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

author Luis Silva (November 2020 Updated: March 2021)

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Whether you're considering an upgrade or both of them, you'll soon find out what set's them apart.

Just keep reading.

Apple launched its iPhone 12 Pro Max in November of 2020, while Apple's iPhone 11 arrived at stores in September of 2019.

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

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

Bottom Line

Which is better?

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is more expensive than the iPhone 11, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

It gives you better performance (+27%), a better display, and more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB).

Are there other things worth mentioning?

With the iPhone 12 Pro Max, you'll also get an AMOLED, larger (+0.6") display, a telephoto lens (+52 mm), faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w), and more RAM (6GB vs. 4GB). But the iPhone 11 adds a lightweight body (34 g./1.20 oz less).

How much more will the iPhone 12 Pro Max cost me?

If you're considering a new and unlocked smartphone, it should be about $480 more expensive.

Is it worth getting the iPhone 11 in 2021?

The iPhone 11 is still a great phone, even in 2021, but given that it's now an older device, you can pick it up even cheaper than it was at launch. However, you should also consider other phones like the iPhone 12 because it has better performance, more security updates, and an AMOLED display.

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

The iPhone 12 Pro Max isn't the latest release anymore, but you'll still be happy with its good performance, good camera, and great glass protection. It holds up pretty well in 2021, although you can also check the iPhone 12 Pro.

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The price round is no contest. The iPhone 11 sounds like a bargain compared to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. That's something to consider when making a comparison between the two.

For each featured section, there's a "Tek-Score" for you to check. We evaluate all quantifiable specifications to help you quickly identify how much they are far apart. You'll also have a global comparison rate because you'll probably have other phones in mind.

The weight of each section

This score is based on research from Globalwebindex.com about the most wanted features from people looking to buy new smartphones. But you'll get a say in the matter by setting it to whatever you like. You can check this out now, or just keep reading until you get there.

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There's a colored progress bar next to some items. That's so you can see how they sit side by side with equivalently priced phones.

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

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

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

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

Performance-wise, Geekbench 5 rates the iPhone 12 Pro Max 27% ahead on the multi-core rankings. On a day-to-day basis, it won't be that noticeable.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max's performance does stand out if you consider its rivals. While they got a rate of about 3093, it has 4240. That puts it 37% above them.

One can entitle both of them as high-end.

Inside the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the Apple A14 SoC, while on the iPhone 11, there's the Apple A13 chipset.

I could bet that Apple also increased its GPU performance and just kept the same name.

The iPhone 11 features the iOS 13 OS, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max has iOS 14.1.

Features iPhone 11 iPhone 12 Pro Max
SoC Apple A13 Apple A14
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 3328
OS iOS 13 iOS 14.1

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

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

The iPhone 12 Pro Max has the best screen, and you'd be able to tell the difference.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max features a 6.7" AMOLED display, while the iPhone 11 has a smaller 6.1" LCD display. Which one would you choose? Most people seem to prefer AMOLED for its saturated colors and higher contrast.

If you're looking for the most high-resolution display, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is a winner here.

The iPhone 11 sets itself apart from other similarly priced phones: Its display has a low pixel density.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so it's essential to know what kind of glass protection they have. The iPhone 12 Pro Max has a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus display. The iPhone 11, in its turn, has a Corning toughened glass.

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

When it comes to outdoor visibility, the iPhone 11 can do 644 nits, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max goes up to 822 nits.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max supports HDR10-compatible media.

Considering 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.

Concerning the iPhone 12 Pro Max, just so you know, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 90% of them offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate, have an Always-On display, and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)*
Features iPhone 11 iPhone 12 Pro Max
Size 6.1
Screen Type LCD AMOLED
Resolution (px) 828x1792
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 323.61
Always-On-Display No No
Notch Wedge Wedge
Peak Brightness 644 nits
822 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 back transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max back transparent png

You should note that the iPhone 11 is in the neighborhood of 49% above its adversaries in its class. Nevertheless, these two have similar rates, so...

Things are different when it comes to lenses. Together, a 12 Megapixels sensor, an aperture of f/1.8, a 26mm wide-angle lens, four flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization makes up the iPhone 11 camera set. Adding to that, you'll still get the ability to record videos at up to 2160p.

It also has a secondary 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.4 plus 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.

DXOMARK tested this camera and gave it a rate of 132. And if you take into account its wide-angle lens, it'll get 138** points. If you want to know more about it, click here .

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. However, only 17% of them feature a macro lens.

The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, in its turn, features a 12 Megapixels camera with an f/1.6 aperture and a 26mm, wide-angle lens. Then it has two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It records videos at up to 2160p. It also has a secondary 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.2 plus a 65mm telephoto lens, and an extra 12 Megapixels (f/2.4) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

On the front, there's the same f/2.2 12 MP camera and the same 23 mm wide-angle lens.

The guys over at the DXOMARK labs rated this camera with 138 points. And by adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we get a score of 150 points. Just click here to read about it.

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

We can classify these two more like high-end.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max has something neat about its cameras: a 2.5x optical zoom. This gives you an extra bit of freedom when taking your photos.

Just out of curiosity, the iPhone 12 Pro Max telephoto lens is 56mm lower than the average on related-priced phones.

