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Huawei Mate 30 Pro vs Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: Which Fits Your Needs?

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

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is a little bit more expensive, but it isn't the better device of the two considering their specs.

It has Google's services. But the Mate 30 Pro will deliver a better display, more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB), and external storage.

Are there other things worth mentioning?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max also gives you a cleaner user interface. But the Mate 30 Pro will also give you an Always-On display, a telephoto lens (+28 mm), faster-charging speeds (40w vs. 18w), faster wireless charging (27w vs. 5w), reverse wireless charging, more RAM (8GB vs. 4GB), and Bluetooth 5.1.

How much more will those additional features cost me?

If you're going off-contract, you should be saving (close to $51), not paying more.

Is it worth getting the Mate 30 Pro in 2021?

Do consider not getting the Mate 30 Pro in 2021. You shouldn't get a phone that isn't going to receive security updates. Check out the OnePlus 8 Pro, for example, as it'll have more storage, more security updates, and better display.

Is it worth getting the iPhone 11 Pro Max in 2021?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max remains a great smartphone in part thanks to its good performance, a good camera, and good battery life. It still makes sense in 2021, but that doesn't mean a phone like the iPhone 12 Pro Max with better performance, more storage, more security updates, a better optical zoom, and more RAM isn't a better choice.

Keep reading for answers to all your questions about their differences, how they are any different from their competition, and how the industry is scoring their specs.

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The Mate 30 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max started selling in September of 2019.

We are looking at how the Mate 30 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max compare to each other to help you decide which might be the right one for you.

The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max and the Huawei Mate 30 Pro are about the same price, but you'll usually find the Mate 30 Pro at a lower price. That's something you should keep in mind when comparing them.

You should be aware that the Mate 30 Pro will be losing it's security updates sooner than later.

While scrolling down, you'll see a "Tek-Score" for each phone in every section. We evaluated every quantifiable specification, so you can better understand the difference between the two. There's also a global score for you to compare them to other phones if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

The weight of each section

We've based our score on a study from Globalwebindex.com on what features users value on new smartphones. But you'll be able to define how the global score is composed based on your personal preferences. You can skip to the end, or just keep reading until you get there.

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

You'll also see a progress bar underlining some features. That's to show how they sit side by side with equivalently priced phones.

Here is their competitors' extensive list: but basically, we've excluded every smartphone that's not within a 20% (above or below) price range.

Some features are also shortcuts to the related top 10 listings for all budgets.

Device Mate 30 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Release Date 2019, September 2019, September 0y.
OS Updates 2 years 6 years 4y.
Security Updates 2 years 6 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 19% ahead of its competitor in the multi-core ranking. On a day-to-day basis, it won't be that noticeable. iOS is much lighter than Android because Apple did their work to keep it fit.

It's safe to say that the Mate 30 Pro can be tagged as a lower high-end and the iPhone 11 Pro Max as a high-end device.

Inside the iPhone 11 Pro Max is the Apple A13 SoC, while on the Mate 30 Pro, there's the Hisilicon Kirin 990 chipset.

If you play heavy games on your phone, you should know that the former has a proprietary Apple GPU, while the latter has a Mali-G76 MP16.

The Mate 30 Pro brings the Android 10 and EMUI 10 OS from the factory, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max comes with iOS 13.

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 30 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
SoC Hisilicon Kirin 990 Apple A13
Graphics Mali-G76 MP16 Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 2880
OS Android 10 and EMUI 10 iOS 13

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Huawei Mate 30 Pro front transparent png Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max front transparent png

The Mate 30 Pro's display does stand out, and you'd be able to tell the difference.

They both share the same AMOLED display size: 6.5". Which one would you choose? To me, a 6.3 inches screen is where I draw the line.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max adopts a 1242x2688 Full HD resolution. The Mate 30 Pro features a more modest resolution of 1176x2400 (Full HD) pixels.

Just a tiny drop may shatter your phone, so you need to know about their glass protection. The iPhone 11 Pro Max has a Corning toughened glass display. The Mate 30 Pro, in its turn, has a Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

Unfortunately, only one of them has an Always-On display, and it's the Huawei Mate 30 Pro.

If you don't manually set the screen brightness, you can count on the Mate 30 Pro to go up to 683 nits, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max goes up to 811 nits.

