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Apple iPhone 11 Pro vs 12 Pro Max: Is It Upgrading Time?




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Apple iPhone 11 Pro, Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

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Luis Silva (November 2020, updated: February 2021)

Introduction

In November of 2020, Apple launched its iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPhone 11 Pro, however, has seen the light of day in September of 2019.

Here you can look at the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max, compare each other's features, and decide which one is best for you. Let us delve into the finer details.

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




Bottom Line

Which is a better smartphone?

The iPhone 12 Pro Max will cost you more, but it also is the better device of the two considering their specs.

It has better performance (+24%), a better display, better battery life, and more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB).

What else sets them apart?

The iPhone 12 Pro Max also has a larger (+0.9") display, faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w), and more RAM (6GB vs. 4GB). But the iPhone 11 Pro adds a lightweight body (40 g./1.41 oz less).


But how much more will I have to pay for the iPhone 12 Pro Max?

If you're considering a new and unlocked smartphone, it should be about $430 more expensive.


Is it worth buying the iPhone 11 Pro in 2021?

Yes, it is. It absolutely is a high-end smartphone, in my opinion.


Is it still worth buying the iPhone 12 Pro Max in 2021?

Go for it. It's one of the best smartphones out there.



The iPhone 11 Pro definitely has the iPhone 12 Pro Max beaten on price. That is something worth considering when comparing them.

For each featured section, there's a "Tek-Score" for you to check. We evaluate all quantifiable specifications to help you quickly identify how much they are far apart. We'll also provide a global score for comparison if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

This score is consumer-based from research done by Globalwebindex.com about the most desired smartphone features by consumers.

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

There's a colored progress bar next to some items. That's so you can see how they compare with other smartphones with similar prices.

Here is their competitors' full list: but essentially, we're ignoring smartphones that are more than 20% cheaper or expensive.

You can click on any underlined feature to check the best 10 phones on that for any budget.


Price* vs.
Device iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Release Date 2019, September 2020, November 1y.
OS Updates 6 years 6 years 0y.
Security Updates 6 years 6 years 0y.

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


Performance

Regarding their chipset, while the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max comes with the Apple A14 SoC, the Apple iPhone 11 Pro has the Apple A13 SoC.

Just because they share their GPU name doesn't mean Apple didn't improve its tech.

Performance-wise, Geekbench 5 rates the iPhone 12 Pro Max 24% ahead on the multi-core rankings. It's something to consider, but it shouldn't be a deal-breaker.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max also has a performance above the average if you consider its rivals. While they got a rate of about 3194, it has 4240. That puts it 33% above them.

One can entitle both of them as high-end.

The iPhone 11 Pro brings the iOS 13 OS from the factory, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max runs on iOS 14.1.


Performance* vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
SoC Apple A13 Apple A14
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 3428
4240
812
OS iOS 13 iOS 14.1
Tek-Score
7.7
9.1
1.4

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.


Display

Apple iPhone 11 Pro front transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max front transparent png

The iPhone 11 Pro offers a sharp, 5.8-inch AMOLED display that is considerably smaller than the 6.7-inch AMOLED panel on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. You'll likely have set your preferences already on the display type and size. To me, a 6.3 inches screen is where I draw the line.

If you're trying to keep your phone's display small, the iPhone 11 Pro is your holy grail. There are just not that many choices in its class.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max benefits from a higher resolution, at 1284x2778 pixels, while the iPhone 11 Pro has 1125x2436 pixels.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so you need to know about their glass protection. The iPhone 11 Pro display is protected with a Corning toughened glass. The iPhone 12 Pro Max with a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

Unfortunately, none of them support the Always-On display feature.

If you set your brightness to auto, there isn't that much of a difference here. Both can do around 811 nits.

These two are capable of displaying HDR10 shootings.

It goes without saying, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has a much better display.

Bearing in mind the iPhone 11 Pro, 94% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all of them have an AMOLED screen, and 88% have an Always-On display.

Regarding the iPhone 12 Pro Max, just so you know, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 86% of them offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate, have an Always-On display, and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.


Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Size 5.8
6.7
0.9
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1125x2436
1284x2778
826452
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 462.63
456.77
-5.85
Always-On-Display No No
Notch Wedge Wedge
Peak Brightness 811 nits
822 nits
11
HDR HDR10 HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
3.3
3.2
0.0
Protection Corning toughened glass Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
5.9
7.6
1.7

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.


