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Huawei Mate 30 Pro vs P30 Pro in 2021: Which Should You Buy?

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

The price of the Mate 30 Pro isn't that much higher, but considering its features, it is the best option.

You'll get better performance (+21%), better glass protection, and a better display. But the P30 Pro features Google's services.

What else sets them apart?

With the Mate 30 Pro, you'll also get faster wireless charging (27w vs. 15w), more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB), and Bluetooth 5.1. But the P30 Pro also brings a telephoto lens (+45 mm).

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, you'll have to invest an additional amount close to $169.

Is the Mate 30 Pro still worth buying in 2021?

The Mate 30 Pro isn't your best option in 2021. You should be considering something else like the Apple iPhone 12, as it'll have better performance and more security updates.

Is it worth getting the P30 Pro in 2021?

I would say don't buy the P30 Pro in 2021. It indeed features good camera, good battery life, optical zoom, and fast charging, but there are other phones out there with better performance, more security updates, and more RAM. Just check other phones like the OnePlus 8 too.

Keep reading to learn more about what sets them apart, how they are any different from their competition, and how other specialists evaluate them.

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In March of 2019, Huawei started selling its P30 Pro, while Huawei's Mate 30 Pro hit the stores in September of 2019.

Here you can look at the Mate 30 Pro and the P30 Pro, compare each other's features, and decide which one is best for you. Let us delve into the finer details.

The Huawei P30 Pro and the Huawei Mate 30 Pro are comparable in price. Still, you'll find the P30 Pro cheaper most of the time. That's something to consider when making a comparison between the two.

You should be aware that the Mate 30 Pro has stopped receiving android and security updates.

You'll also see down below a "Tek-Score" for every section that we analyze. We evaluate all quantifiable specifications to help you quickly identify how much they are far apart. You'll find a global score at the end, which can help you compare to other phones if you're curious about other models aside from these two.

The weight of each section

That score is research-based. It's from Globalwebindex.com on what buyers are looking for when purchasing a smartphone. But you'll get a say in the matter by setting it to what you value. 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.

Some features have a colored bar next to them. That's to show how they compare with other smartphones with similar prices.

By clicking here: you'll see which ones we've analyzed, but basically, we've excluded every smartphone that's not within a 20% (above or below) price range.

Some items are clickable, and they'll get you to several top 10 tables for every budget.

Device Mate 30 Pro P30 Pro
Release Date 2019, September 2019, March 0y.
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?

Geekbench 5 scores the Mate 30 Pro 21% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. On a day-to-day basis, it won't be that noticeable.

By the way, you can define both of them as lower high-end.

What about their chipsets? The Huawei P30 Pro features the Hisilicon Kirin 980 processor and the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, the Hisilicon Kirin 990 processor.

Now about the graphics chipset, while the former has a Mali-G76 MP10, the latter features a Mali-G76 MP16.

At least you'll get the Android 10 and EMUI 10 on the Mate 30 Pro, and the P30 Pro got the Android 9 (Pie) and EMUI 10.

Some users did install the Google Play Store on recent Huawei phones, but please be aware that officially you won't get Google apps, and some essential apps may be missing too on the Mate 30 Pro.

Features Mate 30 Pro P30 Pro
SoC Hisilicon Kirin 990 Hisilicon Kirin 980
Graphics Mali-G76 MP16 Mali-G76 MP10
Geekbench 5 Score 2880
OS Android 10 and EMUI 10 Android 9 (Pie) and EMUI 10

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Huawei Mate 30 Pro front transparent png Huawei P30 Pro front transparent png

There isn't a winner here, so you can pick any of them.

The P30 Pro features a 6.4" AMOLED display, while the Mate 30 Pro has a larger 6.5" AMOLED display. Which one would you choose? Do you favor AMOLED screens?

The Mate 30 Pro benefits from a higher resolution, at 1176x2400 pixels, while the P30 Pro has 1080x2340 pixels.

It's better to be safe than sorry, so let's get the elephant out of the room. Unfortunately, the P30 Pro doesn't have any known type of display protection, while the Mate 30 Pro has a Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

Good news for those who value an Always-On display: both phones have it.

When it comes to outdoor visibility, the Mate 30 Pro can do 683 nits, while the P30 Pro only goes up to 605 nits.

Related priced rivals max at 760 nits, but the P30 Pro can only go 155 nits below that.

These two can play HDR10 video formats.

