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Apple iPhone 11 Pro vs SE 2: Which iPhone Should You Buy?

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

You'll spend more on the iPhone 11 Pro, but it's by far the best of the two.

It comes with a better display, better cameras, and better battery life.

Are there other things worth mentioning?

The iPhone 11 Pro also features an AMOLED, larger (+1.1") display, better outdoor brightness, a telephoto lens (+52 mm), more cameras, and more RAM (4GB vs. 3GB). But with the iPhone SE 2, you can get a lightweight body (40 g./1.41 oz less).

How much more will the iPhone 11 Pro cost me?

If you're considering a new and unlocked smartphone, it should be about $300 more expensive.

Is it worth getting the iPhone 11 Pro in 2021?

The iPhone 11 Pro is still a great phone, even in 2021, and while it isn't the best device out there, at least it's more affordable now. That doesn't mean you should ignore other devices like the iPhone 12 since it has better performance, better cameras, and more security updates.

Is it worth getting the iPhone SE 2 in 2021?

For a phone introduced in 2020, the iPhone SE 2 still has good performance and good cameras. It indeed is on the recommended list for 2021, but note that (again) the iPhone 12 features better performance, better cameras, better battery life, more RAM, and better display.

Read on and find out more about them, how they differ from their competition, and how other specialists evaluate them.

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Introduction

So, does the iPhone 11 Pro worth the extra cash?

We'll see about that.

Apple introduced its iPhone SE 2 model in April 2020. Meanwhile, Apple's iPhone 11 Pro started to sell in September 2019.

In this article, we see how the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone SE 2 compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

The price round is no contest. The iPhone SE 2 sounds like a bargain compared to the iPhone 11 Pro. Remember that when you're comparing the two models.

Look out for a "Tek-Score" in every section of this article. We evaluate all quantifiable specifications to help you quickly identify how much they are far apart. You'll also have a global comparison score if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

The weight of each section

That score is research-based. It's from Globalwebindex.com on what features users value on new smartphones. But you'll be able to define how the global score is composed based on your personal preferences. You can go there right now, or just keep reading.

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

There's a colored progress bar next to some items. It's for you to know how well they sit side by side with equivalently priced phones.

You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, but we only include smartphones with price tags from -20% to +20%.

Feel free to click any feature title to check out the top 10 phones for that feature for every budget.

Price*
vs.
Device iPhone 11 Pro iPhone SE 2
Release Date 2019, September 2020, April 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?

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5, which measures overall performance, the iPhone 11 Pro was, on average, 6% quicker while finishing its tests. All in all, there's not much of a difference between the two.

You can also count on the iPhone SE 2 to have one of the best performances around for its price range. About 50% above.

By the way, you can define both of them as high-end.

These two feature an Apple A13, so you don't have to worry about who's quicker.

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

Both phones run on iOS 13 out of the box.

Performance*
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone SE 2
SoC Apple A13 Apple A13
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 3428
3237
-191
OS iOS 13 iOS 13
Tek-Score
7.7
7.4
-0.3

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Apple iPhone 11 Pro front transparent png Apple iPhone SE 2 front transparent png

The iPhone 11 Pro's display does stand out, and that's as clear as glass.

The iPhone SE 2 features a 4.7" LCD display, while the iPhone 11 Pro has a larger 5.8" AMOLED display. To each, it's own.

If you're trying to keep your phone's display small, don't waste your time searching for other devices, and go for the iPhone SE 2. There are just not that many choices in its class.

The display of the iPhone 11 Pro has a resolution of 1125x2436 Full HD. The iPhone SE 2, in its turn, has 750x1334 HD.

The iPhone SE 2 also falls behind most smartphones in its class: Its low DPI display.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so I have to put this out: The iPhone 11 Pro has a Corning toughened glass protection, while the iPhone SE 2 display has an Ion-strengthened glass.

None of these smartphones support an Always-On display.

If you set your brightness to auto, the iPhone 11 Pro will reach 811 nits, while the iPhone SE 2 only goes up to 530 nits.

Related-priced rivals max at 717 nits, but the iPhone SE 2 can only go 187 nits below that.

Be aware that anything less than 500 nits just can't do true HDR, nor is that great on a sunny day. About HDR content: The iPhone 11 Pro does support HDR10 shootings.

If you're leaning towards the iPhone 11 Pro, you should know that 91% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and all have an AMOLED screen.

Considering the iPhone SE 2, I should say that 83% of its rivals can play HDR content, 97% have an AMOLED screen, and 86% have an Always-On display. Although, only 23% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone SE 2
Size 5.8
4.7
-1.1
Screen Type AMOLED LCD
Resolution (px) 1125x2436
750x1334
-1740000
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 462.63
325.61
-137.01
Always-On-Display No No
Notch Wedge -
Peak Brightness 811 nits
530 nits
-281
HDR HDR10 -
Sub Tek-Score
3.3
0.8
-2.4
Protection Corning toughened glass Ion-strengthened glass
Tek-Score
5.9
2.7
-3.3

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Apple iPhone 11 Pro back transparent png Apple iPhone SE 2 back transparent png

Considering their score, I think that the Apple iPhone 11 Pro has a more dependable camera.

