Huawei Mate 50 Pro knocks the Google Pixel 7 Pro off the top of the DxOMark camera charts
The Pixel 7 Pro has enjoyed a place at the top of DxOMark's ratings for performance among smartphones on the global market since its release. However, now that the Huawei Mate 50 Pro has been released outside China, it has disrupted the new Google flagship's hegemony in these rankings.
The latest Mate-series flagship has now replicated its predecessor's achievements in this testing system with its new 50+64+13MP triple rear shooters, enhanced with features such as OIS, 3.5x optical zoom and variable aperture technology.
DxOMark asserts that these specs confer subjectively "pleasant" color reproduction (in good light) and bokeh on the 50 Pro, as well as "good" detail even at high zoom, not to mention effective auto-focus and "well-controlled" video in terms of panning.
Even so, the 50 Pro, which will be the highest-end Mate-series variant on the international stage for 2022, was found to be less than infallible in terms of white balance; in addition, its new XMAGE AI processing could be less than snappy in some conditions.
Nevertheless, these slight discrepancies were not enough to keep the Mate 50 Pro from a final overall score of 149. Then again, its freshly de-throned main rival on the global scene remains the cheaper of the two, starting at under US$900 in the US compared to the equivalent of ~US$1,190.
Furthermore, the new Huawei flagship's other challenger on paper, the Honor Magic4 Ultimate, may still have an edge as a whole mobile device in that it still has access to 5G connectivity and Google Play Services. Therefore, whether these compromises outweigh apparently class-leading performance as a mobile camera beast remain to be seen.