The future of Huawei’s smartphones may still be unclear, but one thing remains certain. Huawei’s top flagships also have top scores in smartphone photography, at least as far as DxOMark’s requirements are concerned. So it’s not shocking that the Mate 40 Pro+ bag has the highest score in the site’s benchmark rankings. That said, it’s not a straightforward win over the phone, particularly considering other factors beyond the cameras.
DxOMark has nothing but praise for the Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, particularly as far as the details are concerned. It shares several items in common, but it upgrades the ultra-wide-angle camera and adds OIS to the main camera. And instead of just one, there are two telephoto cameras, depending on how much you want to zoom in.
Of course, it’s just on paper, but the site has confirmed that the phone largely works as advertised. The Mate 40 Pro+ excelled in still photos, particularly in the Night Mode, which has always been the domain of Huawei. It takes second place when it comes to zoom and bokeh as well as stabilization, thanks to additional hardware. The wide dynamic range and accurate colors allow the images to pop out and autofocus and stabilize even in video recording.
Not all good news, however, with DxOMark noticing some less than ideal handling of objects. There is also some problem with low-light images, resulting in artificial tones and texture loss. It was also found that there was a difference between what was seen in the preview and the actual resulting picture or video.
While the Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ has the highest rating of DxOMark, it is far from ideal in the grand scheme of things. It remains deprived of the Google Play Store and games, for one, and may even be unavailable to certain markets. Its price tag is also prohibitive, and the Huawei Mate 40 Pro isn’t far behind in terms of camera output anyway.