 on the iPhone 11 Pro Max, and the P30 Pro has Android 9 (Pie) and EMUI 10 at its core.

Performance*
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro Max P30 Pro
SoC Apple A13 Hisilicon Kirin 980
Graphics Apple GPU Mali-G76 MP10
Geekbench 5 Score 3435
2378
-1057
OS iOS 13 Android 9 (Pie) and EMUI 10
Tek-Score
7.7
6.0
-1.8

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max front transparent png Huawei P30 Pro front transparent png

The P30 Pro is the title-holder here, and you'd be able to tell the difference. But the glass on the iPhone 11 Pro Max is much tougher.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max offers a sharp, 6.5-inch AMOLED display slightly larger than the 6.4-inch AMOLED panel on the P30 Pro. Which one would you choose? Do you favor AMOLED screens?

The display of the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a resolution of 1242x2688 Full HD. The P30 Pro, in its turn, has 1080x2340 Full HD.

No one likes to look at a shattered screen, so you need to know about their glass protection. I couldn't find any reference to any type of screen protection for the P30 Pro, but the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a Corning toughened glass.

There's a phone with an Always-On display here, the Huawei P30 Pro.

If you don't manually set the screen brightness, the iPhone 11 Pro Max can do 811 nits, while the P30 Pro can only do 206 nits below that.

Very few rivals share this maximum brightness. Usually, they average at 760 nits, but the P30 Pro stays at 155 nits below that.

Both phones do support HDR10 videos.

If you're leaning towards the iPhone 11 Pro Max, just know that all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, 78% offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better, and 83% have an Always-On display.

For the P30 Pro, as a reference, 88% of its rivals can play HDR content, 96% have an AMOLED screen, and 92% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro Max P30 Pro
Size 6.5
6.4
-0.1
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1242x2688
1080x2340
-811296
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 455.55
402.69
-52.86
Always-On-Display No Yes
Notch Wedge Teardrop
Peak Brightness 811 nits
605 nits
-206
HDR HDR10 HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
3.2
7.9
4.7
Protection Corning toughened glass -
Tek-Score
5.9
2.8
-3.1

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max back transparent png Huawei P30 Pro back transparent png

By DXOMARK's standards, the P30 Pro is also roughly 69% above its adversaries for the same budget. Still, it isn't the one I'm recommending.

Flip the phones over, let's start the cameras' battle. The iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/1.8, a 26mm wide-angle lens, four flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It can record videos at up to 2160p.

It also features two auxiliary cameras. One has 12 Megapixels with an aperture of f/2.0, plus a 52mm telephoto lens. And another shooter with 12 Megapixels (f/2.4) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

Want to know about its selfie capabilities? It has a 12 MP (f/2.2) shooter and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 132. And if you take into account the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it can go up to 143 points. For an in-depth review, click here.

PS: all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization, and 78% feature a telephoto lens. On the other hand, none of them feature a macro lens.

The P30 Pro features a whopping 40 Megapixels (f/1.6) shooter and a 27mm wide-angle lens. You can also count on two flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It also records videos at up to 2160 pixels. It also has a secondary 8 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/3.4 and an astounding 125mm telephoto lens and an extra 20 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 16mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

Just so you know: You can take a 40 Megapixels photo, zoom in and crop, and get (for example) an additional 2x of optical zoom and a 10 Megapixels sample.

What this picture-taking powerhouse is known for in the tech world is it's 50x hybrid zoom. While not being as good as a genuine 50x optical lens, thanks to AI, it is much better than the traditional digital zoom.

You can get selfies with 32 MP Megapixels. It has a lens with f/2.0 of aperture and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

The guys over at the DXOMARK labs scored this camera with 122 points. And if we consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, this score goes up to 137** points. For an out-and-out review, check their article.

Finally, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Regardless, only 20% of them feature a macro lens.

One can place these two more as high-end.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max, in its turn, features an optical zoom (of 2x), but it doesn't come close to the P30 Pro.

As a side note, the P30 Pro telescopic lens is 58mm above the rest on similarly priced devices, but the iPhone 11 Pro Max is 63mm lower.

**You should give this score a margin of error of up to 6 points, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. These guys recently updated their test protocol, and I only have few reviewed devices to deduce a compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera iPhone 11 Pro Max P30 Pro
Megapixels 12
40
28
Aperture 1.8
1.6
-0.2
Lens 26mm
27mm
1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 4 2 -2
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 143
137
-6

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 11 Pro Max P30 Pro vs.
Megapixels 12
8
-4
Aperture 2.0
3.4
1.4
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
125mm (4.6x zoom)
73
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 12 20 8
Aperture 2.4 2.2 -0.2
Lens 13mm 16mm 3
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Score 11 15 4
Selfie Camera iPhone 11 Pro Max P30 Pro vs.
Megapixels 12
32
20
Aperture 2.2
2.0
-0.2
Lens 23mm 26mm 3
iPhone 11 Pro Max P30 Pro vs.
Tek-Score
8.4
8.1
-0.4

Who has the best frame?

