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Apple iPhone XR vs 12 Pro Max in 2021: What You'll Get




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Apple iPhone XR, Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

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Luis Silva (November 2020, updated: February 2021)

Introduction

So, you're considering an upgrade to a larger smartphone? Or are you on to a cheaper iPhone experience instead? Either way, let's explore all their features and focus on the ones they differ.

In November of 2020, Apple started selling its iPhone 12 Pro Max, while Apple's iPhone XR hit the stores in October of 2018.

In this article, we see how the iPhone XR and the iPhone 12 Pro Max compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is 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 12 Pro Max or the iPhone XR?

You'll spend more on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

You'll get better performance (+65%), a better display, better cameras, better battery life, and more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB).

Are there other things worth mentioning?

With the iPhone 12 Pro Max, you'll also get an AMOLED, larger (+0.6") display, a telephoto lens (+65 mm), more cameras, faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w), and more RAM (6GB vs. 3GB). But with the iPhone XR, you can get a lightweight body (34 g./1.20 oz less).


How much more will those additional features cost me?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, you'll have to spend approximately $788 more.


Is it worth getting the iPhone XR in 2021?

Yes, of course. It's a pretty snappy device.


Is the iPhone 12 Pro Max still worth buying in 2021?

Sure. It's currently one of the best in the market.



The price round is no contest. The iPhone XR sounds like a bargain compared to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. That's something to consider when making a comparison between the two.

Look out for a "Tek-Score" in every section of this article. We evaluated every quantifiable specification, so you can better understand the difference between the two. We'll also provide a global score for comparison if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

That score is research-based. It's from Globalwebindex.com about the most desired smartphone features by consumers.

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

Some features have a colored bar next to them. It's for you to know how well they fare against other smartphones at the same price range.

Here is their competitors' full list: but we only include smartphones with price tags from -20% to +20%.

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


Price* vs.
Device iPhone XR iPhone 12 Pro Max
Release Date 2018, October 2020, November 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 A14 processor on its iPhone 12 Pro Max. In its turn, the Apple iPhone XR has the Apple A12 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 12 Pro Max was, on average, 65% quicker while finishing its tests. If you forget this number, you'll remember it every single day since day one.

These two also have their performance well above the average by comparing them with other smartphones from this price range.

One can entitle the iPhone 12 Pro Max as high-end.

The iPhone XR features the iOS 12 OS, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max runs on iOS 14.1.


Performance* vs.
Features iPhone XR iPhone 12 Pro Max
SoC Apple A12 Apple A14
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 2575
4240
1665
OS iOS 12 iOS 14.1
Tek-Score
6.3
9.1
2.8

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.


Display

Apple iPhone XR front transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max front transparent png

The iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch LCD screen, which is considerably smaller than the iPhone 12 Pro Max's 6.7-inch AMOLED display. You'll likely have set your preferences already on the display type and size. Most people seem to prefer AMOLED for its saturated colors and higher contrast.

The display of the iPhone 12 Pro Max has a resolution of 1284x2778 Full HD. The iPhone XR, in its turn, has 828x1792 HD.

The iPhone XR has one disadvantage against the rest of its class: Its low DPI display.

No one likes to look at a shattered screen, so you need to know about their glass protection. The iPhone XR display is protected with a Corning toughened glass. The iPhone 12 Pro Max with a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

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

If you set your brightness to auto, the iPhone XR can go up to 660 nits, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max can top at 822 nits.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max does support HDR10 media.

It goes without saying, the iPhone 12 Pro Max's display does stand out.

Bearing in mind the iPhone XR, you should know that 76% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen and have an Always-On display. But only 12% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate and feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Concerning the iPhone 12 Pro Max, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 86% of them offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate, have an Always-On display, and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.


Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features iPhone XR iPhone 12 Pro Max
Size 6.1
6.7
0.6
Screen Type LCD AMOLED
Resolution (px) 828x1792
1284x2778
2083176
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 323.61
456.77
133.16
Always-On-Display No No
Notch Wedge Wedge
Peak Brightness 660 nits
822 nits
162
HDR - HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
1.2
3.2
2.0
Protection Corning toughened glass Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
5.2
7.6
2.4

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.


Cameras

Apple iPhone XR back transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max back transparent png

Flip the phones over, let's start the cameras' battle. The iPhone XR has a 12 MP camera with an aperture of f/1.8, a 26mm wide-angle lens, four flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It can record videos at up to 2160p.

