The Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Xiaomi Mi Note 10 (called the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition in China) are the best smartphones you can buy… if you place camera performance above all else. At least, that’s according to DxOMark, a publication based in France that’s renowned for putting smartphone sensors through a series of excruciating tests before awarding them a final number of based on performance.
Throughout the course of 2019, DxOMark has reviewed every flagship smartphone you can possibly imagine – and then some. Its leaderboard is full of some usual suspects like the Samsung Galaxy S10, iPhone 11 Pro Max and OnePlus 7 Pro but you might be surprised to see two Chinese phones you can’t buy if you live in the UK.
DxOMark recently published an article discussing the best smartphone cameras of 2019. The outlet praised the Mate 30 Pro and Mi Note 10 for jointly taking the best overall photos and video on a mobile device. In particular, DxOMark said Huawei’s offering is slightly better for taking photos because it manages noise and artefacts slightly better while the Xiaomi was said to offer a better zoom.
The French outlet explained: “The Huawei achieves a slightly better Photo score, mainly due to better management of image noise and artefacts. Thanks to its dual telelens approach, the Xiaomi performs better when zooming, though, delivering excellent quality across the entire zoom range; further, it also offers a slightly wider field of view with its ultra-wide camera than the Huawei.
“In terms of video, the Xiaomi just edges out the Mate 30 Pro, largely thanks to better colour rendering, lower noise levels, and more reliable video autofocus.”
On paper, both Huawei and Xiaomi have given photographers everything but the kitchen sink to play with. The Mate 30 Pro comes equipped with a 40-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel telephoto, 40-megapixel ultra wide-angle and a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor.
The Mi Note 10 comes with a whopping 108-megapixel primary snapper, a 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel telephoto, a 20-megapixel ultra wide-angle and a dedicated macro camera.
Of course, both phone’s aren’t just a one-trick pony. Both the Mate 30 Pro and Mi Note 10 come with big beautiful displays, huge batteries and have great designs. It’s just a shame Android fans in the UK can’t get their hands on them.
The Mate 30 Pro launched back in September and has since only been made available in a select few markets such as China, Singapore and Spain. The main reason for this is because Huawei’s currently burdened by a US trade ban that forbids it from trading with American companies such as Google. In a nutshell, that means the handset can’t come pre-loaded with the likes of the Google Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail… the list goes on.
There’s better news if you’re eager to get your hands on the Mi Note 10. The device is confirmed to be coming to the UK, we just don’t know when and for what price. In Europe the handset will start from €549, so we’re not expecting it to break the bank.
Of course, just because the Mate 30 Pro and Xiaomi Mi Note 10 won DxOMark’s best overall camera phone doesn’t mean a few other devices didn’t snatch some individual awards. Most notably, the iPhone 11 Pro Max won the best for video and the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G took home the best ultra wide-angle camera category.
Here’s a full list of DxOMark’s camera awards for 2019:
• Best all-rounder – Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Xiaomi Mi Note 10
• Best video – Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
• Best for zoom – Xiaomi Mi Note 10
• Best ultra wide – Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G
• Best for night photography – Huawei Mate 30 Pro