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Apple iPhone 11 vs Samsung Galaxy S10: Should You Go iOS Or Android?




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Apple iPhone 11, Samsung Galaxy S10

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Luis Silva (March 2020, updated: February 2021)

Introduction

This is what most people have been talking about when they discuss fruits vs. robots (you can now include the S20 lineup too). This is the closed Apple ecosystem vs. the open Android world, and it's the best you get in this class.

While Samsung's Galaxy S10 hit stores in March of 2019, Apple's iPhone 11 went on sale in September of 2019.

We are looking at how the iPhone 11 and the Galaxy S10 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

Which is better?

You'll spend more on the iPhone 11, but it doesn't have better specs.

It features better performance (+55%) and better battery life. But the Galaxy S10 will deliver a better display, more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB), and external storage.

What else sets them apart?

The iPhone 11 also gives you a cleaner user interface. But with the Galaxy S10, you can also get an AMOLED, Always-On display, a telephoto lens (+39 mm), a lightweight body (37 g./1.31 oz less), faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w), reverse wireless charging, more RAM (8GB vs. 4GB), and a headphone jack.


How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're going off-contract, it'll most likely cost you (up to about $201) less, so you should really look into it.


Is it worth getting the iPhone 11 in 2021?

Yes, of course. It absolutely is a high-end smartphone, in my opinion.


Is it worth buying the Galaxy S10 in 2021?

Why not? If you don't plan to keep it for over 1 year, and you get to save a little bit too.



The Galaxy S10 definitely has the iPhone 11 beaten on price. That's something you should keep in mind when comparing them.

Look out for a "Tek-Score" in every section of this article. All the specifications were examined to allow you a faster discerning of the variation between the phones. The global score will help you compare them to other phones if you aren't sure about these two.

Our Tek-Score is based on a study done by Globalwebindex.com on what features users value on new smartphones.

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

Some features are underlined with a red or green progress bar. That's so you can see how they relate to the ones from similarly priced smartphones.

By clicking here: you'll see which ones we've analyzed, but we only include smartphones with price tags from -20% to +20%.

Some features are also shortcuts to the best 10 phones on that for every spending plan.


Price* vs.
Device iPhone 11 Galaxy S10
Release Date 2019, September 2019, March 0y.
OS Updates 6 years 3 years -3y.
Security Updates 6 years 3 years -3y.

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


Performance

Regarding their chipset, while the Samsung Galaxy S10 comes with the Exynos 9820 SoC, the Apple iPhone 11 has the Apple A13 SoC.

Now about the graphics chipset, while the former has a Mali-G76 MP12, the latter features a proprietary Apple GPU.

In terms of performance, Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) scores the iPhone 11 55% ahead of its rival on the multi-core rankings. If you're a gamer, this should be an easy pick. Since iPhones run on their own operating system, apps do run quicker because the OS is tailored for its hardware.

It's safe to say that the iPhone 11 can be tagged as high-end and the Galaxy S10 as more like an upper mid-range.

The iPhone 11 features the iOS 13 OS, and the Galaxy S10 has Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI.

PS: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (with the Adreno 640 GPU) and the Exynos 9820 (with the Mali-G76) are market-dependent. Click here for more info.

There's a performance increase of about 17% on the 855 for the Galaxy S10.


Performance* vs.
Features iPhone 11 Galaxy S10
SoC Apple A13 Exynos 9820
Graphics Apple GPU Mali-G76 MP12
Geekbench 5 Score 3328
2153
-1175
OS iOS 13 Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI
Tek-Score
7.5
5.6
-2.0

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.


Display

Apple iPhone 11 front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S10 front transparent png

Both feature the same (LCD and AMOLED) 6.1" display size. There's no general contest here as each user has his personal preferences. To me, a 6.3 inches screen is where I draw the line.

The Galaxy S10 benefits from a higher resolution, at 1440x3040 pixels, while the iPhone 11 has 828x1792 pixels. If you can't get over the iPhone 11's notch, the Galaxy S10 isn't perfect, but it's pretty close to that.

The iPhone 11 has one disadvantage over most smartphones in its class: It is 31% below the average pixel density.

