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Google Pixel 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: Which Is Better?

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

You'll spend more on the Galaxy S20 Ultra, but considering its features, it is the best option.

You'll get better performance (+64%), a glass back, and external storage.

Are there other things worth mentioning?

The Galaxy S20 Ultra also has a higher refresh rate, larger (+0.9") display, a telephoto lens (+86 mm), faster-charging speeds (45w vs. 18w), and more RAM (12GB vs. 8GB). But the Pixel 5 features a cleaner user interface and a lightweight body (71 g./2.50 oz less).

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

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, it'll cost you around $273 more.

Is the Pixel 5 still worth getting in 2021?

The Pixel 5 isn't the perfect smartphone, but there aren't many better phones for this budget. Of course, you'll also be happy with a device like the Oppo Find X2 Neo, but we should praise it for its good camera, good battery life, and excellent glass protection.

Is the Galaxy S20 Ultra still worth getting in 2021?

The Galaxy S20 Ultra wasn't released that long ago, so it's obviously, a top recommended device for 2021. Its overall score has not dropped much yet, and it's great for its good camera, good battery life, excellent glass protection, fast charging, and tons of RAM. But don't just ignore the Apple iPhone 12 Pro.

Keep reading for answers to all your questions about their differences, how they fare against their competition, and how the tech industry is evaluating their specs.

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Introduction

In March of 2020, Samsung started selling its Galaxy S20 Ultra, while Google's Pixel 5 hit the stores in October of 2020.

Here you can look at the Pixel 5 and the Galaxy S20 Ultra, compare each other's features, and decide which one is best for you. Let us delve into the finer details.

The price round is no contest. The Pixel 5 sounds like a bargain compared to the Galaxy S20 Ultra. That is something worth considering when comparing them.

Down below, there's a "Tek-Score" in every analyzed section of these models. All the specifications were examined to allow you a faster discerning of the variation between the phones. The global score will help you compare them to other phones if you're curious about other models aside from these two.

The weight of each section

This score is consumer-based from research done by Globalwebindex.com about the most desired smartphone features by consumers. But you'll be able to define how the global score is composed based on what matters to you. You can skip to the end, but I suggest you keep reading to know more about them.

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

Some features have a colored bar next to them. That can help you understand how they fare against other smartphones at the same price range.

You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, but essentially, we're ignoring smartphones that are more than 20% cheaper or expensive.

Some items are clickable, and they'll get you to the top 10 phones for that feature for every budget.

Price*
vs.
Device Pixel 5 Galaxy S20 Ultra
Release Date 2020, October 2020, March 0y.
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?

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5, which measures overall performance, the Galaxy S20 Ultra was, on average, 64% quicker while finishing its tests. Even if you don't value a smooth device that much, be aware of that difference, as it will be very noticeable.

When it comes to performance, the Pixel 5 is way under the average if you consider its rivals. It got a score of 1647, compared to the usual 2445, or close to that.

By the way, you can define the Pixel 5 as mid-range and the Galaxy S20 Ultra as a lower high-end device.

Samsung decided to include the past generation's Exynos 990 processor on its Galaxy S20 Ultra. In its turn, the Google Pixel 5 has the Snapdragon 765 processor.

Regarding the graphics chipset, the former features the past year's Mali-G77 MP11, and the latter has an Adreno 620.

Android 11 runs out-of-the-box on the Pixel 5, and the Galaxy S20 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. Click here for more info.

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

Performance*
vs.
Features Pixel 5 Galaxy S20 Ultra
SoC Snapdragon 765 Exynos 990
Graphics Adreno 620 Mali-G77 MP11
Geekbench 5 Score 1647
2698
1051
OS Android 11 Android 10 and OneUI
Tek-Score
4.7
6.5
1.8

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Google Pixel 5 front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra front transparent png

The Galaxy S20 Ultra's display does stand out, and it should be noticeable.

The Pixel 5 offers a sharp, 6.0-inch AMOLED display considerably smaller than the 6.9-inch AMOLED panel on the Galaxy S20 Ultra. It all comes down to personal preferences for both the display type and size. Do you favor AMOLED screens?

If you're looking for the most high-resolution display, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is a winner here.

No one likes to look at a shattered screen, so be aware: Both are shielded with a previous generation's Gorilla Glass 6.

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

When it comes to outdoor visibility, the Pixel 5 can go up to 699 nits, while the Galaxy S20 Ultra can do 195 nits above that.

Both phones do support HDR10+-compatible media.

If you're looking for high refresh rate displays, the Galaxy S20 Ultra can go up to 120hz and the Pixel 5 up to 90hz.

