Huawei is Back on the DxOMark Throne with the Mate 40 Pro

by Duey Guison  October 23, 2020

Without any question, Huawei continues to push technological innovation with its Mate 40 series, giving emphasis on the cameras. On the Mate 40 Pro, that involves a 50-megapixel f/1.9 main with octa-PD AF, 20-megapixel f/1.8 Ultra-Wide-Angle Camera with PDAF, and a 12-megapixel f/3.4 telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom and OIS for the rear cameras and a 13-megapixel f/2.4 wide-angle camera for selfies.

How good are those snappers? DxOMark recently put the Mate 40 Pro to the test, and Huawei’s latest flagship phone dominated in both camera and selfie ranks, with scores of 136 and 104 respectively. That is 3 points ahead of the Mi 10 Ultra in the camera ranks and a point ahead of the P40 Pro in the selfie ranks.

For the Camera ranks, DxOMark gave heavy emphasis on how the Mate 40 Pro handles dynamic range. In its test, DxOMark praised the Mate 40 Pro’s broad dynamic range in all lighting conditions, even in low-light situations. Speaking of low-light, the Mate 40 Pro does a great job in balancing texture, detail, and noise when shooting with little available light.

DxOMark also gave the same praise for the Mate 40 Pro in video, citing excellent detail and low noise levels regardless of lighting conditions. Paired with a fast and accurate autofocus system and effective video stabilization, the Mate 40 Pro makes for a great smartphone for creating cinematic footage.

As for selfies, the Mate 40 Pro performed very well in taking the proper face exposure thanks to its equally broad dynamic range regardless of lighting conditions. While it still uses a fixed focus system DxOMark notes that the wide depth-of-field of the selfie camera (specifically at 100-degrees) helps in maintaining sharp focus when capturing selfies at an arm’s length.

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