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Huawei Mate 30 Pro vs Apple iPhone 12: Which One Stands Out?

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Huawei Mate 30 Pro, Apple iPhone 12

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Luis Silva (October 2020, updated: March 2021)

Introduction

Apple launched its iPhone 12 in October of 2020, while Huawei's Mate 30 Pro arrived at stores in September of 2019.

We are looking at how the Mate 30 Pro and the iPhone 12 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

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

The iPhone 12 may cost you a few bucks more, but it doesn't have better specs.

It gives you better performance (+41%) and Google's services. But the Mate 30 Pro will deliver better battery life, more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB), and external storage.

What else stands out?

The iPhone 12 also has a cleaner user interface and a lightweight body (34 g./1.20 oz less). But the Mate 30 Pro also brings an Always-On, larger (+0.4") display, a telephoto lens (+67 mm), faster-charging speeds (40w vs. 20w), faster wireless charging (27w vs. 15w), reverse wireless charging, more RAM (8GB vs. 4GB), and Bluetooth 5.1.

How much more will the Mate 30 Pro cost me?

If you're going off-contract, it'll most likely cost you (up to about $31) less, so you should really look into it.

Is it worth buying the Mate 30 Pro in 2021?

That's too old for me. I'd rather have the Samsung Galaxy S20 or the Samsung Galaxy S21 as a daily driver. And I wouldn't want to lose security updates that soon.

Is it worth buying the iPhone 12 in 2021?

Yes! It's currently one of the best in the market.

Even though both phones have similar prices, the Mate 30 Pro should be more affordable. Although sometimes a promotion might appear and change that. That is something worth considering when comparing them.

If you're considering the Mate 30 Pro, it will stop receiving security updates in the meantime.

You'll also see down below a "Tek-Score" for every section that we analyze. We evaluated every quantifiable specification, so you can better understand the difference between the two. You'll find a global score at the end, which can help you compare to other phones because you'll probably have other phones in mind.

That score is research-based. It's from Globalwebindex.com about what people want from their next smartphones.

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

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

Here's our contestant panel: but basically, we include every smartphone within a 20+20% price range, up and down.

Some features are also shortcuts to the related top 10 listings for every spending plan.

Price* vs.
Device Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12
Release Date 2019, September 2020, October 1y.
OS Updates 2 years 6 years 4y.
Security Updates 2 years 6 years 4y.

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Performance

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

Now about the graphics chipset, while the former has a proprietary Apple GPU, the latter features a Mali-G76 MP16.

In terms of performance, Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) scores the iPhone 12 41% ahead of its rival on the multi-core rankings. If you're a gamer, this should be an easy pick. Since iPhones run on their own operating system, apps do run quicker because the OS is tailored for its hardware.

Are you looking for the quickest phone around? The iPhone 12 is clearly above the average if you consider its rivals. While they got a rate of about 3040, it has 4067. That puts it 34% above them.

We can label the Mate 30 Pro as a lower high-end and the iPhone 12 as high-end.

Android 10 and EMUI 10 runs out-of-the-box on the Mate 30 Pro, and the iPhone 12 has iOS 14.1 at its core.

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
SoC Hisilicon Kirin 990 Apple A14
Graphics Mali-G76 MP16 Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 2880
4067
1187
OS Android 10 and EMUI 10 iOS 14.1
Tek-Score
6.8
8.8
2.0

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.

Display

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

The iPhone 12 features a 6.1" AMOLED display, while the Mate 30 Pro has a larger 6.5" AMOLED display. 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.

If you're trying to keep your phone's display small, there aren't many devices to consider besides the iPhone 12. It really is short compared to most similarly priced phones.

The iPhone 12 benefits from a higher resolution, at 1170x2532 pixels, while the Mate 30 Pro has 1176x2400 pixels.

It's better to be safe than sorry, so you need to know about their glass protection. The Mate 30 Pro is shielded with a previous generation Gorilla Glass 6. The iPhone 12 display is preserved with the latest Gorilla Glass Victus.

There's a phone with an Always-On display here, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro.

If you set these displays for auto-brightness, you can count on the Mate 30 Pro to go up to 683 nits, but the iPhone 12 can go up to 44 nits below that.

Both phones do support HDR10-compatible media.

If you're leaning towards the Mate 30 Pro, you should know that all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, 89% have an Always-On display, and 83% of them have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Compared to the iPhone 12, as a reference, 95% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display. Plus, all of them have an AMOLED screen, and 81% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12
Size 6.5
6.1
-0.4
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1176x2400
1170x2532
140040
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 411.17
457.25
46.08
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch Wedge Wedge
Peak Brightness 683 nits
639 nits
-44
HDR HDR10 HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
7.9
2.9
-5.0
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
7.6
7.5
-0.1

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.

