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Huawei P40 Pro vs Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: Which Should You Buy?

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

The iPhone 11 Pro Max may cost you a few bucks more, but it doesn't have better specs.

You'll get better glass protection, a better display, and Google's services. But with the P40 Pro, you can get more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB) and external storage.

What else sets them apart?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max also features a cleaner user interface and better peak brightness. But the P40 Pro also adds a higher refresh rate, Always-On display, a telephoto lens (+73 mm), faster-charging speeds (40w vs. 18w), faster wireless charging (27w vs. 5w), reverse wireless charging, more RAM (8GB vs. 4GB), and Bluetooth 5.1.

How much more will the P40 Pro cost me?

If you're not considering going for a carrier subscription, you can be saving up to around $101, so think about it.

Is the P40 Pro still worth getting in 2021?

The Huawei P40 Pro is clearly worth buying in 2021, even if there are better phones out there. Sure, you can take a peek at other devices like the Oppo Find X2 Pro, but with the P40 Pro, at least you'll get good performance, a good camera, good battery life, optical zoom, and fast charging.

Is it still worth buying the iPhone 11 Pro Max in 2021?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max isn't the latest release anymore, but you'll still be happy with its good performance, a good camera, and good battery life. It still makes sense in 2021, but you'd be better off with the iPhone 12 Pro Max as a daily driver because it has better performance, more storage, more security updates, a better optical zoom, and more RAM.

Keep reading for answers to all your questions about their differences, how they fare against their competition, and what the industry thinks about their specs.

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Introduction

How does one of the best smartphones around fare against the best iPhone to date?

Let's find that out.

In September of 2019, Apple started selling its iPhone 11 Pro Max, while Huawei's P40 Pro hit the stores in April of 2020.

In this article, we see how the P40 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max and the Huawei P40 Pro are comparable in price. Still, you'll find the P40 Pro cheaper most of the time. Remember that when you're comparing the two models.

For each featured section, there's a "Tek-Score" for you to check. All the specifications were examined to allow you a faster discerning of the variation between the phones. There's also a global score for you to compare them to other phones if you're curious about other models aside from these two.

The weight of each section

We've based our score on a study from Globalwebindex.com about what people want from their next smartphone. But you can fine-tune the global score depending on your preferences. Click here to skip everything, but keep reading because there are many things to unveil about these two and their rivals.

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

You'll also see a progress bar underlining some features. It's for you to know how well they compare with other smartphones with similar prices.

If you click here:, you'll see our list, but basically, we've excluded every smartphone that's not within a 20% (above or below) price range.

Some items are clickable, and they'll get you to the related top 10 listings for up to seven different budgets.

Price*
vs.
Device P40 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Release Date 2020, April 2019, September -1y.
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?

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android), which measures overall performance, the iPhone 11 Pro Max was, on average, 7% quicker while finishing its tests. Overall, you wouldn't feel that much of a difference between them. The iPhone is a bit more responsive to tasks like rotating the phone to landscape mode because the OS is tailored for its hardware.

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

The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max is available with the Apple A13 processor, while the Huawei P40 Pro brings the Hisilicon Kirin 990 processor.

Regarding the graphics chipset, the former features a proprietary Apple GPU, and the latter has a Mali-G76 MP16.

The P40 Pro carries out Android 10 and EMUI 10 OS, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max has iOS 13.

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.

Performance*
vs.
Features P40 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
SoC Hisilicon Kirin 990 Apple A13
Graphics Mali-G76 MP16 Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 3197
3435
238
OS Android 10 and EMUI 10 iOS 13
Tek-Score
7.3
7.7
0.4

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Huawei P40 Pro front transparent png Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max front transparent png

The P40 Pro is the title-holder here, and you'd be able to tell the difference. But the glass on the iPhone 11 Pro Max is much tougher.

Both feature the same AMOLED 6.5" display size. There's no general contest here as each user has his personal preferences. To me, a 6.3 inches screen is where I draw the line.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max has a higher-resolution 1242x2688 Full HD display, and the P40 Pro makes do with a 1200x2640 Full HD panel. If you can't get over the iPhone 11 Pro Max's notch, there's one more reason to consider the P40 Pro.

Screen bezels are shrinking in size almost every passing day, so be aware: It's too bad that the P40 Pro doesn't have any standard type of display protection like the Corning toughened glass of the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

To me, the Huawei P40 Pro has one significant advantage here, which is the Always-On-Display.

If you set your brightness to auto, the P40 Pro can do 605 nits, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max can do 206 nits above that.

