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Huawei P30 Pro vs P40 Pro in 2021: Is It Worth The Upgrade?

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

The P40 Pro won't cost you that much more, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

It comes with better performance (+34%). But the P30 Pro brings Google's services.

What else stands out?

The P40 Pro also gives you a higher refresh rate display, faster wireless charging (27w vs. 15w), more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB), and Bluetooth 5.1.

But how much more will I have to pay for the P40 Pro?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, it should be about $119 more expensive.

Is it worth buying the P30 Pro in 2021?

Do consider not getting the P30 Pro in 2021. You shouldn't get a phone that isn't going to receive security updates. Check out the Apple iPhone 12, for example, as it'll have better performance, better cameras, and more security updates.

Is the P40 Pro still worth getting in 2021?

Just because the P40 Pro was released last year doesn't mean I won't recommend it. You can thank Huawei for its good performance, good cameras, good battery life, optical zoom, and fast charging. It doesn't mean you can't take a quick peek at (again) the Apple iPhone 12, though.

Just keep reading if you want to know everything about them, how they rival their competition, and how the tech industry is evaluating their specs.

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One year later, and here we are, with yet another monster of a camera-phone.

Do you have a P30 Pro? Is it worth the upgrade?

Are you finally considering a P30 Pro?

Did Huawey regret the lack of protective glass on the P30 Pro? Don't get me started...

Anyways, let's go.

Huawei introduced its P40 Pro model in April 2020. Meanwhile, Huawei's P30 Pro started to sell in March 2019.

With this article, you'll be able to compare every feature of the P30 Pro and the P40 Pro. Then, you can decide what model better suits your needs. Let's start.

Even though both Huaweis have similar prices, the P30 Pro should be more affordable. Although sometimes a promotion might appear and change that. That's something you should keep in mind when comparing them.

Do consider avoiding the P30 Pro, as it will stop receiving security updates in the meantime.

For each featured section, there's a "Tek-Score" for you to check. We evaluated every quantifiable specification, so you can better understand the difference between the two. You'll find a global score at the end, which can help you compare to other phones if you're interested in anything other than these two.

The weight of each section

This score is consumer-based from research done by Globalwebindex.com about the most desired smartphone features by consumers. But you can customize how each section contributes to the global score according to what you value. You can skip to the end, but keep reading because I'll be unveiling many things 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. It's for you to know how well they relate to the ones from similarly priced smartphones.

By clicking here: you'll see which ones we've analyzed, but essentially, we're ignoring smartphones that are more than 20% cheaper or expensive.

You can click on any underlined feature to check the top 10 phones for that feature for all budgets.

Device P30 Pro P40 Pro
Release Date 2019, March 2020, April 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?

Geekbench 5 scores the P40 Pro 34% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. This should be noticeable when opening apps or games.

One can entitle the P30 Pro as a lower high-end and the P40 Pro as a high-end device.

The Huawei P40 Pro is available with a Hisilicon Kirin 990 processor, while the Huawei P30 Pro brings a Hisilicon Kirin 980 processor.

About the graphics: while the first one brings a Mali-G76 MP16, the other has a Mali-G76 MP10.

The P30 Pro brings the Android 9 (Pie) and EMUI 10 OS from the factory, and the P40 Pro has Android 10 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 P40 Pro.

Features P30 Pro P40 Pro
SoC Hisilicon Kirin 980 Hisilicon Kirin 990
Graphics Mali-G76 MP10 Mali-G76 MP16
Geekbench 5 Score 2378
OS Android 9 (Pie) and EMUI 10 Android 10 and EMUI 10

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Huawei P30 Pro front transparent png Huawei P40 Pro front transparent png

The P40 Pro's display does stand out, and it wins by a significant margin.

The P40 Pro features a 6.5" AMOLED display, while the P30 Pro has a smaller 6.4" AMOLED display. It all comes down to personal preferences for both the display type and size. Most people seem to prefer AMOLED for its saturated colors and higher contrast.

The display of the P40 Pro has a resolution of 1200x2640 Full HD. The P30 Pro, in its turn, has 1080x2340 Full HD.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so I have to put this out: Oddly enough, none of these have any kind of glass protection.

I guess Huawei doesn't care that much about customers' complaints. Or maybe they just don't complain enough. Either way, if you end up purchasing one of these, you're on your own.

