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Apple iPhone 11 vs 11 Pro Max in 2021: Is It Just Size?

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Apple iPhone 11, Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

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Luis Silva (March 2020, updated: March 2021)

Introduction

The iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro Max were launched in September of 2019.

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

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

Bottom Line

What is the difference between the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro Max?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max comes at a higher price, but it also has better specs.

But you can safely pick any of them.

What else sets them apart?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max features an AMOLED, larger (+0.4") display, and a telephoto lens (+39 mm). But the iPhone 11 brings a lightweight body (32 g./1.13 oz less).

In the end, it's up to you since their final score is almost the same.

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, you'll have to spend approximately $200 more.

Is it still worth buying the iPhone 11 in 2021?

Yes, it is. It's a pretty snappy device.

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

Sure. It's currently one of the best in the market.

The iPhone 11 definitely has the iPhone 11 Pro Max beaten on price. Remember that when you're comparing the two models.

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. You'll also have a global comparison rate if you're curious about other models aside from these two.

That score is research-based. It's from Globalwebindex.com about what people want from their next smartphones.

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

You'll also see a progress bar underlining some features. That can help you understand how they fare against other smartphones at the same price range.

You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, but basically, we've excluded every smartphone that's not within a 20% (above or below) price range.

Some features are also shortcuts to the top 10 phones for that feature for any budget.

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

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Performance

Both share the same SoC (the Apple A13), which means you should expect the same performance.

This also isn't a GPU battle because they all have a proprietary Apple GPU.

In terms of performance, Geekbench 5 scores the iPhone 11 Pro Max 3% ahead of its sibling on the multi-core rankings. Overall, you wouldn't feel that much of a difference between them.

It's safe to say that both of them can be tagged as high-end.

They all were released with the iOS 13 OS.

Performance* vs.
Features iPhone 11 iPhone 11 Pro Max
SoC Apple A13 Apple A13
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 3328
3435
107
OS iOS 13 iOS 13
Tek-Score
7.5
7.7
0.2

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.

Display

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

The iPhone 11 has a 6.1-inch LCD screen, which is considerably smaller than the iPhone 11 Pro Max's 6.5-inch AMOLED display. It all comes down to personal preferences for both the display type and size. Me, I'd go for an AMOLED screen, but a remarkable LCD is honestly as good.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max adopts a 1242x2688 Full HD resolution. The iPhone 11 features a more modest resolution of 828x1792 (HD) pixels.

The iPhone 11 also falls behind the rest of its class: Its pixel density evens out at 31% below the rest.

It's better to be safe than sorry, so it's essential to know what kind of glass protection they have. Both displays are protected with a Corning toughened glass.

Unfortunately, there's no Always-On display on any of them.

If you're looking for the brightest display, the iPhone 11 will deliver 644 nits, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max can top at 811 nits.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max supports HDR10 videos.

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

For the iPhone 11 Pro Max, as a reference, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, 76% offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better, and 88% of them have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features iPhone 11 iPhone 11 Pro Max
Size 6.1
6.5
0.4
Screen Type LCD AMOLED
Resolution (px) 828x1792
1242x2688
1854720
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 323.61
455.55
131.93
Always-On-Display No No
Notch Wedge Wedge
Peak Brightness 644 nits
811 nits
167
HDR - HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
1.2
3.2
2.0
Protection Corning toughened glass Corning toughened glass
Tek-Score
5.2
5.9
0.7

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.

Cameras

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

Flip the phones over, let's start the cameras' battle. Apple's iPhone 11 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.

It also has another shooter with a 12 MP sensor and an aperture of f/2.4 plus 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.

This camera came out of DxOMark's labs with a score of 132. By including its wide-angle lens, it can go up to 138** points. If you want to know more about it, click here.

I hope this helps: 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. On the other hand, only 16% of them feature a macro lens.

There's nothing to compare here. You'll soon find out that both the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the iPhone 11 have the same 12 MP camera. It also has two extra rear-facing camera lenses. One has 12 MP (with an aperture of f/2.0 plus a 52mm telephoto lens), and another with 12 MP (f/2.4) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

Apple included the same 12 MP (f/2.2) sensor for selfies and the same 23 mm wide-angle lens.

