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Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs 11 in 2021: Is It Time To Upgrade Yet?




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Apple iPhone 8 Plus, Apple iPhone 11

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Luis Silva (March 2020, updated: February 2021)

Introduction

Are you ready for an upgrade?

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

We are looking at how the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone 11 compare to each other to help you decide which might be the right one for you.

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




Bottom Line

Which is better, the iPhone 11 or the iPhone 8 Plus?

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

It comes with better performance (+43%), better glass protection, a better display, better cameras, and better battery life.

What else stands out?

The iPhone 11 also comes with a larger (+0.6") display and more RAM (4GB vs. 3GB). But the iPhone 8 Plus brings a telephoto lens (+44 mm).


How much more will those additional features cost me?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, you're going to shell out an extra amount of about $310.


Is it still worth buying the iPhone 8 Plus in 2021?

That's too old for me. I'd rather have other devices like the iPhone 12. But I'd consider an older iPhone for extreme sports.


Is the iPhone 11 still worth getting in 2021?

Absolutely. It's a fantastic smartphone. I have no doubt about it.



You'll never find the iPhone 11 at the price of the iPhone 8 Plus. Keep this in mind when comparing both iPhones.

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. You'll find a global score at the end, which can help you compare to other phones if you're curious about other models aside from these two.

This score is based on research from Globalwebindex.com on what features users value on new smartphones.

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

Some features are underlined with a red or green progress bar. That's so you can see how they compare with other smartphones with similar prices.

You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, but we've only included smartphones within a 40% price range.

Some features are also shortcuts to the best 10 phones on that for every budget.


Price* vs.
Device iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11
Release Date 2017, September 2019, September 2y.
OS Updates 6 years 6 years 0y.
Security Updates 6 years 6 years 0y.

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


Performance

Apple decided to include the Apple A13 processor on its iPhone 11. In its turn, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus has the Apple A11 processor.

These GPUs are from different generations despite having the same name, but you should expect some performance improvements.

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5, which measures overall performance, the iPhone 11 was, on average, 43% quicker while finishing its tests. You should also consider other features, but if you value every second you save, go for this one.

By the way, you can define the iPhone 11 as high-end.

The iPhone 8 Plus features the iOS 11 OS, while the iPhone 11 comes with iOS 13.


Performance* vs.
Features iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11
SoC Apple A11 Apple A13
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 2332
3328
996
OS iOS 11 iOS 13
Tek-Score
5.9
7.5
1.7

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.


Display

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

While the iPhone 11 got a 6.1-inch LCD display, the iPhone 8 Plus got a smaller LCD display with 5.5-inches. Which one would you choose? AMOLED has perfect contrast and viewing angles, but its whites do hurt the battery life.

Do you despise big screens? Then, the iPhone 8 Plus is your holy grail. There are just not that many choices in its class.

If you're looking for the most high-resolution display, the iPhone 8 Plus is a winner here.

The iPhone 11 has one disadvantage over almost all of its competitors: Its display has a low pixel density.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so let's get the elephant out of the room. The iPhone 8 Plus display is protected with an Ion-strengthened glass. The iPhone 11 with a Corning toughened glass.

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

If you don't manually set the screen brightness, the iPhone 8 Plus can go up to 530 nits, while the iPhone 11 goes up to 644 nits.

Very few rivals share this maximum brightness. Usually, they max at 687 nits, but the iPhone 8 Plus can only go 157 nits below that.

If your next device can't do at least 450 nits, it can't do true HDR, nor is that great on a sunny day.

If you haven't noticed yet, the iPhone 11's display does stand out.

About the iPhone 8 Plus, you should know that 89% of its rivals can play HDR content, 94% have an AMOLED screen, and 78% of them have an Always-On display. However, only 22% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate and feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Concerning the iPhone 11, just so you know, 89% of its rivals can play HDR content, 96% have an AMOLED screen, and 93% of them have an Always-On display.


Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11
Size 5.5
6.1
0.6
Screen Type LCD LCD
Resolution (px) 1080x1920
828x1792
-589824
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 400.53
323.61
-76.91
Always-On-Display No No
Notch - Wedge
Peak Brightness 530 nits
644 nits
114
HDR - -
Sub Tek-Score
1.4
1.2
-0.3
Protection Ion-strengthened glass Corning toughened glass
Tek-Score
2.9
5.2
2.3

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.