Screen bezels are shrinking in size almost every passing day, so I have to put this out: The iPhone 11 is shielded with a Corning toughened glass. The Galaxy S10 display is preserved with a previous generation Gorilla Glass 6.

Unfortunately, only one of them has an Always-On display, and it's the Samsung Galaxy S10.

If you set your brightness to auto, the iPhone 11 will reach 644 nits, while the Galaxy S10 can do 176 nits above that.

The Galaxy S10 is capable of displaying HDR10+ video formats.

If you haven't noticed yet, the Galaxy S10 is the winner here.

Considering the iPhone 11, 89% of its rivals can play HDR content, 96% have an AMOLED screen, and 93% of them have an Always-On display.

For the Galaxy S10, 87% of its rivals can play HDR content, 91% have an AMOLED screen, and 83% of them have an Always-On display.


Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features iPhone 11 Galaxy S10
Size 6.1
6.1
0.0
Screen Type LCD AMOLED
Resolution (px) 828x1792
1440x3040
2893824
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 323.61
551.44
227.83
Always-On-Display No Yes
Notch Wedge Hole
Peak Brightness 644 nits
820 nits
176
HDR - HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
1.2
9.2
8.0
Protection Corning toughened glass Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Tek-Score
5.2
8.0
2.8

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.


Cameras

Apple iPhone 11 back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S10 back transparent png

Things are different when it comes to lenses. The iPhone 11's primary camera has a 12 MP sensor, with an aperture of f/1.8, a 26mm wide-angle lens, four flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. Videos on its shooter have a maximum resolution of 2160p.

You can also count on another 12 MP camera with an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

With the selfies camera, you get a 12 MP shooter, with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

DxOMark tested this camera and gave it a rate of 132. Then, if you consider its wide-angle lens, it'll get 138** points. If you click here, you can check what they think of it.

To put things in perspective: 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 19% of them feature a macro lens.

The standard camera on the back of the Galaxy S10 has a 12 MP sensor and a 26mm, f/1.5 aperture, wide-angle lens. It also has one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. When it comes to recording videos, it can do 2160p. It also has two extra rear-facing camera lenses. One has 12 MP (with an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 52mm telephoto lens), and another with 16 MP (f/2.2) with a 12mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

There's a dual aperture shooter on the Galaxy S10 that allows you to choose between f/1.5 or f/2.4.

The selfie camera has 10 MP, an f/1.9 aperture, and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DxOMark evaluated this camera, and here's the rate: 116. And by adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we'll get to the final rate of 129** points. If you want to know more about every tidbit, click here.

Last (but not least), all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 91% of them feature Optical Image Stabilization. That said, only 13% of them feature a macro lens.

You should note that the iPhone 11 is in the neighborhood of 50% above other competitors from its price range. So it should be your option today.

Considering this score, we can classify the iPhone 11 as high-end and the Galaxy S10 in the lower high-end ballpark.

What I really like about the Galaxy S10 is the 2x telephoto lens. As soon as you get used to it, you'll know what I mean.

The Galaxy S10's lens can be great in low light conditions owing to its greater aperture.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They moved to a better camera test protocol, and I still have few reviewed devices to better deduce a compatible rate.


Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera iPhone 11 Galaxy S10
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.8
1.5
-0.3
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 4 1 -3
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 138
129
-9

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 11 Galaxy S10 vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 2.4
2.4
0.0
Lens 13mm 52mm (2x zoom)
39
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Telephoto lens
Megapixels - 16
Aperture - 2.2
Lens - 12mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 6 13 7

Selfie Camera iPhone 11 Galaxy S10 vs.
Megapixels 12
10
-2
Aperture 2.2
1.9
-0.3
Lens 23mm 26mm 3

iPhone 11 Galaxy S10 vs.
Tek-Score
8.1
7.6
-0.5

Body

The iPhone 11 comes at 150x75 mm (5.91x2.96 inches). Samsung's Galaxy S10 is a bit smaller, precisely 1 mm (0.04 inches), and a bit narrower too, about 5 mm (0.20 inches).

They have about the same depth: 8 mm (0.32 inches) vs. 7 mm (0.28 inches).

