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Apple iPhone 11 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Which Is Better?

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

The iPhone 11 won't cost you that much more, but it isn't the better device of the two considering their specs.

You'll get a glass back and more OS updates (2 additional years). But with the Galaxy S20 FE, you can get more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB) and external storage.

Anything else?

With the iPhone 11, you'll also get a cleaner user interface. But the Galaxy S20 FE also features an AMOLED, higher refresh rate, Always-On, larger (+0.4") display, a telephoto lens (+63 mm), faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w), reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (6GB vs. 4GB).

How much more will those additional features cost me?

If you're going off-contract, since it is more affordable, you can end up saving up to about $20.

Is it worth getting the iPhone 11 in 2021?

The iPhone 11 is a pretty decent smartphone in 2021, even more so if you can find it with a great deal. You can also consider other devices like the iPhone 12, as it has better performance, more security updates, and an AMOLED display.

Is it worth getting the Galaxy S20 FE in 2021?

Don't let its age scare you. The Galaxy S20 FE still is a fantastic device as we go thru 2021. Its overall score has not dropped much yet, and it's great for its good performance and good battery life. But if you've been dreaming about other phones, the iPhone 12 should also be one of them.

Read on to know more about them, how they rival their competition, and how other specialists evaluate them.

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Introduction

If you've seen my comparison between the Galaxy S20 FE and the bigger sibling of the iPhone 11, you already know what to expect here, as they ended up not that far apart. But how well does the most popular iPhone 11 fare against Samsung's low-cost flagship?

You're about to find out pretty soon, but do know that this is the 5G variant of the S20 FE.

In October of 2020, Samsung started selling its Galaxy S20 FE, while Apple's iPhone 11 hit the stores in September of 2019.

In this article, we see how the iPhone 11 and the Galaxy S20 FE compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

These phones have similar prices, but generally, the Galaxy S20 FE is more affordable. That's something to consider when making a comparison between the two.

Down below, there's a "Tek-Score" in every analyzed section of these models. All the specifications were examined to allow you a faster discerning of the variation between the phones. You'll also have a global comparison score because you'll probably have other phones in mind.

The weight of each section

That score is research-based. It's from Globalwebindex.com about what people want from their next smartphone. But you can fine-tune the global score depending on what matters to you. You can check this out now, but I suggest you keep reading to know more about them.

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

Some features have a colored bar next to them. That can help you understand 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 several top 10 tables for up to seven different budgets.

Price*
vs.
Device iPhone 11 Galaxy S20 FE
Release Date 2019, September 2020, October 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?

As you may have guessed, Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) gave these two the same performance. On daily usage, you wouldn't be able to notice any relevant differences between them. You should be aware that apps on iOs usually run smoother because it is a more optimized OS.

The iPhone 11's performance does stand out if you consider its rivals. About 38% above.

We can classify both of them as high-end.

Samsung decided to include the previous generation's Snapdragon 865 processor on its Galaxy S20 FE. In its turn, the Apple iPhone 11 has the Apple A13 processor.

Now about the graphics chipset, while the former has an Adreno 650, the latter features a proprietary Apple GPU.

iOS 13 runs out-of-the-box on the iPhone 11, and the Galaxy S20 FE has Android 10 and OneUI at its core.

The 4G variant of the S20 FE comes with the Exynos 990 and the Mali-G77.

There's a performance decrease of about 15% on the Exynos 990 for the Galaxy S20 FE.

Performance*
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Galaxy S20 FE
SoC Apple A13 Snapdragon 865
Graphics Apple GPU Adreno 650
Geekbench 5 Score 3328
3296
-32
OS iOS 13 Android 10 and OneUI
Tek-Score
7.5
7.5
-0.1

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Apple iPhone 11 front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 FE front transparent png

The Galaxy S20 FE's display does stand out, and that's as clear as glass. But the glass on the iPhone 11 is much tougher.

The iPhone 11 offers a sharp, 6.1-inch LCD display considerably smaller than the 6.5-inch AMOLED panel on the Galaxy S20 FE. Which one would you choose? Me, I'd go for an AMOLED screen, but a decent LCD can be just as good.

The display of the Galaxy S20 FE has a resolution of 1080x2400 Full HD. The iPhone 11, in its turn, has 828x1792 HD. If you can't get over the iPhone 11's notch, then at least you still have a choice here.

The iPhone 11 also falls behind most competitors at its price range: It is 26% below the average pixel density.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so I have to put this out: The Galaxy S20 FE has a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display. The iPhone 11, in its turn, has a Corning toughened glass. I was hoping for a newer version from Samsung. After all, Corning released this version in 2013.

There's one additional feature here: the Always-On display on the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.

If you set these displays for auto-brightness, the iPhone 11 can do 644 nits, while the Galaxy S20 FE does 823 nits.

The Galaxy S20 FE does support HDR10+ media.

If you're looking for high refresh rate displays, your only option is the Galaxy S20 FE with its 120hz screen.

