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Google Pixel 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Which Is Better?




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Google Pixel 5, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

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Luis Silva (December 2020, updated: February 2021)

Introduction

While Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 Ultra hit stores in August of 2020, Google's Pixel 5 went on sale in October of 2020.

In this article, we see how the Pixel 5 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

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




Bottom Line

What is the difference between the Pixel 5 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra?

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is more expensive than the Pixel 5, but it also has better specs.

It features better performance (+55%), a better display, a glass back, more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB), and external storage.

What else do they have to offer?

With the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, you'll also get a higher refresh rate, larger (+0.9") display, better peak brightness, a telephoto lens (+103 mm), and more RAM (12GB vs. 8GB). But the Pixel 5 will give you a cleaner user interface and a lightweight body (57 g./2.01 oz less).


How much more will those additional features cost me?

If you're going off-contract, it should be about $313 more expensive.


Is it worth getting the Pixel 5 in 2021?

No problem. It's a pretty decent device, plus you may find a great deal out there.


Is the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra still worth getting in 2021?

Absolutely. It's one of the best smartphones out there.



These two have a considerable price difference between them. That's something to consider when making a comparison between the two.

While scrolling down, you'll see a "Tek-Score" for each phone in every section. 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 willing to consider other phone suggestions.

That score is research-based. It's 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. It's for you to know how well they fare against other smartphones at the same price range.

By clicking here: you'll see which ones we've analyzed, but we've only included smartphones within a 40% price range.

Some features are also shortcuts to the best 10 phones on that for all budgets.


Price* vs.
Device Pixel 5 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Release Date 2020, October 2020, August 0y.
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 Note 20 Ultra features the past generation's Exynos 990 processor and the Google Pixel 5, the Snapdragon 765 processor.

If you play heavy games on your phone, you should know that the former has the past year's Mali-G77 MP11, while the latter has an Adreno 620.

As for performance, Geekbench 5 scores the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 55% ahead of its competitor on the multi-core rankings. This should be noticeable when opening apps or games.

Unfortunately, both smartphones are underperforming when compared against similarly priced phones.

By the way, you can define the Pixel 5 as mid-range and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra as a lower high-end.

At least you'll get the Android 11 on the Pixel 5, while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with 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 5 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
SoC Snapdragon 765 Exynos 990
Graphics Adreno 620 Mali-G77 MP11
Geekbench 5 Score 1647
2561
914
OS Android 11 Android 10 and OneUI
Tek-Score
4.7
6.3
1.5

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.


Display

Google Pixel 5 front transparent png Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra front transparent png

The Pixel 5 offers a sharp, 6.0-inch AMOLED display that is considerably smaller than the 6.9-inch AMOLED panel on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. It all comes down to personal preferences for both the display type and size. AMOLED has perfect contrast and viewing angles, but its whites do hurt the battery life.

Are you looking for small screens? Then, the Pixel 5 is the one. Other similarly priced smartphones just aren't that short.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra adopts a 1440x3088 Quad HD resolution. The Pixel 5 features a more modest resolution of 1080x2340 (Full HD) pixels.

Just a small drop may shatter your phone, so you need to know about their glass protection. The Pixel 5 has a previous generation Gorilla Glass 6 protection, while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra display has the latest Gorilla Glass Victus.

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

If you don't manually set the screen brightness, you can count on the Pixel 5 to go up to 699 nits, while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra goes up to 1024 nits.

Both phones support HDR10+ media.

If you value a smooth display, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra can go up to 120hz and the Pixel 5 up to 90hz.

As you can see, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the winner here.

Given the Pixel 5, just know that 88% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and 92% of them have an AMOLED screen.

For the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, as a reference, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, 77% have an Always-On display, and 85% of them have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.


Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features Pixel 5 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Size 6.0
6.9
0.9
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
1440x3088
1919520
Refresh Rate 90hz 120hz 30
Dots per Inch 429.53
493.80
64.27
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 699 nits
1024 nits
325
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
8.7
9.8
1.0
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
7.9
9.9
2.0

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.


Cameras

Google Pixel 5 back transparent png Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra back transparent png

Things are different when it comes to lenses. The Pixel 5's primary camera has a 12 MP sensor, with an aperture of f/1.7, a 27mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. Videos on its shooter have a maximum resolution of 2160p.

It also has a secondary 16 MP camera with an aperture of f/2.2 plus a 17mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

There's also an 8 MP selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.0 and a 24 mm wide-angle lens.

