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Apple iPhone 12 vs Huawei Mate 40 Pro: Which Is Better?

author Luis Silva (December 2020 Updated: March 2021)

Apple iPhone 12, Huawei Mate 40 Pro

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Introduction

While Huawei's Mate 40 Pro hit stores in November of 2020, Apple's iPhone 12 went on sale one month sooner.

We are looking at how the iPhone 12 and the Mate 40 Pro compare to each other to help you decide which might be the right one for you.

If you have the time, click here to skip the spoilers and continue to the full comparison.

Bottom Line

Which is better, the Mate 40 Pro or the iPhone 12?

The Mate 40 Pro is more expensive than the iPhone 12, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

It features better battery life, more internal storage (256GB vs. 64GB), and external storage. But the iPhone 12 will deliver better glass protection, a better display, and Google's services.

Anything else?

With the Mate 40 Pro, you'll also get a higher refresh rate, Always-On, larger (+0.6") display, a telephoto lens (+112 mm), faster-charging speeds (66w vs. 20w), faster wireless charging (50w vs. 15w), reverse wireless charging, more RAM (8GB vs. 4GB), and Bluetooth 5.2. But the iPhone 12 also features a cleaner user interface and a lightweight body (48 g./1.69 oz less).

How much more are you willing to spend on the Mate 40 Pro?

If you're going off-contract, you'll have to spend approximately $185 more.

Is it worth getting the iPhone 12 in 2021?

The iPhone 12 is still one of the best phones you can buy in 2021 (depending on your budget), but given that it's now an older device, you can pick it up even cheaper than it was at launch. Having said that, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has more storage and more RAM.

Is the Mate 40 Pro still worth getting in 2021?

Just because the Mate 40 Pro was released last year doesn't mean I won't recommend it. Its overall score has not dropped much yet, and it's great for its good performance, good camera, great battery life, tons of storage, and fast charging. Although you can also check the iPhone 12 Pro.

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You'll rarely (if ever) find these two with the same price tag. That's something to consider when making a comparison between the two.

Down below, there's a "Tek-Score" in every analyzed section of these models. We evaluated every quantifiable specification, so you can better understand the difference between the two. You'll also have a global comparison rate if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

The weight of each section

This score is consumer-based from research done by Globalwebindex.com on what buyers are looking for when purchasing a smartphone. But you can customize how each section contributes to the global score according to what you value. You can go there right now or just keep reading.

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Some features have a colored bar next to them. That's so you can see how they rival its direct competitors.

If you click here:, you'll see our list, but basically, we include every smartphone within a 20+20% price range, up and down.

Some items are underlined, and you can tap to access the top 10 phones for that feature for any budget.

Price*
vs.
Device iPhone 12 Mate 40 Pro
Release Date 2020, October 2020, November 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?

Performance-wise, Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) rates the iPhone 12 10% ahead on the multi-core rankings. Basically, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. You should be aware that apps on iOs usually run smoother because the OS is tailored for its hardware.

The iPhone 12's performance does stand out by comparing it with other smartphones from this price range. The average rate is 2966, but it got 4067.

By the way, you can define both of them as high-end.

Regarding their chipset, while the Huawei Mate 40 Pro comes with the Hisilicon Kirin 9000 SoC, the Apple iPhone 12 has the Apple A14 SoC.

About the graphics: while the first one brings a Mali-G78 MP24, the other has a proprietary Apple GPU.

The iPhone 12 brings the iOS 14.1 OS from the factory, and the Mate 40 Pro has Android 10 and EMUI 10.

Some users did install the Google Play Store on recent Huawei phones, but please be aware that officially you won't get Google apps, and some essential apps may be missing too on the Mate 40 Pro.

Performance*
vs.
Features iPhone 12 Mate 40 Pro
SoC Apple A14 Hisilicon Kirin 9000
Graphics Apple GPU Mali-G78 MP24
Geekbench 5 Score 4067
3704
-363
OS iOS 14.1 Android 10 and EMUI 10
Tek-Score
8.8
8.2
-0.6

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Apple iPhone 12 front transparent png Huawei Mate 40 Pro front transparent png

The Mate 40 Pro has a better display, and it wins by a significant margin. But you should feel safer with the better glass protection on the iPhone 12.