Given the iPhone 11, just know that 96% of its rivals can play HDR content, 93% have an AMOLED screen, and 81% have an Always-On display.

Considering the Galaxy S20 FE, as a reference, 87% of its rivals can play HDR content, 96% have an AMOLED screen, and 91% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Galaxy S20 FE
Size 6.1
6.5
0.4
Screen Type LCD AMOLED
Resolution (px) 828x1792
1080x2400
1108224
Refresh Rate 60hz 120hz 60
Dots per Inch 323.61
404.89
81.28
Always-On-Display No Yes
Notch Wedge Hole
Peak Brightness 644 nits
823 nits
179
HDR - HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
1.2
9.1
7.9
Protection Corning toughened glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Tek-Score
5.2
4.4
-0.8

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Apple iPhone 11 back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 FE back transparent png

By DXOMARK's standards, the Galaxy S20 FE is also roughly 44 points above its rivals at about this price tag. Still, it isn't the one I'm recommending.

Flip the phones over, let's start the cameras' battle. The iPhone 11 has a 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/1.8, a 26mm wide-angle lens, four flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It can 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.

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 score of 132. If you also consider its wide-angle lens, the final score goes up to 138** points. If you want to know more about it, click here.

To put things in perspective: keep in mind that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 85% feature Optical Image Stabilization. However, only 19% of them feature a macro lens.

If you want to compare both 12 Megapixels cameras, you won't find many differences from the iPhone 11. You'll also get two additional sensors, one with 8 Megapixels, an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 76mm telephoto lens, and another with 12 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

You can get selfies with 32 MP Megapixels. It has a lens with f/2.2 of aperture and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 119. And by adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we get a score of 131 points. For an out-and-out review, check their article.

PS: This Dxo score is for the 4G variant, but this variant should be close enough.

Lastly, if you must know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Additionally, only 22% of them feature a macro lens.

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

The Galaxy S20 FE has something neat about its cameras: a 3x optical zoom. It can save lots of otherwise pixelated photos.

**This score still needs improvement, especially with cameras with less than 40MP and no telephoto lens. They just revised their formula, and there aren't enough reviewed cameras to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera iPhone 11 Galaxy S20 FE
Megapixels 12
12
0
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 2160 0
Score 138
131
-7

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 11 Galaxy S20 FE vs.
Megapixels 12
8
-4
Aperture 2.4
2.4
0.0
Lens 13mm 76mm (3x zoom)
63
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Telephoto lens
Megapixels - 12
Aperture - 2.2
Lens - 13mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 6 12 6
Selfie Camera iPhone 11 Galaxy S20 FE vs.
Megapixels 12
32
20
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 23mm 26mm 3
iPhone 11 Galaxy S20 FE vs.
Tek-Score
8.1
7.7
-0.4

Who has the best frame?

They ended up with the same score, so you can't go wrong here.

The iPhone 11 has a height of 5.91 inches (150 mm) and a width of 2.96 inches (75 mm). The Galaxy S20 FE, on the other hand, is 9 mm taller and 1 mm narrower (about 0.35 inches by 0.04 inches).

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

The iPhone 11 has a full glass body, while its rival has a plastic back. With both phones weighing about 190 g. (6.70 oz) there isn't much to consider here. If you're looking for a lightweight device, the "weight to display size" score of the iPhone 11 is 3.3, and that's another way of saying it's kind of weighty for its screen size. In the meantime, the Galaxy S20 FE has 5.0, so nothing to state here.

We do like having some color options. You get Black, Yellow, Green, White, Red, and Purple in the iPhone 11. But you can get Cloud Lavender, Cloud Navy, Cloud Mint, Cloud Orange, Cloud Red, and Cloud White with the Galaxy S20 FE.

If the iPhone 11 is big enough for you, then excellent. If not, then you may be out of options here.

Is the lack of a fingerprint scanner a deal-breaker to you? There's one under the display of the Galaxy S20 FE but not on the iPhone 11.

You can still use biometrics to log in on the iPhone 11. Some say Face ID isn't as secure, but it's there for you.

The iPhone 11 truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep, much like the Galaxy S20 FE. That should be for up to 30 minutes, on standby, and freshwater only.

Looks*
vs.
Body iPhone 11 Galaxy S20 FE
Size 150 x 75 x 8 mm
(5.29 x 2.65 x 0.28 in)
159 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.61 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
4128
Weight 194 g. (6.84 oz)
190 g. (6.70 oz)
-4
Build Front and back glass Front glass
Colors Black, Yellow, Green, White, Red, and Purple Cloud Lavender, Cloud Navy, Cloud Mint, Cloud Orange, Cloud Red, and Cloud White
Screen To Body Ratio 81.25%
86.69%
5.44
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.3 5.0 1.7
Looks 8.6/10
6.6/10
-2.1
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
7.1
6.8
-0.3

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

Which has the best battery?

At 3110 mAh, the iPhone 11 is the owner of the smallest battery, while the Galaxy S20 FE features 4500 mAh. But as reported by GSMArena, you should get the same battery life with either device.

