Apple iPhone And Samsung Galaxy Beaten By Radical New Smartphone – Forbes

New test results reveal how a new smartphone has outclassed the best from Apple and Samsung in one vital area.

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The camera is one of the most important features of any modern smartphone and in this area, certain Chinese manufacturers seem to be well out in front. Now, the latest results from Dxomark reveal how Huawei’s Mate 40 Pro+ is dominating smartphone camera performance.

With an overall camera score of 139 points, Huawei’s latest flagship comes in nine points ahead of Apple’s flagship, the iPhone 12 Pro Max, and a full 13 points ahead of Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (Exynos version).


The Mate 40 Pro+ scored consistently well in a wide range of tests, according to Dxomark, but singled out for particular praise are its wide dynamic range, color reproduction, photographic detail and autofocus performance. Tests also recorded good results from both ultra-wide and telephoto shots, achieving an overall Zoom score of 98, ahead of the S20 Ultra’s 88 points and a much lower 68 points from the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

However, despite the high score, Dxomark still found the Mate 40 Pro+ has room for improvement. Preview, one of Dxomark’s newest tests, evaluates how closely the final photo matches what is seen on the screen while it is being taken. Here, the Huawei flagship performed much worse than both the Galaxy S20 Ultra and the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which currently reigns supreme in this test.

Some issues were also found with video performance in low light and occasional problems focusing at close-range, something which caused significant problems for the Galaxy S20 Ultra that took Samsung several attempts to fix.

So, despite the high score from Huawei, there’s still plenty to feel smug about if you have an iPhone 12 Pro Max, especially when it comes to video where it tails the Mate 40 Pro+ by only two points without exclusive Apple features like Dolby Vision HDR recording and editing being taken into account.

Furthermore, thanks to Dxomark’s new region-specific ranking option, you can now hide test results from all smartphones not available in the USA, instantly propelling the iPhone 12 Pro Max to the top of the chart at the flick of a switch. However, there’s still plenty of room for improvement in the forthcoming iPhone 13.

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