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Google Pixel 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S20: Which One Stands Out?




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Google Pixel 4, Samsung Galaxy S20

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Luis Silva (April 2020, updated: February 2021)

Introduction

In my humble opinion, specs-wise, the Google Pixel 4 is a little bit behind last year's Galaxy S10, but how does it fare against this year's Galaxy S20?

While Samsung's Galaxy S20 hit stores in March of 2020, Google's Pixel 4 went on sale in October of 2019.

Here you can look at the Pixel 4 and the Galaxy S20, compare each other's features, and decide which one is best for you. Let us delve into the finer details.

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




Bottom Line

Which is better, the Galaxy S20 or the Pixel 4?

The Galaxy S20 comes at a higher price, but it's the best of the two.

It features better performance (+21%), better glass protection, a better display, more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB), and external storage.

Anything else?

With the Galaxy S20, you'll also get a higher refresh rate, larger (+0.5") display, better peak brightness, faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w), reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (12GB vs. 6GB). But the Pixel 4 brings a cleaner user interface and a telephoto lens (+50 mm).


But how much more will I have to pay for the Galaxy S20?

If you're ignoring carrier offers, you'll have to invest an additional amount close to $149.


Is it worth getting the Pixel 4 in 2021?

Of course. It continues to beat some competition.


Is the Galaxy S20 still worth getting in 2021?

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



You'll rarely (if ever) find these two with the same price tag. That's something to consider when making a comparison between the two.

You'll also see down below a "Tek-Score" for every section that we analyze. We even assessed the worth of all specifications to make it easier for you to perceive the difference between them. The global score will help you compare them to other phones if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

That score is research-based. It's from Globalwebindex.com about the most desired smartphone features by consumers.

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 can help you understand how they fare against other smartphones at the same price range.

Here is their competitors' full list: but basically, we include every smartphone within a 20+20% price range, up and down.

You can click on any underlined feature to check the top 10 phones for that feature for up to seven different budgets.


Price* vs.
Device Pixel 4 Galaxy S20
Release Date 2019, October 2020, March 1y.
OS Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.
Security Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S20 is available with the past generation's Exynos 990 processor, while the Google Pixel 4 brings the Snapdragon 855 processor.

Now about the graphics chipset, while the former has a Mali-G77 MP11, the latter features an Adreno 640.

When it comes to the performance, Geekbench 5 rates the Galaxy S20 21% ahead of its rival on the multi-core rankings. You should notice that it is a bit faster if you test them side by side.

One can entitle the Pixel 4 as an upper mid-range and the Galaxy S20 as a lower high-end device.

The Pixel 4 carries out Android 10 OS, and the Galaxy S20 got the Android 10 and OneUI.

PS: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (with the Adreno 650 GPU) and the Exynos 990 (with the Mali-G77) are market-dependent. Click here for more info.

There's a performance increase of about 15% on the 865 for the Galaxy S20.

As a side note, be aware that that's a considerable performance increase, compared to the Exynos 990. For more details, check the Geekbench 5 link above.


Performance* vs.
Features Pixel 4 Galaxy S20
SoC Snapdragon 855 Exynos 990
Graphics Adreno 640 Mali-G77 MP11
Geekbench 5 Score 2175
2631
456
OS Android 10 Android 10 and OneUI
Tek-Score
5.6
6.4
0.8

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.


Display

Google Pixel 4 front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 front transparent png

The Galaxy S20 features a 6.2" AMOLED display, while the Pixel 4 has a smaller 5.7" AMOLED display. You'll likely have set your preferences already on the display type and size. AMOLED has perfect contrast and viewing angles, but its whites do hurt the battery life.

Do you despise big screens? Then, the Pixel 4 is the one. There are just not that many choices in its class.

The Galaxy S20 adopts a 1440x3200 Quad 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 be aware: The Pixel 4 is shielded with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The Galaxy S20 display is preserved with a previous generation Gorilla Glass 6.

One feature that I do value is the Always-On-Display, and they both have it.