The iPhone 12 offers a sharp, 6.1-inch AMOLED display that is considerably smaller than the 6.7-inch AMOLED panel on the Mate 40 Pro. You'll likely have set your preferences already on the display type and size. AMOLED has perfect contrast and viewing angles, but its whites do hurt the battery life.

The Mate 40 Pro benefits from a higher resolution, at 1344x2772 pixels, while the iPhone 12 has 1170x2532 pixels. If you favor small notches, at least the Mate 40 Pro has a tinier notch.

Just a small drop may shatter your phone, so I have to put this out: Unfortunately, the Mate 40 Pro doesn't have any known type of display protection, while the iPhone 12 has a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

To me, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro has one significant advantage here, which is the Always-On-Display.

If you're looking for the brightest display, the iPhone 12 will deliver 639 nits, while the Mate 40 Pro can do 168 nits above that.

These two are capable of displaying HDR10 media.

If you favor smooth scrolling over battery life, your only option is the Mate 40 Pro with its 90hz screen.

Given the iPhone 12, 94% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and all of them have an AMOLED screen.

Concerning the Mate 40 Pro, all of its rivals can play HDR content, have an AMOLED screen, and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better, and 80% of them offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate and have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features iPhone 12 Mate 40 Pro
Size 6.1
6.7
0.6
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1170x2532
1344x2772
763128
Refresh Rate 60hz 90hz 30
Dots per Inch 457.25
459.80
2.54
Always-On-Display No Yes
Notch Wedge Hole
Peak Brightness 639 nits
807 nits
168
HDR HDR10 HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
2.9
9.2
6.2
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus -
Tek-Score
7.5
3.2
-4.3

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Apple iPhone 12 back transparent png Huawei Mate 40 Pro back transparent png

Looking at DXOMARK's ranking, one can conclude that the iPhone 12 is approximately 21% above other competitors from its price range. Although the Mate 40 Pro is the clear winner.

Who's gonna win this battle? Apple's iPhone 12 features a 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/1.6, a 26mm wide-angle lens, four flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It can record videos at up to 2160p.

It also has another shooter with a 12 Megapixels sensor and an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

Its selfie camera features a 12 MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 132. By including its wide-angle lens, it can go up to 139 points. You can check their review if you click here.

To put things in perspective: all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. On the other hand, only 6% of them feature a macro lens.

The Mate 40 Pro features a whopping 50 Megapixels (f/1.9) shooter and a 23mm wide-angle lens. You can also count on one flash LED, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It also records videos at up to 2160 pixels. There's also an extra dual sensor with 12 Megapixels (f/3.4 and an astounding 125mm telephoto lens) and 20 Megapixels (f/1.8) with an 18mm ultra-wide-angle lens, working together to give more freedom when framing shots.

Did you know? By zooming in and cropping a 50 Megapixels photo, you can get the same shot you'd get on a 12 Megapixels shooter with 2x optical zoom.

You can get selfies with 13 MP Megapixels. It has a lens with f/2.4 of aperture and a 18 mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

On DXOMARK's reviewing article, they gave this shooter 140 points. And by adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we end up with a rate of 156 points. If you want to know more about it, check it here.

Lastly, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, feature a telephoto lens, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Still, none of them feature a macro lens.

Considering this score, we can classify these two as high-end.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera iPhone 12 Mate 40 Pro
Megapixels 12
50
38
Aperture 1.6
1.9
0.3
Lens 26mm
23mm
-3
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 4 1 -3
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 139
156
17

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 12 Mate 40 Pro vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 2.4
3.4
1.0
Lens 13mm 125mm (5.4x zoom)
112
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Telephoto lens
Megapixels - 20
Aperture - 1.8
Lens - 18mm
Lens Type - Wide-Angle
Score 7 16 9
Selfie Camera iPhone 12 Mate 40 Pro vs.
Megapixels 12
13
1
Aperture 2.2
2.4
0.2
Lens 23mm 18mm -5
iPhone 12 Mate 40 Pro vs.
Tek-Score
8.2
9.2
1.0

Who has the best frame?

