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Apple iPhone 11 Pro vs 12: Which iPhone Should You Buy?

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

The iPhone 12 may cost you a few bucks more, but it's the best of the two.

It comes with a better display.

What else stands out?

The iPhone 12 also gives you a larger (+0.3") display and faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w). But with the iPhone 11 Pro, you can get a telephoto lens (+39 mm).

How much more will the iPhone 12 cost me?

If you're going off-contract, it'll cost you around $130 more.

Is the iPhone 11 Pro still worth getting in 2021?

The iPhone 11 Pro is holding up pretty well in 2021, and while it isn't the best device out there, at least it's more affordable now. Nevertheless, you should also check other phones like the iPhone 12 Mini because it has better performance, better cameras, and more security updates.

Is it still worth buying the iPhone 12 in 2021?

The iPhone 12 was indeed released in 2020, but it still stands out, thanks to its good performance, good cameras, and excellent glass protection. If you can find a great deal, it does make sense in 2021, but don't just ignore (again) the iPhone 12 Mini.

Keep reading to learn more about what sets them apart, how they fare against their competition, and you'll know how the tech experts evaluate their specs.

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So, you're into smaller smartphones. But being them about the same price, should you go for the iPhone 11 Pro?

Let's find out.

Apple introduced its iPhone 12 model in October 2020. Meanwhile, Apple's iPhone 11 Pro started to sell in September 2019.

With this article, you'll be able to compare every feature of the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 12. Then, you can decide what model better suits your needs. Let's start.

Even though both iPhones have similar prices, the iPhone 11 Pro should be more affordable. Although sometimes a promotion might appear and change that. That's something you should keep in mind when comparing them.

Look out for a "Tek-Score" in every section of this article. All the specifications were examined to allow you a faster discerning of the variation between the phones. The global score will help you compare them to other phones if you're interested in anything other than these two.

The weight of each section

We've based our score on a study from Globalwebindex.com on what buyers are looking for when purchasing a smartphone. But don't let that daunt you. You can set it based on your preferences. You can skip to the end, but I suggest you keep reading to know more about them.

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

Some features have a colored bar next to them. That's so you can see how they fare against other smartphones at the same price range.

By clicking here: you'll see which ones we've analyzed, but basically, we've excluded every smartphone that's not within a 20% (above or below) price range.

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

Device iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12
Release Date 2019, September 2020, October 1y.
OS Updates 6 years 6 years 0y.
Security Updates 6 years 6 years 0y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

About performance: Geekbench 5 scores the iPhone 12 19% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. You should notice that it is a bit faster if you test them side by side.

They're both top performers for their price range.

One can entitle both of them as high-end.

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

Be aware that they most likely have different internals, despite having the same GPU name.

The iPhone 11 Pro carries out iOS 13 OS, and the iPhone 12 has iOS 14.1.

Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12
SoC Apple A13 Apple A14
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 3428
OS iOS 13 iOS 14.1

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

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

They both share the same score, so don't worry about it. But the iPhone 12 features better glass protection.

The iPhone 11 Pro has a 5.8-inch AMOLED screen, which is slightly smaller than the iPhone 12's 6.1-inch AMOLED display. To each, it's own. Do you favor AMOLED screens?

If you're into small displays, the iPhone 11 Pro is the one. Most phones from its price range don't even come close.

The iPhone 12 adopts an 1170x2532 Full HD resolution. The iPhone 11 Pro features a more modest resolution of 1125x2436 (Full HD) pixels.

Just a tiny drop may shatter your phone, so be aware: The iPhone 11 Pro display is protected with a Corning toughened glass. The iPhone 12 with a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

None of these smartphones support an Always-On display.

If you don't manually set the screen brightness, you can count on the iPhone 11 Pro to go up to 811 nits, while the iPhone 12 only does 639 nits.

Both phones support HDR10-compatible media.

If you're leaning towards the iPhone 11 Pro, 88% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 96% have an Always-On display.

Regarding the iPhone 12, I should say that 92% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, 96% have an Always-On display, and 83% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)*
Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12
Size 5.8
Resolution (px) 1125x2436
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 462.63
Always-On-Display No No
Notch Wedge Wedge
Peak Brightness 811 nits
639 nits
Sub Tek-Score
Protection Corning toughened glass Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

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

I don't see a meaningful winner in the camera department.

Let's delve into their cameras. Apple's iPhone 11 Pro can record videos at up to 2160p. It also has a shooter with 12 Megapixels, 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 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.0, plus a 52mm telephoto lens. And another one with 12 Megapixels (f/2.4) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

From the selfie camera, you'll get a 12 Mp shooter that has an aperture of f/2.2 and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

I would've loved it if DXOMARK reviewed this camera, but by doing some math, it scored 134*. Then, if you consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, the final score goes up to 145** points.

PS: you should know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 92% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Yet, only 17% of them feature a macro lens.

On Apple iPhone 12's back is a 12 Megapixels (f/1.6) camera and a 26mm wide-angle lens. Then you'll have four flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. It can also record videos at up to 2160p. In addition to its primary sensor, you'll also get a 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

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.

DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 132. And by adding its wide-angle lens, this score goes up to 139 points. You can click here to check it out.

Furthermore, just to let you know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Regardless, only 4% of them feature a macro lens.

We can classify these two as high-end.

The iPhone 11 Pro has something neat about its cameras: a 2x optical zoom. As soon as you get used to it, you'll know what I mean.

*I do recommend DXOMARK's reviews. Unfortunately, they don't test every smartphone camera out there. That's why when I come across one of them, I try to do my best by giving a similar score based on hardware specs only (OIS, Sensor size, Aperture, Lenses, HDR, and so on). Our lastest test on our formula showed a deviation of up to 2 points.

