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Apple iPhone 12 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S20: Is the iPhone Good Enough?




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Apple iPhone 12 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S20

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Luis Silva (December 2020, updated: February 2021)

Introduction

While Samsung's Galaxy S20 hit stores in March of 2020, Apple's iPhone 12 Pro went on sale in October of 2020.

In this article, we see how the iPhone 12 Pro and the Galaxy S20 compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

If you have the time, click here to skip the spoilers and continue to the full comparison.




Bottom Line

Is the iPhone 12 Pro better than the Galaxy S20?

The iPhone 12 Pro isn't that affordable, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

It features better performance (+54%), better battery life, and more OS updates (3 additional years). But with the Galaxy S20, you can get external storage.

Are there other things worth mentioning?

The iPhone 12 Pro also has a cleaner user interface and a telephoto lens (+52 mm). But with the Galaxy S20, you can also get a higher refresh rate, Always-On display, a lightweight body (26 g./0.92 oz less), reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (12GB vs. 6GB).

Still, you'll have to decide for yourself because they almost share the same score.


But how much more will I have to pay for the iPhone 12 Pro?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, it'll cost you around $423 more.


Is it still worth buying the iPhone 12 Pro in 2021?

Yes, it is. It's a pretty snappy device.


Is the Galaxy S20 still worth getting in 2021?

Go for it. It's currently one of the best in the market.



The price round is no contest. The Galaxy S20 sounds like a bargain compared to the iPhone 12 Pro. That is something worth considering when comparing them.

Look out for a "Tek-Score" in every section of this article. We evaluate all quantifiable specifications to help you quickly identify how much they are far apart. The global score will help you compare them to other phones if you're curious about other models aside from these two.

That score is research-based. It's from Globalwebindex.com about the most desired smartphone features by consumers.

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 relate to the ones from similarly priced smartphones.

Here is their competitors' full list: but essentially, we're ignoring smartphones that are more than 20% cheaper or expensive.

You can click on any underlined feature to check the best 10 phones on that for up to seven different budgets.


Price* vs.
Device iPhone 12 Pro Galaxy S20
Release Date 2020, October 2020, March 0y.
OS Updates 6 years 3 years -3y.
Security Updates 6 years 3 years -3y.

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


Performance

What about their chipsets? The Samsung Galaxy S20 features the past generation's Exynos 990 processor and the Apple iPhone 12 Pro, the Apple A14 processor.

Regarding the graphics chipset, the former features the past year's Mali-G77 MP11, and the latter has a proprietary Apple GPU.

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android), which measures overall performance, the iPhone 12 Pro was, on average, 54% quicker while finishing its tests. If you value performance, be aware of that difference, as it will be noticeable daily. You should be aware that apps on iOs usually run smoother because the OS is tailored for its hardware.

The iPhone 12 Pro's performance does stand out if you consider related priced phones. About 31% above.

One can entitle the iPhone 12 Pro as high-end and the Galaxy S20 as a lower high-end device.

The iPhone 12 Pro features the iOS 14.1 OS, and the Galaxy S20 has Android 10 and OneUI.

PS: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (with the Adreno 650 GPU) and the Exynos 990 (with the Mali-G77) are market-dependent. Click here for more info.

There's a performance increase of about 15% on the 865 for the Galaxy S20.


Performance* vs.
Features iPhone 12 Pro Galaxy S20
SoC Apple A14 Exynos 990
Graphics Apple GPU Mali-G77 MP11
Geekbench 5 Score 4056
2631
-1425
OS iOS 14.1 Android 10 and OneUI
Tek-Score
8.8
6.4
-2.4

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.


Display

Apple iPhone 12 Pro front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 front transparent png

The iPhone 12 Pro offers a sharp, 6.1-inch AMOLED display that is slightly smaller than the 6.2-inch AMOLED panel on the Galaxy S20. To each, it's own. Most people seem to prefer AMOLED for its saturated colors and higher contrast.

If you're trying to keep your phone's display small, there aren't many devices to consider besides the iPhone 12 Pro. Most phones from its price range don't even come close.

