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Apple iPhone XR vs 12 Pro: What Will The 12 Pro Add?




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Apple iPhone XR, Apple iPhone 12 Pro

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Luis Silva (October 2020, updated: February 2021)

Introduction

So, was the iPhone 12 Pro made for those who want to upgrade from an iPhone XR? Let's see about that.

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

We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the iPhone XR and the iPhone 12 Pro.

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 or the iPhone XR?

You'll spend more on the iPhone 12 Pro, but it also is the better device of the two considering their specs.

It has better performance (+58%), a better display, better cameras, more OS updates (2 additional years), and more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB).

What else sets them apart?

The iPhone 12 Pro also has an AMOLED display, a telephoto lens (+52 mm), more cameras, faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w), and more RAM (6GB vs. 3GB).


How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're not considering going for a carrier subscription, you'll have to spend approximately $728 more.


Is it still worth buying the iPhone XR in 2021?

Yes, it is. Its performance won't disappoint you for sure.


Is the iPhone 12 Pro still worth buying in 2021?

Yes! If you like it, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.



The iPhone XR definitely has the iPhone 12 Pro beaten on price. That is something worth considering when comparing them.

Down below, there's a "Tek-Score" in every analyzed section of these models. We evaluate all quantifiable specifications to help you quickly identify how much they are far apart. You'll also have a global comparison rate if you're curious about other models aside from these two.

This score is based on research from Globalwebindex.com about what people want from their next smartphones.

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

There's a colored progress bar next to some items. That can help you understand how they fare against other smartphones at the same price range.

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

Some items are clickable, and they'll get you to several top 10 tables for every budget.


Price* vs.
Device iPhone XR iPhone 12 Pro
Release Date 2018, October 2020, October 2y.
OS Updates 6 years 6 years 0y.
Security Updates 6 years 6 years 0y.

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


Performance

What about their chipsets? The Apple iPhone 12 Pro features the Apple A14 processor and the Apple iPhone XR, the Apple A12 processor.

Apple improved its GPU for sure, but most likely decided to just keep the same name.

As for performance, Geekbench 5 scores the iPhone 12 Pro 58% ahead of its sibling on the multi-core rankings. This should be noticeable when opening apps or games.

Are you looking for the quickest phone around? The good news is that both clearly are above the average if you consider their rivals.

By the way, you can define the iPhone 12 Pro as high-end.

At least you'll get the iOS 12 on the iPhone XR, while the iPhone 12 Pro comes with iOS 14.1.


Performance* vs.
Features iPhone XR iPhone 12 Pro
SoC Apple A12 Apple A14
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 2575
4056
1481
OS iOS 12 iOS 14.1
Tek-Score
6.3
8.8
2.5

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.


Display

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

Both feature the same (LCD and AMOLED) 6.1" display size. Which one would you choose? Most people seem to prefer AMOLED for its saturated colors and higher contrast.

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

The iPhone XR also falls behind the rest of its class: It is 26% below the average pixel density.

Screen bezels are shrinking in size almost every passing day, so I have to put this out: The iPhone XR is shielded with a Corning toughened glass. The iPhone 12 Pro display is preserved with the latest Gorilla Glass Victus.

There's no Always-On display feature here.

When it comes to outdoor visibility, the iPhone XR will reach 660 nits, but the iPhone 12 Pro can go up to 142 nits above that.

The iPhone 12 Pro does support HDR10-compatible media.

It shouldn't go unnoticed, but the iPhone XR has a lower-specced screen.

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

For the iPhone 12 Pro, as a reference, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 89% 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
Size 6.1
6.1
0.0
Screen Type LCD AMOLED
Resolution (px) 828x1792
1170x2532
1478664
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 323.61
457.25
133.64
Always-On-Display No No
Notch Wedge Wedge
Peak Brightness 660 nits
802 nits
142
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 back transparent png

Let's delve into their cameras. Apple's iPhone XR features a 12 MP camera with an aperture of f/1.8, a 26mm wide-angle lens, four flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It can record videos at up to 2160p.

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

DxOMark reviewed this camera and gave it 112 points. And if you take into account its digital zoom abilities, it can go up to 116** points. If you click here, you can check what they think of it.

To put things in perspective: you'd probably like to know that 88% of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, and all of them have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

On the back of the Apple iPhone 12 Pro is a 12 MP (f/1.6) camera and a 26mm wide-angle lens. Then you'll have four flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. It can also record videos at up to 2160p. You'll also get two additional sensors, one with 12 MP, an aperture of f/2.0 plus a 52mm telephoto lens, and another with 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's gurus gave this shooter a score of 135. By considering the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that score goes up to 147. You can click here to check it out.

Finally, 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.

Looking at DxO's ranking, one can conclude that the iPhone XR is approximately 20% above other competitors for the same budget. Although the iPhone 12 Pro is the clear winner.

One can place the iPhone 12 Pro more like a high-end.

What I really like about the iPhone 12 Pro is the 2x telephoto lens. This gives you an extra bit of freedom when taking your photos.

As a side note, the iPhone 12 Pro zoom lens is 58mm below what you usually see on related-priced phones.