Cameras

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

Things are different when it comes to lenses. Apple's iPhone 8 Plus can record videos at up to 2160p. It also has a shooter with 12 MP, an aperture of f/1.8, a 28mm wide-angle lens, four flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization.

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

There's also a 7 MP selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 32 mm lens.

DxOMark tested this camera and gave it a rate of 104. If you also consider its telephoto lens, you'll end up with a score of 112**. For a thorough review, click here.

PS: all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 78% of them feature Optical Image Stabilization. On the other hand, only 17% of them feature a macro lens.

The iPhone 11 features a 12 MP (f/1.8) shooter and a 26mm wide-angle lens. You can also count on four flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It also records videos at up to 2160 pixels. Besides its primary camera, the iPhone 11 also features a 12 MP f/2.4 plus a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

The front-facing camera features a 12 MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

DxOMark has rated this camera with a score of 132. By considering its wide-angle lens, that score goes up to 138**. For an out-and-out review, click here.

Furthermore, if you must know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Moreover, only 19% of them feature a macro lens.

You should note that the iPhone 11 is in the neighborhood of 50% above other competitors at about this price-tag. And it should be your option today.

If you prefer, we can grade the iPhone 11 as a high-end.

The iPhone 8 Plus has something neat about its cameras: a 2x optical zoom. This gives you an extra bit of freedom when taking your photos.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, especially for cameras with no zoom and with less than 40MP. These guys recently updated their test protocol, and they don't have enough reviews for me to refine the pre-update camera rates.


Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11
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
138
26

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11 vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 2.8
2.4
-0.4
Lens 57mm (2x zoom)
13mm -44
Lens Type Telephoto lens Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 8 6 -2

Selfie Camera iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11 vs.
Megapixels 7
12
5
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 32mm 23mm -9

iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11 vs.
Tek-Score
6.6
8.1
1.5

Body

The iPhone 8 Plus has a height of 158 mm (6.23 inches) and a width of 78 mm (3.07 inches). The iPhone 11 came out 0.32 inches (8 mm) smaller and 0.12 inches (3 mm) narrower.

When it comes to thickness, they're almost equal: 7 mm (0.28 inches) vs. 8 mm (0.32 inches).

The glass rear on these phones makes them feel great on the hand. The iPhone 8 Plus is 8 g. (0.28 oz) heavier than the other, weighing about 194 g. (6.84 oz). If you're curious, I've come up with an adapted "display size to phone weight ratio" rate. The iPhone 8 Plus got 0.7, meaning it's one of the heaviest phones for its display size. In the meantime, the iPhone 11 has 3.3, which suggests it's considerably hefty.

We do like having some color options. You get Gold, Silver, Space Gray, and Red in the iPhone 8 Plus. But you can get Black, Yellow, Green, White, Red, and Purple with the iPhone 11.

If you like having a big phone, you should consider the iPhone 8 Plus. If not, then you should choose the other one.

Do you value a fingerprint scanner? There's one on the front of the iPhone 8 Plus!

You'll still have Face ID on the iPhone 11. At least Apple opted for the Face ID sensor instead.

The iPhone 8 Plus is water-resistant in up to 1 meter, while the iPhone 11 can dive in up to 1 to 3 meters. It should be for less than 30 minutes, in standby mode, so no underwater photos.


Looks* vs.
Body iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11
Size 158 x 78 x 7 mm
(5.57 x 2.75 x 0.25 in)
150 x 75 x 8 mm
(5.29 x 2.65 x 0.28 in)
3732
Weight 202 g. (7.13 oz)
194 g. (6.84 oz)
-8
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Gold, Silver, Space Gray, and Red Black, Yellow, Green, White, Red, and Purple
Screen To Body Ratio 67.67%
81.25%
13.58
Disp.Size To Weight Score 0.7 3.3 2.6
Looks 5.5/10
8.6/10
3.2
Waterproof IP67 IP68
Biometrics Front Fingerprint Face ID
Tek-Score
4.7
7.1
2.4

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

Battery

When it comes to battery life, in theory, the Apple iPhone 11, with its 3110 mAh of battery capacity, wins over the Apple iPhone 8 Plus, with only 2691 mAh of battery capacity. But are the numbers really that clear? This is asking for a thorough test after a full charge. And that's what you can expect from the iPhone 8 Plus:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll end up with 79% of the battery charge.
  • 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.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 65% of the battery charge.

