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Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 12 in 2021: What Will The 12 Add?

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

You'll spend more on the iPhone 12, but it also has better specs.

It features better performance (+209%), better glass protection, a better display, better cameras, a glass back, better battery life, and more internal storage (64GB vs. 32GB).

What else sets them apart?

The iPhone 12 also features an AMOLED, larger (+1.4") display, wireless charging, more RAM (4GB vs. 2GB), and Bluetooth 5. But the iPhone 7 adds a lightweight body (26 g./0.92 oz less).

How much more will the iPhone 12 cost me?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, you'll have to spend approximately $630 more.

Is it still worth buying the iPhone 7 in 2021?

The iPhone 7 is a good value for the money in 2021, but I can't recommend it. There are better options out there, like the iPhone SE 2, for example, because then you'll get better performance, better cameras, more storage, more security updates, faster charging, more RAM, and a glass body.

Is the iPhone 12 still worth getting in 2021?

The iPhone 12 remains a great smartphone in part thanks to its good performance, a good camera, and excellent glass protection. That's why I'll continue to recommend it in 2021, but keep an eye on the iPhone 12 Mini too.

Keep reading for answers to all your questions about their differences, how they compare to similarly priced rivals, and how the tech experts evaluate their specs.

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Alright, so you're finally considering an upgrade, right? You wouldn't believe how much the iPhone 12 brings to the table.

Before we start, let me just add that, if, by any remote chance, you're indeed upgrading, but for an iPhone 7, you won't be left out.

While Apple's iPhone 12 hit stores in October of 2020, Apple's iPhone 7 went on sale in September of 2016.

Here you can look at the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 12, compare each other's features, and decide which one is best for you. Let us delve into the finer details.

The iPhone 7 definitely has the iPhone 12 beaten on price. Remember that when you're comparing the two models.

For each featured section, there's a "Tek-Score" for you to check. All the specifications were examined to allow you a faster discerning of the variation between the phones. The global score will help you compare them to other phones because you'll probably have other phones in mind.

The weight of each section

That score is research-based. It's from Globalwebindex.com about the most desired smartphone features by consumers. But you can customize how each section contributes to the global score according to whatever you like. You can check it out here, or just keep reading.

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 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 clickable, and they'll get you to our corresponding eight top 10 listings for all budgets.

Device iPhone 7 iPhone 12
Release Date 2016, September 2020, October 4y.
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 12 209% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. If you forget this number, you'll remember it every single day since day one.

The iPhone 12 is also a top performer for its price range. It got a score of 4067, compared to the usual 2988, or close to that.

By the way, you can define the iPhone 12 as high-end.

Regarding their chipset, while the Apple iPhone 12 comes with the Apple A14 SoC, the Apple iPhone 7 has the Apple A10 SoC.

If you play heavy games on your phone, you should know that the former has a proprietary Apple GPU, while the latter has a PowerVR Series7XT Plus.

The iPhone 7 features the iOS 10 OS, and the iPhone 12 runs on iOS 14.1.

Features iPhone 7 iPhone 12
SoC Apple A10 Apple A14
Graphics PowerVR Series7XT Plus Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 1318
OS iOS 10 iOS 14.1

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Apple iPhone 7 front transparent png Apple iPhone 12 front transparent png

The iPhone 12's display does stand out, and it wins by a significant margin.

The iPhone 7 offers a sharp, 4.7-inch LCD display considerably smaller than the 6.1-inch AMOLED panel on the iPhone 12. There's no general contest here as each user has his personal preferences.

Are you looking for small screens? Then, the iPhone 7 is your holy grail. Most phones from its price range don't even come close.

The display of the iPhone 12 has a resolution of 1170x2532 Full HD. The iPhone 7, in its turn, has 750x1334 HD.

The iPhone 7 sets itself apart from most competitors at its price range: Its low DPI display.

It's better to be safe than sorry, so you need to know about their glass protection. The iPhone 7 display is protected with an Ion-strengthened glass. The iPhone 12 with a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

None of these smartphones support an Always-On display.

If you don't manually set the screen brightness, you can count on 660 nits maximum brightness for both iPhones.

The iPhone 12 can play HDR10 videos.

About the iPhone 7, 79% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen. On the other hand, none of them have over 60hz of refresh rate, nor feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Compared to the iPhone 12, I should say 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.