On DxOMark's reviewing article, they gave this shooter 132 points. By considering the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we get a score of 143 points. If you want to know more about every tidbit, click here.

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

Looking at DxO's ranking, one can conclude that the iPhone 11 is approximately 47 points above other cameras at about this price-tag. But you can pick either one.

If you're not a numbers person, we can tag these two as high-end.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max has one significant benefit over the iPhone 11 in that it includes a telephoto lens with an optical zoom of about 2x. This gives you an extra bit of freedom when taking your photos.

Just out of curiosity, the iPhone 11 Pro Max telephoto lens is, on average, 63mm lower than what you'd get for its price range.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, at least for phones with no zoom and up to 35 to 40MP. They just changed their protocol, and I need more reviewed devices to fine-tune older scores.

Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera iPhone 11 iPhone 11 Pro Max
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.8
1.8
0.0
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 4 4 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 138
143
5

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 11 iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 2.4
2.0
-0.4
Lens 13mm 52mm (2x zoom)
39
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Telephoto lens
Megapixels - 12
Aperture - 2.4
Lens - 13mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 6 11 5
Selfie Camera iPhone 11 iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 23mm 23mm 0
iPhone 11 iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Tek-Score
8.1
8.4
0.3

Body

The iPhone 11 is 5.91 inches (150 mm) tall and 2.96 inches (75 mm) long. The iPhone 11 Pro Max, on the other hand, is 8 mm taller and 2 mm larger (about 0.32 inches by 0.08 inches).

Both have about the same thickness: 8 mm (0.32 inches).

They both have a beautiful glass body. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is a little bit heavier: About 32 g. (1.26 oz). But because this is a bit relative, the iPhone 11 has a "weight to screen size" score of 3.3, which means it's kind of weighty for a 6.1 inches screen. In the meantime, the iPhone 11 Pro Max has 1.7, which indicates it's oddly heavy.

You can purchase the Apple iPhone 11 in Black, Yellow, Green, White, Red, and Purple. And you can pick the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max in Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green.

If the iPhone 11 is big enough for you, then excellent. If not, then you should choose the other one.

Is the lack of a fingerprint scanner a deal-breaker to you? You won't find them here.

That doesn't mean you're out of security options on both of them. At least Apple opted for the Face ID sensor instead.

The iPhone 11 is resistant to water up to 1 to 3 meters, and the same goes for the iPhone 11 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 iPhone 11 Pro Max
Size 150 x 75 x 8 mm
(5.29 x 2.65 x 0.28 in)
158 x 77 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.72 x 0.28 in)
7328
Weight 194 g. (6.84 oz)
226 g. (7.97 oz)
32
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Black, Yellow, Green, White, Red, and Purple Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green
Screen To Body Ratio 81.25%
85.31%
4.06
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.3 1.7 -1.6
Looks 8.6/10
9.6/10
0.9
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Face ID
Tek-Score
7.1
6.4
-0.7

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

Battery

When it comes to battery life, in theory, the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, with its 3969 mAh of battery capacity, wins over the Apple iPhone 11, with only 3110 mAh of battery capacity, without a doubt. But how would both perform in a real-world scenario? This is asking for a thorough test after a full charge. And this is what the iPhone 11 delivers:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll end up with 83% of the battery charge.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll still have 71% left for the rest of the day.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, this is where your battery will be: 73%.

And these are the results for the iPhone 11 Pro Max:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 83% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 69% left for the rest of the day.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 73% of the battery charge.

I think this isn't surprising at all, but there's no real difference here.

This isn't a competition for charging speeds, as they both do 18w/hour.

Both phones support wireless charging at 5w.

Battery* vs.
Features iPhone 11 iPhone 11 Pro Max
Capacity (mAh) 3110 3969 859
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
83% left
0
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 71% left
69% left
-2
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 73% left
73% left
0
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.6 3.6 -2.0
Sub Tek-Score
7.6
7.5
-0.1
Fast Charging 18w
18w
0
Wireless Charging 5w
5w
0
Tek-Score
6.7
6.5
-0.2

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Storage

The iPhone 11 has 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. Memory cards aren't welcome here. This shouldn't be an issue for most of us. Also, similarly priced adversaries usually have more RAM and more storage. They average at 8GB of RAM and 156Gb of storage.

