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Google Pixel 4 XL vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Which Fits Your Needs?

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

You'll spend more on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, but it also is the better device of the two considering their specs.

It comes with better glass protection, a better display, better battery life, more internal storage (256GB vs. 64GB), and external storage.

Anything else?

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra also has a higher refresh rate, larger (+0.6") display, better peak brightness, a telephoto lens (+70 mm), faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w), reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (12GB vs. 6GB). But the Pixel 4 XL will give you a cleaner user interface.

How much more are you willing to spend on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra?

If you're going off-contract, it'll cost you around $215 more.

Is the Pixel 4 XL still worth buying in 2021?

The Pixel 4 XL is holding up pretty well in 2021, and while it isn't the best device out there, at least it's more affordable now. Having said that, the Galaxy S20 has more storage, more security updates, faster charging, more RAM, reverse charging, and external storage.

Is it worth buying the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in 2021?

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra wasn't released that long ago, so it's obviously, a top recommended device for 2021. That's mainly based on its good camera, good battery life, tons of storage, excellent glass protection, and tons of RAM. But if you've been dreaming about other phones, the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max should also be one of them.

Keep reading to learn more about what sets them apart, how they fare against their competition, and how the tech experts evaluate their specs.

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Google Pixel 4 XL, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

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Introduction

Is the Pixel 4 XL good-enough, or should you just go all-in on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra?

It actually depends on what you really value, so without further ado, let's check all the differences between them.

Samsung introduced its Galaxy Note 20 Ultra model in August of 2020. Meanwhile, Google's Pixel 4 XL started to sell in October of 2019.

With this article, you'll be able to compare every feature of the Pixel 4 XL and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Then, you can decide what model better suits your needs. Let's start.

You'll rarely (if ever) find these two with the same price tag. That is something worth considering when comparing them.

While scrolling down, you'll see a "Tek-Score" for each phone in every section. For a quicker analysis of how far they are from each other, we'll consider all their specifications. You'll find a global score at the end, which can help you compare to other phones if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

The weight of each section

We've based our score on a study from Globalwebindex.com about what people want from their next smartphone. But you'll be able to define how the global score is composed based on your preferences. You can skip to the end, but I encourage you to keep reading.

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

There's a colored progress bar next to some items. That's so you can see how they relate to the ones from similarly priced smartphones.

By clicking here: you'll see which ones we've analyzed, but we only include smartphones with price tags from -20% to +20%.

Some features are also shortcuts to our corresponding eight top 10 listings for all budgets.

Price*
vs.
Device Pixel 4 XL Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Release Date 2019, October 2020, August 1y.
OS Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.
Security Updates 3 years 4 years 1y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

About performance: Geekbench 5 scores the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 6% ahead of its rival in the multi-core ranking. Overall, you wouldn't feel that much of a difference between them.

Unfortunately, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra isn't that smooth. It actually is below the average against similarly priced phones. The average score is 3279, but it got 2561.

We can classify both of them as lower high-end.

Samsung decided to include the past generation's Exynos 990 processor on its Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. In its turn, the Google Pixel 4 XL has the Snapdragon 855 processor.

About the graphics: while the first one brings a Mali-G77 MP11, the other has an Adreno 640.

At least you'll get the Android 10 on the Pixel 4 XL, and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 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.

There's a considerable performance increase of about 20% on the 865+ for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Performance*
vs.
Features Pixel 4 XL Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
SoC Snapdragon 855 Exynos 990
Graphics Adreno 640 Mali-G77 MP11
Geekbench 5 Score 2416
2561
145
OS Android 10 Android 10 and OneUI
Tek-Score
6.0
6.3
0.2

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Google Pixel 4 XL front transparent png Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra front transparent png

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the title-holder here, and it wins by a significant margin.

Would you prefer the 6.9" AMOLED display of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra or the smaller 6.3" AMOLED panel of the Pixel 4 XL? It all comes down to personal preferences for both the display type and size. Me, I'd go for an AMOLED screen, but a decent LCD can be just as good.

The display of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a resolution of 1440x3088 Quad HD. The Pixel 4 XL, in its turn, has 1440x3040 Quad HD.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so it's essential to know what kind of glass protection they have. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra features the latest Gorilla Glass Victus display. The Pixel 4 XL has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Good news for those who value an Always-On display: both phones have it.

When it comes to outdoor visibility, the Pixel 4 XL will deliver 435 nits, but the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra can go up to 589 nits above that.

Usually, devices in this price range only do around 771 nits, but there's a 336 nits gap below that for the Pixel 4 XL.

If your next device can't do at least 450 nits, it isn't suitable for HDR content nor to use in direct sunlight visibility. Speaking of HDR content: Are you considering watching HDR content? The Pixel 4 XL supposedly does HDR10, and its competitor can show HDR10+ videos.

If high refresh rates are your thing, you should pick the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra with its 120hz over the Pixel 4 XL that only has 90hz.

Bearing in mind the Pixel 4 XL, you should know that 88% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 92% have an Always-On display.

