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

author Luis Silva (October 2020 Updated: March 2021)

Apple iPhone X, Apple iPhone 12

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Introduction

If you're considering an upgrade, now is the time.

If, on the other hand, you're considering an iPhone X, you'll have to find a great deal.

Either way, let's start.

In October of 2020, Apple launched its iPhone 12. The iPhone X, however, has seen the light of day three years sooner.

Here you can look at the iPhone X 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

Which is better, the iPhone 12 or the iPhone X?

The iPhone 12 comes at a higher price, but considering its features, it is the best option.

It has better performance (+71%), a better display, better cameras, better battery life, and more OS updates (3 additional years).

What else stands out?

The iPhone 12 also gives you a larger (+0.3") display, faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w), and more RAM (4GB vs. 3GB). But the iPhone X will give you a telephoto lens (+39 mm).

How much more will those additional features cost me?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, you'll have to invest an additional amount close to $301.

Is the iPhone X still worth buying in 2021?

The iPhone X is still a great phone, even in 2021, even more so if you can find it with a great deal. Having said that, the iPhone 12 Mini has better performance, better cameras, more security updates, faster charging, and more RAM.

Is the iPhone 12 still worth getting in 2021?

The iPhone 12 continues to be a rock-solid smartphone because of its good performance, good camera, great glass protection, and a below-average weight. It indeed is on the recommended list for 2021, although you can also check (again) the iPhone 12 Mini.

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You'll never find the iPhone 12 at the price of the iPhone X. That's something you should keep in mind when comparing them.

While scrolling down, you'll see a "Tek-Score" for each phone in every section. All the specifications were examined to allow you a faster discerning of the variation between the phones. There's also a global rate for you to compare them to other phones because you'll probably have other phones in mind.

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 you can fine-tune the global score depending on what matters to you. You can go there right now but I suggest you keep reading to know more about them.

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

You'll also see a progress bar underlining some features. It's for you to know how well they relate to the ones from similarly priced smartphones.

You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, but basically, we include every smartphone within a 20+20% price range, up and down.

You can click on any underlined feature to check the related top 10 listings for all budgets.

Price*
vs.
Device iPhone X iPhone 12
Release Date 2017, October 2020, October 3y.
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?

When it comes to the performance, Geekbench 5 rates the iPhone 12 71% ahead of its sibling on the multi-core rankings. If you forget this number, you'll remember it every single day since day one.

Are you looking for the quickest phone around? The iPhone 12 is clearly above the average by comparing it with other smartphones from this price range. It got a score of 4067, compared to the usual 2966, or close to that.

We can label the iPhone 12 as high-end.

The Apple iPhone 12 is available with the Apple A14 processor, while the Apple iPhone X brings the Apple A11 processor.

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

The iPhone X features the iOS 11 OS, and the iPhone 12 has iOS 14.1.

Performance*
vs.
Features iPhone X iPhone 12
SoC Apple A11 Apple A14
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 2372
4067
1695
OS iOS 11 iOS 14.1
Tek-Score
6.0
8.8
2.8

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Apple iPhone X front transparent png Apple iPhone 12 front transparent png

It's a tie, none of these stands out. But the glass on the iPhone 12 is much tougher.

The iPhone X has a 5.8-inch AMOLED screen, which is slightly smaller than the iPhone 12's 6.1-inch AMOLED display. It all comes down to personal preferences for both the display type and size. To me, a 6.3 inches screen is where I draw the line.

Are you looking for small screens? Then, the iPhone X is your holy grail. Other similarly priced smartphones just aren't that short.

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 it's essential to know what kind of glass protection they have. The iPhone X is shielded with a Corning toughened glass. The iPhone 12 display is preserved with the latest Gorilla Glass Victus.

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

When it comes to outdoor visibility, you can count on the iPhone X to go up to 726 nits, but the iPhone 12 can go up to 87 nits below that.

Both phones support HDR10 media.

Considering the iPhone X, just know that 88% of its rivals can play HDR content, 96% have an AMOLED screen, and 92% of them have an Always-On display.

Regarding the iPhone 12, as a reference, 94% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and all of them have an AMOLED screen.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features iPhone X iPhone 12
Size 5.8
6.1
0.3
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1125x2436
1170x2532
221940
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 462.63
457.25
-5.37
Always-On-Display No No
Notch Wedge Wedge
Peak Brightness 726 nits
639 nits
-87
HDR HDR10 HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
3.1
2.9
-0.2
Protection Corning toughened glass Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
5.9
7.5
1.6

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Apple iPhone X back transparent png Apple iPhone 12 back transparent png

You should note that the iPhone 12 is in the neighborhood of 21% above other competitors in its class. And it should be your option today.

What about its shooters? The iPhone X's primary camera has a 12 Megapixels 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.

The iPhone X also packs a secondary camera with 12 Megapixels and an f/2.4 aperture plus a 52mm telephoto lens.

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

DXOMARK reviewed this camera and gave it 109 points. If you add its telephoto lens, you'll end up with a score of 117**. If you want to know more about it, click here .

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

The standard camera on the back of the iPhone 12 has a 12 Megapixels 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. It also has a secondary 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of 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.

On DXOMARK's reviewing article, they gave this shooter 132 points. And by adding its wide-angle lens, we'll get to the final rate of 139 points. Just click here to read about it.

Last (but not least), 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. Moreover, only 6% of them feature a macro lens.

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

Something I love about the iPhone X is its 2x optical zoom. As soon as you get used to it, you'll know what I mean.

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

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera iPhone X 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 117
139
22

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone X iPhone 12 vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 2.4
2.4
0.0
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
13mm -39
Lens Type Telephoto lens Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 8 7 -1
Selfie Camera iPhone X iPhone 12 vs.
Megapixels 7
12
5
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 32mm 23mm -9
iPhone X iPhone 12 vs.
Tek-Score
6.9
8.2
1.3

Who has the best frame?

