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Huawei Mate 40 Pro vs Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max: Which Is Better?

author Luis Silva (November 2020 Updated: March 2021)

Huawei Mate 40 Pro, Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

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Introduction

Huawei and Apple released these smartphones in November of 2020.

With this article, you'll be able to compare every feature of the Mate 40 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. 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

What is the difference between the Mate 40 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max?

The price of the iPhone 12 Pro Max isn't that much higher, but it isn't the smartphone you should pick.

It comes with better glass protection, a better display, and Google's services. But the Mate 40 Pro brings more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB) and external storage.

Anything else?

The iPhone 12 Pro Max also gives you a cleaner user interface. But the Mate 40 Pro will also give you a higher refresh rate, Always-On display, a telephoto lens (+60 mm), faster-charging speeds (66w vs. 20w), faster wireless charging (50w vs. 15w), reverse wireless charging, more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB), and Bluetooth 5.2.

However, any of them will do as they achieved a pretty even score.

How much more will the Mate 40 Pro cost me?

If you're going off-contract, you can spare close to $115. You don't need to pay more to get more.

Is the Mate 40 Pro still worth getting in 2021?

You shouldn't ignore the Huawei Mate 40 Pro at all, even in 2021. You can consider the iPhone 11 Pro Max, but we should acknowledge this one for its good performance, good camera, great battery life, tons of storage, and fast charging.

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

The iPhone 12 Pro Max isn't the latest release anymore, but you'll still be happy with its good performance, good camera, and great glass protection. It still makes sense in 2021, but don't just ignore the iPhone 12 Pro.

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These phones have similar prices, but generally, the Mate 40 Pro is more affordable. That's something you should keep in mind when comparing them.

While scrolling down, you'll see a "Tek-Score" for each phone in every section. We evaluated every quantifiable specification, so you can better understand the difference between the two. The global score will help you compare them to other phones 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 get a say in the matter by setting it to your personal 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. That's to show how they fare against other smartphones at the same price range.

Here's our contestant panel: but we've only included smartphones within a 40% price range.

Some items are underlined, and you can tap to access our corresponding eight top 10 listings for all budgets.

Price*
vs.
Device Mate 40 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Release Date 2020, November 2020, November 0y.
OS Updates 2 years 6 years 4y.
Security Updates 2 years 6 years 4y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

When it comes to the performance, Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) rates the iPhone 12 Pro Max 14% ahead of its rival on the multi-core rankings. All in all, there's not much of a difference between the two. Remember that iOS does run smoother than Android on equivalent hardware because the OS is tailored for its hardware.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is also a top performer if you consider related priced phones. About 37% above.

We can label both of them as high-end.

What about their chipsets? The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max features the Apple A14 processor and the Huawei Mate 40 Pro, the Hisilicon Kirin 9000 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-G78 MP24.

The Mate 40 Pro brings the Android 10 and EMUI 10 OS from the factory, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max runs on 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 40 Pro.

Performance*
vs.
Features Mate 40 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
SoC Hisilicon Kirin 9000 Apple A14
Graphics Mali-G78 MP24 Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 3704
4240
536
OS Android 10 and EMUI 10 iOS 14.1
Tek-Score
8.2
9.1
0.9

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Huawei Mate 40 Pro front transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max front transparent png

The Mate 40 Pro has a better display, and it should be noticeable. But the glass on the iPhone 12 Pro Max is much tougher.

Another thing that they have in common it's their AMOLED display sizes, at 6.7". To each, it's own. Do you favor AMOLED screens?

The Mate 40 Pro has a higher-resolution 1344x2772 Quad HD display, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max makes do with a 1284x2778 Full HD panel. If you feel the iPhone 12 Pro Max's notch is too large for you, the Mate 40 Pro isn't perfect, but it's pretty close to that.

Just a small drop may shatter your phone, so it's essential to know what kind of glass protection they have. The iPhone 12 Pro Max has a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, but the Mate 40 Pro doesn't seem to have any known display protection technology.

The Always-On display on the Huawei Mate 40 Pro alone would most likely make me choose it.

When it comes to outdoor visibility, they share a maximum brightness of 807 nits.

These two can play HDR10 media.

If you're looking for high refresh rate displays, the Mate 40 Pro, with its 90hz screen, is clearly the winner here.

Given the Mate 40 Pro, just know that 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.