The iPhone 12 does have an advantage here, thanks to its weight.

The iPhone 12 has a height of 146 mm (5.75 inches) and a width of 71 mm (2.80 inches). The Mate 40 Pro, on the other hand, is 16 mm taller and 4 mm larger (about 0.63 inches by 0.16 inches).

When it comes to thickness, they're almost equal: 7 mm (0.28 inches) vs. 9 mm (0.35 inches).

Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. The iPhone 12 weighs 164 g. (5.78 oz), while its rival is 48 g. (1.89 oz) heavier. If you want a big screen in a light phone, I've come up with an adapted "display size to phone weight ratio" rate. The iPhone 12 got 6.9, meaning it has a pretty nice weight for its display size. The Mate 40 Pro, however, has 3.4, which suggests it's considerably hefty.

If you like having color options, you can buy the iPhone 12 in Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue. The Mate 40 Pro, in its turn, comes in Mystic Silver, Black, White, Green, and Yellow.

If you like having a big phone, you should consider the Mate 40 Pro. Otherwise, the other one is the way to go.

Is the lack of a fingerprint scanner a deal-breaker to you? There's one under the display and Face ID of the Mate 40 Pro but not on the iPhone 12.

Although a pin isn't the only login option in the iPhone 12. Usually, logging in with a fingerprint scanner is faster, but at least you'll get a Face ID scanner.

The iPhone 12 truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep, much like the Mate 40 Pro. It should be for less than 30 minutes, in standby mode, so no underwater photos.

Looks*
vs.
Body iPhone 12 Mate 40 Pro
Size 146 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.15 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
162 x 75 x 9 mm
(5.71 x 2.65 x 0.32 in)
36788
Weight 164 g. (5.78 oz)
212 g. (7.48 oz)
48
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue Mystic Silver, Black, White, Green, and Yellow
Screen To Body Ratio 88.18%
93.57%
5.39
Disp.Size To Weight Score 6.9 3.4 -3.4
Looks 10.0/10
10.0/10
0.0
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Under Display Fingerprint and Face ID
Tek-Score
8.6
6.8
-1.7

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

Which has the best battery?

The iPhone 12 does have a smaller battery, with 2815 mAh, while the Mate 40 Pro has 4400 mAh. And as reported by GSMArena, the winner is the Mate 40 Pro.

If you charge it up, this is what you'll find out about the iPhone 12:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 79% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll probably have 64% left for the rest of the day.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll still get 64% to spend doing other things.

And this is how the Mate 40 Pro handles these tests:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 83% of the battery remaining.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 69% left.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll be with 71%.

Both phones support fast-charging. You can charge the iPhone 12 at a maximum of 20w/hour and the Mate 40 Pro up to 66w/hour.

They all include wireless charging, and they charge at 15w vs. 50w. That's nice. Apple brought MagSafe from their Macbooks so you can effortlessly charge the new iPhones. It's convenient if you're willing to carry another charger.

A nice add-on to the Mate 40 Pro is the ability to charge any Qi-enabled gadgets at 5w.

Fast-charging is indeed fast with the Mate 40 Pro. Other devices from this price range usually stay at around 34w/hour.

Mate 40 Pro's Quick wireless charging is likewise snappy. That's uncommon in its class.

Battery*
vs.
Features iPhone 12 Mate 40 Pro
Capacity (mAh) 2815 4400 1585
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 79% left
83% left
4
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 64% left
69% left
5
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 64% left
71% left
7
Bat. To Phone Size Score 6.4 3.7 -2.7
Sub Tek-Score
6.9
7.4
0.5
Fast Charging 20w
66w
46
Wireless Charging 15w
50w
35
Reverse Charging No 5w
5
Tek-Score
6.6
8.6
2.0

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

Definitely, the Mate 40 Pro.

