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Google Pixel 3 vs 4a in 2021: Will You Be Downgrading?

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Google Pixel 3, Google Pixel 4a

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Luis Silva (September 2020, updated: March 2021)

Introduction

Is the Pixel 4a a decent and affordable upgrade to your Pixel 3? Or are you considering any of these?

Anyways, let's start.

Google launched its Pixel 4a in August of 2020, while Google's Pixel 3 arrived at stores in November of 2018.

We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 4a.

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

Bottom Line

Which is better?

The Pixel 4a is a little bit more expensive, but it also has better specs.

It gives you better battery life, and more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB). But the Pixel 3 adds a better display, water-resistance, and a glass back.

What else sets them apart?

The Pixel 4a also gives you a larger (+0.3") display, better peak brightness, more RAM (6GB vs. 4GB), and a headphone jack. But the Pixel 3 will also give you wireless charging.

In the end, it's up to you since they got similar rates.

How much more will the Pixel 4a cost me?

If you're ignoring carrier offers, it'll cost you around $38 more.

Is it still worth buying the Pixel 3 in 2021?

I wouldn't want one. I'd be looking for something like the Pixel 4a in its place. The lack of updates should be a major deal-breaker.

Is the Pixel 4a 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.

The Google Pixel 4a and the Google Pixel 3 are comparable in price. Still, you'll find the Pixel 3 cheaper most of the time. That's something you should keep in mind when comparing them.

Do consider avoiding the Pixel 3, as it may lose it's security updates anytime soon (if not already).

While scrolling down, you'll see a "Tek-Score" for each phone in every section. We evaluated every quantifiable specification, so you can better understand the difference between the two. You'll also have a global comparison rate if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

Our Tek-Score is based on a study done by Globalwebindex.com 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 so you can see how they rival its direct competitors.

If you click here:, you'll see our list, but basically, we've excluded every smartphone that's not within a 20% (above or below) price range.

Feel free to click any feature title to check out several top 10 tables for any budget.

Price* vs.
Device Pixel 3 Pixel 4a
Release Date 2018, November 2020, August 2y.
OS Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.
Security Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Performance

Regarding their chipset, while the Google Pixel 4a comes with the Snapdragon 730 SoC, the Google Pixel 3 has the Snapdragon 845 SoC.

Now about the graphics chipset, while the former has an Adreno 618, the latter features an Adreno 630.

Performance-wise, Geekbench 5 rates the Pixel 3 15% ahead on the multi-core rankings. You should notice that it is a bit faster if you test them side by side.

Unfortunately, the Pixel 4a isn't that smooth. It actually is below the average for its price range. While they got a rate of about 2149, it has 1626. That puts it 32% below them.

We can classify the Pixel 4a as mid-range.

At least you'll get the Android 9 (Pie) on the Pixel 3, and the Pixel 4a runs on Android 10.

Performance* vs.
Features Pixel 3 Pixel 4a
SoC Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 730
Graphics Adreno 630 Adreno 618
Geekbench 5 Score 1874
1626
-248
OS Android 9 (Pie) Android 10
Tek-Score
5.1
4.7
-0.4

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.

Display

Google Pixel 3 front transparent png Google Pixel 4a front transparent png

Would you prefer the 5.8" AMOLED display of the Pixel 4a or the smaller 5.5" AMOLED panel of the Pixel 3? Which one would you choose? Most people seem to prefer AMOLED for its saturated colors and higher contrast.

If you're trying to keep your phone's display small, stop searching, and just pick the Pixel 4a. Other similarly priced smartphones just aren't that short.

The display of the Pixel 4a has a resolution of 1080x2340 Full HD. The Pixel 3, in its turn, has 1080x2160 Full HD.

It's better to be safe than sorry, so be aware: The Pixel 4a features a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display. The Pixel 3 has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5. I think Google should've invested in up-to-date protection. Corning released this in 2013.

There's an Always-On display on both phones. That's a must-have feature for me.

If you set your brightness to auto, the Pixel 3 will reach 450 nits, while the Pixel 4a does 803 nits.

If your next device can't do at least 450 nits, it isn't that good for HDR nor outdoor visibility. So what about HDR? These two can play HDR videos.

