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Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S20: Is the iPhone Good Enough?




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Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, Samsung Galaxy S20

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Luis Silva (May 2020, updated: February 2021)

Introduction

Do you really need the best of the best from Apple to compete with the Galaxy S20 from Samsung? Let's check that out.

Samsung introduced its Galaxy S20 model in March of 2020. Meanwhile, Apple's iPhone 11 Pro Max started to sell in September of 2019.

With this article, you'll be able to compare the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the Galaxy S20 features. Then, you can decide what model better suits your needs. Let's start.

If you have the time, click here to skip the spoilers and continue to the full comparison.




Bottom Line

Which is better, the Galaxy S20 or the iPhone 11 Pro Max?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is more expensive than the Galaxy S20, but it doesn't have better specs.

It comes with better performance (+31%) and better battery life. But the Galaxy S20 brings a better display, more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB), and external storage.

Are there other things worth mentioning?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max also has a larger (+0.3") display, a cleaner user interface, and a telephoto lens (+52 mm). But with the Galaxy S20, you can also get a higher refresh rate, Always-On display, a lightweight body (63 g./2.22 oz less), faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w), reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (12GB vs. 4GB).


But how much more will I have to pay for the Galaxy S20?

If you're going off-contract, you should be saving (close to $203), not paying more.


Is the iPhone 11 Pro Max still worth buying in 2021?

Yes, for sure. I'm sure it won't feel slow or old in any way.


Is the Galaxy S20 still worth buying in 2021?

Absolutely. If it's your favorite, don't think twice.



The price round is no contest. The Galaxy S20 sounds like a bargain compared to the iPhone 11 Pro Max. That is something worth considering when comparing them.

Look out for a "Tek-Score" in every section of this article. We even assessed the worth of all specifications to make it easier for you to perceive the difference between them. We'll also provide a global score for comparison if you're interested in other than these two.

Our Tek-Score is based on a study done by Globalwebindex.com about what people want from their next smartphones.

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

Some features have a colored bar next to them. It's there for you to better understand how they fare against other smartphones at the same price range.

Here is their competitors' full list: but we only include smartphones with price tags from -20% to +20%.

Feel free to click any feature title to check out our corresponding eight top 10 listings for every spending plan.


Price* vs.
Device iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy S20
Release Date 2019, September 2020, March 1y.
OS Updates 6 years 3 years -3y.
Security Updates 6 years 3 years -3y.

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


Performance

Regarding their chipset, while the Samsung Galaxy S20 comes with the Exynos 990 SoC, the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max has the Apple A13 SoC.

About the graphics: while the first one brings a Mali-G77 MP11, the other has a proprietary Apple GPU.

Performance-wise, Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) rates the iPhone 11 Pro Max 31% ahead on the multi-core rankings. That's something you should be aware of if you favor a snappier device. Since iPhones run on their own operating system, apps do run quicker because Google does have a hard time optimizing Android.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max's performance does stand out if you consider its rivals. The average rate is 2675, but it got 3435.

It's safe to say that the iPhone 11 Pro Max can be tagged as high-end and the Galaxy S20 as a lower high-end device.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max carries out iOS 13 OS, while the Galaxy S20 comes with Android 10 and OneUI.

PS: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (with the Adreno 650 GPU) and the Exynos 990 (with the Mali-G77) are market-dependent. Click here for more info.

There's a performance increase of about 15% on the 865 for the Galaxy S20.


Performance* vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy S20
SoC Apple A13 Exynos 990
Graphics Apple GPU Mali-G77 MP11
Geekbench 5 Score 3435
2631
-804
OS iOS 13 Android 10 and OneUI
Tek-Score
7.7
6.4
-1.3

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.


Display

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 front transparent png

Would you prefer the 6.2" AMOLED display of the Galaxy S20 or the larger 6.5" AMOLED panel of the iPhone 11 Pro Max? You'll likely have set your preferences already on the display type and size. Most people seem to prefer AMOLED for its saturated colors and higher contrast.

The Galaxy S20 benefits from a higher resolution, at 1440x3200 pixels, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max has 1242x2688 pixels. If you can't get over the iPhone 11 Pro Max's notch, at least the Galaxy S20 has a tinier notch.