When it comes to outdoor visibility, the Pixel 4 will deliver 423 nits, while the Galaxy S20 does 814 nits.

Most phones from this price range stay in the ballpark of 720 nits, while the Pixel 4 can only do 41% less.

If your next device can't do at least 450 nits, it will disappoint you when in direct sunlight or displaying HDR content. Speaking of HDR content: The Pixel 4 supposedly does HDR video, while the Galaxy S20 does HDR10+.

If high refresh rates are your thing, the Galaxy S20 can go up to 120hz and the Pixel 4 up to 90hz.

If this is something you value, the Pixel 4 has a lower-specced screen.

If you're leaning towards the Pixel 4, just know that 91% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 77% of them have an Always-On display. On the contrary, only 14% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate.

For the Galaxy S20, just so you know, 85% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all of them have an AMOLED screen, and 90% have an Always-On display.


Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features Pixel 4 Galaxy S20
Size 5.7
6.2
0.5
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2280
1440x3200
2145600
Refresh Rate 90hz 120hz 30
Dots per Inch 442.61
565.98
123.37
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch - Hole
Peak Brightness 423 nits
814 nits
391
HDR HDR HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
7.9
9.8
2.0
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Tek-Score
6.4
8.3
1.9

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.


Cameras

Google Pixel 4 back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 back transparent png

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

It also has another shooter with a 16 MP sensor and an aperture of f/2.4 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.

This camera came out of DxOMark's labs with a score of 120. By including its telephoto lens, it'll get 130 points. For a thorough review, click here.

PS: all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 82% of them feature Optical Image Stabilization. Yet, only 23% of them feature a macro lens.

The standard camera on the back of the Galaxy S20 has a 12 MP sensor and a 26mm, f/1.8 aperture, wide-angle lens. It also has one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. When it comes to recording videos, it can do 4320p. You'll also get two additional sensors, one with 64 MP, an aperture of f/2.0, and another with 12 MP (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

If you take a 64 Megapixels snapshot, you can zoom in on it and do a crop in the middle to get the same shot you'd get on a 16 Megapixels shooter with 2x optical zoom.

Samsung included a 10 MP (f/2.2) sensor for selfies and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DxOMark's gurus should be reviewing this shooter anytime soon, I hope. Knowing them, it'll get about 120* points. By considering its wide-angle lens, this score goes up to 132** points.

Finally, just so you know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Regardless, only 10% of them feature a macro lens.

At least theoretically, I don't see a meaningful winner in the camera department.

If you're not a numbers person, we can tag the Pixel 4 more like a lower high-end and the Galaxy S20 as high-end.

What I really like about the Pixel 4 is the 2x telephoto lens. It can save lots of otherwise pixelated photos.

*The guys over at DxOMark know how to benchmark these shooters. Too bad some cameras don't have a chance to be tested. So when I get my hands on one of them, I take every hardware specs (like lenses, sensor size, OIS, aperture, and so on) and give a comparable score. You should give it a topmost discrepancy of 2 points.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, especially for cameras with no zoom and with less than 40MP. They moved to a new camera test protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed cameras to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.


Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera Pixel 4 Galaxy S20
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.7
1.8
0.1
Lens 27mm
26mm
-1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 1 -1
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 4320 2160
Score 130
132
2

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Pixel 4 Galaxy S20 vs.
Megapixels 16
64
48
Aperture 2.4
2.0
-0.4
Lens 50mm (2x zoom)
-
Lens Type Telephoto lens -
Megapixels - 12
Aperture - 2.2
Lens - 13mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 10 12 2

Selfie Camera Pixel 4 Galaxy S20 vs.
Megapixels 8
10
2
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens 22mm 26mm 4

Pixel 4 Galaxy S20 vs.
Tek-Score
7.6
7.8
0.1

Body

The Pixel 4 comes at 147x68 mm (5.79x2.68 inches). The Samsung Galaxy S20, however, is a bit larger. Precisely 0.04 inches (1 mm) and a bit taller: 0.16 inches (4 mm).

The former has about 8 mm (0.32 inches) of thickness, while the latter has 7 mm (0.28 inches).