DxOMark tested this camera and gave it a rate of 129. If you add its wide-angle lens, it'll get 138 points. For a thorough review, click here.

To put things in perspective: 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. Yet, only 21% of them feature a macro lens.

Adding to its whopping 108 MP 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. You'll also get two additional sensors, one with 12 MP, an aperture of f/3.0 and an astounding 120mm telephoto lens, and another with 12 MP (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

For your information: If you zoom in and crop a 108 Megapixels photo, you can get the same shot you'd get on a 27 Megapixels shooter with 2x optical zoom.

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.

You can get selfies with 10 MP Megapixels. It has a lens with f/2.2 of aperture and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

The guys over at the DxOMark labs rated this camera with 122 points. And by adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we end up with a rate of 136 points. If you want to know more about it, click here.

Winding it up, just so you know, 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 92% of them feature a telephoto lens. Moreover, none of them feature a macro lens.

You should note that the Pixel 5 is in the neighborhood of 57% above other competitors in its class. However, none of these stand out.

One can place these two as high-end.


Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera Pixel 5 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 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 4320 2160
Score 138
136
-2

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Pixel 5 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 16
12
-4
Aperture 2.2
3.0
0.8
Lens 17mm 120mm (4.6x zoom)
103
Lens Type Wide-Angle Telephoto lens
Megapixels - 12
Aperture - 2.2
Lens - 13mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 9 14 5

Selfie Camera Pixel 5 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 8
10
2
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens 24mm 26mm 2

Pixel 5 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs.
Tek-Score
8.1
8.0
-0.1

Body

The Pixel 5 is 5.67 inches (144 mm) tall and 2.76 inches (70 mm) long. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, on the other hand, is 20 mm taller and 7 mm larger (about 0.79 inches by 0.28 inches).

When it comes to thickness, there's no difference here: 8 mm (0.32 inches). In addition to that, the Pixel 5 is indeed small. About 12% smaller when compared to other phones at nearly the same price.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra also has a glass back, and it looks gorgeous. The Pixel 5 weighs 151 g. (5.33 oz), while the other is 57 g. (2.25 oz) heavier. If you're looking for a lightweight device, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The Pixel 5 got 8.4, meaning it's one of the lightest phones for its display size. In the meantime, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has 4.4, so nothing to state here.

We do like having some color options. You get Just Black and Sorta Sage in the Pixel 5. But you can get Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

If you like having a big phone, you should consider the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Otherwise, the other is the one.

Does a fingerprint scanner matter to you? Both phones include one.

The Pixel 5 is resistant to water up to 1 to 3 meters, and the same goes for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. It should be for less than 30 minutes, and it's standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.


Looks* vs.
Body Pixel 5 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Size 144 x 70 x 8 mm
(5.08 x 2.47 x 0.28 in)
164 x 77 x 8 mm
(5.78 x 2.72 x 0.28 in)
20384
Weight 151 g. (5.33 oz)
208 g. (7.34 oz)
57
Build Front glass and aluminum back Front and back glass
Colors Just Black and Sorta Sage Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black
Screen To Body Ratio 87.67%
93.17%
5.50
Disp.Size To Weight Score 8.4 4.4 -4.0
Looks 9.1/10
9.1/10
0.0
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
9.1
6.8
-2.3

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

Battery

When it comes to battery life, in theory, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, with its 4500 mAh of battery capacity, wins over the Google Pixel 5, with only 4080 mAh of battery capacity. But is that so? This is asking for a thorough test after a full charge. And that's how the Pixel 5 performs:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you should have 82% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, this phone should end up with 66%.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 69% of the battery charge.

And these are Galaxy Note 20 Ultra's patterns:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll end up with 83% of the battery charge.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 69% 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 still get 72% to spend doing other things.

I think this isn't surprising at all, but there's no real difference here.

Battery life on the Pixel 5 isn't anything to write home about, but Google did a great job here if you ask me. It got a rate of 7.9 for the "battery to device size" ratio.

Quickly charging any of them won't be an issue. The Pixel 5 supports up to 18w and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra up to 25.

There's also wireless charging (12w vs. 15w) in both of them. Cool.

Both phones can also use reverse wireless charging to charge any Qi-enabled devices.

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


Battery* vs.
Features Pixel 5 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Capacity (mAh) 4080 4500 420
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 82% left
83% left
1
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 66% left
69% left
3
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 69% left
72% left
3
Bat. To Phone Size Score 7.9 2.6 -5.3
Sub Tek-Score
7.2
7.5
0.2
Fast Charging 18w
25w
7
Wireless Charging 12w
15w
3
Reverse Charging 5w
4.5w
-0.5
Tek-Score
6.9
7.2
0.3

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.


