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Huawei Mate 30 Pro vs Mate 40 Pro: Either One or Neither One?

author Luis Silva (November 2020 Updated: March 2021)

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Whether you're considering an upgrade, or you just want a Huawei Mate, you're at the right place.

In November of 2020, Huawei launched its Mate 40 Pro. The Mate 30 Pro, however, has seen the light of day in September of 2019.

With this article, you'll be able to compare every feature of the Mate 30 Pro and the Mate 40 Pro. Then, you can decide what model better suits your needs. Let's start.

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

Bottom Line

Which is better, the Mate 40 Pro or the Mate 30 Pro?

The Mate 40 Pro is more expensive than the Mate 30 Pro, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

It has better performance (+29%) and more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB). But the Mate 30 Pro brings better glass protection and a better display.

What else sets them apart?

The Mate 40 Pro also comes with a higher refresh rate, larger (+0.2") display, a telephoto lens (+45 mm), faster-charging speeds (66w vs. 40w), faster wireless charging (50w vs. 27w), and Bluetooth 5.2.

Keep in mind that these are both great devices because they ended up with similar rates.

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're considering a new and unlocked smartphone, it'll cost you around $216 more.

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

The Mate 30 Pro is a good value for the money in 2021, but I can't recommend it. 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 the Mate 40 Pro still worth getting in 2021?

Don't let its age scare you. The Mate 40 Pro still is a fantastic device as we go thru 2021. I like it for its good performance, good camera, great battery life, tons of storage, and fast charging. It doesn't mean you can't take a quick peek at the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, though.

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The Mate 30 Pro definitely has the Mate 40 Pro beaten on price. Keep this in mind when comparing both Huaweis.

Warning: Please, refrain from purchasing the Mate 30 Pro, as it will end up not getting security updates anymore.

You'll also see down below a "Tek-Score" for every section that we analyze. We even assessed the worth of all specifications to make it easier for you to perceive the difference between them. We'll also provide a global score for comparison if you aren't sure about these two.

The weight of each section

Our Tek-Score is based on a study done by Globalwebindex.com about the most desired smartphone features by consumers. But you'll be able to define how the global rate is composed based on whatever you like. You can go there right now but keep reading because there are many things to unveil about these two and their rivals.

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

You'll also see a progress bar underlining some features. That's so you can see how they relate to the ones from similarly priced smartphones.

Here is their competitors' full 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 our corresponding eight top 10 listings for every budget.

Device Mate 30 Pro Mate 40 Pro
Release Date 2019, September 2020, November 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?

Performance-wise, Geekbench 5 rates the Mate 40 Pro 29% ahead on the multi-core rankings. On a day-to-day basis, it won't be that noticeable.

One can entitle the Mate 30 Pro as a lower high-end and the Mate 40 Pro as high-end.

Huawei decided to include the Hisilicon Kirin 9000 processor on its Mate 40 Pro. In its turn, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro has the Hisilicon Kirin 990 processor.

Regarding the graphics chipset, the former features a Mali-G78 MP24, and the latter has a Mali-G76 MP16.

Both phones were launched with Android 10 and EMUI 10 OS.

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 both of them.

Features Mate 30 Pro Mate 40 Pro
SoC Hisilicon Kirin 990 Hisilicon Kirin 9000
Graphics Mali-G76 MP16 Mali-G78 MP24
Geekbench 5 Score 2880
OS Android 10 and EMUI 10 Android 10 and EMUI 10

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Huawei Mate 30 Pro front transparent png Huawei Mate 40 Pro front transparent png

The Mate 40 Pro has a better display, and you'd be able to tell the difference. But the glass on the Mate 30 Pro is much tougher.

The Mate 30 Pro offers a sharp, 6.5-inch AMOLED display that is slightly smaller than the 6.7-inch AMOLED panel on the Mate 40 Pro. Which one would you choose? To me, a 6.3 inches screen is where I draw the line.

The display of the Mate 40 Pro has a resolution of 1344x2772 Quad HD. The Mate 30 Pro, in its turn, has 1176x2400 Full HD. If you fancy edge-to-edge displays, then at least you still have a choice here.

Screen bezels are shrinking in size almost every passing day, so you need to know about their glass protection. I couldn't find any reference to any type of screen protection for the Mate 40 Pro, but the Mate 30 Pro has a Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

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

When it comes to outdoor visibility, the Mate 30 Pro will deliver 683 nits, while the Mate 40 Pro does 807 nits.

