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Huawei Mate 30 Pro scores sensational 121 points in DxOMark

The Mate 30 Pro is the king of DxOMark, for now. (Image source: Huawei)
The Mate 30 Pro is the king of DxOMark, for now. (Image source: Huawei)
The camera benchmark website DxOMark has a new number one smartphone camera, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. The Mate 30 Pro scored an incredible 121 points, usurping the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G. The former's selfie camera apparently falls short of recent Samsung flagships and even the Sony IMX586 in the ASUS ZenFone 6, though.

DxOMark comes in for a lot of flak, with some websites like BGR going to the lengths of claiming that its review of the Mate 30 Pro is "even more meaningless than usual". However, while the logic behind its averages are confusing, they offer at least an insight into the capabilities of the cameras in the Mate 30 Pro before we get our hands on one.

The Mate 30 Pro is the new standard-bearer for smartphone cameras

The French website awarded the Mate 30 Pro an overall camera score of 121 points, putting it 4 points ahead of the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, which has the same cameras as the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ that we have already reviewed. DxOMark praises the Mate 30 Pro in many areas, including its "class-leading texture and noise balance" and its ability to provide "excellent detail" at short and medium-range shots.

While the website also claims that the Mate 30 Pro can create good bokeh effect shots with few artefacts, it does criticise the device in some areas. Oddly, the Mate 30 Pro has a technically inferior telephoto lens than the one in the P30 Pro (buy Huawei P30 Pro now at Amazon), with Huawei using a sensor capable of 3x optical zoom rather the 5x sensor it used in the P30 Pro. Moreover, the ultra-wide-angle camera appears to have a narrower field of view (FoV) than the comparable sensor in the Galaxy Note 10+, while the main rear-facing camera in the Mate 30 Pro has occasional white balance issues too. 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ retains the selfie crown

However, DxOMark prefers the selfie camera in the Galaxy Note 10+ to the one in the Mate 30 Pro, with the website awarding 99 points to the former and 93 points to the latter. This score puts the Mate 30 Pro behind the Galaxy S10+ and even the ASUS ZenFone 6, which uses its Sony IMX586 sensor as a selfie camera too.

We should also point out that DxOMark tested the Mate 30 Pro running firmware not currently available to the public. While the website claims that Huawei will eventually roll-out the firmware or at least a version of it, your Mate 30 Pro may not currently take as good photos as DxOMark has been able to produce.


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Alex Alderson, 2019-09-26 (Update: 2019-09-28)