Related priced rivals max at 768 nits, but the P40 Pro can only go 163 nits below that.

Both phones do support HDR10 videos.

If you're looking for high refresh rate displays, your only option is the P40 Pro with its 90hz screen.

Considering the P40 Pro, just know that 94% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, 89% have an Always-On display, and 83% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Compared to the iPhone 11 Pro Max, I should say that all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, 78% offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better, and 83% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features P40 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Size 6.5
6.5
0.0
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1200x2640
1242x2688
170496
Refresh Rate 90hz 60hz -30
Dots per Inch 446.14
455.55
9.41
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch Hole Wedge
Peak Brightness 605 nits
811 nits
206
HDR HDR10 HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
8.7
3.2
-5.5
Protection - Corning toughened glass
Tek-Score
3.1
5.9
2.8

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Huawei P40 Pro back transparent png Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max back transparent png

By DXOMARK's standards, the P40 Pro is also roughly 29 points above its rivals for the same budget. However, none of these stand out.

Let's delve into their cameras. Huawei's P40 Pro can record videos at up to 2160p. It also has a shooter with a whopping 50 Megapixels, an aperture of f/1.9, a 23mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization.

It also has a secondary 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/3.4 and an astounding 125mm telephoto lens. And a third of 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 (for example) an additional 2x of optical zoom and a 12 Megapixels sample.

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.

Its selfie camera features a generous 32 MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 137. If you add the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it'll get 153 points. For a thorough review, click here.

Before moving on, all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Yet, only 6% of them feature a macro lens.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max features a 12 Megapixels (f/1.8) shooter and a 26mm wide-angle lens. You can also count on four flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It also records videos at up to 2160 pixels. It also has a secondary 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.0 plus a 52mm telephoto lens and an extra 12 Megapixels (f/2.4) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

You can get selfies with 12 MP Megapixels. It has a lens with f/2.2 of aperture and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

The guys over at the DXOMARK labs scored this camera with 132 points. And if we consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, this score goes up to 143 points. If you want to know more about it, check it here.

Furthermore, just to let you know, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization, and 78% feature a telephoto lens. Moreover, none of them feature a macro lens.

One can place these two as high-end.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max still has a pretty decent 2x of optical zoom, but you can't compare it to the P40 Pro.

If you love it, the iPhone 11 Pro Max telephoto lens is, on average, 63mm lower than what you'd get on related-priced phones.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera P40 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Megapixels 50
12
-38
Aperture 1.9
1.8
-0.1
Lens 23mm
26mm
3
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 4 3
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 153
143
-10

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) P40 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 3.4
2.0
-1.4
Lens 125mm (5.4x zoom)
52mm (2x zoom)
-73
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 40 12 -28
Aperture 1.8 2.4 0.6
Lens 18mm 13mm -5
Lens Type Wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 16 11 -5
Selfie Camera P40 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 32
12
-20
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 26mm 23mm -3
P40 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Tek-Score
9.0
8.4
-0.6

Who has the best frame?

The P40 Pro does have an advantage here, thanks to its weight. But that doesn't mean the iPhone 11 Pro Max is that bad.

They do have their height in common (158 mm / 6.23 inches), but both come at different widths (72 mm / 2.84 inches vs. 77 mm / 3.03 inches).

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

Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. The P40 Pro weighs 209 g. (7.37 oz), while the other is 17 g. (0.67 oz) heavier. If you want a big screen in a lightweight phone, the P40 Pro has a "weight to screen size" score of 3.1, meaning it's kind of weighty for its display size. The iPhone 11 Pro Max, on the other hand, has 1.7, which indicates it's oddly heavy.

You can purchase the Huawei P40 Pro in Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, Blush Gold, Ice White, and Black. And you can pick the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max in Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green.

Do you value a fingerprint scanner? The P40 Pro has one, but the iPhone 11 Pro Max doesn't.

That doesn't mean you're out of security options on the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Usually, logging in with a fingerprint scanner is faster, but at least you'll get a Face ID scanner.

The P40 Pro is rated IP68, which means it's water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters, and the same goes for the iPhone 11 Pro Max. That should be for up to 30 minutes, and it's freshwater in standby mode only.

Looks*
vs.
Body P40 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Size 158 x 72 x 9 mm
(5.57 x 2.54 x 0.32 in)
158 x 77 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.72 x 0.28 in)
-5056
Weight 209 g. (7.37 oz)
226 g. (7.97 oz)
17
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, Blush Gold, Ice White, and Black Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green
Screen To Body Ratio 90.26%
85.31%
-4.95
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.1 1.7 -1.4
Looks 10.0/10
9.6/10
-0.4
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Face ID
Tek-Score
6.9
6.4
-0.5

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

Which has the best battery?

