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Apple iPhone XS Max vs 11 in 2021: Which Apple Will You Pick?




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Apple iPhone XS Max, Apple iPhone 11

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Luis Silva (March 2020, updated: February 2021)

Introduction

Apple introduced its iPhone 11 model in September of 2019. Meanwhile, Apple's iPhone XS Max started to sell one year sooner.

We are looking at how the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone 11 compare to each other to help you decide which might be the right one for you.

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




Bottom Line

What is the difference between the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone 11?

The price of the iPhone 11 isn't that much higher, but considering its features, it is the best option.

It comes with better performance (+25%) and better battery life.

What else sets them apart?

The iPhone XS Max will give you an AMOLED, larger (+0.4") display, and a telephoto lens (+39 mm).


How much more will the iPhone 11 cost me?

If you're going off-contract, it should be about $50 more expensive.


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

Yes, for sure. Just take a look at its performance, and you'll see.


Is the iPhone 11 still worth getting in 2021?

Go for it. It's currently one of the best in the market.



The Apple iPhone 11 and the Apple iPhone XS Max are comparable in price. Still, you'll find the iPhone XS Max cheaper most of the time. That is something worth considering when comparing them.

While scrolling down, you'll see a "Tek-Score" for each phone in every section. All the specifications were examined to allow you a faster discerning of the variation between the phones. You'll also have a global comparison rate if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

Our Tek-Score is based on a study done by Globalwebindex.com on what features users value on new smartphones.

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

There's a colored progress bar next to some items. That's so you can see how they rival its direct competitors.

By clicking here: you'll see which ones we've analyzed, but we only include smartphones with price tags from -20% to +20%.

Some items are clickable, and they'll get you to our corresponding eight top 10 listings for every budget.


Price* vs.
Device iPhone XS Max iPhone 11
Release Date 2018, September 2019, September 1y.
OS Updates 6 years 6 years 0y.
Security Updates 6 years 6 years 0y.

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


Performance

The Apple iPhone 11 is available with the Apple A13 processor, while the Apple iPhone XS Max brings the Apple A12 processor.

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

When it comes to the performance, Geekbench 5 rates the iPhone 11 25% ahead of its sibling on the multi-core rankings. On a day-to-day basis, it won't be that noticeable.

By the way, you can define the iPhone 11 as high-end.

At least you'll get the iOS 12 on the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone 11 has iOS 13 at its core.


Performance* vs.
Features iPhone XS Max iPhone 11
SoC Apple A12 Apple A13
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 2655
3328
673
OS iOS 12 iOS 13
Tek-Score
6.4
7.5
1.1

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.


Display

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

Would you prefer the 6.1" LCD display of the iPhone 11 or the larger 6.5" AMOLED panel of the iPhone XS Max? You'll likely have set your preferences already on the display type and size. Do you favor AMOLED screens?

The display of the iPhone XS Max has a resolution of 1242x2688 Full HD. The iPhone 11, in its turn, has 828x1792 HD.

The iPhone 11 also falls behind the rest of its class: Its pixel density evens out at 31% below the rest.

No one likes to look at a shattered screen, so I have to put this out: Both are shielded with a Corning toughened glass.

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

If you're looking for the brightest display, the iPhone XS Max can go up to 530 nits, while the iPhone 11 can do 114 nits above that.

Related priced rivals rarely stay far from 758 nits, but the iPhone XS Max can only do 30% below that.

Your next device must go over 500 nits, or else it can't do true HDR, nor is that great on a sunny day. About HDR content: The iPhone XS Max is capable of displaying HDR10 media.

Bearing in mind the iPhone XS Max, just know that 89% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all of them have an AMOLED screen, and 93% have an Always-On display.

For the iPhone 11, as a reference, 89% of its rivals can play HDR content, 96% have an AMOLED screen, and 93% of them have an Always-On display.


Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features iPhone XS Max iPhone 11
Size 6.5
6.1
-0.4
Screen Type AMOLED LCD
Resolution (px) 1242x2688
828x1792
-1854720
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 455.55
323.61
-131.93
Always-On-Display No No
Notch Wedge Wedge
Peak Brightness 530 nits
644 nits
114
HDR HDR10 -
Sub Tek-Score
2.7
1.2
-1.6
Protection Corning toughened glass Corning toughened glass
Tek-Score
5.8
5.2
-0.6

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.


Cameras

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

Things are different when it comes to lenses. Apple's iPhone XS Max 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 iPhone XS Max also packs a secondary camera with 12 MP and an f/2.4 aperture 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 gave this shooter a rate of 118. And if you take into account its telephoto lens, that will go up to 126**. If you click here, you can check what they think of it.

