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Huawei P40 Pro vs Mate 40 Pro: Either One or Neither One?

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Huawei P40 Pro, Huawei Mate 40 Pro

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Luis Silva (December 2020, updated: March 2021)

Introduction

In November of 2020, Huawei launched its Mate 40 Pro. The P40 Pro, however, has seen the light of day in April of 2020.

In this article, we see how the P40 Pro and the Mate 40 Pro compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

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

Bottom Line

Is the Mate 40 Pro better than the P40 Pro?

The Mate 40 Pro will cost you more, but it also is the better device of the two considering their specs.

It has more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB).

Are there other things worth mentioning?

The Mate 40 Pro also comes with a larger (+0.2") display, better peak brightness, faster-charging speeds (66w vs. 40w), faster wireless charging (50w vs. 27w), and Bluetooth 5.2.

How much more will those additional features cost me?

If you're considering a new and unlocked smartphone, you're going to shell out an extra amount of about $266.

Is it still worth buying the P40 Pro in 2021?

Yes, for sure. It absolutely is a high-end smartphone, in my opinion.

Is it worth getting the Mate 40 Pro in 2021?

Absolutely. It's a fantastic smartphone. I have no doubt about it.

The price round is no contest. The P40 Pro sounds like a bargain compared to the Mate 40 Pro. Keep this in mind when comparing both Huaweis.

You'll also see down below a "Tek-Score" for every section that we analyze. We even assessed the worth of all specifications to make it easier for you to perceive the difference between them. The global score will help you compare them to other phones because you'll probably have other phones in mind.

This score is consumer-based from research done by Globalwebindex.com about the most desired smartphone features by consumers.

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 relate to the ones from similarly priced smartphones.

Here is their competitors' full list: 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 our corresponding eight top 10 listings for every budget.

Price* vs.
Device P40 Pro Mate 40 Pro
Release Date 2020, April 2020, November 0y.
OS Updates 2 years 2 years 0y.
Security Updates 2 years 2 years 0y.

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Performance

Inside the Mate 40 Pro is the Hisilicon Kirin 9000 SoC, while on the P40 Pro, there's the Hisilicon Kirin 990 chipset.

Now about the graphics chipset, while the former has a Mali-G78 MP24, the latter features a Mali-G76 MP16.

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5, which measures overall performance, the Mate 40 Pro was, on average, 16% quicker while finishing its tests. On a day-to-day basis, it won't be that noticeable.

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

They both feature 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 Pro Mate 40 Pro
SoC Hisilicon Kirin 990 Hisilicon Kirin 9000
Graphics Mali-G76 MP16 Mali-G78 MP24
Geekbench 5 Score 3197
3704
507
OS Android 10 and EMUI 10 Android 10 and EMUI 10
Tek-Score
7.3
8.2
0.8

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.

Display

Huawei P40 Pro front transparent png Huawei Mate 40 Pro front transparent png

The P40 Pro has a 6.5-inch AMOLED screen, which is slightly smaller than the Mate 40 Pro's 6.7-inch AMOLED display. Which one would you choose? AMOLED has perfect contrast and viewing angles, but its whites do hurt the battery life.

The Mate 40 Pro has a higher-resolution 1344x2772 Quad HD display, and the P40 Pro makes do with a 1200x2640 Full HD panel.

Screen bezels are shrinking in size almost every passing day, so be aware: You may have to add tempered glass to your next phone because none of these have Gorilla Glass or anything like it.

If you're looking for the Always-On-Display feature, rest assured: it's here on both.

If you're looking for the brightest display, the P40 Pro will deliver 605 nits, while the Mate 40 Pro does 807 nits.

Most phones from this price range average at 782 nits, but the P40 Pro stays at 177 nits below that.

Both phones support HDR10 video formats.

If high refresh rates are the future, then these two can do 90hz.

Considering the P40 Pro, you should know that 95% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all of them have an AMOLED screen, 91% have an Always-On display, and 82% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Compared to the Mate 40 Pro, as a reference, all of its rivals can play HDR content, have an AMOLED screen, and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better, and 78% of them offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate and have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features P40 Pro Mate 40 Pro
Size 6.5
6.7
0.2
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1200x2640
1344x2772
557568
Refresh Rate 90hz 90hz 0
Dots per Inch 446.14
459.80
13.65
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 605 nits
807 nits
202
HDR HDR10 HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
8.7
9.2
0.4
Protection - -
Tek-Score
3.1
3.2
0.2

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.

Cameras

Huawei P40 Pro back transparent png Huawei Mate 40 Pro back transparent png

What about its shooters? Together, a whopping 50 MP sensor, an aperture of f/1.9, a 23mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization makes up the P40 Pro camera set. Adding to that, you'll still get the ability to record videos at up to 2160p.