All of that goodness is presented in a sleek glass body. The iPhone 11 is 37 g. (1.31 oz) heavier than its rival, which sits at 157 g. (5.54 oz). If you're looking for a lightweight device, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The iPhone 11 got a score of 3.3, which implies it's kind of weighty for a 6.1 inches display. The Galaxy S10, however, has 7.9, which suggests exceptional work from Samsung.

You'll also get some color options here. The Samsung Galaxy S10 comes in Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Blue, Cardinal Red, and Smoke Blue. The Apple iPhone 11, in its turn, comes in Black, Yellow, Green, White, Red, and Purple.

What about a fingerprint scanner? The Galaxy S10 has one, but the iPhone 11 doesn't.

That doesn't mean you're out of security options on the iPhone 11. At least Apple opted for the Face ID sensor instead.

The iPhone 11 truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep, just like the Galaxy S10. That should be for up to 30 minutes, and it's freshwater in standby mode only.


Looks* vs.
Body iPhone 11 Galaxy S10
Size 150 x 75 x 8 mm
(5.29 x 2.65 x 0.28 in)
149 x 70 x 7 mm
(5.26 x 2.47 x 0.25 in)
-16990
Weight 194 g. (6.84 oz)
157 g. (5.54 oz)
-37
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Black, Yellow, Green, White, Red, and Purple Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Blue, Cardinal Red, and Smoke Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 81.25%
89.05%
7.80
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.3 7.9 4.6
Looks 8.6/10
10.0/10
1.3
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
7.1
8.9
1.8

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

Battery

Specs-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S10 seems to have an advantage here. 3400 mAh vs. 3110 mAh is a no-brainer. But how does that reflect day-to-day usage? By charging them up and testing them out, this is how the iPhone 11 comes out of it:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll end up with 83% of the battery charge.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, this phone should end up with 71%.
  • 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 this is how the Galaxy S10 handles these tests:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 78% of the battery remaining.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, the battery charge will be about 58%.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, the phone will have 62% left for the rest of the day.

Have you noticed who the winner is? Yes, it's the iPhone 11.

This is one of the Galaxy S10's worse features. Way worse than what you find on their rivals. It lasts 9% less than the average on these tasks.

If one of these will end up being the one, you'll have quick-charging on your next phone: 18w for the iPhone 11 and 15w for the Galaxy S10.

They all include wireless charging, and they charge at 5w vs. 15w. That's nice.

You can also use the Galaxy S10 reverse wireless charging to charge any Qi-enabled device up to 9w per hour.

The Snapdragon 855 chipset has another advantage: A battery life boost of about 15% (screen-on-time) if you compare it to the Exynos 9820.


Battery* vs.
Features iPhone 11 Galaxy S10
Capacity (mAh) 3110 3400 290
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
78% left
-5
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 71% left
58% left
-13
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 73% left
62% left
-11
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.6 5.9 0.3
Sub Tek-Score
7.6
6.6
-1.0
Fast Charging 18w
15w
-3
Wireless Charging 5w
15w
10
Reverse Charging No 9w
9
Tek-Score
6.7
6.5
-0.2

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.


Storage

In terms of RAM, the iPhone 11 brings 4GB. In terms of storage, it has 64GB. There's no MicroSD slot. This shouldn't be an issue for most of us. Be aware that at this price segment, others have more RAM and more storage. They're around 8GB of RAM and 154Gb of storage.

On the Galaxy S10, you'll find 128GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM. If you ever run out of free space, you can add a MicroSD card.

Most people should be OK with their internal storage. However, if videos or big games are your things, 64 GB will be a problem sooner than later.


Storage* vs.
Features iPhone 11 Galaxy S10
RAM (GB) 4GB
8GB
4
Internal (GB) 64GB
128GB
64
Micro SD No microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
2.8
7.5
4.8

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


Connectivity

Both phones have Bluetooth 5.0, so nothing special here. As for the NFC chips, both have them.

If you love good-old wired headphones, you can count on the Galaxy S10. You can try an adapter on the iPhone 11 if you want, but the wireless buds are the way to go here.

The Galaxy S10 runs on LTE or (LTE and) 5G networks. If you'd rather have 256GB of storage, a larger 6.7-inch display, a 0.3MP depth camera, a 4500 mAh battery, and fast charging at 25w, you should consider the 5G version of the Galaxy S10.


