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Apple iPhone 12 Pro vs Google Pixel 5: Apples vs Robots

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

The iPhone 12 Pro comes at a higher price, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

You'll get better performance (+146%), a glass back, and more OS updates (3 additional years).

Anything else?

With the iPhone 12 Pro, you'll also get a telephoto lens (+35 mm). But the Pixel 5 brings a higher refresh rate, Always-On display, a lightweight body (38 g./1.34 oz less), reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB).

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're considering a new and unlocked smartphone, it should be about $438 more expensive.

Is the iPhone 12 Pro still worth getting in 2021?

Overall, you'll still get a pretty decent smartphone if you go for the iPhone 12 Pro in 2021, especially now that it's cheaper. However, you should also consider other phones like the iPhone 12 Pro Max because it has a better optical zoom.

Is the Pixel 5 still worth buying in 2021?

If you like Google, the Pixel 5 is a pretty solid choice, even in 2021. Its overall score has not dropped much yet, and it's great for its good camera, good battery life, and excellent glass protection. But keep an eye on the iPhone 11 too.

Just keep reading if you want to know everything about them, how they stack up against their rivals, and what the industry thinks about their specs.

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Apple iPhone 12 Pro, Google Pixel 5

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Introduction

Both phones were released in October of 2020.

Here you can look at the iPhone 12 Pro and the Pixel 5, compare each other's features, and decide which one is best for you. Let us delve into the finer details.

You'll rarely (if ever) find these two with the same price tag. That's something to consider when making a comparison between the two.

You'll also see down below a "Tek-Score" for every section that we analyze. All the specifications were examined to allow you a faster discerning of the variation between the phones. There's also a global score for you to compare them to other phones if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

The weight of each section

We've based our score on a study from Globalwebindex.com about the most wanted features from people looking to buy new smartphones. But you can customize how each section contributes to the global score according to your personal preferences. You can check this out now, or just keep reading.

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.

You can click on any underlined feature to check the related top 10 listings for every budget.

Price*
vs.
Device iPhone 12 Pro Pixel 5
Release Date 2020, October 2020, October 0y.
OS Updates 6 years 3 years -3y.
Security Updates 6 years 3 years -3y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android), which measures overall performance, the iPhone 12 Pro was, on average, 146% quicker while finishing its tests. This should be a no-brainer here. You should be aware that apps on iOs usually run smoother because of the optimizations that Apple does.

You're not looking for the slowest phone around, right? The Pixel 5 is clearly under the average against similarly priced phones. About 43% below.

It's safe to say that the iPhone 12 Pro can be tagged as high-end and the Pixel 5 as a mid-range device.

What about their chipsets? The Google Pixel 5 features the Snapdragon 765 processor and the Apple iPhone 12 Pro, the Apple A14 processor.

Now about the graphics chipset, while the former has an Adreno 620, the latter features a proprietary Apple GPU.

iOS 14.1 runs out-of-the-box on the iPhone 12 Pro, and the Pixel 5 got the Android 11.

Performance*
vs.
Features iPhone 12 Pro Pixel 5
SoC Apple A14 Snapdragon 765
Graphics Apple GPU Adreno 620
Geekbench 5 Score 4056
1647
-2409
OS iOS 14.1 Android 11
Tek-Score
8.8
4.7
-4.0

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Apple iPhone 12 Pro front transparent png Google Pixel 5 front transparent png

The Pixel 5 is the title-holder here, and that's as clear as glass.

While the Pixel 5 got a 6.0-inch AMOLED display, the iPhone 12 Pro got a larger AMOLED display with 6.1-inches. You'll likely have set your preferences already on the display type and size. 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. There are just not that many choices in its class.

The iPhone 12 Pro has a higher-resolution 1170x2532 Full HD display, and the Pixel 5 makes do with a 1080x2340 Full HD panel. If you can't get over the iPhone 12 Pro's notch, there's one more reason to consider the Pixel 5.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so you need to know about their glass protection. The iPhone 12 Pro display is protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. The Pixel 5 with a Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

There's a phone with an Always-On display here, the Google Pixel 5.

If you don't manually set the screen brightness, the iPhone 12 Pro can go up to 802 nits, while the Pixel 5 can only do 103 nits below that.

Are you considering watching HDR content? The iPhone 12 Pro does HDR10, and its competitor can show HDR10+ videos.

If high refresh rates are the future, you should know that the Pixel 5 can do 90hz.

