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Google Pixel 4a vs Samsung Galaxy S10: Which Fits Your Needs?




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Google Pixel 4a, Samsung Galaxy S10

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Luis Silva (September 2020, updated: February 2021)

Introduction

So, is the recently released Pixel 4a good enough to beat the good-old Galaxy S10? Or is Google holding back on some crucial features? Let's find that out.

While Samsung's Galaxy S10 hit stores in March of 2019, Google's Pixel 4a went on sale in August of 2020.

Here you can look at the Pixel 4a and the Galaxy S10, 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

Is the Pixel 4a better than the Galaxy S10?

You'll spend more on the Galaxy S10, but it also has better specs.

It features better performance (+32%), better glass protection, a better display, water-resistance, a glass back, and external storage.

Anything else?

The Galaxy S10 also has a larger (+0.3") display, a telephoto lens (+52 mm), more cameras, wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB). But the Pixel 4a adds a cleaner user interface.


How much more are you willing to spend on the Galaxy S10?

If you're ignoring carrier offers, you're going to shell out an extra amount of about $149.


Is it worth buying the Pixel 4a in 2021?

Of course. Its overall score has not dropped much yet.


Is it worth buying the Galaxy S10 in 2021?

Yes! If you don't plan to keep it for over 1 year, and you get to save a little bit too.



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

For each featured section, there's a "Tek-Score" for you to check. We even assessed the worth of all specifications to make it easier for you to perceive the difference between them. We'll also provide a global score for comparison if you're interested in other than these two.

This score is based on research from Globalwebindex.com on what buyers are looking for when purchasing a smartphone.

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 fare against other smartphones at the same price range.

Here's our contestant panel: 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 all budgets.


Price* vs.
Device Pixel 4a Galaxy S10
Release Date 2020, August 2019, March -1y.
OS Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.
Security Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


Performance

What about their chipsets? The Samsung Galaxy S10 features the Exynos 9820 processor and the Google Pixel 4a, the Snapdragon 730 processor.

Regarding the graphics chipset, the former features a Mali-G76 MP12, and the latter has an Adreno 618.

As for performance, Geekbench 5 scores the Galaxy S10 32% ahead of its competitor on the multi-core rankings. This should be noticeable when opening apps or games.

When it comes to performance, the Pixel 4a is way under the average by comparing it with other smartphones from this price range. It got a score of 1626, compared to the usual 2125, or close to that.

We can classify the Pixel 4a as mid-range and the Galaxy S10 as an upper mid-range.

The Pixel 4a features the Android 10 OS, and the Galaxy S10 got the Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI.

PS: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (with the Adreno 640 GPU) and the Exynos 9820 (with the Mali-G76) are market-dependent. Click here for more info.

There's a performance increase of about 17% on the 855 for the Galaxy S10.


Performance* vs.
Features Pixel 4a Galaxy S10
SoC Snapdragon 730 Exynos 9820
Graphics Adreno 618 Mali-G76 MP12
Geekbench 5 Score 1626
2153
527
OS Android 10 Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI
Tek-Score
4.7
5.6
0.9

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.


Display

Google Pixel 4a front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S10 front transparent png

The Pixel 4a has a 5.8-inch AMOLED screen, which is slightly smaller than the Galaxy S10's 6.1-inch AMOLED display. It all comes down to personal preferences for both the display type and size. Do you favor AMOLED screens?

If you prefer a smartphone with a small display, don't waste your time searching for other devices, and go for the Pixel 4a. It really is short compared to most similarly priced phones.

The display of the Galaxy S10 has a resolution of 1440x3040 Quad HD. The Pixel 4a, in its turn, has 1080x2340 Full HD.

One peculiarity that the Galaxy S10 has over other similarly priced phones: Its pixel density evens out at 25% above the rest.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so you need to know about their glass protection. The Pixel 4a is shielded with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The Galaxy S10 display is preserved with a previous generation Gorilla Glass 6. I was expecting something better from Google, at least Gorilla Glass 5, because this is from 2013.

