The Google Pixel 7 Pro (already) dethroned in photo by this new smartphone

Launched in October, the Google Pixel 7 Pro quickly positioned itself at the top of the photo ranking by the famous evaluation site DXOMARK. A throne that Google’s smartphone has just lost to a Chinese smartphone that is making a sensational entry into the rankings.

This is moving very quickly in the DXOMARK ranking of the most gifted smartphones in photography. A few weeks ago, the excellent Google Pixel 7 Pro took the lead over the iPhone 14 Pro Max in the ranking of the best “photophones”. Today, Google’s mobile leaves its throne to a Chinese smartphone.

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The Huawei Mate 50 Pro better in photos and video than the Pixel 7 Pro

Those who follow the releases of Huawei’s high-end smartphones will not be surprised to see the new flagship of the Chinese brand take the crown of the phone offering the best photo and video experience. The Mate 50 Pro was introduced last September. Already available in China, the new high-end smartphone from the Chinese brand will also be marketed in Europe this November.

Its camera block is made up of three modules. The first is a 50 Mpx wide-angle (24 mm) with variable aperture f / 1.4-f / 4.0, laser autofocus and optical stabilization. The second is a 13MP ultra-wide-angle (13mm) with an f/2.2 aperture. Finally, the third is a 64 Mpx (90 mm) telephoto lens with f/3.5 aperture and optical stabilization. The latter offers a lossless optical zoom of up to x3.5. Beyond that, digital zoom and image processing algorithms take over.

Ranking of the best smartphones in camera – © DXOMARK

The selfie camera module is a 13 Mpx (18 mm) ultra-wide-angle with f/2.4 aperture. Finally, the Mate 50 Pro is capable of filming up to 4K at 60 fps. DXOMARK does not go overboard by giving an overall score of 149 to the camera, against 147 for the Google Pixel 7 Pro and the Honor Magic4 Ultimate and 146 points for the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.

Among the strengths of the phone, DXOMARK highlights the “high quality photos in all situations”them “high quality videos indoors or outdoors” or even the “excellent zoom performance”. Among the flaws, specialists point “the lack of an accurate preview of the image compared to the final capture”. For more details, find the complete photo test of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro here.

Why you probably won’t buy it

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The Mate 50 Pro – © Huawei

The Huawei Mate 50 Pro is already marketed on the Old Continent. In Germany, the phone is sold for 1,199 euros, with a pair of Huawei Freebuds Pro 2 (199 euros) offered for launch. A high price for a smartphone which is certainly very high-end, but which unfortunately suffers from crippling defects for most European users.

As you probably already know, Huawei is under a US embargo, which deprives its products of certain features. Perhaps the biggest is the lack of Google services and apps on their phones. In Europe, the EMUI 13 interface will therefore be cut off from the services of the American giant. Another downside, the phone does not benefit from 5G in Europe, despite the presence of a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip from Qualcomm.

Those who manage to overcome these limitations will probably find one of the best high-end smartphones of the moment.

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