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Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: Should You Go iOS Or Android?

author Luis Silva (May 2020 Updated: May 2021 - 8 min. reading time)

You shouldn't have to pay much more for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, but it also is the better device of the two considering their specs.

It has a better display, more internal storage (256GB vs. 64GB), and external storage. But the iPhone 11 Pro Max will deliver better performance (+61%).

Are there other things worth mentioning?

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus also features an Always-On, larger (+0.3") display, a lightweight body (30 g./1.06 oz less), faster-charging speeds (45w vs. 18w), faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w), reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (12GB vs. 4GB). But the iPhone 11 Pro Max also brings a cleaner user interface.

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're considering a new and unlocked smartphone, you're going to shell out an extra amount of about $49.

Is it worth getting the iPhone 11 Pro Max in 2021?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is holding up pretty well in 2021, and while it isn't the best device out there, at least it's more affordable now. You can also consider other devices like the iPhone 12 Pro Max, as it has better performance, more storage, more security updates, a better optical zoom, and more RAM.

Is the Galaxy Note 10 Plus still worth buying in 2021?

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus was indeed released in 2019, but it still stands out, thanks to its good performance, a good camera, good battery life, tons of storage, and excellent glass protection. It holds up pretty well in 2021, but note that the Galaxy S10 Lite features better performance and more security updates.

Read on to know more about them, how they rival their competition, and how the tech experts evaluate their specs.

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Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

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Introduction

Does one of the best and biggest from Apple outstand one of the best and biggest from Samsung?

Let's start the drums of war.

In August of 2019, Samsung launched its Galaxy Note 10 Plus. The iPhone 11 Pro Max, however, has seen the light of day one month later.

We are looking at how the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the Galaxy Note 10 Plus compare to each other to help you decide which might be the right one for you.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus and the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max are about the same price, but you'll usually find the iPhone 11 Pro Max at a lower price. Remember that when you're comparing the two models.

You'll also see down below a "Tek-Score" for every section that we analyze. For a quicker analysis of how far they are from each other, we'll consider all their specifications. The global score will help you compare them to other phones because you'll probably have other phones in mind.

The weight of each section

Our Tek-Score is based on a study done by Globalwebindex.com about the most wanted features from people looking to buy new smartphones. But don't let that daunt you. You can set it based on whatever you like. You can skip to the end, or just keep reading.

For additional information regarding our smartphone comparisons, check this FAQ.

Some features are underlined with a red or green progress bar. It's there for you to better understand how they compare with other smartphones with similar prices.

By clicking here: you'll see which ones we've analyzed, but essentially, we're ignoring smartphones that are more than 20% cheaper or expensive.

Some items are underlined, and you can tap to access the related top 10 listings for up to seven different budgets.

Price*
vs.
Device iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Release Date 2019, September 2019, August 0y.
OS Updates 6 years 3 years -3y.
Security Updates 6 years 4 years -2y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android), which measures overall performance, the iPhone 11 Pro Max was, on average, 61% quicker while finishing its tests. Speed isn't everything, but in this case, it's a lot! iOS is much lighter than Android because Google does have a hard time optimizing Android.

We can classify the iPhone 11 Pro Max as high-end and the Galaxy Note 10 Plus more like an upper mid-range.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus is available with the Exynos 9825 processor, while the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max brings the Apple A13 processor.

Now about the graphics chipset, while the former has a Mali-G76 MP12, the latter features a proprietary Apple GPU.

iOS 13 runs out-of-the-box on the iPhone 11 Pro Max, and the Galaxy Note 10 Plus got the Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI.

PS: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (with the Adreno 640 GPU) and the Exynos 9825 (with the Mali-G76) are market-dependent.

There's a performance increase of about 20% on the 855 for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus.

Performance*
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy Note 10 Plus
SoC Apple A13 Exynos 9825
Graphics Apple GPU Mali-G76 MP12
Geekbench 5 Score 3435
2137
-1298
OS iOS 13 Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI
Tek-Score
7.7
5.6
-2.2

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max front transparent png Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus front transparent png

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus's display does stand out, and it should be noticeable.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 6.5-inch AMOLED screen, which is slightly smaller than the Galaxy Note 10 Plus's 6.8-inch AMOLED display. Which one would you choose? Me, I'd go for an AMOLED screen, but a decent LCD can be just as good.