As you can see, the Pixel 4a has a lower-specced screen.

If you're considering the Pixel 3, none of its competitors can play HDR content, nor have over 60hz of refresh rate, nor feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus, and only 25% of them include an AMOLED display, and feature an Always-On display.

Compared to the Pixel 4a, 86% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 81% of them have an Always-On display. Yet, only 19% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate and feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features Pixel 3 Pixel 4a
Size 5.5
5.8
0.3
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2160
1080x2340
194400
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 439.08
444.35
5.26
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch - Hole
Peak Brightness 450 nits
803 nits
353
HDR HDR HDR
Sub Tek-Score
7.6
8.7
1.1
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Tek-Score
6.3
4.3
-2.0

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.

Cameras

Google Pixel 3 back transparent png Google Pixel 4a back transparent png

What about its shooters? Google's Pixel 3 can record videos at up to 2160p. It also has a shooter with 12 MP, an aperture of f/1.8, a 28mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization.

With the selfies camera, you get an 8 MP shooter, with an aperture of f/1.8 and a 28 mm wide-angle lens.

DxOMark tested this camera and gave it a rate of 106. By including its digital zoom abilities, that will go up to 112**. If you want to know more about it, click here.

PS: you'd probably like to know that 75% of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, and all of them have an ultra-wide-angle lens. Though none of them come with a telephoto lens, nor come with Optical Image Stabilization.

The Google Pixel 4a, in its turn, features a 12 MP camera with an f/1.7 aperture and a 27mm, wide-angle lens. Then it has one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It records videos at up to 2160p.

On the front, there's an f/2.0 8 MP camera and a 24 mm wide-angle lens.

The guys over at the DxOMark labs rated this camera with 122 points. By considering its digital zoom abilities, we get a score of 128 points. You can click here to check it out.

Lastly, just so you know, 95% of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, and all of them have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

Looking at DxO's ranking, one can conclude that the Pixel 4a is approximately 14% above its adversaries in its class. And I'd willingly pick this over the Pixel 3.

If you're not a numbers person, we can tag the Pixel 4a as a lower high-end.

**This rate still needs improvement, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They just changed their protocol, and I need more reviewed devices to fine-tune older scores.

Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera Pixel 3 Pixel 4a
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.8
1.7
-0.1
Lens 28mm
27mm
-1
Lens Type Regular Wide-Angle
Flash 2 1 -1
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 112 128
16

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Pixel 3 Pixel 4a vs.
Megapixels - -
Aperture - -
Score 6 6 0
Selfie Camera Pixel 3 Pixel 4a vs.
Megapixels 8
8
0
Aperture 1.8
2.0
0.2
Lens 28mm 24mm -4
Pixel 3 Pixel 4a vs.
Tek-Score
6.6
7.5
0.9

Body

The Pixel 3 is 5.71 inches (145 mm) tall and 2.68 inches (68 mm) long. The Pixel 4a is 1 mm smaller and 1 mm larger (about 0.04 by 0.04 inches).

When it comes to thickness, they're almost equal: 7 mm (0.28 inches) vs. 8 mm (0.32 inches). By doing some math, I found out that the Pixel 4a is 13% smaller than other devices at about this price level.

The glass rear of the Pixel 3 makes it feel great on your hands. With both phones weighing about 143 g. (5.04 oz) there isn't much to consider here. If you're curious, I've come up with an adapted "display size to phone weight ratio" rate. The Pixel 3 got 6.9, which means it has a pretty nice weight for a 5.5 inches screen. Having said that, the Pixel 4a has 8.9, which suggests exceptional work from Google.

We do like having some color options. You get Clearly White, Not Pink, and Just Black in the Pixel 3. But you can get Just Black with the Pixel 4a.

They share their size, so you can pick any of them.

Do you value a fingerprint scanner? Both phones include one.

You can drop the Pixel 3 into the water, up to 1 to 3 meters deep. It should be for less than 30 minutes, and it's freshwater in standby mode only.

