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Apple iPhone XS vs Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Which Is Better?

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Apple iPhone XS, Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

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Luis Silva (October 2020, updated: February 2021)


Is the iPhone XS good enough, or should you pick something newer to compare against the Galaxy S20 FE? Maybe you should. But before you find that out, let me state that this is the 5G version of the S20 FE (also known as S20 Fan Edition or S20 Lite), and that's the one you should go after if you prefer something from the Galaxy lineup.

In October of 2020, Samsung started selling its Galaxy S20 FE, while Apple's iPhone XS hit the stores 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 S20 FE.

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

Bottom Line

Is the Galaxy S20 FE better than the iPhone XS?

The Galaxy S20 FE isn't that affordable, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

You'll get better performance (+21%), better battery life, more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB), and external storage. But the iPhone XS adds a better display and a glass back.

What else do they have to offer?

The Galaxy S20 FE also has a higher refresh rate, Always-On, larger (+0.7") display, a telephoto lens (+24 mm), faster-charging speeds (25w vs. 15w), faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w), reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (6GB vs. 4GB). But the iPhone XS also brings a cleaner user interface.

How much more will the Galaxy S20 FE cost me?

If you're not considering going for a carrier subscription, it should be about $270 more expensive.

Is the iPhone XS still worth buying in 2021?

No problem. It absolutely is a high-end smartphone, in my opinion.

Is the Galaxy S20 FE still worth buying in 2021?

Absolutely. It's a fantastic smartphone. I have no doubt about it.

These two have a considerable price difference between them. That is something worth considering when comparing them.

You'll also see down below a "Tek-Score" for every section that we analyze. 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 aren't sure about these two.

This score is consumer-based from research done by Globalwebindex.com about the most wanted features from people looking to buy new smartphones.

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

You're going to find a red or green bar next to some features. That's to show how they compare with other smartphones with similar prices.

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

You can click on any underlined feature to check the related top 10 listings for any budget.

Price* vs.
Device iPhone XS Galaxy S20 FE
Release Date 2018, September 2020, October 2y.
OS Updates 6 years 3 years -3y.
Security Updates 6 years 3 years -3y.

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


What about their chipsets? The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE features the previous generation Snapdragon 865 processor and the Apple iPhone XS, the Apple A12 processor.

If you play heavy games on your phone, you should know that the former has last year's Adreno 650, while the latter has a proprietary Apple GPU.

Performance-wise, Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) rates the Galaxy S20 FE 21% ahead on the multi-core rankings. It's something to consider, but it shouldn't be a deal-breaker. iOS is much lighter than Android because it is a more optimized OS.

The Galaxy S20 FE is also a top performer for its price range. The average rate is 2618, but it got 3296.

We can classify the Galaxy S20 FE as high-end.

The iPhone XS features the iOS 12 OS, and the Galaxy S20 FE got the Android 10 and OneUI.

The 4G variant of the S20 FE comes with the Exynos 990 and the Mali-G77.

There's a performance decrease of about 15% on the Exynos 990 for the Galaxy S20 FE.

Performance* vs.
Features iPhone XS Galaxy S20 FE
SoC Apple A12 Snapdragon 865
Graphics Apple GPU Adreno 650
Geekbench 5 Score 2716
OS iOS 12 Android 10 and OneUI

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.


Apple iPhone XS front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 FE front transparent png

The Galaxy S20 FE features a 6.5" AMOLED display, while the iPhone XS has a smaller 5.8" AMOLED display. Which one would you choose? Do you favor AMOLED screens?

Are you looking for small screens? Then, the iPhone XS is your holy grail. At least it's short when compared to the average phone for its price range.

If you're looking for the most high-resolution display, the iPhone XS is a winner here. If you can't get over the iPhone XS's notch, then at least you still have a choice here.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so it's essential to know what kind of glass protection they have. The Galaxy S20 FE features a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display. The iPhone XS has a Corning toughened glass. I was expecting something better from Samsung, at least Gorilla Glass 5, because this is from 2013.

There's a phone with an Always-On display here, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.

If you don't manually set the screen brightness, the iPhone XS can go up to 660 nits, and the Galaxy S20 FE can top at 823 nits.

The iPhone XS has HDR10 video support, and the Galaxy S20 FE has an HDR10+ screen.

If you favor smooth scrolling over battery life, the Galaxy S20 FE, with its 120hz screen, is clearly the winner here.

If you haven't noticed yet, the Galaxy S20 FE is getting outperformed here.

If you're leaning towards the iPhone XS, 90% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 75% of them have an Always-On display. At the same time, only 20% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate and feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Concerning the Galaxy S20 FE, 86% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and 91% of them have an AMOLED screen.

Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features iPhone XS Galaxy S20 FE
Size 5.8
Resolution (px) 1125x2436
Refresh Rate 60hz 120hz 60
Dots per Inch 462.63
Always-On-Display No Yes
Notch Wedge Hole
Peak Brightness 660 nits
823 nits
Sub Tek-Score
Protection Corning toughened glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.


Apple iPhone XS back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 FE back transparent png

What about its shooters? 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.

You can also count on another 12 MP camera with an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 52mm telephoto lens.

With the selfies camera, you get a 7 MP shooter, with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 32mm lens.

DxOMark reviewed this camera and gave it 118 points. By including its telephoto lens, it'll get 126** points. If you want to know more about it, click here.

I hope this helps: keep in mind 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. Yet, only 25% of them feature a macro lens.

If you want to compare both 12 MP cameras, you won't find many differences from the iPhone XS. There's also an extra dual sensor with 8 MP (f/2.4 plus a 76mm telephoto lens) and 12 MP (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, working together to give more freedom when framing shots.

On the front, there's an f/2.2 32 MP camera and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DxOMark's gurus gave this shooter a score of 119. Plus, combining with the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we'll get to the final rate of 131 points. You can click here to check it out.

PS: This Dxo score is for the 4G variant, but this variant should be close enough.

Furthermore, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Additionally, only 23% of them feature a macro lens.

Be aware that the Galaxy S20 FE's picture quality is, on average, 40% above other smartphones with comparable prices. But between these two, it doesn't matter.

If you're not a numbers person, we can tag the Galaxy S20 FE as a high-end.

The one thing I love about these cameras is their telephoto zoom of about 3x and 2x. As soon as you get used to it, you'll know what I mean.

**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 there aren't enough reviewed cameras to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera iPhone XS Galaxy S20 FE
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 S20 FE vs.
Megapixels 12
Aperture 2.4
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
76mm (3x zoom)
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels - 12
Aperture - 2.2
Lens - 13mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 8 12 4

Selfie Camera iPhone XS Galaxy S20 FE vs.
Megapixels 7
Aperture 2.2
Lens 32mm 26mm -6

iPhone XS Galaxy S20 FE vs.


The iPhone XS is 143 mm (5.63 inches) tall and 70 mm (2.76 inches) wide. The Galaxy S20 FE, on the other hand, is 16 mm taller and 4 mm larger (about 0.63 inches by 0.16 inches).

The first has a thickness of 7 mm (0.28 inches), while the second has about 8 mm (0.32 inches).

The iPhone XS is presented in a sleek design, consisting of a glass body, contrasting with its competitor's plastic body. The Galaxy S20 FE is a little bit heavier: About 13 g. (0.51 oz). If you're looking for a lightweight device, the iPhone XS has a "weight to screen size" score of 4.2, meaning it has an acceptable score for its display size. In the meantime, the Galaxy S20 FE has 5.0, so nothing to state here.

You can purchase the Apple iPhone XS in Space Gray, Gold, and Silver. And you can pick the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE in Cloud Lavender, Cloud Navy, Cloud Mint, Cloud Orange, Cloud Red, and Cloud White.

If the iPhone XS is big enough for you, then excellent. If not, then really consider getting the other one.

What about a fingerprint scanner? The Galaxy S20 FE included one under the display. Unfortunately, the iPhone XS doesn't have any.

You'll still get a second-best on the iPhone XS. At least, Apple decided to include a Face ID scanner.

You can drop the iPhone XS into the water, up to 1 to 3 meters deep, just like the Galaxy S20 FE. That should be for up to 30 minutes, and it's standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.

Looks* vs.
Body iPhone XS Galaxy S20 FE
Size 143 x 70 x 7 mm
(5.04 x 2.47 x 0.25 in)
159 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.61 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
Weight 177 g. (6.24 oz)
190 g. (6.70 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front glass
Colors Space Gray, Gold, and Silver Cloud Lavender, Cloud Navy, Cloud Mint, Cloud Orange, Cloud Red, and Cloud White
Screen To Body Ratio 82.53%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.2 5.0 0.9
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 S20 FE, with its 4500 mAh of battery capacity, wins over the Apple iPhone XS, with only 2658 mAh of battery capacity, without a doubt. But how would both perform in a real-world scenario? If you do a full charge and run these tests, this is what you'll find out about the iPhone XS:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll end up with 74% of the battery charge.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 54% left for the rest of the day.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, this is where your battery will be: 56%.

And this is what you'll get out of the Galaxy S20 FE:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 85% of the battery remaining.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 71% left for the rest of the day.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, this is where your battery will be: 74%.