Display Density (DPIs)*
Features iPhone 7 iPhone 12
Size 4.7
Screen Type LCD AMOLED
Resolution (px) 750x1334
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 325.61
Always-On-Display No No
Notch - Wedge
Peak Brightness 660 nits
639 nits
Sub Tek-Score
Protection Ion-strengthened glass Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Apple iPhone 7 back transparent png Apple iPhone 12 back transparent png

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

Flip the phones over, let's start the cameras' battle. Together, a 12 Megapixels sensor, an aperture of f/1.8, a 28mm wide-angle lens, four flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization makes up the iPhone 7 camera set. Adding to that, you'll still get the ability to record videos at up to 2160p.

Its selfie camera features a 7 MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a 32 mm lens.

Unfortunately, DXOMARK hasn't tested this camera, but we can place it at around 96* points. And if you take into account its digital zoom abilities, it'll get 100** points.

Before moving on, all of its rivals have an ultra-wide-angle lens. However, only 21% of them come with a telephoto lens, and only 16% of them come with Optical Image Stabilization.

With its 12 Megapixels shooter, the iPhone 12's leading camera has an aperture of f/1.6 and a 26mm, wide-angle lens. You'll be getting four flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. You can record videos at 2160p. Besides its primary camera, the iPhone 12 also features a 12 Megapixels f/2.4 plus a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

You can get selfies with 12 MP Megapixels. It has a lens with f/2.2 of aperture and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 132. Plus, combining with its wide-angle lens, we'll get to the final score of 139 points. For an out-and-out review, check their article.

Furthermore, 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 6% of them feature a macro lens.

One can place the iPhone 12 as a high-end.

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

*DXOMARK is a world-known reference in the camera benchmarking department. Too bad some cameras don't have a chance to be tested. So whenever I come across one such camera, 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). Our lastest test on our formula showed a 2 points (more or less) error threshold.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. These guys recently updated their test protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed cameras to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera iPhone 7 iPhone 12
Megapixels 12
Aperture 1.8
Lens 28mm
Lens Type Regular Wide-Angle
Flash 4 4 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 100

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 7 iPhone 12 vs.
Megapixels - 12
Aperture - 2.4
Lens - 13mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 4 7 3
Selfie Camera iPhone 7 iPhone 12 vs.
Megapixels 7
Aperture 2.2
Lens 32mm 23mm -9
iPhone 7 iPhone 12 vs.

Who has the best frame?

If you're still undecided about them, the iPhone 12 is a better choice based on its glass back, water resistance, and looks.

The iPhone 7 comes at 138x67 mm (5.44x2.64 inches). Apple's iPhone 12 is a bit taller, precisely 8 mm (0.32 inches), and a bit wider too, about 4 mm (0.16 inches).

Both have about the same thickness: 7 mm (0.28 inches). Remember that the iPhone 7 is 20% smaller than most similarly priced devices.

The iPhone 12 also has a glass back, and it looks gorgeous. The iPhone 7 weighs 138 g. (4.87 oz), while its sibling is 26 g. (1.02 oz) heavier. But because screen size also matters, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The iPhone 7 got a score of 4.9, and that's another way of saying it has an acceptable score for its screen size. Having said that, the iPhone 12 has 6.9, which is pretty nice.

You'll also get some color options here. The Apple iPhone 12 comes in Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue. The Apple iPhone 7, in its turn, comes in Jet Black, Silver, Black, Red, Rose Gold, and Gold.

If the iPhone 12 is small enough for you, that's neat. Otherwise, the other is the one.

Do you value a fingerprint scanner? The iPhone 7 included one on the front. Unfortunately, the iPhone 12 doesn't have any.

That doesn't mean you're out of security options on the iPhone 12. At least Apple opted for the Face ID sensor instead.

You can drop the iPhone 7 into the water, up to 1 meter deep, while the iPhone 12 can dive in up to 1 to 3 meters. That shouldn't last over half an hour, on standby, and freshwater only.

Body iPhone 7 iPhone 12
Size 138 x 67 x 7 mm
(4.87 x 2.36 x 0.25 in)
146 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.15 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
Weight 138 g. (4.87 oz)
164 g. (5.78 oz)
Build Front glass Front and back glass
Colors Jet Black, Silver, Black, Red, Rose Gold, and Gold Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 65.85%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.9 6.9 1.9
Looks 1.7/10 10.0/10
Waterproof IP67 IP68
Biometrics Front Fingerprint Face ID

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

Which has the best battery?

The iPhone 7 features a 1960 mAh battery, while the iPhone 12 has 2815 mAh. And by GSMArena's standards, the latter is the one that stands out.

This is how the iPhone 7 performs after a full charge:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 72% of the battery charge.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 56% 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 50% of the battery charge.