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

When it comes to outdoor visibility, both can do about 803 nits.

The Pixel 4a features an HDR display, and its competitor can show HDR10+ videos.

If you haven't noticed yet, the Galaxy S10 is the winner here.

If you're leaning towards the Pixel 4a, you should know that 78% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and 83% of them have an AMOLED screen. However, only 17% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate and feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Compared to the Galaxy S10, 87% of its rivals can play HDR content, 91% have an AMOLED screen, and 83% of them have an Always-On display.


Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features Pixel 4a Galaxy S10
Size 5.8
6.1
0.3
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
1440x3040
1850400
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 444.35
551.44
107.10
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 803 nits
820 nits
17
HDR HDR HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
8.7
9.2
0.5
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Tek-Score
4.3
8.0
3.8

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.


Cameras

Google Pixel 4a back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S10 back transparent png

What about its shooters? The Pixel 4a has a 12 MP camera with an aperture of f/1.7, a 27mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It can record videos at up to 2160p.

Want to know about its selfie capabilities? It has an 8 MP (f/2.0) shooter and a 24 mm wide-angle lens.

DxOMark has rated this camera with a score of 122. If you also consider its digital zoom abilities, it'll get 128 points. For a thorough review, click here.

PS: 94% of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, and all of them have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

The Galaxy S10 features a 12 MP (f/1.5) shooter and a 26mm wide-angle lens. You can also count on one flash LED, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It also records videos at up to 2160 pixels. There's also an extra dual sensor with 12 MP (f/2.4 plus a 52mm telephoto lens) and 16 MP (f/2.2) with a 12mm ultra-wide-angle lens, working together to give more freedom when framing shots.

There's a dual aperture shooter on the Galaxy S10 that allows you to choose between f/1.5 or f/2.4.

The front-facing camera features a 10 MP shooter with an aperture of f/1.9 and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DxOMark evaluated this camera, and here's the rate: 116. By adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we'll get to the final rate of 129** points. If you want to know more about it, click here.

Last (but not least), just so you know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 91% of them feature Optical Image Stabilization. Additionally, only 13% of them feature a macro lens.

You should note that the Galaxy S10 is in the neighborhood of 46% above its adversaries for the same budget. However, none of these stand out.

One can place these two as lower high-end.

That's something that I really value on a smartphone: a telephoto lens. The Galaxy S10 has it, with a zoom of about 2x. It can save lots of otherwise pixelated photos.

The Galaxy S10's lens can deliver a shallower depth of field and produce clearer pictures with this lens aperture.

**This rate still needs improvement, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They just revised their formula, and I still have few reviewed devices to better deduce a compatible rate.


Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera Pixel 4a Galaxy S10
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.7
1.5
-0.2
Lens 27mm
26mm
-1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 128
129
1

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Pixel 4a Galaxy S10 vs.
Megapixels - 12
Aperture - 2.4
Lens - 52mm (2x zoom)
Lens Type - Telephoto lens
Megapixels - 16
Aperture - 2.2
Lens - 12mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 6 13 7

Selfie Camera Pixel 4a Galaxy S10 vs.
Megapixels 8
10
2
Aperture 2.0
1.9
-0.1
Lens 24mm 26mm 2

Pixel 4a Galaxy S10 vs.
Tek-Score
7.5
7.6
0.1

Body

The Pixel 4a comes at 144x69 mm (5.67x2.72 inches). Samsung's Galaxy S10 is a bit taller, precisely 5 mm (0.20 inches), and a bit larger too, about 1 mm (0.04 inches).

They all come close in thickness: 8 mm (0.32 inches) vs. 7 mm (0.28 inches). By doing some math, I found out that the Pixel 4a is 15% smaller than the average phone for its price segment.