And the winner is... the Galaxy S20 FE.

Clearly, the iPhone XS's battery capacity is well below the average in this price range. These tests show that it lasts up to 15% less.

For the record, the Galaxy S20 FE can also easily defeat most devices. Do check our top 10 list.

If one of these will end up being the one, you'll have quick-charging on your next phone: 15w for the iPhone XS and 25w for the Galaxy S20 FE.

It's good to know that both phones support wireless charging at up to 5w vs. 15w.

The Galaxy S20 FE also supports reverse wireless charging at 4.5w/hour for Qi-enabled devices.

The 4G variant of the S20 FE also has lower battery efficiency (about 10% less screen-on-time).

Battery* vs.
Features iPhone XS Galaxy S20 FE
Capacity (mAh) 2658 4500 1842
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 74% left
85% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 54% left
71% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 56% left
74% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.7 5.1 -0.6
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 15w
Wireless Charging 5w
Reverse Charging No 4.5w

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.


The iPhone XS features 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. There's no expandable storage. If 4k videos and games are your things, it could be an issue sooner than later. Furthermore, other devices from this budget usually have more RAM and more storage. Right now, the average is 122Gb of storage and 7GB of RAM.

The Galaxy S20 FE offers 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. You can add a MicroSD card if you want.

Most people should be OK with their internal storage. However, if videos or big games are your things, 64 GB will be a problem sooner than later.

The 4G variant of the S20 FE may start at 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

Storage* vs.
Features iPhone XS Galaxy S20 FE
Internal (GB) 64GB
Micro SD No microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)

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


Both devices feature the standard Bluetooth 5.0 module. Both phones also have NFC.

There isn't much to say about the 3.5mm headphone jack, except that it simply isn't here. You can buy an adapter, but the wireless buds are your only option. Luckily, you can still get it on other phones if you're willing to forget about them. Either the Galaxy Note 10 Lite or the Galaxy M51 can give you a headphone jack.

You can find the Galaxy S20 FE in the LTE or (LTE and) 5G variants. This allows you to get a version of the Galaxy S20 FE with an Exynos 990 and a Mali-G77 GPU.

Connectivity vs.
Features iPhone XS Galaxy S20 FE
Network LTE 5G (also available in LTE)
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No


The Apple iPhone XS surely wins over its competitor in this round. That, of course, depends on the place and the deals that you'll eventually find. The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, on the other hand, is usually more costly, but I believe that it shouldn't come as a surprise at all.

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

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Here are their recently updated prices:

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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 S20 FE VS
Amazon 1.67 ! 1.01 -
eBay 0.85 1.27 0.42
Best Buy - 1.06 -
Wallmart 1.46 ! - -

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

The 4G variant of the S20 FE should be about 20% cheaper.

Are you curious to know what their global score is? For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. It's 6.2 for the iPhone XS and 6.7 for the Galaxy S20 FE.

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Stand Out?

The iPhone XS may not be your best option against the Galaxy S20 FE, and here's why: -Performance isn't bad, just not as good. -Display isn't perfect, but not that bad. -Cameras are OKish, but not quite there. -Battery life is terrible. Yes, that bad. -And storage may be too short for these days. But at least it has several additional years of software updates and better glass protection.

Pros iPhone XS Galaxy S20 FE
#1 Performance Performance
#3 Cameras Always-On-Display
#4 Fast Charging Cameras
#5 Wireless Charging Battery Life
#6 Glass Protection Fast Charging
#7 Wireless Charging
#8 MicroSD Slot
#9 Glass Protection

Cons iPhone XS Galaxy S20 FE
#1 Always-On-Display Weight
#2 Battery Life 3.5mm Jack
#3 MicroSD Slot Price
#4 3.5mm Jack Glass Protection
#5 Price

Relative Score* vs.
Global Score iPhone XS Galaxy S20 FE
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 S20 FE 
  • Apple

    iPhone X

  • Apple

    iPhone 11

  • Apple

    iPhone XS Max

  • Apple

    iPhone 11 Pro Max

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 10

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 Plus

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10+ EX

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10+ SD

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 SD

  • OnePlus

    7T Pro

  • Huawei

    P30 Pro

  • Google

    Pixel 4 XL

  • Huawei

    Mate 20 Pro

  • Apple

    iPhone SE 2

  • OnePlus

    8 Pro

  • OnePlus


  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 Lite

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10 Pro

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 FE 4G

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 FE 5G

  • Oppo

    Find X2 Neo

  • Google

    Pixel 5

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10T Pro

  • OnePlus


  • 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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