Regarding 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 40 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Size 6.7
6.7
0.0
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1344x2772
1284x2778
-158616
Refresh Rate 90hz 60hz -30
Dots per Inch 459.80
456.77
-3.02
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch Hole Wedge
Peak Brightness 807 nits
822 nits
15
HDR HDR10 HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
9.2
3.2
-6.0
Protection - Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
3.2
7.6
4.4

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Huawei Mate 40 Pro back transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max back transparent png

By DXOMARK's standards, the Mate 40 Pro is also roughly 8% above other smartphones from its price range. Nevertheless, these two have similar rates, so...

Who's gonna win this battle? Huawei's Mate 40 Pro features a whopping 50 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/1.9, a 23mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It can record videos at up to 2160p.

It also has a secondary 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/3.4 and an astounding 125mm telephoto lens. And a third 20 Megapixels (f/1.8) with an 18mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

Did you know? When cropping a 50 Megapixels photo by zooming in, you can get 2x of optical zoom: by trimming it into a 12 Megapixels photo.

With the selfies camera, you get a 13 MP shooter, with an aperture of f/2.4 and an 18 mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK tested this camera and gave it a rate of 140. If you also consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it'll get 156 points. If you want to know more about it, click here .

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

The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, in its turn, features a 12 Megapixels camera with an f/1.6 aperture and a 26mm, wide-angle lens. Then it has two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It records videos at up to 2160p. It also has a secondary 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.2 plus a 65mm telephoto lens, and an extra 12 Megapixels (f/2.4) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

The selfie camera has 12 MP, an f/2.2 aperture, 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. If you want to know more about it, check it here.

Winding it up, just so 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. Regardless, none of them feature a macro lens.

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

The iPhone 12 Pro Max still has a pretty decent 2.5x of optical zoom, but you can't compare it to the Mate 40 Pro.

Just out of curiosity, the iPhone 12 Pro Max telephoto lens is 56mm lower than the average in its class.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Mate 40 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Megapixels 50
12
-38
Aperture 1.9
1.6
-0.3
Lens 23mm
26mm
3
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 2 1
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 156
150
-6

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Mate 40 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 3.4
2.2
-1.2
Lens 125mm (5.4x zoom)
65mm (2.5x zoom)
-60
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 20 12 -8
Aperture 1.8 2.4 0.6
Lens 18mm 13mm -5
Lens Type Wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 16 12 -4
Selfie Camera Mate 40 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 13
12
-1
Aperture 2.4
2.2
-0.2
Lens 18mm 23mm 5
Mate 40 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.
Tek-Score
9.2
8.8
-0.4

Who has the best frame?

There isn't a clear winner, so don't worry too much.

The Mate 40 Pro has a height of 162 mm (6.38 inches) and a width of 75 mm (2.96 inches). The iPhone 12 Pro Max is 2 mm smaller and 3 mm larger (about 0.08 by 0.12 inches).

When it comes to thickness, they're almost equal: 9 mm (0.35 inches) vs. 7 mm (0.28 inches).

Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is 16 g. (0.63 oz) heavier than the other, weighing about 212 g. (7.48 oz). But because this is a bit relative, the Mate 40 Pro has a "weight to screen size" score of 3.4, and that's another way of saying it's kind of weighty for its screen size. The iPhone 12 Pro Max, in its turn, has 2.1, which indicates it's oddly heavy.

We do like having some color options. You get Mystic Silver, Black, White, Green, and Yellow in the Mate 40 Pro. But you can get Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue with the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Would you like to have a fingerprint scanner? The Mate 40 Pro has one, but the iPhone 12 Pro Max doesn't.

Although a pin isn't the only login option in the iPhone 12 Pro Max. At least, Apple decided to include a Face ID scanner.

You can drop the Mate 40 Pro into the water, up to 1 to 3 meters deep, on par with the iPhone 12 Pro Max. It should be for less than 30 minutes, in standby mode, so no underwater photos.

Looks*
vs.
Body Mate 40 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Size 162 x 75 x 9 mm
(5.71 x 2.65 x 0.32 in)
160 x 78 x 7 mm
(5.64 x 2.75 x 0.25 in)
-21990
Weight 212 g. (7.48 oz)
228 g. (8.04 oz)
16
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Mystic Silver, Black, White, Green, and Yellow Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 93.57%
88.38%
-5.19
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.4 2.1 -1.4
Looks 10.0/10
10.0/10
0.0
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint and Face ID Face ID
Tek-Score
6.8
6.4
-0.4

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

Which has the best battery?

