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Apple iPhone 12, Google Pixel 5

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Luis Silva (November 2020, updated: March 2021)

Introduction

Both phones were launched in October of 2020.

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

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

Bottom Line

What is the difference between the iPhone 12 and the Pixel 5?

The iPhone 12 comes at a higher price, but it isn't the better device of the two considering their specs.

It gives you better performance (+147%), a glass back, and more OS updates (3 additional years). But the Pixel 5 features more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB).

What else sets them apart?

The Pixel 5 also features a higher refresh rate, Always-On display, reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (8GB vs. 4GB).

Still, you'll have to decide for yourself because they ended up with similar rates.

But how much more will I have to pay for the Pixel 5?

If you're ignoring carrier offers, you can be saving up to around $198, so think about it.

Is it worth getting the iPhone 12 in 2021?

No problem. Its performance won't disappoint you for sure.

Is the Pixel 5 still worth getting in 2021?

Sure. It's starting to show its age, but it is still a decent device.

The Pixel 5 definitely has the iPhone 12 beaten on price. That is something worth considering when comparing them.

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

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 compare with other smartphones with similar prices.

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

Feel free to click any feature title to check out several top 10 tables for every budget.

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

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Performance

The Google Pixel 5 is available with the Snapdragon 765 processor, while the Apple iPhone 12 brings the Apple A14 processor.

Regarding the graphics chipset, the former features an Adreno 620, and the latter has a proprietary Apple GPU.

In terms of performance, Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) scores the iPhone 12 147% ahead of its rival on the multi-core rankings. Do keep this number in mind, so you don't regret it later. Since iPhones run on their own operating system, apps do run quicker because Apple did their work to keep it fit.

When it comes to performance, the Pixel 5 is way under the average against similarly priced phones. While the average sits at 2742, this one is 66% below them.

We can classify the iPhone 12 as high-end and the Pixel 5 as more like mid-range.

The iPhone 12 features the iOS 14.1 OS, and the Pixel 5 got the Android 11.

Performance* vs.
Features iPhone 12 Pixel 5
SoC Apple A14 Snapdragon 765
Graphics Apple GPU Adreno 620
Geekbench 5 Score 4067
1647
-2420
OS iOS 14.1 Android 11
Tek-Score
8.8
4.7
-4.0

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.

Display

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

Would you prefer the 6.0" AMOLED display of the Pixel 5 or the larger 6.1" AMOLED panel of the iPhone 12? Which one would you choose? AMOLED has perfect contrast and viewing angles, but its whites do hurt the battery life.

Do you despise big screens? Then, the Pixel 5 is the one. It really is short compared to most similarly priced phones.

If you're looking for the most high-resolution display, the iPhone 12 is a winner here. If you value a clean, almost notch-free screen, there's one more reason to consider the Pixel 5.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so let's get the elephant out of the room. The Pixel 5 has a Corning Gorilla Glass 6 display. The iPhone 12, in its turn, has a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

To me, the Google Pixel 5 has one significant advantage here, which is the Always-On-Display.

If you set your brightness to auto, you can count on the iPhone 12 to go up to 639 nits, while the Pixel 5 goes up to 699 nits.

The iPhone 12 does HDR10 video, and the Pixel 5 has an HDR10+ screen.

If high refresh rates are your thing, the Pixel 5, with its 90hz screen, is clearly the winner here.

Given the iPhone 12, 95% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display. Plus, all of them have an AMOLED screen, and 81% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Concerning the Pixel 5, 89% of its rivals can play HDR content, 96% have an AMOLED screen, and 93% of them have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features iPhone 12 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 639 nits
699 nits
60
HDR HDR10 HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
2.9
8.7
5.8
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Tek-Score
7.5
7.9
0.4

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.

Cameras

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

Flip the phones over, let's start the cameras' battle. Apple's iPhone 12 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/2.4 plus a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

Its selfie camera features a 12 MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

DxOMark tested this camera and gave it a rate of 132. Then, if you consider its wide-angle lens, that will go up to 139. You can check their review if you click here.

PS: you'd probably like to know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Though none of them feature a macro lens.

The Google Pixel 5, in its turn, features a 12 MP 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. Besides its primary camera, the Pixel 5 also features a 16 MP f/2.2 plus a 17mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

On the front, there's an f/2.0 8 MP camera and a 24 mm wide-angle lens.

