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Google Pixel 4 vs Apple iPhone 12 Pro: Which One Stands Out?

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

You'll spend more on the iPhone 12 Pro, but it's the best of the two.

It has better performance (+86%), better glass protection, better battery life, and more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB).

What else sets them apart?

The iPhone 12 Pro also gives you a larger (+0.4") display, better peak brightness, and faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w). But the Pixel 4 brings a higher refresh rate, Always-On display, and a lightweight body (27 g./0.95 oz less).

How much more are you willing to spend on the iPhone 12 Pro?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, you'll have to invest an additional amount close to $572.

Is the Pixel 4 still worth getting in 2021?

Overall, you'll still get a pretty decent smartphone if you go for the Pixel 4 in 2021, and while it isn't the best device out there, at least it's more affordable now. Nevertheless, you should also check other phones like the Samsung Galaxy S20 because it has better performance, more storage, more security updates, faster charging, more RAM, better display, reverse charging, and external storage.

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

The iPhone 12 Pro was indeed released in 2020, but it still stands out, thanks to its good performance, a good camera, and excellent glass protection. That's why I'll continue to recommend it in 2021, but note that the iPhone 12 Pro Max features a better optical zoom.

Read on to know more about them, how they are any different from their competition, and how the industry is scoring their specs.

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Introduction

Alright, you're after a clean experience.

Let's see what these two have to offer.

In October of 2020, Apple launched its iPhone 12 Pro. The Pixel 4, however, has seen the light of day one year sooner.

We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the Pixel 4 and the iPhone 12 Pro.

The Pixel 4 definitely has the iPhone 12 Pro beaten on price. That's something you should keep in mind when comparing them.

You'll also see down below a "Tek-Score" for every section that we analyze. For a quicker analysis of how far they are from each other, we'll consider all their specifications. The global score will help you compare them to other phones because you'll probably have other phones in mind.

The weight of each section

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

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

You'll also see a progress bar underlining some features. It's there for you to better understand how they sit side by side with equivalently priced phones.

You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, but basically, we include every smartphone within a 20+20% price range, up and down.

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

Price*
vs.
Device Pixel 4 iPhone 12 Pro
Release Date 2019, October 2020, October 1y.
OS Updates 3 years 6 years 3y.
Security Updates 3 years 6 years 3y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

Performance-wise, Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) scores the iPhone 12 Pro 86% ahead in the multi-core ranking. If you forget this number, you'll remember it every single day since day one. Since iPhones run on their own operating system, apps do run quicker because it is a more optimized OS.

You can also count on the iPhone 12 Pro to have one of the best performances around against similarly priced phones. While they got a score of about 3212, it has 4056. That puts it 26% above them.

It's safe to say that the Pixel 4 can be tagged as an upper mid-range and the iPhone 12 Pro as high-end.

Apple decided to include the Apple A14 processor on its iPhone 12 Pro. In its turn, the Google Pixel 4 has the Snapdragon 855 processor.

About the graphics: while the first one brings a proprietary Apple GPU, the other has an Adreno 640.

The Pixel 4 carries out Android 10 OS, and the iPhone 12 Pro has iOS 14.1.

Performance*
vs.
Features Pixel 4 iPhone 12 Pro
SoC Snapdragon 855 Apple A14
Graphics Adreno 640 Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 2175
4056
1881
OS Android 10 iOS 14.1
Tek-Score
5.6
8.8
3.1

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Google Pixel 4 front transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Pro front transparent png

The Pixel 4 is the winner here, and that's as clear as glass. Although the iPhone 12 Pro has better glass protection.

The iPhone 12 Pro features a 6.1" AMOLED display, while the Pixel 4 has a smaller 5.7" AMOLED display. 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 4. At least it's short when compared to the average phone for its price range.

The iPhone 12 Pro adopts an 1170x2532 Full HD resolution. The Pixel 4 features a more modest resolution of 1080x2280 (Full HD) pixels.

Screen bezels are shrinking in size almost every passing day, so let's get the elephant out of the room. The iPhone 12 Pro has a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus display. The Pixel 4, in its turn, has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

There's one additional feature here: the Always-On display on the Google Pixel 4.

If you set these displays for auto-brightness, the Pixel 4 can go up to 423 nits, but the iPhone 12 Pro can go up to 379 nits above that.

Very few rivals share this maximum brightness. Usually, they rarely stay far from 728 nits, but the Pixel 4 can only do 42% below that.

If your next device can't do at least 450 nits, it isn't your best option for HDR content and outdoor readability. About HDR content: The Pixel 4 supposedly does HDR video, and the iPhone 12 Pro has an HDR10 screen.

If you're looking for high refresh rate displays, you should know that the Pixel 4 can do 90hz.

If you're leaning towards the Pixel 4, just know that 92% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 83% have an Always-On display.

