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Apple iPhone 12 Pro vs 12 Pro Max: Is It Just Size?

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

You shouldn't have to pay much more for the iPhone 12 Pro Max, but it's the best of the two.

It has better battery life.

What else do they have to offer?

The iPhone 12 Pro Max also features a larger (+0.6") display. But the iPhone 12 Pro brings a lightweight body (39 g./1.38 oz less).

Still, you'll have to decide for yourself since their final score is almost the same.

How much more are you willing to spend on the iPhone 12 Pro Max?

If you're going off-contract, you're going to shell out an extra amount of about $60.

Is it worth getting the iPhone 12 Pro in 2021?

The iPhone 12 Pro is holding up pretty well in 2021, and while it isn't the best device out there, at least it's more affordable now. Still, you can also check the iPhone 12.

Is it worth getting the iPhone 12 Pro Max in 2021?

For a phone introduced in 2020, the iPhone 12 Pro Max still has good performance, a good camera, and excellent glass protection. If you can find a great deal, it does make sense in 2021, but if you've been dreaming about other phones, the should also be one of them.

Just keep reading if you want to know everything about them, how they rival their competition, and what the industry thinks about their specs.

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Introduction

So, is the iPhone 12 Pro good enough?

I'm tempted to say "sure." But the iPhone 12 Pro Max has at least a couple advantages compared to its smaller sibling.

Anyway, let's find out everything about these two.

In November of 2020, Apple launched its iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPhone 12 Pro, however, has seen the light of day one month sooner.

We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

The prices of the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max and the Apple iPhone 12 Pro are similar. Although the iPhone 12 Pro is cheaper most of the time, aside from promotions that might appear. Remember that when you're comparing the two models.

You'll also see down below a "Tek-Score" for every section that we analyze. We even assessed the worth of all specifications to make it easier for you to perceive the difference between them. You'll find a global score at the end, which can help you compare to other phones if you're curious about other models aside from these two.

The weight of each section

This score is consumer-based from research done by Globalwebindex.com on what features users value on new smartphones. But you can fine-tune the global score depending on your preferences. You can check it out here, but I suggest you keep reading to know more about them.

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

Some features are underlined with a red or green progress bar. It's there for you to better understand how they sit side by side with equivalently priced phones.

Here is their competitors' extensive list: but basically, we've excluded every smartphone that's not within a 20% (above or below) price range.

Some items are clickable, and they'll get you to the best 10 phones on that for any budget.

Price*
vs.
Device iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Release Date 2020, October 2020, November 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 Pro Max 5% ahead in the multi-core ranking. All in all, there's not much of a difference between the two.

Are you looking for the quickest phone around? The good news is that both clearly are above the average if you consider related priced phones.

By the way, you can define both of them as high-end.

Both share the same SoC (the Apple A14), which means you should expect the same performance.

They aren't actually in a dispute about the graphics performance, as they also share a proprietary Apple GPU.

Both phones were launched with iOS 14.1 OS.

Performance*
vs.
Features iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
SoC Apple A14 Apple A14
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 4056
4240
184
OS iOS 14.1 iOS 14.1
Tek-Score
8.8
9.1
0.3

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

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

It's a tie, so none of these stands out.

While the iPhone 12 Pro Max got a 6.7-inch AMOLED display, the iPhone 12 Pro got a smaller AMOLED display with 6.1-inches. To each, it's own. To me, a 6.3 inches screen is where I draw the line.

If you're into small displays, stop searching, and just pick the iPhone 12 Pro. It really is short compared to most similarly priced phones.

The display of the iPhone 12 Pro Max has a resolution of 1284x2778 Full HD. The iPhone 12 Pro, in its turn, has 1170x2532 Full HD.

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.

There's no Always-On display feature here.

When it comes to outdoor visibility, there isn't that much of a difference here. Both can do around 802 nits.

Both phones do support HDR10 media.

Considering the iPhone 12 Pro, just know that 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.

