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Huawei P40 vs P40 Pro in 2021: Either One or Neither One?

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

The P40 Pro is a little bit more expensive, but considering its features, it is the one you should pick.

It has better cameras.

What else sets them apart?

The P40 Pro also features a higher refresh rate, larger (+0.4") display, a telephoto lens (+45 mm), faster-charging speeds (40w vs. 22w), wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB). But with the P40, you can get a lightweight body (34 g./1.20 oz less).

But how much more will I have to pay for the P40 Pro?

If you're going off-contract, you're going to shell out an extra amount of about $133.

Is it worth getting the P40 in 2021?

The Huawei P40 is clearly worth buying in 2021, even if there are better phones out there. Sure, you can take a peek at other devices like the Apple iPhone 12, but this one does have good performance, good cameras, and good battery life.

Is it still worth buying the P40 Pro in 2021?

The P40 Pro wasn't released that long ago, so it's obviously, a top recommended device for 2021. Its overall score hasn't dropped much yet, mainly because of its good performance, good cameras, good battery life, optical zoom, and fast charging. Although you can also check the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Read on and find out more about them, how they fare against their competition, and how the tech industry is evaluating their specs.

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Surely the P40 Pro is a beast of a camera-phone, but is the P40 good enough?

The P40 and the P40 Pro were launched in April 2020.

With this article, you'll be able to compare every feature of the P40 and the P40 Pro. Then, you can decide what model better suits your needs. Let's start.

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

Look out for a "Tek-Score" in every section of this article. We evaluated every quantifiable specification, so you can better understand the difference between the two. The global score will help you compare them to other phones because you'll probably have other phones in mind.

The weight of each section

That score is research-based. It's from Globalwebindex.com on what buyers are looking for when purchasing a smartphone. But you'll be able to define how the global score is composed based on whatever you like. You can go there right now, but I suggest you keep reading to know more about them.

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

There's a colored progress bar next to some items. That's to show how they rival their direct competitors.

You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, but we've only included smartphones within a 40% price range.

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

Device P40 P40 Pro
Release Date 2020, April 2020, April 0y.
OS Updates 2 years 2 years 0y.
Security Updates 2 years 2 years 0y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5, which measures overall performance, the P40 Pro was, on average, 2% quicker while finishing its tests. Overall, you wouldn't feel that much of a difference between them.

One can entitle both of them as high-end.

These two feature a Hisilicon Kirin 990, so you don't have to worry about who's quicker.

Not surprisingly, they also share the same GPU: a Mali-G76 MP16.

Both phones run on Android 10 and EMUI 10 out of the box.

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.

Features P40 P40 Pro
SoC Hisilicon Kirin 990 Hisilicon Kirin 990
Graphics Mali-G76 MP16 Mali-G76 MP16
Geekbench 5 Score 3148
OS Android 10 and EMUI 10 Android 10 and EMUI 10

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Huawei P40 front transparent png Huawei P40 Pro front transparent png

The P40 Pro's display does stand out, but the P40 is just as good.

The P40 Pro features a 6.5" AMOLED display, while the P40 has a smaller 6.1" AMOLED display. You'll likely have set your preferences already on the display type and size. Me, I'd go for an AMOLED screen, but a decent LCD can be just as good.

The P40 Pro adopts a 1200x2640 Full HD resolution. The P40 features a more modest resolution of 1080x2340 (Full HD) pixels.

No one likes to look at a shattered screen, so be aware: Oddly enough, none of these have any kind of glass protection.

I seriously don't get why Huawei doesn't care at all. I guess the "Pro" lineup doesn't deserve a Corning Gorilla glass like the Mate 30 Pro. If you end up purchasing one of these, you're on your own.

One feature that I do value is the Always-On-Display, and they both have it.

If you set these displays for auto-brightness, both can do about 590 nits.

Very few rivals share this maximum brightness. Usually, they average at 791 nits, but the P40 Pro stays at 186 nits below that.