Both phones can play HDR10-compatible media.

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

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.

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

Display Density (DPIs)*
Features Mate 30 Pro Mate 40 Pro
Size 6.5
Resolution (px) 1176x2400
Refresh Rate 60hz 90hz 30
Dots per Inch 411.17
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Wedge Hole
Peak Brightness 683 nits
807 nits
Sub Tek-Score
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6 -

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Huawei Mate 30 Pro back transparent png Huawei Mate 40 Pro back transparent png

Looking at DXOMARK's ranking, one can conclude that the Mate 30 Pro is approximately 27 points above other cameras with comparable prices. But it isn't the one I'm recommending.

Flip the phones over, let's start the cameras' battle. Huawei's Mate 30 Pro can record videos at up to 2160p. It also has a shooter with a whopping 40 Megapixels, an aperture of f/1.6, a 27mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization.

It also has two additional cameras, one 8 Megapixels camera with 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 results as you'd get on a 10 Megapixels 2x optical zoom camera.

The selfie camera is a generous 32 MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture complemented with a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK reviewed this camera and gave it 129 points. If you also consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, the final rate goes up to 142** points. For an in-depth review, click here.

Before moving on, 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.

On the back of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro is a whopping 50 Megapixels (f/1.9) camera and a 23mm wide-angle lens. Then you'll have one flash LED, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. It can also record videos at up to 2160p. You'll also get two additional sensors, one with 12 Megapixels, an aperture of f/3.4 and an astounding 125mm telephoto lens, and another with 20 Megapixels (f/1.8) with an 18mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

Just so you know: You can take a 50 Megapixels photo, zoom in and crop, and get a sample with 12 Megapixels and 2x optical zoom.

The selfie camera has 13 MP, an f/2.4 aperture, and an 18 mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 140. By considering the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, this score goes up to 156 points. For an out-and-out review, check their article.

Lastly, just to let you 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. Additionally, none of them feature a macro lens.

If you prefer, we can grade these two as high-end.

The Mate 30 Pro has an optical zoom of about 3x, which is good, but nothing like the Mate 40 Pro.

**You should give this score a margin of error of up to 6 points, especially for cameras with no zoom and with less than 40MP. They just changed their protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera Mate 30 Pro Mate 40 Pro
Megapixels 40
Aperture 1.6
Lens 27mm
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 1 -1
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 142

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Mate 30 Pro Mate 40 Pro vs.
Megapixels 8
Aperture 2.4
Lens 80mm (3x zoom)
125mm (5.4x zoom)
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 40 20 -20
Aperture 1.8 1.8 0.0
Lens 18mm 18mm 0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Score 13 16 3
Selfie Camera Mate 30 Pro Mate 40 Pro vs.
Megapixels 32
Aperture 2.0
Lens 26mm 18mm -8
Mate 30 Pro Mate 40 Pro vs.

Who has the best frame?

They ended up with the same score, so just pick one.

The Mate 30 Pro has a height of 158 mm (6.23 inches) and a width of 73 mm (2.88 inches). The Huawei Mate 40 Pro, however, is a bit larger. Precisely 0.08 inches (2 mm) and a bit taller: 0.16 inches (4 mm).

When it comes to thickness, they're almost equal: 8 mm (0.32 inches) vs. 9 mm (0.35 inches).

Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. The Mate 30 Pro weighs 198 g. (6.98 oz), while the other is 14 g. (0.55 oz) heavier. If you want a big screen in a light 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, which means it has an acceptable score for a 6.5 inches screen. The Mate 40 Pro, on the other hand, has 3.4, which suggests it's considerably hefty.

If you like having color options, you can buy the Mate 30 Pro in Black, Cosmic Purple, Space Silver, and Emerald Green. The Mate 40 Pro, in its turn, comes in Mystic Silver, Black, White, Green, and Yellow.

If you like to keep your phones small, consider getting the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. If not, then you may be out of options here.

Do you value a fingerprint scanner? Both phones include one.

The Mate 30 Pro is water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters, on par with the Mate 40 Pro. Remember that it shouldn't be for over half an hour, in standby and freshwater only, so no saltwater or pools here.