Both phones support HDR10 video formats.

Bearing in mind the Mate 30 Pro, 86% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 91% have an Always-On display.

Concerning the iPhone 11 Pro Max, please be aware 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.

Display Density (DPIs)*
Features Mate 30 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Size 6.5
Resolution (px) 1176x2400
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 411.17
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch Wedge Wedge
Peak Brightness 683 nits
811 nits
Sub Tek-Score
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning toughened glass

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Huawei Mate 30 Pro back transparent png Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max back transparent png

If you value quality photos, you should know that the Mate 30 Pro is about 43 points above other cameras at about this price tag. However, none of these stand out.

Things are different when it comes to lenses. Together, a whopping 40 Megapixels sensor, an aperture of f/1.6, a 27mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization makes up the Mate 30 Pro camera set. Adding to that, you'll still get the ability to record videos at up to 2160p.

There's also one 8 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.4, plus an 80mm telephoto lens. And another one with 40 Megapixels (f/1.8) with an 18mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

Did you know? When cropping a 40 Megapixels photo by zooming in, you can get a sample with 10 Megapixels and 2x optical zoom.

Want to know about its selfie capabilities? It has a generous 32 MP (f/2.0) shooter and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

This camera came out of DXOMARK's labs with a score of 129. By including the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that will go up to 142**. If you want to know more about it, 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. However, only 18% of them feature a macro lens.

With its 12 Megapixels shooter, the iPhone 11 Pro Max's leading camera has an aperture of f/1.8 and a 26mm, wide-angle lens. You'll be getting four flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. You can record videos at 2160p. There's also an extra dual sensor with 12 Megapixels (f/2.0 plus a 52mm telephoto lens) and 12 Megapixels (f/2.4) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, working together to give more freedom when framing shots.

On the front, there's an f/2.2 12 MP camera and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 132. By adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we'll get to the final score of 143 points. You can click here to check it out.

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, and 78% feature a telephoto lens. That said, none of them feature a macro lens.

If you're not a numbers person, we can tag these two more as high-end.

Both phones have something that I truly value in a camera: an optical zoom (of 2x and 3x). It can save lots of otherwise pixelated photos.

Additionally, the iPhone 11 Pro Max telephoto lens is 63mm lower than the average within similarly priced rivals.

**Consider this as an estimative, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They moved to a better camera test protocol, and I need more reviewed devices to fine-tune older scores.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera Mate 30 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Megapixels 40
Aperture 1.6
Lens 27mm
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 4 2
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 142

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Mate 30 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 8
Aperture 2.4
Lens 80mm (3x zoom)
52mm (2x zoom)
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 40 12 -28
Aperture 1.8 2.4 0.6
Lens 18mm 13mm -5
Lens Type Wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 13 11 -2
Selfie Camera Mate 30 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 32
Aperture 2.0
Lens 26mm 23mm -3
Mate 30 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.

Who has the best frame?

The Mate 30 Pro does win some points here, mainly for 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 (73 mm / 2.88 inches vs. 77 mm / 3.03 inches).

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

They both have a beautiful glass body. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is 28 g. (1.10 oz) heavier than its rival, which sits at 198 g. (6.98 oz). If you want a big screen in a lightweight phone, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The Mate 30 Pro got a score of 4.2, meaning it has an acceptable score for its display size. In the meantime, the iPhone 11 Pro Max has 1.7, which indicates it's oddly heavy.

You can purchase the Huawei Mate 30 Pro in Black, Cosmic Purple, Space Silver, and Emerald Green. And you can pick the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max in Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green.

Does a fingerprint scanner matter to you? Unfortunately, you can't count on the iPhone 11 Pro Max, but if you're already considering the Mate 30 Pro, then good for you.

That doesn't mean you're out of security options on the iPhone 11 Pro Max. At least Apple opted for the Face ID sensor instead.

The Mate 30 Pro is resistant to water up to 1 to 3 meters, just like the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Remember that it shouldn't be for over half an hour, and it's freshwater in standby mode only.

Body Mate 30 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Size 158 x 73 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.58 x 0.28 in)
158 x 77 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.72 x 0.28 in)
Weight 198 g. (6.98 oz)
226 g. (7.97 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Black, Cosmic Purple, Space Silver, and Emerald Green Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green
Screen To Body Ratio 93.38%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.2 1.7 -2.5
Looks 10.0/10
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint and Face ID Face ID

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

Which has the best battery?