And this is where the iPhone 12 ends at:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 79% of the battery remaining.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll get down to 64% left.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, this is where your battery will be: 64%.

This is one of the iPhone 7's worse features. Way worse than what you find on their rivals. These numbers show that it is 18% below the rest.

Unfortunately, only the iPhone 12 features quick charging.

If you really need wireless charging, iPhone 12 is the one. It can do 15w/hour. Wireless charging is magnetic on the new iPhones. That's great, but it's yet another proprietary solution.

Features iPhone 7 iPhone 12
Capacity (mAh) 1960 2815 855
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 72% left
79% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 56% left
64% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 50% left
64% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 6.9 6.4 -0.5
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging No 20w
Wireless Charging No 15w

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The iPhone 12 has about two times more storage.

In terms of RAM, the iPhone 7 brings 2GB. In terms of storage, it has 32GB. There's no expandable storage. This shouldn't be an issue for most of us. Furthermore, other devices from this budget usually have more RAM and more storage. They average at 5GB of RAM and 79Gb of storage.

In its turn, the iPhone 12 has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of integrated storage. It also doesn't have a MicroSD slot. This may not be enough for serious smartphone users. Again, you'll get more RAM and more storage from almost all of their competitors. They'd give you around 146Gb of storage and 9Gb of RAM.

Most people should be OK with only 64 GB of internal storage. However, if you love to store 4k videos, 32 GB will be a problem sooner than later.

Features iPhone 7 iPhone 12
Internal (GB) 32GB
Micro SD No No

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The iPhone 12 is your better option, as it features Bluetooth 5.0 and 5G.

Surprisingly, there's a difference here: The iPhone 7 features Bluetooth 4.2, but the iPhone 12 has Bluetooth 5.0. By not having Bluetooth 5, you'll lose on speed, range, and the number of simultaneous connections. As for the NFC chips, both have them.

Do you still favor wired headphones? None of them will help you with that. You may go for an adapter as a last resort, but it really isn't the same.

The iPhone 12 has a single network variant: (LTE and) 5G.

Features iPhone 7 iPhone 12
Network LTE 5G
Bluetooth 4.2
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No

Which is more affordable?

The Apple iPhone 7 isn't the cheapest smartphone that you can buy. But if you do search for any deals and price drops, things can get interesting. It currently also is 4% cheaper compared to its rivals. You can find them for about $261. The Apple iPhone 12, in its turn, isn't that cheap, but I think that you can find some additional value in it.

Let's see if it really worths it or not.

If you're looking for old phones, I do hope you're considering second-hand here.

Here are the prices that we've come across recently:

Apple iPhone 7

Reference: $250

Apple iPhone 7

Apple iPhone 12

Reference: $880

Apple iPhone 12

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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 7 iPhone 12 VS
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Walmart 3.22 ! - -

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Want to know about that global score? Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. The iPhone 7 class is at 5.3, and the iPhone 12 7.2.

Verdict: What Makes the Apple iPhone 12 Stand Out?

OK, so you're obviously picking the iPhone 12, right? The iPhone 7 isn't that bad, I've seen worse mid-rangers, but by now, I'm sure you're starting to get issues with your battery or so.

Anyways, Apple has improved performance a lot in the last couple of years, so that's the first thing that you'll notice (besides the looks). The second thing it's its display: a beautiful AMOLED with a reasonably decent amount of pixels per inch. Then when you flip your new phone, you'll notice that you now have another shooter. It's a wide angular lens, and it takes way better pictures.

Then you'll start to notice that the new battery will last you until the end of the day, at least more consistently.

Last but not least, it's something you won't notice right away, but you're able to take more pictures and install more apps and games without getting storage issues, for now!

Pros iPhone 7 iPhone 12
#1 Performance
#3 Cameras
#4 Fast Charging
#5 Wireless Charging
#6 Glass Protection
Cons iPhone 7 iPhone 12
#1 Screen Resolution Always-On-Display
#2 AMOLED MicroSD Slot
#3 Always-On-Display 3.5mm Jack
#4 Battery Life Price
#5 Fast Charging
#6 Wireless Charging
#7 MicroSD Slot
#8 3.5mm Jack
Relative Score*
Global Score iPhone 7 iPhone 12
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 7 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A50
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A70
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A30
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A40
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 8 Pro
  • XiaomirivalPocophone F1
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
  • RealmerivalXT
  • OnePlusrival6
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
  • XiaomirivalMi 8
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 SE
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A51
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
  • HuaweirivalP40 Lite
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A31
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51

 Apple iPhone 12 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
  • XiaomirivalMi 11

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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