Which Camera Is Better: iPhone XS Max or HUAWEI P20 Pro?


With high-end smartphones are more or less comparable on their specs, more and more attention has been paid on imaging or camera. The great improvement on its camera made HUAWEI P20 Pro the most successful phone this year. Its unprecedented triple-lens set-up must put a lot of pressure on Apple. Now after the biggest ever device—iPhone XS Max released, people, are no doubt interested in watching the CAMERA battle between iPhone XS Max and HUAWEI P20 Pro. Here, let’s take a closer look at each of them and pick the winner.


iPhone XS Max HUAWEI P20 Pro

Rear camera:

Dual12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras

Wide-angle: f/1.8 aperture


2×optical zoom; digital zoom up 10×

Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control

Dual optical image stabilization

Autofocus with Focus Pixels

Tap to focus with Focus Pixels

Auto image stabilization

Smart HDR

Rear camera:

Tri-lens camera:

40 MP (RGB, f/1.8 aperture) + 20 MP (Monochrome, f/1.6 aperture) + 8 MP (Telephoto, f/2.4 aperture), supports autofocus (laser focus, deep focus, phase focus, contrast focus)

Note: The photo pixels may vary depending on the shooting mode.





Front camera

Single-lens 7MP camera

f/2.2 wide-angle lens

all-new video stabilization

 Front camera:

Single-lens camera:

24 MP, f/2.0 aperture, supports fixed focal length 
Note: The photo pixels may vary depending on the shooting mode.

Compare to iPhone XS Max, Huawei P20 Pro has introduced the Leica’s triple-camera set-up, combining 40MP RGB, 20MP monochrome and 8MP sensors on its rear. And even the front camera packs a 24MP sensor. From these tech data, it sounds that HUAWEI might excel to Apple. But it’s not necessarily about the number of pixels or cameras; it’s what they allow overall that makes the difference.


Thanks to both Apple and HUAWEI are the most popular phones today, there are many reviews on iPhone XS Max VS HUAWEI P20 Pro Cameras you can find on Youtube.

Through all the pictures compared between iPhone XS Max and HUAWEI P20 Pro, we have a quick and practical conclusion:


For average picture snap, both phones can satisfy you well, even photographer will like them. While, when comes to which one is better, it depends on what kind of picture you would like to capture. iPhone XS Max performs better in portrait picture and is favorable when there is sharp bright and dark contrast thanks to its Smart HDR technology, while, HUAWEI P20 Pro stands out for its overall saturated color on pictures. For personal preference, I think HUAWEI P20 Pro performs better in low-light environment, this may owe to its bigger apertures.

Both phones are equipped with powerful image stabilization technology, Bokeh and Depth Control, which allow for more detailed and vivid pictures. As for front camera, iPhone XS Max might have a better performance in selfie video as it supports stereo recording and stereo playback with wider sound separation.

All in all, the winner is in your heart, and everyone may have their own winner.

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