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Apple iPhone XS vs Samsung Galaxy S10: Should You Go iOS Or Android?

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Apple iPhone XS, Samsung Galaxy S10

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Luis Silva (April 2020, updated: February 2021)


Does the iPhone XS have any chance against the Mighty Galaxy S10? Let's check that out.

Samsung introduced its Galaxy S10 model in March of 2019. Meanwhile, Apple's iPhone XS started to sell in September of 2018.

We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the iPhone XS and the Galaxy S10.

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

Bottom Line

Which is better, the Galaxy S10 or the iPhone XS?

The Galaxy S10 comes at a higher price, but it also has better specs.

It comes with a better display, better battery life, more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB), and external storage. But the iPhone XS adds better performance (+26%).

What else stands out?

The Galaxy S10 also comes with an Always-On, larger (+0.3") display, faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w), reverse wireless charging, more RAM (8GB vs. 4GB), and a headphone jack. But the iPhone XS also adds a cleaner user interface.

How much more are you willing to spend on the Galaxy S10?

If you're ignoring carrier offers, you'll have to spend approximately $89 more.

Is it worth getting the iPhone XS in 2021?

Yes, of course. Its performance won't disappoint you for sure.

Is the Galaxy S10 still worth buying in 2021?

Yes! It isn't the newest phone out there, but it's good enough, and you'll be saving some bucks too.

You'll never find the Galaxy S10 at the price of the iPhone XS. Keep this in mind when comparing both of 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. There's also a global rate for you to compare them to other phones if you're curious about other models aside from these two.

Our Tek-Score is based on a study done by Globalwebindex.com about the most desired smartphone features by consumers.

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

Some features have a colored bar next to them. That's so you can see how they sit side by side with equivalently priced phones.

By clicking here: you'll see which ones we've analyzed, but we've only included smartphones within a 40% price range.

Some features are also shortcuts to the top 10 phones for that feature for all budgets.

Price* vs.
Device iPhone XS Galaxy S10
Release Date 2018, September 2019, March 1y.
OS Updates 6 years 3 years -3y.
Security Updates 6 years 3 years -3y.

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


Regarding their chipset, while the Samsung Galaxy S10 comes with the Exynos 9820 SoC, the Apple iPhone XS has the Apple A12 SoC.

If you're a gamer, you'll like to know that the former features a Mali-G76 MP12, and the latter has a proprietary Apple GPU.

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android), which measures overall performance, the iPhone XS was, on average, 26% quicker while finishing its tests. If you're a heavy gamer, think about this. If not, then it isn't a big deal. iOS is much lighter than Android because the OS is tailored for its hardware.

We can classify the Galaxy S10 as an upper mid-range.

The iPhone XS brings the iOS 12 OS from the factory, and the Galaxy S10 runs on Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI.

PS: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (with the Adreno 640 GPU) and the Exynos 9820 (with the Mali-G76) are market-dependent. Click here for more info.

There's a performance increase of about 17% on the 855 for the Galaxy S10.

Performance* vs.
Features iPhone XS Galaxy S10
SoC Apple A12 Exynos 9820
Graphics Apple GPU Mali-G76 MP12
Geekbench 5 Score 2716
OS iOS 12 Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.


Apple iPhone XS front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S10 front transparent png

Would you prefer the 6.1" AMOLED display of the Galaxy S10 or the smaller 5.8" AMOLED panel of the iPhone XS? You'll likely have set your preferences already on the display type and size. To me, a 6.3 inches screen is where I draw the line.

If you prefer a smartphone with a small display, don't waste your time searching for other devices, and go for the iPhone XS. Other similarly priced smartphones just aren't that short.

The Galaxy S10 adopts a 1440x3040 Quad HD resolution. The iPhone XS features a more modest resolution of 1125x2436 (Full HD) pixels. If you fancy edge-to-edge displays, the Galaxy S10 isn't perfect, but it's pretty close to that.

The Galaxy S10 also beats almost all of its competitors: Its display density is 109 dots per inch above the usual.

It's better to be safe than sorry, so be aware: The iPhone XS display is protected with a Corning toughened glass. The Galaxy S10 with a Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

The Always-On display on the Samsung Galaxy S10 alone would most likely make me choose it.

If you don't manually set the screen brightness, the iPhone XS can go up to 660 nits, and the Galaxy S10 can top at 820 nits.

The iPhone XS features an HDR10 display, and its competitor can show HDR10+ videos.

If you haven't noticed yet, the Galaxy S10 has a much better display.

Bearing in mind the iPhone XS, you should know that 90% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 75% of them have an Always-On display. But only 20% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate and feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Concerning the Galaxy S10, I should say that 87% of its rivals can play HDR content, 91% have an AMOLED screen, and 83% of them have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features iPhone XS Galaxy S10
Size 5.8
Resolution (px) 1125x2436
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 462.63
Always-On-Display No Yes
Notch Wedge Hole
Peak Brightness 660 nits
820 nits
Sub Tek-Score
Protection Corning toughened glass Corning Gorilla Glass 6

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.


