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Apple iPhone 11 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Which Fits Your Needs?

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

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra isn't that affordable, but it's the best of the two.

It gives you a better display, better battery life, more internal storage (256GB vs. 64GB), and external storage. But the iPhone 11 Pro will deliver better performance (+34%).

What else sets them apart?

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra also has a higher refresh rate, Always-On, larger (+1.1") display, a telephoto lens (+68 mm), faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w), reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (12GB vs. 4GB). But the iPhone 11 Pro also brings a cleaner user interface.

But how much more will I have to pay for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra?

If you're going off-contract, it'll cost you around $245 more.

Is the iPhone 11 Pro still worth getting in 2021?

The iPhone 11 Pro is still a great phone, even in 2021, even more so if you can find it with a great deal. Having said that, the Xiaomi Mi 11 has better cameras, more storage, faster charging, more RAM, better display, and reverse charging.

Is the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra still worth buying in 2021?

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra wasn't released that long ago, so it's obviously, a top recommended device for 2021. I like it for its good camera, good battery life, tons of storage, excellent glass protection, and tons of RAM. But keep an eye on the iPhone 12 Pro too.

Just keep reading if you want to know everything about them, how they rival their competition, and how other specialists evaluate them.

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Apple iPhone 11 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

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Introduction

So, you do like the iPhone 11 Pro, but want to know how well it fares against Samsung's giant?

You're in the right place.

Samsung launched its Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in August of 2020, while Apple's iPhone 11 Pro arrived at stores in September of 2019.

We are looking at how the iPhone 11 Pro and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra compare to each other to help you decide which might be the right one for you.

The iPhone 11 Pro definitely has the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra beaten on price. That is something worth considering when comparing them.

You'll also see down below a "Tek-Score" for every section that we analyze. For a quicker analysis of how far they are from each other, we'll consider all their specifications. We'll also provide a global score for comparison if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

The weight of each section

This score is based on research from Globalwebindex.com about what people want from their next smartphone. But you'll get a say in the matter by setting it to what matters to you. You can check this out now, or just keep reading until you get there.

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 rival its direct competitors.

Here's our contestant panel: but basically, we've excluded every smartphone that's not within a 20% (above or below) price range.

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

Price*
vs.
Device iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Release Date 2019, September 2020, August 1y.
OS Updates 6 years 3 years -3y.
Security Updates 6 years 4 years -2y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android), which measures overall performance, the iPhone 11 Pro was, on average, 34% quicker while finishing its tests. This should be noticeable when opening apps or games. Since iPhones run on their own operating system, apps do run quicker because the OS is tailored for its hardware.

You should know that performance-wise, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is below the norm for its price range. While the average sits at 3279, this one is 28% below them.

We can classify the iPhone 11 Pro as high-end and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra more like a lower high-end.

Samsung decided to include the past generation's Exynos 990 processor on its Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. In its turn, the Apple iPhone 11 Pro has the Apple A13 processor.

If you play heavy games on your phone, you should know that the former has the past year's Mali-G77 MP11, while the latter has a proprietary Apple GPU.

The iPhone 11 Pro brings the iOS 13 OS from the factory, and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra runs on 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.

There's a considerable performance increase of about 20% on the 865+ for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Performance*
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
SoC Apple A13 Exynos 990
Graphics Apple GPU Mali-G77 MP11
Geekbench 5 Score 3428
2561
-867
OS iOS 13 Android 10 and OneUI
Tek-Score
7.7
6.3
-1.4

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Apple iPhone 11 Pro front transparent png Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra front transparent png

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the winner here, and the difference is considerable.

Would you prefer the 6.9" AMOLED display of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra or the smaller 5.8" AMOLED panel of the iPhone 11 Pro? 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.

If you're trying to keep your phone's display small, stop searching, and just pick the iPhone 11 Pro. At least it's short when compared to the average phone for its price range.

The display of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a resolution of 1440x3088 Quad HD. The iPhone 11 Pro, in its turn, has 1125x2436 Full HD. If you feel the iPhone 11 Pro's notch is too large for you, check out the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and its minimal punch hole notch.

It's better to be safe than sorry, so let's get the elephant out of the room. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra features the latest Gorilla Glass Victus display. The iPhone 11 Pro has a Corning toughened glass.

To me, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has one significant advantage here, which is the Always-On-Display.

When it comes to outdoor visibility, the iPhone 11 Pro can go up to 811 nits, while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra can do 213 nits above that.

The iPhone 11 Pro features an HDR10 display, and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra does HDR10+.