Compared to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 80% have an Always-On display and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Pixel 4 XL Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Size 6.3
6.9
0.6
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1440x3040
1440x3088
69120
Refresh Rate 90hz 120hz 30
Dots per Inch 533.94
493.80
-40.13
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch - Hole
Peak Brightness 435 nits
1024 nits
589
HDR HDR10 HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
8.4
9.8
1.4
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
6.5
9.9
3.4

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Google Pixel 4 XL back transparent png Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra back transparent png

I believe that you can get the same performance on both cameras.

Flip the phones over, let's start the cameras' battle. Together, a 12 Megapixels sensor, an aperture of f/1.7, a 27mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization makes up the Pixel 4 XL camera set. Adding to that, you'll still get the ability to record videos at up to 2160p.

You can also count on another 16 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.4, plus a 50mm telephoto lens.

Want to know about its selfie capabilities? It has an 8 MP (f/2.0) shooter and a 22 mm wide-angle lens.

I would've loved it if DXOMARK reviewed this camera, but we don't need a crystal ball to guess the score: 121*. If you also consider its telephoto lens, it can go up to 130** points.

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

With its whopping 108 Megapixels shooter, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra's leading camera has an aperture of f/1.8 and a 26mm, wide-angle lens. You'll be getting one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. You can record videos at 4320p. It also has two extra rear-facing camera lenses. One has 12 Megapixels (with an aperture of f/3.0 and an astounding 120mm telephoto lens), and another with 12 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

Just so you know: You can take a 108 Megapixels photo, zoom in and crop, and get 2x optical zoom. You'll get a 27 Megapixels photo.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is also known for its impressive 50x hybrid Space Zoom. In theory, that's a step down from the S20 Ultra 100x, but since it's an "AI-powered" zoom, it shouldn't matter much.

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

DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 122. By adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that score goes up to 136. If you want to know more about it, check it here.

Finally, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization, and 93% feature a telephoto lens. Regardless, none of them feature a macro lens.

We can classify the Pixel 4 XL more as a lower high-end while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra leans towards the high-end.

Just because the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra rules the optical zoom round doesn't mean that the 2x optical zoom of the Pixel 4 XL isn't a great feature.

Additionally, the Pixel 4 XL zoom lens is 24mm below what you usually see in its class.

*DXOMARK is a world-known reference in the camera benchmarking department. Unfortunately, there are lots of good cameras left out of their labs. So what do I do? I take every hardware specs (like lenses, sensor size, OIS, aperture, and so on) and give a comparable score. As of now, you can expect a topmost discrepancy of 2 points.

**This score still needs improvement, at least for phones with no zoom and up to 35 to 40MP. They moved to a new camera test protocol, and they don't have enough reviews for me to refine the pre-update camera scores.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Pixel 4 XL Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Megapixels 12
108
96
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
136
6

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Pixel 4 XL Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 16
12
-4
Aperture 2.4
3.0
0.6
Lens 50mm (2x zoom)
120mm (4.6x zoom)
70
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels - 12
Aperture - 2.2
Lens - 13mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 9 14 5
Selfie Camera Pixel 4 XL Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 8
10
2
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens 22mm 26mm 4
Pixel 4 XL Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs.
Tek-Score
7.6
8.0
0.4

Who has the best frame?

It's a tie, so any will do.

The Pixel 4 XL comes at 160x75 mm (6.30x2.96 inches). The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra came out 0.16 inches (4 mm) taller and 0.08 inches (2 mm) wider.

Both are 8 mm thicker (about 0.32 inches).

A front and back glass body does make these phones look premium on your hands. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a little bit heavier: About 15 g. (0.59 oz). But because screen size also matters, the Pixel 4 XL has a "weight to screen size" score of 4.1, showing it has an acceptable score for its screen size. In the meantime, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has 4.4, so nothing to state here.

If you like having color options, you can buy the Pixel 4 XL in Clearly White, Oh So Orange, and Just Black. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, in its turn, comes in Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black.

If the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is small enough for you, that's neat. If not, you should check other phones.

Would you like to have a fingerprint scanner? The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra included one under the display. Unfortunately, the Pixel 4 XL doesn't have any.

Although a pin isn't the only login option in the Pixel 4 XL. Usually, logging in with a fingerprint scanner is faster, but at least you'll get a Face ID scanner.

The Pixel 4 XL is water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters, on par with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Remember that it shouldn't be for over half an hour, and it's freshwater in standby mode only.

Looks*
vs.
Body Pixel 4 XL Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Size 160 x 75 x 8 mm
(5.64 x 2.65 x 0.28 in)
164 x 77 x 8 mm
(5.78 x 2.72 x 0.28 in)
5024
Weight 193 g. (6.81 oz)
208 g. (7.34 oz)
15
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Clearly White, Oh So Orange, and Just Black Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black
Screen To Body Ratio 82.55%
93.17%
10.61
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.1 4.4 0.3
Looks 8.1/10
9.1/10
1.0
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
7.1
6.8
-0.3

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

Which has the best battery?