Connectivity vs.
Features iPhone 11 Galaxy S10
Network LTE LTE (also available in 5G)
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No Yes
Tek-Score
4.6
9.5
4.9

Price

The Samsung Galaxy S10 surely wins over its competitor in this round. That, of course, depends on the place and the deals that you'll eventually find. Promotions aside, the iPhone 11 is more expensive, but I believe that it shouldn't come as a surprise at all. At least it may be easier to sell if you consider selling it afterward.

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

Here are the best deals on some major online stores:


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 Galaxy S10 VS
Amazon - ! - -
eBay - 1.19 -
Best Buy - - -
Wallmart 0.53 - -

And this is the "The Best Smartphones On A Budget" list.

Are you also considering other options? The global score can help. But first, let's see where its rivals are. The iPhone 11 class is at 6.9, and the Galaxy S10 6.6.


Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S10 Stand Out?

You could say that Apple has a (slightly) better iPhone, or that Samsung already has it's Galaxy S20 lineup, but for the last six months, this was what was on tech stores, "side by side." Apple clearly beats Samsung in the performance department. Not only iOS apps run faster, but they also run on a faster processor. But Samsung clearly wins on the display section. At least in the screen resolution and the native Always-On display. I also do like the telephoto lens of the Galaxy S10, and I also like what Samsung did to its weight. On the other hand, Apple does win in the battery department, just to lose right ahead, in the storage section. In the end, I believe it's hard to pick one of them if you don't have a preferred operative system. But in these particular comparisons, I'll refrain from giving a personal opinion. The facts are here. Now you can choose for yourself.


Pros iPhone 11 Galaxy S10
#1 Performance AMOLED
#2 Cameras Always-On-Display
#3 Battery Life Cameras
#4 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#5 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#6 Glass Protection MicroSD Slot
#7 3.5mm Jack
#8 Glass Protection

Cons iPhone 11 Galaxy S10
#1 Screen Resolution
#2 AMOLED
#3 Always-On-Display
#4 MicroSD Slot
#5 Weight
#6 3.5mm Jack
#7 Price

Relative Score* vs.
Global Score iPhone 11 Galaxy S10
Gaming Score
4.2
6.8
2.5
Tek-Score
6.04
7.31
1.27

*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
    $562

  • Apple


    iPhone XS Max
    $620

  • Apple


    iPhone 11 Pro Max
    $580

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 10
    $547

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Plus
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ EX
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ SD
    $493

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 EX
    $684

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 SD
    $649

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20+ SD
    $649

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 SD
    $499

  • OnePlus


    7T Pro
    $549

  • Huawei


    P30 Pro
    $598

  • Google


    Pixel 4 XL
    $609

  • Huawei


    Mate 20 Pro
    $550

  • Huawei


    P40
    $666

  • OnePlus


    8 Pro
    $599

  • OnePlus


    8
    $630

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Lite
    $470

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10 Pro
    $600

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE
    $540

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE 4G
    $549

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE 5G
    $540

  • Oppo


    Find X2 Neo
    $593

  • Google


    Pixel 5
    $548

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10T Pro
    $480

  • OnePlus


    8T
    $599

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10
    $529

  • Oppo


    Reno4 Pro
    $594

 Samsung Galaxy S10 
  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 8
    $424

  • Apple


    iPhone X
    $562

  • Apple


    iPhone 11
    $578

  • Apple


    iPhone 11 Pro Max
    $580

  • Apple


    iPhone XS
    $410

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 10
    $547

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Plus
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10e EX
    $428

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ EX
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ SD
    $493

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 EX
    $429

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 SD
    $499

  • OnePlus


    7 Pro
    $429

  • OnePlus


    7T Pro
    $549

  • Huawei


    P30
    $400

  • Huawei


    P30 Pro
    $598

  • Google


    Pixel 4
    $429

  • Huawei


    Mate 20 Pro
    $550

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 9
    $400

  • Apple


    iPhone SE 2
    $439

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Lite
    $470

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE
    $540

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE 4G
    $549

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE 5G
    $540

  • Oppo


    Find X2 Neo
    $593

  • Google


    Pixel 5
    $548

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10T Pro
    $480

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10
    $529

  • Oppo


    Reno4 Pro
    $594

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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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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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