**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 I need more reviewed devices to fine-tune older scores.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera iPhone 11 iPhone 12 Pro Max
Megapixels 12
Aperture 1.8
Lens 26mm
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 4 2 -2
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 138

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 11 iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 12
Aperture 2.4
Lens 13mm 65mm (2.5x zoom)
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Telephoto lens
Megapixels - 12
Aperture - 2.4
Lens - 13mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 6 12 6
Selfie Camera iPhone 11 iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 12
Aperture 2.2
Lens 23mm 23mm 0
iPhone 11 iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.

Who has the best frame?

I'd go for the iPhone 11 for its weight. But the iPhone 12 Pro Max is also pretty decent.

The iPhone 11 is 5.91 inches (150 mm) tall and 2.96 inches (75 mm) long. The iPhone 12 Pro Max came out 0.39 inches (10 mm) taller and 0.12 inches (3 mm) larger.

When it comes to thickness, they're almost equal: 8 mm (0.32 inches) vs. 7 mm (0.28 inches).

A front and back glass body does make these phones look premium on your hands. The iPhone 11 weighs 194 g. (6.84 oz), while its sibling is 34 g. (1.34 oz) heavier. But because screen size also matters, the "weight to display size" rate of the iPhone 11 is 3.3, which means it's kind of weighty for a 6.1 inches screen. Having said that, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has 2.1, which indicates it's oddly heavy.

You can have the iPhone 11 in Black, Yellow, Green, White, Red, and Purple. And you can compare that with the Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue, which comes with the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

If the iPhone 12 Pro Max is small enough for you, that's neat. If not, then you should choose the other one.

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

You'll still have Face ID on both of them. At least, Apple decided to include a Face ID scanner.

The iPhone 11 truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep, identical to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Remember that it shouldn't be for over half an hour, on standby, and freshwater only.

Body iPhone 11 iPhone 12 Pro Max
Size 150 x 75 x 8 mm
(5.29 x 2.65 x 0.28 in)
160 x 78 x 7 mm
(5.64 x 2.75 x 0.25 in)
Weight 194 g. (6.84 oz)
228 g. (8.04 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Black, Yellow, Green, White, Red, and Purple Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 81.25%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.3 2.1 -1.3
Looks 8.6/10
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Face ID

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

Which has the best battery?

The iPhone 11 has a 3110 mAh battery, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max has 3687 mAh. But as reported by GSMArena, both should theoretically get the same battery life.

That's what you can expect from the iPhone 11 after charging it up:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 83% of the battery remaining.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 71% 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 be with 73%.

And this is how the iPhone 12 Pro Max handles these tests:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 82% 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, you'll get down to 67% left.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll be with 69%.

Quickly charging any of them won't be an issue. The iPhone 11 supports up to 18w and the iPhone 12 Pro Max up to 20.

There's also wireless charging (5w vs. 15w) in both of them. Cool. The new iPhones also feature magnetic wireless charging. It's useful, but I'd favor a non-proprietary USB-C port.

Features iPhone 11 iPhone 12 Pro Max
Capacity (mAh) 3110 3687 577
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
82% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 71% left
67% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 73% left
69% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.6 2.6 -3.0
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 18w
Wireless Charging 5w

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

Definitely, the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Apple put 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage on the iPhone 11. There's no expandable storage. It may not be a deal-breaker, but it sure is something to keep in mind. You should know that at this price level, its rivals have more RAM and more storage. Right now, the average is 149Gb of storage and 8GB of RAM.

In its turn, the iPhone 12 Pro Max features 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. It also doesn't have a MicroSD slot, but you'll have plenty of room for your files. Again, you'll most likely get more RAM and more storage from almost all of their competitors. They usually get close to 11Gb of RAM and 179Gb of storage.

Neither storage nor RAM should be an issue on both iPhones. However, if you can't get enough of the record button, you'll find out that 64 GB won't be enough for you.

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

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The iPhone 12 Pro Max, as it features 5G.

When it comes to connectivity, both iPhones have Bluetooth 5.0. Both phones also have NFC.

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.

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

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

Which is more affordable?

The Apple iPhone 11 may not be the cheapest phone, but it's cheaper nonetheless. But do search for any deals or price drops before making up your mind. The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, in its turn, isn't that cheap, but if it's worth it or not, it's up to you to decide.

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

Here are their recently updated prices:

Apple iPhone 11

Reference: $700

Apple iPhone 11

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

Reference: $1,180

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

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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 iPhone 12 Pro Max VS
Amazon - ! - ! -
eBay - 0.68 -
Best Buy - - ! -
Walmart 0.66 - -

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So, what about that global rate? We'll get there. But first, let's see where its rivals are. They're at 6.8 (for the iPhone 11) and 7.7 (for the iPhone 12 Pro Max).

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

Unless you do want to save some bucks, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the way to go, whether you're considering an upgrade or not. There's nothing that the iPhone 11 can do that its newer sibling won't do better. It has faster speeds, a gorgeous AMOLED display with higher DPI, a smallish but much-needed telephoto lens, faster wireless charging speeds, the right amount of internal storage, and a good-enough amount of RAM.

But if you're getting the feeling that you could buy two iPhones 11 for the price of the 12 Pro Max, then you should know that the 11 is good enough. You'll only miss a telephoto lens, if that.

Pros iPhone 11 iPhone 12 Pro Max
#1 Performance Performance
#2 Cameras AMOLED
#3 Battery Life Cameras
#4 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#5 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#6 Glass Protection Glass Protection
Cons iPhone 11 iPhone 12 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*
Global Score iPhone 11 iPhone 12 Pro Max
Gaming Score
Your Score

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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 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40
  • OnePlusrival8
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
  • OnePlusrival8T
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro

 Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra

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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