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Huawei P40 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: Which Should You Buy?

author Luis Silva (May 2020 Updated: March 2021)

Huawei P40 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

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Once upon a time, there was a great battle.

That could be the beginning of a legendary tale, in which two kings fight against each other over each one's kingdoms.

That could also be the beginning of this story between Huawei's P40 Pro and Samsung's Galaxy S20 Ultra.

You're probably here because you definitely value picture quality in a smartphone's camera, but there's much more than that.

But I digress here. Let's start over from the beginning.

Samsung launched its Galaxy S20 Ultra in March of 2020, while Huawei's P40 Pro arrived at stores one month later.

We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the P40 Pro and the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

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

Bottom Line

Which is a better smartphone?

You shouldn't have to pay much more for the Galaxy S20 Ultra, but it also is the better device of the two considering their specs.

It gives you better glass protection, a better display, and Google's services.

What else stands out?

The Galaxy S20 Ultra also has a higher refresh rate, larger (+0.4") display, better peak brightness, and more RAM (12GB vs. 8GB). But the P40 Pro will give you faster wireless charging (27w vs. 15w) and Bluetooth 5.1.

How much more are you willing to spend on the Galaxy S20 Ultra?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, it'll cost you around $156 more.

Is the P40 Pro still worth buying in 2021?

The Huawei P40 Pro is clearly worth buying in 2021, even if there are better phones out there. Sure there are other devices like the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, but we should acknowledge this one for its good performance, a good camera, great battery life, optical zoom, and fast charging.

Is it worth getting the Galaxy S20 Ultra in 2021?

Don't let its age scare you. The Galaxy S20 Ultra still is a great device as we go thru 2021. You'll love it for its good camera, great glass protection, fast charging, tons of RAM, and 8K recordings. But keep an eye on (again) the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max too.

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Even though both phones have similar prices, the P40 Pro should be more affordable. Although sometimes a promotion might appear and change that. That is something worth considering when comparing them.

While scrolling down, you'll see a "Tek-Score" for each phone in every section. 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 curious about other models aside from these two.

The weight of each section

We've based our rate on a study from 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's so you can see how they compare with other smartphones with similar prices.

By clicking here: you'll see which ones we've analyzed, but we've only included smartphones within a 40% price range.

Feel free to click any feature title to check out our corresponding eight top 10 listings for every spending plan.

Device P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra
Release Date 2020, April 2020, March 0y.
OS Updates 2 years 3 years 1y.
Security Updates 2 years 4 years 2y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


Inside the Galaxy S20 Ultra is the Exynos 990 SoC, while on the P40 Pro, there's the Hisilicon Kirin 990 chipset.

Now about the graphics chipset, while the former has a Mali-G77 MP11, the latter features a Mali-G76 MP16.

In terms of performance, Geekbench 5 scores the P40 Pro 18% ahead of its rival on the multi-core rankings. You should notice that it is a bit faster if you test them side by side.

One can entitle the P40 Pro as high-end and the Galaxy S20 Ultra as a lower high-end.

The P40 Pro carries out Android 10 and EMUI 10 OS, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra has Android 10 and OneUI.

PS: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (with the Adreno 650 GPU) and the Exynos 990 (with the Mali-G77) are market-dependent. Click here for more info.

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.

There's a performance increase of about 15% on the 865 for the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Features P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra
SoC Hisilicon Kirin 990 Exynos 990
Graphics Mali-G76 MP16 Mali-G77 MP11
Geekbench 5 Score 3197
OS Android 10 and EMUI 10 Android 10 and OneUI

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.


Huawei P40 Pro front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra front transparent png

The P40 Pro has a 6.5-inch AMOLED screen, which is considerably smaller than the Galaxy S20 Ultra's 6.9-inch AMOLED display. To each, it's own. Most people seem to prefer AMOLED for its saturated colors and higher contrast.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra benefits from a higher resolution, at 1440x3200 pixels, while the P40 Pro has 1200x2640 pixels.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so I have to put this out: The Galaxy S20 Ultra has a Corning Gorilla Glass 6, but the P40 Pro doesn't seem to have any known display protection technology.

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

If you're looking for the brightest display, the P40 Pro can do 605 nits, while the Galaxy S20 Ultra can do 289 nits above that.

