Double triumph: Apple and Google rock the quarter-finals

Double triumph: Apple and Google rock the quarter-finals

The Smartphone World Cup quarter-finals are over, and our semi-finals are coming up next! In our ongoing search for the smartphone camera world champion, we’ve taken a big leap forward and said goodbye to four of our competitors. There are four smartphones still in the race, and the semi-finals will be a real treat! Here are the quarter-final results.

Our low-light comparison was very informative and met our expectations: the voters confirmed the clear differences between the photos.

We determined the winners in the same way we did during the first round: we added up the respective percentage points for the three individual photos, and in the end the device with the higher value was named the winner. Two smartphones had resounding victories over their opponents. Here are the results from our quarterfinals!

Match 1: Huawei P20 Pro vs Sony Xperia XZ2

Winner: Huawei P20 Pro (186-114)

With its three cameras, the Huawei P20 Pro clearly put its opponent in its place, and this was in spite of performing so poorly on the first photo. The white balance on Huawei’s cameras was completely out of step and the photo appeared a little bit 'too blue' at dusk. All the pictures we took with the Huawei devices had an extreme blue cast. It’s only logical that the Sony Xperia XZ2 performed better in this picture. But the Huawei P20 Pro performed really well on the other two photos and secured itself a spot in the semi-finals. Nice work, Huawei!

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The Huawei P20 Pro also won its second duel. / © NextPit

Match 2: OnePlus 6 vs Google Pixel 2

Winner: Google Pixel 2 (232-68)

The Huawei P20 Pro will have to square off against the Google Pixel 2 in the semi-finals, and that should be a tough nut to crack. After the Google smartphone had no problem fending off the HTC U12+, the Pixel 2 also topped the OnePlus 6 in all three photos. Google gets the job done with its single camera, all thanks to its impressive software optimization. So that means it will be one camera against three in our next round, making for an intriguing semi-final!

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The Google Pixel 2 was impressive in our low-lighting stage. / © NextPit

Match 3: Apple iPhone X vs LG G7 ThinQ

Winner: Apple iPhone X (221-79)

The Apple iPhone X and LG G7 faced off in the losers’ bracket of our first round. After the low-light duel, the G7 had to leave the field in disappointment, while the iPhone X made its way to the final four. The overall score was clear, although the G7 did score higher on one picture. Apple clearly won with its candlelit photo (87-13%) and in twilight (92-8%). That means our only non-Android device is still alive. Must respect, Apple!

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Apple lost in the opening round, but is now onto the semi-finals! / © NextPit

Match 4: Samsung Galaxy S9 vs HTC U12+

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S9 (182-118)

The Galaxy S9 was made for low light situations with its variable and powerful aperture. This is all noticeable in the results, since Samsung didn’t give the HTC U12+ a real chance. The Galaxy S9 took the cake with all three photos, although the victories weren’t especially decisive. The Samsung smartphones didn't get more than 63% of the votes for any pictures. In any case, the Galaxy S9 made up for its opening round defeat against the OnePlus 6 and has now advanced to the semifinals - congratulations!

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Our shiny victor excelled in low light: the Samsung Galaxy S9. / © NextPit

The semi-finals await

Our semi-finals will be a more difficult challenge for our four remaining competitors, and another win will mean a spot in our final. Again, we’ll be evaluating three photos, including a classic selfie with the front camera. Here are our two matches:

The semi-finals for our Smartphone World Cup:

  • Huawei P20 Pro vs Google Pixel 2

  • Apple iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S9

Are you surprised by the result of the second round? And are you rooting for any particular device to win it all?

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  • Cynthia F. Jul 11, 2018 Link to comment

    Well, obviously the iPhone X is still in the competition because the blind photo competition results deemed it! If its camera were trash, it wouldn't have made it this far. Every test thus far this year has shown that the Google Pixel 2, the Samsung 8,9, and the iPhone X are all pretty much on the same footing, with each one outshining the others in only 1 area.

    I'm really looking forward to the rest of these tests ... this has been a fun series to follow!! Thanks!

  • Uzair Jaleel Jul 11, 2018 Link to comment

    Well I still think that Sony is best in every situation, and I dont know why they again put the iPhone x in this race, iPhones cameras are just trash as compared to others