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

Considering the P30 Pro, I should say that 88% of its rivals can play HDR content, 96% have an AMOLED screen, and 92% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
Features Mate 30 Pro P30 Pro
Size 6.5
Resolution (px) 1176x2400
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 411.17
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Wedge Teardrop
Peak Brightness 683 nits
605 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 P30 Pro back transparent png

Looking at DXOMARK's ranking, one can conclude that the P30 Pro is approximately 50 points above other cameras in its class. Although as of now, it isn't good enough.

Flip the phones over, let's start the cameras' battle. The Mate 30 Pro's primary camera has a whopping 40 Megapixels sensor, with an aperture of f/1.6, a 27mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. Videos on its shooter have a maximum resolution of 2160p.

It also features two auxiliary cameras. One has 8 Megapixels with an aperture of f/2.4, plus an 80mm telephoto lens. And another shooter with 40 Megapixels (f/1.8) with an 18mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

Do you really need a 40 Megapixels camera? Did you know you can zoom in and crop those photos to simulate optical zoom? That's how you can 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 has rated this camera with a score of 129. If you also consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it'll get 142** points. You can check their review if you 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. Though only 18% of them feature a macro lens.

There's nothing to compare here. You'll soon find out that both the P30 Pro and the Mate 30 Pro have the same 40 Megapixels camera. It also has a secondary dual-lens camera. One of them features an aperture of f/3.4 and an astounding 125mm telephoto lens and 8 Megapixels, and the other 20 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 16mm 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 results as you'd get on a 10 Megapixels 2x optical zoom camera, just like the Mate 30 Pro.

What this picture-taking powerhouse is known for in the tech world is it's 50x hybrid zoom. While not being as good as a genuine 50x optical lens, thanks to AI, it is much better than the traditional digital zoom.

On the front, there's the same f/2.0 32 MP camera and the same 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 122. And if we consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we'll get to the final score of 137** points. For an out-and-out review, check their article.

Furthermore, if you must know, 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. Moreover, only 20% of them feature a macro lens.

Considering this score, we can classify these two more as high-end.

Just because the P30 Pro rules the optical zoom round doesn't mean that the 3x optical zoom of the Mate 30 Pro isn't a great feature.

Just out of curiosity, the P30 Pro telescopic lens is 58mm above the rest within similarly priced rivals.

**You should give this score a margin of error of up to 6 points, at least for phones with no zoom and up to 35 to 40MP. They moved to a better camera test protocol, and I only have few reviewed devices to deduce a compatible score.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera Mate 30 Pro P30 Pro
Megapixels 40
Aperture 1.6
Lens 27mm
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 2 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 142

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Mate 30 Pro P30 Pro vs.
Megapixels 8
Aperture 2.4
Lens 80mm (3x zoom)
125mm (4.6x zoom)
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 40 20 -20
Aperture 1.8 2.2 0.4
Lens 18mm 16mm -2
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Score 13 15 2
Selfie Camera Mate 30 Pro P30 Pro vs.
Megapixels 32
Aperture 2.0
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
Mate 30 Pro P30 Pro vs.

Who has the best frame?

They ended up with the same score, so any will do.

They also feature the same height: 158 mm (6.23 inches), together with the same width: 73 mm (2.88 inches).

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

They both have a beautiful glass body. The Mate 30 Pro is a little bit heavier: About 6 g. (0.21 oz). If you're curious, the Mate 30 Pro has a "weight to screen size" score of 4.2, and that's another way of saying it has an acceptable score for its screen size. The P30 Pro, on the other hand, has 4.5, so nothing to state here.

You'll also get some color options here. The Huawei P30 Pro comes in Aurora, Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Misty Lavender, Pearl White, Black, and Mystic Blue. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro, in its turn, comes in Black, Cosmic Purple, Space Silver, and Emerald Green.

They're about the same size, so if you want something different, you'll have to find it elsewhere.

Is the lack of a fingerprint scanner a deal-breaker to you? It doesn't matter because both have one.

You can drop the Mate 30 Pro into the water, up to 1 to 3 meters deep, identical to the P30 Pro. It should be for less than 30 minutes, in standby and freshwater only, so no saltwater or pools here.

Body Mate 30 Pro P30 Pro
Size 158 x 73 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.58 x 0.28 in)
158 x 73 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.58 x 0.28 in)
Weight 198 g. (6.98 oz)
192 g. (6.77 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Black, Cosmic Purple, Space Silver, and Emerald Green Aurora, Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Misty Lavender, Pearl White, Black, and Mystic Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 93.38%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.2 4.5 0.3
Looks 10.0/10
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint and Face ID Under Display Fingerprint

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

Which has the best battery?

