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Apple iPhone 12 Mini vs SE 2: Is The SE 2 Good Enough?

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

The iPhone 12 Mini will cost you more, but it also has better specs.

It comes with better performance (+29%), better glass protection, a better display, better cameras, and better battery life.

What else stands out?

The iPhone 12 Mini also comes with an AMOLED, larger (+0.7") display, faster wireless charging (12w vs. 5w), and more RAM (4GB vs. 3GB).

How much more will the iPhone 12 Mini cost me?

If you're going off-contract, it'll cost you around $289 more.

Is the iPhone 12 Mini still worth getting in 2021?

The iPhone 12 Mini is still a great phone, even in 2021, and while it isn't the best device out there, at least it's more affordable now. But the iPhone 12 is also a great option.

Is the iPhone SE 2 still worth getting in 2021?

The iPhone SE 2 continues to be a rock-solid smartphone because of its good performance and a good camera. If you can find a great deal, it does make sense in 2021, but a fantastic device like (again) the iPhone 12 does have better performance, better cameras, better battery life, more RAM, and better display.

Keep reading for answers to all your questions about their differences, how they are any different from their competition, and how the industry is scoring their specs.

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Alright, so you're in for a small iPhone (or perhaps considering an upgrade).

Is the iPhone Mini even better? Can it be considered an upgrade?

Let's find that out and much more.

Apple introduced its iPhone SE 2 model in April of 2020. Meanwhile, Apple's iPhone 12 Mini started to sell in November of 2020.

In this article, we see how the iPhone 12 Mini and the iPhone SE 2 compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

You'll never find the iPhone 12 Mini at the price of the iPhone SE 2. Keep this in mind when comparing both iPhones.

For each featured section, there's a "Tek-Score" for you to check. 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

This score is based on research from Globalwebindex.com about the most desired smartphone features by consumers. But you'll be able to define how the global score is composed based on your personal preferences. You can skip to the end, but I suggest you keep reading to know more about them.

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

There's a colored progress bar next to some items. That can help you understand how they relate to the ones from similarly priced smartphones.

You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, but essentially, we're ignoring smartphones that are more than 20% cheaper or expensive.

Some items are underlined, and you can tap to access the best 10 phones on that for any budget.

Device iPhone 12 Mini iPhone SE 2
Release Date 2020, November 2020, April 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?

Performance-wise, Geekbench 5 scores the iPhone 12 Mini 29% ahead in the multi-core ranking. On a day-to-day basis, it won't be that noticeable.

They're both top performers for their price range.

One can entitle both of them as high-end.

Regarding their chipset, while the Apple iPhone SE 2 comes with the Apple A13 SoC, the Apple iPhone 12 Mini has the Apple A14 SoC.

They share the same graphics chipset: a proprietary Apple GPU.

The iPhone 12 Mini brings the iOS 14.1 OS from the factory, while the iPhone SE 2 comes with iOS 13.

Features iPhone 12 Mini iPhone SE 2
SoC Apple A14 Apple A13
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 4174
OS iOS 14.1 iOS 13

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Apple iPhone 12 Mini front transparent png Apple iPhone SE 2 front transparent png

The iPhone 12 Mini has a better display, and it wins by a significant margin.

While the iPhone SE 2 got a 4.7-inch LCD display, the iPhone 12 Mini got a larger AMOLED display with 5.4-inches. It all comes down to personal preferences for both the display type and size.

If you prefer a smartphone with a small display, stop searching, and just pick the iPhone SE 2. There are just not that many choices in its class.

The display of the iPhone 12 Mini has a resolution of 1080x2340 Full HD. The iPhone SE 2, in its turn, has 750x1334 HD.

The iPhone SE 2 has one disadvantage against most competitors at its price range: Its low DPI display.

No one likes to look at a shattered screen, so I have to put this out: The iPhone 12 Mini display is protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. The iPhone SE 2 with an Ion-strengthened glass.

There's no Always-On display feature here.

If you set your brightness to auto, the iPhone 12 Mini can do 627 nits, while the iPhone SE 2 only goes up to 530 nits.

Related priced rivals only do around 710 nits, but there's a 180 nits gap below that for the iPhone SE 2.

Usually, anything below 500 nits isn't your best option for HDR content and outdoor readability. Relating to HDR: The iPhone 12 Mini does support HDR10 video formats.