In its turn, the iPhone 11 Pro Max also has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of integrated storage. There's also no extra storage here. This may not be enough for serious smartphone users. Again, you can effortlessly get the majority of its rivals with more RAM and more storage. 9Gb of RAM and 158Gb of storage: that's the average, not the best you can find.

Both phones have more than enough storage and RAM for the average consumer. 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 iPhone 11 Pro Max
RAM (GB) 4GB
4GB
0
Internal (GB) 64GB
64GB
0
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
2.8
2.8
0.0

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

Connectivity

Bluetooth 5.0 is here, on both of them. Both devices also feature the standard NFC module.

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.

These two are LTE compatible. Do you want 5G on your next phone? Then, you should look at the iPhone 12 or the iPhone 12 Pro instead.

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

Price

You're likely not considering the iPhone 11 to make all your pennies count. But do search for any deals or price drops before making up your mind. If you're going for the iPhone 11 Pro Max, you'll end up paying a bit more, but I think that you can find some additional value in it.

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

Here are the prices that we've come across recently:

Reference: $700

Apple iPhone 11

Reference: $900

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

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 iPhone 11 Pro Max VS
Amazon - ! - ! -
eBay - 0.56 -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart 0.53 0.84 ! -

Also, don't forget to check the latest deals from these four stores, and the state of the art on mobile technology, if you don't want to overpay on your next smartphone.


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Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. They're in the ballpark of 6.9 for the iPhone 11 and 7.5 for the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

I know that to some people, the iPhone 11 may disappoint them in some departments, like in the screen resolution and in its cameras, but the iPhone 11 Pro Max price tag can be (to say the least) a little bit intimidating and not everyone likes a big screen.

I know that the iPhone 11 screen isn't that small and that its resolution isn't that bad, just like its cameras. That's why I believe the iPhone 11 may become more popular than the 11 Pro Max.

Nevertheless, I couldn't go by not mentioning (again) the performance of these two. The A13 chipset is clearly one step ahead of everything else.

Pros iPhone 11 iPhone 11 Pro Max
#1 Performance Performance
#2 Cameras AMOLED
#3 Battery Life Cameras
#4 Fast Charging Battery Life
#5 Wireless Charging Fast Charging
#6 Glass Protection Wireless Charging
#7 Glass Protection
Cons iPhone 11 iPhone 11 Pro Max
#1 Screen Resolution Always-On-Display
#2 AMOLED MicroSD Slot
#3 Always-On-Display Weight
#4 MicroSD Slot 3.5mm Jack
#5 Weight Price
#6 3.5mm Jack
#7 Price
Relative Score* vs.
Global Score iPhone 11 iPhone 11 Pro Max
Gaming Score
4.2
6.2
2.0
Tek-Score
6.04
6.16
0.12

*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 
  • Sony

    Xperia 1 $688

  • Apple

    iPhone X $579

  • Apple

    iPhone XS Max $595

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 $499

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 10 $499

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 Plus $499

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10+ EX $499

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10+ SD $488

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 EX $675

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 SD $649

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20+ SD $649

  • OnePlus

    7T Pro $499

  • Huawei

    P30 Pro $598

  • Google

    Pixel 4 XL $499

  • Huawei

    Mate 20 Pro $550

  • Huawei

    P40 $666

  • OnePlus

    8 $630

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10 Pro $600

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 FE $549

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 FE 4G $549

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 FE 5G $549

  • Oppo

    Find X2 Neo $543

  • Oppo

    Find X2 Pro $663

  • Google

    Pixel 5 $599

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10T Pro $480

  • OnePlus

    8T $557

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10 $529

  • Oppo

    Reno4 Pro $594

 Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 
  • Apple

    iPhone 11 Pro $750

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20+ EX $749

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 U.EX $879

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 U.SD $1049

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 20 U.EX $999

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 Plus $749

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 Ultra $879

  • Huawei

    Mate 30 Pro $849

  • Huawei

    P40 Pro $769

  • OnePlus

    8 Pro $800

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 20 U. $995

  • Apple

    iPhone 12 $799

  • Huawei

    Mate 40 Pro $1065

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10 Ultra $846

  • Apple

    iPhone 12 Mini $739

  • Sony

    Xperia 1 II $800

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 Plus $799

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 Ultra $895

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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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