The Huawei P20 Pro has come straight in at the No.1 slot and has even beaten the competition by the widest margin in recent memory. The P20 Pro stands a full ten points ahead of the recently-released Samsung Galaxy S9+, eleven points ahead of the Google Pixel 2 and twelve points ahead of the Apple iPhone X.
In terms of photography, the P20 Pro has a distinct advantage of having a triple rear camera. The device features a huge 1/1.78in 40MP main camera sensor, paired with a bright f/1.8 lens. As a supplementary, it has a smaller 1/2.78in 20MP monochrome sensor fitted with a f/1.6 lens and a 1/4.4in 8MP color sensor equipped with a f/2.4 telephoto lens. The monochrome sensor adds depth perception and boosts the overall light sensitivity, whereas the telephoto lens adds opportunities for the optical zoom effects.
The Huawei P20 Pro does perform much better in some areas than in the others. The resultant scores are heavily influenced by the kinds of tricks only multi-camera setups could perform well, such as the optical zoom and the portrait effects. It is not at all surprising that the Huawei P20 Pro, with its trio of rear cameras, scores particularly well in tests that make the maximum use of multiple lenses. The Huawei P20 Pro photo score acquires more points ahead of the Samsung Galaxy 9+.
It is to be expected that any triple-camera system that actually works, must be able to do better than a dual-camera system, especially when the matter comes to bokeh and zoom. These two features indeed do turn out to be the biggest strengths of the P20 Pro, outperforming the S9+ by a massive 40% in the bokeh test and 12% in the zoom test. Elsewhere, the Huawei P20 Pro outperforms the Galaxy S9+ by 0-10% apart from in the artifacts test; the Galaxy S9+’s one weak area, where it comes out ahead by a more significant 15%.
The Pixel 2 comes out ahead at basic still shots. Not to discount the necessity of a powerful zoom capability or the desirability of the eye-catching portrait shots with a convincing background and a foreground blur, the fact yet remains that if only the core photographic performance metrics of ‘Exposure & Contrast’, ‘Texture’, ‘Color’, ‘Autofocus’ are considered, the single-lensed Google Pixel 2 yet comes out some points ahead. The incredible resolution and zoom capabilities of P20 Pro push its capabilities far beyond what is possible with the current flagship of Google.
The P20 Pro drew praise for its low-light performance with and without flash which is due, in part, to its unusually big main sensor that allows more of the available light to be captured at any given aperture size. Though the P20 Pro’s main aperture of f/1.8 may appear less bright than the f/1.5 of the Galaxy S9+, the larger sensor size makes up for this.
The Huawei P20 Pro even turns in the best ever score at video quality, coming in two points ahead of the Pixel 2 that currently sits in the second place. The P20 Pro has excellent electronic image stabilization and clean imagery with very less noise. However, it did report a few issues with the unwanted aliasing effects and loss of detail due to over-zealous noise reduction algorithms and ‘stepping’ when adjusting to varying brightness levels.