Pretty much every significant flagship release is ranked by the website DxOMark, and it appears as if the Huawei P20 Pro handily beats the iPhone X and the Galaxy S9 Plus to become one of the best camera phones of 2018.
While it’s generally expected that a new release will rank highly on the DxOMark charts just due to the fact that it features newer technology when compared to its predecessors, it’s rare that a phone beats other high-end flagships to such a degree. The Huawei P20 Pro is truly one of the best camera phones released thus far, at least according to DxOMark – and they’re widely considered an authority when it comes to ranking this important feature of the modern smartphone.
With a score of 109 points, the Huawei P20 Pro snags the top spot of the best camera phones with a full 10 points ahead of the recently released Galaxy S9 Plus as well as 12 points ahead of the iPhone X – two phones that are generally praised for the quality of their cameras.
The fact that the Huawei P20 Pro ended up at the top of the list of the best camera phones is especially shocking given the huge importance that Samsung put on improving the quality of their camera with this new generation of phone – even going so far as to ship it with the tagline, “The Camera, Reimagined.” Many have criticized the Galaxy S9 for the lack of additional features, but if it turns out that it’s not even the best camera around, the reasons to buy the phone are becoming less and less clear.
As one of the best camera phones of 2018, the Huawei P20 Pro is positioned to take a significant portion of the market. However, it’s unlikely that it will exceed the sales of a company like Apple or Samsung, just due to the fact that the company has much lower brand recognition in the west. Huawei, while a major manufacturer in their home country of China, has only recently expanded their reach into the West – and the lack of brand recognition is certainly starting to show. While Huawei has seen middling success with the release of some of their phones, the Huawei P20 Pro will likely suffer in sales despite being one of the best camera phones around.
When it comes to comparing the best camera phones, the Huawei P20 Pro has a distinct advantage in its triple rear camera. While the majority of high-end smartphones are generally including a dual lens setup at this point, the P20 Pro is the first high-end flagship to feature a triple lens standard – bringing the quality of the photos and video to a whole new level.
As far as technical specifications of the P20 Pro’s camera go, you’ll see the handset feature a large 1/1.78in 40MP main camera sensor that is backed up by a bright f/1.8 lens. The lens has been even further supplemented by a smaller 1/ 2.78in 20 MP monochrome sensor with a f/1.6m lens and an 8MP color sensor with a f/2.4 telephoto lens. While that may seem quite technical and difficult to decipher, the fact remains that the Huawei P20 Pro is one of the best camera phones on the market for the aspiring photographer who wants to produce beautiful shots and places the camera as a priority when it comes time to upgrade.