The iPhone 12 features 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. Memory cards aren't welcome here. If 4k videos and games are your things, it could be an issue sooner than later. You should know that at this price level, its rivals offer more RAM and more storage. They have 9GB of RAM and 135Gb of storage on average, but you can find better options.

The Mate 40 Pro, in its turn, has 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. You can count on the Nano Memory card to save the day. Again, you can get less storage but more RAM on most of its rivals. 11Gb/166Gb. That's the average.

Storage shouldn't be an issue on any of these phones. However, if videos or big games are your things, 64 GB may be too short for you.

Storage*
vs.
Features iPhone 12 Mate 40 Pro
RAM (GB) 4GB
8GB
4
Internal (GB) 64GB
256GB
192
Micro SD No Nano Memory (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
2.8
10.0
7.3

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The iPhone 12, because it has 5G.

Each one has its Bluetooth version: The iPhone 12 has 5.0, and the Mate 40 Pro has 5.2. Both phones have NFC.

Do you still favor wired headphones? None of them will help you with that. You can buy an adapter, but the wireless buds are your only option. You can have it anyway if you're not really leaning towards any of these. Perhaps you don't mind settling with the Sony Xperia 1 II.

The iPhone 12 is (LTE and) 5G compatible.

Connectivity
vs.
Features iPhone 12 Mate 40 Pro
Network 5G LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
5.2
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
4.6
4.1
-0.5

Which is more affordable?

The Apple iPhone 12 isn't the cheapest smartphone that you can buy. But if you do search for any deals and price drops, things can get interesting. You can also consider other phones because this one is 5% more expensive than the competition at this price segment. You can find them for about $713. On the other hand, you'll likely find the Mate 40 Pro at a higher price range, but that's probably something you already knew.

Let's see if it really worths it or not.

Here are their recently updated prices:

Apple iPhone 12

Reference: $880

Apple iPhone 12

Huawei Mate 40 Pro

Reference: $1,065

Huawei Mate 40 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 12 Mate 40 Pro VS
Amazon - ! 0.71 -
eBay 0.90 - -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

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

Are you curious to know what their global score is? But first, let's see where its rivals are. It's 7.1 for the iPhone 12 and 7.6 for the Mate 40 Pro.

Verdict: What Makes the Huawei Mate 40 Pro Stand Out?

The Mate 40 Pro is the obvious winner here, but if you really value a hassle-free user experience, you should pick the iPhone 12.

But if you don't care about Google's services and apps, nor Gorilla Glass, and you just want to take amazing photos, then the Mate 40 Pro is the logical choice.

You'll get things like high refresh rates on an Always-on display, a fantastic telephoto lens, a full glass device, much better battery life, astonishing charging speeds (wired or wirelessly), and reverse charging.

On top of that, you'll also get much more internal storage (256GB vs. 64GB), double the RAM, and external storage support.

Pros iPhone 12 Mate 40 Pro
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Cameras Always-On-Display
#4 Fast Charging Cameras
#5 Wireless Charging Battery Life
#6 Glass Protection Fast Charging
#7 Wireless Charging
#8 MicroSD Slot
#9 Storage
Cons iPhone 12 Mate 40 Pro
#1 Always-On-Display Weight
#2 MicroSD Slot 3.5mm Jack
#3 3.5mm Jack Price
#4 Price Glass Protection
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score iPhone 12 Mate 40 Pro
Gaming Score
6.3
8.0
1.7
Tek-Score
6.76
7.71
0.95
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 12 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $699
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $650
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $875
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $609
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $609
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $643
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $799
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • OnePlusrival8
    $630
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $849
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $799

 Huawei Mate 40 Pro 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $875
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $925
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
    $1160
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $955
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $995
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
    $1120
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro Max
    $1090
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $950
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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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