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Huawei Mate 30 Pro vs Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max: Which Is Better?

author Luis Silva (November 2020 Updated: March 2021)

Huawei Mate 30 Pro, Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

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Introduction

Apple introduced its iPhone 12 Pro Max model in November of 2020. Meanwhile, Huawei's Mate 30 Pro started to sell in September of 2019.

We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the Mate 30 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

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

Bottom Line

What is the difference between the Mate 30 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max?

The iPhone 12 Pro Max will cost you more, but it isn't the smartphone you should pick.

It comes with better performance (+47%) and Google's services. But the Mate 30 Pro adds external storage.

Are there other things worth mentioning?

With the iPhone 12 Pro Max, you'll also get a larger (+0.2") display and a cleaner user interface. But with the Mate 30 Pro, you can also get an Always-On display, a lightweight body (30 g./1.06 oz less), faster-charging speeds (40w vs. 20w), faster wireless charging (27w vs. 15w), reverse wireless charging, more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB), and Bluetooth 5.1.

Keep in mind that these are both great devices since they got similar rates.

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, it'll most likely cost you (up to about $331) less. So you should really look into it.

Is the Mate 30 Pro still worth getting in 2021?

The Mate 30 Pro is a good value for the money in 2021, but I can't recommend it. There are better options out there, like the OnePlus 8 Pro, as it will give you more storage, more security updates, and better display.

Is the iPhone 12 Pro Max still worth getting in 2021?

For a phone introduced in 2020, the iPhone 12 Pro Max still has good performance, good camera, and great glass protection. It still makes sense in 2021, although you can also check the iPhone 12 Pro.

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The price round is no contest. The Mate 30 Pro sounds like a bargain compared to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. That's something to consider when making a comparison between the two.

Warning: Please, refrain from purchasing the Mate 30 Pro, as it will stop receiving security updates in the meantime.

Look out for a "Tek-Score" in every section of this article. We evaluate all quantifiable specifications to help you quickly identify how much they are far apart. 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 based on research from Globalwebindex.com about the most wanted features from people looking to buy new smartphones. But you'll get a say in the matter by setting it to your preferences. You can check this out now, but I encourage you to keep reading.

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

You'll also see a progress bar underlining some features. It's there for you to better understand how they rival its direct competitors.

You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, but we've only included smartphones within a 40% price range.

You can click on any underlined feature to check several top 10 tables for every budget.

Price*
vs.
Device Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Release Date 2019, September 2020, November 1y.
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?

In terms of performance, Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) scores the iPhone 12 Pro Max 47% ahead of its rival on the multi-core rankings. You should also consider other features, but if you value every second you save, go for this one. Remember that iOS does run smoother than Android on equivalent hardware because Google does have a hard time optimizing Android.

You can also count on the iPhone 12 Pro Max to have one of the best performances around if you consider its rivals. About 37% above.

One can entitle the Mate 30 Pro as a lower high-end and the iPhone 12 Pro Max as high-end.

The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max is available with the Apple A14 processor, while the Huawei Mate 30 Pro brings the Hisilicon Kirin 990 processor.

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.

Android 10 and EMUI 10 runs out-of-the-box on the Mate 30 Pro, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max comes with iOS 14.1.

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.

Performance*
vs.
Features Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
SoC Hisilicon Kirin 990 Apple A14
Graphics Mali-G76 MP16 Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 2880
4240
1360
OS Android 10 and EMUI 10 iOS 14.1
Tek-Score
6.8
9.1
2.3

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Huawei Mate 30 Pro front transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max front transparent png

The Mate 30 Pro is the title-holder here, and the difference is considerable. But you should feel safer with the better glass protection on the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max features a 6.7" AMOLED display, while the Mate 30 Pro has a smaller 6.5" AMOLED display. To each, it's own. Me, I'd go for an AMOLED screen, but a remarkable LCD is honestly as good.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max adopts a 1284x2778 Full HD resolution. The Mate 30 Pro features a more modest resolution of 1176x2400 (Full HD) pixels.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so it's essential to know what kind of glass protection they have. The iPhone 12 Pro Max features the latest Gorilla Glass Victus display. The Mate 30 Pro has a previous generation Gorilla Glass 6.

There's one additional feature here: the Always-On display on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro.

If you don't manually set the screen brightness, the Mate 30 Pro will reach 683 nits, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max can do 139 nits above that.

These two can play HDR10 shootings.

