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Apple iPhone XS Max vs 11 Pro Max: Which Apple Will You Pick?

author Luis Silva (March 2020 Updated: March 2021)

Apple iPhone XS Max, Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

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Introduction

In September of 2019, Apple started selling its iPhone 11 Pro Max, while Apple's iPhone XS Max hit the stores one year sooner.

With this article, you'll be able to compare every feature of the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Then, you can decide what model better suits your needs. Let's start.

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

Bottom Line

Which is a better smartphone?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max isn't that affordable, but it also is the better device of the two considering their specs.

You'll get better performance (+29%) and better battery life.

Are there other things worth mentioning?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max also gives you better peak brightness.

But how much more will I have to pay for the iPhone 11 Pro Max?

If you're not considering going for a carrier subscription, you're going to shell out an extra amount of about $250.

Is it still worth buying the iPhone XS Max in 2021?

The iPhone XS Max is still a great phone, even in 2021, even more so if you can find it with a great deal. However, you should also consider other phones like the iPhone 12 because it has better performance, better cameras, more security updates, and faster charging.

Is it worth buying the iPhone 11 Pro Max in 2021?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max continues to be a rock-solid smartphone because of its good performance, good camera, and great battery life. It holds up pretty well in 2021, but you'd be better off with the iPhone 12 Pro Max as a daily driver because it has better performance, more storage, more security updates, better optical zoom, and more RAM.

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The price round is no contest. The iPhone XS Max sounds like a bargain compared to the iPhone 11 Pro Max. That's something you should keep in mind when comparing them.

Look out for a "Tek-Score" in every section of this article. For a quicker analysis of how far they are from each other, we'll consider all their specifications. There's also a global rate for you to compare them to other phones if you're interested in other than these two.

The weight of each section

This score is consumer-based from research done by Globalwebindex.com about the most wanted features from people looking to buy new smartphones. But don't let that daunt you. You can set it based on your preferences. You can go there right now 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 to show how they compare with other smartphones with similar prices.

You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, but essentially, we're ignoring smartphones that are more than 20% cheaper or expensive.

Some features are also shortcuts to several top 10 tables for every budget.

Price*
vs.
Device iPhone XS Max iPhone 11 Pro Max
Release Date 2018, September 2019, September 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?

When it comes to the performance, Geekbench 5 rates the iPhone 11 Pro Max 29% ahead of its sibling on the multi-core rankings. The differences are slight but still noteworthy between these two chipsets.

We can label the iPhone 11 Pro Max as high-end.

Apple decided to include the Apple A13 processor on its iPhone 11 Pro Max. In its turn, the Apple iPhone XS Max has the Apple A12 processor.

I could bet that Apple also increased its GPU performance and just kept the same name.

The iPhone XS Max brings the iOS 12 OS from the factory, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max got the iOS 13.

Performance*
vs.
Features iPhone XS Max iPhone 11 Pro Max
SoC Apple A12 Apple A13
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 2655
3435
780
OS iOS 12 iOS 13
Tek-Score
6.4
7.7
1.3

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Apple iPhone XS Max front transparent png Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max front transparent png

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is the title-holder here, but this is pretty much a tie.

Both feature the same AMOLED 6.5" display size. Which one would you choose? Most people seem to prefer AMOLED for its saturated colors and higher contrast.

They also draw at the number of pixels: 1242x2688 Full HD for both iPhones.

Just a small drop may shatter your phone, so I have to put this out: Both are shielded with a Corning toughened glass.

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

If you're looking for the brightest display, the iPhone XS Max will reach 530 nits, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max does 811 nits.

Usually, devices in this price range max at 732 nits, but the iPhone XS Max can only go 202 nits below that.

If a device can't go over 500 nits, it will disappoint you when in direct sunlight or displaying HDR content. Relating to HDR: Both phones support HDR10 video formats.

About the iPhone XS Max, 87% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and all of them have an AMOLED screen.

Compared to the iPhone 11 Pro Max, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, 81% offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better, and 88% of them have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features iPhone XS Max iPhone 11 Pro Max
Size 6.5
6.5
0.0
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1242x2688
1242x2688
0
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 455.55
455.55
0.00
Always-On-Display No No
Notch Wedge Wedge
Peak Brightness 530 nits
811 nits
281
HDR HDR10 HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
2.7
3.2
0.5
Protection Corning toughened glass Corning toughened glass
Tek-Score
5.8
5.9
0.2

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Apple iPhone XS Max back transparent png Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max back transparent png

By DXOMARK's standards, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is also roughly 14% above other smartphones for the same budget. And I'd willingly pick this over the iPhone XS Max.