Very few rivals share this maximum brightness. Usually, they stay in the ballpark of 770 nits, while the P40 Pro can only do 21% less.

Are you considering watching HDR content? The P40 Pro does HDR10, while its rival can display HDR10+ content.

If high refresh rates are the future, then the Galaxy S20 Ultra is the winner at 120hz, while the P40 Pro does 90hz.

It goes without saying, the P40 Pro is getting outperformed here.

Bearing in mind the P40 Pro, 95% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all of them have an AMOLED screen, 90% have an Always-On display, and 81% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Regarding the Galaxy S20 Ultra, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, 87% have an Always-On display, and 80% of them have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)*
Features P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra
Size 6.5
Resolution (px) 1200x2640
Refresh Rate 90hz 120hz 30
Dots per Inch 446.14
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 605 nits
894 nits
Sub Tek-Score
Protection - Corning Gorilla Glass 6

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.


Huawei P40 Pro back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra back transparent png

Let's delve into their cameras. 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.

There's also one 12 MP camera with an aperture of f/3.4 and an astounding 125mm telephoto lens. And another one 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 the same shot you'd get on a 12 Megapixels shooter with 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 selfie camera is a generous 32 MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture complemented with 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, that will go up to 153. You can check their review if you click here.

Last (but not least), all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. However, only 5% of them feature a macro lens.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra features a whopping 108 MP (f/1.8) shooter and a 26mm wide-angle lens. You can also count on one flash LED, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It also records videos at up to 4320 pixels. And guess what? The Galaxy S20 Ultra has three more cameras: a 48 MP (with f/3.5 and an astounding 103mm telephoto lens), a second 12 MP (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, and a third 0.3 MP that works as a depth sensor. That'll be fun to see on a traditional DSLR!

For your information: If you zoom in and crop a 108 Megapixels photo, you can get 2x optical zoom. You'll get a 27 Megapixels photo.

Despite only having an optical zoom of 4x, thanks to its AI, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is also known for its impressive 100x hybrid Space Zoom. While better than a digital zoom, that's still far from a pure optical zoom.

The front-facing camera features a generous 40 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 128. By considering the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we'll get to the final rate of 144 points. If you want to know more about every tidbit, check it here.

Lastly, 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, none of them feature a macro lens.

You should note that the P40 Pro is in the neighborhood of 26% above other smartphones from its price range. That's why between these two, it should be your choice too.

One can place these two as high-end.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra
Megapixels 50
Aperture 1.9
Lens 23mm
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 4320 2160
Score 153

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 12
Aperture 3.4
Lens 125mm (5.4x zoom)
103mm (4x zoom)
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 40 12 -28
Aperture 1.8 2.2 0.4
Lens 18mm 13mm -5
Lens Type Wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 16 16 0
Selfie Camera P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 32
Aperture 2.2
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra vs.


The P40 Pro has a height of 158 mm (6.23 inches) and a width of 72 mm (2.84 inches). The Galaxy S20 Ultra is 8 mm taller and 4 mm larger (about 0.32 by 0.16 inches).

The former has about 9 mm (0.35 inches) of thickness, while the latter has 8 mm (0.32 inches).

All of that goodness is presented in a sleek glass body. The P40 Pro weighs 209 g. (7.37 oz), while its rival is 13 g. (0.51 oz) heavier. If you're looking for a lightweight device, the "weight to display size" rate of the P40 Pro is 3.1, which implies it's kind of weighty for a 6.5 inches display. In the meantime, the Galaxy S20 Ultra has 3.1, which suggests it's considerably hefty too.

You'll also get some color options here. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra comes in Cosmic Grey and Cosmic Black. The Huawei P40 Pro, in its turn, comes in Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, Blush Gold, Ice White, and Black.

If you like having a big phone, you should consider the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Otherwise, the other one is the way to go.

What about a fingerprint scanner? They all have one.

The P40 Pro truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep, much like the Galaxy S20 Ultra. It should be for less than 30 minutes, in standby mode, so no underwater photos.

