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Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone 12: What Will The 12 Add?




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Apple iPhone 8 Plus, Apple iPhone 12

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Luis Silva (October 2020, updated: February 2021)

Introduction

Whether you're finally considering an upgrade, or you're just checking out what you'll lose by going for an iPhone 8, you're in the right place.

While Apple's iPhone 12 hit stores in October of 2020, Apple's iPhone 8 Plus went on sale in September of 2017.

Here you can look at the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone 12, compare each other's features, and decide which one is best for you. Let us delve into the finer details.

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




Bottom Line

Is the iPhone 12 better than the iPhone 8 Plus?

The iPhone 12 isn't that affordable, but it also is the better device of the two considering their specs.

It features better performance (+74%), better glass protection, a better display, better cameras, and more OS updates (3 additional years).

What else do they have to offer?

The iPhone 12 also gives you an AMOLED, larger (+0.6") display, a lightweight body (38 g./1.34 oz less), faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w), and more RAM (4GB vs. 3GB). But the iPhone 8 Plus brings a telephoto lens (+44 mm).


How much more are you willing to spend on the iPhone 12?

If you're considering a new and unlocked smartphone, you'll have to invest an additional amount close to $490.


Is it worth buying the iPhone 8 Plus in 2021?

I wouldn't want one. I'd be looking for something like the iPhone 12 in its place. But I'd consider an older iPhone for extreme sports.


Is the iPhone 12 still worth buying in 2021?

Yes! It's currently one of the best in the market.



These two have a considerable price difference between them. That's something you should keep in mind when comparing them.

You'll also see down below a "Tek-Score" for every section that we analyze. For a quicker analysis of how far they are from each other, we'll consider all their specifications. The global score will help you compare them 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. It's for you to know how well they relate to the ones from similarly priced smartphones.

Here is their competitors' full list: but we've only included smartphones within a 40% price range.

Some features are also shortcuts to the best 10 phones on that for all budgets.


Price* vs.
Device iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 12
Release Date 2017, September 2020, October 3y.
OS Updates 6 years 6 years 0y.
Security Updates 6 years 6 years 0y.

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


Performance

Inside the iPhone 12 is the Apple A14 SoC, while on the iPhone 8 Plus, there's the Apple A11 chipset.

Just because they share their GPU name doesn't mean Apple didn't improve its tech.

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5, which measures overall performance, the iPhone 12 was, on average, 74% quicker while finishing its tests. Even if you don't value a smooth device that much, be aware of that difference, as it will be very noticeable.

The iPhone 12's performance does stand out if you consider its rivals. While they got a rate of about 2962, it has 4067. That puts it 37% above them.

One can entitle the iPhone 12 as high-end.

The iPhone 8 Plus carries out iOS 11 OS, while the iPhone 12 comes with iOS 14.1.


Performance* vs.
Features iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 12
SoC Apple A11 Apple A14
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 2332
4067
1735
OS iOS 11 iOS 14.1
Tek-Score
5.9
8.8
2.9

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.


Display

Apple iPhone 8 Plus front transparent png Apple iPhone 12 front transparent png

Would you prefer the 6.1" AMOLED display of the iPhone 12 or the smaller 5.5" LCD panel of the iPhone 8 Plus? Which one would you choose? Most people seem to prefer AMOLED for its saturated colors and higher contrast.

If you're trying to keep your phone's display small, there aren't many devices to consider besides the iPhone 8 Plus. There are just not that many choices in its class.

If you're looking for the most high-resolution display, the iPhone 12 is a winner here.

Screen bezels are shrinking in size almost every passing day, so be aware: The iPhone 8 Plus is shielded with an Ion-strengthened glass. The iPhone 12 display is preserved with the latest Gorilla Glass Victus.

There's no Always-On display feature here.

If you're looking for the brightest display, the iPhone 8 Plus can do 530 nits, while the iPhone 12 does 639 nits.

Most similarly priced devices stay in the ballpark of 687 nits, while the iPhone 8 Plus can only do 23% less.

Usually, anything below 500 nits will disappoint you when in direct sunlight or displaying HDR content. Speaking of HDR content: The iPhone 12 is capable of displaying HDR10 video formats.

As you can see, the iPhone 8 Plus has a lower-specced screen.

Bearing in mind 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. But only 22% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate and feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Concerning the iPhone 12, I should say that 94% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display. Plus, all of them have an AMOLED screen, and 82% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.


Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 12
Size 5.5
6.1
0.6
Screen Type LCD AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x1920
1170x2532
888840
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 400.53
457.25
56.73
Always-On-Display No No
Notch - Wedge
Peak Brightness 530 nits
639 nits
109
HDR - HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
1.4
2.9
1.5
Protection Ion-strengthened glass Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
2.9
7.5
4.6

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.


Cameras

Apple iPhone 8 Plus back transparent png Apple iPhone 12 back transparent png

Who's gonna win this battle? The iPhone 8 Plus's primary camera has a 12 MP sensor, with an aperture of f/1.8, a 28mm wide-angle lens, four flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. Videos on its shooter have a maximum resolution of 2160p.

It also has another shooter with a 12 MP sensor and an aperture of f/2.8 plus a 57mm telephoto lens.

With the selfies camera, you get a 7 MP shooter, with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 32 mm lens.

DxOMark gave this shooter a rate of 104. By including its telephoto lens, you'll end up with a score of 112**. For a thorough review, click here.

Before moving on, 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. Yet, only 17% of them feature a macro lens.

The standard camera on the back of the iPhone 12 has a 12 MP sensor and a 26mm, f/1.6 aperture, wide-angle lens. It also has four flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. When it comes to recording videos, it can do 2160p. In addition to its primary sensor, you'll also get a 12 MP camera with an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

The selfie camera has 12 MP, an f/2.2 aperture, and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

The guys over at the DxOMark labs rated this camera with 132 points. And by adding its wide-angle lens, we get a score of 139 points. For an out-and-out review, click here.

Finally, just to let you know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. That said, none of them feature a macro lens.

You should note that the iPhone 12 is in the neighborhood of 14% above other competitors at about this price-tag. And it should be your option today.

We can classify the iPhone 12 more like a high-end.

The iPhone 8 Plus has something neat about its cameras: a 2x optical zoom. It will enable you to get a closer view of the subject before taking your picture.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, at least for phones with no zoom and up to 35 to 40MP. They just changed their 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 12
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.8
1.6
-0.2
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
139
27

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 12 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 7 -1

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

iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 12 vs.
Tek-Score
6.6
8.2
1.6

Body

The iPhone 8 Plus comes at 158x78 mm (6.23x3.07 inches). The iPhone 12 is 12 mm smaller and 7 mm narrower (about 0.47 by 0.28 inches).

Both are 7 mm thicker (about 0.28 inches).

A front and back glass body does make these phones look premium on your hands. The iPhone 8 Plus is 38 g. (1.34 oz) heavier than the other, weighing about 164 g. (5.78 oz). If you're looking for a lightweight device, the "weight to display size" rate of the iPhone 8 Plus is 0.7, meaning it's one of the heaviest phones for its display size. Having said that, the iPhone 12 has 6.9, which is pretty nice.

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, Red, White, Green, and Blue with the iPhone 12.

If the iPhone 8 Plus is small enough for you, that's neat. If not, then really consider getting the other one.

Is the lack of a fingerprint scanner a deal-breaker to you? There's one on the front of the iPhone 8 Plus but not on the iPhone 12.

You can still use biometrics to log in on the iPhone 12. Usually, logging in with a fingerprint scanner is faster, but at least you'll get a Face ID scanner.

The iPhone 8 Plus is water-resistant in up to 1 meter, but the iPhone 12 should hold up to 1 to 3 meters. But remember: it's for a maximum period of half an hour, in standby mode, so no underwater photos.


Looks* vs.
Body iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 12
Size 158 x 78 x 7 mm
(5.57 x 2.75 x 0.25 in)
146 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.15 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
-13706
Weight 202 g. (7.13 oz)
164 g. (5.78 oz)
-38
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Gold, Silver, Space Gray, and Red Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 67.67%
88.18%
20.52
Disp.Size To Weight Score 0.7 6.9 6.1
Looks 5.5/10
10.0/10
4.5
Waterproof IP67 IP68
Biometrics Front Fingerprint Face ID
Tek-Score
4.7
8.6
3.8

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

Battery

When it comes to battery life, in theory, the Apple iPhone 12, with its 2815 mAh of battery capacity, wins over the Apple iPhone 8 Plus, with only 2691 mAh of battery capacity. But is that so? If you do this experiment after a complete charge, this is how the iPhone 8 Plus comes out of it:

  • 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, this phone should end up with 63%.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, this is where your battery will be: 65%.