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

DxOMark has rated this camera with a score of 112. Then, if you consider its digital zoom abilities, it'll get 116** points. You can check their review if you click here.

Last (but not least), 88% of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, and all of them have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

Adding to its 12 MP shooter, the iPhone 12 Pro Max's leading camera has an aperture of f/1.6 and a 26mm, wide-angle lens. You'll be getting two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. You can record videos at 2160p. It also has a secondary 12 MP camera with an aperture of f/2.2 plus a 65mm telephoto lens, and an extra 12 MP (f/2.4) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

On the front, there's an f/2.2 12 MP camera and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

DxOMark has rated this camera with a score of 138. Plus, combining with the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we end up with a rate of 150 points. Just click here to know more about it.

Lastly, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, feature a telephoto lens, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Regardless, none of them feature a macro lens.

Be aware that the iPhone XR's picture quality is, on average, 19 points above its rivals at about this price-tag. But the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the title-holder here.

One can place the iPhone 12 Pro Max as high-end.

That's something that I really value on a smartphone: a telephoto lens. The iPhone 12 Pro Max has it, with a zoom of about 2.5x. As soon as you get used to it, you'll know what I mean.

Additionally, the iPhone 12 Pro Max telephoto lens is 45mm lower than the average within similarly priced rivals.

**You should give this score a margin of error of up to 6 points, especially with cameras with less than 40MP and no telephoto lens. They just changed their protocol, and I need more reviewed devices to fine-tune older scores.


Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera iPhone XR iPhone 12 Pro Max
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.8
1.6
-0.2
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 4 2 -2
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 116
150
34

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone XR iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels - 12
Aperture - 2.2
Lens - 65mm (2.5x zoom)
Lens Type - Telephoto lens
Megapixels - 12
Aperture - 2.4
Lens - 13mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 4 12 8

Selfie Camera iPhone XR iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 7
12
5
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 32mm 23mm -9

iPhone XR iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.
Tek-Score
6.8
8.8
2.0

Body

The iPhone XR is 5.91 inches (150 mm) tall and 2.96 inches (75 mm) long. The iPhone 12 Pro Max came out 0.39 inches (10 mm) taller and 0.12 inches (3 mm) larger.

The former has about 8 mm (0.32 inches) of thickness, while the latter has 7 mm (0.28 inches).

Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. The iPhone XR weighs 194 g. (6.84 oz), while the other is 34 g. (1.34 oz) heavier. If you want a big screen in a light phone, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The iPhone XR got a score of 3.3, and that's another way of saying it's kind of weighty for its screen size. The iPhone 12 Pro Max, in its turn, has 2.1, which indicates it's oddly heavy.

We do like having some color options. You get Black, Yellow, Red, White, Coral, and Blue in the iPhone XR. But you can get Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue with the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

If you like having a big phone, you should consider the iPhone 12 Pro Max. If not, then you should choose the other one.

Does a fingerprint scanner matter to you? You won't find them here.

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

You can drop the iPhone XR into the water, up to 1 meter deep, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max can dive in 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 XR iPhone 12 Pro Max
Size 150 x 75 x 8 mm
(5.29 x 2.65 x 0.28 in)
160 x 78 x 7 mm
(5.64 x 2.75 x 0.25 in)
-2640
Weight 194 g. (6.84 oz)
228 g. (8.04 oz)
34
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Black, Yellow, Red, White, Coral, and Blue Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 81.25%
88.38%
7.13
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.3 2.1 -1.3
Looks 8.6/10
10.0/10
1.3
Waterproof IP67 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Face ID
Tek-Score
5.6
6.4
0.8

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

Battery

When it comes to battery life, in theory, the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, with its 3687 mAh of battery capacity, wins over the Apple iPhone XR, with only 2942 mAh of battery capacity, without a doubt. But is that so? If you charge them up and run some tests, this is what the iPhone XR delivers:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 78% left.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll probably have 62% 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 likely end up with 64% of the battery charge.

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

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 82% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll still have 67% left for the rest of the day.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll still get 69% to spend doing other things.

And the iPhone 12 Pro Max clearly pulled ahead of its sibling.

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

Both phones support wireless charging at 5w vs. 15w. Wireless charging is magnetic on the new iPhones. It's useful, but I'd favor a non-proprietary USB-C port.