Things are different when it comes to lenses. The iPhone XS Max's primary camera has a 12 Megapixels sensor, with an aperture of f/1.8, a 26mm wide-angle lens, four flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. Videos on its shooter have a maximum resolution of 2160p.

It also has another shooter with a 12 Megapixels sensor and an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 52mm telephoto lens.

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

DXOMARK tested this camera and gave it a rate of 118. Then, if you consider its telephoto lens, you'll end up with a score of 126**. If you click here, you can check what they think of it.

To put things in perspective: all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Though only 13% of them feature a macro lens.

One more thing that the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the iPhone XS Max have in common is their 12 Megapixels shooters. It also has a secondary dual-lens camera. One of them features an aperture of f/2.0 plus a 52mm telephoto lens and 12 Megapixels, and the other 12 Megapixels (f/2.4) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

The front-facing camera features a 12 MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

The guys over at the DXOMARK labs rated this camera with 132 points. And by adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we'll get to the final rate of 143 points. You can click here to check it out.

Finally, 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, none of them feature a macro lens.

If you prefer, we can grade the iPhone 11 Pro Max as a high-end.

One could buy any of these phones on the 2x optical zoom alone. It enables you to zoom in on the subject without ruining your photos.

Additionally, the iPhone 11 Pro Max telephoto lens is 67mm lower than the average on similarly priced devices.

**Consider this as an estimative, at least for phones with no zoom and up to 35 to 40MP. They moved to a new camera test protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera iPhone XS Max iPhone 11 Pro Max
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.8
1.8
0.0
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 126
143
17

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone XS Max iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 2.4
2.0
-0.4
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
52mm (2x zoom)
0
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels - 12
Aperture - 2.4
Lens - 13mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 8 11 3
Selfie Camera iPhone XS Max iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 7
12
5
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 32mm 23mm -9
iPhone XS Max iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Tek-Score
7.4
8.4
1.0

Who has the best frame?

They're not that far apart, so just pick one.

While sharing different heights (157 mm / 6.19 inches vs. 158 mm / 6.23 inches), they keep their width at 77 mm (3.03 inches).

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

They both have a beautiful glass body. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is 18 g. (0.71 oz) heavier than the other, weighing about 208 g. (7.34 oz). But because screen size also matters, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The iPhone XS Max got 3.2, and that's another way of saying it's kind of weighty for its screen size. In the meantime, the iPhone 11 Pro Max has 1.7, which indicates it's oddly heavy.

We do like having some color options. You get Space Gray, Gold, and Silver in the iPhone XS Max. But you can get Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green with the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Would you like to have a fingerprint scanner? Too bad, none of them have it.

Although a pin isn't the only login option in both of them. At least, Apple decided to include a Face ID scanner.

You can drop the iPhone XS Max into the water, up to 1 to 3 meters deep, much like the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Remember that it shouldn't be for over half an hour, and it's standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.

Looks*
vs.
Body iPhone XS Max iPhone 11 Pro Max
Size 157 x 77 x 7 mm
(5.54 x 2.72 x 0.25 in)
158 x 77 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.72 x 0.28 in)
12705
Weight 208 g. (7.34 oz)
226 g. (7.97 oz)
18
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Space Gray, Gold, and Silver Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green
Screen To Body Ratio 85.85%
85.31%
-0.54
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.2 1.7 -1.5
Looks 8.9/10
9.6/10
0.7
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Face ID
Tek-Score
6.7
6.4
-0.3

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

Which has the best battery?

At 3174 mAh, the iPhone XS Max is the owner of the smallest battery, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max features 3969 mAh. And according to GSMArena's tests, the latter is the one that stands out.

That's what you can expect from the iPhone XS Max after charging it up:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll end up with 78% of the battery charge.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 60% left for the rest of the day.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, you'll likely end up with 64% of the battery charge.

And this is what you'll get out of the iPhone 11 Pro Max:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 83% of the battery charge.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 69% left.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 73% left for the rest of the day.