**You should give this score a margin of error of up to 6 points, at least for phones with no zoom and up to 35 to 40MP. They 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 XR iPhone 12 Pro
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.8
1.6
-0.2
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 4 4 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 116
147
31

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone XR iPhone 12 Pro vs.
Megapixels - 12
Aperture - 2.0
Lens - 52mm (2x 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 vs.
Megapixels 7
12
5
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 32mm 23mm -9

iPhone XR iPhone 12 Pro vs.
Tek-Score
6.8
8.6
1.8

Body

The iPhone XR is 150 mm (5.91 inches) tall and 75 mm (2.96 inches) wide. The iPhone 12 Pro is 4 mm smaller and 4 mm narrower (about 0.16 by 0.16 inches).

When it comes to thickness, they're almost equal: 8 mm (0.32 inches) vs. 7 mm (0.28 inches). Remember that the iPhone 12 Pro is 17% smaller than the average phone for its price segment.

Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. If you thought weighs could help you pick one of these, you're out of luck. If you're looking for a lightweight device, the "weight to display size" rate of the iPhone XR is 3.3, which implies it's kind of weighty for a 6.1 inches display. In the meantime, the iPhone 12 Pro has 3.8, which suggests it's considerably hefty too.

If you like having color options, you can buy the iPhone XR in Black, Yellow, Red, White, Coral, and Blue. The iPhone 12 Pro, in its turn, comes in Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue.

Does a fingerprint scanner matter to you? Too bad, none of them have it.

You can still use biometrics to log in on both of them. At least, Apple decided to include a Face ID scanner.

The iPhone XR truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 meter deep, but the iPhone 12 Pro should hold 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 XR iPhone 12 Pro
Size 150 x 75 x 8 mm
(5.29 x 2.65 x 0.28 in)
146 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.15 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
-17438
Weight 194 g. (6.84 oz)
189 g. (6.67 oz)
-5
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%
88.18%
6.93
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.3 3.8 0.5
Looks 8.6/10
10.0/10
1.3
Waterproof IP67 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Face ID
Tek-Score
5.6
7.6
1.9

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

Battery

In theory, the 2942 mAh of the Apple iPhone XR's battery will crush the Apple iPhone 12 Pro with only 2815 mAh of battery capacity. But how does that reflect day-to-day usage? This is asking for a thorough test after a full charge. And that's how the iPhone XR performs:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 78% 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 62%.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll still get 64% to spend doing other things.

And these are the results for the iPhone 12 Pro:

  • From 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 get down to 63% left.
  • For 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.

In conclusion, you should get the same battery life with either device.

Quickly charging any of them won't be an issue. The iPhone XR supports up to 15w and the iPhone 12 Pro up to 20.

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. It's nice but not as good as USB-C charging.


Battery* vs.
Features iPhone XR iPhone 12 Pro
Capacity (mAh) 2942 2815 -127
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 78% left
79% left
1
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 62% left
63% left
1
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 64% left
65% left
1
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.0 6.4 2.3
Sub Tek-Score
6.8
6.9
0.1
Fast Charging 15w
20w
5
Wireless Charging 5w
15w
10
Tek-Score
6.0
6.6
0.6

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.


Storage

Apple put 3GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage on the iPhone XR. Unfortunately, Apple didn't include a 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 around 6GB of RAM and 109Gb of storage.

In its turn, the iPhone 12 Pro features 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. You'll also have a problem if you want to add storage later, but I believe 128GB is enough. Again, you can effortlessly get more RAM and more storage from almost all of their competitors. 11Gb/185Gb. That's the average.

Most people should be OK with only 64 GB of internal storage. However, if you love to have or record tons of videos, 64 GB alone won't get you there.


Storage* vs.
Features iPhone XR iPhone 12 Pro
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

When it comes to connectivity, both iPhones have Bluetooth 5.0. Both phones also have NFC, so nothing special here.

If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. You may go for an adapter as a last resort, but it really isn't the same.

You can find the iPhone 12 Pro in the (LTE and) 5G variant.


Connectivity vs.
Features iPhone XR iPhone 12 Pro
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

You're likely not considering the iPhone XR to make all your pennies count. But with a great deal or a price drop, it can be an impressive finding. Promotions aside, the iPhone 12 Pro is more expensive, but I believe that it shouldn't come as a surprise at all.

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

Remember that old phones are hard to find in pristine new condition.

Here are the best prices that we've found:


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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 VS
Amazon 1.66 - ! -
eBay 1.38 0.61 -0.77
Best Buy - 0.74 -
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. But first, let's see where its rivals are. They're in the ballpark of 5.9 for the iPhone XR and 7.7 for the iPhone 12 Pro.


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

Well, there are two ways you can look at this. One, you're upgrading because you can, period. Two, you're wondering if you still have a good-enough flagship. If it helps, performance-wise, the iPhone XR is just as smooth as most high-end devices, especially in the Android world. Feature-wise, iPhones were never packed with tons of bells and whistles, but that's not why you're here. The issue with the XR is that it has the bare minimum for a decent smartphone experience, like its display, its single camera, its battery life, and RAM. Are those good-enough reasons to upgrade? Well, that's up to you.


Pros iPhone XR iPhone 12 Pro
#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
#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
Gaming Score
3.8
6.8
3.0
Tek-Score
5.41
7.40
1.99

*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 
  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 U.EX
    $939

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 20 U.SD
    $1099

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 Ultra
    $939

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 20 U.
    $995

  • Huawei


    Mate 40 Pro
    $1065

  • Oppo


    Find X2 Pro
    $950

  • Apple


    iPhone 12 Pro Max
    $1180

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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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