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Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Mate 30 Pro: Should You Upgrade?

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

The Mate 30 Pro will cost you more, but it also is the better device of the two considering their specs.

It comes with better performance (+24%) and better glass protection. But the Mate 20 Pro features Google's services.

What else stands out?

The Mate 30 Pro also gives you a larger (+0.2") display, faster wireless charging (27w vs. 15w), more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB), and Bluetooth 5.1.

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're considering a new and unlocked smartphone, you'll have to invest an additional amount close to $299.

Is it worth buying the Mate 20 Pro in 2021?

You shouldn't pick the Mate 20 Pro in 2021 unless you can find an outstanding deal. You should be considering something else like the Samsung Galaxy S20, as it'll have more security updates and more RAM.

Is it still worth buying the Mate 30 Pro in 2021?

It's 2021. Just skip the Mate 30 Pro. If you want good performance, a good camera, good battery life, excellent glass protection, optical zoom, and fast charging, then fine. But if you prefer better performance and more security updates, there are other options. Go for the Apple iPhone 12 if you can.

Just keep reading if you want to know everything about them, how they fare against their competition, and how the industry is scoring their specs.

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Are you thinking about upgrading, or would you like to know if the newer Mate 30 Pro justifies it's increased price with better specs?

Either way, let's check that out.

Huawei introduced its Mate 30 Pro model in September of 2019. Meanwhile, Huawei's Mate 20 Pro started to sell in November of 2018.

Here you can look at the Mate 20 Pro and the Mate 30 Pro, compare each other's features, and decide which one is best for you. Let us delve into the finer details.

You'll never find the Mate 30 Pro at the price of the Mate 20 Pro. That's something you should keep in mind when comparing them.

Do consider avoiding the Mate 20 Pro, as it has stopped receiving android and security updates.

Look out for a "Tek-Score" in every section of this article. All the specifications were examined to allow you a faster discerning of the variation between the phones. We'll also provide a global score for comparison if you're curious about other models aside from these two.

The weight of each section

This score is based on research from Globalwebindex.com about what people want from their next smartphone. But don't let that daunt you. You can set it based on what you value. You can skip to the end, or just keep reading until you get there.

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

Some features are underlined with a red or green progress bar. That can help you understand how they sit side by side with equivalently priced phones.

By clicking here: you'll see which ones we've analyzed, but we've only included smartphones within a 40% price range.

You can click on any underlined feature to check the related top 10 listings for up to seven different budgets.

Device Mate 20 Pro Mate 30 Pro
Release Date 2018, November 2019, September 1y.
OS Updates 2 years 2 years 0y.
Security Updates 2 years 2 years 0y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

About performance: Geekbench 5 scores the Mate 30 Pro 24% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. It's something to consider, but it shouldn't be a deal-breaker.

We can classify the Mate 30 Pro as a lower high-end.

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is available with the Hisilicon Kirin 990 processor, while the Huawei Mate 20 Pro brings the Hisilicon Kirin 980 processor.

If you're a gamer, you'll like to know that the former features a Mali-G76 MP16, and the latter has a Mali-G76 MP10.

At least you'll get the Android 9 (Pie) and EMUI 9 on the Mate 20 Pro, and the Mate 30 Pro got the 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 30 Pro.

Features Mate 20 Pro Mate 30 Pro
SoC Hisilicon Kirin 980 Hisilicon Kirin 990
Graphics Mali-G76 MP10 Mali-G76 MP16
Geekbench 5 Score 2319
OS Android 9 (Pie) and EMUI 9 Android 10 and EMUI 10

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Huawei Mate 20 Pro front transparent png Huawei Mate 30 Pro front transparent png

The Mate 20 Pro is the winner here, but that isn't something to worry about. But the Mate 30 Pro's glass is more resistant to shatter and scratches.

The Mate 30 Pro features a 6.5" AMOLED display, while the Mate 20 Pro has a smaller 6.3" AMOLED display. You'll likely have set your preferences already on the display type and size. Me, I'd go for an AMOLED screen, but a decent LCD can be just as good.

If you're looking for the most high-resolution display, the Mate 20 Pro is a winner here.

Screen bezels are shrinking in size almost every passing day, so let's get the elephant out of the room. The Mate 20 Pro has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, while the Mate 30 Pro display has a previous generation's Gorilla Glass 6.

There's an Always-On display on both Huaweis. That's a must-have feature for me.