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

For the iPhone SE 2, just so you know, 87% of its rivals can play HDR content, 97% have an AMOLED screen, and 84% have an Always-On display. Then again, only 23% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate.

Display Density (DPIs)*
Features iPhone 12 Mini iPhone SE 2
Size 5.4
Screen Type AMOLED LCD
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 477.26
Always-On-Display No No
Notch Wedge -
Peak Brightness 627 nits
530 nits
Sub Tek-Score
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus Ion-strengthened glass

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Apple iPhone 12 Mini back transparent png Apple iPhone SE 2 back transparent png

Looking at DXOMARK's ranking, one can conclude that the iPhone 12 Mini is approximately 31% above other competitors in its class. That's why between these two, it should be your choice too.

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.

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

There's also a 12 MP selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

This camera came out of DXOMARK's labs with a score of 132. If you also consider its wide-angle lens, that will go up to 139. For a thorough review, click here.

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

The iPhone SE 2 features a 12 Megapixels (f/1.8) shooter and a 28mm wide-angle lens. You can also count on four flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It also records videos at up to 2160 pixels.

On the front, there's an f/2.2 7 MP camera and a standard lens.

DXOMARK evaluated this camera, and here's the score: 108. And if we consider its digital zoom abilities, that score goes up to 112. If you want to know more about every tidbit, check it here.

Lastly, just so you know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

We can classify the iPhone 12 Mini more as a high-end and the iPhone SE 2 more as an upper mid-range.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera iPhone 12 Mini iPhone SE 2
Megapixels 12
Aperture 1.6
Lens 26mm
Lens Type Wide-Angle Regular
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 SE 2 vs.
Megapixels 12
Aperture 2.4
Lens 13mm -
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle -
Score 7 4 -3
Selfie Camera iPhone 12 Mini iPhone SE 2 vs.
Megapixels 12
Aperture 2.2
Lens 23mm -
iPhone 12 Mini iPhone SE 2 vs.

Who has the best frame?

If you're still undecided about them, the iPhone 12 Mini is a better choice based on its weight, the number of color options, water resistance, and nicer looks.

The iPhone 12 Mini comes at 131x64 mm (5.16x2.52 inches). The iPhone SE 2, on the other hand, is 7 mm taller and 3 mm wider (about 0.28 inches by 0.12 inches).

If you're looking for the thinnest phone, you're out of luck. Both have 7 mm (0.28 inches). By doing some math, I found out that the iPhone 12 Mini is around 27% smaller than the average phone for its price segment.

Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. The iPhone SE 2 is a little bit heavier: About 13 g. (0.51 oz). If you're looking for a lightweight device, the iPhone 12 Mini has a "weight to screen size" score of 8.6, showing it's one of the lightest phones for its screen size. The iPhone SE 2, however, has 3.5, which suggests it's considerably hefty.

We do like having some color options. You get Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue in the iPhone 12 Mini. But you can get Black, Red, and White with the iPhone SE 2.

If you like to keep your phones small, consider getting the Apple iPhone 12 Mini. Otherwise, the other one is more or less the same here.

Would you like to have a fingerprint scanner? Unfortunately, you can't count on the iPhone 12 Mini, but if you're already considering the iPhone SE 2, then good for you.

You'll still get a second-best on the iPhone 12 Mini. At least, Apple decided to include a Face ID scanner.

The iPhone 12 Mini truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep, while the iPhone SE 2 can dive in up to 1 meter. That shouldn't last over half an hour, in standby mode, so no underwater photos.

Body iPhone 12 Mini iPhone SE 2
Size 131 x 64 x 7 mm
(4.62 x 2.26 x 0.25 in)
138 x 67 x 7 mm
(4.87 x 2.36 x 0.25 in)
Weight 135 g. (4.76 oz)
148 g. (5.22 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue Black, Red, and White
Screen To Body Ratio 85.38%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 8.6 3.5 -5.1
Looks 9.6/10
Waterproof IP68 IP67
Biometrics Face ID Front Fingerprint

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

Which has the best battery?

The iPhone 12 Mini does have a bigger battery, with 2227 mAh, while the iPhone SE 2 only has 1821 mAh. And as claimed by GSMArena, the former is the winner here.