If you're into big displays, don't waste your time searching for other devices, and go for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. Other similarly priced smartphones just aren't that enormous.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus has a higher-resolution 1440x3040 Quad HD display, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max makes do with a 1242x2688 Full HD panel. If you fancy edge-to-edge displays, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus isn't perfect, but it's pretty close to that.

No one likes to look at a shattered screen, so it's essential to know what kind of glass protection they have. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is shielded with a Corning toughened glass. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus display is preserved with a previous generation's Gorilla Glass 6.

There's a phone with an Always-On display here, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus.

If you set these displays for auto-brightness, these two go up to about 811 nits.

Most similarly priced devices only do around 633 nits, but there's a 161 nits gap above that for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus.

Are you considering watching HDR content? The iPhone 11 Pro Max does HDR10, while the Galaxy Note 10 Plus does HDR10+.

About the iPhone 11 Pro Max, just know that all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, 78% offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better, and 83% have an Always-On display.

Considering the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, I should say that 88% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen, and 79% have an Always-On display. Then again, only 8% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate, and only 17% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Size 6.5
6.8
0.3
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1242x2688
1440x3040
1039104
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 455.55
494.68
39.13
Always-On-Display No Yes
Notch Wedge Hole
Peak Brightness 811 nits
794 nits
-17
HDR HDR10 HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
3.2
9.1
5.9
Protection Corning toughened glass Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Tek-Score
5.9
8.0
2.1

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max back transparent png Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus back transparent png

Looking at DXOMARK's ranking, one can conclude that the Galaxy Note 10 Plus is approximately 27 points above other cameras with comparable prices. Although as of now, it isn't good enough.

What about its shooters? Apple's iPhone 11 Pro Max features a 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/1.8, a 26mm wide-angle lens, four flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It can record videos at up to 2160p.

It also has a secondary 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.0, plus a 52mm telephoto lens. And a third of 12 Megapixels (f/2.4) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

The selfie camera is a 12 MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture complemented with a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK reviewed this camera and gave it 132 points. By including the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it can go up to 143 points. If you click here, you can check what they think of it.

PS: keep in mind that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization, and 78% feature a telephoto lens. On the other hand, none of them feature a macro lens.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, in its turn, features a 12 Megapixels camera with an f/1.5 aperture and a 27mm, wide-angle lens. Then it has one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It records videos at up to 2160p. There's also an extra dual sensor with 12 Megapixels (f/2.1 plus a 52mm telephoto lens) and 16 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 12mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor, working together to give more freedom when framing shots.

The Galaxy Note 10+ has a dual aperture camera. You can choose between f/1.5 or f/2.4.

Samsung included a 10 MP (f/2.2) sensor for selfies and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

On DXOMARK's reviewing article, they gave this shooter 118 points. And if we consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we'll get to the final score of 130 points. For an out-and-out review, check their article.

Furthermore, if you must know, 88% of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

One can place the iPhone 11 Pro Max more as a high-end and the Galaxy Note 10 Plus as lower high-end.

The one thing I love about these cameras is their telephoto zoom of about 2x. It will enable you to get a closer view of the subject before taking your picture.

As a side note, the iPhone 11 Pro Max zoom lens is 63mm below what you'll commonly find within similarly priced rivals.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus's lens can be great in low light conditions and yield sharper results along the way without introducing camera shake because of its aperture.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.8
1.5
-0.3
Lens 26mm
27mm
1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 4 1 -3
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 143
130
-13

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 2.0
2.1
0.1
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
52mm (2x zoom)
0
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 12 16 4
Aperture 2.4 2.2 -0.2
Lens 13mm 12mm -1
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels - 0.3
Lens Type - Depth Sensor
Score 11 12 1
Selfie Camera iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs.
Megapixels 12
10
-2
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 23mm 26mm 3
iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs.
Tek-Score
8.4
7.6
-0.8

Who has the best frame?

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus does have an advantage here, thanks to its weight. But that doesn't mean the iPhone 11 Pro Max is that bad.

These phones have different heights (158 mm / 6.23 inches vs. 162 mm / 6.38 inches), but they share about the same width (77 mm / 3.03 inches).

They all come close in thickness: 8 mm (0.32 inches) vs. 7 mm (0.28 inches).