If you don't manually set the screen brightness, there isn't that much of a difference here. Both can do around 660 nits.

Both phones do support HDR10-compatible media.

About the Mate 20 Pro, 91% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and 95% have an AMOLED screen.

Compared to the Mate 30 Pro, just so you know, 86% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 91% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
Features Mate 20 Pro Mate 30 Pro
Size 6.3
Resolution (px) 1440x3120
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 545.44
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Wedge Wedge
Peak Brightness 660 nits
683 nits
Sub Tek-Score
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 6

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Huawei Mate 20 Pro back transparent png Huawei Mate 30 Pro back transparent png

You should note that the Mate 30 Pro is in the neighborhood of 49% above its adversaries with comparable prices. And that's enough to beat the Mate 20 Pro too.

Let's delve into their cameras. Together, a whopping 40 Megapixels sensor, an aperture of f/1.8, a 27mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization makes up the Mate 20 Pro camera set. Adding to that, you'll still get the ability to record videos at up to 2160p.

It also has a secondary 8 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.4, plus an 80mm telephoto lens. And a third of 20 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 16mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

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.

There's also a 24 MP selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.0 and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK gave this shooter a score of 117. If you also consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it'll get 130** points. If you click here, you can check what they think of it.

PS: you should know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Yet, only 18% of them feature a macro lens.

The standard camera on the back of the Mate 30 Pro has a whopping 40 Megapixels sensor and a 27mm, f/1.6 aperture, wide-angle lens. It also has two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. When it comes to recording videos, it can do 2160p. You'll also get two additional sensors, one with 8 Megapixels, an aperture of f/2.4 plus an 80mm telephoto lens, and another with 40 Megapixels (f/1.8) with an 18mm 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 the same shot you'd get on a 10 Megapixels shooter with 2x optical zoom, just like the Mate 20 Pro.

The front-facing camera features a generous 32 MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.0 and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK evaluated this camera, and here's the score: 129. By adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that score goes up to 142**. Just click here to read about it.

Lastly, 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. Additionally, only 18% of them feature a macro lens.

One can place the Mate 30 Pro as high-end.

One could buy any of these phones on the 3x optical zoom alone. It can save lots of otherwise pixelated photos.

**Consider this as an estimative, especially with cameras with less than 40MP and no telephoto lens. They just changed their protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera Mate 20 Pro Mate 30 Pro
Megapixels 40
Aperture 1.8
Lens 27mm
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 2 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 130

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Mate 20 Pro Mate 30 Pro vs.
Megapixels 8
Aperture 2.4
Lens 80mm (3x zoom)
80mm (3x zoom)
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 20 40 20
Aperture 2.2 1.8 -0.4
Lens 16mm 18mm 2
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Score 13 13 0
Selfie Camera Mate 20 Pro Mate 30 Pro vs.
Megapixels 24
Aperture 2.0
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
Mate 20 Pro Mate 30 Pro vs.

Who has the best frame?

There isn't a clear winner, so you can't go wrong here.

The Mate 20 Pro has a height of 6.19 inches (157 mm) and a width of 2.84 inches (72 mm). The Mate 30 Pro came out 0.04 inches (1 mm) taller and 0.04 inches (1 mm) wider.

Both are 8 mm thicker (about 0.32 inches).

Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. The Mate 20 Pro weighs 189 g. (6.67 oz), while the other is 9 g. (0.35 oz) heavier. But because screen size also matters, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The Mate 20 Pro got a score of 4.5, which means it has an acceptable score for a 6.3 inches screen. Having said that, the Mate 30 Pro has 4.2, so nothing to state here.

You can have the Mate 20 Pro in Emerald Green, Twilight, Midnight Blue, Pink Gold, and Black. And you can compare that with the Black, Cosmic Purple, Space Silver, and Emerald Green, which comes with the Mate 30 Pro.

They share their size, so there ain't much to see here.

Do you value a fingerprint scanner? They all have one.

The Mate 20 Pro is resistant to water up to 1 to 3 meters, much like the Mate 30 Pro. That should be for up to 30 minutes, and it's standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.

Body Mate 20 Pro Mate 30 Pro
Size 157 x 72 x 8 mm
(5.54 x 2.54 x 0.28 in)
158 x 73 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.58 x 0.28 in)
Weight 189 g. (6.67 oz)
198 g. (6.98 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Emerald Green, Twilight, Midnight Blue, Pink Gold, and Black Black, Cosmic Purple, Space Silver, and Emerald Green
Screen To Body Ratio 86.19%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.5 4.2 -0.3
Looks 9.8/10
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint and Face ID Under Display Fingerprint and Face ID

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

Which has the best battery?