If you do a full charge, this is how the iPhone 12 Mini comes out of it:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 75% left.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 59% left for the rest of the day.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 59% left for the rest of the day.

And these are iPhone SE 2's patterns:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 72% of the battery charge.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 57% left for the rest of the day.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, you'll likely end up with 50% of the battery charge.

So, you're not considering it because of its battery life, but Apple did a great job here if you ask me. It got a rate of 9.9 for the "battery to device size" ratio.

This is one of the iPhone SE 2's worse features. Way worse than other price-liked phones. It lasts 19% less than the average on these tasks.

The iPhone 12 Mini features quick charging at up to 20w, but the iPhone SE 2 does it too, at 18w.

Both phones support wireless charging at 12w vs. 5w. Apple brought MagSafe from their Macbooks so you can effortlessly charge the new iPhones. That's handy if you do have the charger nearby.

Features iPhone 12 Mini iPhone SE 2
Capacity (mAh) 2227 1821 -406
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 75% left
72% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 59% left
57% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 59% left
50% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 9.9 6.9 -3.0
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 20w
Wireless Charging 12w

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

None of them.

Apple put 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage on the iPhone 12 Mini. Memory cards aren't welcome here. While it shouldn't be a deal-breaker, you should keep that in mind when purchasing one. I should also mention that most rivals have more storage and more RAM. They're around 9GB of RAM and 139Gb of storage.

On the iPhone SE 2, you'll find 64GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM. You'll also have a problem if you want to add storage later. You may need to regularly move your video files out of your phone. Again, you can effortlessly get more RAM and more storage from almost all of their competitors. 6Gb for RAM and 118Gb for storage, on average.

Storage shouldn't be an issue on any of these phones. However, if you love to store 4k videos, you'll soon figure out that 64 GB is too short for you.

Features iPhone 12 Mini iPhone SE 2
Internal (GB) 64GB
Micro SD No No

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The iPhone 12 Mini for sure, as it has 5G.

When it comes to connectivity, you can count on the traditional Bluetooth 5.0 chip. Both phones also have NFC, so nothing special here.

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.

The iPhone 12 Mini is (LTE and) 5G compatible.

Features iPhone 12 Mini iPhone SE 2
Network 5G LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No

Which is more affordable?

You're likely not considering the iPhone SE 2 to make all your pennies count. But do search for any deals or price drops before making up your mind. On the other hand, you'll likely find the iPhone 12 Mini at a higher price range, but I believe that it shouldn't come as a surprise at all.

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

Here are the best deals on some major online stores:

Apple iPhone 12 Mini

Reference: $739

Apple iPhone 12 Mini

Apple iPhone SE 2

Reference: $450

Apple iPhone SE 2

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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 SE 2 VS
Amazon - ! - ! -
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Best Buy - ! - -
Walmart - 1.14 -

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Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. Let me point out the average of its competitors. They're in the ballpark of 7.1 for the iPhone 12 Mini and 6.3 for the iPhone SE 2.

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

In my humble opinion, if you want a decent iPhone experience, the iPhone 12 Mini is as low as you should go. I know that the iPhone SE 2 is cheaper, but that battery life, plus having only 3GB of RAM, the outdated looks, the single-camera, and so on, are just too many compromises.

Plus, the iPhone 12 Mini gives you even better performance (+29%), an AMOLED with a higher DPI display, better glass protection, better cameras, better battery life, faster wireless charging (12w vs. 5w), and an extra GB of RAM.

And as a bonus, it also has the benefit of being smaller and have a much bigger display.

Pros iPhone 12 Mini iPhone SE 2
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED Cameras
#3 Cameras Fast Charging
#4 Fast Charging Wireless Charging
#5 Wireless Charging
#6 Glass Protection
Cons iPhone 12 Mini iPhone SE 2
#1 Always-On-Display Screen Resolution
#2 MicroSD Slot AMOLED
#3 3.5mm Jack Always-On-Display
#4 Price Battery Life
#5 MicroSD Slot
#6 3.5mm Jack
#7 Price
Relative Score*
Global Score iPhone 12 Mini iPhone SE 2
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 11 Pro
  • 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
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
  • XiaomirivalMi 11

 Apple iPhone SE 2 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
  • OnePlusrival7
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
  • OnePlusrival7T
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP30
  • RealmerivalXT
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
  • OnePlusrival8T
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite

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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