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Apple iPhone 12 vs Samsung Galaxy S21: Apples vs Robots

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

The iPhone 12 is a little bit more expensive, but it doesn't have better specs.

You'll get better performance (+31%), a glass back, and more OS updates (2 additional years). But with the Galaxy S21, you can get a better display and more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB).

What else stands out?

The iPhone 12 also comes with a cleaner user interface. But the Galaxy S21 also brings a higher refresh rate, Always-On display, better peak brightness, reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (8GB vs. 4GB).

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, you can be saving up to around $82, so think about it.

Is the iPhone 12 still worth buying in 2021?

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

Keep reading to learn more about what sets them apart, how they compare to similarly priced rivals, and how the tech industry is evaluating their specs.

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Introduction

Last January, Samsung started selling its Galaxy S21, while Apple's iPhone 12 hit the stores in October of 2020.

In this article, we see how the iPhone 12 and the Galaxy S21 compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

Even though both phones have similar prices, the Galaxy S21 should be more affordable. Although sometimes a promotion might appear and change that. Keep this in mind when comparing both of them.

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. The global score will help you compare them to other phones if you aren't sure about these two.

The weight of each section

Our Tek-Score is based on a study done by Globalwebindex.com about the most wanted features from people looking to buy new smartphones. But you'll be able to define how the global score is composed based on what matters to you. You can check this out now, but I suggest you keep reading to know more about them.

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

You'll also see a progress bar underlining some features. That's to show how they compare with other smartphones with similar prices.

Here's our contestant panel: 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 the best 10 phones on that for every budget.

Price*
vs.
Device iPhone 12 Galaxy S21
Release Date 2020, October 2021, January 1y.
OS Updates 6 years 3 years -3y.
Security Updates 6 years 4 years -2y.

*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 was, on average, 31% quicker while finishing its tests. You should also consider other features, but if you value every second you save, go for this one. Remember that iOS does run smoother than Android on equivalent hardware because Apple did their work to keep it fit.

They're both top performers if you consider related priced phones.

We can label both of them as high-end.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 is available with the new Exynos 2100 processor, while the Apple iPhone 12 brings the Apple A14 processor.

Now about the graphics chipset, while the former has a Mali-G78 MP14, the latter features a proprietary Apple GPU.

The iPhone 12 brings the iOS 14.1 OS from the factory, and the Galaxy S21 runs on Android 11 and OneUI.

Performance*
vs.
Features iPhone 12 Galaxy S21
SoC Apple A14 Exynos 2100
Graphics Apple GPU Mali-G78 MP14
Geekbench 5 Score 4067
3113
-954
OS iOS 14.1 Android 11 and OneUI
Tek-Score
8.8
7.2
-1.6

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Apple iPhone 12 front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S21 front transparent png

The Galaxy S21's display does stand out, and you'd be able to tell the difference.

The iPhone 12 offers a sharp, 6.1-inch AMOLED display slightly smaller than the 6.2-inch AMOLED panel on the Galaxy S21. 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. It really is short compared to most similarly priced phones.

The display of the iPhone 12 has a resolution of 1170x2532 Full HD. The Galaxy S21, in its turn, has 1080x2400 Full HD. If you favor small notches, at least the Galaxy S21 has a tinier notch.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so let's get the elephant out of the room. Both displays are protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

There's a phone with an Always-On display here, the Samsung Galaxy S21.

If you set your brightness to auto, the iPhone 12 can go up to 639 nits, and the Galaxy S21 can top at 856 nits.

The iPhone 12 features an HDR10 display, while its rival can display HDR10+ content.

If you value a smooth display, you can count on the smooth 120hz of the Galaxy S21.

Considering the iPhone 12, you should know that 94% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 78% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Concerning the Galaxy S21, please be aware that 86% of its rivals can play HDR content, 91% have an AMOLED screen, and 82% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features iPhone 12 Galaxy S21
Size 6.1
6.2
0.1
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1170x2532
1080x2400
-370440
Refresh Rate 60hz 120hz 60
Dots per Inch 457.25
424.48
-32.77
Always-On-Display No Yes
Notch Wedge Hole
Peak Brightness 639 nits
856 nits
217
HDR HDR10 HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
2.9
9.2
6.3
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
7.5
9.7
2.2

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Apple iPhone 12 back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S21 back transparent png

By DXOMARK's standards, the Galaxy S21 is also roughly 45% above other competitors for the same budget. Although as of now, it isn't good enough.

