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Huawei P40 vs Apple iPhone 12: Which One Stands Out?

author Luis Silva (October 2020 Updated: March 2022 - 6 min. reading time)

The iPhone 12 is more expensive than the P40, but it's the best of the two.

It features better performance (+29%), better glass protection, a better display, and Google's services. But the P40 adds better battery life, more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB), and external storage.

What else stands out?

The iPhone 12 also comes with a cleaner user interface and wireless charging. But the P40 will also give you an Always-On display, a telephoto lens (+67 mm), more RAM (6GB vs. 4GB), and Bluetooth 5.1.

Still, you'll have to decide for yourself because they ended up with similar scores.

But how much more will I have to pay for the iPhone 12?

If you're going off-contract, you'll have to invest an additional amount close to $214.

Is the P40 still worth buying in 2022?

The P40 is a good value for the money in 2022, but I can't recommend it. There are better options out there, like the iPhone 13, as it'll have better performance and more security updates.

Is the iPhone 12 still worth getting in 2022?

The iPhone 12 was indeed released in 2020, but it still stands out, thanks to its good performance, good cameras, and excellent glass protection. It holds up pretty well in 2022, but a fantastic device like (again) the iPhone 13 does have more storage and more security updates.

Read on so you can learn more about their differences, how they fare against their competition, and how the industry is scoring their specs.

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Huawei P40, Apple iPhone 12

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Introduction

While Apple's iPhone 12 hit stores in October 2020, Huawei's P40 went on sale in April 2020.

We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the P40 and the iPhone 12.

Do consider avoiding the P40, as it will end up not getting security updates anymore.

The weight of each section

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

to check who their rivals are.

Price*
vs.
Device P40 iPhone 12
Release Date 2020, April 2020, October 0y.
OS Updates 2 years 6 years 4y.
Security Updates 2 years 6 years 4y.

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) scores the iPhone 12 29% ahead of its rival in the multi-core ranking. You should notice that it is a bit faster if you test them side by side. You should be aware that apps on iOs usually run smoother because the OS is tailored for its hardware.

The iPhone 12's performance does stand out for its price range. While the average sits at 3040, this one is 34% above them.

We can classify both of them as high-end.

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.

Performance*
vs.
Features P40 iPhone 12
SoC Hisilicon Kirin 990 Apple A14
Graphics Mali-G76 MP16 Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 3148
4067
919
OS Android 10 and EMUI 10 iOS 14.1
Tek-Score
7.1
8.6
1.5

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 13.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Huawei P40 front transparent png Apple iPhone 12 front transparent png

The P40's display does stand out, and it wins by a significant margin. But the iPhone 12 features better glass protection.

If you can't get over the iPhone 12's notch, then at least you still have a choice here.

Most similarly priced devices only do around 770 nits, but there's a 180 nits gap below that for the P40.

If you're leaning towards the P40, 89% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 85% have an Always-On display.

Compared to the iPhone 12, 92% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 88% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features P40 iPhone 12
Size 6.1
6.1
0.0
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
1170x2532
435240
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 422.49
457.25
34.76
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch Hole Wedge
Peak Brightness 590 nits
639 nits
49
HDR - HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
8.2
2.9
-5.2
Protection - Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
2.9
7.5
4.6

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Huawei P40 back transparent png Apple iPhone 12 back transparent png

Looking at DXOMARK's ranking, one can conclude that the iPhone 12 is approximately 48 points above other cameras from its price range. And that's enough to beat the P40 too.

About the P40: DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 115. And if you take into account the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it'll get 128 points. You can check their review if you click here.

Before moving on, all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 96% feature Optical Image Stabilization. However, only 15% of them feature a macro lens.

About the iPhone 12: DXOMARK evaluated this camera, and here's the score: 132. And by adding its wide-angle lens, we get a score of 139 points. If you want to know more about every tidbit, check it here.

Last (but not least), just to let you know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Additionally, only 12% of them feature a macro lens.

If you're not a numbers person, we can tag the P40 as a lower high-end and the iPhone 12 more as a high-end.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera P40 iPhone 12
Megapixels 50
12
-38
Aperture 1.9
1.6
-0.3
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 128
139
11

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) P40 iPhone 12 vs.
Megapixels 8
12
4
Aperture 2.4
2.4
0.0
Lens 80mm (3.5x zoom)
13mm -67
Lens Type Telephoto lens Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 16 -
Aperture 2.2 -
Lens 17mm -
Lens Type Wide-Angle -
Score 13 7 -6
Selfie Camera P40 iPhone 12 vs.
Megapixels 32
12
-20
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens 26mm 23mm -3
P40 iPhone 12 vs.
Tek-Score
7.5
8.2
0.6

Who has the best frame?

It's a tie, so there is no wrong choice here.

