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Huawei P40 Lite vs P40 Pro: Either One or Neither One?

author Luis Silva (June 2020 Updated: March 2021)

Huawei P40 Lite, Huawei P40 Pro

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Introduction

How much of the P40 Pro is on the cheaper P40 Lite?

You can find that and much more in the next five minutes.

In April of 2020, Huawei started selling its P40 Pro, while Huawei's P40 Lite hit the stores one month sooner.

We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the P40 Lite and the P40 Pro.

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

Bottom Line

Which is better?

The P40 Pro will cost you more, but it also has better specs.

You'll get better performance (+72%), a better display, better cameras, water-resistance, and a glass back.

Anything else?

The P40 Pro also gives you an AMOLED, higher refresh rate display, better peak brightness, optical image stabilization, a telephoto lens (+108 mm), wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB), and Bluetooth 5.1. But the P40 Lite adds a headphone jack.

How much more are you willing to spend on the P40 Pro?

If you're not considering going for a carrier subscription, it'll cost you around $501 more.

Is it worth getting the P40 Lite in 2021?

The Huawei P40 Lite isn't the most cutting-edge device in 2021, but it's still a powerful phone. You can go for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, but we should praise this one for its good performance, great battery life, tons of storage, and fast charging.

Is the P40 Pro still worth getting in 2021?

The P40 Pro wasn't released that long ago, so it's obviously, a top recommended device for 2021. You'll love it for its good performance, good camera, great battery life, optical zoom, and fast charging. But don't just ignore the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max.

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You'll rarely (if ever) find these two with the same price tag. That's something you should keep in mind when comparing them.

For each featured section, there's a "Tek-Score" for you to check. For a quicker analysis of how far they are from each other, we'll consider all their specifications. You'll find a global score at the end, which can help you compare to other phones if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

The weight of each section

Our Tek-Score is based on a study done by Globalwebindex.com on what features users value on new smartphones. But you can fine-tune the global score depending on what you value. You can skip to the end, or just keep reading.

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

There's a colored progress bar next to some items. That's so you can see how they relate to the ones from similarly priced smartphones.

Here's our contestant panel: but basically, we've excluded every smartphone that's not within a 20% (above or below) price range.

Some features are also shortcuts to the best 10 phones on that for every spending plan.

Price*
vs.
Device P40 Lite P40 Pro
Release Date 2020, March 2020, April 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?

In terms of performance, Geekbench 5 scores the P40 Pro 72% ahead of its sibling on the multi-core rankings. Even if you don't value a smooth device that much, be aware of that difference, as it will be very noticeable.

We can classify the P40 Lite as an upper mid-range and the P40 Pro as more like high-end.

Regarding their chipset, while the Huawei P40 Pro comes with the Hisilicon Kirin 990 SoC, the Huawei P40 Lite has the Hisilicon Kirin 810 SoC.

Now about the graphics chipset, while the former has a Mali-G76 MP16, the latter features a Mali-G52 MP6.

They all were released with the Android 10 and EMUI 10 OS.

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

Performance*
vs.
Features P40 Lite P40 Pro
SoC Hisilicon Kirin 810 Hisilicon Kirin 990
Graphics Mali-G52 MP6 Mali-G76 MP16
Geekbench 5 Score 1862
3197
1335
OS Android 10 and EMUI 10 Android 10 and EMUI 10
Tek-Score
5.1
7.3
2.2

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Huawei P40 Lite front transparent png Huawei P40 Pro front transparent png

The P40 Pro has the best screen, that's as clear as glass.

The P40 Lite offers a sharp, 6.4-inch LCD display that is slightly smaller than the 6.5-inch AMOLED panel on the P40 Pro. It all comes down to personal preferences for both the display type and size. AMOLED has perfect contrast and viewing angles, but its whites do hurt the battery life.

The P40 Pro has a higher-resolution 1200x2640 Full HD display, and the P40 Lite makes do with a 1080x2310 Full HD panel.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so let's get the elephant out of the room. You may have to add tempered glass to your next phone because none of these have Gorilla Glass or anything like it.

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

When it comes to outdoor visibility, the P40 Lite will reach 460 nits, and the P40 Pro can top at 605 nits.

Most similarly priced devices max at 603 nits, but the P40 Lite can only go 143 nits below that.

If a device can't go over 500 nits, it isn't your best option for HDR content and outdoor readability. Speaking of HDR content: The P40 Pro can play HDR10-compatible media.

If you favor smooth scrolling over battery life, you can count on the smooth 90hz of the P40 Pro.

About the P40 Lite, 81% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen. However, only 5% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate, and only 10% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

For the P40 Pro, 95% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all of them have an AMOLED screen, 89% have an Always-On display, and 79% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features P40 Lite P40 Pro
Size 6.4
6.5
0.1
Screen Type LCD AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2310
1200x2640
673200
Refresh Rate 60hz 90hz 30
Dots per Inch 398.44
446.14
47.71
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 460 nits
605 nits
145
HDR - HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
7.1
8.7
1.6
Protection - -
Tek-Score
2.5
3.1
0.6

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Huawei P40 Lite back transparent png Huawei P40 Pro back transparent png

Considering their rate, I think that the Huawei P40 Pro has a more dependable camera.