**Consider this as an estimative, at least for phones with no zoom and up to 35 to 40MP. They moved to a new camera test protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12
Megapixels 12
Aperture 1.8
Lens 26mm
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 4 4 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 145

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 vs.
Megapixels 12
Aperture 2.0
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
13mm -39
Lens Type Telephoto lens Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 12 -
Aperture 2.4 -
Lens 13mm -
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle -
Score 11 7 -4
Selfie Camera iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 vs.
Megapixels 12
Aperture 2.2
Lens 23mm 23mm 0
iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 vs.

Who has the best frame?

The iPhone 12 does have an advantage here, thanks to its weight. But that doesn't mean the iPhone 11 Pro is that bad.

Although they don't share the same height (144 mm / 5.67 inches vs. 146 mm / 5.75 inches), they share their width: 71 mm (2.80 inches).

The first has a thickness of 8 mm (0.32 inches), while the second has about 7 mm (0.28 inches).

All of that goodness is presented in a sleek glass body. The iPhone 11 Pro is 24 g. (0.85 oz) heavier than its sibling, which sits at 164 g. (5.78 oz). But because screen size also matters, the "weight to display size" score of the iPhone 11 Pro is 3.0, which means it's kind of weighty for a 5.8 inches screen. In the meantime, the iPhone 12 has 6.9, which is pretty nice.

We do like having some color options. You get Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green in the iPhone 11 Pro. But you can get Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue with the iPhone 12.

Both feature the same size, so I hope you like 5.8/6.1" phones.

Does a fingerprint scanner matter to you? Too bad, none of them have it.

Although a pin isn't the only login option in both of them. At least, Apple decided to include a Face ID scanner.

You can drop the iPhone 11 Pro into the water, up to 1 to 3 meters deep, much like the iPhone 12. That should be for up to 30 minutes, in standby and freshwater only, so no saltwater or pools here.

Body iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12
Size 144 x 71 x 8 mm
(5.08 x 2.50 x 0.28 in)
146 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.15 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
Weight 188 g. (6.63 oz)
164 g. (5.78 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 80.80%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.0 6.9 3.9
Looks 8.5/10
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Face ID

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

Which has the best battery?

At 3046 mAh, the iPhone 11 Pro is the owner of the biggest battery, while the iPhone 12 only features 2815 mAh. But according to GSMArena's tests, you should get the same battery life with either device.

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

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 79% left.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, this phone should end with 63%.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, this is where your battery will be: 65%.

And this is how the iPhone 12 handles these tests:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you should have 79% 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, this phone should end with 64%.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll still get 64% to spend doing other things.

The iPhone 11 Pro features quick charging at up to 18w, but the iPhone 12 does it too, at 20w.

There's also wireless charging (5w vs. 15w) in both of them. Cool. On any of the new iPhone 12 siblings, wireless charging is also magnetic. That's great, but it's yet another proprietary solution.

Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12
Capacity (mAh) 3046 2815 -231
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 79% left
79% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 63% left
64% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 65% left
64% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 6.7 6.4 -0.3
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 18w
Wireless Charging 5w

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

None of them has.

The iPhone 11 Pro 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 deliver more RAM and more storage. Right now, the average is 147Gb of storage and 8GB of RAM.

In its turn, the iPhone 12 also has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of integrated storage. You'll also have a problem if you want to add storage later. You may need to regularly move your video files out of your phone. Again, you can effortlessly get more RAM and more storage from most of its opponents. 10Gb of RAM and 157Gb of storage: that's the average, not the best you can find.

Most people should be OK with only 64 GB of internal storage. However, if you love to store 4k videos, 64 GB will be a problem sooner than later.

Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12
Internal (GB) 64GB
Micro SD No No

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The iPhone 12, unless you don't care about 5G.

Bluetooth 5.0 is here, on both of them. You can also find NFC on both of them.

About the 3.5mm jack: Now may be the time to consider moving to wireless earbuds. You may go for an adapter as a last resort, but it really isn't the same.

The iPhone 12 is (LTE and) 5G compatible.

Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12
Network LTE 5G
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No

Which is more affordable?

The Apple iPhone 11 Pro surely wins over its sibling in this round. But do search for any deals or price drops before making up your mind. On the other hand, you'll likely find the iPhone 12 at a higher price range, but that's probably something you already knew.

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

Here are their recently updated prices:

Apple iPhone 11 Pro

Reference: $750

Apple iPhone 11 Pro

Apple iPhone 12

Reference: $880

Apple iPhone 12

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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 iPhone 12 VS
Amazon 0.90 ! - ! -
eBay 1.00 0.83 -0.18
Best Buy - 0.85 -
Walmart - - -

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Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. Let me point out the average of its competitors. It's 6.9 for the iPhone 11 Pro and 7.2 for the iPhone 12.

Verdict: What Makes the Apple iPhone 12 Stand Out?

These two have tons of features in common, including the most relevant, like size, price, storage, cameras, and performance. With that said, this should make it easier for you to pick any of them.

Still, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. The iPhone 11 Pro has a telephoto lens, but it lacks the ultimate glass protection from Corning. Aside from that, the iPhone 12 can beat it on wireless charging speeds and weight.

But most likely, in the end, you'll pick one of them based on their looks.

Pros iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12
#1 Performance Performance
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#5 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#6 Glass Protection Glass Protection
Cons iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12
#1 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#2 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#3 Weight 3.5mm Jack
#4 3.5mm Jack Price
#5 Price
Relative Score*
Global Score iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12
Gaming Score
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.


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.


"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.


"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.



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 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
  • OnePlusrival8
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
  • OnePlusrival9
  • OpporivalFind X3 Lite

 Apple iPhone 12 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
  • VivorivalX60 Pro

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.


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.



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.


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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