And this is what you'll get out of the iPhone 12:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 79% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 64% left for the rest of the day.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, this is where your battery will be: 64%.

You shouldn't expect any real contrast here.

Alright, that's not a reason to make the iPhone 8 Plus shine. Apple should've put a bigger battery and/or energy-efficient hardware on it. Its "battery to device size" rate is 1.9.

The iPhone 8 Plus features quick-charging at up to 15w, but the iPhone 12 does it too, at 20w.

It's good to know that both iPhones support wireless charging at up to 5w vs. 15w. On any of the new iPhone 12 siblings, wireless charging is also magnetic. That's great, but it's yet another proprietary solution.


Battery* vs.
Features iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 12
Capacity (mAh) 2691 2815 124
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 79% left
79% left
0
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 63% left
64% left
1
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 65% left
64% left
-1
Bat. To Phone Size Score 1.9 6.4 4.5
Sub Tek-Score
6.9
6.9
0.0
Fast Charging 15w
20w
5
Wireless Charging 5w
15w
10
Tek-Score
6.2
6.6
0.4

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.


Storage

The iPhone 8 Plus features 64GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM. There's no extra storage here. It may not be a deal-breaker, but it sure is something to keep in mind. Be aware that at this price segment, others have more RAM and more storage. They have 6GB of RAM and 121Gb of storage on average, but you can find better options.

In its turn, the iPhone 12 has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of integrated storage. You'll also have a problem if you want to add storage later. You may need a good data plan and some cloud storage. Again, you can effortlessly get more storage and more RAM on most of its rivals. They'd give you around 139Gb of storage and 10Gb of RAM.

Most people should be OK with their internal storage. However, if you love to have or record tons of videos, you'll find out that 64 GB won't be enough for you.


Storage* vs.
Features iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 12
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

Bluetooth 5.0 is here, on both of them. Both devices also feature the standard NFC module.

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.

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


Connectivity vs.
Features iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 12
Network LTE 5G
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. But that depends on the deals that you can find. Promotions aside, the iPhone 12 is more expensive, but I think that you can find some additional value in it.

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

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

Here are their recently updated prices:


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 12 VS
Amazon 2.70 ! - ! -
eBay 1.08 0.77 -0.31
Best Buy - 0.85 -
Wallmart - - -

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

So, what about that global rate? We'll get there. But first, let's see where its rivals are. They're at 6.3 (for the iPhone 8 Plus) and 7.2 (for the iPhone 12).


Verdict: What Makes the Apple iPhone 12 Stand Out?

Whether you're considering both or an upgrade, the iPhone 12 does give you a lot more compared to the iPhone 8. Performance and looks alone should be able to convince you that the newer iPhone is the way to go. If not, you'll also get a much better AMOLED screen, with more than enough outdoor brightness, HDR10, and Gorilla Glass Victus. You'll lose a telephoto lens, but its picture quality has improved a ton since the iPhone 8 Plus. It also is lighter and adds an extra Gigabyte of RAM.


Pros iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 12
#1 Cameras Performance
#2 Fast Charging AMOLED
#3 Wireless Charging Cameras
#4 Fast Charging
#5 Wireless Charging
#6 Glass Protection

Cons iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 12
#1 AMOLED Always-On-Display
#2 Always-On-Display MicroSD Slot
#3 MicroSD Slot 3.5mm Jack
#4 Weight Price
#5 3.5mm Jack
#6 Price

Relative Score* vs.
Global Score iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 12
Gaming Score
3.7
6.3
2.6
Tek-Score
4.85
6.76
1.91

*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 12 
  • Sony


    Xperia 1
    $688

  • Sony


    Xperia 5
    $699

  • Apple


    iPhone 11 Pro
    $750

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 EX
    $684

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 SD
    $649

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20+ EX
    $749

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20+ SD
    $649

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 U.EX
    $939

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20
    $697

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 Plus
    $749

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 Ultra
    $939

  • Huawei


    Mate 30 Pro
    $849

  • Huawei


    P40 Pro
    $779

  • Huawei


    P40
    $666

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10 Ultra
    $846

  • Oppo


    Find X2 Pro
    $950

  • Apple


    iPhone 12 Mini
    $739

  • Sony


    Xperia 1 II
    $821

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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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