All of that goodness is presented in a sleek glass body. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is 30 g. (1.06 oz) heavier than its rival, which sits at 196 g. (6.91 oz). But because screen size also matters, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The iPhone 11 Pro Max got a score of 1.7, showing it's one of the heaviest phones for its screen size. Having said that, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus has 5.3, so nothing to state here.

If you like having color options, you can buy the iPhone 11 Pro Max in Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus, in its turn, comes in Aura Glow, Aura Black, Aura White, and Aura Blue.

They share their size, so there ain't much to see here.

Is the lack of a fingerprint scanner a deal-breaker to you? There's one under the display of the Galaxy Note 10 Plus but not on the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

That doesn't mean you're out of security options on the iPhone 11 Pro Max. At least, Apple decided to include a Face ID scanner.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep, identical to the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. Remember that it shouldn't be for over half an hour, in standby and freshwater only, so no saltwater or pools here.

Looks*
vs.
Body iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Size 158 x 77 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.72 x 0.28 in)
162 x 77 x 7 mm
(5.71 x 2.72 x 0.25 in)
-10010
Weight 226 g. (7.97 oz)
196 g. (6.91 oz)
-30
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green Aura Glow, Aura Black, Aura White, and Aura Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 85.31%
92.52%
7.21
Disp.Size To Weight Score 1.7 5.3 3.6
Looks 9.6/10
10.0/10
0.4
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
6.4
7.3
0.9

*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.

Which has the best battery?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 3969 mAh battery, and the Galaxy Note 10 Plus has a 4300 mAh. But as reported by GSMArena, you shouldn't expect notable differences here.

If you charge it up, this is what you'll find out about the iPhone 11 Pro Max:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll end up with 83% of the battery charge.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, this phone should end up with 69%.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 73% of the battery charge.

And this is what you'll get out of the Galaxy Note 10 Plus:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 84% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, this phone should end up with 68%.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 74% of the battery charge.

Just be aware that the Galaxy Note 10 Plus is also beating most smartphones. You can check here if it still is on our best-of listing.

Both phones support fast charging. You can charge the iPhone 11 Pro Max at a maximum of 18w/hour and the Galaxy Note 10 Plus up to 45w/hour.

If you value wireless charging, they can do 5w vs. 15w.

You can wirelessly charge any compatible device from the Galaxy Note 10 Plus at up to 9w.

If you fancy quick charges, you can count on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. That's rare because phones from this budget can only do about 22w.

Galaxy Note 10 Plus's Quick wireless charging is likewise snappy. You won't find many phones as fast at about its price.

Battery*
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Capacity (mAh) 3969 4300 331
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
84% left
1
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 69% left
68% left
-1
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 73% left
74% left
1
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.6 3.3 -0.3
Sub Tek-Score
7.5
7.5
0.0
Fast Charging 18w
45w
27
Wireless Charging 5w
15w
10
Reverse Charging No 9w
9
Tek-Score
6.5
7.6
1.0

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

Definitely, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max has 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. There's no extra storage here. It may not be a deal-breaker, but it sure is something to keep in mind. Be aware that at this price segment, others have more storage and more RAM. They're closer to 171Gb of storage and 9GB of RAM.

On the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, you'll find 256GB of internal storage and 12GB of RAM. If you ever run out of free space, you can add a MicroSD card. Again, you can get less RAM and less storage from almost all of their competitors. 6Gb/96Gb. That's the average.

Storage shouldn't be an issue on any of these phones. However, if you love to have or record tons of videos, 64 GB will be a problem sooner than later.

Storage*
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy Note 10 Plus
RAM (GB) 4GB
12GB
8
Internal (GB) 64GB
256GB
192
Micro SD No microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
2.8
10.0
7.3

*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

If you still don't know which to pick, you can skip this section.

When it comes to connectivity, you can count on the traditional Bluetooth 5.0 chip. Both phones also have NFC, so nothing special here.

If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. Want a piece of advice? Forget about adapters and go for the wireless buds. You can also check other devices if you're willing to forget about them. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite or the Sony Xperia 1 II can help you with that.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus has two network variants: LTE or (LTE and) 5G.

Connectivity
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Network LTE LTE (also available in 5G)
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
3.6
3.6
0.0

Which is more affordable?

You're likely not considering the iPhone 11 Pro Max to make all your pennies count. That, of course, depends on the place and the deals that you'll eventually find. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, in its turn, isn't that cheap, but if it's worth it or not, it's up to you to decide.