Concerning the iPhone 12 Pro Max, as a reference, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, 82% offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate, and 91% have an Always-On display and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Size 6.1
6.7
0.6
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1170x2532
1284x2778
604512
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 457.25
456.77
-0.48
Always-On-Display No No
Notch Wedge Wedge
Peak Brightness 802 nits
822 nits
20
HDR HDR10 HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
3.2
3.2
0.0
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
7.6
7.6
0.0

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Apple iPhone 12 Pro back transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max back transparent png

If you value quality photos, you should know that the iPhone 12 Pro Max is about 30 points above other cameras with comparable prices. But you won't find a winner here.

Who's gonna win this battle? Apple's iPhone 12 Pro can record videos at up to 2160p. It also has a shooter with 12 Megapixels, an aperture of f/1.6, a 26mm wide-angle lens, four flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization.

It also has two additional cameras, one 12 Megapixels camera with 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 is a 12 MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture complemented with a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK reviewed this camera and gave it 135 points. If you add the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, the final score goes up to 147 points. If you click here, you can check what they think of it.

PS: keep in mind that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, feature a telephoto lens, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Nevertheless, none of them feature a macro lens.

As you're about to see below, the iPhone 12 Pro Max pretty much has the same 12 Megapixels shooter. It also has a secondary dual-lens camera. One of them features an aperture of f/2.2 plus a 65mm telephoto lens and 12 Megapixels, and the other 12 Megapixels (f/2.4) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

The front-facing camera features the same 12 MP shooter with the same aperture of f/2.2 and the same 23 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 138. By adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, this score goes up to 150 points. For an out-and-out review, check their article.

Last (but not least), 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. That said, none of them feature a macro lens.

One can place these two more as high-end.

One could buy any of these phones on the 2x optical zoom alone. It can save lots of otherwise pixelated photos.

Just in case it's a deciding factor, the iPhone 12 Pro Max telephoto lens is 53mm lower than the average for its price range, and the iPhone 12 Pro is 66mm lower.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.6
1.6
0.0
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 4 2 -2
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 147
150
3

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
65mm (2.5x zoom)
13
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 12 12 0
Aperture 2.4 2.4 0.0
Lens 13mm 13mm 0
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 12 12 0
Selfie Camera iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 23mm 23mm 0
iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.
Tek-Score
8.6
8.8
0.2

Who has the best frame?

The iPhone 12 Pro does have an advantage here, thanks to its weight. But that doesn't mean the iPhone 12 Pro Max is that bad.

The iPhone 12 Pro is 146 mm (5.75 inches) tall and 71 mm (2.80 inches) wide. Apple's iPhone 12 Pro Max is a bit taller, precisely 14 mm (0.55 inches), and a bit wider too, about 7 mm (0.28 inches).

These two have about the same thickness: 7 mm (0.28 inches). In addition to that, the iPhone 12 Pro is 16% smaller than most phones from this price range.

The glass rear on these phones makes them feel great on the hand. The iPhone 12 Pro weighs 189 g. (6.67 oz), while its sibling is 39 g. (1.54 oz) heavier. If you're curious, the "weight to display size" score of the iPhone 12 Pro is 3.8, showing it's kind of weighty for its screen size. The iPhone 12 Pro Max, on the other hand, has 2.1, which indicates it's oddly heavy.

If you like having color options, you can buy any of these in Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue.

If you favor big phones, you should pick the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max. Otherwise, the other one is the way to go.

Would you like to have a fingerprint scanner? You won't find them here.

You can still use biometrics to log in on both of them. At least Apple opted for the Face ID sensor instead.

The iPhone 12 Pro truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep, on par with the iPhone 12 Pro Max. But remember: it's for a maximum period of half an hour, on standby, and freshwater only.

Looks*
vs.
Body iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Size 146 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.15 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
160 x 78 x 7 mm
(5.64 x 2.75 x 0.25 in)
14798
Weight 189 g. (6.67 oz)
228 g. (8.04 oz)
39
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 88.18%
88.38%
0.19
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.8 2.1 -1.8
Looks 10.0/10
10.0/10
0.0
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Face ID
Tek-Score
7.6
6.4
-1.1

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

Which has the best battery?

