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

author Luis Silva (October 2020 Updated: March 2021)

Huawei P40, Apple iPhone 12

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Introduction

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

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

Bottom Line

Which is better, the iPhone 12 or the P40?

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 rates.

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 2021?

The P40 isn't the perfect smartphone, but you won't find that many better phones for this budget. You can consider the Apple iPhone 11, but this one is indeed known for its good performance, a good camera, and great battery life.

Is the iPhone 12 still worth getting in 2021?

The iPhone 12 was indeed released in 2020, but it still stands out, thanks to its good performance, a good camera, great glass protection, and a below-average weight. It holds up pretty well in 2021, but a great device like the Apple iPhone 12 Pro does have more storage and more RAM.

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You'll never find the iPhone 12 at the price of the P40. Keep this in mind when comparing both of them.

While scrolling down, you'll see a "Tek-Score" for each phone in every section. We evaluate all quantifiable specifications to help you quickly identify how much they are far apart. There's also a global rate for you to compare them to other phones if you're curious about other models aside from these two.

The weight of each section

Our Tek-Score is based on a study done by Globalwebindex.com on what features users value on new smartphones.

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

Some features are underlined with a red or green progress bar. That's so you can see how they rival its direct competitors.

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 best 10 phones on that for every spending plan.

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: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Performance

Inside the iPhone 12 is the Apple A14 SoC, while on the P40, there's the Hisilicon Kirin 990 chipset.

If you're a gamer, you'll like to know that the former features a proprietary Apple GPU, and the latter has a Mali-G76 MP16.

In terms of performance, Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) scores the iPhone 12 29% 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. 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 2979, this one is 37% above them.

We can classify both of them as high-end.

The P40 features the Android 10 and EMUI 10 OS, while the iPhone 12 comes with iOS 14.1.

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
7.2
8.8
1.5

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Display

Huawei P40 front transparent png Apple iPhone 12 front transparent png

They both share the same AMOLED display size: 6.1". Which one would you choose? To me, a 6.3 inches screen is where I draw the line.

The iPhone 12 has a higher-resolution 1170x2532 Full HD display, and the P40 makes do with a 1080x2340 Full HD panel. If you can't get over the iPhone 12's notch, then at least you still have a choice here.

It's better to be safe than sorry, so I have to put this out: The iPhone 12 has a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, but the P40 doesn't seem to have any known display protection technology.

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

If you're looking for the brightest display, the P40 will reach 590 nits, and the iPhone 12 can top at 639 nits.

Most similarly priced devices only do around 771 nits, but there's a 181 nits gap below that for the P40.

The iPhone 12 supports HDR10 media.

If this is something you value, the iPhone 12's display does stand out.

If you're leaning towards the P40, 92% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display. Plus, all of them have an AMOLED screen, and 75% offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate.

Compared to the iPhone 12, 95% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display. Plus, all of them have an AMOLED screen, and 80% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

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.

Cameras

Huawei P40 back transparent png Apple iPhone 12 back transparent png

What about its shooters? Huawei's P40 can record videos at up to 2160p. It also has a shooter with a whopping 50 MP, an aperture of f/1.9, a 23mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization.

It also features two auxiliary cameras. One has 8 MP and an aperture of f/2.4 plus an 80mm telephoto lens. And another shooter with 16 MP (f/2.2) with a 17mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

If you take a 50 Megapixels snapshot, you can zoom in on it and do a crop in the middle to get the same shot you'd get on a 12 Megapixels shooter with 2x optical zoom.

Want to know about its selfie capabilities? It has a generous 32 MP (f/2.0) shooter and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

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, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. However, only 8% of them feature a macro lens.

On the back of the Apple iPhone 12 is a 12 MP (f/1.6) camera and a 26mm wide-angle lens. Then you'll have four flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. It can also record videos at up to 2160p. It also has a secondary 12 MP camera with an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

On the front, there's an f/2.2 12 MP camera and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

DxOMark evaluated this camera, and here's the rate: 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, 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. Additionally, none of them feature a macro lens.

