Ultra-Premium Flagship Smartphones Image Performance: End-User Perspective 2021

Yole Développement

End-user performance does not correlate with main sensor resolution in ultra-premium flagships; bigger is not necessarily always better.

This report has been performed in collaboration between Yole Développement, System Plus Consulting and DXOMARK. It includes DXOMARK’s evaluation of image quality from the end user perspective, System Plus consulting teardown of camera module technical choices and Yole Développement analyses on technologies and supply chain.

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Key features

  • Ultra-premium flagships 2020-2021 DXOMARK detailed analysis
  • Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, Huawei Mate 40 Pro Plus, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra – technical comparisons
  • Ultra-premium flagships 2020-2021 photo performance measurements
  • Ultra-premium flagships 2020-2021 video performance measurements
  • Ultra-premium flagships 2020-2021 teardown insights
  • Ultra-premium flagships 2020-2021 performance versus technology analysis
  • 2020-2026 mobile market demand

Report objectives

Understand 2021 flagships image performance:

  • Leading smartphone camera
  • From the End-user perspective
  • What are the performance drivers : Hardware and Software?

Offer key technical insights and analyses into high-end smartphone photography application:

  • Exposure / Color / AF DoF / Texture & Noise / Bokeh / Night / Preview/ Tele Zoom
  • Key players performance comparison : Apple / Huawei / Samsung / Xiaomi
  • Analysis of the performance compromise / strategy

Deliver an in-depth understanding of the technological levers:

  • What are the hardware solutions to improve image performance?
  • What are the software solutions to improve image performance?



DXOMARK is a French technology company and the international leader in the quality assessment of smartphone cameras, display, audio and battery, and other consumer electronics (such as cameras and speakers). As a private and independent company, DXOMARK’s mission is to help Original Equipment Manufacturers develop high-quality products for the benefit of the end user. To this effect DXOMARK provides quality evaluation services & detailed scientific test reports and commercializes its proprietary turnkey laboratories (Analyzer). To guide users in their choice, DXOMARK provides on its website – dxomark.cn & .com – the largest database of quality evaluations of products in the form of an overall score. DXOMARK, based in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris, employs 120 people, including a hundred engineers. These engineers have carried out thousands of tests each year for more than 10 years in the company’s 16 state-of-the-art laboratories, which have been developed in-house.

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