The display of the Galaxy S20 has a resolution of 1440x3200 Quad HD. The iPhone 12 Pro, in its turn, has 1170x2532 Full HD. If you fancy edge-to-edge displays, at least the Galaxy S20 has a tinier notch.

Screen bezels are shrinking in size almost every passing day, so it's essential to know what kind of glass protection they have. The iPhone 12 Pro is shielded with the latest Gorilla Glass Victus. The Galaxy S20 display is preserved with a previous generation Gorilla Glass 6.

The Always-On display on the Samsung Galaxy S20 alone would most likely make me choose it.

When it comes to outdoor visibility, both can do about 802 nits.

The iPhone 12 Pro can do HDR10, and the Galaxy S20 does HDR10+.

If you value a smooth display, the Galaxy S20, with its 120hz screen, is clearly the winner here.

If you're leaning towards the iPhone 12 Pro, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 89% of them offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate, have an Always-On display, and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Considering the Galaxy S20, please be aware that 85% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all of them have an AMOLED screen, and 90% have an Always-On display.


Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features iPhone 12 Pro Galaxy S20
Size 6.1
6.2
0.1
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1170x2532
1440x3200
1645560
Refresh Rate 60hz 120hz 60
Dots per Inch 457.25
565.98
108.73
Always-On-Display No Yes
Notch Wedge Hole
Peak Brightness 802 nits
814 nits
12
HDR HDR10 HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
3.2
9.8
6.6
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Tek-Score
7.6
8.3
0.7

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.


Cameras

Apple iPhone 12 Pro back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 back transparent png

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

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

Want to know about its selfie capabilities? It has a 12 MP (f/2.2) shooter and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

DxOMark has rated this camera with a score of 135. If you add the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it can go up to 147 points. For an in-depth review, click here.

Last (but not least), 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 standard camera on the back of the Galaxy S20 has a 12 MP sensor and a 26mm, f/1.8 aperture, wide-angle lens. It also has one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. When it comes to recording videos, it can do 4320p. There's also an extra dual sensor with 64 MP (f/2.0) and 12 MP (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, working together to give more freedom when framing shots.

Just so you know: You can take a 64 Megapixels photo, zoom in and crop, and get the same results as you'd get on a 16 Megapixels 2x optical zoom camera.

Samsung included a 10 MP (f/2.2) sensor for selfies and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DxOMark's gurus must be rating this camera shortly. Given its specs, it'll be close to 120*. And by adding its wide-angle lens, this score goes up to 132** points.

Finally, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Regardless, only 10% of them feature a macro lens.

We can safely assume that the Apple iPhone 12 Pro has a better shooter.

If you prefer, we can grade these two as high-end.

The iPhone 12 Pro has something neat about its cameras: a 2x optical zoom. It will enable you to get a closer view of the subject before taking your picture.

If you love it, the iPhone 12 Pro zoom lens is 58mm below what you usually see within similarly priced rivals.

*The guys over at DxOMark know how to benchmark these shooters. I'd love to see more tests, but some phones are just left out. That's why when I come across one of them, I try to do my best by giving a similar score based on hardware specs only (OIS, Sensor size, Aperture, Lenses, HDR, and so on). As of now, you can expect a deviation of up to 2 points.

**Consider this as an estimative, especially for cameras with no zoom and with less than 40MP. These guys recently updated their test protocol, and they don't have enough reviews for me to refine the pre-update camera rates.


Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera iPhone 12 Pro Galaxy S20
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.6
1.8
0.2
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 4 1 -3
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 4320 2160
Score 147
132
-15

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 12 Pro Galaxy S20 vs.
Megapixels 12
64
52
Aperture 2.0
2.0
0.0
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
-
Lens Type Telephoto lens -
Megapixels 12 12 0
Aperture 2.4 2.2 -0.2
Lens 13mm 13mm 0
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 12 12 0

Selfie Camera iPhone 12 Pro Galaxy S20 vs.
Megapixels 12
10
-2
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 23mm 26mm 3

iPhone 12 Pro Galaxy S20 vs.
Tek-Score
8.6
7.8
-0.9

Body

The iPhone 12 Pro is 5.75 inches (146 mm) tall and 2.80 inches (71 mm) long. The Galaxy S20 is 5 mm taller and 2 mm narrower (about 0.20 by 0.08 inches).