The P40 Pro is capable of displaying HDR10 videos.

If high refresh rates are your thing, you can count on the smooth 90hz of the P40 Pro.

Given the P40, you should know that 96% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 92% have an Always-On display.

Considering the P40 Pro, 92% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 88% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)*
Features P40 P40 Pro
Size 6.1
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
Refresh Rate 60hz 90hz 30
Dots per Inch 422.49
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 590 nits
605 nits
Sub Tek-Score
Protection - -

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Huawei P40 back transparent png Huawei P40 Pro back transparent png

Looking at DXOMARK's ranking, one can conclude that the P40 Pro is approximately 29 points above other cameras in its class. And I'd willingly pick this over the P40.

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

There's also one 8 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.4, plus an 80mm telephoto lens. And another one with 16 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 17mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

Just so you know: You can take a 50 Megapixels photo, zoom in and crop, and get a sample with 12 Megapixels and 2x optical zoom.

There's also a generous 32 Mp selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.0 and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 115. If you add the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that will go up to 128. For a thorough review, click here.

Before moving on, you should know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 96% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Although only 8% of them feature a macro lens.

As you're about to see, the P40 Pro shares the P40 camera setup. You'll also get two additional sensors, one with 12 Megapixels, an aperture of f/3.4 and an astounding 125mm telephoto lens, and another with 40 Megapixels (f/1.8) with an 18mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

For your information: If you zoom in and crop a 50 Megapixels photo, you can get 2x optical zoom. You'll get a 12 Megapixels photo, just like the P40.

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.

You can get selfies with 32 Mp Megapixels. It has a lens with f/2.2 of aperture and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 137. And if we consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we get a score of 153 points. Just click here to read about it.

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

One can place the P40 as a lower high-end and the P40 Pro more as a high-end.

If you love it, the P40 Pro zoom lens is 40mm above what you usually see within similarly priced rivals.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera P40 P40 Pro
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 2160 0
Score 128

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) P40 P40 Pro vs.
Megapixels 8
Aperture 2.4
Lens 80mm (3.5x zoom)
125mm (5.4x zoom)
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 16 40 24
Aperture 2.2 1.8 -0.4
Lens 17mm 18mm 1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Score 13 16 3
Selfie Camera P40 P40 Pro vs.
Megapixels 32
Aperture 2.0
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
P40 P40 Pro vs.

Who has the best frame?

The P40 does have an advantage here, thanks to its weight. But they're not that far apart.

The P40 is 148 mm (5.83 inches) tall and 71 mm (2.80 inches) wide. The P40 Pro, on the other hand, is 10 mm taller and 1 mm wider (about 0.39 inches by 0.04 inches).

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

Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. The P40 Pro is 34 g. (1.34 oz) heavier than the other, weighing about 175 g. (6.17 oz). If you want a big screen in a lightweight phone, the P40 has a "weight to screen size" score of 5.4, meaning it has an acceptable score for its display size. In the meantime, the P40 Pro has 3.1, which suggests it's considerably hefty.

You do have some options regarding colors here: Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, Blush Gold, Ice White, and Black. But both share the same variations.

If you like having a big phone, you should consider the P40 Pro. Otherwise, the other one may not make a difference either.

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

The P40 truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep, much like the P40 Pro. But remember: it's for a maximum period of half an hour, and it's freshwater in standby mode only.

Body P40 P40 Pro
Size 148 x 71 x 8 mm
(5.22 x 2.50 x 0.28 in)
158 x 72 x 9 mm
(5.57 x 2.54 x 0.32 in)
Weight 175 g. (6.17 oz)
209 g. (7.37 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, Blush Gold, Ice White, and Black Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, Blush Gold, Ice White, and Black
Screen To Body Ratio 86.93%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 5.4 3.1 -2.3
Looks 9.9/10
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint

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

Which has the best battery?

At 3800 mAh, the P40 is the owner of the smallest battery, while the P40 Pro features 4200 mAh. But by GSMArena's standards, both should theoretically get the same battery life.