If you favor smooth scrolling over battery life, you can count on the smooth 120hz of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Bearing in mind the iPhone 11 Pro, you should know that 88% of its rivals can play HDR content, 96% have an AMOLED screen, and 92% have an Always-On display.

Concerning the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, I should say that all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 80% have an Always-On display and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Size 5.8
6.9
1.1
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1125x2436
1440x3088
1706220
Refresh Rate 60hz 120hz 60
Dots per Inch 462.63
493.80
31.18
Always-On-Display No Yes
Notch Wedge Hole
Peak Brightness 811 nits
1024 nits
213
HDR HDR10 HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
3.3
9.8
6.5
Protection Corning toughened glass Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
5.9
9.9
4.0

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Apple iPhone 11 Pro back transparent png Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra back transparent png

We can safely assume that the Apple iPhone 11 Pro has a better shooter.

Flip the phones over, let's start the cameras' battle. 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.

You'll also find two other cameras, one with 12 Megapixels, an aperture of f/2.0, plus a 52mm telephoto lens. And another with 12 Megapixels (f/2.4) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

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

Seems like DXOMARK will never review this shooter, but we don't need a crystal ball to guess the score: 134*. Then, if you consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it'll get 145** points.

To put things in perspective: 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. Yet, only 17% of them feature a macro lens.

On the back of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a whopping 108 Megapixels (f/1.8) camera and a 26mm wide-angle lens. Then you'll have one flash LED, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. It can also record videos at up to 4320p. It also has a secondary 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/3.0 and an astounding 120mm telephoto lens and an extra 12 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

Just so you know: You can take a 108 Megapixels photo, zoom in and crop, and get the same results as you'd get on a 27 Megapixels 2x optical zoom camera.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is also known for its impressive 50x hybrid Space Zoom. In theory, that's a step down from the S20 Ultra 100x, but since it's an "AI-powered" zoom, it shouldn't matter much.

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

On DXOMARK's reviewing article, they gave this shooter 122 points. By adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that score goes up to 136. You can click here to check it out.

Winding it up, 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, and 93% feature a telephoto lens. Moreover, none of them feature a macro lens.

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

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the king of zoom here, but the iPhone 11 Pro still has a decent 2x optical zoom.

*DXOMARK is a world-known reference in the camera benchmarking department. Unfortunately, they don't test every smartphone camera out there. That's why when I come across one of them, I consider every camera spec and give an approximated score. You should give it a topmost discrepancy of 2 points.

**This score still needs improvement, at least for phones with no zoom and up to 35 to 40MP. They just changed their protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Megapixels 12
108
96
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 145
136
-9

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 2.0
3.0
1.0
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
120mm (4.6x zoom)
68
Lens Type Telephoto lens 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 14 3
Selfie Camera iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 12
10
-2
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 23mm 26mm 3
iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs.
Tek-Score
8.5
8.0
-0.5

Who has the best frame?

The iPhone 11 Pro does stand out because of its weight and the number of color options. But that doesn't mean the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is that bad.

The iPhone 11 Pro has a height of 5.67 inches (144 mm) and a width of 2.80 inches (71 mm). The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, however, is a bit wider. Precisely 0.24 inches (6 mm) and a bit taller: 0.79 inches (20 mm).

If you're looking for the thinnest phone, you're out of luck. Both have 8 mm (0.32 inches).

All of that goodness is presented in a sleek glass body. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is 20 g. (0.79 oz) heavier than the other, weighing about 188 g. (6.63 oz). If you're curious, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The iPhone 11 Pro got 3.0, showing it's kind of weighty for its screen size. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, on the other hand, has 4.4, so nothing to state here.

If you like having color options, you can buy the iPhone 11 Pro in Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, in its turn, comes in Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black.

If the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is small enough for you, that's neat. If not, then go for the other one.

Would you like to have a fingerprint scanner? There's one under the display of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra!

You'll still have Face ID on the iPhone 11 Pro. Some say Face ID isn't as secure, but it's there for you.

The iPhone 11 Pro is resistant to water up to 1 to 3 meters, much like the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. That shouldn't last over half an hour, in standby mode, so no underwater photos.

Looks*
vs.
Body iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Size 144 x 71 x 8 mm
(5.08 x 2.50 x 0.28 in)
164 x 77 x 8 mm
(5.78 x 2.72 x 0.28 in)
19232
Weight 188 g. (6.63 oz)
208 g. (7.34 oz)
20
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black
Screen To Body Ratio 80.80%
93.17%
12.37
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.0 4.4 1.4
Looks 8.5/10
9.1/10
0.6
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
7.3
6.8
-0.5

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

Which has the best battery?