If you're still undecided about them, the P30 Pro is a better choice based on its weight. But they're not that far apart.

They do have their height in common (158 mm / 6.23 inches), but both come at different widths (77 mm / 3.03 inches vs. 73 mm / 2.88 inches).

These two have about the same thickness: 8 mm (0.32 inches).

The glass rear on these phones makes them feel great on the hand. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is 34 g. (1.20 oz) heavier than the other, weighing about 192 g. (6.77 oz). If you want a big screen in a lightweight phone, I've come up with an adapted "display size to phone weight ratio" score. The iPhone 11 Pro Max got 1.7, showing it's one of the heaviest phones for its screen size. In the meantime, the P30 Pro has 4.5, so nothing to state here.

You can have the iPhone 11 Pro Max in Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green. And you can compare that with the Aurora, Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Misty Lavender, Pearl White, Black, and Mystic Blue, which comes with the P30 Pro.

If you like having a big phone, you should consider the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Otherwise, the other one is more or less the same here.

Do you value a fingerprint scanner? Unfortunately, you can't count on the iPhone 11 Pro Max, but if you're already considering the P30 Pro, then good for you.

You can still use biometrics to log in on the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Some say Face ID isn't as secure, but it's there for you.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is resistant to water up to 1 to 3 meters, identical to the P30 Pro. It should be for less than 30 minutes, in standby and freshwater only, so no saltwater or pools here.

Looks*
vs.
Body iPhone 11 Pro Max P30 Pro
Size 158 x 77 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.72 x 0.28 in)
158 x 73 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.58 x 0.28 in)
-5056
Weight 226 g. (7.97 oz)
192 g. (6.77 oz)
-34
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green Aurora, Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Misty Lavender, Pearl White, Black, and Mystic Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 85.31%
87.17%
1.86
Disp.Size To Weight Score 1.7 4.5 2.8
Looks 9.6/10
10.0/10
0.4
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
6.4
7.5
1.1

*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.

Which has the best battery?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max does have a smaller battery, with 3969 mAh, while the P30 Pro has 4200 mAh. But GSMArena did test them out, and you shouldn't expect notable differences here.

If you charge it up, this is what you'll find out about the iPhone 11 Pro Max:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 83% of the battery charge.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 69% left for the rest of the day.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 73% left for the rest of the day.

And these are P30 Pro's patterns:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 84% of the battery remaining.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll probably have 70% left for the rest of the day.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, this is where your battery will be: 74%.

For your information, the P30 Pro also doesn't have many rivals at any given price range. Let's see if it still has a place on our top 10 list with the best battery life.

Fast charging's here, and both phones support it. The P30 Pro can go up to 40w, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max up to 18.

They all include wireless charging, and they charge at 5w vs. 15w. That's nice.

You can wirelessly charge any compatible device from the P30 Pro at up to 2.5w.

If you fancy quick charges, you can count on the P30 Pro. Other devices from this price range usually stay at around 31w/hour.

Battery*
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro Max P30 Pro
Capacity (mAh) 3969 4200 231
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
84% left
1
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 69% left
70% left
1
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 73% left
74% left
1
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.6 5.3 1.7
Sub Tek-Score
7.5
7.6
0.1
Fast Charging 18w
40w
22
Wireless Charging 5w
15w
10
Reverse Charging No 2.5w
2.5
Tek-Score
6.5
7.6
1.0

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The P30 Pro. Twice as much.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max features 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. Unfortunately, Apple didn't include a MicroSD slot. This shouldn't be an issue for most of us. I should also mention that most rivals deliver more RAM and more storage. They're around 9GB of RAM and 171Gb of storage.

The P30 Pro offers 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. You can count on the Nano Memory card to save the day.

Storage shouldn't be an issue on any of these phones. However, if you love to store 4k videos, 64 GB will be a problem sooner than later.

Storage*
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro Max P30 Pro
RAM (GB) 4GB
6GB
2
Internal (GB) 64GB
128GB
64
Micro SD No Nano Memory (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
2.8
7.5
4.8

*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

There isn't much to see here.

Bluetooth 5.0 is here, on both of them. Both phones also have NFC.

If you love good-old wired headphones, you're out of luck because none of them included a 3.5mm headphone jack. You may go for an adapter as a last resort, but it really isn't the same. Or you can also check its rivals if you don't mind searching for them. You'd have to pick a smartphone like the Sony Xperia 1 II.

These two are LTE compatible. If you want next-gen 5G connectivity, you should also consider the Oppo Find X2 Neo or the Oppo Reno4 Pro.

