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Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs 11 Pro Max: Is The Pro Max Good Enough?

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

The iPhone 11 Pro Max isn't that affordable, but considering its features, it is the best option.

It comes with better performance (+47%), better glass protection, a better display, better cameras, and better battery life.

What else sets them apart?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max also comes with an AMOLED, larger (+1.0") display, better peak brightness, and more RAM (4GB vs. 3GB).

How much more will those additional features cost me?

If you're ignoring carrier offers, you'll have to spend approximately $510 more.

Is it worth getting the iPhone 8 Plus in 2021?

The iPhone 8 Plus is still a great phone, even in 2021, especially now that it's cheaper. That doesn't mean you should ignore other devices like the iPhone 12 since it has better performance, better cameras, more security updates, faster charging, more RAM, and better display.

Is it worth buying the iPhone 11 Pro Max in 2021?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max was indeed released in 2019, but it still stands out, thanks to its good performance, a good camera, and good battery life. If you can find a great deal, it does make sense in 2021, but the iPhone 12 Pro could give you better performance, more storage, more security updates, and more RAM.

Keep reading to learn more about what sets them apart, how they are any different from their competition, and how the tech experts evaluate their specs.

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Apple iPhone 8 Plus, Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

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Introduction

If you're considering an upgrade, the iPhone 11 Pro Max may be the next logical step.

But should you take it yet, or just wait another year?

Let's find out.

Apple introduced its iPhone 11 Pro Max model in September of 2019. Meanwhile, Apple's iPhone 8 Plus started to sell two years sooner.

Here you can look at the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, compare each other's features, and decide which one is best for you. Let us delve into the finer details.

The iPhone 8 Plus definitely has the iPhone 11 Pro Max beaten on price. Keep this in mind when comparing both iPhones.

Down below, there's a "Tek-Score" in every analyzed section of these models. We evaluate all quantifiable specifications to help you quickly identify how much they are far apart. The global score will help you compare them to other phones if you aren't sure about these two.

The weight of each section

This score is consumer-based from research done by Globalwebindex.com about the most desired smartphone features by consumers. But don't let that daunt you. You can set it based on what you value. Click here to skip everything, but I suggest you keep reading to know more about them.

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

There's a colored progress bar next to some items. It's there for you to better understand how they rival its direct competitors.

If you click here:, you'll see our list, but we only include smartphones with price tags from -20% to +20%.

Feel free to click any feature title to check out the best 10 phones on that for all budgets.

Price*
vs.
Device iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11 Pro Max
Release Date 2017, September 2019, 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 11 Pro Max 47% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. This should be noticeable when opening apps or games.

We can classify the iPhone 11 Pro Max as high-end.

What about their chipsets? The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max features the Apple A13 processor and the Apple iPhone 8 Plus, the Apple A11 processor.

Be aware that they most likely have different internals, despite having the same GPU name.

The iPhone 8 Plus brings the iOS 11 OS from the factory, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max runs on iOS 13.

Performance*
vs.
Features iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11 Pro Max
SoC Apple A11 Apple A13
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 2332
3435
1103
OS iOS 11 iOS 13
Tek-Score
5.9
7.7
1.8

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Apple iPhone 8 Plus front transparent png Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max front transparent png

The iPhone 11 Pro Max has the best screen, and the difference is considerable.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max features a 6.5" AMOLED display, while the iPhone 8 Plus has a smaller 5.5" LCD display. You'll likely have set your preferences already on the display type and size. AMOLED has perfect contrast and viewing angles, but its whites do hurt the battery life.

If you're trying to keep your phone's display small, there aren't many devices to consider besides the iPhone 8 Plus. Most phones from its price range don't even come close.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max adopts a 1242x2688 Full HD resolution. The iPhone 8 Plus features a more modest resolution of 1080x1920 (Full HD) pixels.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so be aware: The iPhone 11 Pro Max features a Corning toughened glass display. The iPhone 8 Plus has an Ion-strengthened glass.

Unfortunately, there's no Always-On display on any of them.

When it comes to outdoor visibility, the iPhone 8 Plus can go up to 530 nits, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max does 811 nits.

Very few rivals share this maximum brightness. Usually, they stay in the ballpark of 723 nits, while the iPhone 8 Plus can only do 27% less.

Your next device must go over 500 nits, or else it can't do true HDR, nor is that great on a sunny day. So what about HDR? The iPhone 11 Pro Max can play HDR10 video formats.

About the iPhone 8 Plus, 96% of its rivals can play HDR content, 92% have an AMOLED screen, and 76% have an Always-On display. But only 20% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate.