Body P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra
Size 158 x 72 x 9 mm
(5.57 x 2.54 x 0.32 in)
166 x 76 x 8 mm
(5.86 x 2.68 x 0.28 in)
Weight 209 g. (7.37 oz)
222 g. (7.83 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, Blush Gold, Ice White, and Black Cosmic Grey and Cosmic Black
Screen To Body Ratio 90.26%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.1 3.1 0.0
Looks 10.0/10
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint

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


You can probably guess who's the winner here by looking at these numbers: 5000 mAh vs. 4200 mAh. But is that so? By charging them up and testing them out, that's what you can expect from the P40 Pro:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 83% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 70% left for the rest of the day.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 72% left for the rest of the day.

And these are the results for the Galaxy S20 Ultra:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll still have 82% left.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, the battery charge will be about 65%.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll be with 70%.

You shouldn't expect any real contrast here.

So, the Galaxy S20 Ultra doesn't have the best battery life out there. Samsung should've put a bigger battery and/or energy-efficient hardware on it. It got a rate of 2.3 for the "battery to device size" ratio.

The P40 Pro features quick-charging at up to 40w, but the Galaxy S20 Ultra does it too, at 45w.

It's good to know that both phones support wireless charging at up to 27w vs. 15w.

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

Quick charging is reasonably speedy with the Galaxy S20 Ultra's charger. Devices with similar prices rarely exceed 35 watts.

Fast wireless charging on the P40 Pro is likewise a nice plus. You won't find many phones as fast at about its price.

The Snapdragon 865 also has better battery efficiency (about 10% more screen-on-time) when you compare it to the Exynos 990.

Features P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra
Capacity (mAh) 4200 5000 800
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
82% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 70% left
65% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 72% left
70% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.3 2.3 -3.0
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 40w
Wireless Charging 27w
Reverse Charging 27w

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.


The P40 Pro features 128GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM. There's nothing to worry about because there's always the Nano Memory card expandable storage solution.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra, in its turn, has 128GB of storage and 12GB of RAM. You can add a MicroSD card if you want.

Features P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra
Internal (GB) 128GB
Micro SD Nano Memory (shared SIM slot) microSDXC (shared SIM slot)

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


Surprisingly, there's a difference here: The P40 Pro features Bluetooth 5.1, but the Galaxy S20 Ultra has Bluetooth 5.0. You can find NFC on both of them.

Do you still favor wired headphones? None of them will help you with that. You can buy an adapter, but the wireless buds are your only option. You can also check other devices if you're not really leaning towards any of these. You'd have to pick a smartphone like the Sony Xperia 1 II.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra has two network variants: LTE or (LTE and) 5G.

Features P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra
Network 5G 5G (also available in LTE)
Bluetooth 5.1
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No


The Huawei P40 Pro may not be the cheapest phone, but it's cheaper nonetheless. But with a great deal or a price drop, it can be an impressive finding. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, in its turn, isn't that cheap, but I believe that it shouldn't come as a surprise at all. At least it may be easier to sell if you consider selling it afterward.

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

Here are the best prices that we've found:

Huawei P40 Pro

Reference: $799

Huawei P40 Pro

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Reference: $955

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

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

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

Value for money P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra VS
Amazon 0.87 0.57 -0.30
eBay 0.89 - -
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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Are you also considering other options? The global score can help. For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. They're at 7.2 (for the P40 Pro) and 7.4 (for the Galaxy S20 Ultra).

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Stand Out?

Just like the P30 Pro at its time, the P40 Pro could've been one of the best overall smartphones around (despite lacking the 3.5mm audio jack), if Huawei opted for a Gorilla Glass 6 glass protection. Not only that, but they also don't publicly disclosure what (if any) kind of protection they went for, so it's fair to assume it has none, which is terrible for a full glass body at this price range.

That said, performance-wise, let's say that the S20 Ultra is too slow for its price and it's camera while being one of the best around, isn't as good as Huawei's.

When it comes to battery life, the P40 Pro is one of the best smartphones around, despite having only 4200mAh of capacity.

If you're going to spend over one thousand dollars on a new smartphone, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is the safest bet, despite not standing out anywhere else.

Pros P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra
#1 Performance Performance
#3 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#4 Cameras Cameras
#5 Battery Life Fast Charging
#6 Fast Charging Wireless Charging
#7 Wireless Charging MicroSD Slot
#8 MicroSD Slot Glass Protection
Cons P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra
#1 Weight Weight
#2 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#3 Price Price
#4 Glass Protection
Relative Score*
Global Score P40 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra
Gaming Score

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

 Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus

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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