DxOMark: The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max falls short of the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition & Huawei Mate 30 Pro
DxOMark has awarded the iPhone 11 Pro Max an overall camera rating of 117 points in its recent review, a score that puts it in third place on its leaderboard and tied with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+. By contrast, the similarly priced Huawei Mate 30 Pro outscores Apple's latest flagship by 4 points. The 11 Pro Max is closer to the Mate 30 Pro than the XS Max was to the Mate 20 Pro, though.
However, there is another thorn in Apple's side according to DxOMark, and it comes in the shape of the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition. DxOMark also awarded the CC9 Pro Premium Edition 121 points, as we recently covered, belying its US$500 price tag.
This does not stop the 11 Pro Max from having some of the best camera hardware and software, though. DxOMark ranks the 11 Pro Max as one of the best smartphones for photo and video image quality, while it also praised Apple's new Deep Fusion technology. Likewise, the website is a fan of the image stabilisation that the 11 Pro Max offers, along with the field of view that its ultra-wide-angle camera has.
Setting aside questions of the true magnification that the telephoto lens in the CC9 Pro Premium Edition offers, Xiaomi has shaken up the established order with its latest handset. If the rumours about Samsung using the 108 MP sensor in the CC9 Pro for the Galaxy S11 are true, then 2020 could be an interesting year for smartphone cameras.