Concerning the iPhone 11 Pro Max, just so you know, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, 78% offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better, and 83% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11 Pro Max
Size 5.5
6.5
1.0
Screen Type LCD AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x1920
1242x2688
1264896
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 400.53
455.55
55.02
Always-On-Display No No
Notch - Wedge
Peak Brightness 530 nits
811 nits
281
HDR - HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
1.4
3.2
1.8
Protection Ion-strengthened glass Corning toughened glass
Tek-Score
2.9
5.9
3.0

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Apple iPhone 8 Plus back transparent png Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max back transparent png

You should note that the iPhone 11 Pro Max is in the neighborhood of 18 points above other cameras for the same budget. And between these two, it should be your choice too.

Who's gonna win this battle? The iPhone 8 Plus has a 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/1.8, a 28mm wide-angle lens, four flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It can record videos at up to 2160p.

You can also count on another 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.8, plus a 57mm telephoto lens.

The selfie camera is a 7 MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture complemented with a 32 mm lens.

DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 104. If you also consider its telephoto lens, that will go up to 112**. If you want to know more about it, click here.

I hope this helps: all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens. Nevertheless, only 20% of them feature a macro lens.

With its 12 Megapixels shooter, the iPhone 11 Pro Max's leading camera has an aperture of f/1.8 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. It also has a secondary 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.0 plus a 52mm telephoto lens and an extra 12 Megapixels (f/2.4) with 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's gurus gave this shooter a score of 132. By adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that score goes up to 143. 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, and 78% feature a telephoto lens. Additionally, none of them feature a macro lens.

One can place the iPhone 11 Pro Max as a high-end.

The one thing I love about these cameras is their telephoto zoom of about 2x. It enables you to zoom in on the subject without ruining your photos.

If you love it, the iPhone 11 Pro Max telephoto lens is, on average, 63mm lower than what you'd get in its class.

**You should give this score a margin of error of up to 6 points, at least for phones with no zoom and up to 35 to 40MP. They moved to a better camera test protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11 Pro Max
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.8
1.8
0.0
Lens 28mm
26mm
-2
Lens Type Regular Wide-Angle
Flash 4 4 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 112
143
31

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 2.8
2.0
-0.8
Lens 57mm (2x zoom)
52mm (2x zoom)
-5
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels - 12
Aperture - 2.4
Lens - 13mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 8 11 3
Selfie Camera iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 7
12
5
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 32mm 23mm -9
iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Tek-Score
6.6
8.4
1.8

Who has the best frame?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max does win some points here, mainly for its water resistance and looks.

They ended up with different widths (78 mm / 3.07 inches vs. 77 mm / 3.03 inches), but they share the same height: 158 mm (6.23 inches).

They have about the same depth: 7 mm (0.28 inches) vs. 8 mm (0.32 inches).

Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is a little bit heavier: About 24 g. (0.95 oz). But because screen size also matters, the iPhone 8 Plus has a "weight to screen size" score of 0.7, which means it's one of the heaviest phones for a 5.5 inches screen. The iPhone 11 Pro Max, in its turn, has 1.7, which indicates it's oddly heavy too.

You can purchase the Apple iPhone 8 Plus in Gold, Silver, Space Gray, and Red. And you can pick the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max in Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green.

Both feature the same size, so if you want something different, you'll have to find it elsewhere.

Does a fingerprint scanner matter to you? Unfortunately, you can't count on the iPhone 11 Pro Max, but if you're already considering the iPhone 8 Plus, then good for you.

Although a pin isn't the only login option in the iPhone 11 Pro Max. At least, Apple decided to include a Face ID scanner.

You can drop the iPhone 8 Plus into the water, up to 1 meter deep, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max can be immersed in 1 to 3 meters. But remember: it's for a maximum period of half an hour, and it's freshwater in standby mode only.

Looks*
vs.
Body iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11 Pro Max
Size 158 x 78 x 7 mm
(5.57 x 2.75 x 0.25 in)
158 x 77 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.72 x 0.28 in)
11060
Weight 202 g. (7.13 oz)
226 g. (7.97 oz)
24
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Gold, Silver, Space Gray, and Red Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green
Screen To Body Ratio 67.67%
85.31%
17.64
Disp.Size To Weight Score 0.7 1.7 0.9
Looks 5.5/10
9.6/10
4.1
Waterproof IP67 IP68
Biometrics Front Fingerprint Face ID
Tek-Score
4.7
6.4
1.7

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

Which has the best battery?