Looking at DxO's ranking, one can conclude that the P40 is approximately 33 points above other cameras from its price range. Although the iPhone 12 is the clear winner.

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.

The P40 has one significant benefit over the iPhone 12 in that it includes a telephoto lens with an optical zoom of about 3.5x. It enables you to zoom in on the subject without ruining your photos.

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: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

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

Body

Although they don't share the same height (148 mm / 5.83 inches vs. 146 mm / 5.75 inches), they share their width: 71 mm (2.80 inches).

They all come close in thickness: 8 mm (0.32 inches) vs. 7 mm (0.28 inches).

A front and back glass body does make these phones look premium on your hands. 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 light phone, the "weight to display size" rate of the P40 is 5.4, which implies it has an acceptable score for a 6.1 inches display. The iPhone 12, however, has 6.9, which is pretty nice.

If you like having color options, you can buy the P40 in Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, Blush Gold, Ice White, and Black. The iPhone 12, in its turn, comes in Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue.

Would you like to have a fingerprint scanner? The P40 included one under the display. Unfortunately, the iPhone 12 doesn't have any.

You'll still have Face ID on the iPhone 12. At least Apple opted for the Face ID sensor instead.

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+%.

Battery

Looking at these numbers, the Huawei P40, with its battery capacity of 3800 mAh, should be a winner, without a doubt. But what does everyday usage have to say about that? If you charge them up and run some tests, this is how the P40 comes out of it:

  • If you do 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.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 68% left for the rest of the day.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, this is where your battery will be: 72%.

And this is what you'll get out of the iPhone 12:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 79% of the battery charge.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 64% left.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, this is where your battery will be: 64%.

The P40 clearly wins the battery life contest.

Both phones support fast-charging. You can charge the P40 at a maximum of 22w/hour and the iPhone 12 up to 20w/hour.

If you love wireless charging, the iPhone 12 can charge at 15w/hour. 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, both the Samsung Galaxy S20 and the Samsung Galaxy S21 have 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 7.2 6.4 -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 A31.

Storage

The P40 has 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM. Space won't be an issue because there's always the Nano Memory card expandable storage solution.

The iPhone 12 offers 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. There's no extra storage here. If you're a power user, keep that in mind. Also, you'll get more RAM and more storage from most of its opponents. They'd give you around 144Gb of storage and 9Gb 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).

Connectivity

The P40 has Bluetooth 5.1, while the iPhone 12 has Bluetooth 5.0. As for the NFC chips, both have them.

If you love good-old wired headphones, you're out of luck because none of them included a 3.5mm headphone jack. You can buy an adapter, but the wireless buds are your only option.

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

Price

The Huawei P40 may not be the cheapest phone, but it's cheaper nonetheless. That, of course, depends on the place and the deals that you'll eventually find. The Apple iPhone 12, in its turn, isn't that cheap, but that's probably something you already knew. At least, the iPhone usually ages well with the updates and so.

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

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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 - 0.85 -
Best Buy - 0.85 -
Walmart - - -

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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 7.3 (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
6.50
6.76
0.26

*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 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $699
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
    $579
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $578
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $750
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $595
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $675
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $649
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $749
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $649
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $598
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $697
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $749
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $550
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $769
  • OnePlusrival8
    $630
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $549
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $549
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $549
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $799
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $543
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $663
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $599
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $699
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $557
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $799

 Apple iPhone 12 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $699
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $750
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $900
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $675
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $649
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $749
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $649
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $879
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $697
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $749
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $879
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $849
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $769
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $800
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $663
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $699
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $800
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $799
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Battery results

The battery score is based on Gsmarena's endurance rating and is taken with a screen brightness of 200 nits and a refresh rate of 60hz.

Assumptions: The display is off during a call, there's a web page refresh every 10 seconds, and the video playback is in Airplane mode.

You can click here for more information about those tests.

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Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mclass-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valclass for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they dclassn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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Nits

With regards to AMOLED screens, sometimes OEMs claim higher maximum brightness. That's because an AMOLED screen can push its brightness progressively higher as its white area gets smaller.

These values are from the lab tests made by GSMArena, and their white test pattern takes up 75% of the physical size of the screen.

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