And this is where the iPhone 11 ends at:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll end up with 83% of the battery charge.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, this phone should end up with 71%.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 73% of the battery charge.

Have you noticed who the winner is? Yes, it's the iPhone 11.

So, you're not considering the iPhone 8 Plus because of its battery life. Apple didn't care that much about it. Its "battery to device size" rate is 1.9.

Fast-charging's here, and both iPhones support it. The iPhone 11 can go up to 18w, and the iPhone 8 Plus up to 15.

It's good to know that both iPhones support wireless charging at up to 5w.


Battery* vs.
Features iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11
Capacity (mAh) 2691 3110 419
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 79% left
83% left
4
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 63% left
71% left
8
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 65% left
73% left
8
Bat. To Phone Size Score 1.9 5.6 3.7
Sub Tek-Score
6.9
7.6
0.7
Fast Charging 15w
18w
3
Wireless Charging 5w
5w
0
Tek-Score
6.2
6.7
0.5

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.


Storage

In terms of RAM, the iPhone 8 Plus brings 3GB. In terms of storage, it has 64GB. There's no extra storage here. If 4k videos and games are your things, it could be an issue sooner than later. You should know that at this price level, its rivals deliver more RAM and more storage. They have 6GB of RAM and 121Gb of storage on average, but you can find better options.

The iPhone 11, in its turn, has 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. There's also no extra storage here. You may need a good data plan and some cloud storage. Again, you'll most likely get the majority of its rivals with more RAM and more storage. 8Gb of RAM and 154Gb of storage: that's the average, not the best you can find.

Both phones have more than enough storage and RAM for the average consumer. However, if you can't get enough of the record button, you'll find out that 64 GB won't be enough for you.


Storage* vs.
Features iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11
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).


Connectivity

Both phones have Bluetooth 5.0, so nothing special here. As for the NFC chips, both have them.

About the 3.5mm jack: Now may be the time to consider moving to wireless earbuds. Want a piece of advice? Forget about adapters and go for the wireless buds.

These two are LTE compatible. If you want next-gen 5G connectivity, you should also check the iPhone 12 Mini.


Connectivity vs.
Features iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
4.6
4.6
0.0

Price

The Apple iPhone 8 Plus may not be the best bang for your buck. That, of course, depends on the place and the deals that you'll eventually find. On the other hand, you'll likely find the iPhone 11 at a higher price range, but I believe that it shouldn't come as a surprise at all.

You can check down below if it worths the extra cash.

I do hope you're considering buying the newest phone.

Here are the best deals on some major online stores:


I earn a small fee from qualifying purchases. It doesn't affect the price you pay nor my opinions, but it will mean a lot if you click on one of these buttons before purchasing your next phone. You'll be helping to take this to the next level.

Prices on eBay are in $US but Europe-based. You can click to check the prices in your country.

Prices marked with ! are from renewed/refurbished/carrier-locked phones (except eBay prices that, as a last resort, can be from bids or used devices).

How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).

Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.

Value for money iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11 VS
Amazon 2.70 ! - ! -
eBay 1.08 - -
Best Buy - - -
Wallmart - 0.53 -

And this is the "The Best Smartphones On A Budget" list.

Want to know about that global rate? But first, let's see where its rivals are. They're in the ballpark of 6.3 for the iPhone 8 Plus and 6.9 for the iPhone 11.


Verdict: What Makes the Apple iPhone 11 Stand Out?

You're considering an upgrade, right? The real question here is, should you upgrade to the iPhone 11 already, or should you go for something cheaper, like the X, XR or XS? That's a tough question to answer (you can check down below for other comparisons). It's a lot easier to state that the iPhone 11 indeed is a great device. After all, it stands out in almost every department. I believe that the display resolution is the only caveat. Aside from that, the iPhone 11 is the clear winner here.