Screen bezels are shrinking in size almost every passing day, so I have to put this out: The Galaxy S20 has a Corning Gorilla Glass 6 display. The iPhone 11 Pro Max, in its turn, has a Corning toughened glass.

To me, the Samsung Galaxy S20 has one significant advantage here, which is the Always-On-Display.

If you don't manually set the screen brightness, you can count on 811 nits maximum brightness for both of them.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max has HDR10 video support, and the Galaxy S20 has an HDR10+ screen.

If high refresh rates are the future, the Galaxy S20, with its 120hz screen, is clearly the winner here.

It goes without saying, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is getting outperformed here.

About the iPhone 11 Pro Max, you should know that 89% of its rivals can play HDR content, 96% have an AMOLED screen, and 93% of them have an Always-On display.

For the Galaxy S20, 85% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all of them have an AMOLED screen, and 90% have an Always-On display.


Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy S20
Size 6.5
6.2
-0.3
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1242x2688
1440x3200
1269504
Refresh Rate 60hz 120hz 60
Dots per Inch 455.55
565.98
110.43
Always-On-Display No Yes
Notch Wedge Hole
Peak Brightness 811 nits
814 nits
3
HDR HDR10 HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
3.2
9.8
6.6
Protection Corning toughened glass Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Tek-Score
5.9
8.3
2.3

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.


Cameras

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 back transparent png

Let's delve into their cameras. Together, a 12 MP sensor, an aperture of f/1.8, a 26mm wide-angle lens, four flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization makes up the iPhone 11 Pro Max camera set. Adding to that, you'll still get the ability to record videos at up to 2160p.

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

There's also a 12 MP selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

This camera came out of DxOMark's labs with a score of 132. By including the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that will go up to 143. For an in-depth review, click here.

Before moving on, you should know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Nevertheless, only 19% of them feature a macro lens.

As you're about to see, the Galaxy S20 shares the iPhone 11 Pro Max camera setup. It also has a secondary dual-lens camera. One of them features an aperture of f/2.0 and 64 MP, and the other 12 MP (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

Do you really need a 64 Megapixels camera? Did you know you can zoom in and crop those photos to simulate optical zoom? That's how you can get a sample with 16 Megapixels and 2x optical zoom.

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

DxOMark's experts should just step up and review this camera. I'm sure they'll put it at approximately 120* points. And if we consider its wide-angle lens, this score goes up to 132** points.

Last (but not least), just so you know, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Regardless, only 10% of them feature a macro lens.

At least theoretically, the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max has an overall better camera.

If you prefer, we can grade these two as high-end.

That's something that I really value on a smartphone: a telephoto lens. The iPhone 11 Pro Max has it, with a zoom of about 2x. It can save lots of otherwise pixelated photos.

*The guys over at DxOMark know how to benchmark these shooters. Too bad some cameras don't have a chance to be tested. So what do I do? I take every hardware specs (like lenses, sensor size, OIS, aperture, and so on) and give a comparable score. Our lastest test on our formula showed a 2 points (more or less) error threshold.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, especially with cameras with less than 40MP and no telephoto lens. These guys recently updated their test protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed cameras to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.


Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy S20
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.8
1.8
0.0
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 4 1 -3
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 4320 2160
Score 143
132
-11

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy S20 vs.
Megapixels 12
64
52
Aperture 2.0
2.0
0.0
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
-
Lens Type Telephoto lens -
Megapixels 12 12 0
Aperture 2.4 2.2 -0.2
Lens 13mm 13mm 0
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 11 12 1

Selfie Camera iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy S20 vs.
Megapixels 12
10
-2
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 23mm 26mm 3

iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy S20 vs.
Tek-Score
8.4
7.8
-0.6

Body

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is 158 mm (6.23 inches) tall and 77 mm (3.03 inches) wide. Samsung's Galaxy S20 is a bit smaller, precisely 7 mm (0.28 inches), and a bit narrower too, about 8 mm (0.32 inches).

When it comes to thickness, they're almost equal: 8 mm (0.32 inches) vs. 7 mm (0.28 inches).