You'll also find two other cameras, one with 12 MP, an aperture of f/3.4 and an astounding 125mm telephoto lens. And another with 40 MP (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 2x of optical zoom: by trimming it into 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.

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.

I hope this helps: 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. On the other hand, only 5% of them feature a macro lens.

As you're about to see below, the Mate 40 Pro pretty much has the same 50 MP shooter. You'll also get two additional sensors, one with 12 MP, an aperture of f/3.4 and an astounding 125mm telephoto lens, and another with 20 MP (f/1.8) with an 18mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

For your information: If you zoom in and crop a 50 Megapixels photo, you can get the same results as you'd get on a 12 Megapixels 2x optical zoom camera, just like the P40 Pro.

You can get selfies with 13 MP Megapixels. It has a lens with f/2.4 of aperture and a 18 mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

DxOMark's gurus gave this shooter a score of 140. Plus, combining with the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, this score goes up to 156 points. If you want to know more about every tidbit, click here.

Last (but not least), just so you know, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, feature a telephoto lens, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Regardless, none of them feature a macro lens.

Looking at DxO's ranking, one can conclude that the P40 Pro is approximately 33% above other competitors in its class. However, none of these stand out.

If you're not a numbers person, we can tag these two as high-end.

Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera P40 Pro Mate 40 Pro
Megapixels 50
50
0
Aperture 1.9
1.9
0.0
Lens 23mm
23mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 153
156
3

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) P40 Pro Mate 40 Pro vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 3.4
3.4
0.0
Lens 125mm (5.4x zoom)
125mm (5.4x zoom)
0
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 40 20 -20
Aperture 1.8 1.8 0.0
Lens 18mm 18mm 0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Score 16 16 0
Selfie Camera P40 Pro Mate 40 Pro vs.
Megapixels 32
13
-19
Aperture 2.2
2.4
0.2
Lens 26mm 18mm -8
P40 Pro Mate 40 Pro vs.
Tek-Score
9.0
9.2
0.2

Body

The P40 Pro comes at 158x72 mm (6.23x2.84 inches). The Mate 40 Pro came out 0.16 inches (4 mm) taller and 0.12 inches (3 mm) larger.

These two have about the same thickness: 9 mm (0.35 inches).

A front and back glass body does make these phones look premium on your hands. With both Huaweis weighing about 209 g. (7.37 oz) there isn't much to consider here. But because screen size also matters, the P40 Pro has a "weight to screen size" score of 3.1, showing it's kind of weighty for its screen size. The Mate 40 Pro, on the other hand, has 3.4, which suggests it's considerably hefty too.

You can have the P40 Pro in Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, Blush Gold, Ice White, and Black. And you can compare that with the Mystic Silver, Black, White, Green, and Yellow, which comes with the Mate 40 Pro.

If the P40 Pro is big enough for you, then excellent. Otherwise, the other one is more or less the same here.

Is the lack of a fingerprint scanner a deal-breaker to you? It doesn't matter because both have one.

The P40 Pro truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep, on par with the Mate 40 Pro. But remember: it's for a maximum period of half an hour, and it's standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.

Looks* vs.
Body P40 Pro Mate 40 Pro
Size 158 x 72 x 9 mm
(5.57 x 2.54 x 0.32 in)
162 x 75 x 9 mm
(5.71 x 2.65 x 0.32 in)
6966
Weight 209 g. (7.37 oz)
212 g. (7.48 oz)
3
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, Blush Gold, Ice White, and Black Mystic Silver, Black, White, Green, and Yellow
Screen To Body Ratio 90.26%
93.57%
3.31
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.1 3.4 0.3
Looks 10.0/10
10.0/10
0.0
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint and Face ID
Tek-Score
6.9
6.8
-0.1

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

Battery

Looking at these numbers, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro, with its battery capacity of 4400 mAh, should be a winner. But how does that reflect day-to-day usage? If you do a full charge and run these tests, that's how the P40 Pro performs:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 83% of the battery charge.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, this phone should end up with 70%.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, you'll likely end up with 72% of the battery charge.

And these are Mate 40 Pro's patterns:

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

I think this isn't surprising at all, but there's no real difference here.

Both phones support fast-charging. You can charge the P40 Pro at a maximum of 40w/hour and the Mate 40 Pro up to 66w/hour.

It's good to know that both Huaweis support wireless charging at up to 27w vs. 50w.

You can wirelessly charge any compatible device from these smartphones. How cool is that?

The Mate 40 Pro does charge quicker. Its competitors usually sit at nearly 31w.

Mate 40 Pro's Quick wireless charging is likewise snappy. That's something you rarely see at this price range.