Cameras

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

What about its shooters? Huawei's Mate 30 Pro features a whopping 40 MP 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 two additional cameras, one 8 MP camera with an aperture of f/2.4 plus an 80mm telephoto lens. And another with 40 MP (f/1.8) with an 18mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

If you take a 40 Megapixels snapshot, you can zoom in on it and do a crop in the middle to get the same shot you'd get on a 10 Megapixels shooter with 2x optical zoom.

With the selfies camera, you get a generous 32 MP shooter, with an aperture of f/2.0 and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DxOMark gave this shooter a rate of 129. By including the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it'll get 142** points. For an in-depth review, click here.

Last (but not least), all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Nevertheless, none of them feature a macro lens.

On the back of the Apple iPhone 12 is a 12 MP (f/1.6) camera and a 26mm wide-angle lens. Then you'll have four flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. It can also record videos at up to 2160p. Its second shooter has a 12 MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

You can get selfies with 12 MP Megapixels. It has a lens with f/2.2 of aperture and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

DxOMark has rated this camera with a score of 132. And if we consider its wide-angle lens, we end up with a rate of 139 points. If you want to know more about every tidbit, click here.

Winding it up, 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. Still, none of them feature a macro lens.

You should note that the Mate 30 Pro is in the neighborhood of 23% above other competitors with comparable prices. But between these two, it doesn't matter.

One can place these two as high-end.

The Mate 30 Pro has something neat about its cameras: a 3x optical zoom. As soon as you get used to it, you'll know what I mean.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, especially with cameras with less than 40MP and no telephoto lens. These guys recently updated their test protocol, and I still have few reviewed devices to better deduce a compatible rate.

Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12
Megapixels 40
12
-28
Aperture 1.6
1.6
0.0
Lens 27mm
26mm
-1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 4 2
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 142
139
-3

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12 vs.
Megapixels 8
12
4
Aperture 2.4
2.4
0.0
Lens 80mm (3x zoom)
13mm -67
Lens Type Telephoto lens Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 40 -
Aperture 1.8 -
Lens 18mm -
Lens Type Wide-Angle -
Score 13 7 -6
Selfie Camera Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12 vs.
Megapixels 32
12
-20
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens 26mm 23mm -3
Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12 vs.
Tek-Score
8.4
8.2
-0.2

Body

The Mate 30 Pro has a height of 6.23 inches (158 mm) and a width of 2.88 inches (73 mm). The Apple iPhone 12, however, is a bit narrower. Precisely 0.08 inches (2 mm) and a bit smaller: 0.47 inches (12 mm).

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

A front and back glass body does make these phones look premium on your hands. The iPhone 12 weighs 164 g. (5.78 oz), while the other is 34 g. (1.20 oz) heavier. If you're curious, the Mate 30 Pro has a "weight to screen size" score of 4.2, which implies it has an acceptable score for a 6.5 inches display. The iPhone 12, however, has 6.9, which is pretty nice.

You'll also get some color options here. The Apple iPhone 12 comes in Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro, in its turn, comes in Black, Cosmic Purple, Space Silver, and Emerald Green.

If the Mate 30 Pro is small enough for you, that's neat. Otherwise, the other one is the way to go.

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

You can still use biometrics to log in on the iPhone 12. At least Apple opted for the Face ID sensor instead.

The Mate 30 Pro is water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters, identical to the iPhone 12. That shouldn't last over half an hour, on standby, and freshwater only.

Looks* vs.
Body Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12
Size 158 x 73 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.58 x 0.28 in)
146 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.15 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
-19710
Weight 198 g. (6.98 oz)
164 g. (5.78 oz)
-34
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Black, Cosmic Purple, Space Silver, and Emerald Green Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 93.38%
88.18%
-5.20
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.2 6.9 2.7
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
8.6
1.3

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

Battery

When it comes to battery life, in theory, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, with its 4500 mAh of battery capacity, wins over the Apple iPhone 12, with only 2815 mAh of battery capacity, without a doubt. But how does that reflect day-to-day usage? If you charge them up and run some tests, this is what the Mate 30 Pro delivers:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 83% left.
  • After 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 this is where the iPhone 12 ends at:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 79% of the battery charge.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, the battery charge will be about 64%.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 64% of the battery charge.

And the winner is... the Mate 30 Pro.

Quickly charging any of them won't be an issue. The Mate 30 Pro supports up to 40w and the iPhone 12 up to 20.

It's good to know that both phones support wireless charging at up to 27w vs. 15w. The new iPhones also feature magnetic wireless charging. That's great, but it's yet another proprietary solution.

The Mate 30 Pro can also wirelessly charge other devices at 5w. These additional features do make a difference.

If you fancy quick charges, you can count on the Mate 30 Pro. Other devices from this price-range usually sit at nearly 32w.

Quick wireless charging must be one of Mate 30 Pro's most-loved features. You don't get to see it that much at this price range.