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 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'm sure the guys at DXOMARK will not look back at this camera, but we can place it at around 134* points. And if you take into account the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, you'll end up with a score of 145**.

Last (but not least), 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. Nevertheless, only 4% of them feature a macro lens.

The standard camera on the back of the iPhone SE 2 has a 12 Megapixels sensor and a 28mm, f/1.8 aperture, wide-angle lens. It also has four flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. When it comes to recording videos, it can do 2160p.

The front-facing camera features a 7 Mp shooter with an aperture of f/2.2 and a standard lens.

On DXOMARK's reviewing article, they gave this shooter 108 points. And if we consider its digital zoom abilities, this score goes up to 112 points. You can click here to check it out.

Winding it up, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

Considering this score, we can classify the iPhone 11 Pro more as a high-end and the iPhone SE 2 more as an upper mid-range.

Something I love about the iPhone 11 Pro is its 2x optical zoom. This gives you an extra bit of freedom when taking your photos.

Just in case it's a deciding factor, the iPhone 11 Pro telescopic lens is 26mm below the rest for its price range.

*DXOMARK is a well-known market reference when it comes to camera benchmarking. Unfortunately, there are lots of good cameras left out of their labs. So what do I do? I score every camera spec (like sensor size, lenses, and so on) to get a similar global score. You should give it a borderline margin of error of 2 points.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, especially for cameras with no zoom and with less than 40MP. They moved to a new camera test protocol, and they don't have enough reviews, so I can refine the pre-update camera scores.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera iPhone 11 Pro iPhone SE 2
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.8
1.8
0.0
Lens 26mm
28mm
2
Lens Type Wide-Angle Regular
Flash 4 4 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 145
112
-33

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 11 Pro iPhone SE 2 vs.
Megapixels 12
-
Aperture 2.0
-
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
-
Lens Type Telephoto lens -
Megapixels 12 -
Aperture 2.4 -
Lens 13mm -
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle -
Score 11 4 -7
Selfie Camera iPhone 11 Pro iPhone SE 2 vs.
Megapixels 12
7
-5
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 23mm -
iPhone 11 Pro iPhone SE 2 vs.
Tek-Score
8.5
6.6
-1.9

Who has the best frame?

The iPhone 11 Pro does stand out because of its number of color options, water resistance, and better looks. But they're not that far apart.

The iPhone 11 Pro has a height of 144 mm (5.67 inches) and a width of 71 mm (2.80 inches). The Apple iPhone SE 2, however, is a bit narrower. Precisely 0.16 inches (4 mm) and a bit smaller: 0.24 inches (6 mm).

They all come close in thickness: 8 mm (0.32 inches) vs. 7 mm (0.28 inches). Remember that the iPhone SE 2 is (about 20%) also smaller than the average phone for its price segment.

They both have a beautiful glass body. The iPhone SE 2 weighs 148 g. (5.22 oz), while its sibling is 40 g. (1.41 oz) heavier. If you're looking for a lightweight device, I've come up with an adapted "display size to phone weight ratio" score. The iPhone 11 Pro got 3.0, showing it's kind of weighty for its screen size. In the meantime, the iPhone SE 2 has 3.5, which suggests it's considerably hefty too.

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, and White with the iPhone SE 2.

If you like to keep your phones small, consider getting the Apple iPhone SE 2. If not, then you should choose the other one.

Does a fingerprint scanner matter to you? There's one on the front of the iPhone SE 2 but not on the iPhone 11 Pro.

Although a pin isn't the only login option in the iPhone 11 Pro. Wisely, Apple included a Face ID scanner.

The iPhone 11 Pro is rated IP68, which means it's water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters, but the iPhone SE 2 should hold up to 1 meter. That should be for up to 30 minutes, in standby mode, so no underwater photos.

Looks*
vs.
Body iPhone 11 Pro iPhone SE 2
Size 144 x 71 x 8 mm
(5.08 x 2.50 x 0.28 in)
138 x 67 x 7 mm
(4.87 x 2.36 x 0.25 in)
-17070
Weight 188 g. (6.63 oz)
148 g. (5.22 oz)
-40
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green Black, Red, and White
Screen To Body Ratio 80.80%
65.85%
-14.96
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.0 3.5 0.6
Looks 8.5/10
4.2/10
-4.3
Waterproof IP68 IP67
Biometrics Face ID Front Fingerprint
Tek-Score
7.3
6.7
-0.6

*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 SE 2 only features 1821 mAh. And as claimed by GSMArena, the former does have better battery life.

