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Apple iPhone 6s vs iPhone 8 Plus: Is The 8 Plus Good Enough?

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

You'll spend more on the iPhone 8 Plus, but considering its features, it is the best option.

It has better performance (+330%), water-resistance, a glass back, better battery life, and more internal storage (64GB vs. 32GB).

Are there other things worth mentioning?

The iPhone 8 Plus also comes with a larger (+0.8") display, optical image stabilization, a telephoto lens (+57 mm), wireless charging, more RAM (3GB vs. 2GB), and Bluetooth 5. But the iPhone 6s brings a lightweight body (59 g./2.08 oz less) and a headphone jack.

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're not considering going for a carrier subscription, you'll have to spend approximately $191 more.

Is it worth buying the iPhone 6s in 2021?

You shouldn't pick the iPhone 6s in 2021 unless you can find an outstanding deal. You shouldn't get a phone that isn't going to receive security updates. Check out the iPhone SE 2, for example, as it's a much better choice since you'll get better performance, better cameras, more storage, more security updates, faster charging, more RAM, a glass body, and water resistance.

Is it worth getting the iPhone 8 Plus in 2021?

For a phone introduced in 2017, the iPhone 8 Plus still has good camera. It still makes sense in 2021, but (again) the iPhone SE 2 could give you better performance and more security updates.

Read on to learn more about their differences, how they stack up against their rivals, and how the tech experts evaluate their specs.

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This comparison may not make sense for most of us in this day and age, but being both iPhones, it may be of value to some.

I do hope you're not trying to purchase an iPhone 6s, but if you do, you'll soon find out (if not already) how hard it is to find them in a brand new condition.

Still, you may be interested in how well it fares against the newer (or not so old) iPhone 8 plus.

In September of 2017, Apple launched its iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone 6s, however, has seen the light of day two years sooner.

Here you can look at the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 8 Plus, compare each other's features, and decide which one is best for you. Let us delve into the finer details.

The price round is no contest. The iPhone 6s sounds like a bargain compared to the iPhone 8 Plus. Keep this in mind when comparing both iPhones.

Do consider avoiding the iPhone 6s, as it will stop receiving security updates in the meantime.

You'll also see down below a "Tek-Score" for every section that we analyze. We evaluate all quantifiable specifications to help you quickly identify how much they are far apart. We'll also provide a global score for comparison if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

The weight of each section

Our Tek-Score is based on a study done by Globalwebindex.com on what features users value on new smartphones. But you'll be able to define how the global score is composed based on what you value. You can skip to the end, but keep reading because there are many things to unveil about these two and their rivals.

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

Some features are underlined with a red or green progress bar. That's to show how they relate to the ones from similarly priced smartphones.

By clicking here: you'll see which ones we've analyzed, but we've only included smartphones within a 40% price range.

Some items are underlined, and you can tap to access several top 10 tables for all budgets.

Device iPhone 6s iPhone 8 Plus
Release Date 2015, September 2017, September 2y.
OS Updates 6 years 6 years 0y.
Security Updates 6 years 6 years 0y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

As for performance, Geekbench 5 scores the iPhone 8 Plus 330% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. If you forget this number, you'll remember it every single day since day one.

Regarding their chipset, while the Apple iPhone 8 Plus comes with the Apple A11 SoC, the Apple iPhone 6s has the Apple A9 SoC.

About the graphics: while the first one brings a proprietary Apple GPU, the other has a PowerVR GT7600.

The iPhone 6s carries out iOS 9 OS, and the iPhone 8 Plus has iOS 11 at its core.

Features iPhone 6s iPhone 8 Plus
SoC Apple A9 Apple A11
Graphics PowerVR GT7600 Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 542
OS iOS 9 iOS 11

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Apple iPhone 6s front transparent png Apple iPhone 8 Plus front transparent png

The iPhone 8 Plus has the best screen, but not by a significant margin.

The iPhone 8 Plus features a 5.5" LCD display, while the iPhone 6s has a smaller 4.7" LCD display. To each, it's own.

If you're trying to keep your phone's display small, the iPhone 8 Plus is the one. There are just not that many choices in its class.

The iPhone 8 Plus has a higher-resolution 1080x1920 Full HD display, and the iPhone 6s makes do with a 750x1334 HD panel.

Just a tiny drop may shatter your phone, so be aware: Both feature an Ion-strengthened glass display.

None of these smartphones support an Always-On display.

If you're looking for the brightest display, the iPhone 6s can do 625 nits, but the iPhone 8 Plus can go up to 95 nits below that.

Related priced rivals rarely stay far from 730 nits, but the iPhone 8 Plus can only do 27% below that.

If a device can't go over 500 nits, it can't do true HDR, nor is that great on a sunny day.