The iPhone 8 Plus does have a smaller battery, with 2691 mAh, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max has 3969 mAh. And by GSMArena's standards, the latter is the one that stands out.

This is how the iPhone 8 Plus performs after a full charge:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll end up with 79% of the battery charge.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, this phone should end up with 63%.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, the phone will have 65% left for the rest of the day.

And this is where the iPhone 11 Pro Max ends at:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 83% left.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 69% left for the rest of the day.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll still get 73% to spend doing other things.

So, you're not considering the iPhone 8 Plus because of its battery life. Apple should've opted for a larger battery, just like their equally sized rivals. That's the conclusion that we take from its "battery to phone size" rate of 1.9.

Both phones support fast charging. You can charge the iPhone 8 Plus at a maximum of 15w/hour and the iPhone 11 Pro Max up to 18w/hour.

They all include wireless charging, and they charge at 5w. That's nice.

Battery*
vs.
Features iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11 Pro Max
Capacity (mAh) 2691 3969 1278
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 79% left
83% left
4
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 63% left
69% left
6
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 65% left
73% left
8
Bat. To Phone Size Score 1.9 3.6 1.7
Sub Tek-Score
6.9
7.5
0.6
Fast Charging 15w
18w
3
Wireless Charging 5w
5w
0
Tek-Score
6.2
6.5
0.4

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

It's a tie.

In terms of RAM, the iPhone 8 Plus brings 3GB. In terms of storage, it has 64GB. There's no expandable storage. This shouldn't be an issue for most of us. Furthermore, other devices from this budget usually have more storage and more RAM. They're around 7GB of RAM and 118Gb of storage.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max offers 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. There's also no expandable storage here. If you're a power user, keep that in mind. Again, you can get more RAM and more storage from almost all of their competitors. 9Gb for RAM and 171Gb for storage, on average.

Neither storage nor RAM should be an issue on both iPhones. However, if videos or big games are your thing, you'll find out that 64 GB won't be enough for you.

Storage*
vs.
Features iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11 Pro Max
RAM (GB) 3GB
4GB
1
Internal (GB) 64GB
64GB
0
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
2.8
2.8
0.0

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

There also isn't much to see here.

Bluetooth 5.0 is here, on both of them. You can also find NFC on both of them.

There isn't much to say about the 3.5mm headphone jack, except that it simply isn't here. You may go for an adapter as a last resort, but it really isn't the same.

They both run on LTE networks. If you really want to give 5G a try, you should also consider the iPhone 12 or the iPhone 12 Pro.

Connectivity
vs.
Features iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11 Pro Max
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
3.6
3.6
0.0

Which is more affordable?

The Apple iPhone 8 Plus surely wins over its sibling in this round. But do search for any deals or price drops before making up your mind. The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, on the other hand, is usually more costly, but I'm not here to tell you if it's worth it.

If you still aren't sure about any of them, let's check how much worth you can expect.

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 8 Plus

Reference: $390

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Reference: $900

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

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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 8 Plus iPhone 11 Pro Max VS
Amazon 2.59 ! 0.57 ! -
eBay 0.80 0.56 -0.25
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - 0.84 ! -

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

Are you curious to know what their global score is? But first, let's see where its rivals are. It's 6.4 for the iPhone 8 Plus and 7.5 for the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Verdict: What Makes the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max Stand Out?

Performance alone should be more than enough to help you make up your mind. As an added bonus, you'll get the same physical size, but with an additional inch of screen real-estate.

Cameras also had quite an impressive upgrade on the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

And that's it, aside from a slightly better battery life...

Is it enough for a $1000 device?

That's up to you to decide.

Pros iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11 Pro Max
#1 Cameras Performance
#2 Fast Charging AMOLED
#3 Wireless Charging Cameras
#4 Battery Life
#5 Fast Charging
#6 Wireless Charging
#7 Glass Protection
Cons iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11 Pro Max
#1 AMOLED Always-On-Display
#2 Always-On-Display MicroSD Slot
#3 MicroSD Slot Weight
#4 Weight 3.5mm Jack
#5 3.5mm Jack Price
#6 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11 Pro Max
Gaming Score
3.7
6.2
2.5
Tek-Score
4.81
6.12
1.31
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 8 Plus 
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $339
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $327
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $449
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $327
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
    $407
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $407
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $340
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $399
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $429
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $365
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $369
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349

 Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $799
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $849
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $919
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $793
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $995
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $997
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $729
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $899
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra
    $1079
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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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