Battery* vs.
Features iPhone XR iPhone 12 Pro Max
Capacity (mAh) 2942 3687 745
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 78% left
82% left
4
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 62% left
67% left
5
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 64% left
69% left
5
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.0 2.6 -1.4
Sub Tek-Score
6.8
7.3
0.5
Fast Charging 15w
20w
5
Wireless Charging 5w
15w
10
Tek-Score
6.0
6.7
0.6

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.


Storage

Apple put 3GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage on the iPhone XR. There's no MicroSD slot. While it shouldn't be a deal-breaker, you should keep that in mind when purchasing one. Also, similarly priced adversaries usually deliver more RAM and more storage. They're closer to 109Gb of storage and 6GB of RAM.

In its turn, the iPhone 12 Pro Max features 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. There's also no extra storage here, but you'll have plenty of room for your files. Again, you'll get more storage and more RAM on most of its rivals. They usually get close to 11Gb of RAM and 201Gb of storage.

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


Storage* vs.
Features iPhone XR iPhone 12 Pro Max
RAM (GB) 3GB
6GB
3
Internal (GB) 64GB
128GB
64
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
2.8
6.0
3.3

*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.

If you love good-old wired headphones, you're out of luck because none of them included a 3.5mm headphone jack. Just skip adapters and get a decent pair of wireless earbuds.

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


Connectivity vs.
Features iPhone XR iPhone 12 Pro Max
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 XR may not be the best bang for your buck. That, of course, depends on the place and the deals that you'll eventually find. If you're going for the iPhone 12 Pro Max, you'll end up paying a bit more, but I believe that it shouldn't come as a surprise at all.

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

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

Here are the best prices that we've found:


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 XR iPhone 12 Pro Max VS
Amazon 1.66 - ! -
eBay 1.38 0.62 -0.76
Best Buy - 0.67 ! -
Wallmart 0.94 - -

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

Are you also considering other options? The global score can help. For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. They're at 5.9 (for the iPhone XR) and 7.8 (for the iPhone 12 Pro Max).


Verdict: What Makes the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Stand Out?

While the iPhone XR will hardly give you a great smartphone experience, mostly because of its battery, camera, and RAM, the iPhone 12 Pro Max, on the other hand, should be more than enough, even if you're leaning towards a power user yourself. It has a much-improved performance (not that the XR is slow or anything like that), a great-looking AMOLED display with higher DPI, the best telephoto lens of the iPhone family, much better cameras, better battery life, and faster wireless charging. It also has enough internal storage for even the most demanding users and 6GB of RAM, instead of just three.


Pros iPhone XR iPhone 12 Pro Max
#1 Performance Performance
#2 Cameras AMOLED
#3 Fast Charging Cameras
#4 Wireless Charging Fast Charging
#5 Glass Protection Wireless Charging
#6 Glass Protection

Cons iPhone XR iPhone 12 Pro Max
#1 Screen Resolution Always-On-Display
#2 AMOLED MicroSD Slot
#3 Always-On-Display Weight
#4 MicroSD Slot 3.5mm Jack
#5 Weight Price
#6 3.5mm Jack
#7 Price

Relative Score* vs.
Global Score iPhone XR iPhone 12 Pro Max
Gaming Score
3.8
6.9
3.1
Tek-Score
5.41
7.42
2.01

*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 XR 
  • Samsung


    Galaxy A50
    $265

  • Apple


    iPhone 8
    $370

  • OnePlus


    7
    $388

  • Huawei


    P30 Lite
    $280

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 9T
    $270

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 9T Pro
    $290

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 10+
    $334

  • Apple


    iPhone 8 Plus
    $390

  • Samsung


    Galaxy M30s
    $300

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 9
    $334

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S9
    $274

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S9 Plus
    $307

  • Huawei


    Mate 20
    $285

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 8
    $262

  • Samsung


    Galaxy A51
    $272

  • Samsung


    Galaxy A71
    $299

  • Huawei


    P40 Lite
    $298

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 10 Lite
    $389

  • OnePlus


    Nord
    $380

  • Google


    Pixel 4a
    $350

  • OnePlus


    Nord N10
    $299

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10T Lite
    $304

 Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max 
  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 20 U.SD
    $1099

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 20 U.
    $995

  • Apple


    iPhone 12 Pro
    $1120

  • Huawei


    Mate 40 Pro
    $1065

  • Oppo


    Find X2 Pro
    $950

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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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