Who's gonna win this battle? The iPhone 12'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.

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

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

DXOMARK gave this shooter a score of 132. If you also consider its wide-angle lens, it'll get 139 points. You can check their review if you click here.

To put things in perspective: keep in mind that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Nevertheless, only 6% of them feature a macro lens.

On the back of the Samsung Galaxy S21 is a 12 Megapixels (f/1.8) camera and a 26mm wide-angle lens. Then you'll have one flash LED, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. It can also record videos at up to 4320p. There's also an extra dual sensor with 64 Megapixels (f/2.0 plus a 29mm wide-angle lens) and 12 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, working together to give more freedom when framing shots.

Did you know? By zooming in and cropping a 64 Megapixels photo, you can get a sample with 16 Megapixels and 2x optical zoom.

You can get selfies with 10 MP Megapixels. It has a lens with f/2.2 of aperture and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

On DXOMARK's reviewing article, they gave this shooter 123 points. And if we consider its wide-angle lens, we'll get to the final score of 137 points. Just click here to read about it.

Furthermore, just to let 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. Additionally, only 18% of them feature a macro lens.

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

If you love optical zoom like I do, none of these will help you. Just pick something like the iPhone 12 Pro instead.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera iPhone 12 Galaxy S21
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 139
137
-2

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 12 Galaxy S21 vs.
Megapixels 12
64
52
Aperture 2.4
2.0
-0.4
Lens 13mm 29mm 16
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Regular
Megapixels - 12
Aperture - 2.2
Lens - 13mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 7 14 7
Selfie Camera iPhone 12 Galaxy S21 vs.
Megapixels 12
10
-2
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 23mm 26mm 3
iPhone 12 Galaxy S21 vs.
Tek-Score
8.2
8.1
-0.1

Who has the best frame?

The iPhone 12 does have an advantage here, thanks to its glass build and nicer looks. But that doesn't mean the Galaxy S21 is that bad.

These phones have different heights (146 mm / 5.75 inches vs. 151 mm / 5.95 inches), but they share about the same width (71 mm / 2.80 inches).

If you're looking for the thinnest phone, you're out of luck. Both have 7 mm (0.28 inches).

The iPhone 12 has a full glass body, while its rival has a plastic back. Both also have about the same weight: 164 g. (5.78 oz). If you're looking for a lightweight device, the iPhone 12 has a "weight to screen size" score of 6.9, meaning a pretty nice weight for its display size. In the meantime, the Galaxy S21 has 6.6, which is pretty nice too.

We do like having some color options. You get Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue in the iPhone 12. But you can get Phantom Gray, Phantom Violet, Phantom White, and Phantom Pink with the Galaxy S21.

These two share the same size, so I hope you like 6.1/6.2" phones.

What about a fingerprint scanner? Unfortunately, you can't count on the iPhone 12, but if you're already considering the Galaxy S21, then good for you.

Although a pin isn't the only login option in the iPhone 12. Wisely, Apple included a Face ID scanner.

The iPhone 12 is water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters, much like the Galaxy S21. It should be for less than 30 minutes, in standby and freshwater only, so no saltwater or pools here.

Looks*
vs.
Body iPhone 12 Galaxy S21
Size 146 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.15 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
151 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.33 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
2485
Weight 164 g. (5.78 oz)
169 g. (5.96 oz)
5
Build Front and back glass Front glass
Colors Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue Phantom Gray, Phantom Violet, Phantom White, and Phantom Pink
Screen To Body Ratio 88.18%
86.57%
-1.62
Disp.Size To Weight Score 6.9 6.6 -0.3
Looks 10.0/10
6.5/10
-3.4
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
8.6
7.7
-0.9

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

Which has the best battery?

