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Apple iPhone XS vs iPhone 12: What Will The 12 Add?

author Luis Silva (October 2020 Updated: March 2021)

Apple iPhone XS, Apple iPhone 12

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Introduction

Whether you're considering an upgrade or you just want to know what you'll lose by saving a few bucks, buckle up, we're getting started.

Apple launched its iPhone 12 in October of 2020, while Apple's iPhone XS arrived at stores in September of 2018.

We are looking at how the iPhone XS and the iPhone 12 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

Which is better, the iPhone 12 or the iPhone XS?

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

It gives you better performance (+50%), a better display, better battery life, and more OS updates (2 additional years).

Anything else?

The iPhone 12 also has a larger (+0.3") display and faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w). But the iPhone XS adds a telephoto lens (+39 mm).

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're going off-contract, you'll have to invest an additional amount close to $470.

Is the iPhone XS still worth getting in 2021?

The iPhone XS is still one of the best phones you can buy in 2021 (depending on your budget), but given that it's now an older device, you can pick it up even cheaper than it was at launch. That doesn't mean you should ignore other devices like the iPhone 12 Pro since it has better performance, better cameras, better battery life, more storage, more security updates, faster charging, and more RAM.

Is it still worth buying the iPhone 12 in 2021?

The iPhone 12 remains a great smartphone in part thanks to its good performance, good camera, great glass protection, and a below-average weight. It indeed is on the recommended list for 2021, but keep an eye on the iPhone 12 Mini too.

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You'll rarely (if ever) find these two with the same price tag. That is something worth considering when comparing them.

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. You'll find a global score at the end, which can help you compare to other phones 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 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 what you value. You can check it out here or just keep reading.

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

There's a colored progress bar next to some items. It's for you to know how well they fare against other smartphones at the same price range.

Here is their competitors' full list: but basically, we've excluded every smartphone that's not within a 20% (above or below) price range.

Some features are also shortcuts to several top 10 tables for all budgets.

Price*
vs.
Device iPhone XS iPhone 12
Release Date 2018, September 2020, October 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 rates the iPhone 12 50% ahead on the multi-core rankings. That's something you should be aware of if you favor a snappier device.

You can also count on the iPhone 12 to have one of the best performances around for its price range. About 37% above.

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

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

Just because they share their GPU name doesn't mean Apple didn't improve its tech.

The iPhone XS features the iOS 12 OS, and the iPhone 12 got the iOS 14.1.

Performance*
vs.
Features iPhone XS iPhone 12
SoC Apple A12 Apple A14
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 2716
4067
1351
OS iOS 12 iOS 14.1
Tek-Score
6.5
8.8
2.3

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Apple iPhone XS front transparent png Apple iPhone 12 front transparent png

There isn't a winner here, so you have to decide for yourself. But the iPhone 12's glass is more resistant to shatter and scratches.

The iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch AMOLED screen, which is slightly smaller than the iPhone 12's 6.1-inch AMOLED display. You'll likely have set your preferences already on the display type and size. Do you favor AMOLED screens?

If you're trying to keep your phone's display small, there aren't many devices to consider besides the iPhone XS. Most phones from its price range don't even come close.

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

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so it's essential to know what kind of glass protection they have. The iPhone 12 has a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus display. The iPhone XS, in its turn, has a Corning toughened glass.

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

When it comes to outdoor visibility, there isn't that much of a difference here. Both can do around 660 nits.

These two can play HDR10 video formats.

About the iPhone XS, you should know that 96% of its rivals can play HDR content, 91% have an AMOLED screen, and 78% of them have an Always-On display.

Concerning the iPhone 12, just so you know, 94% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and all of them have an AMOLED screen.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features iPhone XS iPhone 12
Size 5.8
6.1
0.3
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1125x2436
1170x2532
221940
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 462.63
457.25
-5.37
Always-On-Display No No
Notch Wedge Wedge
Peak Brightness 660 nits
639 nits
-21
HDR HDR10 HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
3.0
2.9
-0.1
Protection Corning toughened glass Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
5.9
7.5
1.6

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Apple iPhone XS back transparent png Apple iPhone 12 back transparent png

By DXOMARK's standards, the iPhone XS is also roughly 23 points above other cameras with comparable prices. But it isn't the one I'm recommending.