The Mate 30 Pro does have a bigger battery, with 4500 mAh, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max only has 3969 mAh. But GSMArena did test them out, and there's no real difference between them.

If you charge it up, this is what you'll find out about the Mate 30 Pro:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 83% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • From 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, this is where your battery will be: 73%.

And this is how the iPhone 11 Pro Max handles these tests:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll have 83% of the battery remaining.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, the battery charge will be about 69%.
  • 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.

Both phones support fast charging. You can charge the Mate 30 Pro at a maximum of 40w/hour and the iPhone 11 Pro Max up to 18w/hour.

It's good to know that both phones support wireless charging at up to 27w vs. 5w.

You can wirelessly charge any compatible device from the Mate 30 Pro at up to 5w.

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

Mate 30 Pro's Quick wireless charging is likewise snappy. That's something you rarely see at this price range.

Features Mate 30 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Capacity (mAh) 4500 3969 -531
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 73% left
73% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.0 3.6 -1.4
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 40w
Wireless Charging 27w
Reverse Charging 5w
No -5

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

Definitely, the Mate 30 Pro.

The Mate 30 Pro features 128GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM. There's nothing to worry about because you can always add a Nano Memory card to it.

In its turn, the iPhone 11 Pro Max features 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. It doesn't have a MicroSD slot. You may need a good data plan and some cloud storage. Furthermore, chances are that you'll have more storage and more RAM on most of its rivals. They'd give you around 171Gb of storage and 9Gb of RAM.

Most people should be OK with their internal storage. However, if you plan to store some movies or record tons of videos, you'll find out that 64 GB won't be enough for you.

Features Mate 30 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Internal (GB) 128GB
Micro SD Nano Memory (shared SIM slot) No

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The Mate 30 Pro, unless you don't care about Bluetooth 5.1.

You can count on Bluetooth 5.1 on the Mate 30 Pro, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a Bluetooth 5.0 modem on its SoC. As for the NFC chips, both have them.

Do you still favor wired headphones? None of them will help you with that. You can try an adapter if you want, but the wireless buds are the way to go here. You can also check other devices if you're not really leaning towards any of these. The Sony Xperia 1 II can give you a headphone jack.

These two are LTE compatible. If you'd rather have a smartphone with 5G, you may want to check the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE or the OnePlus 8T.

Features Mate 30 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 5.1
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No

Which is more affordable?

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro isn't the cheapest smartphone that you can buy. That, of course, depends on the place and the deals that you'll eventually find. The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, on the other hand, is usually more costly, but that's probably something you already knew. Maybe the iPhone can last twice as long.

If you still aren't sure about any of them, let's check how much worth you can expect.

Here are their recently updated prices:

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Reference: $849

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Reference: $900

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

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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 30 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max VS
Amazon 0.78 0.57 ! -
eBay 1.15 0.56 -0.59
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - 0.84 ! -

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Are you also considering other options? The global score can help. Let me point out the average of its competitors. They usually sit close to 6.9 (for the Mate 30 Pro) and 7.5 (for the iPhone 11 Pro Max).

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

The Kirin 990 is a rather interesting SoC, but Apple is leading on performance with its A13 chipset.

They do have the same battery life and the same screen size, and since the Mate 30 Pro has a bigger battery, that goes to show how the A13 can give you higher performance and better battery life for its size. Although the Mate 30 Pro does charge way faster, even wirelessly. It also features reverse charging.

When it comes to picture quality, Huawei has a slight advantage. In part, thanks to its telephoto lens.

But storage is where the Mate 30 Pro really shines. It has double the RAM, double the internal storage, plus the ability to add external storage.

Pros Mate 30 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
#1 Performance Performance
#3 Always-On-Display Cameras
#4 Cameras Battery Life
#5 Battery Life Fast Charging
#6 Fast Charging Wireless Charging
#7 Wireless Charging Glass Protection
#8 MicroSD Slot
#9 Glass Protection
Cons Mate 30 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
#1 Weight Always-On-Display
#2 3.5mm Jack MicroSD Slot
#3 Price Weight
#4 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price
Relative Score*
Global Score Mate 30 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
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 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

 Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra

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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