They both have a beautiful glass body. If you thought weighs could help you pick one of these, you're out of luck. But because screen size also matters, the "weight to display size" rate of the Pixel 4 is 5.6, meaning it has an acceptable score for its display size. The Galaxy S20, on the other hand, has 7.4, which is pretty nice.

You'll also get some color options here. The Samsung Galaxy S20 comes in Cosmic Grey, Cloud Pink, Cloud Blue, Cloud White, and Aura Red. The Google Pixel 4, in its turn, comes in Clearly White, Oh So Orange, and Just Black.

If the Galaxy S20 is small enough for you, that's neat. If not, you should check other phones.

Does a fingerprint scanner matter to you? There's one under the display of the Galaxy S20!

Although a pin isn't the only login option in the Pixel 4. Wisely, Google included a Face ID scanner.

The Pixel 4 is resistant to water up to 1 to 3 meters, and the same goes for the Galaxy S20. That shouldn't last over half an hour, and it's standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.


Looks* vs.
Body Pixel 4 Galaxy S20
Size 147 x 68 x 8 mm
(5.19 x 2.40 x 0.28 in)
151 x 69 x 7 mm
(5.33 x 2.43 x 0.25 in)
-7035
Weight 162 g. (5.71 oz)
163 g. (5.75 oz)
1
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Clearly White, Oh So Orange, and Just Black Cosmic Grey, Cloud Pink, Cloud Blue, Cloud White, and Aura Red
Screen To Body Ratio 81.13%
89.07%
7.95
Disp.Size To Weight Score 5.6 7.4 1.8
Looks 7.8/10
10.0/10
2.2
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
8.2
8.6
0.4

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

Battery

Specs-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S20 seems to have an advantage here, without a doubt. 4000 mAh vs. 2800 mAh is a no-brainer. But is that so? If you do a full charge and run these tests, that's what you can expect from the Pixel 4:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, 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 get down to 56% left.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, the phone will have 58% left for the rest of the day.

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

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 76% left.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, this phone should end up with 59%.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 60% of the battery charge.

In conclusion, you should get the same battery life with either device.

One more thing about battery life on the Pixel 4: it is way below what you find on their rivals. These results show that it lasts about 12% less.

If one of these will end up being the one, you'll have quick-charging on your next phone: 18w for the Pixel 4 and 25w for the Galaxy S20.

If you value wireless charging, they can do 5w vs. 15w.

You can wirelessly charge any compatible device from the Galaxy S20 at up to 9w.

The Snapdragon 865 also has better battery efficiency (about 10% more screen-on-time) when you compare it to the Exynos 990.


Battery* vs.
Features Pixel 4 Galaxy S20
Capacity (mAh) 2800 4000 1200
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 76% left
76% left
0
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 56% left
59% left
3
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 58% left
60% left
2
Bat. To Phone Size Score 6.3 5.3 -1.0
Sub Tek-Score
6.3
6.5
0.2
Fast Charging 18w
25w
7
Wireless Charging 5w
15w
10
Reverse Charging No 9w
9
Tek-Score
5.7
6.5
0.8

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.


Storage

The Pixel 4 features 64GB of internal storage and 6GB 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 offer more RAM and more storage. They have 7GB of RAM and 119Gb of storage on average, but you can find better options.

On the Galaxy S20, you'll find 128GB of internal storage and 12GB of RAM. If that isn't enough, you can add a MicroSD card later.

Most people should be OK with only 64 GB of internal storage. However, if you can't get enough of the record button, you'll find out that 64 GB won't be enough for you.


Storage* vs.
Features Pixel 4 Galaxy S20
RAM (GB) 6GB
12GB
6
Internal (GB) 64GB
128GB
64
Micro SD No microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
2.8
7.5
4.8

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


Connectivity

When it comes to connectivity, you can count on the traditional Bluetooth 5.0 chip. Both devices also feature the standard NFC module.

