Xiaomi, a Chinese brand regarded as one of the most blatant Apple copycats in the smartphone industry, may have a device that differs from its mouse on the iPhone.
Xiaomi Mi 9 scored higher marks for his camera system than the iPhone XS Max, according to the results of extensive tests released this week by DxOMark Lab.
Xiaomi Mi 9 camera at the numbers
Mi 9 received the highest video brands for a smartphone, and with its still image quality, only two points behind Huaweis's two handsets are tied to the first, Mate 20 Pro and P 20 Pro.
Although the iPhone may have triggered a revolution in photography, it also suggested a wave of competitors who in the past few years have offered features that apparently leave the iPhone behind.
This should not give the iPhone XS users remorse. The difference in image and video quality may not be as great for the average eye during daily use. DxO Lab comes down in the weeds with testing and evaluates more than 1,500 test shots shot in a variety of conditions along with more than two hours of video.
The two Huawei smartphones hold the top spot with an average score of 109. Xiaomo's flagship is third on 107, while the iPhone XS Max is now fourth with a 105. iPhone XR is tied to Google Pixel 3 for 10.  Mi 9 has a three-camera array on the backplate. A standard wide-angle lens produced 12MP images. It also has a 12MP telephoto module and a 16MP super wide angle with a 117-degree field of view.
DxOMark engineers found Mi 9-controlled noise better than the iPhone XS Max, but with "softer details."
They also called the Xiaomi device the current "go-to" device for mobile videographers.
"While Mi 9 is very good for stills, it really shines in video mode and achieves 99 points, the best video score we've seen so far," according to the review. "Xiaomi is the first camera we have tested as standard 4K recording, which to some extent explains the excellent detail reproduction in bright light and indoor recording."
While Apple broke new ground with a two-camera set up with the iPhone 7 Plus, a third rear-facing camera has not yet been added as many companies as Huawei and Xiaomi have. Only yesterday Samsung rolled out five new Galaxy smartphones, with four with three cameras on the back plate.
In the 2019 series of iPhones, it is rumored to have at least one trecam model.
Both Apple and Samsung have seen a significant decline in smartphone sales, while Huawei and Xiaomi continue to grow on a smartphone market considered saturated. Huawei and Xiaomi are particularly dominant in markets such as China and India, where Apple has invested heavily.
Huawei and Xiaomi also offer quality handsets that cost significantly less than an iPhone.