If you charge it up, this is what you'll find out about the iPhone 11:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 83% left.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, the battery charge will be about 71%.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 73% left for the rest of the day.

And these are the results for the Galaxy S20 FE:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll end up with 85% of the battery charge.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 71% left for the rest of the day.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 74% left for the rest of the day.

Just be aware that the Galaxy S20 FE can also beat almost all devices that we've tested. Actually, it may even be on our top 10 for battery life.

Quickly charging any of them won't be an issue. The iPhone 11 supports up to 18w, and the Galaxy S20 FE up to 25.

There's also wireless charging (5w vs. 15w) in both of them. Cool.

The Galaxy S20 FE also supports reverse wireless charging at 4.5w/hour for Qi-enabled devices.

The 4G variant of the S20 FE also has lower battery efficiency (about 10% less screen-on-time).

Battery*
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Galaxy S20 FE
Capacity (mAh) 3110 4500 1390
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
85% left
2
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 71% left
71% left
0
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 73% left
74% left
1
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.6 5.1 -0.5
Sub Tek-Score
7.6
7.7
0.1
Fast Charging 18w
25w
7
Wireless Charging 5w
15w
10
Reverse Charging No 4.5w
4.5
Tek-Score
6.7
7.4
0.7

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The Galaxy S20 FE has about two times more storage.

The iPhone 11 has 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. Unfortunately, Apple didn't include a MicroSD slot. 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 deliver more RAM and more storage. They're around 7GB of RAM and 126Gb of storage.

The Galaxy S20 FE offers 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. You can count on the MicroSD card to save the day.

Most people should be OK with their internal storage. However, if you plan to store some movies or record tons of videos, 64 GB will be a problem sooner than later.

The 4G variant of the S20 FE may start at 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

Storage*
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Galaxy S20 FE
RAM (GB) 4GB
6GB
2
Internal (GB) 64GB
128GB
64
Micro SD No microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
2.8
7.5
4.8

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The Galaxy S20 FE for sure, as it has 5G.

Both phones have Bluetooth 5.0, so nothing special here. You can also find NFC on both of them.

About the 3.5mm jack: Now may be the time to consider moving to wireless earbuds. You may go for an adapter as a last resort, but it really isn't the same. Or you can also check its rivals if you're not really leaning towards any of these. You'd have to pick a smartphone like the Galaxy Note 10 Lite.

You can connect the Galaxy S20 FE to LTE or (LTE and) 5G networks. You can pick the Galaxy S20 FE with 4G with an Exynos 990 and a Mali-G77 GPU.

Connectivity
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Galaxy S20 FE
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 Samsung Galaxy S20 FE may not be the best bang for your buck. But with a great deal or a price drop, it can be an impressive finding. The Apple iPhone 11, on the other hand, is usually more costly, but that's probably something you already knew. Maybe you can get some money back if you end up selling it.

Don't worry, because the following tables will help you make up your mind.

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

Apple iPhone 11

Reference: $700

Apple iPhone 11

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

Reference: $680

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

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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 Galaxy S20 FE VS
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Walmart 0.71 - -

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The 4G variant of the S20 FE should be about 20% cheaper.

Are you also considering other options? The global score can help. But first, let's see where its rivals are. They usually sit close to 6.5 (for the iPhone 11) and 6.8 (for the Galaxy S20 FE).

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Stand Out?

Like with its bigger sibling, performance isn't an issue between these two. What you should really pay attention to are their displays. If you're OK with an LCD screen that "only" has 320 DPIs, 60hz of refresh rate, no Always -On, no HDR, and a large notch, then the iPhone 11 isn't that bad. At least, you'll get better glass protection.

Another issue that you may run into somewhere along the way is the 64GB of storage on the iPhone. That's when you'll wish you went for a device with 128GB and external storage.

Aside from that, you'll lose on picture quality, but you'll get a full glass body if you go for the iPhone 11.

Pros iPhone 11 Galaxy S20 FE
#1 Performance Performance
#2 Cameras AMOLED
#3 Battery Life Always-On-Display
#4 Fast Charging Cameras
#5 Wireless Charging Battery Life
#6 Glass Protection Fast Charging
#7 Wireless Charging
#8 MicroSD Slot
#9 Glass Protection
Cons iPhone 11 Galaxy S20 FE
#1 Screen Resolution Weight
#2 AMOLED 3.5mm Jack
#3 Always-On-Display Price
#4 MicroSD Slot Glass Protection
#5 Weight
#6 3.5mm Jack
#7 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score iPhone 11 Galaxy S20 FE
Gaming Score
4.2
7.5
3.3
Tek-Score
6.00
6.86
0.86
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 
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $388
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
    $407
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $479
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $478
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $407
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $399
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $478
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $429
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $365
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $369
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $509
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $514
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $479
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $500
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399

 Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $699
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
    $579
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $569
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $614
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $704
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $614
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $540
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $598
  • 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 4G
    $509
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $514
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $565
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $500
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $599
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698
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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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