To put things in perspective: keep in mind that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. However, only 11% of them feature a macro lens.

There's nothing to compare here. You'll soon find out that both the iPhone 11 and the iPhone XS Max have the same 12 MP camera. In addition to its primary sensor, you'll also get a 12 MP camera with an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

The selfie camera has 12 MP, an f/2.2 aperture, and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

DxOMark has rated this camera with a score of 132. And if we consider its wide-angle lens, we'll get to the final rate of 138** points. If you want to know more about every tidbit, click here.

Finally, just so you know, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Moreover, only 19% of them feature a macro lens.

Looking at DxO's ranking, one can conclude that the iPhone 11 is approximately 50% above its adversaries for the same budget. And it should be your option today.

We can classify the iPhone 11 as a high-end.

The iPhone XS Max has one significant benefit over the iPhone 11 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 just revised their formula, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.


Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera iPhone XS Max iPhone 11
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
138
12

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone XS Max iPhone 11 vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 2.4
2.4
0.0
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
13mm -39
Lens Type Telephoto lens Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 8 6 -2

Selfie Camera iPhone XS Max iPhone 11 vs.
Megapixels 7
12
5
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 32mm 23mm -9

iPhone XS Max iPhone 11 vs.
Tek-Score
7.4
8.1
0.7

Body

The iPhone XS Max is 6.19 inches (157 mm) tall and 3.03 inches (77 mm) long. Apple's iPhone 11 is a bit smaller, precisely 7 mm (0.28 inches), and a bit narrower too, about 2 mm (0.08 inches).

They have about the same depth: 7 mm (0.28 inches) vs. 8 mm (0.32 inches).

A front and back glass body does make these phones look premium on your hands. The iPhone 11 weighs 194 g. (6.84 oz), while the other is 14 g. (0.49 oz) heavier. If you're looking for a lightweight device, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The iPhone XS Max got 3.2, which implies it's kind of weighty for a 6.5 inches display. The iPhone 11, on the other hand, has 3.3, which suggests it's considerably hefty too.

We do like having some color options. You get Space Gray, Gold, and Silver in the iPhone XS Max. But you can get Black, Yellow, Green, White, Red, and Purple with the iPhone 11.

If you favor big phones, you should pick the Apple iPhone XS Max. Otherwise, the other one may not make a difference either.

Is the lack of a fingerprint scanner a deal-breaker to you? You won't find them here.

You'll still have Face ID on both of them. At least Apple opted for the Face ID sensor instead.

The iPhone XS Max is resistant to water up to 1 to 3 meters, much like the iPhone 11. It should be for less than 30 minutes, in standby mode, so no underwater photos.


Looks* vs.
Body iPhone XS Max iPhone 11
Size 157 x 77 x 7 mm
(5.54 x 2.72 x 0.25 in)
150 x 75 x 8 mm
(5.29 x 2.65 x 0.28 in)
5377
Weight 208 g. (7.34 oz)
194 g. (6.84 oz)
-14
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Space Gray, Gold, and Silver Black, Yellow, Green, White, Red, and Purple
Screen To Body Ratio 85.85%
81.25%
-4.60
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.2 3.3 0.1
Looks 8.9/10
8.6/10
-0.2
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Face ID
Tek-Score
6.7
7.1
0.4

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

Battery

At first glance, they seem to have about the same battery life: about 3174 mAh. But what does everyday usage have to say about that? If you do a full charge and run these tests, that's how the iPhone XS Max performs:

  • After 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.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, the battery charge will be about 60%.
  • 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 these are the results for the iPhone 11:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you should have 83% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 71% left.
  • After 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.

And the winner is... the iPhone 11.

Battery life on the iPhone XS Max isn't anything to write home about. Apple didn't try that hard here, judging by other similarly sized devices. By doing some math, it got a "battery to physical size" rate of 2.1.

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

It's good to know that both iPhones support wireless charging at up to 5w.


Battery* vs.
Features iPhone XS Max iPhone 11
Capacity (mAh) 3174 3110 -64
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 78% left
83% left
5
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 60% left
71% left
11
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 64% left
73% left
9
Bat. To Phone Size Score 2.1 5.6 3.5
Sub Tek-Score
6.7
7.6
0.8
Fast Charging 15w
18w
3
Wireless Charging 5w
5w
0
Tek-Score
6.0
6.7
0.7

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.


Storage

Apple put 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage on the iPhone XS Max. There's no extra storage here. It isn't a red flag for most people, but it's not your best option. Be aware that at this price segment, others have more RAM and more storage. They average at 8GB of RAM and 152Gb of storage.