Who's gonna win this battle? The P40 Lite has a whopping 48 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/1.8, a 26mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, and HDR capabilities. It can record videos at up to 1080p.

It also has three more cameras: one with 8 Megapixels, an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 17mm ultra-wide-angle lens, one with 2 Megapixels for macros, and another with 2 Megapixels that works as a depth sensor.

For your information: If you zoom in and crop a 48 Megapixels photo, you can get 2x of optical zoom: by trimming it into a 12 Megapixels photo.

With the selfies camera, you get a 16 MP shooter, with an aperture of f/2.0 and a 1/3.1" sensor.

As soon as DXOMARK evaluates this camera, I'll update this article, and when they do, I'm sure they'll give it about 105* points. Then, if you consider its wide-angle lens, you'll end up with a score of 115**.

I hope this helps: you'd probably like to know that 86% of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, and all of them have an ultra-wide-angle lens. Though only 24% of them feature a macro lens.

On the back of the Huawei P40 Pro is a whopping 50 Megapixels (f/1.9) camera and a 23mm wide-angle lens. Then you'll have one flash LED, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. It can also record videos at up to 2160p. 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.

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

The 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 front-facing camera features a generous 32 MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 137. By considering the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we'll get to the final rate of 153 points. For an out-and-out review, check their article.

Finally, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, 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 the P40 Lite more like an upper mid-range and the P40 Pro more as a high-end.

*DXOMARK knows how to test these shooters out. Too bad some cameras don't have a chance to be tested. So what do I do? I take every hardware specs (like lenses, sensor size, OIS, aperture, and so on) and give a comparable score. Our lastest test on our formula showed a borderline margin of error of 2 points.

**You should give this score a margin of error of up to 6 points, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They moved to a better camera test protocol, and I still have few reviewed devices to better deduce a compatible rate.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera P40 Lite P40 Pro
Megapixels 48
50
2
Aperture 1.8
1.9
0.1
Lens 26mm
23mm
-3
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS No Yes
Video 1080 2160 1080
Score 115
153
38

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) P40 Lite P40 Pro vs.
Megapixels 8
12
4
Aperture 2.4
3.4
1.0
Lens 17mm 125mm (5.4x zoom)
108
Lens Type Wide-Angle Telephoto lens
Megapixels 2 40 38
Aperture 2.4 1.8 -0.6
Lens 27mm 18mm -9
Lens Type Macro Wide-Angle
Megapixels 2 -
Aperture 2.4 -
Lens Type Depth Sensor Depth Sensor
Score 10 16 6
Selfie Camera P40 Lite P40 Pro vs.
Megapixels 16
32
16
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens - 26mm
P40 Lite P40 Pro vs.
Tek-Score
6.8
9.0
2.2

Who has the best frame?

The P40 Pro does have an advantage here, thanks to its glass back, number of color options, water resistance, and looks.

The P40 Lite is 6.26 inches (159 mm) tall and 2.99 inches (76 mm) long. The P40 Pro, on the other hand, is 1 mm smaller and 4 mm narrower (about 0.04 inches by 0.16 inches).

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

The P40 Pro has a full glass body, and it shows. It is a little bit heavier: About 26 g. (1.02 oz). If you're looking for a lightweight device, the P40 Lite has a "weight to screen size" score of 5.5, meaning it has an acceptable score for its display size. Having said that, the P40 Pro has 3.1, which suggests it's considerably hefty.

You can purchase the Huawei P40 Lite in Black, Pink, and Green. And you can pick the Huawei P40 Pro in Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, Blush Gold, Ice White, and Black.

If the P40 Lite is small enough for you, that's neat. If not, then you may be out of options here.

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

The P40 Pro is rated IP68, which means it's water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters. That should be for up to 30 minutes, in standby and freshwater only, so no saltwater or pools here.

Looks*
vs.
Body P40 Lite P40 Pro
Size 159 x 76 x 8 mm
(5.61 x 2.68 x 0.28 in)
158 x 72 x 9 mm
(5.57 x 2.54 x 0.32 in)
5712
Weight 183 g. (6.46 oz)
209 g. (7.37 oz)
26
Build Front glass Front and back glass
Colors Black, Pink, and Green Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, Blush Gold, Ice White, and Black
Screen To Body Ratio 83.90%
90.26%
6.36
Disp.Size To Weight Score 5.5 3.1 -2.4
Looks 5.1/10
10.0/10
4.9
Waterproof - IP68
Biometrics Side-mounted Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
1.8
6.9
5.1

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

Which has the best battery?

Both have about 4200 mAh, And by GSMArena's standards, you shouldn't expect notable differences here.