About the 3.5mm jack: Now may be the time to consider moving to wireless earbuds. Want a piece of advice? Forget about adapters and go for the wireless buds. Luckily, you can still get it on other phones if you're willing to forget about them. Perhaps you don't mind settling with the Pixel 4a or the Sony Xperia 1 II.

The Galaxy S20 has two network variants: LTE or (LTE and) 5G. You can pick the Galaxy S20 with 5G with 12GB of RAM.


Connectivity vs.
Features Pixel 4 Galaxy S20
Network LTE LTE (also available in 5G)
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
4.6
4.6
0.0

Price

The Google Pixel 4 may not be the cheapest phone, but it's cheaper nonetheless. But with a great deal or a price drop, it can be an impressive finding. The Samsung Galaxy S20, on the other hand, is usually more costly, but I think that you can find some additional value in it. One can hope that at least it may age better.

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

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


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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 4 Galaxy S20 VS
Amazon 1.04 0.73 -0.31
eBay 1.33 - -
Best Buy - - -
Wallmart 0.95 - -

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

Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. First, let me mention the average at their price range. They usually sit close to 6.4 (for the Pixel 4) and 6.9 (for the Galaxy S20).


Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S20 Stand Out?

I believe it's not that surprising at all, but the Galaxy S20 wins over the Pixel 4. While not being the perfect smartphone (I leave that to last year's S10 family), you'll get quite an improvement on performance, a larger display, a slightly better battery life, double the RAM and internal storage, while keeping its weight down. What's even more impressive is that you're very likely to find both of them with the same price tag.


Pros Pixel 4 Galaxy S20
#1 AMOLED Performance
#2 Always-On-Display AMOLED
#3 Cameras Always-On-Display
#4 Fast Charging Cameras
#5 Wireless Charging Fast Charging
#6 Wireless Charging
#7 MicroSD Slot
#8 Glass Protection

Cons Pixel 4 Galaxy S20
#1 MicroSD Slot 3.5mm Jack
#2 3.5mm Jack Price
#3 Price

Relative Score* vs.
Global Score Pixel 4 Galaxy S20
Gaming Score
5.4
7.7
2.4
Tek-Score
5.71
7.30
1.59

*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 4 
  • Apple


    iPhone 8
    $370

  • OnePlus


    7
    $388

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 8
    $424

  • Apple


    iPhone 8 Plus
    $390

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10e
    $399

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10
    $499

  • Apple


    iPhone XS
    $410

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Plus
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10e EX
    $428

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10e SD
    $399

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ EX
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ SD
    $493

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 EX
    $429

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 SD
    $499

  • OnePlus


    7T
    $399

  • OnePlus


    7 Pro
    $429

  • Huawei


    P30
    $400

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 9
    $400

  • Apple


    iPhone SE 2
    $439

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Lite
    $470

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 10 Lite
    $389

  • OnePlus


    Nord
    $380

  • Google


    Pixel 4a
    $350

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10T Pro
    $480

  • Samsung


    Galaxy M51
    $396

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10 Lite
    $399

 Samsung Galaxy S20 
  • Sony


    Xperia 1
    $688

  • Sony


    Xperia 5
    $699

  • Apple


    iPhone X
    $562

  • Apple


    iPhone 11
    $578

  • Apple


    iPhone 11 Pro
    $750

  • Apple


    iPhone XS Max
    $620

  • Apple


    iPhone 11 Pro Max
    $580

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 EX
    $684

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 SD
    $649

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20+ EX
    $749

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20+ SD
    $649

  • Huawei


    P30 Pro
    $598

  • Google


    Pixel 4 XL
    $609

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 Plus
    $749

  • Huawei


    P40 Pro
    $779

  • Huawei


    P40
    $666

  • OnePlus


    8 Pro
    $599

  • OnePlus


    8
    $630

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10 Pro
    $600

  • Apple


    iPhone 12
    $799

  • Oppo


    Find X2 Neo
    $593

  • Apple


    iPhone 12 Mini
    $739

  • OnePlus


    8T
    $599

  • Oppo


    Reno4 Pro
    $594

  • Sony


    Xperia 1 II
    $821

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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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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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