Battery life on the iPhone XS Max isn't anything to write home about. Apple should've put a bigger battery and/or energy-efficient hardware on it. That's the conclusion that we take from its "battery to phone size" rate of 2.1.

Fast-charging's here, and both iPhones support it. The iPhone 11 Pro Max can go up to 18w, and the iPhone XS Max up to 15.

If you value wireless charging, they can do 5w.

Battery*
vs.
Features iPhone XS Max iPhone 11 Pro Max
Capacity (mAh) 3174 3969 795
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 78% left
83% left
5
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 60% left
69% left
9
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 64% left
73% left
9
Bat. To Phone Size Score 2.1 3.6 1.5
Sub Tek-Score
6.7
7.5
0.8
Fast Charging 15w
18w
3
Wireless Charging 5w
5w
0
Tek-Score
6.0
6.5
0.6

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

It's a tie.

Apple put 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage on the iPhone XS Max. Memory cards aren't welcome 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're around 8GB of RAM and 136Gb of storage.

In its turn, the iPhone 11 Pro Max also has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of integrated storage. There's also no expandable storage here. You may need a good data plan and some cloud storage. Again, you can get more RAM and more storage from most of its opponents. They'd give you around 160Gb of storage and 10Gb of RAM.

Storage shouldn't be an issue on any of these phones. However, if you can't get enough of the record button, you'll find out that 64 GB won't be enough for you.

Storage*
vs.
Features iPhone XS Max iPhone 11 Pro Max
RAM (GB) 4GB
4GB
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?

They also don't stand out on any of these features.

Bluetooth 5.0 is here, on both of them. You can also find NFC on both of them.

Do you still favor wired headphones? None of them will help you with that. You can buy an adapter, but the wireless buds are your only option.

They both run on LTE networks. If you really want to give 5G a try, you should look at the iPhone 12 Pro Max instead.

Connectivity
vs.
Features iPhone XS Max iPhone 11 Pro Max
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 XS Max isn't the cheapest smartphone that you can buy. But do search for any deals or price drops before making up your mind. If you're going for the iPhone 11 Pro Max, you'll end up paying a bit more, but that's probably something you already knew.

If you still aren't sure about any of them, let's check how much value you can expect.

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

Here are the best deals on some major online stores:

Apple iPhone XS Max

Reference: $650

Apple iPhone XS Max

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Reference: $900

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

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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 XS Max iPhone 11 Pro Max VS
Amazon - ! - ! -
eBay 0.84 0.70 -0.14
Best Buy - - -
Walmart 1.25 ! 0.84 ! -

Also, don't forget to check the latest deals from these four stores, and the state of the art on mobile technology, if you don't want to overpay on your next smartphone.


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Are you curious to know what their global score is? Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. It's 6.9 for the iPhone XS Max and 7.4 for the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Verdict: What Makes the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max Stand Out?

Whether you're considering an upgrade or a more cost-effective smartphone, these two are indeed outstanding devices. The iPhone 11 Pro Max clearly beats the iPhone XS Max on performance. That doesn't mean the later is lazy doing its things. That would be truly unfair to state because if it were an Android phone, it would be on the top 10 list of the fastest phones available, without a doubt.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max camera is also something to write home about. But again, the iPhone XS Max has one of the best cameras around.

They both have stellar battery life, but the iPhone 11 Pro Max clearly wins this battle.

So, where does that leave the iPhone XS Max? That's up to you to conclude. Price-wise, you can get 2 of them for the cost of the other. Can I be more clear?

Just a side-note here: they got a big red flag on their weight: 226 g. (7.34 oz) is too heavy to overlook.

Pros iPhone XS Max iPhone 11 Pro Max
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Fast Charging Battery Life
#5 Wireless Charging Fast Charging
#6 Glass Protection Wireless Charging
#7 Glass Protection
Cons iPhone XS Max iPhone 11 Pro Max
#1 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#2 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#3 Weight Weight
#4 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score iPhone XS Max iPhone 11 Pro Max
Gaming Score
5.6
6.2
0.6
Tek-Score
5.62
6.12
0.50
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 XS Max 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $699
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
    $579
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $578
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $589
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $609
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $609
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $544
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $598
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $643
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $550
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8
    $630
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $750
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $549
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $529
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $599
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $570
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594

 Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $925
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $955
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $799
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $995
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $750
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $950
  • 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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