This is what the P40 Lite delivers if you do a complete charge:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll end up with 85% of the battery charge.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll get down to 74% left.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 73% of the battery charge.

And this is where the P40 Pro ends at:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 83% left.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, this phone should end up with 70%.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll still get 72% to spend doing other things.

What's even better, the P40 Lite can also beat almost all devices that we've tested. Do check 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, you can give P40 Pro an extra point.

You can also use the P40 Pro reverse wireless charging to charge any Qi-enabled device up to 27w per hour.

If you fancy quick charges, you can count on the P40 Pro. That's rare because phones from this budget rarely exceed 33 watts.

The P40 Pro's wireless charging is likewise faster than the traditional 5w. That isn't as frequent on its direct rivals.

Battery*
vs.
Features P40 Lite P40 Pro
Capacity (mAh) 4200 4200 0
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 85% left
83% left
-2
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 74% left
70% left
-4
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 73% left
72% left
-1
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.4 5.3 0.9
Sub Tek-Score
7.7
7.5
-0.2
Fast Charging 40w
40w
0
Wireless Charging No 27w
27
Reverse Charging No 27w
27
Tek-Score
6.9
7.8
0.9

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

They share the same amount of storage.

Huawei put 6GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage on the P40 Lite. It isn't an issue because you can add a Nano Memory card if you want.

The P40 Pro, in its turn, has 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. You can also add a Nano Memory card if you want.

Storage*
vs.
Features P40 Lite P40 Pro
RAM (GB) 6GB
8GB
2
Internal (GB) 128GB
128GB
0
Micro SD Nano Memory (shared SIM slot) Nano Memory (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
7.5
7.5
0.0

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The P40 Lite, as it features a headphone jack.

Surprisingly, there's a difference here: The P40 Lite features Bluetooth 5.0, but the P40 Pro has Bluetooth 5.1. Both phones have NFC, so nothing special here. Warning, not all versions of the P40 Lite are NFC-enabled.

If wireless buds aren't your thing, the P40 Lite may be your only option here. You can try an adapter on the P40 Pro if you want, but the wireless buds are the way to go here.

You can connect the P40 Lite to LTE or (LTE and) 5G networks. The 5G variant of the P40 Lite has a larger 6.5-inches display, a 64MP shooter, a Kirin 820 SoC, and a slightly smaller battery.

Connectivity
vs.
Features P40 Lite P40 Pro
Network LTE (also available in 5G) 5G
Bluetooth 5.0
5.1
NFC Yes (market dependent) Yes
3.5mm jack Yes No
Tek-Score
8.5
5.1
-3.3

Which is more affordable?

The Huawei P40 Lite surely wins over its sibling in this round. But with a great deal or a price drop, it can be an impressive finding. The Huawei P40 Pro, on the other hand, is usually more costly, but if it's worth it or not, it's up to you to decide.

You can check down below if it worths the extra cash.

Here's what we've found out:

Huawei P40 Lite

Reference: $298

Huawei P40 Lite

Huawei P40 Pro

Reference: $799

Huawei P40 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 P40 Lite P40 Pro VS
Amazon 1.66 0.87 -0.80
eBay - 0.73 -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

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Want to know about that global rate? Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. The P40 Lite class is at 5.6, and the P40 Pro 7.1.

Verdict: What Makes the Huawei P40 Pro Stand Out?

It obviously doesn't make that much sense to recommend the P40 Lite, but that's not the point here.

The question should be: Is the P40 Lite good enough if you don't want to break the bank?

In fact, if you can live with inferior performance and don't value a telephoto camera that much, the P40 Lite is good enough. After all, it isn't that slow considering its price.

The P40 Lite also doesn't have the more premium glass back, but it actually can be considered an advantage, since none of them have any strengthened glass. And this leads to me warning you to also ponder other devices.

Pros P40 Lite P40 Pro
#1 Always-On-Display Performance
#2 Cameras AMOLED
#3 Battery Life Always-On-Display
#4 Fast Charging Cameras
#5 MicroSD Slot Battery Life
#6 3.5mm Jack Fast Charging
#7 Wireless Charging
#8 MicroSD Slot
Cons P40 Lite P40 Pro
#1 AMOLED Weight
#2 Wireless Charging 3.5mm Jack
#3 Weight Price
#4 Glass Protection Glass Protection
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score P40 Lite P40 Pro
Gaming Score
4.2
7.0
2.8
Tek-Score
5.66
6.92
1.26
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 P40 Lite 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A50
    $265
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A70
    $270
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $328
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
    $280
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A40
    $240
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T
    $270
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
    $290
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $327
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • XiaomirivalPocophone F1
    $250
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7 Plus
    $260
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $327
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
    $304
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7
    $250
  • OnePlusrival6T
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
    $307
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
    $285
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 SE
    $250
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A51
    $274
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
    $289
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
    $289
  • OnePlusrivalNord N10
    $279
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325

 Huawei P40 Pro 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $699
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $650
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $875
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $925
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $643
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $955
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $750
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • 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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