The P40 Pro features a 4200 mAh battery, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max has 3969 mAh. But according to GSMArena's tests, you shouldn't expect any real contrast here.

This is how the P40 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 be at 83% of the battery charge.
  • 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.
  • 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.

And these are the results for the iPhone 11 Pro Max:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 83% of the battery charge.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, this phone should end up with 69%.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 73% left for the rest of the day.

Fast charging's here, and both phones support it. The iPhone 11 Pro Max can go up to 18w, and the P40 Pro up to 40.

It's good to know that both phones support wireless charging at up to 27w vs. 5w.

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

P40 Pro's Quick wireless charging is likewise snappy. You won't find many phones as fast at about its price.

Battery*
vs.
Features P40 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Capacity (mAh) 4200 3969 -231
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
83% left
0
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 70% left
69% left
-1
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 72% left
73% left
1
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.3 3.6 -1.7
Sub Tek-Score
7.5
7.5
0.0
Fast Charging 40w
18w
-22
Wireless Charging 27w
5w
-22
Reverse Charging 27w
No -27
Tek-Score
7.8
6.5
-1.3

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

Definitely, the P40 Pro.

Huawei put 8GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage on the P40 Pro. It isn't an issue because if it's too short for you, you can buy a Nano Memory card.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max offers 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. There's no extra storage here. If you're a power user, keep that in mind. If you're wondering, you can effortlessly get more RAM and more storage by picking any rival at that price range. 9Gb for RAM and 171Gb for storage, on average.

Neither storage nor RAM should be an issue on both phones. However, if videos or big games are your thing, 64 GB alone won't get you there.

Storage*
vs.
Features P40 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
RAM (GB) 8GB
4GB
-4
Internal (GB) 128GB
64GB
-64
Micro SD Nano Memory (shared SIM slot) No
Tek-Score
7.5
2.8
-4.8

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The P40 Pro is your better option, as it features Bluetooth 5.1 and 5G.

Each one has its Bluetooth version: The P40 Pro has 5.1, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max 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. You can buy an adapter, but the wireless buds are your only option. Luckily, you can still get it on other phones if you don't mind searching for them. The Sony Xperia 1 II can help you with that.

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

Connectivity
vs.
Features P40 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Network 5G LTE
Bluetooth 5.1
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
5.1
3.6
-1.5

Which is more affordable?

The Huawei P40 Pro may not be the cheapest phone, but it's cheaper nonetheless. But do search for any deals or price drops before making up your mind. The last time we've checked, it was 4% more expensive than its direct rivals. They're usually closer to $762. Promotions aside, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is more expensive, but I think that you can find some additional value in it. Maybe the iPhone can last twice as long.

I hope the following tables will help you make a wiser decision.

Here are the best deals on some major online stores:

Huawei P40 Pro

Reference: $799

Huawei P40 Pro

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Reference: $900

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

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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 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max VS
Amazon 0.87 0.57 ! -
eBay - 0.56 -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - 0.84 ! -

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Smartphone Specs Statistics: The State Of The Art (Q1 2021)

Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. First, let me mention the average at their price range. The P40 Pro class is at 7.2, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max 7.5.

Verdict: What Makes the Huawei P40 Pro Stand Out?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is a great device, don't get me wrong, but the P40 Pro with a Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protecting its full glass body would've been unbeatable.

So, with that being said, between these two, I'd have to recommend the iPhone, at least until Huawei comes out and say what the heck do they have against a decent protection system (like they end up putting on the Mate 30 Pro).

I'd say forget about the P40 Pro's cameras and fast charging, and just go for the iPhone. I know it doesn't have the same internal storage, but perhaps for the price of a P40 Pro, you can get the 128GB iPhone.

At least, you'll get your money on a somewhat safer phone.

Pros P40 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Always-On-Display Cameras
#4 Cameras Battery Life
#5 Battery Life Fast Charging
#6 Fast Charging Wireless Charging
#7 Wireless Charging Glass Protection
#8 MicroSD Slot
Cons P40 Pro iPhone 11 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 P40 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Gaming Score
7.0
6.2
-0.8
Tek-Score
6.92
6.12
-0.80
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 Pro 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $799
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $699
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $900
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $704
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $849
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $919
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $729
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $899
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698

 Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $799
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $849
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $919
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $793
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $995
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $997
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $729
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $899
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra
    $1079
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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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