If you do a full charge, this is how the iPhone 11 Pro comes out of it:

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

And this is where the iPhone SE 2 ends at:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 72% of the battery remaining.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 57% left for the rest of the day.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 50% of the battery charge.

This is one of the iPhone SE 2's worse features. Way worse than the average in this price range. These numbers show that it is 19% below the rest.

If you thought charging speeds would help you pick one of these, they both do 18w.

They all include wireless charging, and they charge at 5w. That's nice.

Battery*
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone SE 2
Capacity (mAh) 3046 1821 -1225
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 79% left
72% left
-7
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 63% left
57% left
-6
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 65% left
50% left
-15
Bat. To Phone Size Score 6.7 6.9 0.2
Sub Tek-Score
6.9
6.0
-0.9
Fast Charging 18w
18w
0
Wireless Charging 5w
5w
0
Tek-Score
6.2
5.7
-0.4

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

None of them has.

In terms of RAM, the iPhone 11 Pro brings 4GB. In terms of storage, it has 64GB. There's no MicroSD slot. While it shouldn't be a deal-breaker, you should keep that in mind when purchasing one. Furthermore, other devices from this budget usually have more RAM and more storage. They average at 9GB of RAM and 142Gb of storage.

The iPhone SE 2, in its turn, has 64GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. Unfortunately, it also lacks a MicroSD card slot. I guess that's OK as long as you regularly manage your files. Again, you'll get the majority of its rivals with more RAM and more storage. 6Gb/115Gb. That's the average.

Most people should be OK with only 64 GB of internal storage. However, if you love to have or record tons of videos, you'll soon figure out that 64 GB is too short for you.

Storage*
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone SE 2
RAM (GB) 4GB
3GB
-1
Internal (GB) 64GB
64GB
0
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
2.8
2.8
0.0

*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.

Both devices feature the standard Bluetooth 5.0 module. Both phones also have NFC.

Do you still favor wired headphones? None of them will help you with that. You may go for an adapter as a last resort, but it really isn't the same.

They both run on LTE networks. Do you want 5G on your next phone? Then, you may want to check the iPhone 12 Mini.

Connectivity
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone SE 2
Network LTE LTE
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?

The Apple iPhone SE 2 surely wins over its sibling in this round. But that depends on the deals that you can find. The Apple iPhone 11 Pro, on the other hand, is usually more costly, but that's probably something you already knew.

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

Here's what we've found out:

Apple iPhone 11 Pro

Reference: $750

Apple iPhone 11 Pro

Apple iPhone SE 2

Reference: $450

Apple iPhone SE 2

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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 SE 2 VS
Amazon - ! - ! -
eBay 0.74 1.43 0.69
Best Buy - - -
Walmart 0.69 1.14 0.45

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

So, what about that global score? We'll get there. But first, let's see where its rivals are. It's 7.1 for the iPhone 11 Pro and 6.3 for the iPhone SE 2.

Verdict: What Makes the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Stand Out?

There are several reasons you should pick the iPhone 11 Pro. Performance isn't one of them, but you do get a considerably large, better and modern looking display, a telephoto lens, an ultra-wide-angle lens, IP68, and better battery life.

Obviously, that comes with a price, literally.

But that isn't all you should know about them. The SE 2 is way lighter, and does charge faster, due to the smaller battery.

All in all, I think it's the display and cameras that should convince you to pick the 11 Pro Max. I do hope it's enough.

Pros iPhone 11 Pro iPhone SE 2
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED Cameras
#3 Cameras Fast Charging
#4 Fast Charging Wireless Charging
#5 Wireless Charging Glass Protection
#6 Glass Protection
Cons iPhone 11 Pro iPhone SE 2
#1 Always-On-Display Screen Resolution
#2 MicroSD Slot AMOLED
#3 Weight Always-On-Display
#4 3.5mm Jack Battery Life
#5 Price MicroSD Slot
#6 3.5mm Jack
#7 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score iPhone 11 Pro iPhone SE 2
Gaming Score
6.2
3.8
-2.4
Tek-Score
6.12
5.11
-1.01
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 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $799
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $699
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $900
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $671
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $810
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $611
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $671
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $819
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $849
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $777
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $890
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $678
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $749
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $749
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698
  • OnePlusrival9 Pro
    $709
  • VivorivalX60 Pro
    $900

 Apple iPhone SE 2 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $328
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $333
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
    $290
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $424
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $339
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $339
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $379
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $408
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $379
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $419
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $429
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $340
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $399
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • RealmerivalXT
    $290
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
    $307
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
    $289
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $369
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $348
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $374
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $374
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
    $289
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $341
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A52
    $349
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10 Pro
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A72
    $424
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10 Pro Max
    $292
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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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