The iPhone 11 Pro does have a smaller battery, with 3046 mAh, while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has 4500 mAh. And GSMArena did test them out, and the latter is the winner here.

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

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 79% left.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still 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 be with 65%.

And this is where the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra ends at:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 83% left.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, 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, you'll be with 72%.

Both phones support fast charging. You can charge the iPhone 11 Pro at a maximum of 18w/hour and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra up to 25w/hour.

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

A nice add-on to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the ability to charge any Qi-enabled gadgets at 4.5w.

The Snapdragon 865+ variant also has better battery efficiency, about 7% of additional screen-on-time.

Battery*
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Capacity (mAh) 3046 4500 1454
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 79% left
83% left
4
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 63% left
69% left
6
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 65% left
72% left
7
Bat. To Phone Size Score 6.7 2.6 -4.1
Sub Tek-Score
6.9
7.5
0.6
Fast Charging 18w
25w
7
Wireless Charging 5w
15w
10
Reverse Charging No 4.5w
4.5
Tek-Score
6.2
7.2
1.0

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

Definitely, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

The iPhone 11 Pro has 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. There's no expandable storage. This shouldn't be an issue for most of us. I should also mention that most rivals offer more RAM and more storage. Right now, the average is 149Gb of storage and 8GB of RAM.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra offers 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM. You can count on the MicroSD card to save the day.

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 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
RAM (GB) 4GB
12GB
8
Internal (GB) 64GB
256GB
192
Micro SD No microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
2.8
10.0
7.3

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

You can only get 5G with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

When it comes to connectivity, both phones have Bluetooth 5.0. As for the NFC chips, both have them.

There isn't much to say about the 3.5mm headphone jack, except that it simply isn't here. Want a piece of advice? Forget about adapters and go for the wireless buds. Luckily, you can still get it on other phones if you don't mind searching for them. You can get that with the Sony Xperia 1 II.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is LTE or (LTE and) 5G compatible.

Connectivity
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Network LTE 5G (also available in LTE)
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
3.6
4.6
1.0

Which is more affordable?

The Apple iPhone 11 Pro surely wins over its competitor in this round. But that depends on the deals that you can find. Promotions aside, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is more expensive, but I believe that it shouldn't come as a surprise at all.

I hope the following tables will help you make a wiser decision.

Here are their recently updated prices:

Apple iPhone 11 Pro

Reference: $750

Apple iPhone 11 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Reference: $995

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

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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 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra VS
Amazon 1.02 ! 0.73 -
eBay 1.07 0.59 -0.49
Best Buy - 0.77 -
Walmart 0.72 0.81 0.09

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

Are you curious to know what their global score is? But first, let's see where its rivals are. They're in the ballpark of 6.8 for the iPhone 11 Pro and 7.6 for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Stand Out?

You're probably here just out of curiosity because most people I know do say that the display size is a deciding factor. Still, let's just suppose that you'll be happy with either a 5.8-inch or a 6.9-inch display.

Performance-wise, they're worlds apart, but you can blame Samsung's decision to stick with the Exynos chipset outside of the US.

The Note 20 Ultra also has a fantastic display, that's a step up in every way you can think of: resolution, refresh rate, Always-On, notch, DPI, brightness, HDR, and most likely, glass protection.

Cameras should be pretty much the same, except the longer telephoto lens of the Note 20 Ultra.

Battery life on the iPhone 11 Pro also is way worse. Not only that, but it also charges way slower.

Then there's storage: 64 vs. 128, and RAM: 4 vs. 12! If that wasn't enough, Samsung also adds expandable storage to the mix.

Pros iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Cameras Always-On-Display
#4 Fast Charging Cameras
#5 Wireless Charging Battery Life
#6 Glass Protection Fast Charging
#7 Wireless Charging
#8 MicroSD Slot
#9 Storage
#10 Glass Protection
Cons iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
#1 Always-On-Display Weight
#2 MicroSD Slot 3.5mm Jack
#3 Weight Price
#4 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Gaming Score
6.2
8.4
2.2
Tek-Score
6.12
8.08
1.96
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 X
    $579
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $479
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $478
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $614
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $614
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $540
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $598
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $478
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $634
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $669
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $539
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8
    $630
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $509
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $514
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $565
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $479
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $500
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $599
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594

 Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $799
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
    $1049
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $900
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $849
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
    $1099
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $919
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro Max
    $1099
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $997
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $899
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra
    $1079
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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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