If you're leaning towards the iPhone 6s, you should know that 75% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen. On the other hand, only 8% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate and feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

For the iPhone 8 Plus, I should say that 97% of its rivals can play HDR content, 90% have an AMOLED screen, and 76% have an Always-On display. Instead, only 24% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate.

Display Density (DPIs)*
Features iPhone 6s iPhone 8 Plus
Size 4.7
Screen Type LCD LCD
Resolution (px) 750x1334
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 325.61
Always-On-Display No No
Notch - -
Peak Brightness 625 nits
530 nits
HDR - -
Sub Tek-Score
Protection Ion-strengthened glass Ion-strengthened glass

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Apple iPhone 6s back transparent png Apple iPhone 8 Plus back transparent png

Overall, I'm sure the Apple iPhone 8 Plus has a better camera.

What about its shooters? The iPhone 6s has a 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.2, a 29mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, and HDR capabilities. It can record videos at up to 2160p.

The selfie camera is a 5 MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture complemented with a 31 mm lens.

Seems like DXOMARK will never review this shooter, but by doing some math, it scored 95*. By including its digital zoom abilities, it'll get 99** points.

I hope this helps: you should know that 83% of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens. On the other hand, only 8% of them come with a telephoto lens.

The Apple iPhone 8 Plus, in its turn, features a 12 Megapixels camera with an f/1.8 aperture and a 28mm, wide-angle lens. Then it has four flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It records videos at up to 2160p. Its second shooter has a 12 Megapixels sensor with an aperture of f/2.8 plus a 57mm telephoto lens.

On the front, there's an f/2.2 7 MP camera and a 32 mm lens.

The guys over at the DXOMARK labs scored this camera with 104 points. And by adding its telephoto lens, that score goes up to 112**. For an out-and-out review, check their article.

Furthermore, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 76% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Regardless, only 21% of them feature a macro lens.

That's something that I really value on a smartphone: a telephoto lens. The iPhone 8 Plus has it, with a zoom of about 2x. It enables you to zoom in on the subject without ruining your photos.

*DXOMARK knows how to test these shooters out. Too bad they don't get a chance to test most of the cameras out there. That's why when I come across one of them, I score every camera spec (like sensor size, lenses, and so on) to get a similar global score. You should give it a borderline margin of error of 2 points.

**This score still needs improvement, especially with cameras with less than 40MP and no telephoto lens. They moved to a better camera test protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera iPhone 6s iPhone 8 Plus
Megapixels 12
Aperture 2.2
Lens 29mm
Lens Type Regular Regular
Flash 2 4 2
HDR Yes Yes
OIS No Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 99

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 6s iPhone 8 Plus vs.
Megapixels - 12
Aperture - 2.8
Lens - 57mm (2x zoom)
Lens Type - Telephoto lens
Score 4 8 4
Selfie Camera iPhone 6s iPhone 8 Plus vs.
Megapixels 5
Aperture 2.2
Lens 31mm 32mm 1
iPhone 6s iPhone 8 Plus vs.

Who has the best frame?

If you're still undecided about them, the iPhone 8 Plus is a better choice based on its glass back, water resistance, and looks.

The iPhone 6s has a height of 138 mm (5.44 inches) and a width of 67 mm (2.64 inches). The iPhone 8 Plus came out 0.79 inches (20 mm) taller and 0.43 inches (11 mm) wider.

Both have about the same thickness: 7 mm (0.28 inches).

The iPhone 8 Plus also has a glass back, and it looks gorgeous. The iPhone 6s weighs 143 g. (5.04 oz), while its sibling is 59 g. (2.32 oz) heavier. But because this is a bit relative, the "weight to display size" score of the iPhone 6s is 4.2, which means it has an acceptable score for a 4.7 inches screen. In the meantime, the iPhone 8 Plus has 0.7, which indicates it's oddly heavy.

You'll also get some color options here. The Apple iPhone 8 Plus comes in Gold, Silver, Space Gray, and Red. The Apple iPhone 6s, in its turn, comes in Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Rose Gold.

If the iPhone 6s is big enough for you, then excellent. If not, then really consider getting the other one.

Does a fingerprint scanner matter to you? Both devices included it.

The iPhone 8 Plus is rated IP67, which means it's water-resistant in up to 1 meter. Remember that it shouldn't be for over half an hour, and it's freshwater in standby mode only.

Body iPhone 6s iPhone 8 Plus
Size 138 x 67 x 7 mm
(4.87 x 2.36 x 0.25 in)
158 x 78 x 7 mm
(5.57 x 2.75 x 0.25 in)
Weight 143 g. (5.04 oz)
202 g. (7.13 oz)
Build Front glass Front and back glass
Colors Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Rose Gold Gold, Silver, Space Gray, and Red
Screen To Body Ratio 65.85%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.2 0.7 -3.5
Looks 1.7/10 5.5/10
Waterproof - IP67
Biometrics Front Fingerprint Front Fingerprint

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

Which has the best battery?