On DxOMark's reviewing article, they gave this shooter 129 points. And by adding its wide-angle lens, we get a score of 138 points. You can click here to check it out.

Furthermore, just so you know, 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. That said, only 15% of them feature a macro lens.

You should note that the Pixel 5 is in the neighborhood of 56% above other smartphones at about this price-tag. But you can pick either one.

If you're not a numbers person, we can tag these two as high-end.

A telephoto lens would've been a great addition. If you agree with me, none of these will help you. Just pick something like the Samsung Galaxy S10 or the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 instead.

Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera iPhone 12 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 139
138
-1

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 12 Pixel 5 vs.
Megapixels 12
16
4
Aperture 2.4
2.2
-0.2
Lens 13mm 17mm 4
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Score 7 9 2
Selfie Camera iPhone 12 Pixel 5 vs.
Megapixels 12
8
-4
Aperture 2.2
2.0
-0.2
Lens 23mm 24mm 1
iPhone 12 Pixel 5 vs.
Tek-Score
8.2
8.1
-0.1

Body

The iPhone 12 has a height of 5.75 inches (146 mm) and a width of 2.80 inches (71 mm). The Pixel 5, on the other hand, is 2 mm smaller and 1 mm narrower (about 0.08 inches by 0.04 inches).

They have about the same depth: 7 mm (0.28 inches) vs. 8 mm (0.32 inches). In addition to that, the Pixel 5 is (about 12%) also smaller than most similarly priced devices.

Out of curiosity, while the iPhone 12 has a full glass body, you can get the Pixel 5 with an aluminum back. The iPhone 12 is 13 g. (0.46 oz) heavier than its rival, which sits at 151 g. (5.33 oz). If you're looking for a lightweight device, the "weight to display size" rate of the iPhone 12 is 6.9, and that's another way of saying it has a pretty nice weight for its screen size. The Pixel 5, however, has 8.4, which suggests exceptional work from Google.

You'll also get some color options here. The Google Pixel 5 comes in Just Black and Sorta Sage. The Apple iPhone 12, in its turn, comes in Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue.

You're out of options in the size domain, so there's not much to choose from.

What about a fingerprint scanner? There's one on the back of the Pixel 5 but not on the iPhone 12.

That doesn't mean you're out of security options on the iPhone 12. Wisely, Apple included a Face ID scanner.

The iPhone 12 truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep, on par with the Pixel 5. That should be for up to 30 minutes, in standby and freshwater only, so no saltwater or pools here.

Looks* vs.
Body iPhone 12 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 164 g. (5.78 oz)
151 g. (5.33 oz)
-13
Build Front and back glass Front glass and aluminum back
Colors Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue Just Black and Sorta Sage
Screen To Body Ratio 88.18%
87.67%
-0.51
Disp.Size To Weight Score 6.9 8.4 1.6
Looks 10.0/10
9.1/10
-0.8
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Fingerprint
Tek-Score
8.6
9.1
0.5

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

Battery

In theory, the 4080 mAh of the Google Pixel 5's battery will crush the Apple iPhone 12 with only 2815 mAh of battery capacity. But how would both perform in a real-world scenario? If you charge them up and run some tests, this is what the iPhone 12 delivers:

  • From 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.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, this phone should end up with 64%.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, you'll be with 64%.

And this is how the Pixel 5 handles these tests:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 82% of the battery remaining.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 66% left.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 69% left for the rest of the day.

It may come as no surprise here, but the Pixel 5 wins, hands down.

There's a reason it has this battery life. Google just showed us how good they can be. That's what a "battery to smartphone size" rate of 7.9 shows.

Quickly charging any of them won't be an issue. The iPhone 12 supports up to 20w and the Pixel 5 up to 18.

They all include wireless charging, and they charge at 15w vs. 12w. That's nice. On any of the new iPhone 12 siblings, wireless charging is also magnetic. It's nice but not as good as USB-C charging.

A nice add-on to the Pixel 5 is the ability to charge any Qi-enabled gadgets at 5w.