What about its shooters? The iPhone XS's primary camera has a 12 Megapixels sensor, with an aperture of f/1.8, a 26mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, 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.

Its selfie camera features a 7 MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a 32mm lens.

This camera came out of DXOMARK's labs with a score of 118. If you add its telephoto lens, you'll end up with a score of 126**. If you want to know more about it, click here .

Last (but not least), you'd probably like to know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 83% of them feature Optical Image Stabilization. Nevertheless, only 17% of them feature a macro lens.

On the back of the Apple iPhone 12 is a 12 Megapixels (f/1.6) camera and a 26mm wide-angle lens. Then you'll have four flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. It can also record videos at up to 2160p. It also has a secondary 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

On the front, there's an f/2.2 12 MP camera and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 132. And if we consider its wide-angle lens, that score goes up to 139. If you want to know more about every tidbit, check it here.

Last (but not least), all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Moreover, only 6% of them feature a macro lens.

If you're not a numbers person, we can tag the iPhone 12 as a high-end.

What I really like about the iPhone XS is the 2x telephoto lens. It can save lots of otherwise pixelated photos.

**This rate still needs improvement, especially for cameras with no zoom and with less than 40MP. These guys recently updated their test protocol, and they don't have enough reviews for me to refine the pre-update camera rates.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera iPhone XS iPhone 12
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.8
1.6
-0.2
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 4 3
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 126
139
13

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone XS iPhone 12 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 7 -1
Selfie Camera iPhone XS iPhone 12 vs.
Megapixels 7
12
5
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 32mm 23mm -9
iPhone XS iPhone 12 vs.
Tek-Score
7.4
8.2
0.8

Who has the best frame?

I'd go for the iPhone 12 for its weight and number of color options. But I don't see any meaningful winner here.

The iPhone XS has a height of 143 mm (5.63 inches) and a width of 70 mm (2.76 inches). The iPhone 12 is 3 mm taller and 1 mm larger (about 0.12 by 0.04 inches).

Both are 7 mm thicker (about 0.28 inches). You should also know that the iPhone XS is around 11% smaller than the average phone for its price segment.

All of that goodness is presented in a sleek glass body. The iPhone 12 weighs 164 g. (5.78 oz), while the other is 13 g. (0.46 oz) heavier. But because screen size also matters, the "weight to display size" rate of the iPhone XS is 4.2, which means it has an acceptable score for a 5.8 inches screen. The iPhone 12, on the other hand, has 6.9, which is pretty nice.

We do like having some color options. You get Space Gray, Gold, and Silver in the iPhone XS. But you can get Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue with the iPhone 12.

You're out of options in the size domain, so I hope you like 5.8/6.1" phones.

Does a fingerprint scanner matter to you? It seems like they're out of fashion.

You'll still have Face ID on both of them. Wisely, Apple included a Face ID scanner.

The iPhone XS is rated IP68, which means it's water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters, and the same goes for the iPhone 12. But remember: it's for a maximum period of half an hour, in standby mode, so no underwater photos.

Looks*
vs.
Body iPhone XS iPhone 12
Size 143 x 70 x 7 mm
(5.04 x 2.47 x 0.25 in)
146 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.15 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
2492
Weight 177 g. (6.24 oz)
164 g. (5.78 oz)
-13
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Space Gray, Gold, and Silver Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 82.53%
88.18%
5.66
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.2 6.9 2.7
Looks 8.1/10
10.0/10
1.9
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Face ID
Tek-Score
7.6
8.6
0.9

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

Which has the best battery?

The iPhone XS has a 2658 mAh battery, and the iPhone 12 has 2815 mAh. And as reported by GSMArena, the latter is the winner here.

