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Apple iPhone 12 Mini vs 12 Pro: Which iPhone Should You Buy?

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

The iPhone 12 Pro will cost you more, but it also is the better device of the two considering their specs.

You'll get better battery life and more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB).

Are there other things worth mentioning?

The iPhone 12 Pro also has a larger (+0.7") display, a telephoto lens (+39 mm), and more RAM (6GB vs. 4GB). But the iPhone 12 Mini features a lightweight body (54 g./1.90 oz less).

How much more will the iPhone 12 Pro cost me?

If you're considering a new and unlocked smartphone, you'll have to spend approximately $381 more.

Is it worth getting the iPhone 12 Mini in 2021?

The iPhone 12 Mini is still one of the best phones you can buy in 2021 (depending on your budget), even more so if you can find it with a great deal. Still, you can also check the iPhone 12.

Is it worth getting the iPhone 12 Pro in 2021?

The iPhone 12 Pro continues to be a rock-solid smartphone because of its good performance, a good camera, and excellent glass protection. That's why I'll continue to recommend it in 2021, although you can also check (again) the iPhone 12.

Read on to learn more about their differences, how they compare to similarly priced rivals, and how the industry is scoring their specs.

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So, the iPhone 12 and the Mini aren't that different. But what about the iPhone 12 Pro? Should you spend a bit more or is the Mini good enough?

Let's find out.

In October of 2020, Apple started selling its iPhone 12 Pro, while Apple's iPhone 12 Mini hit the stores one month later.

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

The price round is no contest. The iPhone 12 Mini sounds like a bargain compared to the iPhone 12 Pro. That is something worth considering when comparing them.

Down below, there's a "Tek-Score" in every analyzed section of these models. For a quicker analysis of how far they are from each other, we'll consider all their specifications. You'll find a global score at the end, which can help you compare to other phones if you aren't sure about these two.

The weight of each section

That score is research-based. It's from Globalwebindex.com about the most wanted features from people looking to buy new smartphones. But you can fine-tune the global score depending on your preferences. Click here to skip everything, but keep reading because there are many things to unveil about these two and their rivals.

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

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

Some items are underlined, and you can tap to access several top 10 tables for up to seven different budgets.

Device iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12 Pro
Release Date 2020, November 2020, October 0y.
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?

About performance: Geekbench 5 scores the iPhone 12 Mini 3% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. Basically, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

These two also have their performance well above the average for their price range.

One can entitle both of them as high-end.

Both come with the Apple A14, so this actually isn't a speed race.

If you're a gamer, you don't have much to choose from, as they also share their GPU: a proprietary Apple GPU.

They all were released with the iOS 14.1 OS.

Features iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12 Pro
SoC Apple A14 Apple A14
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 4174
OS iOS 14.1 iOS 14.1

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Apple iPhone 12 Mini front transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Pro front transparent png

They ended up with identical scores, so any of them will do.

The iPhone 12 Pro features a 6.1" AMOLED display, while the iPhone 12 Mini has a smaller 5.4" AMOLED display. To each, it's own. Me, I'd go for an AMOLED screen, but a decent LCD can be just as good.

If you prefer a smartphone with a small display, the iPhone 12 Mini is the one. It really is short compared to most similarly priced phones.

The iPhone 12 Pro adopts an 1170x2532 Full HD resolution. The iPhone 12 Mini features a more modest resolution of 1080x2340 (Full HD) pixels.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so let's get the elephant out of the room. These displays share "the latest Gorilla Glass Victus" protection.

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

If you set your brightness to auto, the iPhone 12 Mini can go up to 627 nits, while the iPhone 12 Pro goes up to 802 nits.

Both phones do support HDR10 videos.

About the iPhone 12 Mini, 92% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 96% have an Always-On display.

Compared to the iPhone 12 Pro, as a reference, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, 85% offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better, and 92% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
Features iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12 Pro
Size 5.4
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 477.26
Always-On-Display No No
Notch Wedge Wedge
Peak Brightness 627 nits
802 nits
Sub Tek-Score
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Apple iPhone 12 Mini back transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Pro back transparent png

If you value quality photos, you should know that the iPhone 12 Mini is about 35% above other competitors from its price range. But you won't find a winner here.

Things are different when it comes to lenses. Apple's iPhone 12 Mini features a 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/1.6, a 26mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It can record videos at up to 2160p.

Next to its primary camera, it has another 12 Megapixels shooter 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 gave this shooter a score of 132. If you add its wide-angle lens, it can go up to 139 points. If you click here, you can check what they think of it.

PS: all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Yet, only 12% of them feature a macro lens.

There's nothing to compare here. You'll soon find out that both the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Mini have the same 12 Megapixels camera. You'll also get two additional sensors, one with 12 Megapixels, an aperture of f/2.0 plus a 52mm telephoto lens, and another with 12 Megapixels (f/2.4) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

The selfie camera has the same 12 MP, an f/2.2 aperture, and the same 23 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 135. And by adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we'll get to the final score of 147 points. If you want to know more about it, check it here.

Winding it up, just to let you know, 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. Still, none of them feature a macro lens.

One can place these two as high-end.

Something I love about the iPhone 12 Pro is its 2x optical zoom. It enables you to zoom in on the subject without ruining your photos.

Just out of curiosity, the iPhone 12 Pro telescopic lens is 66mm below the rest within similarly priced rivals.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12 Pro
Megapixels 12
Aperture 1.6
Lens 26mm
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 4 2
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 139

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12 Pro vs.
Megapixels 12
Aperture 2.4
Lens 13mm 52mm (2x zoom)
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Telephoto lens
Megapixels - 12
Aperture - 2.4
Lens - 13mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 7 12 5
Selfie Camera iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12 Pro vs.
Megapixels 12
Aperture 2.2
Lens 23mm 23mm 0
iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12 Pro vs.