Bearing in mind the iPhone 12 Pro, you should know that all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 89% offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate, have an Always-On display, and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Compared to the Pixel 5, as a reference, all of its rivals can play HDR content, 95% have an AMOLED screen, and 76% have an Always-On display. In contrast, only 24% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features iPhone 12 Pro Pixel 5
Size 6.1
6.0
-0.1
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1170x2532
1080x2340
-435240
Refresh Rate 60hz 90hz 30
Dots per Inch 457.25
429.53
-27.72
Always-On-Display No Yes
Notch Wedge Hole
Peak Brightness 802 nits
699 nits
-103
HDR HDR10 HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
3.2
8.7
5.5
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Tek-Score
7.6
7.9
0.3

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Apple iPhone 12 Pro back transparent png Google Pixel 5 back transparent png

If you value quality photos, you should know that the Pixel 5 is about 34% above other smartphones from its price range. However, none of these stand out.

Flip the phones over, let's start the cameras' battle. The iPhone 12 Pro's primary camera has a 12 Megapixels sensor, with an aperture of f/1.6, a 26mm wide-angle lens, four flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. Videos on its shooter have a maximum resolution of 2160p.

It also has a secondary 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.0, plus a 52mm telephoto lens. And a third of 12 Megapixels (f/2.4) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

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 gave this shooter a score of 135. By including the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it can go up to 147 points. For an in-depth review, click here.

To put things in perspective: you'd probably like to know 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. On the other hand, none of them feature a macro lens.

The Google Pixel 5, in its turn, features a 12 Megapixels camera with an f/1.7 aperture and a 27mm, wide-angle lens. Then it has one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It records videos at up to 2160p. It also has a secondary 16 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.2 plus a 17mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

The selfie camera has 8 MP, an f/2.0 aperture, and a 24 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 129. And by adding its wide-angle lens, that score goes up to 138. If you want to know more about it, check it here.

Furthermore, just so you know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 81% feature Optical Image Stabilization. That said, only 14% of them feature a macro lens.

We can classify these two as high-end.

That's something that I really value on a smartphone: a telephoto lens. The iPhone 12 Pro has it, with a zoom of about 2x. This gives you an extra bit of freedom when taking your photos.

If you love it, the iPhone 12 Pro zoom lens is 75mm below what you usually see on similarly priced devices.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera iPhone 12 Pro Pixel 5
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.6
1.7
0.1
Lens 26mm
27mm
1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 4 1 -3
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 147
138
-9

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 12 Pro Pixel 5 vs.
Megapixels 12
16
4
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
17mm -35
Lens Type Telephoto lens Wide-Angle
Megapixels 12 -
Aperture 2.4 -
Lens 13mm -
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle -
Score 12 9 -3
Selfie Camera iPhone 12 Pro Pixel 5 vs.
Megapixels 12
8
-4
Aperture 2.2
2.0
-0.2
Lens 23mm 24mm 1
iPhone 12 Pro Pixel 5 vs.
Tek-Score
8.6
8.1
-0.5

Who has the best frame?

I'd go for the Pixel 5 for its weight.

The iPhone 12 Pro is 146 mm (5.75 inches) tall and 71 mm (2.80 inches) wide. Google's Pixel 5 is a bit smaller, precisely 2 mm (0.08 inches), and a bit narrower too, about 1 mm (0.04 inches).

They have about the same depth: 7 mm (0.28 inches) vs. 8 mm (0.32 inches). You should also know that the iPhone 12 Pro is indeed small. About 17% smaller when compared to most similarly priced devices.

You can choose the iPhone 12 Pro with a glass body or the Pixel 5 with an aluminum back. The Pixel 5 weighs 151 g. (5.33 oz), while the other is 38 g. (1.34 oz) heavier. If you're looking for a lightweight device, the "weight to display size" score of the iPhone 12 Pro is 3.8, and that's another way of saying it's kind of weighty for its screen size. The Pixel 5, however, has 8.4, which suggests exceptional work from Google.

If you like having color options, you can buy the iPhone 12 Pro in Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue. The Pixel 5, in its turn, comes in Just Black and Sorta Sage.

They share their size, so there's not much to choose from.

Does a fingerprint scanner matter to you? The Pixel 5 has one, but the iPhone 12 Pro doesn't.

You'll still get a second-best on the iPhone 12 Pro. At least Apple opted for the Face ID sensor instead.

The iPhone 12 Pro is water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters, and the same goes for the Pixel 5. That shouldn't last over half an hour, in standby and freshwater only, so no saltwater or pools here.

Looks*
vs.
Body iPhone 12 Pro Pixel 5
Size 146 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.15 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
144 x 70 x 8 mm
(5.08 x 2.47 x 0.28 in)
8078
Weight 189 g. (6.67 oz)
151 g. (5.33 oz)
-38
Build Front and back glass Front glass and aluminum back
Colors Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue Just Black and Sorta Sage
Screen To Body Ratio 88.18%
87.67%
-0.51
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.8 8.4 4.6
Looks 10.0/10
9.1/10
-0.8
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Fingerprint
Tek-Score
7.6
9.1
1.5

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

Which has the best battery?