The Mate 40 Pro has a 4400 mAh battery, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max has 3687 mAh. But as claimed by GSMArena, there's no real difference between them.

This is what the Mate 40 Pro delivers if you do a complete charge:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll end up with 83% of the battery charge.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll probably have 69% left for the rest of the day.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 71% of the battery charge.

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 have 82% of the battery remaining.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, this phone should end up with 67%.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll be with 69%.

Quickly charging any of them won't be an issue. The Mate 40 Pro supports up to 66w and the iPhone 12 Pro Max up to 20.

It's good to know that both phones support wireless charging at up to 50w vs. 15w. On the new iPhones, it's also magnetic. It's nice but not as good as USB-C charging.

A nice add-on to the Mate 40 Pro is the ability to charge any Qi-enabled gadgets at 5w.

Fast-charging is indeed fast with the Mate 40 Pro. Its competitors can only do about 34w.

The Mate 40 Pro's wireless charging is likewise faster than the traditional 5w. That's uncommon in its class.

Battery*
vs.
Features Mate 40 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Capacity (mAh) 4400 3687 -713
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 71% left
69% left
-2
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.7 2.6 -1.0
Sub Tek-Score
7.4
7.3
-0.2
Fast Charging 66w
20w
-46
Wireless Charging 50w
15w
-35
Reverse Charging 5w
No -5
Tek-Score
8.6
6.7
-1.9

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The Mate 40 Pro. Twice as much.

The Mate 40 Pro has 256GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM. There's nothing to worry about because there's always the Nano Memory card expandable storage solution. Be aware that at this price segment, others have more RAM but less storage. They're around 11GB of RAM and 166Gb of storage.

In its turn, the iPhone 12 Pro Max features 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. There's no expandable storage here, but 128GB is more than enough for most people. Again, you'll get more storage and more RAM on most of its rivals. 11Gb of RAM and 179Gb of storage: that's the average, not the best you can find.

Storage*
vs.
Features Mate 40 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
RAM (GB) 8GB
6GB
-2
Internal (GB) 256GB
128GB
-128
Micro SD Nano Memory (shared SIM slot) No
Tek-Score
10.0
6.0
-4.0

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The iPhone 12 Pro Max, as it features 5G.

Surprisingly, there's a difference here: The Mate 40 Pro features Bluetooth 5.2, but the iPhone 12 Pro Max has Bluetooth 5.0. You can find NFC on both of them.

If you love good-old wired headphones, you're out of luck because none of them included a 3.5mm headphone jack. Just skip adapters and get a decent pair of wireless earbuds. You can have it anyway if you're not really leaning towards any of these. Perhaps you don't mind settling with the Sony Xperia 1 II.

You can connect the iPhone 12 Pro Max to (LTE and) 5G networks.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Mate 40 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Network LTE 5G
Bluetooth 5.2
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 40 Pro may not be the cheapest phone, but it's cheaper nonetheless. But that depends on the deals that you can find. Nevertheless, it's considerably pricey. About 4% more expensive than the competition at this price segment. They're usually closer to $1019. The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, in its turn, isn't that cheap, but that's probably something you already knew. And if you end up selling the iPhone, it should count as a discount.

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

Here's what we've found out:

Huawei Mate 40 Pro

Reference: $1,065

Huawei Mate 40 Pro

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

Reference: $1,180

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

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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).

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Value for money Mate 40 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max VS
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Smartphone Specs Statistics: The State Of The Art (Q1 2021)

Are you curious to know what their global score is? Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. They're at 7.6 (for the Mate 40 Pro) and 7.7 (for the iPhone 12 Pro Max).

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

The Mate 40 Pro is somewhat flawed because it lacks Google services and decent glass protection. But if you can live with that, you'll be able to enjoy its 90hz of refresh rate on an Always-on display. It also has a fantastic telephoto lens. Not only that, but it also charges crazy fast, whether it is wired or wirelessly. It also has reverse wireless charging, double the internal storage, more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB), plus external storage, and Bluetooth 5.2.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max does have the latest glass protection, and it's a bit faster, but the Kirin 9000 is more than enough for everyone.

Pros Mate 40 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 Storage
Cons Mate 40 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
#1 Weight Always-On-Display
#2 3.5mm Jack MicroSD Slot
#3 Price Weight
#4 Glass Protection 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Mate 40 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Gaming Score
8.0
6.9
-1.1
Tek-Score
7.71
7.42
-0.29
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 40 Pro 
  • 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
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro Max
    $1090
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $950

 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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