The Mate 20 Pro does have a battery capacity of 4200 mAh versus the 4500 mAh of the Mate 30 Pro. But GSMArena did test them out, and there's no real difference between them.

This is how the Mate 20 Pro performs after a full charge:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll still have 83% left.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, the battery charge will be about 69%.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, this is where your battery will be: 69%.

And these are Mate 30 Pro's patterns:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll end up with 83% of the battery charge.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, this phone should end up with 69%.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, this is where your battery will be: 73%.

If you're wondering about their charging speeds, these two can charge at 40watts.

They all include wireless charging, and they charge at 15w vs. 27w. That's nice.

Both can charge any QI-enabled gadgets, like smartphones or earbuds.

Fast charging is indeed fast with the Mate 30 Pro. That's rare because phones from this budget frequently max out at about 31w.

The Mate 30 Pro's wireless charging is likewise faster than the traditional 5w. That isn't as frequent on its direct rivals.

Features Mate 20 Pro Mate 30 Pro
Capacity (mAh) 4200 4500 300
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
83% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 69% left
69% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 69% left
73% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.5 5.0 -0.5
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 40w
Wireless Charging 15w
Reverse Charging 2.5w

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

None of them has.

Huawei put 6GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage on the Mate 20 Pro. You can add at least 256GB here because you can top that with a Nano Memory card.

In its turn, the Mate 30 Pro features 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. You can also count on the Nano Memory card to save the day.

Features Mate 20 Pro Mate 30 Pro
Internal (GB) 128GB
Micro SD Nano Memory (shared SIM slot) Nano Memory (shared SIM slot)

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The Mate 30 Pro for sure, as it has Bluetooth 5.1.

Surprisingly, they don't share the same Bluetooth version. The Mate 20 Pro got the 5.0, and the Mate 30 Pro the 5.1. Both phones have NFC, so nothing special here.

There isn't much to say about the 3.5mm headphone jack, except that it simply isn't here. You can try an adapter if you want, but the wireless buds are the way to go here. Or you can also check its rivals if you don't care that much about 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 check other phones like the Oppo Find X2 Neo.

Features Mate 20 Pro Mate 30 Pro
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No

Which is more affordable?

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro may not be the best bang for your buck. That, of course, depends on the place and the deals that you'll eventually find. On the other hand, you'll likely find the Mate 30 Pro at a higher price range, but I think that you can find some additional value in it.

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

I do hope you're considering buying the newest phone.

Here are their recently updated prices:

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Reference: $550

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Reference: $849

Huawei Mate 30 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 Mate 20 Pro Mate 30 Pro VS
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eBay 1.27 1.15 -0.12
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

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Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. They're at 6.8 (for the Mate 20 Pro) and 6.9 (for the Mate 30 Pro).

Verdict: What Makes the Huawei Mate 30 Pro Stand Out?

In the end, it all comes down to the deals that you can find. Just don't forget that the Mate 30 Pro doesn't have Google Services. If that isn't a deal-breaker for you, you'll get a faster SoC, a display with Gorilla Glass 6, albeit losing some dots per inch, a fantastic camera also with 3x of optical zoom, better battery, and 8GB of RAM.

Considering the price difference, if you want to avoid the hassle of searching for that unpopular app you got used to, I believe the Mate 20 Pro is a safer bet.

Pros Mate 20 Pro Mate 30 Pro
#1 AMOLED Performance
#2 Always-On-Display AMOLED
#3 Cameras Always-On-Display
#4 Battery Life Cameras
#5 Fast Charging Battery Life
#6 Wireless Charging Fast Charging
#7 MicroSD Slot Wireless Charging
#8 MicroSD Slot
#9 Glass Protection
Cons Mate 20 Pro Mate 30 Pro
#1 Weight Weight
#2 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#3 Price Price
Relative Score*
Global Score Mate 20 Pro Mate 30 Pro
Gaming Score
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.


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.


"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.


"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.



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.

 Huawei Mate 20 Pro 
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
  • OnePlusrival8
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
  • OnePlusrival8T
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro

 Huawei Mate 30 Pro 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40
  • OnePlusrival8
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
  • OnePlusrival8T
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 11

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.


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.



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.


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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