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Apple iPhone XR vs iPhone X in 2021: Is It Just Size?

author Luis Silva (March 2020 Updated: May 2021 - 8 min. reading time)

The iPhone X comes at a higher price, but it also has better specs.

With the iPhone XR, you can get better battery life.

What else sets them apart?

The iPhone X comes with an AMOLED display and a telephoto lens (+52 mm). But the iPhone XR also adds a larger (+0.3") display.

Keep in mind that these are both great devices because they almost share the same score.

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're going off-contract, it should be about $187 more expensive.

Is the iPhone XR still worth buying in 2021?

Overall, you'll still get a pretty decent smartphone if you go for the iPhone XR in 2021, especially now that it's cheaper. Nevertheless, you should also check other phones like the iPhone 12 because it has better performance, better cameras, more security updates, faster charging, more RAM, and an AMOLED display.

Is the iPhone X still worth buying in 2021?

For a phone introduced in 2017, the iPhone X still has good camera. If you can find a great deal, it does make sense in 2021, but a fantastic device like (again) the iPhone 12 does have better performance, better cameras, more security updates, faster charging, and more RAM.

Read on to learn more about their differences, how they are any different from their competition, and how the tech experts evaluate their specs.

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Introduction

In October of 2017, Apple launched its iPhone X. The iPhone XR, however, has seen the light of day one year later.

In this article, we see how the iPhone XR and the iPhone X compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

The iPhone XR definitely has the iPhone X beaten on price. Keep this in mind when comparing both iPhones.

For each featured section, there's a "Tek-Score" for you to check. We evaluate all quantifiable specifications to help you quickly identify how much they are far apart. There's also a global score for you to compare them to other phones if you're curious about other models aside from these two.

The weight of each section

We've based our score on a study from Globalwebindex.com about the most desired smartphone features by consumers. But you'll get a say in the matter by setting it to what you value. You can skip to the end, but keep reading because there are many things to unveil about these two and their rivals.

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

Some features are underlined with a red or green progress bar. That's so you can see how they fare against other smartphones at the same price range.

If you click here:, you'll see our list, but essentially, we're ignoring smartphones that are more than 20% cheaper or expensive.

Some items are clickable, and they'll get you to the related top 10 listings for up to seven different budgets.

Price*
vs.
Device iPhone XR iPhone X
Release Date 2018, October 2017, October -1y.
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?

Performance-wise, Geekbench 5 scores the iPhone XR 9% ahead in the multi-core ranking. All in all, there's not much of a difference between the two.

Are you looking for the quickest phone around? The iPhone XR is clearly above the average by comparing it with other smartphones from this price range. While they got a score of about 2008, it has 2575. That puts it 28% above them.

Regarding their chipset, while the Apple iPhone X comes with the Apple A11 SoC, the Apple iPhone XR has the Apple A12 SoC.

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

The iPhone XR brings the iOS 12 OS from the factory, and the iPhone X got the iOS 11.

Performance*
vs.
Features iPhone XR iPhone X
SoC Apple A12 Apple A11
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 2575
2372
-203
OS iOS 12 iOS 11
Tek-Score
6.3
6.0
-0.3

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Apple iPhone XR front transparent png Apple iPhone X front transparent png

The iPhone X is the winner here, and that's as clear as glass.

The iPhone X features a 5.8" AMOLED display, while the iPhone XR has a larger 6.1" LCD 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.

If you're trying to keep your phone's display small, stop searching, and just pick the iPhone X. At least it's short when compared to the average phone for its price range.

The display of the iPhone X has a resolution of 1125x2436 Full HD. The iPhone XR, in its turn, has 828x1792 HD.

One peculiarity that the iPhone XR has over almost all of its competitors: Its display has a low pixel density.

It's better to be safe than sorry, so let's get the elephant out of the room. Both have a Corning toughened glass display.

Unfortunately, none of them support the Always-On display feature.

If you're looking for the brightest display, the iPhone XR can do 660 nits, but the iPhone X can go up to 66 nits above that.

The iPhone X is capable of displaying HDR10 shootings.

If you're leaning towards the iPhone XR, you should know that 89% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen, and 79% have an Always-On display. On the other hand, only 11% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate, and only 21% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

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

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features iPhone XR iPhone X
Size 6.1
5.8
-0.3
Screen Type LCD AMOLED
Resolution (px) 828x1792
1125x2436
1256724
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 323.61
462.63
139.01
Always-On-Display No No
Notch Wedge Wedge
Peak Brightness 660 nits
726 nits
66
HDR - HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
1.2
3.1
1.9
Protection Corning toughened glass Corning toughened glass
Tek-Score
5.2
5.9
0.7

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Apple iPhone XR back transparent png Apple iPhone X back transparent png

Looking at DXOMARK's ranking, one can conclude that the iPhone X is approximately 36% above other competitors from its price range. But between these two, it doesn't matter.