Cameras

Apple iPhone 11 Pro back transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max back transparent png

Things are different when it comes to lenses. Apple's iPhone 11 Pro can record videos at up to 2160p. It also has a shooter with 12 MP, an aperture of f/1.8, a 26mm wide-angle lens, four flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization.

There's also one 12 MP camera with an aperture of f/2.0 plus a 52mm telephoto lens. And another one with 12 MP (f/2.4) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

Want to know about its selfie capabilities? It has a 12 MP (f/2.2) shooter and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

Unfortunately, DxOMark hasn't tested this camera, but we can place it at around 134* points. If you add the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it'll get 145** points.

Before moving on, all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Yet, only 6% of them feature a macro lens.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max features a 12 MP (f/1.6) shooter and a 26mm wide-angle lens. You can also count on two flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It also records videos at up to 2160 pixels. You'll also get two additional sensors, one with 12 MP, an aperture of f/2.2 plus a 65mm telephoto lens, and another with 12 MP (f/2.4) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

The front-facing camera features the same 12 MP shooter with the same aperture of f/2.2 and the same 23 mm wide-angle lens.

The guys over at the DxOMark labs rated this camera with 138 points. And by adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we end up with a rate of 150 points. If you want to know more about it, click here.

Finally, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, feature a telephoto lens, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Still, none of them feature a macro lens.

We can safely state that, in theory, both phones have the same cameras.

We can classify these two as high-end.

Both phones have something that I truly value in a camera: an optical zoom (of 2x). It will enable you to get a closer view of the subject before taking your picture.

Additionally, the iPhone 12 Pro Max zoom lens is 45mm below what you usually see within similarly priced rivals, and the iPhone 11 Pro is 27mm lower.

*DxOMark knows how to test these shooters out. Unfortunately, there are lots of good cameras left out of their labs. So when I find one such shooter, I take every hardware specs (like lenses, sensor size, OIS, aperture, and so on) and give a comparable score. The last time I've checked this formula, some cameras had a 2 points (more or less) error threshold.

**This rate still needs improvement, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. These guys recently updated their test protocol, and I need more reviewed devices to fine-tune older scores.


Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.8
1.6
-0.2
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 4 2 -2
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 145
150
5

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
65mm (2.5x zoom)
13
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 12 12 0
Aperture 2.4 2.4 0.0
Lens 13mm 13mm 0
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 11 12 1

Selfie Camera iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 23mm 23mm 0

iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.
Tek-Score
8.5
8.8
0.3

Body

The iPhone 11 Pro is 5.67 inches (144 mm) tall and 2.80 inches (71 mm) long. Apple's iPhone 12 Pro Max is a bit taller, precisely 16 mm (0.63 inches), and a bit larger too, about 7 mm (0.28 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 12 Pro Max is a little bit heavier: About 40 g. (1.58 oz). But because this is a bit relative, the iPhone 11 Pro has a "weight to screen size" score of 3.0, and that's another way of saying it's kind of weighty for its screen size. The iPhone 12 Pro Max, on the other hand, has 2.1, which indicates it's oddly heavy.

If you like having color options, you can buy the iPhone 11 Pro in Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green. The iPhone 12 Pro Max, in its turn, comes in Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue.

If you like to keep your phones small, consider getting the Apple iPhone 11 Pro. If not, then you should choose the other one.

Do you value a fingerprint scanner? Too bad, none of them have it.

You can still use biometrics to log in on both of them. Some say Face ID isn't as secure, but it's there for you.

The iPhone 11 Pro is water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters, and the same goes for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Remember that it shouldn't be for over half an hour, and it's freshwater in standby mode only.


Looks* vs.
Body iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Size 144 x 71 x 8 mm
(5.08 x 2.50 x 0.28 in)
160 x 78 x 7 mm
(5.64 x 2.75 x 0.25 in)
5568
Weight 188 g. (6.63 oz)
228 g. (8.04 oz)
40
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 80.80%
88.38%
7.58
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.0 2.1 -0.9
Looks 8.5/10
10.0/10
1.4
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Face ID
Tek-Score
7.3
6.4
-0.9

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

Battery

Specs-wise, the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max seems to have an advantage here, without a doubt. 3687 mAh vs. 3046 mAh is a no-brainer. But how would both perform in a real-world scenario? If you charge them up and run some tests, this is what you'll find out about the iPhone 11 Pro:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 79% of the battery remaining.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 63% left for the rest of the day.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, you'll still get 65% to spend doing other things.