Who has the best frame?

The iPhone 12 Mini does have an advantage here, thanks to its weight.

The iPhone 12 Mini is 5.16 inches (131 mm) tall and 2.52 inches (64 mm) long. The Apple iPhone 12 Pro, however, is a bit wider. Precisely 0.28 inches (7 mm) and a bit taller: 0.59 inches (15 mm).

Both are 7 mm thicker (about 0.28 inches). Be aware that the iPhone 12 Mini is approximately 27% smaller than most phones from this price range.

Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. The iPhone 12 Pro is 54 g. (2.13 oz) heavier than the other, weighing about 135 g. (4.76 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 12 Mini got a score of 8.6, which means it's one of the lightest phones for a 5.4 inches screen. The iPhone 12 Pro, in its turn, has 3.8, which suggests it's considerably hefty.

You'll also get some color options here. The Apple iPhone 12 Pro comes in Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue. The Apple iPhone 12 Mini, in its turn, comes in Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue.

If you like to keep your phones small, consider getting the Apple iPhone 12 Mini. If not, then really consider getting the other one.

What about a fingerprint scanner? You won't find them here.

You can still use biometrics to log in on both of them. At least, Apple decided to include a Face ID scanner.

The iPhone 12 Mini is water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters, and the same goes for the iPhone 12 Pro. Remember that it shouldn't be for over half an hour, in standby and freshwater only, so no saltwater or pools here.

Body iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12 Pro
Size 131 x 64 x 7 mm
(4.62 x 2.26 x 0.25 in)
146 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.15 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
Weight 135 g. (4.76 oz)
189 g. (6.67 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 85.38%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 8.6 3.8 -4.8
Looks 9.6/10
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Face ID

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

Which has the best battery?

The iPhone 12 Mini features a 2227 mAh battery, while the iPhone 12 Pro has 2815 mAh. And GSMArena did test them out, and the latter is the winner here.

This is how the iPhone 12 Mini performs after a full charge:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 75% 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 59%.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, this is where your battery will be: 59%.

And this is where the iPhone 12 Pro ends at:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 79% of the battery charge.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, the battery charge will be about 63%.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, this is where your battery will be: 65%.

OK, the iPhone 12 Mini isn't winning any battery contest, but Apple did a great job here if you ask me. That's the conclusion that we take from its "battery to phone size" rate of 9.9.

Clearly, the iPhone 12 Mini's battery capacity is well below the average in this price range. These numbers show that it is 11% below the rest.

They can both do 20 watts when charging, so there's nothing to see here.

There's also wireless charging (12w vs. 15w) in both of them. Cool. The new iPhones also feature magnetic wireless charging. That's great, but it's yet another proprietary solution.

Features iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12 Pro
Capacity (mAh) 2227 2815 588
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 75% left
79% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 59% left
63% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 59% left
65% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 9.9 6.4 -3.5
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 20w
Wireless Charging 12w

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The iPhone 12 Pro has about two times more storage.

The iPhone 12 Mini comes equipped with 64GB of integrated storage and 4GB of RAM. There's no extra storage here. This shouldn't be an issue for most of us. Also, similarly priced adversaries usually offer more RAM and more storage. They're around 8GB of RAM and 133Gb of storage.

The iPhone 12 Pro offers 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. Unfortunately, it also lacks a MicroSD card slot, but it won't be an issue for sure. Again, you can effortlessly get more storage and more RAM on most of its rivals. They usually get close to 10Gb of RAM and 187Gb of storage.

Both phones have more than enough storage and RAM for the average consumer. However, if you love to have or record tons of videos, you'll find out that 64 GB won't be enough for you.

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

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

These two do look alike sometimes.

Bluetooth 5.0 is here, on both of them. As for the NFC chips, both have them.

If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. You can try an adapter if you want, but the wireless buds are the way to go here.

You can connect them to (LTE and) 5G networks.

Features iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12 Pro
Network 5G 5G
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No

Which is more affordable?

The Apple iPhone 12 Mini isn't the cheapest smartphone that you can buy. That, of course, depends on the place and the deals that you'll eventually find. Nevertheless, it's considerably pricey. About 8% more expensive than its direct rivals. Most of them aren't that far from $687. The Apple iPhone 12 Pro, in its turn, isn't that cheap, but I'm not here to tell you if it's worth it.

If you still aren't sure about any of them, let's check how much worth you can expect.

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

Apple iPhone 12 Mini

Reference: $739

Apple iPhone 12 Mini

Apple iPhone 12 Pro

Reference: $1,120

Apple iPhone 12 Pro

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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 12 Mini iPhone 12 Pro VS
Amazon - ! - ! -
eBay 0.82 0.71 -0.11
Best Buy - ! 0.74 -
Walmart - - -

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Want to know about that global score? For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. The iPhone 12 Mini class is at 7.0, and the iPhone 12 Pro 7.7.

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

The iPhone 12 Mini does have one advantage, but I guess it isn't a deal-breaker: its weight.

Aside from that, with the iPhone 12 Pro, you'll get a bunch of features that do improve any iPhone experience: a telephoto lens, a decent battery life, 128GB of internal storage, and 6GB of RAM.

You should also consider their price difference and their size, but if it's an issue or not, it's up to you.

Pros iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12 Pro
#1 Performance Performance
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#5 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#6 Glass Protection Glass Protection
Cons iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12 Pro
#1 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#2 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#3 3.5mm Jack Weight
#4 Price 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price
Relative Score*
Global Score iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12 Pro
Gaming Score
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.


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 12 Mini 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
  • OnePlusrival8
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
  • OnePlusrival8T
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 11

 Apple iPhone 12 Pro 
  • 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.
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 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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