Given the Mate 30 Pro, 86% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and all of them have an AMOLED screen.

Compared to the iPhone 12 Pro Max, as a reference, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 90% of them offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate, have an Always-On display, and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Size 6.5
6.7
0.2
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1176x2400
1284x2778
744552
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 411.17
456.77
45.60
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch Wedge Wedge
Peak Brightness 683 nits
822 nits
139
HDR HDR10 HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
7.9
3.2
-4.7
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
7.6
7.6
0.0

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Huawei Mate 30 Pro back transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max back transparent png

By DXOMARK's standards, the Mate 30 Pro is also roughly 26% above other smartphones in its class. Although as of now, it isn't good enough.

Things are different when it comes to lenses. Huawei's Mate 30 Pro features a whopping 40 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/1.6, a 27mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It can 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 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.

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. And if you take into account the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that will go up to 142**. If you click here, you can check what they think of it.

Last (but not least), keep in mind 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 14% of them feature a macro lens.

Adding to its 12 Megapixels shooter, the iPhone 12 Pro Max's leading camera has an aperture of f/1.6 and a 26mm, wide-angle lens. You'll be getting two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. You can record videos at 2160p. You'll also get two additional sensors, one with 12 Megapixels, an aperture of f/2.2 plus a 65mm telephoto lens, and another with 12 Megapixels (f/2.4) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

Apple included a 12 MP (f/2.2) sensor for selfies and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK evaluated this camera, and here's the rate: 138. By considering the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, this score goes up to 150 points. Just click here to read about it.

Winding it up, if you must know, 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. That said, none of them feature a macro lens.

We can classify these two more like high-end.

Both phones have something that I truly value in a camera: an optical zoom (of 2x and 3x). This gives you an extra bit of freedom when taking your photos.

As a side note, the iPhone 12 Pro Max telescopic lens is 56mm below the rest in its class.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They just changed their protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed cameras to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Megapixels 40
12
-28
Aperture 1.6
1.6
0.0
Lens 27mm
26mm
-1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 2 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 142
150
8

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 8
12
4
Aperture 2.4
2.2
-0.2
Lens 80mm (3x zoom)
65mm (2.5x zoom)
-15
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 12 -1
Selfie Camera Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 32
12
-20
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens 26mm 23mm -3
Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.
Tek-Score
8.4
8.8
0.5

Who has the best frame?

If you're still undecided about them, the Mate 30 Pro is a better choice, based on its weight. But that doesn't make the iPhone 12 Pro Max that much worse.

The Mate 30 Pro comes at 158x73 mm (6.23x2.88 inches). The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, however, is a bit larger. Precisely 0.20 inches (5 mm) and a bit taller: 0.08 inches (2 mm).

They have about the same depth: 8 mm (0.32 inches) vs. 7 mm (0.28 inches).

All of that goodness is presented in a sleek glass body. The Mate 30 Pro weighs 198 g. (6.98 oz), while the other is 30 g. (1.18 oz) heavier. If you're looking for a lightweight device, I've come up with an adapted "display size to phone weight ratio" rate. The Mate 30 Pro got 4.2, and that's another way of saying it has an acceptable score for its screen size. The iPhone 12 Pro Max, on the other hand, has 2.1, which indicates it's oddly heavy.

You can have the Mate 30 Pro in Black, Cosmic Purple, Space Silver, and Emerald Green. And you can compare that with the Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue, which comes with the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

If the Mate 30 Pro is big enough for you, then excellent. If not, then really consider getting the other one.

Does a fingerprint scanner matter to you? The Mate 30 Pro has one, but the iPhone 12 Pro Max doesn't.

That doesn't mean you're out of security options on the iPhone 12 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, much like the iPhone 12 Pro Max. That should be for up to 30 minutes, and it's standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.

Looks*
vs.
Body Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Size 158 x 73 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.58 x 0.28 in)
160 x 78 x 7 mm
(5.64 x 2.75 x 0.25 in)
-4912
Weight 198 g. (6.98 oz)
228 g. (8.04 oz)
30
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Black, Cosmic Purple, Space Silver, and Emerald Green Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 93.38%
88.38%
-5.00
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.2 2.1 -2.1
Looks 10.0/10
10.0/10
0.0
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint and Face ID Face ID
Tek-Score
7.3
6.4
-0.8

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

Which has the best battery?

At 4500 mAh, the Mate 30 Pro is the owner of the biggest battery, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max only features 3687 mAh. But by GSMArena's standards, you shouldn't expect notable differences here.