Flip the phones over, let's start the cameras' battle. Together, a 12 Megapixels sensor, an aperture of f/1.8, a 26mm wide-angle lens, four flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization makes up the iPhone XR camera set. Adding to that, you'll still get the ability to 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.

This camera came out of DXOMARK's labs with a score of 112. By including its digital zoom abilities, that will go up to 116**. You can check their review if you click here.

Last (but not least), 93% of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

On the back of the Apple iPhone X is a 12 Megapixels (f/1.8) camera and a 28mm 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. Besides its primary camera, the iPhone X also features a 12 Megapixels f/2.4 plus a 52mm telephoto lens.

The front-facing camera features the same 7 MP shooter with the same aperture of f/2.2 and the same 32 mm lens.

The guys over at the DXOMARK labs scored this camera with 109 points. By considering its telephoto lens, this score goes up to 117** points. You can click here to check it out.

Winding it up, 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. Additionally, only 16% of them feature a macro lens.

The iPhone X has one significant benefit over the iPhone XR in that it includes a telephoto lens with an optical zoom of about 2x. As soon as you get used to it, you'll know what I mean.

**You should give this score a margin of error of up to 6 points, especially for cameras with no zoom and with less than 40MP. They moved to a new camera test protocol, and I only have few reviewed devices to deduce a compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera iPhone XR iPhone X
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.8
1.8
0.0
Lens 26mm
28mm
2
Lens Type Wide-Angle Regular
Flash 4 4 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 116
117
1

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone XR iPhone X vs.
Megapixels - 12
Aperture - 2.4
Lens - 52mm (2x zoom)
Lens Type - Telephoto lens
Score 4 8 4
Selfie Camera iPhone XR iPhone X vs.
Megapixels 7
7
0
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 32mm 32mm 0
iPhone XR iPhone X vs.
Tek-Score
6.8
6.9
0.1

Who has the best frame?

The iPhone X does stand out because of its weight. But that doesn't make the iPhone XR that much worse.

The iPhone XR is 5.91 inches (150 mm) tall and 2.96 inches (75 mm) long. Apple's iPhone X is a bit smaller, precisely 7 mm (0.28 inches), and a bit narrower too, about 5 mm (0.20 inches).

When it comes to thickness, they're almost equal: 8 mm (0.32 inches) vs. 7 mm (0.28 inches). In addition to that, the iPhone X is (about 12%) also smaller than other devices at about this price level.

A front and back glass body does make these phones look premium on your hands. The iPhone X weighs 174 g. (6.14 oz), while the other is 20 g. (0.71 oz) heavier. If you want a big screen in a lightweight phone, the iPhone XR has a "weight to screen size" score of 3.3, and that's another way of saying it's kind of weighty for its screen size. The iPhone X, on the other hand, has 4.5, so nothing to state here.

You'll also get some color options here. The Apple iPhone X comes in Space Gray and Silver. The Apple iPhone XR, in its turn, comes in Black, Yellow, Red, White, Coral, and Blue.

If you like to keep your phones small, consider getting the Apple iPhone X. Otherwise, the other is the one.

Is the lack of a fingerprint scanner a deal-breaker to you? You're out of luck. None of them have one.

Although a pin isn't the only login option in both of them. Usually, logging in with a fingerprint scanner is faster, but at least you'll get a Face ID scanner.

You can drop the iPhone XR into the water, up to 1 meter deep, just like the iPhone X. That shouldn't last over half an hour, and it's standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.

Looks*
vs.
Body iPhone XR iPhone X
Size 150 x 75 x 8 mm
(5.29 x 2.65 x 0.28 in)
143 x 70 x 7 mm
(5.04 x 2.47 x 0.25 in)
-19930
Weight 194 g. (6.84 oz)
174 g. (6.14 oz)
-20
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Black, Yellow, Red, White, Coral, and Blue Space Gray and Silver
Screen To Body Ratio 81.25%
82.53%
1.28
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.3 4.5 1.2
Looks 8.6/10
8.1/10
-0.5
Waterproof IP67 IP67
Biometrics Face ID Face ID
Tek-Score
5.6
6.3
0.6

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

Which has the best battery?