This is how the P40 performs after a full charge:

  • For 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 still have 68% 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 be with 72%.

And this is where the P40 Pro ends at:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, 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, the battery charge will be about 70%.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, this is where your battery will be: 72%.

The P40 features quick charging at up to 22w, but the P40 Pro does it too, at 40w.

If you value wireless charging, you can give P40 Pro an extra point.

The P40 Pro also supports reverse wireless charging at 27w/hour for Qi-enabled devices.

If you fancy quick charges, you can count on the P40 Pro. Devices with similar prices usually sit at nearly 34w.

Fast wireless charging on the P40 Pro is likewise a nice plus. You don't get to see it that much at this price range.

Features P40 P40 Pro
Capacity (mAh) 3800 4200 400
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
83% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 68% left
70% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 72% left
72% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 7.2 5.3 -1.9
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 22w
Wireless Charging No 27w
Reverse Charging No 27w

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

None of them.

In terms of RAM, the P40 brings 6GB. In terms of storage, it has 128GB. You can add at least 256GB here because if it's too short for you, you can buy a Nano Memory card.

On the P40 Pro, you'll find 128GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM. You can also count on the Nano Memory card to save the day.

Features P40 P40 Pro
Internal (GB) 128GB
Micro SD Nano Memory (shared SIM slot) Nano Memory (shared SIM slot)

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

They also don't stand out on any of these features.

When it comes to connectivity, both Huaweis have Bluetooth 5.1. You can also find NFC on both of them.

If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. Just skip adapters and get a decent pair of wireless earbuds. Or you can also check its rivals if you're not really leaning towards any of these. The Sony Xperia 1 II can give you a headphone jack.

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

Features P40 P40 Pro
Network 5G 5G
Bluetooth 5.1
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No

Which is more affordable?

The Huawei P40 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. Promotions aside, the P40 Pro is more expensive, but I believe that it shouldn't come as a surprise at all.

Don't worry, because the following tables will help you make up your mind.

Here are the prices that we've come across recently:

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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 P40 Pro VS
Amazon 0.98 0.85 -0.12
eBay - 0.60 -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

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So, what about that global score? We'll get there. But first, let's see where its rivals are. They usually sit close to 7.0 (for the P40) and 7.2 (for the P40 Pro).

Verdict: What Makes the Huawei P40 Pro Stand Out?

If you'd ask me what I'd recommend, I'd undoubtedly say: "-none of them." They're just extremely precious to break them at first fall, and too sexy for any case.

With that being said, the P40 Pro really is an astonishing device. But in the end, it's just a bulky P40 with a wondrous camera. If it's going to cost you the price of two P40s, then the choice presents itself quite obviously.

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

Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.

Performance 1.9
Display 1.7
Cameras 1.4
Frame 0.9
Battery 1.9
Storage 2.0
Connectivity 0.4
Total Should be 10 or as close as possible: 9.6

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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Tek-Score explained

Every spec has it's own weigh on the global score.

Feature: Value
Battery Life: 1.28
Fast Charging: 0.31
Wireless Charging: 0.19
Reverse Charging: 0.08
Storage: 1.97
Performance: 1.86
Camera: 1.35
Glass protection: 1.08
Weight: 0.35
Waterproof: 0.35
AMOLED: 0.04
Always-On-Display: 0.31
DPI: 0.12
Refresh Rate: 0.04
Nits: 0.04
Notch: 0.04
Bluetooth: 0.08
NFC: 0.12
3.5mm jack: 0.19
Looks: 0.23
Total: 10

But there are a few things that I don't consider, like price, brand value, size, resell value, OS (iOS or Android), user experience, updates, RAM (included on performance), battery to phone size, display size to weight, network (LTE/5G), and biometrics.


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 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
  • OnePlusrival8
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
  • OnePlusrival9

 Huawei P40 Pro 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
  • VivorivalX60 Pro

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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