The iPhone 6s does have a smaller battery, with 1715 mAh, while the iPhone 8 Plus has 2691 mAh. And according to GSMArena's tests, the latter is the winner here.

This is how the iPhone 6s performs after a full charge:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you should have 73% 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 57% 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 still get 55% to spend doing other things.

And this is how the iPhone 8 Plus handles these tests:

  • After 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.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 63% 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 65% of the battery charge.

Alright, that's still not a reason to make it shine. Apple didn't try that hard here, judging by other similarly sized devices. It got a rate of 1.9 for the "battery to device size" ratio.

If you love fast charging, consider going for the iPhone 8 Plus.

The iPhone 8 Plus also supports wireless charging at 5w.

Features iPhone 6s iPhone 8 Plus
Capacity (mAh) 1715 2691 976
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 73% left
79% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 57% left
63% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 55% left
65% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 7.2 1.9 -5.3
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging No 15w
Wireless Charging No 5w

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The iPhone 8 Plus has about two times more storage.

In terms of RAM, the iPhone 6s brings 2GB. In terms of storage, it has 32GB. There's no extra storage here. It isn't a red flag for most people, but it's not your best option.

The iPhone 8 Plus, in its turn, has 64GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. There's also no expandable storage here. You may need to regularly move your video files out of your phone. If you're wondering, you can effortlessly get more RAM and more storage from almost all of their competitors. They'd give you around 124Gb of storage and 7Gb of RAM.

Most people should be OK with only 64 GB of internal storage. However, if you love to have or record tons of videos, you'll soon figure out that 32 GB is too short for you.

Features iPhone 6s iPhone 8 Plus
Internal (GB) 32GB
Micro SD No No

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

You can only get a headphone jack with the iPhone 6s.

The iPhone 6s has Bluetooth 4.2, while the iPhone 8 Plus has Bluetooth 5.0. By not having Bluetooth 5, you'll lose on speed, range, and the number of simultaneous connections. Both phones have NFC, so nothing special here. The NFC on the iPhone 6s is market-dependent, so do your research before you buy it.

The iPhone 6s is the only phone here that still supports the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack. You may go for an adapter as a last resort on the iPhone 8 Plus, but it really isn't the same.

You can find these two in the LTE variant.

Features iPhone 6s iPhone 8 Plus
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 4.2
NFC Yes (Apple Pay only) Yes
3.5mm jack Yes No

Which is more affordable?

You're likely not considering the iPhone 6s to make all your pennies count. But do search for any deals or price drops before making up your mind. On the other hand, you'll likely find the iPhone 8 Plus at a higher price range, but I believe that it shouldn't come as a surprise at all.

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

Also, be aware that you'll have a hard time finding old phones in new condition.

Here are the best deals on some major online stores:

Apple iPhone 6s

Reference: $199

Apple iPhone 6s

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Reference: $390

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

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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 6s iPhone 8 Plus VS
Amazon - 2.42 ! -
eBay 1.11 0.80 -0.31
Best Buy - ! - -
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 curious to know what their global score is? For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. They're at 5.4 (for the iPhone 6s) and 6.5 (for the iPhone 8 Plus).

Verdict: What Makes the Apple iPhone 8 Plus Stand Out?

You'll likely be happy with either one because they aren't that far apart. Nevertheless, I couldn't recommend the 6s because, by the time you're reading this, it most likely stopped receiving updates from Apple already.

The iPhone 8 plus, on the other hand, is as compelling as any other phone on the market, depending (of course), of the deal that you can find.

The iPhone 8 Plus stands out because it's the only phone that gives you almost decent performance, a great camera, satisfactory storage, and battery life.

Despite losing the 3.5mm jack, you'll get two extra bonus: wireless and fast charging.

Pros iPhone 6s iPhone 8 Plus
#1 3.5mm Jack Cameras
#2 Fast Charging
#3 Wireless Charging
Cons iPhone 6s iPhone 8 Plus
#1 Performance AMOLED
#2 Screen Resolution Always-On-Display
#3 AMOLED MicroSD Slot
#4 Always-On-Display Weight
#5 Battery Life 3.5mm Jack
#6 Fast Charging Price
#7 Wireless Charging
#8 MicroSD Slot
Relative Score*
Global Score iPhone 6s iPhone 8 Plus
Gaming Score
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.


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.


"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.


"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.



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 6s 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A30
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 8 Pro
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 8
  • XiaomirivalMi A3
  • Realmerival5 Pro
  • GooglerivalPixel 3
  • OnePlusrival6
  • OnePlusrival6T
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S8
  • XiaomirivalMi 8
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A31
  • OnePlusrivalNord

 Apple iPhone 8 Plus 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
  • OnePlusrival7
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
  • OnePlusrival7T
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP30
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
  • OnePlusrival8T
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite

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.


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.



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.


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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