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Huawei Mate 40 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Which Flagship Should You Pick?

author Luis Silva (December 2020 Updated: March 2021)

Huawei Mate 40 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

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Introduction

Samsung introduced its Galaxy Note 20 Ultra model in August of 2020. Meanwhile, Huawei's Mate 40 Pro started to sell in November of 2020.

With this article, you'll be able to compare every feature of the Mate 40 Pro and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. 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 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra?

The Mate 40 Pro may cost you a few bucks more, but it isn't the best of the two.

It comes with better performance (+45%). But the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra brings better glass protection, a better display, and Google's services.

Are there other things worth mentioning?

The Mate 40 Pro also gives you faster-charging speeds (66w vs. 25w), faster wireless charging (50w vs. 15w), and Bluetooth 5.2. But the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra also brings a higher refresh rate, larger (+0.2") display, and more RAM (12GB vs. 8GB).

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're going off-contract, you can be saving up to around $70, so think about it.

Is the Mate 40 Pro still worth getting in 2021?

Sure, you can look for other devices, but the Mate 40 Pro is an outstanding handset even in 2021. You can consider the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, but with the Mate 40 Pro, at least you'll get good performance, good camera, great battery life, tons of storage, and fast charging.

Is the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra still worth getting in 2021?

Of course, I still recommend the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in 2021. Its overall score has not dropped much yet, and it's great for its good camera, great battery life, tons of storage, great glass protection, and tons of RAM. It doesn't mean you can't take a quick peek at (again) the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, though.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and the Huawei Mate 40 Pro are about the same price, but you'll usually find the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra at a lower price. That's something you should keep in mind when comparing them.

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. The global score will help you compare them to other phones if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

The weight of each section

We've based our rate on a study from 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 what matters to you. You can check it out here or just keep reading until you get there.

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

Some features have a colored bar next to them. That can help you understand how they sit side by side with equivalently priced phones.

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

Some items are underlined, and you can tap to access several top 10 tables for every spending plan.

Price*
vs.
Device Mate 40 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Release Date 2020, November 2020, August 0y.
OS Updates 2 years 3 years 1y.
Security Updates 2 years 4 years 2y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

When it comes to the performance, Geekbench 5 rates the Mate 40 Pro 45% ahead of its rival on the multi-core rankings. That's something you should be aware of if you favor a snappier device.

You're not looking for the slowest phone around, right? The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is clearly under the average if you consider its rivals. It got a score of 2561, compared to the usual 3216, or close to that.

One can entitle the Mate 40 Pro as high-end and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra as more like a lower high-end.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is available with the past generation's Exynos 990 processor, while the Huawei Mate 40 Pro brings the Hisilicon Kirin 9000 processor.

Now about the graphics chipset, while the former has a Mali-G77 MP11, the latter features a Mali-G78 MP24.

The Mate 40 Pro carries out Android 10 and EMUI 10 OS, and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra runs on Android 10 and OneUI.

PS: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (with the Adreno 650 GPU) and the Exynos 990 (with the Mali-G77) are market-dependent.

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.

There's a considerable performance increase of about 20% on the 865+ for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Performance*
vs.
Features Mate 40 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
SoC Hisilicon Kirin 9000 Exynos 990
Graphics Mali-G78 MP24 Mali-G77 MP11
Geekbench 5 Score 3704
2561
-1143
OS Android 10 and EMUI 10 Android 10 and OneUI
Tek-Score
8.2
6.3
-1.9

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Huawei Mate 40 Pro front transparent png Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra front transparent png

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the winner here, but that isn't something to worry about.

The Mate 40 Pro has a 6.7-inch AMOLED screen, which is slightly smaller than the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra's 6.9-inch AMOLED display. You'll likely have set your preferences already on the display type and size. Most people seem to prefer AMOLED for its saturated colors and higher contrast.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a higher-resolution 1440x3088 Quad HD display, and the Mate 40 Pro makes do with a 1344x2772 Quad HD panel.

Just a small drop may shatter your phone, so let's get the elephant out of the room. Unfortunately, the Mate 40 Pro doesn't have any known type of display protection, while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

If you value an Always-On display, you'll be glad to find it in both of them.

If you set your brightness to auto, the Mate 40 Pro can go up to 807 nits, but the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra can go up to 217 nits above that.

Are you considering watching HDR content? The Mate 40 Pro does HDR10, while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra does HDR10+.