This is what the Mate 30 Pro delivers if you do a complete charge:

  • If you do 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 still 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 iPhone 12 Pro Max's patterns:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 82% of the battery charge.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 67% left.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 69% left for the rest of the day.

If one of these will end up being the one, you'll have quick-charging on your next phone: 40w for the Mate 30 Pro and 20w for the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

They all include wireless charging, and they charge at 27w vs. 15w. That's nice. Apple brought MagSafe from their Macbooks so you can effortlessly charge the new iPhones. That's handy if you do have the charger nearby.

A nice add-on to the Mate 30 Pro is the ability to charge any Qi-enabled gadgets at 5w.

Fast-charging is indeed fast with the Mate 30 Pro. Other devices from this price range frequently max out at about 30w.

The Mate 30 Pro's wireless charging is likewise faster than the traditional 5w. You won't find many phones as fast at about its price.

Battery*
vs.
Features Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Capacity (mAh) 4500 3687 -813
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
82% left
-1
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 69% left
67% left
-2
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 73% left
69% left
-4
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.0 2.6 -2.4
Sub Tek-Score
7.5
7.3
-0.2
Fast Charging 40w
20w
-20
Wireless Charging 27w
15w
-12
Reverse Charging 5w
No -5
Tek-Score
7.7
6.7
-1.0

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

There isn't a winner here.

In terms of RAM, the Mate 30 Pro brings 8GB. In terms of storage, it has 128GB. Space won't be an issue because you can add a Nano Memory card if you want.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max offers 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. There's no expandable storage here, but you'll have plenty of room for your files. Plus, you'll most likely get the majority of its rivals with more RAM and more storage. They'd give you around 179Gb of storage and 11Gb of RAM.

Storage*
vs.
Features Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
RAM (GB) 8GB
6GB
-2
Internal (GB) 128GB
128GB
0
Micro SD Nano Memory (shared SIM slot) No
Tek-Score
7.5
6.0
-1.5

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The iPhone 12 Pro Max, unless you don't care about 5G.

Surprisingly, there's a difference here: The Mate 30 Pro features Bluetooth 5.1, but the iPhone 12 Pro Max has Bluetooth 5.0. You can find NFC on both of 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 just ignore these two. The Sony Xperia 1 II can help you with that.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max runs on (LTE and) 5G networks.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Network LTE 5G
Bluetooth 5.1
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
4.1
4.6
0.5

Which is more affordable?

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro isn't the cheapest smartphone that you can buy. But that depends on the deals that you can find. On the other hand, you'll likely find the iPhone 12 Pro Max at a higher price range, but that's probably something you already knew. Also, don't forget that, with time, iPhones do hold some of their value.

I hope the following tables will help you make a wiser decision.

Here's what we've found out:

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Reference: $849

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

Reference: $1,180

Apple iPhone 12 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 12 Pro Max VS
Amazon 0.78 - ! -
eBay 1.15 0.68 -0.47
Best Buy - - ! -
Walmart - - -

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Are you also considering other options? The global score can help. Let me point out the average of its competitors. The Mate 30 Pro class is at 6.8, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max 7.7.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

These are obviously two amazing devices.

If the Mate 30 Pro had Google services, I'd probably recommend it, even knowing that the iPhone 12 Pro Max is about 50% faster.

Anyways, I'll just point out the features that do stand out on the Mate 30 Pro, and I'm trusting you'll be able to decide for yourself. It features an Always-on display, it can also charge twice as fast (per minute) either wired or wirelessly, and it also has reverse wireless charging.

As a bonus, it also has more RAM (+2GB), external storage, and Bluetooth 5.1 instead of 5.0.

Pros Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Always-On-Display Cameras
#4 Cameras Fast Charging
#5 Battery Life Wireless Charging
#6 Fast Charging Glass Protection
#7 Wireless Charging
#8 MicroSD Slot
#9 Glass Protection
Cons Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
#1 Weight Always-On-Display
#2 3.5mm Jack MicroSD Slot
#3 Price Weight
#4 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Gaming Score
6.4
6.9
0.5
Tek-Score
7.45
7.42
-0.03
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.


 Huawei Mate 30 Pro 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $699
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
    $579
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $578
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $589
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $650
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $609
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $609
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $544
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $598
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $643
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $550
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8
    $630
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $750
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $549
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $529
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $599
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $570
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594

 Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max 
  • 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
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • 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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