Pros iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11
#1 Cameras Performance
#2 Fast Charging Cameras
#3 Wireless Charging Battery Life
#4 Fast Charging
#5 Wireless Charging
#6 Glass Protection

Cons iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11
#1 AMOLED Screen Resolution
#2 Always-On-Display AMOLED
#3 MicroSD Slot Always-On-Display
#4 Weight MicroSD Slot
#5 3.5mm Jack Weight
#6 Price 3.5mm Jack
#7 Price

Relative Score* vs.
Global Score iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 11
Gaming Score
3.7
4.2
0.6
Tek-Score
4.85
6.04
1.19

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


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Tek-Score explained

Every spec has it's own weigh on the global score.

Feature: Value
Battery Life: 1.28
Fast Charging: 0.31
Wireless Charging: 0.19
Reverse Charging: 0.08
Storage: 1.97
Performance: 1.86
Camera: 1.35
Glass protection: 1.08
Weight: 0.35
Waterproof: 0.35
AMOLED: 0.04
Always-On-Display: 0.31
DPI: 0.12
Refresh Rate: 0.04
Nits: 0.04
Notch: 0.04
Bluetooth: 0.08
NFC: 0.12
3.5mm jack: 0.19
Looks: 0.23
Total: 10

But there are a few things that I don't consider, like price, brand value, size, resell value, OS (iOS or Android), user experience, updates, RAM (included on performance), battery to phone size, display size to weight, and biometrics.

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Progress bars explained





#1: A big red progress bar means that this value is way below the average. In this case, it's 28.85MP, and the iPhone XR is 16.85MP below the average.

#2: In this example, the XR is just 0.36mm below the average, that's why the red bar is almost unnoticeable.

#3: On the other hand, the SE 2 is 1.8mm above (hence, the green bar) the 26.2mm of average.

#4: Performance-wise, the SE 2 is well above the average (of 2512) for its price range. That's the reason the green bar is that long.

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"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained



This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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"Battery to device size" ratio explained



This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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Rivals

As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on any of the usual stores.

 Apple iPhone 8 Plus 
  • Apple


    iPhone 8
    $370

  • Apple


    iPhone XR
    $325

  • OnePlus


    7
    $388

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 8
    $424

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 10+
    $334

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 9
    $334

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10e
    $399

  • Apple


    iPhone XS
    $410

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10e EX
    $428

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10e SD
    $399

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 EX
    $429

  • OnePlus


    7T
    $399

  • OnePlus


    7 Pro
    $429

  • Huawei


    P30
    $400

  • Google


    Pixel 4
    $429

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 9
    $400

  • Apple


    iPhone SE 2
    $439

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 10 Lite
    $389

  • OnePlus


    Nord
    $380

  • Google


    Pixel 4a
    $350

  • Samsung


    Galaxy M51
    $396

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10 Lite
    $399

 Apple iPhone 11 
  • Sony


    Xperia 1
    $688

  • Apple


    iPhone X
    $562

  • Apple


    iPhone XS Max
    $620

  • Apple


    iPhone 11 Pro Max
    $580

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 10
    $547

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Plus
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ EX
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ SD
    $493

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 EX
    $684

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 SD
    $649

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20+ SD
    $649

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 SD
    $499

  • OnePlus


    7T Pro
    $549

  • Huawei


    P30 Pro
    $598

  • Google


    Pixel 4 XL
    $609

  • Huawei


    Mate 20 Pro
    $550

  • Huawei


    P40
    $666

  • OnePlus


    8 Pro
    $599

  • OnePlus


    8
    $630

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Lite
    $470

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10 Pro
    $600

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE
    $540

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE 4G
    $549

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE 5G
    $540

  • Oppo


    Find X2 Neo
    $593

  • Google


    Pixel 5
    $548

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10T Pro
    $480

  • OnePlus


    8T
    $599

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10
    $529

  • Oppo


    Reno4 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.

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Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mid-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they didn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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Nits


With regards to AMOLED screens, sometimes OEMs claim higher maximum brightness. That's because an AMOLED screen can push its brightness progressively higher as its white area gets smaller.

These values are from the lab tests made by GSMArena, and their white test pattern takes up 75% of the physical size of the screen.

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About GeekBench 5



This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.



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