In its turn, the iPhone 11 also has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of integrated storage. There's also no extra storage here. This may not be enough for serious smartphone users. Again, chances are that you'll have more RAM and more storage from almost all of their competitors. 8Gb for RAM and 154Gb for storage, on average.

Storage shouldn't be an issue on any of these phones. However, if you love to store 4k videos, you'll find out that 64 GB won't be enough for you.


Storage* vs.
Features iPhone XS Max iPhone 11
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).


Connectivity

When it comes to connectivity, both iPhones have Bluetooth 5.0. 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. Want a piece of advice? Forget about adapters and go for the wireless buds.

Both have a single network variant: LTE. Is 4G good enough for you? If you want 5G, you should also check the iPhone 12.


Connectivity vs.
Features iPhone XS Max iPhone 11
Network LTE LTE
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 XS Max 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. It currently also is 4% more expensive compared to its rivals. They're in the neighborhood of $596. If you're going for the iPhone 11, you'll end up paying a bit more, but that's probably something you already knew.

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:


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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 XS Max iPhone 11 VS
Amazon 1.26 ! - ! -
eBay 0.91 - -
Best Buy - - -
Wallmart - ! 0.53 -

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

Want to know about that global rate? Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. They're around 6.9 for these two.


Verdict: What Makes the Apple iPhone 11 Stand Out?

If it wasn't for the older A12 processor, the iPhone XS Max could be the perfect iPhone for those who love big and beautiful screens. Don't get me wrong, the A12 still is one of the top 5 performers, even including Android phones, but the iPhone 11 takes it to the next level. The XS Max also has inferior battery life. It's not that bad, but again, the iPhone 11 is considerably better.


Pros iPhone XS Max iPhone 11
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED Cameras
#3 Cameras Battery Life
#4 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#5 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#6 Glass Protection Glass Protection

Cons iPhone XS Max iPhone 11
#1 Always-On-Display Screen Resolution
#2 MicroSD Slot AMOLED
#3 Weight Always-On-Display
#4 3.5mm Jack MicroSD Slot
#5 Price Weight
#6 3.5mm Jack
#7 Price

Relative Score* vs.
Global Score iPhone XS Max iPhone 11
Gaming Score
5.6
4.2
-1.4
Tek-Score
5.66
6.04
0.38

*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 XS Max 
  • Sony


    Xperia 1
    $688

  • Sony


    Xperia 5
    $699

  • Apple


    iPhone X
    $562

  • Apple


    iPhone 11
    $578

  • Apple


    iPhone 11 Pro Max
    $580

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 10
    $547

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Plus
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ EX
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 EX
    $684

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 SD
    $649

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20+ SD
    $649

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 SD
    $499

  • OnePlus


    7T Pro
    $549

  • Huawei


    P30 Pro
    $598

  • Google


    Pixel 4 XL
    $609

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20
    $697

  • Huawei


    Mate 20 Pro
    $550

  • Huawei


    P40
    $666

  • OnePlus


    8 Pro
    $599

  • OnePlus


    8
    $630

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10 Pro
    $600

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE
    $540

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE 4G
    $549

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE 5G
    $540

  • Oppo


    Find X2 Neo
    $593

  • Google


    Pixel 5
    $548

  • Apple


    iPhone 12 Mini
    $739

  • OnePlus


    8T
    $599

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10
    $529

  • Oppo


    Reno4 Pro
    $594

 Apple iPhone 11 
  • Sony


    Xperia 1
    $688

  • Apple


    iPhone X
    $562

  • Apple


    iPhone XS Max
    $620

  • Apple


    iPhone 11 Pro Max
    $580

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 10
    $547

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Plus
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ EX
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ SD
    $493

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 EX
    $684

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 SD
    $649

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20+ SD
    $649

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 SD
    $499

  • OnePlus


    7T Pro
    $549

  • Huawei


    P30 Pro
    $598

  • Google


    Pixel 4 XL
    $609

  • Huawei


    Mate 20 Pro
    $550

  • Huawei


    P40
    $666

  • OnePlus


    8 Pro
    $599

  • OnePlus


    8
    $630

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Lite
    $470

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10 Pro
    $600

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE
    $540

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE 4G
    $549

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE 5G
    $540

  • Oppo


    Find X2 Neo
    $593

  • Google


    Pixel 5
    $548

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10T Pro
    $480

  • OnePlus


    8T
    $599

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10
    $529

  • Oppo


    Reno4 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.

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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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