If you're looking for high refresh rate displays, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra can do 120hz and the Mate 40 Pro 90hz.

Bearing in mind 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.

Concerning the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, please be aware that all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, 80% offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate, and 87% of them have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Mate 40 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Size 6.7
6.9
0.2
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1344x2772
1440x3088
721152
Refresh Rate 90hz 120hz 30
Dots per Inch 459.80
493.80
34.01
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 807 nits
1024 nits
217
HDR HDR10 HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
9.2
9.8
0.6
Protection - Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
3.2
9.9
6.7

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Huawei Mate 40 Pro back transparent png Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra back transparent png

Looking at DXOMARK's ranking, one can conclude that the Mate 40 Pro is approximately 8% above other competitors with comparable prices. So it should be your option today.

Who's gonna win this battle? The Mate 40 Pro's primary camera has a whopping 50 Megapixels sensor, with an aperture of f/1.9, a 23mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. Videos on its shooter have a maximum resolution of 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 the same shot you'd get on a 12 Megapixels shooter with 2x optical zoom.

Its selfie camera features a 13 MP sensor with an f/2.4 aperture and an 18 mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 140. Then, if you consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it'll get 156 points. If you click here, you can check what they think of it.

PS: 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.

Adding to its whopping 108 Megapixels shooter, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra's leading camera has an aperture of f/1.8 and a 26mm, wide-angle lens. You'll be getting one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. You can record videos at 4320p. It also has a secondary dual-lens camera. One of them features an aperture of f/3.0 and an astounding 120mm telephoto lens and 12 Megapixels, and the other 12 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

Did you know? By zooming in and cropping a 108 Megapixels photo, you can get the same shot you'd get on a 27 Megapixels shooter with 2x optical zoom.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is also known for its impressive 50x hybrid Space Zoom. In theory, that's a step down from the S20 Ultra 100x, but since it's an "AI-powered" zoom, it shouldn't matter much.

You can get selfies with 10 MP Megapixels. It has a lens with f/2.2 of aperture and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

On DXOMARK's reviewing article, they gave this shooter 122 points. By considering the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we end up with a rate of 136 points. If you want to know more about it, check it here.

Furthermore, 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, and 93% of them feature a telephoto lens. Moreover, none of them feature a macro lens.

One can place these two as high-end.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Mate 40 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Megapixels 50
108
58
Aperture 1.9
1.8
-0.1
Lens 23mm
26mm
3
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 4320 2160
Score 156
136
-20

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Mate 40 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 3.4
3.0
-0.4
Lens 125mm (5.4x zoom)
120mm (4.6x zoom)
-5
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 20 12 -8
Aperture 1.8 2.2 0.4
Lens 18mm 13mm -5
Lens Type Wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 16 14 -2
Selfie Camera Mate 40 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 13
10
-3
Aperture 2.4
2.2
-0.2
Lens 18mm 26mm 8
Mate 40 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs.
Tek-Score
9.2
8.0
-1.2

Who has the best frame?

It's a tie, so any will do.

The Mate 40 Pro has a height of 6.38 inches (162 mm) and a width of 2.96 inches (75 mm). The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, however, is a bit larger. Precisely 0.08 inches (2 mm) and a bit taller: 0.08 inches (2 mm).

They have about the same depth: 9 mm (0.35 inches) vs. 8 mm (0.32 inches).

Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. Adding to that, both weigh about the same: 208 g. (7.34 oz). If you're curious, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The Mate 40 Pro got 3.4, which implies it's kind of weighty for a 6.7 inches display. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, on the other hand, has 4.4, so nothing to state here.

You can purchase the Huawei Mate 40 Pro in Mystic Silver, Black, White, Green, and Yellow. And you can pick the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black.

If you like to keep your phones small, consider getting the Huawei Mate 40 Pro. If not, you should check other phones.

Does a fingerprint scanner matter to you? Both manufacturers included it.

You can drop the Mate 40 Pro into the water, up to 1 to 3 meters deep, and the same goes for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. It should be for less than 30 minutes, and it's freshwater in standby mode only.

Looks*
vs.
Body Mate 40 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Size 162 x 75 x 9 mm
(5.71 x 2.65 x 0.32 in)
164 x 77 x 8 mm
(5.78 x 2.72 x 0.28 in)
-8326
Weight 212 g. (7.48 oz)
208 g. (7.34 oz)
-4
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Mystic Silver, Black, White, Green, and Yellow Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black
Screen To Body Ratio 93.57%
93.17%
-0.41
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.4 4.4 1.0
Looks 10.0/10
9.1/10
-0.8
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint and Face ID Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
6.8
6.8
-0.1

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

Which has the best battery?