The iPhone 12 Pro has a 2815 mAh battery, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max has a 3687 mAh. And GSMArena did test them out, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max does have an advantage here.

If you charge it up, this is what you'll find out about the iPhone 12 Pro:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 79% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 63% left.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 65% left for the rest of the day.

And this is where the iPhone 12 Pro Max ends at:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 82% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, the battery charge will be about 67%.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 69% of the battery charge.

This isn't a competition for charging speeds, as they both do 20w/hour.

Both phones support wireless charging at 15w. On the new iPhones, it's also magnetic. That's handy if you do have the charger nearby.

Battery*
vs.
Features iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Capacity (mAh) 2815 3687 872
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 79% left
82% left
3
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 63% left
67% left
4
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 65% left
69% left
4
Bat. To Phone Size Score 6.4 2.6 -3.8
Sub Tek-Score
6.9
7.3
0.4
Fast Charging 20w
20w
0
Wireless Charging 15w
15w
0
Tek-Score
6.6
6.7
0.1

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

None of them has.

The iPhone 12 Pro features 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM. Unfortunately, Apple didn't include a MicroSD slot, but with that much space, who cares? I should also mention that most rivals have more RAM and more storage. They have 10GB of RAM and 187Gb of storage on average, but you can find better options.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max also offers 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. There's also no expandable storage here, but 128GB is more than enough for most people. Again, you can get more RAM and more storage from almost all of their competitors. 10Gb for RAM and 198Gb for storage, on average.

Storage*
vs.
Features iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
RAM (GB) 6GB
6GB
0
Internal (GB) 128GB
128GB
0
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
6.0
6.0
0.0

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

If you still don't know which to pick, you can skip this section.

When it comes to connectivity, you can count on the traditional Bluetooth 5.0 chip. As for the NFC chips, both have them.

There isn't much to say about the 3.5mm headphone jack, except that it simply isn't here. Just skip adapters and get a decent pair of wireless earbuds.

Both have a single network variant: (LTE and) 5G.

Connectivity
vs.
Features iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Network 5G 5G
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
4.6
4.6
0.0

Which is more affordable?

The Apple iPhone 12 Pro may not be the best bang for your buck. But with a great deal or a price drop, it can be an impressive finding. It currently also is 6% more expensive compared to its rivals. Their average price is $988. The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, in its turn, isn't that cheap, but I'm not here to tell you if it's worth it.

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

Here are their recently updated prices:

Apple iPhone 12 Pro

Reference: $1,120

Apple iPhone 12 Pro

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

Reference: $1,180

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).

Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.

Value for money iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max VS
Amazon - ! - ! -
eBay 0.71 0.68 -0.03
Best Buy 0.74 0.67 ! -
Walmart - - -

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So, what about that global score? We'll get there. Let me point out the average of its competitors. They're in the ballpark of 7.7 for the iPhone 12 Pro and 7.8 for the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

As you just saw, Apple didn't put that much effort into differentiating these two. Aside from its biggest difference, its size, the iPhone 12 Pro Max does have better battery life, although most smartphones this size do have larger batteries.

For some unknown reason, Apple opted for a glass back for the bigger brother and an aluminum back for the rest of the iPhone 12 family, so be sure to try both of them before picking one.

Also, by being smaller, the iPhone 12 Pro is a bit lighter.

Pros iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#5 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#6 Glass Protection Glass Protection
Cons iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
#1 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#2 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#3 Weight Weight
#4 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Gaming Score
6.8
6.9
0.1
Tek-Score
7.40
7.42
0.02
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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Apple iPhone 12 Pro Related Comparisons


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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 12 Pro 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $900
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $849
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
    $1099
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $919
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $995
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro Max
    $1099
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $997
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $899
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra
    $1079

 Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
    $1049
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $900
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
    $1099
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $919
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $995
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $997
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $899
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra
    $1079
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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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