The iPhone 12 Pro features a 2815 mAh battery, while the Pixel 5 has 4080 mAh. And by GSMArena's standards, the latter does have better battery life.

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

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll be at 79% of the battery charge.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, the battery charge will be about 63%.
  • After 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 Pixel 5 ends at:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll end up with 82% of the battery charge.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, this phone should end up with 66%.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll be with 69%.

There's a reason it has this battery life. Google just showed us how good they can be. Its "battery to device size" rate is 7.9.

Fast charging's here, and both phones support it. The Pixel 5 can go up to 18w, and the iPhone 12 Pro up to 20.

There's also wireless charging (15w vs. 12w) in both of them. Cool. Apple brought MagSafe from their Macbooks so you can effortlessly charge the new iPhones. It's handy, but I'd favor a non-proprietary USB-C port.

The Pixel 5 also supports reverse wireless charging at 5w/hour for Qi-enabled devices.

Battery*
vs.
Features iPhone 12 Pro Pixel 5
Capacity (mAh) 2815 4080 1265
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 79% left
82% left
3
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 63% left
66% left
3
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 65% left
69% left
4
Bat. To Phone Size Score 6.4 7.9 1.5
Sub Tek-Score
6.9
7.2
0.3
Fast Charging 20w
18w
-2
Wireless Charging 15w
12w
-3
Reverse Charging No 5w
5
Tek-Score
6.6
6.9
0.3

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

None of them has.

In terms of RAM, the iPhone 12 Pro brings 6GB. In terms of storage, it has 128GB. Unfortunately, Apple didn't include a MicroSD slot, but you wouldn't need that anyway, right? I should also mention that most rivals deliver more RAM and more storage. They're around 10GB of RAM and 199Gb of storage.

The Pixel 5 offers 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. There's also no extra storage here, but it won't be an issue for sure.

Storage*
vs.
Features iPhone 12 Pro Pixel 5
RAM (GB) 6GB
8GB
2
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?

There also isn't much to see here.

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

There isn't much to say about the 3.5mm headphone jack, except that it simply isn't here. You can try an adapter if you want, but the wireless buds are the way to go here. You can have it anyway if you're not really leaning towards any of these. You can get that with the Samsung Galaxy S10.

These two are (LTE and) 5G compatible.

Connectivity
vs.
Features iPhone 12 Pro Pixel 5
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?

You're likely not considering the Pixel 5 to make all your pennies count. But if you do search for any deals and price drops, things can get interesting. It may not be that inexpensive. It is 8% more expensive than the competition at this price segment. Their average price is $435. The Apple iPhone 12 Pro, on the other hand, is usually more costly, but I believe that it shouldn't come as a surprise at all. Also, don't forget that, with time, iPhones do hold some of their value.

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

Here are their recently updated prices:

Apple iPhone 12 Pro

Reference: $1,120

Apple iPhone 12 Pro

Google Pixel 5

Reference: $682

Google Pixel 5

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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 Pixel 5 VS
Amazon - ! - -
eBay 0.65 0.73 0.08
Best Buy 0.74 - -
Walmart - - -

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Smartphone Specs Statistics: The State Of The Art (Q1 2021)

Want to know about that global score? But first, let's see where its rivals are. The iPhone 12 Pro class is at 7.8, and the Pixel 5 6.6.

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

I've also compared the Pixel 5 and the iPhone 12, where I stated that it was a tough choice picking between any of them, but went for the iPhone for its astounding performance. Here, the iPhone 12 Pro is the obvious choice because it can top that with a useful telephoto lens. Although you should keep in mind that it also is considerably expensive. So, if money is an issue, perhaps you should stick with the Pixel 5. By doing so, you'll also get higher refresh rates on an Always-on display, a lighter chassis, reverse charging, and more RAM.

Pros iPhone 12 Pro Pixel 5
#1 Performance AMOLED
#2 AMOLED Always-On-Display
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#5 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#6 Glass Protection Glass Protection
Cons iPhone 12 Pro Pixel 5
#1 Always-On-Display MicroSD Slot
#2 MicroSD Slot 3.5mm Jack
#3 Weight Price
#4 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score iPhone 12 Pro Pixel 5
Gaming Score
6.8
6.6
-0.2
Tek-Score
7.40
6.78
-0.62
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 12 Pro 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $900
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
    $1160
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $995
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro Max
    $1180
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $999
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra
    $1079

 Google Pixel 5 
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $424
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $379
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
    $499
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $408
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $379
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $419
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $429
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $399
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $543
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $548
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $550
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $519
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $468
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
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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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