The glass rear on these phones makes them feel great on the hand. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is a little bit heavier: About 63 g. (2.22 oz). If you're curious, I've come up with an adapted "display size to phone weight ratio" rate. The iPhone 11 Pro Max got 1.7, which means it's one of the heaviest phones for a 6.5 inches screen. The Galaxy S20, on the other hand, has 7.4, which is pretty nice.

You can have the iPhone 11 Pro Max in Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green. And you can compare that with the Cosmic Grey, Cloud Pink, Cloud Blue, Cloud White, and Aura Red, which comes with the Galaxy S20.

If you favor big phones, you should pick the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max. Otherwise, the other is the one.

Does a fingerprint scanner matter to you? There's one under the display of the Galaxy S20!

Although a pin isn't the only login option in the iPhone 11 Pro Max. At least Apple opted for the Face ID sensor instead.

You can drop the iPhone 11 Pro Max into the water, up to 1 to 3 meters deep, identical to the Galaxy S20. That should be for up to 30 minutes, and it's standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.


Looks* vs.
Body iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy S20
Size 158 x 77 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.72 x 0.28 in)
151 x 69 x 7 mm
(5.33 x 2.43 x 0.25 in)
-24395
Weight 226 g. (7.97 oz)
163 g. (5.75 oz)
-63
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green Cosmic Grey, Cloud Pink, Cloud Blue, Cloud White, and Aura Red
Screen To Body Ratio 85.31%
89.07%
3.76
Disp.Size To Weight Score 1.7 7.4 5.7
Looks 9.6/10
10.0/10
0.4
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
6.4
8.6
2.2

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

Battery

Judging by the numbers, this doesn't look like a battery contest. They both have a capacity of about 4000 mAh. But what does everyday usage have to say about that? If you charge them up and run some tests, this is how the iPhone 11 Pro Max comes out of it:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 83% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll still have 69% left for the rest of the day.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 73% left for the rest of the day.

And this is where the Galaxy S20 ends at:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 76% of the battery charge.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 59% left.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, you'll still get 60% to spend doing other things.

And the winner is... the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

One more thing about battery life on the Galaxy S20: it is way below the average in this price range. These tests show that it lasts up to 9% less.

Fast-charging's here, and both phones support it. The Galaxy S20 can go up to 25w, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max up to 18.

Both phones support wireless charging at 5w vs. 15w.

You can also use the Galaxy S20 reverse wireless charging to charge any Qi-enabled device up to 9w per hour.

The Snapdragon 865 also has better battery efficiency (about 10% more screen-on-time) when you compare it to the Exynos 990.


Battery* vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy S20
Capacity (mAh) 3969 4000 31
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
76% left
-7
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 69% left
59% left
-10
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 73% left
60% left
-13
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.6 5.3 1.7
Sub Tek-Score
7.5
6.5
-1.0
Fast Charging 18w
25w
7
Wireless Charging 5w
15w
10
Reverse Charging No 9w
9
Tek-Score
6.5
6.5
0.0

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.


Storage

The iPhone 11 Pro Max features 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. Memory cards aren't welcome here. It isn't a red flag for most people, but it's not your best option. Furthermore, other devices from this budget usually have more RAM and more storage. They average at 8GB of RAM and 154Gb of storage.

The Galaxy S20, in its turn, has 128GB of storage and 12GB of RAM. If that isn't enough, you can add a MicroSD card later.

Both phones have more than enough storage and RAM for the average consumer. However, if you can't get enough of the record button, 64 GB alone won't get you there.


Storage* vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy S20
RAM (GB) 4GB
12GB
8
Internal (GB) 64GB
128GB
64
Micro SD No microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
2.8
7.5
4.8

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


Connectivity

Both phones have Bluetooth 5.0, so nothing special here. 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. You can buy an adapter, but the wireless buds are your only option. You can have it anyway if you don't mind searching for them. The Sony Xperia 1 II can give you a headphone jack.

The Galaxy S20 runs on LTE or (LTE and) 5G networks. You can pick the Galaxy S20 with 5G with 12GB of RAM.