Battery* vs.
Features iPhone 12 Pixel 5
Capacity (mAh) 2815 4080 1265
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 79% left
82% left
3
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 64% left
66% left
2
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 64% left
69% left
5
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: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Storage

The iPhone 12 features 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. There's no MicroSD slot. This shouldn't be an issue for most of us. Be aware that at this price segment, others offer more RAM and more storage. They're closer to 143Gb of storage and 9GB of RAM.

In its turn, the Pixel 5 features 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. There's also no extra storage here, but I believe 128GB is enough.

Storage shouldn't be an issue on any of these phones. However, if you plan to store some movies or record tons of videos, 64 GB alone won't get you there.

Storage* vs.
Features iPhone 12 Pixel 5
RAM (GB) 4GB
8GB
4
Internal (GB) 64GB
128GB
64
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
2.8
6.0
3.3

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

Connectivity

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

If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. You can buy an adapter, but the wireless buds are your only option. There also are other options out there if you just ignore these two. Either the Samsung Galaxy S10 or the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus can give you a headphone jack.

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

Connectivity vs.
Features iPhone 12 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

Price

The Google Pixel 5 surely wins over its competitor in this round. But do search for any deals or price drops before making up your mind. The Apple iPhone 12, in its turn, isn't that cheap, but I think that you can find some additional value in it. 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 the best deals on some major online stores:

Reference: $880

Apple iPhone 12

Reference: $682

Google Pixel 5

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 Pixel 5 VS
Amazon - ! 0.97 -
eBay 0.79 0.85 0.06
Best Buy 0.85 - -
Walmart - - -

Also, don't forget to check the latest deals from these four stores, and the state of the art on mobile technology, if you don't want to overpay on your next smartphone.


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Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. The iPhone 12 class is at 7.3, and the Pixel 5 6.9.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

That's tough.

If someone told me: "Here, pick one. It's yours."

I'd be having a hard time picking between any of these.

On the one hand, I'd have performance, lots of it.

On the other hand, I'd get higher refresh rates in an Always-on display (that I do fancy), reverse charging (that can be handy at times), lots of internal storage, and lots of RAM.

And I'm not even considering size, user experience, looks, years of updates, resell value, and all those subjective things.

I guess I'd go for the iPhone 12 because that performance is just insane. What about you?

Pros iPhone 12 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 Pixel 5
#1 Always-On-Display MicroSD Slot
#2 MicroSD Slot 3.5mm Jack
#3 3.5mm Jack Price
#4 Price
Relative Score* vs.
Global Score iPhone 12 Pixel 5
Gaming Score
6.3
6.6
0.3
Tek-Score
6.76
6.78
0.02

*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 
  • Sony

    Xperia 1 $688

  • Sony

    Xperia 5 $699

  • Apple

    iPhone 11 Pro $750

  • Apple

    iPhone 11 Pro Max $900

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 EX $675

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 SD $649

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20+ EX $749

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20+ SD $649

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 U.EX $879

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 $697

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 Plus $749

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 Ultra $879

  • Huawei

    Mate 30 Pro $849

  • Huawei

    P40 Pro $769

  • Huawei

    P40 $666

  • OnePlus

    8 Pro $800

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10 Ultra $846

  • Oppo

    Find X2 Pro $663

  • Apple

    iPhone 12 Mini $739

  • Sony

    Xperia 1 II $800

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 $699

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 Plus $799

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 Ultra $895

 Google Pixel 5 
  • Sony

    Xperia 1 $688

  • Sony

    Xperia 5 $699

  • Apple

    iPhone X $579

  • Apple

    iPhone 11 $578

  • Apple

    iPhone XS Max $595

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 $499

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 10 $499

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 Plus $499

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10+ EX $499

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10+ SD $488

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 EX $675

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 SD $649

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20+ SD $649

  • OnePlus

    7T Pro $499

  • Huawei

    P30 Pro $598

  • Google

    Pixel 4 XL $499

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 $697

  • Huawei

    Mate 20 Pro $550

  • Huawei

    P40 $666

  • OnePlus

    8 $630

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10 Pro $600

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 FE $549

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 FE 4G $549

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 FE 5G $549

  • Oppo

    Find X2 Neo $543

  • Oppo

    Find X2 Pro $663

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10T Pro $480

  • OnePlus

    8T $557

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10 $529

  • Oppo

    Reno4 Pro $594

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 $699

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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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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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