Body Mate 30 Pro Mate 40 Pro
Size 158 x 73 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.58 x 0.28 in)
162 x 75 x 9 mm
(5.71 x 2.65 x 0.32 in)
Weight 198 g. (6.98 oz)
212 g. (7.48 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Black, Cosmic Purple, Space Silver, and Emerald Green Mystic Silver, Black, White, Green, and Yellow
Screen To Body Ratio 93.38%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.2 3.4 -0.8
Looks 10.0/10
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 30 Pro features a 4500 mAh battery, while the Mate 40 Pro has 4400 mAh. But by GSMArena's standards, you should get the same battery life with either device.

This is how the Mate 30 Pro performs after a full charge:

  • After 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, 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.

And this is where the Mate 40 Pro ends at:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you should have 83% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 69% left.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, this is where your battery will be: 71%.

The Mate 30 Pro features quick-charging at up to 40w, but the Mate 40 Pro does it too, at 66w.

There's also wireless charging (27w vs. 50w) in both of them. Cool.

You can wirelessly charge any compatible device from these smartphones. How cool is that?

Quick charging is reasonably speedy with the Mate 40 Pro's charger. Devices with similar prices usually sit at nearly 34w.

Quick wireless charging must be one of Mate 40 Pro's most-loved features. That's uncommon in its class.

Features Mate 30 Pro Mate 40 Pro
Capacity (mAh) 4500 4400 -100
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
71% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.0 3.7 -1.3
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 40w
Wireless Charging 27w
Reverse Charging 5w

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The Mate 40 Pro, for sure.

In terms of RAM, the Mate 30 Pro brings 8GB. In terms of storage, it has 128GB. It isn't an issue because if it's too short for you, you can buy a Nano Memory card.

In its turn, the Mate 40 Pro features 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. You can also add a Nano Memory card if you want. Plus, you'll most likely get more RAM but less storage by picking any rival at that price range. They usually get close to 11Gb of RAM and 166Gb of storage.

Features Mate 30 Pro Mate 40 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?

If you still don't know which to pick, you can skip this section.

Each one has its Bluetooth version: The Mate 30 Pro has 5.1, and the Mate 40 Pro has 5.2. As for the NFC chips, both have them.

If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. You can buy an adapter, but the wireless buds are your only option. Luckily, you can still get it on other phones if you're not really leaning towards any of these. You'd have to pick a smartphone like the Sony Xperia 1 II.

These two are LTE compatible. Do you want 5G on your next phone? Then, you should also consider the OnePlus 8.

Features Mate 30 Pro Mate 40 Pro
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 5.1
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No

Which is more affordable?

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro surely wins over its sibling in this round. But with a great deal or a price drop, it can be an impressive finding. The Huawei Mate 40 Pro, in its turn, isn't that cheap, but I think that you can find some additional value in it.

Don't worry, because the following tables will help you make up your mind.

Here are their recently updated prices:

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Reference: $849

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Huawei Mate 40 Pro

Reference: $1,065

Huawei Mate 40 Pro

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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).

Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.

Value for money Mate 30 Pro Mate 40 Pro VS
Amazon 0.78 0.71 -0.06
eBay 1.15 - -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

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Are you curious to know what their global score is? For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. It's 6.8 for the Mate 30 Pro and 7.6 for the Mate 40 Pro.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

The Mate 40 Pro is, obviously, a better (although more expensive) choice.

Nor Huawei nor Corning confirms or denies the lack of any glass protection for the Mate 40 Pro. The Mate 30 Pro does have Gorilla Glass, so if you want to play safe, the Mate 30 Pro is the way to go.

The Mate 40 Pro does, however, have much more to offer. It's considerably faster, it has higher refresh rates, a fantastic telephoto lens, it has amazingly fast charging speeds (including wireless charging), has double the internal storage, and adds the Bluetooth 5.2 version on top of that.

Pros Mate 30 Pro Mate 40 Pro
#1 Performance Performance
#3 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#4 Cameras Cameras
#5 Battery Life Battery Life
#6 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#7 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#8 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#9 Glass Protection Storage
Cons Mate 30 Pro Mate 40 Pro
#1 Weight Weight
#2 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#3 Price Price
#4 Glass Protection
Relative Score*
Global Score Mate 30 Pro Mate 40 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 30 Pro 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
  • 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
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
  • OnePlusrival8T
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro

 Huawei Mate 40 Pro 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 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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