Storage

In terms of RAM, the Pixel 5 brings 8GB. In terms of storage, it has 128GB. Unfortunately, Google didn't include a MicroSD slot, but you wouldn't need that anyway, right?

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra offers 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM. You can add a MicroSD card if you want. Also, you'll get less RAM and less storage by picking any rival at that price range. 9Gb for RAM and 162Gb for storage, on average.


Storage* vs.
Features Pixel 5 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
RAM (GB) 8GB
12GB
4
Internal (GB) 128GB
256GB
128
Micro SD No microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
6.0
10.0
4.0

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


Connectivity

When it comes to connectivity, you can count on the traditional Bluetooth 5.0 chip. Both phones also have NFC, so nothing special here.

There isn't much to say about the 3.5mm headphone jack, except that it simply isn't here. Just skip adapters and get a decent pair of wireless earbuds. Luckily, you can still get it on other phones if you're not really leaning towards any of these. Either the Galaxy S10 or the Galaxy S10 Plus can give you a headphone jack.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra runs on LTE or (LTE and) 5G networks.


Connectivity vs.
Features Pixel 5 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Network 5G 5G (also available in LTE)
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
4.6
4.6
0.0

Price

You're likely not considering the Pixel 5 to make all your pennies count. That, of course, depends on the place and the deals that you'll eventually find. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, in its turn, isn't that cheap, but I believe that it shouldn't come as a surprise at all. At least, it should be easier to sell it in the future.

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

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 5 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra VS
Amazon 0.97 0.73 -0.24
eBay 0.85 0.56 -0.28
Best Buy - 0.77 -
Wallmart - 0.73 -

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. They're in the ballpark of 6.8 for the Pixel 5 and 7.5 for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


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

By now, you should've realized that the Pixel 5 isn't for you. Unless, of course, you can't get a Note 20 Ultra. A Pixel device can indeed give you a cleaner user experience in a lightweight body and perhaps an extra year of software updates but check out what you'll lose by skipping its rival. You won't get a premium flagship performance, its display won't be as great on direct sunlight, nor will it have up to 120hz of refresh rates, and you'll also be ignoring a fantastic telephoto lens. The Note 20 Ultra can also give you double the internal storage, 12 GB of RAM, and the ability to insert a MicroSD card.


Pros Pixel 5 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
#1 AMOLED Performance
#2 Always-On-Display AMOLED
#3 Cameras Always-On-Display
#4 Fast Charging Cameras
#5 Wireless Charging Battery Life
#6 Glass Protection Fast Charging
#7 Wireless Charging
#8 MicroSD Slot
#9 Storage
#10 Glass Protection

Cons Pixel 5 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
#1 MicroSD Slot Weight
#2 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#3 Price Price

Relative Score* vs.
Global Score Pixel 5 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Gaming Score
6.6
8.4
1.8
Tek-Score
6.78
8.08
1.30

*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 5 
  • Apple


    iPhone X
    $562

  • Apple


    iPhone 11
    $578

  • Apple


    iPhone XS Max
    $620

  • Apple


    iPhone 11 Pro Max
    $580

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 10
    $547

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Plus
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ EX
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ SD
    $493

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 SD
    $649

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20+ SD
    $649

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 SD
    $499

  • OnePlus


    7T Pro
    $549

  • Huawei


    P30 Pro
    $598

  • Google


    Pixel 4 XL
    $609

  • Huawei


    Mate 20 Pro
    $550

  • Apple


    iPhone SE 2
    $439

  • OnePlus


    8 Pro
    $599

  • OnePlus


    8
    $630

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Lite
    $470

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10 Pro
    $600

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE
    $540

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE 4G
    $549

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE 5G
    $540

  • Oppo


    Find X2 Neo
    $593

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10T Pro
    $480

  • OnePlus


    8T
    $599

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10
    $529

  • Oppo


    Reno4 Pro
    $594

 Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 
  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 U.EX
    $939

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 20 U.SD
    $1099

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 Ultra
    $939

  • Huawei


    Mate 30 Pro
    $849

  • Apple


    iPhone 12
    $799

  • Apple


    iPhone 12 Pro
    $1120

  • Huawei


    Mate 40 Pro
    $1065

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10 Ultra
    $846

  • Oppo


    Find X2 Pro
    $950

  • Apple


    iPhone 12 Pro Max
    $1180

  • 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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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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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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