Battery* vs.
Features Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12
Capacity (mAh) 4500 2815 -1685
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
79% left
-4
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 69% left
64% left
-5
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 73% left
64% left
-9
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.0 6.4 1.4
Sub Tek-Score
7.5
6.9
-0.6
Fast Charging 40w
20w
-20
Wireless Charging 27w
15w
-12
Reverse Charging 5w
No -5
Tek-Score
7.7
6.6
-1.1

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Storage

In terms of RAM, the Mate 30 Pro brings 8GB. In terms of storage, it has 128GB. In the worst-case scenario, you'll end up spending a few bucks more because you can add a Nano Memory card if you want.

The iPhone 12 offers 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. You'll have a problem if you want to add storage later. You may need to regularly move your video files out of your phone. Plus, you'll most likely get more RAM and more storage by picking any rival at that price range. 9Gb of RAM and 143Gb of storage: that's the average, not the best you can find.

Storage shouldn't be an issue on any of these phones. However, if you can't get enough of the record button, you'll find out that 64 GB won't be enough for you.

Storage* vs.
Features Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12
RAM (GB) 8GB
4GB
-4
Internal (GB) 128GB
64GB
-64
Micro SD Nano Memory (shared SIM slot) No
Tek-Score
7.5
2.8
-4.8

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

Connectivity

Surprisingly, they don't share the same Bluetooth version. The Mate 30 Pro got the 5.1, and the iPhone 12 the 5.0. Both devices feature the standard NFC module.

About the 3.5mm jack: Now may be the time to consider moving to wireless earbuds. You can buy an adapter, but the wireless buds are your only option. You can have it anyway if you just ignore these two. Perhaps you don't mind settling with the Sony Xperia 1 II.

You can find the iPhone 12 in the (LTE and) 5G variant.

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

Price

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro surely wins over its competitor in this round. That, of course, depends on the place and the deals that you'll eventually find. It currently also is 6% more expensive than the competition at this price segment. Most of them aren't that far from $804. On the other hand, you'll likely find the iPhone 12 at a higher price range, but if it's worth it or not, it's up to you to decide. Also, don't forget that, with time, iPhones do hold some of their value.

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

Here's what we've found out:

Reference: $849

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Reference: $880

Apple iPhone 12

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Prices marked with ! are from renewed/refurbished/carrier-locked phones (except eBay prices that, as a last resort, can be from bids or used devices).

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 VS
Amazon 0.78 - ! -
eBay - 0.79 -
Best Buy - 0.85 -
Walmart - - -

Also, don't forget to check the latest deals from these four stores, and the state of the art on mobile technology, if you don't want to overpay on your next smartphone.


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Want to know about that global rate? For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. They're usually close to 7.3 for both of them.

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

If you don't care about Google services or if you're not a power user and only want something gorgeous and smooth with a cool camera, then the Mate 30 Pro is an excellent pick. Still, at about the same price, the iPhone 12 can give you much more speed, also looks fantastic, and has a pretty decent camera. It won't charge as fast, it doesn't do reverse charging, and it it won't have that much battery life, but still...

The only issue that I find with the iPhone 12 is that it has half the RAM and half the storage.

Pros Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12
#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
#1 Weight Always-On-Display
#2 3.5mm Jack MicroSD Slot
#3 Price 3.5mm Jack
#4 Price
Relative Score* vs.
Global Score Mate 30 Pro iPhone 12
Gaming Score
6.4
6.3
-0.1
Tek-Score
7.49
6.76
-0.73

*Reference: 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, 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 any of the usual stores.

 Huawei Mate 30 Pro 
  • Sony

    Xperia 1 $688

  • Sony

    Xperia 5 $699

  • Apple

    iPhone 11 Pro $750

  • Apple

    iPhone 11 Pro Max $900

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20+ EX $749

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 U.EX $879

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 20 U.EX $999

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 $697

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 Plus $749

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 Ultra $879

  • Huawei

    P40 Pro $769

  • OnePlus

    8 Pro $800

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 20 U. $995

  • Apple

    iPhone 12 $799

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10 Ultra $846

  • Apple

    iPhone 12 Mini $739

  • Sony

    Xperia 1 II $800

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 $699

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 Plus $799

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 Ultra $895

 Apple iPhone 12 
  • Sony

    Xperia 1 $688

  • Sony

    Xperia 5 $699

  • Apple

    iPhone 11 Pro $750

  • Apple

    iPhone 11 Pro Max $900

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 EX $675

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 SD $649

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20+ EX $749

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20+ SD $649

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 U.EX $879

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 $697

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 Plus $749

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 Ultra $879

  • Huawei

    Mate 30 Pro $849

  • Huawei

    P40 Pro $769

  • Huawei

    P40 $666

  • OnePlus

    8 Pro $800

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10 Ultra $846

  • Oppo

    Find X2 Pro $663

  • Apple

    iPhone 12 Mini $739

  • Sony

    Xperia 1 II $800

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 $699

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 Plus $799

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 Ultra $895

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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.

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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 mid-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 valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they didn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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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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