The P40 is 11 g. (0.39 oz) heavier than the other, weighing about 164 g. (5.78 oz). If you want a big screen in a lightweight phone, the "weight to display size" score of the P40 is 5.4, which suggests it has an acceptable score for a 6.1 inches display. The iPhone 12, however, has 6.9, which is pretty nice.

The P40 is rated IP68, which means it's water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters, identical to the iPhone 12. It should be for less than 30 minutes, in standby mode, so no underwater photos.

Looks*
vs.
Body P40 iPhone 12
Size 148 x 71 x 8 mm
(5.22 x 2.50 x 0.28 in)
146 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.15 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
-11502
Weight 175 g. (6.17 oz)
164 g. (5.78 oz)
-11
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, Blush Gold, Ice White, and Black Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 86.93%
88.18%
1.26
Disp.Size To Weight Score 5.4 6.9 1.4
Looks 9.9/10
10.0/10
0.0
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Face ID
Tek-Score
8.1
8.6
0.5

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

Which has the best battery?

The P40 does have a bigger battery, with 3800 mAh, while the iPhone 12 only has 2815 mAh. And as reported by GSMArena, the winner is the P40.

Apple brought MagSafe from their Macbooks so you can effortlessly charge the new iPhones. That's handy if you do have the charger nearby.

What about having reverse wireless charging on your next phone? If you want it, the Samsung Galaxy S21 has it.

Battery*
vs.
Features P40 iPhone 12
Capacity (mAh) 3800 2815 -985
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
79% left
-4
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 68% left
64% left
-4
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 72% left
64% left
-8
Bat. To Phone Size Score 6.5 5.7 -0.8
Sub Tek-Score
7.4
6.9
-0.5
Fast Charging 22w
20w
-2
Wireless Charging No 15w
15
Tek-Score
6.4
6.6
0.2

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A42.

Which has more storage?

Definitely, the P40.

The iPhone 12 offers 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. Also, you'll get more RAM and more storage from most of its opponents. They'd give you around 135Gb of storage and 8Gb of RAM.

Neither storage nor RAM should be an issue on both phones. However, if you can't get enough of the record button, 64 GB may be too short for you.

Storage*
vs.
Features P40 iPhone 12
RAM (GB) 6GB
4GB
-2
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 is your better option, as it features Bluetooth 5.1.

You can connect them to (LTE and) 5G networks.

Connectivity
vs.
Features P40 iPhone 12
Network 5G 5G
Bluetooth 5.1
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
5.1
4.6
-0.5

Which is more affordable?

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

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

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

Value for money P40 iPhone 12 VS
Amazon 0.98 - ! -
eBay - 0.95 -
Best Buy - 0.93 -
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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Smartphone Specs Statistics: The State Of The Art (Q1 2021)

Are you curious to know what their global score is? But first, let's see where its rivals are. They usually sit close to 7.0 (for the P40) and 7.1 (for the iPhone 12).

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

The P40 is a bit cheaper, but it also is a bit slower. It features an Always-on display and, let's say, a nicer notch, but the iPhone 12 has better outdoor readability, can play HDR10 content, and, above all, has a Gorilla Glass Victus, while the P40 doesn't have any protection at all. At least it has a 3.5x telephoto lens, better battery life, more RAM, twice the internal storage, and Bluetooth 5.1.

Even if it had Google services, the lack of decent glass protection is a deal-breaker to me, but in the end, it's up to you.

Pros P40 iPhone 12
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Always-On-Display Cameras
#4 Cameras Fast Charging
#5 Battery Life Wireless Charging
#6 Fast Charging Glass Protection
#7 MicroSD Slot
Cons P40 iPhone 12
#1 Wireless Charging Always-On-Display
#2 3.5mm Jack MicroSD Slot
#3 Price 3.5mm Jack
#4 Glass Protection Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score P40 iPhone 12
Gaming Score
5.6
6.3
0.7
Tek-Score
6.47
6.72
0.25
Your Score

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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

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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 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $709
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $649
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
    $564
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $598
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $584
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $650
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $749
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $534
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $697
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $799
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $799
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $560
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $680
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $697
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $749
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $799
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • OnePlusrival8
    $630
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $543
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $609
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $650
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $675
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698
  • OnePlusrival9 Pro
    $749
  • OpporivalFind X3 Lite
    $554
  • ApplerivaliPhone 13 Mini
    $729

 Apple iPhone 12 
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $649
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $598
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $584
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $650
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $749
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $697
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $799
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $799
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $680
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $697
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $749
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $849
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $799
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • OnePlusrival8
    $630
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $609
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $650
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $675
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698
  • OnePlusrival9 Pro
    $749
  • ApplerivaliPhone 13 Mini
    $729
  • ApplerivaliPhone 13
    $829
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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 valid 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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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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