The Galaxy S10 also has a glass back, and it looks gorgeous. The Pixel 4a weighs 143 g. (5.04 oz), while its rival is 14 g. (0.55 oz) heavier. If you're looking for a lightweight device, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The Pixel 4a got a score of 8.9, showing it's one of the lightest phones for its screen size. In the meantime, the Galaxy S10 has 7.9, which suggests exceptional work from Samsung.

If you like having color options, you can buy the Pixel 4a in Just Black. The Galaxy S10, in its turn, comes in Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Blue, Cardinal Red, and Smoke Blue.

If you like to keep your phones small, consider getting the Google Pixel 4a. Otherwise, the other one is more or less the same here.

Would you like to have a fingerprint scanner? It doesn't matter because both have one.

The Galaxy S10 is rated IP68, which means it's water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters. It should be for less than 30 minutes, and it's freshwater in standby mode only.


Looks* vs.
Body Pixel 4a Galaxy S10
Size 144 x 69 x 8 mm
(5.08 x 2.43 x 0.28 in)
149 x 70 x 7 mm
(5.26 x 2.47 x 0.25 in)
-6478
Weight 143 g. (5.04 oz)
157 g. (5.54 oz)
14
Build Front glass Front and back glass
Colors Just Black Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Blue, Cardinal Red, and Smoke Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 83.11%
89.05%
5.94
Disp.Size To Weight Score 8.9 7.9 -1.0
Looks 4.9/10
10.0/10
5.1
Waterproof - IP68
Biometrics Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
3.7
8.9
5.2

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

Battery

In theory, the 3400 mAh of the Samsung Galaxy S10's battery will crush the Google Pixel 4a with only 3140 mAh of battery capacity. But are the numbers really that clear? If you charge them up and run some tests, that's how the Pixel 4a performs:

  • If you do 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.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 62% left.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, you'll still get 63% to spend doing other things.

And this is how the Galaxy S10 handles these tests:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll end up with 78% of the battery charge.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 58% left for the rest of the day.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, this is where your battery will be: 62%.

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

One more thing about battery life on the Pixel 4a: it is way below the typical values of its competitors. It lasts 9% less than the average on these tasks.

The Pixel 4a features quick-charging at up to 18w, but the Galaxy S10 does it too, at 15w.

You can also give the Galaxy S10 extra credits for having wireless charging of up to 15w/hour.

The Galaxy S10 can also wirelessly charge other devices at 9w. These additional features do make a difference.

The Snapdragon 855 chipset has another advantage: A battery life boost of about 15% (screen-on-time) if you compare it to the Exynos 9820.


Battery* vs.
Features Pixel 4a Galaxy S10
Capacity (mAh) 3140 3400 260
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 79% left
78% left
-1
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 62% left
58% left
-4
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 63% left
62% left
-1
Bat. To Phone Size Score 7.4 5.9 -1.4
Sub Tek-Score
6.8
6.6
-0.2
Fast Charging 18w
15w
-3
Wireless Charging No 15w
15
Reverse Charging No 9w
9
Tek-Score
5.9
6.5
0.6

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.


Storage

The Pixel 4a features 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM. Memory cards aren't welcome here, but with that much space, who cares?

The Galaxy S10 offers 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. If you need additional storage, you can insert a MicroSD card on it.


Storage* vs.
Features Pixel 4a Galaxy S10
RAM (GB) 6GB
8GB
2
Internal (GB) 128GB
128GB
0
Micro SD No microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
6.0
7.5
1.5

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


Connectivity

Bluetooth 5.0 is here, on both of them. Both phones also have NFC.

Do you still favor wired headphones? That's OK because both have a 3.5mm headphone jack.

You can connect them to LTE or (LTE and) 5G networks. This allows you to get a version of the Pixel 4a with a bigger battery, an extra 16MP ultrawide camera, a larger 6.2-inch display, and a Snapdragon 765G SoC. The Galaxy S10 also has a 5G version, which features 256GB of storage, a larger 6.7-inch display, a 0.3MP depth camera, a 4500 mAh battery, and fast charging at 25w instead.