If you're looking for the thinnest phone, you're out of luck. Both have 7 mm (0.28 inches). In addition to that, the iPhone 12 Pro is indeed small. About 17% smaller when compared to most phones from this price range.

Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. The Galaxy S20 weighs 163 g. (5.75 oz), while its rival is 26 g. (0.92 oz) heavier. If you're curious, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The iPhone 12 Pro got 3.8, showing it's kind of weighty for its screen size. The Galaxy S20, in its turn, has 7.4, which is pretty nice.

If you like having color options, you can buy the iPhone 12 Pro in Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue. The Galaxy S20, in its turn, comes in Cosmic Grey, Cloud Pink, Cloud Blue, Cloud White, and Aura Red.

They share their size, so you can pick any of them.

What about a fingerprint scanner? The Galaxy S20 included one under the display. Unfortunately, the iPhone 12 Pro doesn't have any.

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

The iPhone 12 Pro is water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters, just like the Galaxy S20. But remember: it's for a maximum period of half an hour, and it's standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.


Looks* vs.
Body iPhone 12 Pro Galaxy S20
Size 146 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.15 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
151 x 69 x 7 mm
(5.33 x 2.43 x 0.25 in)
371
Weight 189 g. (6.67 oz)
163 g. (5.75 oz)
-26
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue Cosmic Grey, Cloud Pink, Cloud Blue, Cloud White, and Aura Red
Screen To Body Ratio 88.18%
89.07%
0.89
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.8 7.4 3.5
Looks 10.0/10
10.0/10
0.0
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
7.6
8.6
1.1

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

Battery

When it comes to battery life, in theory, the Samsung Galaxy S20, with its 4000 mAh of battery capacity, wins over the Apple iPhone 12 Pro, with only 2815 mAh of battery capacity, without a doubt. But what does everyday usage have to say about that? This is asking for a thorough test after a full charge. And this is what the iPhone 12 Pro delivers:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll end up with 79% of the battery charge.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, this phone should end up with 63%.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, you'll be with 65%.

And these are Galaxy S20's patterns:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 76% of the battery remaining.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll probably have 59% 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 60% of the battery charge.

It may come as no surprise here, but the iPhone 12 Pro wins, hands down.

Clearly, the Galaxy S20's battery capacity is well below other similarly priced devices. It lasts 9% less than the average on these tasks.

Both phones support fast-charging. You can charge the iPhone 12 Pro at a maximum of 20w/hour and the Galaxy S20 up to 25w/hour.

They all include wireless charging, and they charge at 15w. That's nice. Apple brought MagSafe from their Macbooks so you can effortlessly charge the new iPhones. That's handy if you do have the charger nearby.

You can also use the Galaxy S20 reverse wireless charging to charge any Qi-enabled device up to 9w per hour.

The Snapdragon 865 also has better battery efficiency (about 10% more screen-on-time) when you compare it to the Exynos 990.


Battery* vs.
Features iPhone 12 Pro Galaxy S20
Capacity (mAh) 2815 4000 1185
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 79% left
76% left
-3
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 63% left
59% left
-4
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 65% left
60% left
-5
Bat. To Phone Size Score 6.4 5.3 -1.1
Sub Tek-Score
6.9
6.5
-0.4
Fast Charging 20w
25w
5
Wireless Charging 15w
15w
0
Reverse Charging No 9w
9
Tek-Score
6.6
6.5
-0.1

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.


Storage

Apple put 6GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage on the iPhone 12 Pro. Memory cards aren't welcome here, but with that much space, who cares? Be aware that at this price segment, others have more storage and more RAM. They average at 11GB of RAM and 185Gb of storage.

The Galaxy S20 offers 128GB of storage and 12GB of RAM. You can count on the MicroSD card to save the day.


Storage* vs.
Features iPhone 12 Pro Galaxy S20
RAM (GB) 6GB
12GB
6
Internal (GB) 128GB
128GB
0
Micro SD No microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
6.0
7.5
1.5

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


Connectivity

Bluetooth 5.0 is here, on both of them. Both phones also have NFC.