Bearing in mind the Pixel 5, 92% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 77% have an Always-On display.

Compared to the Galaxy S20 Ultra, as a reference, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 78% have an Always-On display and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Pixel 5 Galaxy S20 Ultra
Size 6.0
6.9
0.9
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
1440x3200
2080800
Refresh Rate 90hz 120hz 30
Dots per Inch 429.53
508.56
79.03
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 699 nits
894 nits
195
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
8.7
9.8
1.1
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Tek-Score
7.9
8.3
0.4

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Google Pixel 5 back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra back transparent png

By DXOMARK's standards, the Pixel 5 is also roughly 43% above other competitors for the same budget. However, none of these stand out.

Let's delve into their cameras. Together, a 12 Megapixels sensor, an aperture of f/1.7, a 27mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization makes up the Pixel 5 camera set. Adding to that, you'll still get the ability to record videos at up to 2160p.

Next to its primary camera, it has another 16 Megapixels shooter 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 has rated this camera with a score of 129. And if you take into account its wide-angle lens, the final score goes up to 138 points. You can check their review if you click here.

I hope this helps: all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 85% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Though only 15% of them feature a macro lens.

The standard camera on the back of the Galaxy S20 Ultra has a whopping 108 Megapixels 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 48 Megapixels, an aperture of f/3.5 and an astounding 103mm telephoto lens, and another with 12 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

Do you really need a 108 Megapixels camera? Did you know you can zoom in and crop those photos to simulate optical zoom? That's how you can get 2x optical zoom. You'll get a 27 Megapixels photo.

Despite only having an optical zoom of 4x, thanks to its AI, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is also known for its impressive 100x hybrid Space Zoom. While better than a digital zoom, that's still far from a pure optical zoom.

The front-facing camera features a generous 40 MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 128. Plus, combining with the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that score goes up to 144. If you want to know more about it, check it here.

Furthermore, 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, and 83% feature a telephoto lens. Moreover, none of them feature a macro lens.

Considering this score, we can classify these two as high-end.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Pixel 5 Galaxy S20 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
144
6

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Pixel 5 Galaxy S20 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 16
48
32
Aperture 2.2
3.5
1.3
Lens 17mm 103mm (4x zoom)
86
Lens Type Wide-Angle Telephoto lens
Megapixels - 12
Aperture - 2.2
Lens - 13mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels - 0.3
Lens Type - Depth Sensor
Score 9 16 7
Selfie Camera Pixel 5 Galaxy S20 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 8
40
32
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens 24mm 26mm 2
Pixel 5 Galaxy S20 Ultra vs.
Tek-Score
8.1
8.5
0.4

Who has the best frame?

The Pixel 5 does have an advantage here, thanks to its weight.

The Pixel 5 has a height of 5.67 inches (144 mm) and a width of 2.76 inches (70 mm). Samsung's Galaxy S20 Ultra is a bit taller, precisely 22 mm (0.87 inches), and a bit wider too, about 6 mm (0.24 inches).

Both are 8 mm thicker (about 0.32 inches).

Do you want a front and back glass body? Then the Galaxy S20 Ultra is the one. It is 71 g. (2.80 oz) heavier than the other, weighing about 151 g. (5.33 oz). But because this is a bit relative, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The Pixel 5 got a score of 8.4, meaning it's one of the lightest phones for its display size. The Galaxy S20 Ultra, in its turn, has 3.1, which suggests it's considerably hefty.

You can purchase the Google Pixel 5 in Just Black and Sorta Sage. And you can pick the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra in Cosmic Grey and Cosmic Black.

If you like to keep your phones small, consider getting the Google Pixel 5. If not, then really consider getting the other one.

What about a fingerprint scanner? Both phones include one.

You can drop the Pixel 5 into the water, up to 1 to 3 meters deep, and the same goes for the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Remember that it shouldn't be for over half an hour, and it's standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.

Looks*
vs.
Body Pixel 5 Galaxy S20 Ultra
Size 144 x 70 x 8 mm
(5.08 x 2.47 x 0.28 in)
166 x 76 x 8 mm
(5.86 x 2.68 x 0.28 in)
20288
Weight 151 g. (5.33 oz)
222 g. (7.83 oz)
71
Build Front glass and aluminum back Front and back glass
Colors Just Black and Sorta Sage Cosmic Grey and Cosmic Black
Screen To Body Ratio 87.67%
91.11%
3.44
Disp.Size To Weight Score 8.4 3.1 -5.3
Looks 9.1/10
9.1/10
0.0
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
9.1
6.4
-2.6

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

Which has the best battery?