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

If you don't manually set the screen brightness, they share a maximum brightness of 605 nits.

Both phones support HDR10 video formats.

If high refresh rates are your thing, you should know that the P40 Pro can do 90hz.

Considering the P30 Pro, 89% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 94% have an Always-On display.

Concerning the P40 Pro, I should say that 90% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 75% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)*
Features P30 Pro P40 Pro
Size 6.4
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
Refresh Rate 60hz 90hz 30
Dots per Inch 402.69
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Teardrop Hole
Peak Brightness 605 nits
605 nits
Sub Tek-Score
Protection - -

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Huawei P30 Pro back transparent png Huawei P40 Pro back transparent png

Be aware that the P30 Pro's picture quality is, on average, 45 points above its rivals from its price range. But it isn't the one I'm recommending.

Who's gonna win this battle? The P30 Pro has a whopping 40 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/1.6, a 27mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It can record videos at up to 2160p.

There's also one 8 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/3.4 and an astounding 125mm telephoto lens. And another one with 20 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 16mm 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 a sample with 10 Megapixels and 2x optical zoom.

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.

Its selfie camera features a generous 32 Mp sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK gave this shooter a score of 122. Then, if you consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it can go up to 137** points. For a thorough review, click here.

Before moving on, you should know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Yet, only 11% of them feature a macro lens.

The Huawei P40 Pro, in its turn, features a whopping 50 Megapixels camera with an f/1.9 aperture and a 23mm, wide-angle lens. Then it has one flash LED, 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/3.4 and an astounding 125mm telephoto lens and an extra 40 Megapixels (f/1.8) with an 18mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

If you take a 50 Megapixels snapshot, you can zoom in on it and crop in the middle to get 2x optical zoom. You'll get a 12 Megapixels photo.

The P40 Pro and the P30 Pro share the same ability to do 50x hybrid zoom. It isn't an optical zoom, but (thanks to AI) it is much better than digital zoom.

The selfie camera has 32 Mp, an f/2.2 aperture, and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK evaluated this camera, and here's the score: 137. By considering the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we get a score of 153 points. Just click here to read about it.

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. Moreover, only 5% of them feature a macro lens.

We can classify these two more as high-end.

If you love it, the P40 Pro telephoto lens is, on average, 46mm higher than what you'd get on related-priced phones, and the P30 Pro is 61mm higher.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, especially for cameras with no zoom and with less than 40MP. They moved to a new camera test protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera P30 Pro P40 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 137

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) P30 Pro P40 Pro vs.
Megapixels 8
Aperture 3.4
Lens 125mm (4.6x zoom)
125mm (5.4x zoom)
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 20 40 20
Aperture 2.2 1.8 -0.4
Lens 16mm 18mm 2
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Score 15 16 1
Selfie Camera P30 Pro P40 Pro vs.
Megapixels 32
Aperture 2.0
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
P30 Pro P40 Pro vs.

Who has the best frame?

The P30 Pro does have an advantage here, thanks to its weight. But I don't see any meaningful winner here.

There's one thing that they have in common: their heights (158 mm / 6.23 inches). And one thing that they differ: their widths: 73 mm vs. 72 mm (2.88 inches vs. 2.84 inches).

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

A front and back glass body does make these phones look premium on your hands. The P40 Pro is 17 g. (0.67 oz) heavier than its sibling, which sits at 192 g. (6.77 oz). If you want a big screen in a lightweight phone, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The P30 Pro got 4.5, showing it has an acceptable score for its screen size. Having said that, the P40 Pro has 3.1, which suggests it's considerably hefty.

You can have the P30 Pro in Aurora, Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Misty Lavender, Pearl White, Black, and Mystic Blue. And you can compare that with the Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, Blush Gold, Ice White, and Black, which comes with the P40 Pro.

Both feature the same size, so if you want something different, you'll have to find it elsewhere.

What about a fingerprint scanner? Both devices included it.

You can drop the P30 Pro into the water, up to 1 to 3 meters deep, on par with the P40 Pro. Remember that it shouldn't be for over half an hour, and it's in standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.