Connectivity
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro Max P30 Pro
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
3.6
3.6
0.0

Which is more affordable?

The Huawei P30 Pro isn't the cheapest smartphone that you can buy. But with a great deal or a price drop, it can be an impressive finding. On the other hand, you'll likely find the iPhone 11 Pro Max at a higher price range, but I'm not here to tell you if it's worth it. At least, the iPhone usually ages well with the updates and so.

Don't worry, because the following tables will help you make up your mind.

Here are their recently updated prices:

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Reference: $900

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Huawei P30 Pro

Reference: $680

Huawei P30 Pro

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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).

Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.

Value for money iPhone 11 Pro Max P30 Pro VS
Amazon 0.57 ! 1.07 -
eBay 0.56 - -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart 0.84 ! - -

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Smartphone Specs Statistics: The State Of The Art (Q1 2021)

Are you curious to know what their global score is? First, let me mention the average at their price range. They're at 7.5 (for the iPhone 11 Pro Max) and 6.9 (for the P30 Pro).

Verdict: What Makes the Huawei P30 Pro Stand Out?

If you value performance and system updates, then Apple is the way to go. You'll also get an extra bonus: a Corning glass display that at least adds some protection to it.

If you prefer a display with the Always-On feature or a camera with almost 5x of optical zoom, then the P30 Pro is the obvious choice. You'll also get a bit more battery life, faster charging speeds, including wireless and reverse charging. The P30 Pro also starts with 128GB of internal storage, but both of them lack the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Pros iPhone 11 Pro Max P30 Pro
#1 Performance AMOLED
#2 AMOLED Always-On-Display
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Battery Life Battery Life
#5 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#6 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#7 Glass Protection MicroSD Slot
Cons iPhone 11 Pro Max P30 Pro
#1 Always-On-Display Weight
#2 MicroSD Slot 3.5mm Jack
#3 Weight Price
#4 3.5mm Jack Glass Protection
#5 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score iPhone 11 Pro Max P30 Pro
Gaming Score
6.2
6.2
-0.1
Tek-Score
6.12
6.42
0.30
Your Score

Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.

Performance 1.9
Display 1.7
Cameras 1.4
Frame 0.9
Battery 1.9
Storage 2.0
Connectivity 0.4
Total Should be 10 or as close as possible: 9.6

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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Tek-Score explained

Every spec has it's own weigh on the global score.

Feature: Value
Battery Life: 1.28
Fast Charging: 0.31
Wireless Charging: 0.19
Reverse Charging: 0.08
Storage: 1.97
Performance: 1.86
Camera: 1.35
Glass protection: 1.08
Weight: 0.35
Waterproof: 0.35
AMOLED: 0.04
Always-On-Display: 0.31
DPI: 0.12
Refresh Rate: 0.04
Nits: 0.04
Notch: 0.04
Bluetooth: 0.08
NFC: 0.12
3.5mm jack: 0.19
Looks: 0.23
Total: 10

But there are a few things that I don't consider, like price, brand value, size, resell value, OS (iOS or Android), user experience, updates, RAM (included on performance), battery to phone size, display size to weight, network (LTE/5G), and biometrics.

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Progress bars explained

#1: A big red progress bar means that this value is way below the average. In this case, it's 28.85MP, and the iPhone XR is 16.85MP below the average.

#2: In this example, the XR is just 0.36mm below the average, that's why the red bar is almost unnoticeable.

#3: On the other hand, the SE 2 is 1.8mm above (hence, the green bar) the 26.2mm of average.

#4: Performance-wise, the SE 2 is well above the average (of 2512) for its price range. That's the reason the green bar is that long.

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"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained

This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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"Battery to device size" ratio explained

This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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Rivals

As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, and Walmart.


 Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $799
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $849
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $919
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $793
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $995
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $997
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $729
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $899
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra
    $1079

 Huawei P30 Pro 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $699
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
    $579
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $569
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $479
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $614
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $704
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $614
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $540
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $634
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $669
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $539
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8
    $630
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $509
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $514
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $565
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $479
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $500
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $599
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698
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Battery results

The battery score is based on Gsmarena's endurance rating and is taken with a screen brightness of 200 nits and a refresh rate of 60hz.

Assumptions: The display is off during a call, there's a web page refresh every 10 seconds, and the video playback is in Airplane mode.

You can click here for more information about those tests.

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Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mclass-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valclass for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they dclassn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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Nits

With regards to AMOLED screens, sometimes OEMs claim higher maximum brightness. That's because an AMOLED screen can push its brightness progressively higher as its white area gets smaller.

These values are from the lab tests made by GSMArena, and their white test pattern takes up 75% of the physical size of the screen.

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About GeekBench 5

This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.



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