The Pixel 5 has a 4080 mAh battery, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra has a 5000 mAh. But by GSMArena's standards, both should theoretically get the same battery life.

That's what you can expect from the Pixel 5 after charging it up:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 82% of the battery remaining.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 66% left.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, this is where your battery will be: 69%.

And this is how the Galaxy S20 Ultra handles these tests:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 82% of the battery charge.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 65% left.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 70% of the battery charge.

So, you're not considering the Galaxy S20 Ultra because of its battery life. Samsung should've opted for a larger battery, just like their equally sized rivals. That's the conclusion that we take from its "battery to phone size" rate of 2.3. But its rival got 7.9.

Fast charging's here, and both phones support it. The Galaxy S20 Ultra can go up to 45w, and the Pixel 5 up to 18.

It's good to know that both phones support wireless charging at up to 12w vs. 15w.

You can wirelessly charge any compatible device from these smartphones. How cool is that?

The Galaxy S20 Ultra does charge quicker. Devices with similar prices frequently max out at about 39w.

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 5 Galaxy S20 Ultra
Capacity (mAh) 4080 5000 920
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 82% left
82% left
0
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 66% left
65% left
-1
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 69% left
70% left
1
Bat. To Phone Size Score 7.9 2.3 -5.6
Sub Tek-Score
7.2
7.2
0.0
Fast Charging 18w
45w
27
Wireless Charging 12w
15w
3
Reverse Charging 5w
9w
4
Tek-Score
6.9
7.2
0.3

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

They share the same amount of storage.

In terms of RAM, the Pixel 5 brings 8GB. In terms of storage, it has 128GB. There's no extra storage here, but I believe you can manage with just 128GB of storage.

In its turn, the Galaxy S20 Ultra has 12GB of RAM and 128GB of integrated storage. You can add a MicroSD card if you want.

Storage*
vs.
Features Pixel 5 Galaxy S20 Ultra
RAM (GB) 8GB
12GB
4
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).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

They also don't stand out on any of these features.

When it comes to connectivity, both phones have Bluetooth 5.0. As for the NFC chips, both have them.

If you love good-old wired headphones, you're out of luck because none of them included a 3.5mm headphone jack. You can buy an adapter, but the wireless buds are your only option. There also are other options out there if you're not really leaning towards any of these. Perhaps you don't mind settling with the Galaxy S10 Plus or the Sony Xperia 1 II.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra runs on LTE or (LTE and) 5G networks.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Pixel 5 Galaxy S20 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

Which is more affordable?

The Google Pixel 5 surely wins over its competitor in this round. That, of course, depends on the place and the deals that you'll eventually find. It currently also is 7% more expensive than its direct rivals. Most of them aren't that far from $447. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, on the other hand, is usually more costly, 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.

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

Here are the best prices that we've found:

Google Pixel 5

Reference: $682

Google Pixel 5

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Reference: $955

Samsung Galaxy S20 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 5 Galaxy S20 Ultra VS
Amazon 0.98 0.53 -0.45
eBay 1.06 0.80 -0.26
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

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Want to know about that global score? Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. They're in the ballpark of 6.6 for the Pixel 5 and 7.5 for the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Stand Out?

The Pixel 5 is more like a premium mid-range if you want to call it that way. Thus, feature-wise, it won't offer you anything that a flagship Samsung device can't match. Unless an ultra-lightweight device is your thing.

If an Exynos variant of the S20 Ultra can give you over 60% more performance, imagine if you can get the Snapdragon version. Not only that, but having up to 120hz of refresh rate, a fantastic telephoto lens, and faster-charging speeds, one can really be tempted to get it.

But that's not all. The 20 Ultra can top that with 12 GB of RAM and external storage!

Pros Pixel 5 Galaxy S20 Ultra
#1 AMOLED Performance
#2 Always-On-Display AMOLED
#3 Cameras Always-On-Display
#4 Fast Charging Cameras
#5 Wireless Charging Fast Charging
#6 Glass Protection Wireless Charging
#7 MicroSD Slot
#8 Glass Protection
Cons Pixel 5 Galaxy S20 Ultra
#1 MicroSD Slot Weight
#2 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#3 Price Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Pixel 5 Galaxy S20 Ultra
Gaming Score
6.6
7.8
1.2
Tek-Score
6.78
7.38
0.60
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 5 
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $388
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $449
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $569
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
    $407
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $479
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $478
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $407
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $399
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $540
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $478
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $539
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $429
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $509
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $514
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $565
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $500
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399

 Samsung Galaxy S20 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 Plus
    $739
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $793
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $995
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • 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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