Body P30 Pro P40 Pro
Size 158 x 73 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.58 x 0.28 in)
158 x 72 x 9 mm
(5.57 x 2.54 x 0.32 in)
Weight 192 g. (6.77 oz)
209 g. (7.37 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Aurora, Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Misty Lavender, Pearl White, Black, and Mystic Blue Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, Blush Gold, Ice White, and Black
Screen To Body Ratio 87.17%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.5 3.1 -1.4
Looks 10.0/10
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint

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

Which has the best battery?

They both have a capacity of about 4200 mAh. And by GSMArena's standards, you shouldn't expect any real contrast here.

This is how the P30 Pro performs after a full charge:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll have 84% 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 with 70%.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll still get 74% to spend doing other things.

And this is where the P40 Pro ends at:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 83% left.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll still have 70% left for the rest of the day.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 72% of the battery charge.

Just be aware that the P30 Pro also does overcome pretty much every phone out there. Just check out our top 10 for battery life.

If you're wondering about their charging speeds, these two can charge at 40watts.

If you value wireless charging, they can do 15w vs. 27w.

Both phones can also use reverse wireless charging to charge any Qi-enabled devices.

Fast charging on the P30 Pro does stand out. Other devices from this price range usually sit at nearly 31w.

P40 Pro's Quick wireless charging is likewise snappy. That isn't as frequent on its direct rivals.

Features P30 Pro P40 Pro
Capacity (mAh) 4200 4200 0
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
83% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 70% left
70% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
72% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.3 5.3 0.0
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 40w
Wireless Charging 15w
Reverse Charging 2.5w

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

It's a tie.

In terms of RAM, the P30 Pro brings 6GB. In terms of storage, it has 128GB. In the worst-case scenario, you'll end up spending a few bucks more because there's always the Nano Memory card expandable storage solution.

In its turn, the P40 Pro has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of integrated storage. You can also count on the Nano Memory card to save the day.

Features P30 Pro P40 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 P40 Pro for sure, as it has Bluetooth 5.1 and 5G.

Each has its own Bluetooth version: The P30 Pro has 5.0, and the P40 Pro has 5.1. Both phones have NFC.

If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. You can try an adapter if you want, but the wireless buds are the way to go here. Or you can also check its rivals if you don't care that much about them. Perhaps you don't mind settling with the Sony Xperia 1 II.

You can connect the P40 Pro to (LTE and) 5G networks.

Features P30 Pro P40 Pro
Network LTE 5G
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No

Which is more affordable?

You're likely not considering the P30 Pro to make all your pennies count. But that depends on the deals that you can find. Also, it's considerably affordable. About 4% cheaper than its direct rivals. They're in the neighborhood of $620. The Huawei P40 Pro, on the other hand, is usually more costly, but I'm not here to tell you if it's worth it.

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

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

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

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

Value for money P30 Pro P40 Pro VS
Amazon 1.08 0.89 -0.19
eBay - - -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

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

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Want to know about that global score? Let me point out the average of its competitors. They usually sit close to 6.9 (for the P30 Pro) and 7.2 (for the P40 Pro).

Verdict: What Makes the Huawei P40 Pro Stand Out?

The P40 Pro obviously has an upgraded camera set. And according to DxO, it's not that small of an increase.

And obviously, this isn't just about its cameras, as the P40 Pro performance is miles ahead of its predecessor.

Aside from that, you're getting about the same device.

Don't expect me to recommend a device that doesn't have any known glass protection system, so it's up to you if you really want any of these.

Also, don't forget to check if you have all the apps you need on the Huawei store, as you don't have access to the Google Play store.

If you're into zoom, you should also consider the P40 Pro Plus.

Pros P30 Pro P40 Pro
#1 AMOLED Performance
#2 Always-On-Display AMOLED
#3 Cameras Always-On-Display
#4 Battery Life Cameras
#5 Fast Charging Battery Life
#6 Wireless Charging Fast Charging
#7 MicroSD Slot Wireless Charging
#8 MicroSD Slot
Cons P30 Pro P40 Pro
#1 Weight Weight
#2 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#3 Price Price
#4 Glass Protection Glass Protection
Relative Score*
Global Score P30 Pro P40 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 P30 Pro 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40
  • OnePlusrival8
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
  • OnePlusrival9 Pro

 Huawei P40 Pro 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
  • OnePlusrival9 Pro

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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