Connectivity vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy S20
Network LTE LTE (also available in 5G)
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
4.6
4.6
0.0

Price

The Samsung Galaxy S20 isn't the cheapest smartphone that you can buy. But that depends on the deals that you can find. The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, on the other hand, is usually more costly, but that's probably something you already knew. At least it may be easier to sell if you consider selling it afterward.

You can check down below if it worths the extra cash.

Here are their recently updated prices:


I earn a small fee from qualifying purchases. It doesn't affect the price you pay nor my opinions, but it will mean a lot if you click on one of these buttons before purchasing your next phone. You'll be helping to take this to the next level.

Prices on eBay are in $US but Europe-based. You can click to check the prices in your country.

Prices marked with ! are from renewed/refurbished/carrier-locked phones (except eBay prices that, as a last resort, can be from bids or used devices).

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 S20 VS
Amazon - ! 0.73 -
eBay 1.06 - -
Best Buy - - -
Wallmart 0.83 ! - -

And this is the "The Best Smartphones On A Budget" list.

Want to know about that global rate? For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. They're usually close to 6.9 for both of them.


Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S20 Stand Out?

I honestly didn't start this comparison with the right approach. It is actually hard to compare apples to robots (obviously). Nevertheless, you may need help to clear that out, and that's the reason we're both here. If you're into performance, there isn't much to consider: it's the 11 Pro Max or nothing. But the Galaxy S20 is clearly a better overall phone. You'll be getting a better display and a much lighter smartphone with a slightly worse battery life that charges much faster than it's rival. Please, double-check the storage section before making up your mind.


Pros iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy S20
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Cameras Always-On-Display
#4 Battery Life Cameras
#5 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#6 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#7 Glass Protection MicroSD Slot
#8 Glass Protection

Cons iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy S20
#1 Always-On-Display 3.5mm Jack
#2 MicroSD Slot Price
#3 Weight
#4 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price

Relative Score* vs.
Global Score iPhone 11 Pro Max Galaxy S20
Gaming Score
6.2
7.7
1.5
Tek-Score
6.16
7.30
1.14

*Reference: 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, 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 any of the usual stores.

 Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 
  • Sony


    Xperia 1
    $688

  • Apple


    iPhone X
    $562

  • Apple


    iPhone 11
    $578

  • Apple


    iPhone XS Max
    $620

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 10
    $547

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Plus
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ EX
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ SD
    $493

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 EX
    $684

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 SD
    $649

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20+ SD
    $649

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 SD
    $499

  • OnePlus


    7T Pro
    $549

  • Huawei


    P30 Pro
    $598

  • Google


    Pixel 4 XL
    $609

  • Huawei


    Mate 20 Pro
    $550

  • Huawei


    P40
    $666

  • OnePlus


    8 Pro
    $599

  • OnePlus


    8
    $630

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Lite
    $470

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10 Pro
    $600

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE
    $540

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE 4G
    $549

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE 5G
    $540

  • Oppo


    Find X2 Neo
    $593

  • Google


    Pixel 5
    $548

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10T Pro
    $480

  • OnePlus


    8T
    $599

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10
    $529

  • Oppo


    Reno4 Pro
    $594

 Samsung Galaxy S20 
  • Sony


    Xperia 1
    $688

  • Sony


    Xperia 5
    $699

  • Apple


    iPhone X
    $562

  • Apple


    iPhone 11
    $578

  • Apple


    iPhone 11 Pro
    $750

  • Apple


    iPhone XS Max
    $620

  • Apple


    iPhone 11 Pro Max
    $580

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 EX
    $684

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 SD
    $649

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20+ EX
    $749

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20+ SD
    $649

  • Huawei


    P30 Pro
    $598

  • Google


    Pixel 4 XL
    $609

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 Plus
    $749

  • Huawei


    P40 Pro
    $779

  • Huawei


    P40
    $666

  • OnePlus


    8 Pro
    $599

  • OnePlus


    8
    $630

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10 Pro
    $600

  • Apple


    iPhone 12
    $799

  • Oppo


    Find X2 Neo
    $593

  • Apple


    iPhone 12 Mini
    $739

  • OnePlus


    8T
    $599

  • Oppo


    Reno4 Pro
    $594

  • Sony


    Xperia 1 II
    $821

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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.

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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 mid-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 valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they didn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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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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