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Apple iPhone XS Max vs 12 Pro Max: Is It Upgrading Time?

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

The iPhone 12 Pro Max comes at a higher price, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

It has better performance (+60%), a better display, better cameras, better battery life, and more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB).

Anything else?

The iPhone 12 Pro Max also comes with a larger (+0.2") display, better peak brightness, faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w), and more RAM (6GB vs. 4GB).

How much more will those additional features cost me?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, it should be about $530 more expensive.

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. You can also consider other devices like the iPhone 12, as it has better performance, better cameras, more security updates, and faster charging.

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

For a phone introduced in 2020, the iPhone 12 Pro Max still has good performance, a good camera, and excellent glass protection. It still makes sense in 2021, it doesn't mean you can't take a quick peek at the iPhone 12 Pro, though.

Keep reading for answers to all your questions about their differences, how they stack up against their rivals, and how the tech experts evaluate their specs.

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If you have the chance, should you upgrade? Or is the iPhone XS Max good-enough?

That's what we're about to find, so let's go.

In November of 2020, Apple launched its iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPhone XS Max, however, has seen the light of day in September of 2018.

Here you can look at the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone 12 Pro Max, compare each other's features, and decide which one is best for you. Let us delve into the finer details.

You'll rarely (if ever) find these two with the same price tag. Keep this in mind when comparing both iPhones.

Look out for a "Tek-Score" in every section of this article. We even assessed the worth of all specifications to make it easier for you to perceive the difference between them. You'll also have a global comparison score if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

The weight of each section

Our Tek-Score is based on a study done by Globalwebindex.com on what buyers are looking for when purchasing a smartphone. But you can customize how each section contributes to the global score according to your personal preferences. You can skip to the end, but I encourage you to keep reading.

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

Some features are underlined with a red or green progress bar. It's for you to know how well 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 features are also shortcuts to the top 10 phones for that feature for any budget.

Device iPhone XS Max iPhone 12 Pro Max
Release Date 2018, September 2020, November 2y.
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 12 Pro Max 60% ahead in the multi-core ranking. This should be a no-brainer here.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is also a top performer against similarly priced phones. The average score is 3192, but it got 4240.

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

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

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

The iPhone XS Max carries out iOS 12 OS, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max has iOS 14.1 at its core.

Features iPhone XS Max iPhone 12 Pro Max
SoC Apple A12 Apple A14
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 2655
OS iOS 12 iOS 14.1

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

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

The iPhone 12 Pro Max has the best screen, but that isn't something to worry about.

While the iPhone 12 Pro Max got a 6.7-inch AMOLED display, the iPhone XS Max got a smaller AMOLED display with 6.5-inches. There's no general contest here as each user has his personal preferences. 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 Max is a winner here.

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

Unfortunately, none of them have an Always-On display.

If you set your brightness to auto, the iPhone XS Max can do 530 nits, but the iPhone 12 Pro Max can go up to 292 nits above that.

Usually, devices in this price range only do around 729 nits, but there's a 199 nits gap below that for the iPhone XS Max.

If your next device can't do at least 450 nits, it will disappoint you when in direct sunlight or displaying HDR content. Now about the HDR feature: These two can play HDR10-compatible media.

About the iPhone XS Max, you should know that 89% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 94% have an Always-On display.

Considering the iPhone 12 Pro Max, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 89% offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate, have an Always-On display, and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)*
Features iPhone XS Max iPhone 12 Pro Max
Size 6.5
Resolution (px) 1242x2688
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 455.55
Always-On-Display No No
Notch Wedge Wedge
Peak Brightness 530 nits
822 nits
Sub Tek-Score
Protection Corning toughened glass Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

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

By DXOMARK's standards, the iPhone XS Max is also roughly 32 points above other cameras for the same budget. Although as of now, it isn't good enough.

Let's delve into their cameras. 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.

The iPhone XS Max also packs a secondary camera with 12 Megapixels which has an f/2.4 aperture, plus a 52mm telephoto lens.

There's also a 7 MP selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 32 mm lens.

DXOMARK reviewed this camera and gave it 118 points. Then, if you consider its telephoto lens, it'll get 126** points. For a thorough review, click here.

To put things in perspective: you'd probably like to know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. On the other hand, only 11% of them feature a macro lens.

The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, in its turn, features a 12 Megapixels camera with an f/1.6 aperture and a 26mm, wide-angle lens. Then it has two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It records videos at up to 2160p. It also has a secondary 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.2 plus a 65mm telephoto lens and an extra 12 Megapixels (f/2.4) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

You can get selfies with 12 MP Megapixels. It has a lens with f/2.2 of aperture and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

The guys over at the DXOMARK labs scored this camera with 138 points. By adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we'll get to the final score of 150 points. If you want to know more about every tidbit, check it here.

Winding it up, if you must know, just like the other device, 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. Still, none of them feature a macro lens.

We can classify the iPhone 12 Pro Max as a high-end.

The one thing I love about these cameras is their telephoto zoom of about 2x. As soon as you get used to it, you'll know what I mean.

Just in case it's a deciding factor, the iPhone 12 Pro Max zoom lens is 60mm below what you'll commonly find on similarly priced devices.