Looks* vs.
Body Pixel 3 Pixel 4a
Size 145 x 68 x 7 mm
(5.11 x 2.40 x 0.25 in)
144 x 69 x 8 mm
(5.08 x 2.43 x 0.28 in)
10468
Weight 148 g. (5.22 oz)
143 g. (5.04 oz)
-5
Build Front and back glass Front glass
Colors Clearly White, Not Pink, and Just Black Just Black
Screen To Body Ratio 79.17%
83.11%
3.94
Disp.Size To Weight Score 6.9 8.9 2.1
Looks 7.3/10 4.9/10
-2.4
Waterproof IP68 -
Biometrics Fingerprint Fingerprint
Tek-Score
8.9
3.7
-5.2

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

Battery

When it comes to battery life, in theory, the Google Pixel 4a, with its 3140 mAh of battery capacity, wins over the Google Pixel 3, with only 2915 mAh of battery capacity. But are the numbers really that clear? If you do a full charge and run these tests, that's how the Pixel 3 performs:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll still have 77% left.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 57% left for the rest of the day.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, you'll be with 59%.

And these are the results for the Pixel 4a:

  • From 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.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll probably have 62% 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, you'll likely end up with 63% of the battery charge.

It may come as no surprise here, but the Pixel 4a wins, hands down.

If you're wondering about their charging speeds, these two can charge at 18watts.

You can also give the Pixel 3 extra credits for having wireless charging of up to 5w/hour.

Battery* vs.
Features Pixel 3 Pixel 4a
Capacity (mAh) 2915 3140 225
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 77% left
79% left
2
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 57% left
62% left
5
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 59% left
63% left
4
Bat. To Phone Size Score 7.0 7.4 0.4
Sub Tek-Score
6.4
6.8
0.4
Fast Charging 18w
18w
0
Wireless Charging 5w No -5
Tek-Score
5.8
5.9
0.1

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Storage

In terms of RAM, the Pixel 3 brings 4GB. In terms of storage, it has 64GB. There's no MicroSD slot. It isn't a red flag for most people, but it's not your best option.

The Pixel 4a, in its turn, has 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. Unfortunately, it also lacks a MicroSD card slot, but you'll have plenty of room for your files.

Most people should be OK with only 64 GB of internal storage. However, if you can't get enough of the record button, 64 GB will be a problem sooner than later.

Storage* vs.
Features Pixel 3 Pixel 4a
RAM (GB) 4GB
6GB
2
Internal (GB) 64GB
128GB
64
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
2.8
6.0
3.3

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

Connectivity

When it comes to connectivity, you can count on the traditional Bluetooth 5.0 chip. Both phones also have NFC.

If you're not ready to jump into the wireless buds wagon, stick with the Pixel 4a for now. Just skip adapters on the Pixel 3 and get a decent pair of wireless earbuds.

The Pixel 4a is LTE or (LTE and) 5G compatible. You can get a larger 6.2-inch display, an extra 16MP ultrawide camera, a bigger battery, and a Snapdragon 765G SoC on the 5G variant of the Pixel 4a.

Connectivity vs.
Features Pixel 3 Pixel 4a
Network LTE LTE (also available in 5G)
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No Yes
Tek-Score
4.6
9.5
4.9

Price

The Google Pixel 3 surely wins over its sibling in this round. But with a great deal or a price drop, it can be an impressive finding. The Google Pixel 4a may be costly, but it doesn't mean it's overpriced.

You can check down below if it worths the extra cash.

Also, be aware that you'll have a hard time finding old phones in new condition.

Here are the prices that we've come across recently:

Reference: $312

Google Pixel 3

Reference: $350

Google Pixel 4a

I earn a small fee from qualifying purchases. It doesn't affect the price you pay nor my opinions, but it will mean a lot if you click on one of these buttons before purchasing your next phone. You'll be helping to take this to the next level.

Prices on eBay are in $US but Europe-based. You can click to check the prices in your country.

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 Pixel 3 Pixel 4a VS
Amazon 2.52 - -
eBay 3.28 1.36 -1.92
Best Buy 1.76 1.89 0.13
Walmart 1.90 1.73 -0.17

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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Smartphone Specs Statistics: The State Of The Art (Q1 2021)

Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. First, let me mention the average at their price range. The Pixel 3 class is at 5.3, and the Pixel 4a 6.2.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

They do have similar prices, so perhaps that's one less thing to worry about if you're considering any of these. Of course, I'd have to advise you against that, as the Pixel 3 won't receive security updates for nowhere near as long as the Pixel 4a.