Apple iPhone XS back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S10 back transparent png

Let's delve into their cameras. Apple's iPhone XS features a 12 MP camera with an aperture of f/1.8, a 26mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It can record videos at up to 2160p.

Next to its primary camera, it also has another 12 MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 52mm telephoto lens.

Want to know about its selfie capabilities? It has a 7 MP (f/2.2) shooter and a 32mm lens.

DxOMark tested this camera and gave it a rate of 118. Then, if you consider its telephoto lens, it can go up to 126** points. You can check their review if you click here.

PS: you should know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 80% of them feature Optical Image Stabilization. However, only 25% of them feature a macro lens.

On the back of the Samsung Galaxy S10 is a 12 MP (f/1.5) camera and a 26mm wide-angle lens. Then you'll have one flash LED, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. It can also record videos at up to 2160p. It also has a secondary dual-lens camera. One of them features an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 52mm telephoto lens and 12 MP, and the other 16 MP (f/2.2) with a 12mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

There's a dual aperture shooter on the Galaxy S10 that allows you to choose between f/1.5 or f/2.4.

The front-facing camera features a 10 MP shooter with an aperture of f/1.9 and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

On DxOMark's reviewing article, they gave this shooter 116 points. By adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we'll get to the final rate of 129** points. For an out-and-out review, click here.

Winding it up, just to let you know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 91% of them feature Optical Image Stabilization. That said, only 13% of them feature a macro lens.

Be aware that the Galaxy S10's picture quality is, on average, 46% above other competitors at about this price-tag. Nevertheless, these two have similar rates, so...

If you prefer, we can grade the Galaxy S10 as a lower high-end.

Both phones have something that I truly value in a camera: an optical zoom (of 2x). It enables you to zoom in on the subject without ruining your photos.

The Galaxy S10's lens can deliver a shallower depth of field and enable more exposure with its wider aperture.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, especially with cameras with less than 40MP and no telephoto lens. They just changed their protocol, and they don't have enough reviews for me to refine the pre-update camera rates.

Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera iPhone XS Galaxy S10
Megapixels 12
Aperture 1.8
Lens 26mm
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 126

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone XS Galaxy S10 vs.
Megapixels 12
Aperture 2.4
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
52mm (2x zoom)
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels - 16
Aperture - 2.2
Lens - 12mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 8 13 5

Selfie Camera iPhone XS Galaxy S10 vs.
Megapixels 7
Aperture 2.2
Lens 32mm 26mm -6

iPhone XS Galaxy S10 vs.


Although they don't share the same height (143 mm / 5.63 inches vs. 149 mm / 5.87 inches), they share their width: 70 mm (2.76 inches).

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

Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. The iPhone XS is 20 g. (0.71 oz) heavier than its rival, which sits at 157 g. (5.54 oz). If you want a big screen in a light phone, the "weight to display size" rate of the iPhone XS is 4.2, meaning it has an acceptable score for its display size. The Galaxy S10, on the other hand, has 7.9, which suggests exceptional work from Samsung.

We do like having some color options. You get Space Gray, Gold, and Silver in the iPhone XS. But you can get Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Blue, Cardinal Red, and Smoke Blue with the Galaxy S10.

If you favor big phones, you should pick the Samsung Galaxy S10. Otherwise, the other one may not make a difference either.

Is the lack of a fingerprint scanner a deal-breaker to you? The Galaxy S10 has one, but the iPhone XS doesn't.

That doesn't mean you're out of security options on the iPhone XS. At least, Apple decided to include a Face ID scanner.

The iPhone XS truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep, much like the Galaxy S10. But remember: it's for a maximum period of half an hour, and it's freshwater in standby mode only.

Looks* vs.
Body iPhone XS Galaxy S10
Size 143 x 70 x 7 mm
(5.04 x 2.47 x 0.25 in)
149 x 70 x 7 mm
(5.26 x 2.47 x 0.25 in)
Weight 177 g. (6.24 oz)
157 g. (5.54 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Space Gray, Gold, and Silver Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Blue, Cardinal Red, and Smoke Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 82.53%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.2 7.9 3.7
Looks 8.1/10
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Under Display Fingerprint

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


When it comes to battery life, in theory, the Samsung Galaxy S10, with its 3400 mAh of battery capacity, wins over the Apple iPhone XS, with only 2658 mAh of battery capacity, without a doubt. But what does everyday usage have to say about that? If you do this experiment after a complete charge, this is what the iPhone XS delivers:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 74% left.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, the battery charge will be about 54%.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll be with 56%.

And this is how the Galaxy S10 handles these tests:

  • 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.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 58% 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 likely end up with 62% of the battery charge.