Connectivity vs.
Features Pixel 4a Galaxy S10
Network LTE (also available in 5G) LTE (also available in 5G)
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
Tek-Score
9.5
9.5
0.0

Price

The Google Pixel 4a may not be the best bang for your buck. But if you do search for any deals and price drops, things can get interesting. The Samsung Galaxy S10, in its turn, isn't that cheap, but if it's worth it or not, it's up to you to decide. One can hope that at least it may age better.

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

Here are their recently updated prices:


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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 4a Galaxy S10 VS
Amazon - - -
eBay 1.36 1.19 -0.17
Best Buy 1.89 - -
Wallmart 1.73 - -

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

Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. The Pixel 4a class is at 6.1, and the Galaxy S10 6.6.


Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S10 Stand Out?

Well, the Galaxy S10 is getting old, and the Exynos chipset doesn't help either (unless you live in the States, in which case, you'll get the Snapdragon version), but still, the Snapdragon 730 is way too slow for this price range. That alone makes the Pixel 4a a no-go for anyone who values performance. Then you could add the old Gorilla Glass 3 protection, its limited color availability, the lack of a water-resistant body, wireless and reverse charging, and also the lack of a MicroSD card. Suddenly, the Pixel 4a looks like just another limited mid-range phone. And that's just what the global score shows.


Pros Pixel 4a Galaxy S10
#1 AMOLED AMOLED
#2 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#5 3.5mm Jack Wireless Charging
#6 MicroSD Slot
#7 3.5mm Jack
#8 Glass Protection

Cons Pixel 4a Galaxy S10
#1 Wireless Charging
#2 MicroSD Slot
#3 Glass Protection

Relative Score* vs.
Global Score Pixel 4a Galaxy S10
Gaming Score
5.8
6.8
1.0
Tek-Score
5.68
7.31
1.63

*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 4a 
  • Apple


    iPhone 8
    $370

  • Apple


    iPhone XR
    $325

  • OnePlus


    7
    $388

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 9T Pro
    $290

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 10+
    $334

  • Apple


    iPhone 8 Plus
    $390

  • Samsung


    Galaxy M30s
    $300

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 9
    $334

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10e
    $399

  • Apple


    iPhone XS
    $410

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10e SD
    $399

  • OnePlus


    7T
    $399

  • Huawei


    P30
    $400

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S9 Plus
    $307

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 9
    $400

  • Huawei


    Mate 20
    $285

  • Samsung


    Galaxy A71
    $299

  • Huawei


    P40 Lite
    $298

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 10 Lite
    $389

  • OnePlus


    Nord
    $380

  • OnePlus


    Nord N10
    $299

  • Samsung


    Galaxy M51
    $396

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10T Lite
    $304

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10 Lite
    $399

 Samsung Galaxy S10 
  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 8
    $424

  • Apple


    iPhone X
    $562

  • Apple


    iPhone 11
    $578

  • Apple


    iPhone 11 Pro Max
    $580

  • Apple


    iPhone XS
    $410

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 10
    $547

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Plus
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10e EX
    $428

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ EX
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ SD
    $493

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 EX
    $429

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 SD
    $499

  • OnePlus


    7 Pro
    $429

  • OnePlus


    7T Pro
    $549

  • Huawei


    P30
    $400

  • Huawei


    P30 Pro
    $598

  • Google


    Pixel 4
    $429

  • Huawei


    Mate 20 Pro
    $550

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 9
    $400

  • Apple


    iPhone SE 2
    $439

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Lite
    $470

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE
    $540

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE 4G
    $549

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE 5G
    $540

  • Oppo


    Find X2 Neo
    $593

  • Google


    Pixel 5
    $548

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10T Pro
    $480

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10
    $529

  • Oppo


    Reno4 Pro
    $594

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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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