The Mate 40 Pro does have a battery capacity of 4400 mAh versus the 4500 mAh of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. But GSMArena did test them out and you should get the same battery life with either device.

That's what you can expect from the Mate 40 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.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 69% left.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll be with 71%.

And this is how the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra handles these tests:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 83% 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 69%.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll be with 72%.

Both phones support fast-charging. You can charge the Mate 40 Pro at a maximum of 66w/hour and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra up to 25w/hour.

There's also wireless charging (50w vs. 15w) in both of them. Cool.

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

Fast charging on the Mate 40 Pro does stand out. Devices with similar prices usually stay at around 34w/hour.

You'll likewise get quick wireless charging on the Mate 40 Pro. You don't get to see it that much at this price range.

The Snapdragon 865+ variant also has better battery efficiency, about 7% of additional screen-on-time.

Battery*
vs.
Features Mate 40 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Capacity (mAh) 4400 4500 100
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
83% left
0
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 69% left
69% left
0
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 71% left
72% left
1
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.7 2.6 -1.0
Sub Tek-Score
7.4
7.5
0.0
Fast Charging 66w
25w
-41
Wireless Charging 50w
15w
-35
Reverse Charging 5w
4.5w
-0.5
Tek-Score
8.6
7.2
-1.4

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

None of them has.

The Mate 40 Pro comes equipped with 256GB of integrated storage and 8GB of RAM. In the worst-case scenario, you'll end up spending a few bucks more because you can top that with a Nano Memory card. Furthermore, other devices from this budget usually have more RAM but less storage. They're around 11GB of RAM and 166Gb of storage.

On the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, you'll find 256GB of internal storage and 12GB of RAM. If that isn't enough, you can add a MicroSD card later. Again, you'll get the majority of its rivals with less RAM and less storage. They usually get close to 10Gb of RAM and 171Gb of storage.

Storage*
vs.
Features Mate 40 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
RAM (GB) 8GB
12GB
4
Internal (GB) 256GB
256GB
0
Micro SD Nano Memory (shared SIM slot) microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
10.0
10.0
0.0

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

I'd go for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, if you really value 5G.

Each one has its Bluetooth version: The Mate 40 Pro has 5.2, and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has 5.0. Both phones have NFC, so nothing special here.

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. There also are other options out there if you're willing to forget about them. The Sony Xperia 1 II can give you a headphone jack.

You can find the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in the LTE or (LTE and) 5G variants.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Mate 40 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Network LTE 5G (also available in LTE)
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 Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra isn't the cheapest smartphone that you can buy. But if you do search for any deals and price drops, things can get interesting. On the other hand, you'll likely find the Mate 40 Pro at a higher price range, but that's probably something you already knew. Theoretically, you should get more money back if you end up selling it.

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

Here are their recently updated prices:

Huawei Mate 40 Pro

Reference: $1,065

Huawei Mate 40 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Reference: $995

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

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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 40 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra VS
Amazon 0.71 0.66 -0.06
eBay - 0.59 -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - 0.54 -

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Are you also considering other options? The global score can help. For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. They usually sit close to 7.6 (for the Mate 40 Pro) and 7.5 (for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra).

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Stand Out?

If you don't really care about Google's services, the Mate 40 Pro will give you much more performance (especially if you can only get the Exynos version of the Note 20 Ultra), much higher charging speeds (both wired and wirelessly), and Bluetooth 5.2.

But the Note 20 Ultra has another feature that will probably be a deal-breaker on the Mate 40 Pro for most people. That's the Gorilla Glass Victus protection. Unfortunately, the Mate 40 Pro has none of that. Not only that, but you can also get higher refresh rates if that's something you really fancy, and as a bonus, you'll also get 4 extra gigabytes of RAM.

Pros Mate 40 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#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 Storage Storage
#10 Glass Protection
Cons Mate 40 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
#1 Weight Weight
#2 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#3 Price Price
#4 Glass Protection
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Mate 40 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Gaming Score
8.0
8.4
0.3
Tek-Score
7.71
8.08
0.37
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

 Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 
  • 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
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $799
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
    $1120
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro Max
    $1090
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $950
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $849
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $799
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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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