And these are the results for the iPhone 12 Pro Max:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 82% of the battery remaining.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, the battery charge will be about 67%.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll be with 69%.

Have you noticed who the winner is? Yes, it's the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Fast-charging's here, and both iPhones support it. The iPhone 12 Pro Max can go up to 20w, and the iPhone 11 Pro up to 18.

Both phones support wireless charging at 5w vs. 15w. The new iPhones also feature magnetic wireless charging. That's handy if you do have the charger nearby.


Battery* vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Capacity (mAh) 3046 3687 641
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 79% left
82% left
3
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 63% left
67% left
4
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 65% left
69% left
4
Bat. To Phone Size Score 6.7 2.6 -4.1
Sub Tek-Score
6.9
7.3
0.4
Fast Charging 18w
20w
2
Wireless Charging 5w
15w
10
Tek-Score
6.2
6.7
0.5

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.


Storage

Apple put 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage on the iPhone 11 Pro. Unfortunately, Apple didn't include a MicroSD slot. 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're closer to 124Gb of storage and 8GB of RAM.

In its turn, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of integrated storage. There's also no extra storage here, but 128GB is more than enough for most people. Again, chances are that you'll have more storage and more RAM on most of its rivals. 11Gb/201Gb. That's the average.

Storage shouldn't be an issue on any of these phones. However, if you can't get enough of the record button, you'll find out that 64 GB won't be enough for you.


Storage* vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
RAM (GB) 4GB
6GB
2
Internal (GB) 64GB
128GB
64
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
2.8
6.0
3.3

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


Connectivity

Bluetooth 5.0 is here, on both of them. Both phones also have NFC, so nothing special here.

About the 3.5mm jack: Now may be the time to consider moving to wireless earbuds. Just skip adapters and get a decent pair of wireless earbuds.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max has a single network variant: (LTE and) 5G.


Connectivity vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Network LTE 5G
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
4.6
4.6
0.0

Price

The Apple iPhone 11 Pro may not be the cheapest phone, but it's cheaper nonetheless. But do search for any deals or price drops before making up your mind. Promotions aside, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is more expensive, but I'm not here to tell you if it's worth it.

Don't worry, because the following tables will help you make up your mind.

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 iPhone 12 Pro Max VS
Amazon 0.96 ! - ! -
eBay 0.59 0.62 0.03
Best Buy - 0.67 ! -
Wallmart 0.54 - -

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

Are you also considering other options? The global score can help. First, let me mention the average at their price range. The iPhone 11 Pro class is at 7.0, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max 7.8.


Verdict: What Makes the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Stand Out?

I don't know how much you value a small and lightweight phone, nor the deal that you can get on the iPhone 11 Pro, but I think that at this price range, the iPhone 12 Pro is the way to go. Even if speed alone isn't enough to convince you, you'll also get better battery life, faster wireless charging, double the internal storage, and 2 extra GB of RAM. If, on the other hand, you're considering an upgrade, then let me tell you that the iPhone 11 Pro is still a great device, but if you can switch, you'll notice these differences.


Pros iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#5 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#6 Glass Protection Glass Protection

Cons iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
#1 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#2 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#3 Weight Weight
#4 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price Price

Relative Score* vs.
Global Score iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Gaming Score
6.2
6.9
0.7
Tek-Score
6.16
7.42
1.26

*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 
  • Sony


    Xperia 1
    $688

  • Sony


    Xperia 5
    $699

  • Apple


    iPhone XS Max
    $620

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 EX
    $684

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 SD
    $649

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20+ EX
    $749

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20+ SD
    $649

  • Google


    Pixel 4 XL
    $609

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20
    $697

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 Plus
    $749

  • Huawei


    Mate 30 Pro
    $849

  • Huawei


    P40 Pro
    $779

  • Huawei


    P40
    $666

  • OnePlus


    8
    $630

  • Apple


    iPhone 12
    $799

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10 Ultra
    $846

  • Apple


    iPhone 12 Mini
    $739

  • Sony


    Xperia 1 II
    $821

 Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max 
  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 20 U.SD
    $1099

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 20 U.
    $995

  • Apple


    iPhone 12 Pro
    $1120

  • Huawei


    Mate 40 Pro
    $1065

  • Oppo


    Find X2 Pro
    $950

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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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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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