At 2815 mAh, the iPhone 12 is the owner of the smallest battery, while the Galaxy S21 features 4000 mAh. But as reported by GSMArena, you shouldn't expect notable differences here.

That's what you can expect from the iPhone 12 after charging it up:

  • 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.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 64% left for the rest of the day.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, this is where your battery will be: 64%.

And this is how the Galaxy S21 handles these tests:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 81% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 62% 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 67% of the battery charge.

Quickly charging any of them won't be an issue. The iPhone 12 supports up to 20w, and the Galaxy S21 up to 25.

Both phones support wireless charging at 15w. On the new iPhones, it's also magnetic. It's handy, but I'd favor a non-proprietary USB-C port.

You can also use the Galaxy S21 reverse wireless charging to charge any Qi-enabled device up to 4.5w per hour.

Battery*
vs.
Features iPhone 12 Galaxy S21
Capacity (mAh) 2815 4000 1185
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 79% left
81% left
2
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 64% left
62% left
-2
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 64% left
67% left
3
Bat. To Phone Size Score 6.4 6.2 -0.2
Sub Tek-Score
6.9
7.0
0.1
Fast Charging 20w
25w
5
Wireless Charging 15w
15w
0
Reverse Charging No 4.5w
4.5
Tek-Score
6.6
6.9
0.3

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

Definitely, the Galaxy S21.

The iPhone 12 has 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. Unfortunately, Apple didn't include a MicroSD slot. It may not be a deal-breaker, but it sure is something to keep in mind. I should also mention that most rivals have more storage and more RAM. They're closer to 146Gb of storage and 9GB of RAM.

In its turn, the Galaxy S21 features 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. You'll also have a problem if you want to add storage later, but 128GB is more than enough for most people.

Most people should be OK with their internal storage. However, if you plan to store some movies or record tons of videos, 64 GB will be a problem sooner than later.

Storage*
vs.
Features iPhone 12 Galaxy S21
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).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

They don't stand out on any of these features.

When it comes to connectivity, you can count on the traditional Bluetooth 5.0 chip. Both phones also have NFC.

If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. Just skip adapters and get a decent pair of wireless earbuds. You can have it anyway if you're willing to forget about them. The Galaxy S10e or the Galaxy S10 can help you with that.

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

Connectivity
vs.
Features iPhone 12 Galaxy S21
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 Galaxy S21 to make all your pennies count. That, of course, depends on the place and the deals that you'll eventually find. The Apple iPhone 12, in its turn, isn't that cheap, but I think that you can find some additional value in it. At least, it should be easier to sell it in the future.

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

Here's what we've found out:

Apple iPhone 12

Reference: $880

Apple iPhone 12

Samsung Galaxy S21

Reference: $798

Samsung Galaxy S21

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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 Galaxy S21 VS
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eBay 0.83 1.48 0.66
Best Buy 0.85 1.14 0.30
Walmart - 1.02 -

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

So, what about that global score? We'll get there. But first, let's see where its rivals are. They're at 7.2 (for the iPhone 12) and 6.6 (for the Galaxy S21).

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S21 Stand Out?

The iPhone 12 hasn't much more to offer, but you might actually be looking for what it does offer. The Galaxy S21 is crazy fast, but the iPhone 12 takes it to a staggering 26% above that. Not only that, but it also has a much-uncluttered user interface and two additional years of software updates.

If you think better features can give you a better experience, then the S21 can give you a great display with the Always-on feature, better peak brightness, and higher refresh rates. It may sound like a gimmick but it also gives you reverse wireless charging. In addition to that, it also gives you more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB) and more RAM (8GB vs. 4GB).

Pros iPhone 12 Galaxy S21
#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 Glass Protection
Cons iPhone 12 Galaxy S21
#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 Galaxy S21
Gaming Score
6.3
7.6
1.3
Tek-Score
6.76
7.42
0.66
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 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $699
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $900
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $704
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $849
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $919
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $793
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $729
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $899
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698

 Samsung Galaxy S21 
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
    $579
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $449
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $569
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
    $407
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $479
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $478
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $407
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $540
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $598
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $478
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $539
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $429
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $509
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $514
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $565
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $479
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $599
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
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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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