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 also check other devices if you're willing to forget about them. The Sony Xperia 1 II can help you with that.

The Galaxy S20 is LTE or (LTE and) 5G compatible. If you'd rather have 12GB of RAM, you should consider the 5G version of the Galaxy S20.


Connectivity vs.
Features iPhone 12 Pro Galaxy S20
Network 5G LTE (also available in 5G)
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
4.6
4.6
0.0

Price

You're likely not considering the Galaxy S20 to make all your pennies count. But do search for any deals or price drops before making up your mind. The Apple iPhone 12 Pro, in its turn, isn't that cheap, but that's probably something you already knew. Theoretically, you should get more money back if you end up selling it.

I hope the following tables will help you make a wiser decision.

Here are the best prices that we've found:


I earn a small fee from qualifying purchases. It doesn't affect the price you pay nor my opinions, but it will mean a lot if you click on one of these buttons before purchasing your next phone. You'll be helping to take this to the next level.

Prices on eBay are in $US but Europe-based. You can click to check the prices in your country.

Prices marked with ! are from renewed/refurbished/carrier-locked phones (except eBay prices that, as a last resort, can be from bids or used devices).

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 Galaxy S20 VS
Amazon - ! 0.73 -
eBay 0.61 - -
Best Buy 0.74 - -
Wallmart - - -

And this is the "The Best Smartphones On A Budget" list.

Want to know about that global rate? First, let me mention the average at their price range. They're in the ballpark of 7.7 for the iPhone 12 Pro and 6.9 for the Galaxy S20.


Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

Generally speaking, you'll be more than happy with any of these. If you're in the mood for a speedier smartphone, a telephoto lens, or great battery life, the iPhone 12 Pro is the one. If you're more into high refresh rates, an Always-on display, a full glass body, reverse charging, 12GB of RAM, or external storage, then you'll have to have a Galaxy S20. If you live in the States or if you can get the Snapdragon variant of the S20 online, then you'll get a faster phone with great battery life, which means that the iPhone will seem less attractive, but still an excellent option, though.


Pros iPhone 12 Pro Galaxy S20
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Cameras Always-On-Display
#4 Fast Charging Cameras
#5 Wireless Charging Fast Charging
#6 Glass Protection Wireless Charging
#7 MicroSD Slot
#8 Glass Protection

Cons iPhone 12 Pro Galaxy S20
#1 Always-On-Display 3.5mm Jack
#2 MicroSD Slot Price
#3 Weight
#4 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price

Relative Score* vs.
Global Score iPhone 12 Pro Galaxy S20
Gaming Score
6.8
7.7
0.9
Tek-Score
7.40
7.30
-0.10

*Reference: 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, 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 any of the usual stores.

 Apple iPhone 12 Pro 
  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 U.EX
    $939

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 20 U.SD
    $1099

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 Ultra
    $939

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 20 U.
    $995

  • Huawei


    Mate 40 Pro
    $1065

  • Oppo


    Find X2 Pro
    $950

  • Apple


    iPhone 12 Pro Max
    $1180

 Samsung Galaxy S20 
  • Sony


    Xperia 1
    $688

  • Sony


    Xperia 5
    $699

  • Apple


    iPhone X
    $562

  • Apple


    iPhone 11
    $578

  • Apple


    iPhone 11 Pro
    $750

  • Apple


    iPhone XS Max
    $620

  • Apple


    iPhone 11 Pro Max
    $580

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 EX
    $684

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 SD
    $649

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20+ EX
    $749

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20+ SD
    $649

  • Huawei


    P30 Pro
    $598

  • Google


    Pixel 4 XL
    $609

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 Plus
    $749

  • Huawei


    P40 Pro
    $779

  • Huawei


    P40
    $666

  • OnePlus


    8 Pro
    $599

  • OnePlus


    8
    $630

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10 Pro
    $600

  • Apple


    iPhone 12
    $799

  • Oppo


    Find X2 Neo
    $593

  • Apple


    iPhone 12 Mini
    $739

  • OnePlus


    8T
    $599

  • Oppo


    Reno4 Pro
    $594

  • Sony


    Xperia 1 II
    $821

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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.

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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 mid-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 valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they didn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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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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