The Pixel 4 XL features a 3700 mAh battery, while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has 4500 mAh. And according to GSMArena's tests, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra does have an advantage here.

That's what you can expect from the Pixel 4 XL after charging it up:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 78% left.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 60% left for the rest of the day.
  • From 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.

And these are Galaxy Note 20 Ultra's patterns:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 83% of the battery remaining.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, this phone should end up with 69%.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, this is where your battery will be: 72%.

OK, the Pixel 4 XL isn't winning any battery contest. Google should've opted for a larger battery, just like their equally sized rivals. Its "battery to device size" rate is 2.3.

Clearly, the Pixel 4 XL's battery capacity is well below the average in this price range. It lasts 9% less than the average on these tasks.

Both phones support fast charging. You can charge the Pixel 4 XL at a maximum of 18w/hour and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra up to 25w/hour.

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

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra can also wirelessly charge other devices at 4.5w. These additional features do make a difference.

The Snapdragon 865+ variant also has better battery efficiency, about 7% of additional screen-on-time.

Battery*
vs.
Features Pixel 4 XL Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Capacity (mAh) 3700 4500 800
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 78% left
83% left
5
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 60% left
69% left
9
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 60% left
72% left
12
Bat. To Phone Size Score 2.3 2.6 0.3
Sub Tek-Score
6.6
7.5
0.9
Fast Charging 18w
25w
7
Wireless Charging 5w
15w
10
Reverse Charging No 4.5w
4.5
Tek-Score
5.8
7.2
1.4

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, for sure.

In terms of RAM, the Pixel 4 XL brings 6GB. In terms of storage, it has 64GB. There's no expandable storage. While it shouldn't be a deal-breaker, you should keep that in mind when purchasing one. I should also mention that most rivals have more RAM and more storage. They're around 8GB of RAM and 147Gb of storage.

In its turn, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of integrated storage. You can add a MicroSD card if you want.

Both phones have more than enough storage and RAM for the average consumer. However, if you can't get enough of the record button, 64 GB will be a problem sooner than later.

Storage*
vs.
Features Pixel 4 XL Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
RAM (GB) 6GB
12GB
6
Internal (GB) 64GB
256GB
192
Micro SD No microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
2.8
10.0
7.3

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, unless you don't care about 5G.

Both phones have Bluetooth 5.0, so nothing special here. Both devices also feature the standard NFC module.

There isn't much to say about the 3.5mm headphone jack, except that it simply isn't here. You may go for an adapter as a last resort, but it really isn't the same. Or you can also check its rivals if you don't mind searching for them. You'd have to pick a smartphone like the Sony Xperia 1 II.

You can connect the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra to LTE or (LTE and) 5G networks.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Pixel 4 XL Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Network LTE 5G (also available in LTE)
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 XL isn't the cheapest smartphone that you can buy. But do search for any deals or price drops before making up your mind. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, on the other hand, is usually more costly, but if it's worth it or not, it's up to you to decide. Theoretically, you should get more money back if you end up selling it.

Let's see if it really worths it or not.

Here's what we've found out:

Google Pixel 4 XL

Reference: $780

Google Pixel 4 XL

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Reference: $995

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

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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 XL Galaxy Note 20 Ultra VS
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Want to know about that global score? Let me point out the average of its competitors. It's 6.9 for the Pixel 4 XL and 7.6 for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Stand Out?

If what you really value on a smartphone is its performance, then just pick the Pixel 4 XL, and you'll end up saving a lot in the end. Of course, that's only true for the Exynos variant.

But if you're looking for a reason to pick the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, then I'll give you six:

First, it has a way better display, with tons of nits for HDR and outdoor visibility.

Second, Gorilla Glass Victus is a huge improvement, even compared to the previous version.

Third, its picture quality and telephoto lens.

Forth, the under-the-display fingerprint reader.

Fifth, its battery life, together with faster charging, faster wireless charging, and reverse charging.

And last but not least, double the RAM, four times the internal storage, and the MicroSD Slot.

That's about it. Now it's up to you to decide.

Pros Pixel 4 XL Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#4 Cameras Cameras
#5 Fast Charging Battery Life
#6 Wireless Charging Fast Charging
#7 Wireless Charging
#8 MicroSD Slot
#9 Storage
#10 Glass Protection
Cons Pixel 4 XL Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
#1 MicroSD Slot Weight
#2 Weight 3.5mm Jack
#3 3.5mm Jack Price
#4 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Pixel 4 XL Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Gaming Score
5.8
8.4
2.5
Tek-Score
5.70
8.08
2.38
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 XL 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $699
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
    $579
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $569
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $614
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $704
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $614
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $540
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $598
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $539
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8
    $630
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $509
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $514
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $565
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $729
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $599
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698

 Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $799
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
    $1049
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $900
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $849
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
    $1099
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $919
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro Max
    $1099
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $997
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $899
  • 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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