The Mate 30 Pro has a 4500 mAh battery, and the P30 Pro has a 4200 mAh. But by GSMArena's standards, both should theoretically get the same battery life.

That's what you can expect from the Mate 30 Pro after charging it up:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 83% left.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, this phone should end up with 69%.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll be with 73%.

And these are the results for the P30 Pro:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 84% 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, this phone should end up with 70%.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll be with 74%.

You should know that the P30 Pro also does overcome pretty much every phone out there. Let's see if it still has a place on our best-of listing.

Want fast charging? They can both go up to 40w/hour.

There's also wireless charging (27w vs. 15w) in both of them. Cool.

These smartphones also support reverse wireless charging to charge Qi-enabled devices.

The P30 Pro does charge quicker. Its competitors frequently max out at about 31w.

Mate 30 Pro's Quick wireless charging is likewise snappy. You won't find many phones as fast at about its price.

Features Mate 30 Pro P30 Pro
Capacity (mAh) 4500 4200 -300
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
84% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 69% left
70% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 73% left
74% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.0 5.3 0.3
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 40w
Wireless Charging 27w
Reverse Charging 5w

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

None of them.

The Mate 30 Pro comes equipped with 128GB of integrated storage and 8GB of RAM. There's nothing to worry about because if it's too short for you, you can buy a Nano Memory card.

In its turn, the P30 Pro has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of integrated storage. You can also add a Nano Memory card if you want.

Features Mate 30 Pro P30 Pro
Internal (GB) 128GB
Micro SD Nano Memory (shared SIM slot) Nano Memory (shared SIM slot)

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The Mate 30 Pro is your better option, as it features Bluetooth 5.1.

Each one has its Bluetooth version: The Mate 30 Pro has 5.1, and the P30 Pro has 5.0. As for the NFC chips, both have them.

There isn't much to say about the 3.5mm headphone jack, except that it simply isn't here. Want a piece of advice? Forget about adapters and go for the wireless buds. You can also check other devices if you don't mind searching for them. You can get that with the Sony Xperia 1 II.

You can find these two in the LTE variant. Do you want 5G on your next phone? Then, you should look at the Oppo Find X2 Neo instead.

Features Mate 30 Pro P30 Pro
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 5.1
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No

Which is more affordable?

The Huawei P30 Pro may not be the cheapest phone, but it's cheaper nonetheless. But that depends on the deals that you can find. On the other hand, you'll likely find the Mate 30 Pro at a higher price range, but I'm not here to tell you if it's worth 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 P30 Pro

Reference: $680

Huawei P30 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 P30 Pro VS
Amazon 0.78 1.07 0.30
eBay 1.15 - -
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. And it isn't that far from 6.9 for both.

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

Yes, I gotta say it: The Mate 30 Pro would've been the perfect phone if it only had the P30 Pro's 5x telephoto zoom.

I obviously can't recommend the P30 Pro because it has one major fault: It doesn't have any known kind of glass protection.

If the Gorilla Glass 6 of the Mate 30 Pro isn't enough to convince you, then think about performance and the unusually fast wireless charging.

But if you're heavily dependent on Google Play services, you should think twice before buying the Mate 30 Pro. Even if you end up being able to install them, it isn't officially supported, so it isn't the same.

Pros Mate 30 Pro P30 Pro
#1 Performance AMOLED
#2 AMOLED Always-On-Display
#3 Always-On-Display Cameras
#4 Cameras Battery Life
#5 Battery Life Fast Charging
#6 Fast Charging Wireless Charging
#7 Wireless Charging MicroSD Slot
#8 MicroSD Slot
#9 Glass Protection
Cons Mate 30 Pro P30 Pro
#1 Weight Weight
#2 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#3 Price Price
#4 Glass Protection
Relative Score*
Global Score Mate 30 Pro P30 Pro
Gaming Score
Your Score

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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

 Huawei P30 Pro 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40
  • OnePlusrival8
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
  • OnePlusrival8T
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 11

Battery results

The battery score is based on Gsmarena's endurance rating and is taken with a screen brightness of 200 nits and a refresh rate of 60hz.

Assumptions: The display is off during a call, there's a web page refresh every 10 seconds, and the video playback is in Airplane mode.

You can click here for more information about those tests.


Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mclass-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valclass for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they dclassn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.



With regards to AMOLED screens, sometimes OEMs claim higher maximum brightness. That's because an AMOLED screen can push its brightness progressively higher as its white area gets smaller.

These values are from the lab tests made by GSMArena, and their white test pattern takes up 75% of the physical size of the screen.


About GeekBench 5

This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.

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