The iPhone 12 does have an advantage here, thanks to its number of color options and water resistance.

The iPhone X is 143 mm (5.63 inches) tall and 70 mm (2.76 inches) wide. The Apple iPhone 12, however, is a bit larger. Precisely 0.04 inches (1 mm) and a bit taller: 0.12 inches (3 mm).

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

A front and back glass body does make these phones look premium on your hands. The iPhone X is 10 g. (0.35 oz) heavier than its sibling, which sits at 164 g. (5.78 oz). If you want a big screen in a light phone, I've come up with an adapted "display size to phone weight ratio" rate. The iPhone X got 4.5, which means it has an acceptable score for a 5.8 inches screen. The iPhone 12, in its turn, has 6.9, which is pretty nice.

If you like having color options, you can buy the iPhone X in Space Gray and Silver. The iPhone 12, in its turn, comes in Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue.

You're out of options in the size domain, so you can pick any of them.

What about a fingerprint scanner? Too bad, none of them have it.

You can still use biometrics to log in on both of them. Some say Face ID isn't as secure, but it's there for you.

The iPhone X is rated IP67, which means it's water-resistant in up to 1 meter, while the iPhone 12 can be immersed in 1 to 3 meters. That shouldn't last over half an hour, and it's standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.

Looks*
vs.
Body iPhone X iPhone 12
Size 143 x 70 x 7 mm
(5.04 x 2.47 x 0.25 in)
146 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.15 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
2492
Weight 174 g. (6.14 oz)
164 g. (5.78 oz)
-10
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Space Gray and Silver Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 82.53%
88.18%
5.66
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.5 6.9 2.4
Looks 8.1/10
10.0/10
1.9
Waterproof IP67 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Face ID
Tek-Score
6.3
8.6
2.3

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

Which has the best battery?

Both have about 2716 mAh, And by GSMArena's standards, the iPhone 12 is the winner here.

This is what the iPhone X delivers if you do a complete charge:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll end up with 76% of the battery charge.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, the battery charge will be about 54%.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll be with 60%.

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

  • 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 64%.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll be with 64%.

One more thing about battery life on the iPhone X: it is way below the average in this price range. It lasts 12% less than the average on these tasks.

Both phones support fast-charging. You can charge the iPhone X at a maximum of 15w/hour and the iPhone 12 up to 20w/hour.

They all include wireless charging, and they charge at 5w vs. 15w. That's nice. Apple brought MagSafe from their Macbooks so you can effortlessly charge the new iPhones. It's convenient if you're willing to carry another charger.

Battery*
vs.
Features iPhone X iPhone 12
Capacity (mAh) 2716 2815 99
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 76% left
79% left
3
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 54% left
64% left
10
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 60% left
64% left
4
Bat. To Phone Size Score 6.3 6.4 0.1
Sub Tek-Score
6.3
6.9
0.6
Fast Charging 15w
20w
5
Wireless Charging 5w
15w
10
Tek-Score
5.7
6.6
0.9

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

None of them has.

Apple put 3GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage on the iPhone X. Unfortunately, Apple didn't include a MicroSD slot. 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 have more storage and more RAM. They average at 8GB of RAM and 149Gb of storage.

In its turn, the iPhone 12 features 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. It also doesn't have a MicroSD slot. You may need a good data plan and some cloud storage. Again, you'll most likely get more RAM and more storage from most of its opponents. 9Gb of RAM and 135Gb of storage: that's the average, not the best you can find.

Storage shouldn't be an issue on any of these phones. However, if you plan to store some movies or record tons of videos, 64 GB may be too short for you.

Storage*
vs.
Features iPhone X 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).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The iPhone 12, because it has 5G.

When it comes to connectivity, you can count on the traditional Bluetooth 5.0 chip. 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.

You can connect the iPhone 12 to (LTE and) 5G networks.

Connectivity
vs.
Features iPhone X iPhone 12
Network LTE 5G
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
3.6
4.6
1.0

Which is more affordable?

The Apple iPhone X 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 that's probably something you already knew.

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

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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 X iPhone 12 VS
Amazon - - ! -
eBay 0.73 0.90 0.17
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

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Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. First, let me mention the average at their price range. It's 6.8 for the iPhone X and 7.1 for the iPhone 12.

Verdict: What Makes the Apple iPhone 12 Stand Out?

The iPhone X was definitely a game-changer. Apple revamped the iPhone and started to speed up their chipsets. Three years later, the iPhone 12 has a performance increase of about 50%. Not only that but with Corning's help, it managed to significantly increase its glass protection too.

Since then, it has slowly but steadily increased their cameras (despite abandoning the telephoto lens on its most popular model) and, more often than not, it's battery life. Aside from that, it added a single Gigabyte of RAM but kept the same internal storage.

That's what you should expect from the newer iPhone.

Pros iPhone X iPhone 12
#1 AMOLED Performance
#2 Cameras AMOLED
#3 Fast Charging Cameras
#4 Wireless Charging Fast Charging
#5 Glass Protection Wireless Charging
#6 Glass Protection
Cons iPhone X iPhone 12
#1 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#2 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#3 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#4 Price Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score iPhone X iPhone 12
Gaming Score
5.6
6.3
0.7
Tek-Score
5.40
6.76
1.36
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 X 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $578
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $589
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $650
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $499
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $499
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $609
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $609
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $499
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $544
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $598
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $479
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $643
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $669
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $550
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8
    $630
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $507
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $549
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $529
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $599
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $570
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594

 Apple iPhone 12 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $699
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $650
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $875
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $609
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $609
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $643
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $799
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • OnePlusrival8
    $630
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $849
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $799
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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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