Let's see if it really worths it or not.

Here are the best prices that we've found:

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Reference: $900

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Reference: $949

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).

Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.

Value for money iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy Note 10 Plus VS
Amazon 0.57 ! - -
eBay 0.56 1.51 0.96
Best Buy - - -
Walmart 0.84 ! 0.92 -

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Smartphone Specs Statistics: The State Of The Art (Q1 2021)

So, what about that global score? We'll get there. Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. The iPhone 11 Pro Max class is at 7.5, and the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5.8.

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Stand Out?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max's performance does stand out but the Note 10 Plus stands out pretty much elsewhere.

It has the perfect display, decent battery life that you can quickly charge and the ideal storage combination (256GB of internal storage plus a MicroSD slot). Unfortunately, it misses out on the 3.5mm audio jack.

You can easily find the Note 10 Plus cheaper than the 11 Pro Max. So, unless you love Apple's ecosystem, or plan to keep your next phone for up to 4 or 5 years, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus is the reasonable choice to make.

Pros iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy Note 10 Plus
#1 Performance AMOLED
#2 AMOLED Always-On-Display
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Battery Life Battery Life
#5 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#6 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#7 Glass Protection MicroSD Slot
#8 Storage
#9 Glass Protection
Cons iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy Note 10 Plus
#1 Always-On-Display Weight
#2 MicroSD Slot 3.5mm Jack
#3 Weight Price
#4 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Gaming Score
6.2
7.5
1.3
Tek-Score
6.12
7.65
1.53
Your Score

Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.

Performance 1.9
Display 1.7
Cameras 1.4
Frame 0.9
Battery 1.9
Storage 2.0
Connectivity 0.4
Total Should be 10 or as close as possible: 9.6

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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Tek-Score explained

Every spec has it's own weigh on the global score.

Feature: Value
Battery Life: 1.28
Fast Charging: 0.31
Wireless Charging: 0.19
Reverse Charging: 0.08
Storage: 1.97
Performance: 1.86
Camera: 1.35
Glass protection: 1.08
Weight: 0.35
Waterproof: 0.35
AMOLED: 0.04
Always-On-Display: 0.31
DPI: 0.12
Refresh Rate: 0.04
Nits: 0.04
Notch: 0.04
Bluetooth: 0.08
NFC: 0.12
3.5mm jack: 0.19
Looks: 0.23
Total: 10

But there are a few things that I don't consider, like price, brand value, size, resell value, OS (iOS or Android), user experience, updates, RAM (included on performance), battery to phone size, display size to weight, network (LTE/5G), and biometrics.

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Progress bars explained

#1: A big red progress bar means that this value is way below the average. In this case, it's 28.85MP, and the iPhone XR is 16.85MP below the average.

#2: In this example, the XR is just 0.36mm below the average, that's why the red bar is almost unnoticeable.

#3: On the other hand, the SE 2 is 1.8mm above (hence, the green bar) the 26.2mm of average.

#4: Performance-wise, the SE 2 is well above the average (of 2512) for its price range. That's the reason the green bar is that long.

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"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained

This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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"Battery to device size" ratio explained

This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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Rivals

As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, and Walmart.


 Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $799
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $849
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $919
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $793
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $995
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $997
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $729
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $899
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra
    $1079

 Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A50
    $265
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $269
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $339
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
    $280
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T
    $270
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
    $290
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $388
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $327
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
    $294
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $340
  • RealmerivalXT
    $290
  • OnePlusrival6T
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
    $307
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
    $285
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $365
  • XiaomirivalMi 8
    $265
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A51
    $280
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
    $289
  • HuaweirivalP40 Lite
    $298
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $369
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
    $289
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349
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Battery results

The battery score is based on Gsmarena's endurance rating and is taken with a screen brightness of 200 nits and a refresh rate of 60hz.

Assumptions: The display is off during a call, there's a web page refresh every 10 seconds, and the video playback is in Airplane mode.

You can click here for more information about those tests.

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Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mclass-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valclass for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they dclassn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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Nits

With regards to AMOLED screens, sometimes OEMs claim higher maximum brightness. That's because an AMOLED screen can push its brightness progressively higher as its white area gets smaller.

These values are from the lab tests made by GSMArena, and their white test pattern takes up 75% of the physical size of the screen.

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About GeekBench 5

This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.



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