Battery* vs.
Features P40 Pro Mate 40 Pro
Capacity (mAh) 4200 4400 200
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
71% left
-1
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.3 3.7 -1.7
Sub Tek-Score
7.5
7.4
-0.1
Fast Charging 40w
66w
26
Wireless Charging 27w
50w
23
Reverse Charging 27w
5w
-22
Tek-Score
7.8
8.6
0.8

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Storage

Huawei put 8GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage on the P40 Pro. It isn't an issue because there's always the Nano Memory card expandable storage solution.

The Mate 40 Pro offers 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. You can also add a Nano Memory card if you want. You may already know, but you can get more RAM but less storage by picking any rival at that price range. 11Gb for RAM and 156Gb for storage, on average.

Storage* vs.
Features P40 Pro Mate 40 Pro
RAM (GB) 8GB
8GB
0
Internal (GB) 128GB
256GB
128
Micro SD Nano Memory (shared SIM slot) Nano Memory (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
7.5
10.0
2.5

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

Connectivity

Each one has its Bluetooth version: The P40 Pro has 5.1, and the Mate 40 Pro has 5.2. Both phones have NFC.

About the 3.5mm jack: Now may be the time to consider moving to wireless earbuds. Want a piece of advice? Forget about adapters and go for the wireless buds. Luckily, you can still get it on other phones if you don't mind searching for them. The Sony Xperia 1 II can give you a headphone jack.

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

Connectivity vs.
Features P40 Pro Mate 40 Pro
Network 5G LTE
Bluetooth 5.1
5.2
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
5.1
5.1
0.0

Price

The Huawei P40 Pro surely wins over its sibling in this round. That, of course, depends on the place and the deals that you'll eventually find. If you're going for the Mate 40 Pro, you'll end up paying a bit more, but I believe that it shouldn't come as a surprise at all.

Let's see if it really worths it or not.

Here are the best deals on some major online stores:

Reference: $799

Huawei P40 Pro

Reference: $1,065

Huawei Mate 40 Pro

I earn a small fee from qualifying purchases. It doesn't affect the price you pay nor my opinions, but it will mean a lot if you click on one of these buttons before purchasing your next phone. You'll be helping to take this to the next level.

Prices on eBay are in $US but Europe-based. You can click to check the prices in your country.

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 P40 Pro Mate 40 Pro VS
Amazon 0.88 0.62 -0.26
eBay 0.90 - -
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 rate? For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. They're at 7.3 (for the P40 Pro) and 7.6 (for the Mate 40 Pro).

Verdict: What Makes the Huawei Mate 40 Pro Stand Out?

If you can afford the Mate 40 Pro, my advice is to just ignore the P40 Pro. The former is an improvement in every way.

Indeed, the P40 Pro should be good enough for most people, but the Mate 40 Pro takes it to another level.

Did you notice how fast it can charge? Not only with a wired charger, but also wirelessly. Although the P40 Pro can reverse fast charge other phones (providing they support fast wireless charging).

The Mate 40 Pro also has a higher peak brightness (+202 nits), much more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB), and Bluetooth 5.2.

These are their main differences.

Be aware, though, that none of them has any decent glass protection, nor they have Google services.

Pros P40 Pro Mate 40 Pro
#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
Cons P40 Pro Mate 40 Pro
#1 Weight Weight
#2 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#3 Price Price
#4 Glass Protection Glass Protection
Relative Score* vs.
Global Score P40 Pro Mate 40 Pro
Gaming Score
7.0
8.0
1.0
Tek-Score
6.92
7.75
0.83

*Reference: 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, 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 any of the usual stores.

 Huawei P40 Pro 
  • Sony

    Xperia 1 $688

  • Sony

    Xperia 5 $699

  • Apple

    iPhone 11 Pro $750

  • Apple

    iPhone 11 Pro Max $900

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 EX $675

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 SD $649

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20+ EX $749

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20+ SD $649

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 U.EX $879

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 $697

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 Plus $749

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 Ultra $879

  • Huawei

    Mate 30 Pro $849

  • Huawei

    P40 $666

  • OnePlus

    8 Pro $800

  • OnePlus

    8 $630

  • Apple

    iPhone 12 $799

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10 Ultra $846

  • Oppo

    Find X2 Pro $663

  • Apple

    iPhone 12 Mini $739

  • Sony

    Xperia 1 II $800

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 $699

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 Plus $799

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 Ultra $895

 Huawei Mate 40 Pro 
  • Apple

    iPhone 11 Pro Max $900

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 U.EX $879

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 U.SD $1049

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 20 U.EX $999

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 20 U.SD $1099

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 Ultra $879

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 20 U. $995

  • Apple

    iPhone 12 Pro $1089

  • Apple

    iPhone 12 Pro Max $1180

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 Ultra $895

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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.

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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 mid-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 valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they didn'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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