This is what the iPhone XS delivers if you do a complete charge:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 74% 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 still have 54% left for the rest of the day.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 56% left for the rest of the day.

And this is what you'll get out of the iPhone 12:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll end up with 79% of the battery charge.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 64% left for the rest of the day.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll still get 64% to spend doing other things.

The battery life on the iPhone XS is worse than the average in this price range. These numbers show that it is 14% below the rest.

Both phones support fast-charging. You can charge the iPhone XS at a maximum of 15w/hour and the iPhone 12 up to 20w/hour.

There's also wireless charging (5w vs. 15w) in both of them. Cool. On any of the new iPhone 12 siblings, wireless charging is also magnetic. It's useful, but I'd favor a non-proprietary USB-C port.

Battery*
vs.
Features iPhone XS iPhone 12
Capacity (mAh) 2658 2815 157
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 74% left
79% left
5
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 54% left
64% left
10
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 56% left
64% left
8
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.7 6.4 0.7
Sub Tek-Score
6.1
6.9
0.8
Fast Charging 15w
20w
5
Wireless Charging 5w
15w
10
Tek-Score
5.5
6.6
1.1

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

It's a tie.

The iPhone XS has 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. Memory cards aren't welcome 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 deliver more RAM and more storage. They're closer to 114Gb of storage and 7GB of RAM.

The iPhone 12 also offers 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. Unfortunately, it also lacks a MicroSD card slot. I guess that's OK as long as you regularly manage your files. Again, you can get more storage and more RAM on most of its rivals. 9Gb/135Gb. 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, you'll find out that 64 GB won't be enough for you.

Storage*
vs.
Features iPhone XS iPhone 12
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?

You can only get 5G with the iPhone 12.

Both phones have Bluetooth 5.0, so nothing special here. As for the NFC chips, both have them.

About the 3.5mm jack: Now may be the time to consider moving to wireless earbuds. You can try an adapter if you want, but the wireless buds are the way to go here.

The iPhone 12 runs on (LTE and) 5G networks.

Connectivity
vs.
Features iPhone XS iPhone 12
Network LTE 5G
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
3.6
4.6
1.0

Which is more affordable?

The Apple iPhone XS isn't the cheapest smartphone that you can buy. But that depends on the deals that you can find. The Apple iPhone 12, on the other hand, is usually more costly, 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 prices that we've found:

Apple iPhone XS

Reference: $410

Apple iPhone XS

Apple iPhone 12

Reference: $880

Apple iPhone 12

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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 iPhone 12 VS
Amazon 1.39 ! - ! -
eBay 1.38 0.90 -0.47
Best Buy - - -
Walmart 1.61 ! - -

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Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. First, let me mention the average at their price range. They usually sit close to 6.3 (for the iPhone XS) and 7.1 (for the iPhone 12).

Verdict: What Makes the Apple iPhone 12 Stand Out?

Aside from looks, battery life, and performance, the iPhone 12 doesn't add that much on top of the iPhone XS. If you can, or if you're used to upgrading every other year, then go for it. If not, you can wait for another year.

Essentially, you won't get the outdoor visibility, nor the Victus from the iPhone 12, but at least you'll get to keep your telephoto lens. But if you'd prefer an ultra-wide-angle lens, well, you can always upgrade right now.

Pros iPhone XS iPhone 12
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#5 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#6 Glass Protection Glass Protection
Cons iPhone XS iPhone 12
#1 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#2 Battery Life MicroSD Slot
#3 MicroSD Slot 3.5mm Jack
#4 3.5mm Jack Price
#5 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score iPhone XS iPhone 12
Gaming Score
5.7
6.3
0.6
Tek-Score
5.64
6.76
1.12
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 
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $369
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $396
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
    $433
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $379
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $429
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $399
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $479
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $429
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $454
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $369
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $401
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $401
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399

 Apple iPhone 12 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $699
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $650
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $875
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $609
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $609
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $643
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $799
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • OnePlusrival8
    $630
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • 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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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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