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

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Pixel 4 iPhone 12 Pro
Size 5.7
6.1
0.4
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2280
1170x2532
500040
Refresh Rate 90hz 60hz -30
Dots per Inch 442.61
457.25
14.65
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch - Wedge
Peak Brightness 423 nits
802 nits
379
HDR HDR HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
7.9
3.2
-4.7
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
6.4
7.6
1.2

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Google Pixel 4 back transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Pro back transparent png

You should note that the Pixel 4 is in the neighborhood of 36% above other smartphones for the same budget. Although the iPhone 12 Pro is the clear winner.

What about its shooters? Google's Pixel 4 can record videos at up to 2160p. It also has a shooter with 12 Megapixels, an aperture of f/1.7, a 27mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization.

The Pixel 4 also packs a secondary camera with 16 Megapixels which has an f/2.4 aperture, plus a 50mm telephoto lens.

Its selfie camera features an 8 MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and a 22 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK gave this shooter a score of 120. By including its telephoto lens, that will go up to 130. If you want to know more about it, click here.

Before moving on, keep in mind that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. However, only 17% of them feature a macro lens.

With its 12 Megapixels shooter, the iPhone 12 Pro's leading camera has an aperture of f/1.6 and a 26mm, wide-angle lens. You'll be getting four flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. You can record videos at 2160p. It also has a secondary dual-lens camera. One of them features an aperture of f/2.0 plus a 52mm telephoto lens and 12 Megapixels, and the other 12 Megapixels (f/2.4) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

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

DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 135. And if we consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we end up with a score of 147 points. If you want to know more about every tidbit, check it here.

Furthermore, just to let you know, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, feature a telephoto lens, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. That said, none of them feature a macro lens.

If you're not a numbers person, we can tag the Pixel 4 more as a lower high-end and the iPhone 12 Pro more as a high-end.

One could buy any of these phones on the 2x optical zoom alone. As soon as you get used to it, you'll know what I mean.

Just out of curiosity, the iPhone 12 Pro telescopic lens is 75mm below the rest on similarly priced devices, and the Pixel 4 is 25mm lower.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Pixel 4 iPhone 12 Pro
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.7
1.6
-0.1
Lens 27mm
26mm
-1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 4 2
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 130
147
17

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Pixel 4 iPhone 12 Pro vs.
Megapixels 16
12
-4
Aperture 2.4
2.0
-0.4
Lens 50mm (2x zoom)
52mm (2x zoom)
2
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels - 12
Aperture - 2.4
Lens - 13mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 10 12 2
Selfie Camera Pixel 4 iPhone 12 Pro vs.
Megapixels 8
12
4
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens 22mm 23mm 1
Pixel 4 iPhone 12 Pro vs.
Tek-Score
7.6
8.6
1.0

Who has the best frame?

The Pixel 4 does stand out because of its weight. But that doesn't make the iPhone 12 Pro that much worse.

The Pixel 4 has a height of 5.79 inches (147 mm) and a width of 2.68 inches (68 mm). The iPhone 12 Pro, on the other hand, is 1 mm smaller and 3 mm wider (about 0.04 inches by 0.12 inches).

The first has a thickness of 8 mm (0.32 inches), while the second has about 7 mm (0.28 inches). Remember that the iPhone 12 Pro is approximately 17% smaller than the average phone for its price segment.

They both have a beautiful glass body. The Pixel 4 weighs 162 g. (5.71 oz), while the other is 27 g. (1.06 oz) heavier. But because this is a bit relative, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The Pixel 4 got a score of 5.6, which means it has an acceptable score for a 5.7 inches screen. Having said that, the iPhone 12 Pro has 3.8, which suggests it's considerably hefty.

We do like having some color options. You get Clearly White, Oh So Orange, and Just Black in the Pixel 4. But you can get Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue with the iPhone 12 Pro.

Both feature the same size, so if you want something different, you'll have to find it elsewhere.

Is the lack of a fingerprint scanner a deal-breaker to you? Unfortunately, none of them have one.

That doesn't mean you're out of security options on both of them. At least both companies opted for the Face ID sensor instead.

The Pixel 4 is water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters, just like the iPhone 12 Pro. That shouldn't last over half an hour, on standby, and freshwater only.

Looks*
vs.
Body Pixel 4 iPhone 12 Pro
Size 147 x 68 x 8 mm
(5.19 x 2.40 x 0.28 in)
146 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.15 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
-7406
Weight 162 g. (5.71 oz)
189 g. (6.67 oz)
27
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Clearly White, Oh So Orange, and Just Black Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 81.13%
88.18%
7.06
Disp.Size To Weight Score 5.6 3.8 -1.8
Looks 7.8/10
10.0/10
2.2
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Face ID
Tek-Score
8.2
7.6
-0.7

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

Which has the best battery?