**This score still needs improvement, at least for phones with no zoom and up to 35 to 40MP. They moved to a new camera test protocol, and I only have few reviewed devices to deduce a compatible score.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera iPhone XS Max iPhone 12 Pro Max
Megapixels 12
Aperture 1.8
Lens 26mm
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 4 2 -2
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 126

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone XS Max iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 12
Aperture 2.4
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
65mm (2.5x zoom)
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels - 12
Aperture - 2.4
Lens - 13mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 8 12 4
Selfie Camera iPhone XS Max iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 7
Aperture 2.2
Lens 32mm 23mm -9
iPhone XS Max iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.

Who has the best frame?

They're not that far apart, so you can't go wrong here.

The iPhone XS Max has a height of 157 mm (6.19 inches) and a width of 77 mm (3.03 inches). The iPhone 12 Pro Max, on the other hand, is 3 mm taller and 1 mm wider (about 0.12 inches by 0.04 inches).

Both have about the same thickness: 7 mm (0.28 inches).

All of that goodness is presented in a sleek glass body. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is 20 g. (0.79 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. Having said that, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has 2.1, which indicates it's oddly heavy.

You can purchase the Apple iPhone XS Max in Space Gray, Gold, and Silver. And you can pick the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max in Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue.

Both feature the same size, so I hope you like 6.5/6.7" phones.

What about a fingerprint scanner? You're out of luck. None of them have one.

You can still use biometrics to log in on both of them. Some say Face ID isn't as secure, but it's there for you.

The iPhone XS Max is resistant to water up to 1 to 3 meters, just like the iPhone 12 Pro Max. It should be for less than 30 minutes, and it's freshwater in standby mode only.

Body iPhone XS Max iPhone 12 Pro Max
Size 157 x 77 x 7 mm
(5.54 x 2.72 x 0.25 in)
160 x 78 x 7 mm
(5.64 x 2.75 x 0.25 in)
Weight 208 g. (7.34 oz)
228 g. (8.04 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Space Gray, Gold, and Silver Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 85.85%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.2 2.1 -1.1
Looks 8.9/10
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Face ID

*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 12 Pro Max features 3687 mAh. And by GSMArena's standards, the latter is the winner here.

If you do a full charge, this is how the iPhone XS Max comes out of it:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 78% of the battery charge.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, the battery charge will be about 60%.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 64% of the battery charge.

And these are iPhone 12 Pro Max's patterns:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll be at 82% of the battery charge.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 67% 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 69% left for the rest of the day.

Alright, that's not a reason to make the iPhone XS Max shine. Apple didn't care that much about it. By doing some math, it got a "battery to physical size" rate of 2.1.

The iPhone XS Max features quick charging at up to 15w, but the iPhone 12 Pro Max does it too, at 20w.

There's also wireless charging (5w vs. 15w) in both of them. Cool. Apple brought MagSafe from their Macbooks so you can effortlessly charge the new iPhones. That's great, but it's yet another proprietary solution.

Features iPhone XS Max iPhone 12 Pro Max
Capacity (mAh) 3174 3687 513
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 78% left
82% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 60% left
67% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 64% left
69% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 2.1 2.6 0.5
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 15w
Wireless Charging 5w

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The iPhone 12 Pro Max, for sure.

The iPhone XS Max has 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. Unfortunately, Apple didn't include a MicroSD slot. It may not be a deal-breaker, but it sure is something to keep in mind. Also, similarly priced adversaries usually deliver more RAM and more storage. They average at 8GB of RAM and 142Gb of storage.

In its turn, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of integrated storage. You'll also have a problem if you want to add storage later, but you'll have plenty of room for your files. Again, you'll most likely get more storage and more RAM on most of its rivals. 10Gb/199Gb. That's the average.

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 will be a problem sooner than later.

Features iPhone XS Max iPhone 12 Pro Max
Internal (GB) 64GB
Micro SD No No

*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is your better option, as it features 5G.

Both devices feature the standard Bluetooth 5.0 module. You can also find NFC on both of them.

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

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

Features iPhone XS Max iPhone 12 Pro Max
Network LTE 5G
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No

Which is more affordable?

The Apple iPhone XS Max isn't the cheapest smartphone that you can buy. But with a great deal or a price drop, it can be an impressive finding. On the other hand, you'll likely find the iPhone 12 Pro Max at a higher price range, but I think that you can find some additional value in it.

I hope the following tables will help you make a wiser decision.

You're not looking to purchase the older model, are you?

Here are the best deals on some major online stores:

Apple iPhone XS Max

Reference: $650

Apple iPhone XS Max

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

Reference: $1,180

Apple iPhone 12 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 12 Pro Max VS
Amazon - ! - ! -
eBay 0.94 0.62 -0.32
Best Buy - 0.67 ! -
Walmart 1.15 ! - -

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 also considering other options? The global score can help. For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. They usually sit close to 6.8 (for the iPhone XS Max) and 7.8 (for the iPhone 12 Pro Max).

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

Clearly, the following pros and cons table doesn't help with these two, but the iPhone 12 Pro Max does stand out. Its sibling is really smooth, but this one does take it to another level. Not only that but also its display is way brighter when in direct sunlight. It has much better cameras, better battery life, and it charges way faster when on wireless chargers.

Apple finally improved internal storage (that now starts at 128GB) and it has the much needed 6GB of RAM for more power users.

Pros iPhone XS Max iPhone 12 Pro Max
#1 Performance Performance
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#5 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#6 Glass Protection Glass Protection
Cons iPhone XS Max iPhone 12 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*
Global Score iPhone XS Max iPhone 12 Pro Max
Gaming Score
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.


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.


"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.


"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.



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
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40
  • OnePlusrival8
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 11

 Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra

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.


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.



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.


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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