The iPhone XR features a 2942 mAh battery, while the iPhone X has 2716 mAh. And as reported by GSMArena, the winner is the iPhone XR.

If you charge it up, this is what you'll find out about the iPhone XR:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 78% of the battery remaining.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, this phone should end up with 62%.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 64% left for the rest of the day.

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

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 76% 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 probably have 54% left for the rest of the day.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 60% left for the rest of the day.

This is one of the iPhone X's worse features. Way worse than the average in this price range. These tests show that it lasts up to 13% less.

Want fast charging? They can both go up to 15w/hour.

They all include wireless charging, and they charge at 5w. That's nice.

Battery*
vs.
Features iPhone XR iPhone X
Capacity (mAh) 2942 2716 -226
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 78% left
76% left
-2
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 62% left
54% left
-8
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 64% left
60% left
-4
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.0 6.3 2.3
Sub Tek-Score
6.8
6.3
-0.5
Fast Charging 15w
15w
0
Wireless Charging 5w
5w
0
Tek-Score
6.0
5.7
-0.3

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

It's a tie.

Apple put 3GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage on the iPhone XR. There's no extra storage here. It may not be a deal-breaker, but it sure is something to keep in mind. I should also mention that most rivals have more storage and more RAM. They average at 6GB of RAM and 107Gb of storage.

In its turn, the iPhone X features 64GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. You'll also have a problem if you want to add storage later. This may not be enough for serious smartphone users. Again, you can get the majority of its rivals with more RAM and more storage. 8Gb of RAM and 148Gb 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 alone won't get you there.

Storage*
vs.
Features iPhone XR iPhone X
RAM (GB) 3GB
3GB
0
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?

These two do look alike sometimes.

Both phones have Bluetooth 5.0, so nothing special here. Both phones also have NFC, so nothing special here.

If you love good-old wired headphones, you're out of luck because none of them included a 3.5mm headphone jack. You may go for an adapter as a last resort, but it really isn't the same.

You can find these two in the LTE variant. Do you want 5G on your next phone? Then, you should check other phones like the iPhone 12.

Connectivity
vs.
Features iPhone XR iPhone X
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
3.6
3.6
0.0

Which is more affordable?

The Apple iPhone XR may not be the cheapest phone, but it's cheaper nonetheless. But with a great deal or a price drop, it can be an impressive finding. Promotions aside, the iPhone X 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 the best deals on some major online stores:

Apple iPhone XR

Reference: $392

Apple iPhone XR

Apple iPhone X

Reference: $579

Apple iPhone X

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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 XR iPhone X VS
Amazon 1.58 - -
eBay 1.10 0.68 -0.42
Best Buy - - -
Walmart 1.19 - -

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So, what about that global score? We'll get there. Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. They usually sit close to 6.0 (for the iPhone XR) and 6.8 (for the iPhone X).

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

Now I know why you're indecisive about these two, but I hope you've set your preference already.

You shouldn't go for the XR based on performance alone, because it isn't that superior, nor its screen or its cameras. You should consider it only if you really value its battery life. Aside from that, and because of its cost, I believe the X is a better choice.

Pros iPhone XR iPhone X
#1 Performance AMOLED
#2 Cameras Cameras
#3 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#4 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#5 Glass Protection Glass Protection
Cons iPhone XR iPhone X
#1 Screen Resolution Always-On-Display
#2 AMOLED MicroSD Slot
#3 Always-On-Display 3.5mm Jack
#4 MicroSD Slot Price
#5 Weight
#6 3.5mm Jack
#7 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score iPhone XR iPhone X
Gaming Score
3.8
5.6
1.8
Tek-Score
5.37
5.40
0.03
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 XR 
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
    $280
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
    $290
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $327
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $327
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
    $294
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $340
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $399
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • RealmerivalXT
    $290
  • OnePlusrival6T
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
    $307
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
    $285
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $365
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A51
    $280
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
    $289
  • HuaweirivalP40 Lite
    $298
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $369
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
    $289
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349

 Apple iPhone X 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $569
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $479
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $478
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $614
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $614
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $540
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $598
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $478
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $634
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $669
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $539
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8
    $630
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $509
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $514
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $565
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $479
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $500
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $599
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
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Battery results

The battery score is based on Gsmarena's endurance rating and is taken with a screen brightness of 200 nits and a refresh rate of 60hz.

Assumptions: The display is off during a call, there's a web page refresh every 10 seconds, and the video playback is in Airplane mode.

You can click here for more information 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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