The Galaxy S10 clearly wins the battery life contest.

The battery life on the iPhone XS is worse than other price-liked phones. These tests show that it lasts up to 15% less.

They can both do 15 watts when charging, so there's nothing to see here.

There's also wireless charging (5w vs. 15w) in both of them. Cool.

You can wirelessly charge any compatible device from the Galaxy S10 at up to 9w.

The Snapdragon 855 chipset has another advantage: A battery life boost of about 15% (screen-on-time) if you compare it to the Exynos 9820.

Battery* vs.
Features iPhone XS Galaxy S10
Capacity (mAh) 2658 3400 742
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 74% left
78% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 54% left
58% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 56% left
62% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.7 5.9 0.3
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 15w
Wireless Charging 5w
Reverse Charging No 9w

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.


The iPhone XS has 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. 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 RAM and more storage. They average at 7GB of RAM and 122Gb of storage.

The Galaxy S10, in its turn, has 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. If you ever run out of free space, you can add a MicroSD card.

Both phones have more than enough storage and RAM for the average consumer. However, if you love to have or record tons of videos, 64 GB will be a problem sooner than later.

Storage* vs.
Features iPhone XS Galaxy S10
Internal (GB) 64GB
Micro SD No microSDXC (shared SIM slot)

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


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

At least the Galaxy S10 still features the 3.5mm headphone jack. Want a piece of advice? Forget about adapters and go for the wireless buds on the iPhone XS.

You can connect the Galaxy S10 to LTE or (LTE and) 5G networks. You can pick the Galaxy S10 with 5G with a larger 6.7-inch display, a 4500 mAh battery, a 0.3MP depth camera, 256GB of storage, and fast charging at 25w.

Connectivity vs.
Features iPhone XS Galaxy S10
Network LTE LTE (also available in 5G)
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No Yes


You're likely not considering the iPhone XS to make all your pennies count. But do search for any deals or price drops before making up your mind. The Samsung Galaxy S10, on the other hand, is usually more costly, but that's probably something you already knew.

Don't worry, because the following tables will help you make up your mind.

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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 Galaxy S10 VS
Amazon 1.67 ! - -
eBay 0.85 1.19 0.34
Best Buy - - -
Wallmart 1.46 ! - -

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. It's 6.2 for the iPhone XS and 6.6 for the Galaxy S10.

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S10 Stand Out?

I know we're not comparing apples to apples (pun intended), but if you're here, at least you must have an open mind about these things. As much as I love these new iPhones, the Galaxy S10 has a special place in my heart. That doesn't mean these scores are skewed because they don't reflect my opinions. It's just that the S10 has everything a person could ask of a smartphone, plus some extras that you don't always (or never) see on other smartphones, like reverse charging, dual aperture, Always-On-Display, fast wireless charging, 3.5mm jack, among other things. The iPhone XS just doesn't stand out in any of these comparisons. Although one could argue that it has a small advantage in performance. This isn't the best iPhone around anyways.

Pros iPhone XS Galaxy S10
#1 Performance AMOLED
#2 AMOLED Always-On-Display
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#5 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#6 Glass Protection MicroSD Slot
#7 3.5mm Jack
#8 Glass Protection

Cons iPhone XS Galaxy S10
#1 Always-On-Display
#2 Battery Life
#3 MicroSD Slot
#4 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price

Relative Score* vs.
Global Score iPhone XS Galaxy S10
Gaming Score

*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.


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 any of the usual stores.

 Apple iPhone XS 
  • Apple

    iPhone 8

  • OnePlus


  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 8

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 10+

  • Apple

    iPhone 8 Plus

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 9

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10e

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10e EX

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10e SD

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 EX

  • OnePlus


  • OnePlus

    7 Pro

  • Huawei


  • Google

    Pixel 4

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 9

  • Apple

    iPhone SE 2

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 Lite

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 10 Lite

  • OnePlus


  • Google

    Pixel 4a

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10T Pro

  • Samsung

    Galaxy M51

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10 Lite

 Samsung Galaxy S10 
  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 8

  • Apple

    iPhone X

  • Apple

    iPhone 11

  • Apple

    iPhone 11 Pro Max

  • Apple

    iPhone XS

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 10

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 Plus

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10e EX

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10+ EX

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10+ SD

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 EX

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 SD

  • OnePlus

    7 Pro

  • OnePlus

    7T Pro

  • Huawei


  • Huawei

    P30 Pro

  • Google

    Pixel 4

  • Huawei

    Mate 20 Pro

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 9

  • Apple

    iPhone SE 2

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 Lite

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 FE

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 FE 4G

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 FE 5G

  • Oppo

    Find X2 Neo

  • Google

    Pixel 5

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10T Pro

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10

  • Oppo

    Reno4 Pro


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.


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.



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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