We pit the four best smartphone cameras you can buy in 2018 against one another.
Google Pixel 3 XL
The Google Pixel 3 XL is equipped with a 12.2-megapixel (f/1.8) single-lens rear camera.
The Google Pixel 3 XL is equipped with a dual lens front-facing camera that combines an 8-megapixel (f/1.7) lens with an 8-megapixel (f/2.2) wide angle lens.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 features a dual-lens rear camera that combines a 12 MP (f/1.5-2.4) variable aperture lens (with dual pixel PDAF and OIS) with a 12-megapixel (f/2.4) telephoto lens (with AF, OIS and 2x optical zoom).
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 features a 8-megapixel (f/1.7) single lens camera with autofocus.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
On the back, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro boasts a 40-megapixel wide angle (f/1.8) lens, 20-megapxiel ultra wide (f/2.2) lens plus the same 8-megapixel telephoto lens found in the standard Mate 20.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro features a 24-megapixel front-facing camera.
The iPhone XS features a dual-lens rear camera with a 12-megapixel (f/1.8) wide angle lens with (OIS and PDAF) and 12-megapixel (f/2,4) telephoto lens (OIS and PDAF).
The iPhone XS features an 7-megapixel (f/2.2) front-facing camera.
Round One - Daylight Snaps
Round Two - Wide
Round Three - Night
Though the Huawei Mate 20 Pro's AI-enhanced post-processing did give it the edge in most daylight scenarios, the improved low-light performance found in the new Google Pixel 3 XL makes for a strong alternative. Realistically, all four of the cameras in these devices are best-in-class.
However, if we had to pick one as our favorite of the bunch - it'd probably be the Mate 20 Pro. The new wide-angle lens, night mode and 5x hybrid zoom just make for a much more versatile smartphone photography experience and much more striking results.
They say the best camera is the one you have with you but if we had to choose, we'd probably choose the Mate 20 Pro.