Looking at the numbers, this doesn't seem a contest, as both have about 2800 mAh of battery capacity. And by GSMArena's standards, the iPhone 12 Pro does have an advantage here.

If you do a full charge, this is how the Pixel 4 comes out of it:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you should have 76% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 56% 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 58% to spend doing other things.

And these are the results for the iPhone 12 Pro:

  • 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 probably have 63% 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 65%.

Clearly, the Pixel 4's battery capacity is well below what you find on their rivals. These numbers show that it is 13% below the rest.

Both phones support fast charging. You can charge the Pixel 4 at a maximum of 18w/hour and the iPhone 12 Pro up to 20w/hour.

They all include wireless charging, and they charge at 5w vs. 15w. That's nice. Apple brought MagSafe from their Macbooks so you can effortlessly charge the new iPhones. It's nice but not as good as USB-C charging.

How much are you willing to pay for reverse wireless charging? Because that's already a reality on the Pixel 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S21, for example.

Battery*
vs.
Features Pixel 4 iPhone 12 Pro
Capacity (mAh) 2800 2815 15
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 76% left
79% left
3
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 56% left
63% left
7
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 58% left
65% left
7
Bat. To Phone Size Score 6.3 6.4 0.1
Sub Tek-Score
6.3
6.9
0.6
Fast Charging 18w
20w
2
Wireless Charging 5w
15w
10
Tek-Score
5.7
6.6
0.9

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The iPhone 12 Pro. Twice as much.

The Pixel 4 comes equipped with 64GB of integrated storage and 6GB of RAM. There's no MicroSD slot. It isn't a red flag for most people, but it's not your best option. You should know that at this price level, its rivals have more RAM and more storage. They have 8GB of RAM and 155Gb of storage on average, but you can find better options.

In its turn, the iPhone 12 Pro has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of integrated storage. You'll also have a problem if you want to add storage later, but you'll have plenty of room for your files. Again, you can effortlessly get more RAM and more storage by picking any rival at that price range. They usually get close to 10Gb of RAM and 199Gb of storage.

Most people should be OK with their internal storage. However, if you love to have or record tons of videos, 64 GB alone won't get you there.

Storage*
vs.
Features Pixel 4 iPhone 12 Pro
RAM (GB) 6GB
6GB
0
Internal (GB) 64GB
128GB
64
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
2.8
6.0
3.3

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

I'd go for the iPhone 12 Pro if you really value 5G.

Bluetooth 5.0 is here, on both of them. 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 may go for an adapter as a last resort, but it really isn't the same.

The iPhone 12 Pro is (LTE and) 5G compatible.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Pixel 4 iPhone 12 Pro
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 Google Pixel 4 isn't the cheapest smartphone that you can buy. But with a great deal or a price drop, it can be an impressive finding. Promotions aside, the iPhone 12 Pro is more expensive, but if it's worth it or not, it's up to you to decide. Later, if you're considering selling the iPhone, you'll end up paying less for it.

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

Here are their recently updated prices:

Google Pixel 4

Reference: $548

Google Pixel 4

Apple iPhone 12 Pro

Reference: $1,120

Apple iPhone 12 Pro

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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 Pixel 4 iPhone 12 Pro VS
Amazon 0.84 - ! -
eBay 1.03 0.65 -0.39
Best Buy - 0.74 -
Walmart 1.21 - -

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

Are you curious to know what their global score is? For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. They usually sit close to 6.7 (for the Pixel 4) and 7.8 (for the iPhone 12 Pro).

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

In my humble opinion, Google is the closest to Apple that you can get in the Android world. They do provide a pure and cleaner user experience, but that's about that. They also went the "No MicroSD slot" and "No headphone jack" way, and both love to sell smaller devices with below the average battery life.

But let's get to the point here. Apple is winning big in the performance department, but they also ask you way more money before handing you one of their devices.

The Pixel 4 does have an Always-on display and 90hz of refresh rate but loses on its very low peak brightness and on the featured Gorilla Glass version. It also lacks the ultra-wide-angle lens and only has 64GB of internal storage.

Pros Pixel 4 iPhone 12 Pro
#1 AMOLED Performance
#2 Always-On-Display AMOLED
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#5 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#6 Glass Protection
Cons Pixel 4 iPhone 12 Pro
#1 MicroSD Slot Always-On-Display
#2 3.5mm Jack MicroSD Slot
#3 Price Weight
#4 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Pixel 4 iPhone 12 Pro
Gaming Score
5.4
6.8
1.4
Tek-Score
5.67
7.40
1.73
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.


 Google Pixel 4 
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
    $579
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $578
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
    $499
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $599
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $543
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $593
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $611
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $550
  • OnePlusrival8
    $564
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $519
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $469
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $468
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594

 Apple iPhone 12 Pro 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $900
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
    $1160
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $995
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro Max
    $1180
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $999
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra
    $1079
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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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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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