On the other hand, if you're considering as an affordable update, you'll lose a bit on performance, on glass protection, on the premium looks, and on the water-resistance. But to make up for that, the Pixel 4a display will give you exceptional outdoor visibility, 0.3 additional inches of screen real-estate for the same physical size, better picture quality, better battery life, more RAM, and double the internal storage. You'll lose the ability to wirelessly charge it, but you'll get the headphone jack back.

Pros Pixel 3 Pixel 4a
#1 AMOLED AMOLED
#2 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#5 Wireless Charging 3.5mm Jack
Cons Pixel 3 Pixel 4a
#1 MicroSD Slot Wireless Charging
#2 3.5mm Jack MicroSD Slot
#3 Glass Protection
Relative Score* vs.
Global Score Pixel 3 Pixel 4a
Gaming Score
4.9
5.8
0.9
Tek-Score
5.50
5.68
0.18

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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Tek-Score explained

Every spec has it's own weigh on the global score.

Feature: Value
Battery Life: 1.28
Fast Charging: 0.31
Wireless Charging: 0.19
Reverse Charging: 0.08
Storage: 1.97
Performance: 1.86
Camera: 1.35
Glass protection: 1.08
Weight: 0.35
Waterproof: 0.35
AMOLED: 0.04
Always-On-Display: 0.31
DPI: 0.12
Refresh Rate: 0.04
Nits: 0.04
Notch: 0.04
Bluetooth: 0.08
NFC: 0.12
3.5mm jack: 0.19
Looks: 0.23
Total: 10

But there are a few things that I don't consider, like price, brand value, size, resell value, OS (iOS or Android), user experience, updates, RAM (included on performance), battery to phone size, display size to weight, and biometrics.

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Progress bars explained





#1: A big red progress bar means that this value is way below the average. In this case, it's 28.85MP, and the iPhone XR is 16.85MP below the average.

#2: In this example, the XR is just 0.36mm below the average, that's why the red bar is almost unnoticeable.

#3: On the other hand, the SE 2 is 1.8mm above (hence, the green bar) the 26.2mm of average.

#4: Performance-wise, the SE 2 is well above the average (of 2512) for its price range. That's the reason the green bar is that long.

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"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained



This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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"Battery to device size" ratio explained



This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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Rivals

As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on any of the usual stores.

 Google Pixel 3 
  • Xiaomi

    Redmi Note 8 $171

  • Apple

    iPhone 6s $199

  • Samsung

    Galaxy M30s $147

  • Xiaomi

    Mi A3 $200

  • Realme

    5 Pro $179

  • Google

    Pixel 2 $150

  • Xiaomi

    Redmi Note 7 $140

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S8 $190

 Google Pixel 4a 
  • Apple

    iPhone 8 $328

  • Apple

    iPhone XR $324

  • OnePlus

    7 $388

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 9T Pro $290

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 10+ $334

  • Apple

    iPhone 8 Plus $390

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 9 $334

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10e $349

  • Apple

    iPhone XS $410

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S9 $290

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10e SD $349

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 SD $390

  • OnePlus

    7T $399

  • Huawei

    P30 $400

  • Google

    Pixel 4 $349

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S9 Plus $289

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 9 $400

  • Huawei

    Mate 20 $285

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 8 $300

  • Huawei

    P40 Lite $295

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 10 Lite $369

  • OnePlus

    Nord $410

  • OnePlus

    Nord N10 $299

  • Samsung

    Galaxy M51 $396

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10T Lite $325

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10 Lite $399

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Battery results


The battery score is based on Gsmarena's endurance rating and is taken with a screen brightness of 200 nits and a refresh rate of 60hz.

Assumptions: The display is off during a call, there's a web page refresh every 10 seconds, and the video playback is in Airplane mode.

You can click here for more information.

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Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mid-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they didn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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Nits


With regards to AMOLED screens, sometimes OEMs claim higher maximum brightness. That's because an AMOLED screen can push its brightness progressively higher as its white area gets smaller.

These values are from the lab tests made by GSMArena, and their white test pattern takes up 75% of the physical size of the screen.

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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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