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Huawei Mate 30 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Which Is Better?

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

The Mate 30 Pro is a little bit more expensive, but it also has better specs.

It has better glass protection, a better display, and a glass back. But the Galaxy S20 FE features Google's services.

Are there other things worth mentioning?

The Mate 30 Pro also features faster-charging speeds (40w vs. 25w), faster wireless charging (27w vs. 15w), more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB), and Bluetooth 5.1. But with the Galaxy S20 FE, you can also get a higher refresh rate display.

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're considering a new and unlocked smartphone, you're going to shell out an extra amount of about $169.

Is it worth buying the Mate 30 Pro in 2021?

The Mate 30 Pro is a good value for the money in 2021, but I can't recommend it. You shouldn't get a phone that isn't going to receive security updates. Check out the Sony Xperia 1 II, for example, as it will offer you more storage, more security updates, and a headphone jack.

Is the Galaxy S20 FE still worth getting in 2021?

If you like Samsung, the Galaxy S20 FE is a pretty solid choice, even in 2021. That's mainly because of its good performance, good battery life, tons of storage, optical zoom, and fast wireless charging. It doesn't mean you can't take a quick peek at the Apple iPhone 12, though.

Read on and find out more about them, how they stack up against their rivals, and how other specialists evaluate them.

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Introduction

So, you have a chance to purchase the Mate 30 Pro? But what about the Galaxy S20 FE? Is there any reason to go for the cheapest phone instead?

That's what we're about to find out, but first, let me mention that you should consider the 5G version of the Galaxy S20 FE (the device we're checking out), even if you don't care about 5G. But we'll get into that.

In October of 2020, Samsung launched its Galaxy S20 FE. The Mate 30 Pro, however, saw the light of day in September 2019.

Here you can look at the Mate 30 Pro and the Galaxy S20 FE, compare each other's features, and decide which one is best for you. Let us delve into the finer details.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE and the Huawei Mate 30 Pro are about the same price, but you'll usually find the Galaxy S20 FE at a lower price. Remember that when you're comparing the two models.

Warning: Please, refrain from purchasing the Mate 30 Pro, as it most likely, won't receive security updates much longer.

Look out for a "Tek-Score" in every section of this article. We evaluated every quantifiable specification, so you can better understand the difference between the two. We'll also provide a global score for comparison if you're interested in anything other than these two.

The weight of each section

This score is consumer-based from research done by 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 what matters to you. You can check this out now, but I encourage you to keep reading.

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

Some features are underlined with a red or green progress bar. It's there for you to better 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 we've only included smartphones within a 40% price range.

Some features are also shortcuts to the related top 10 listings for any budget.

Price*
vs.
Device Mate 30 Pro Galaxy S20 FE
Release Date 2019, September 2020, October 1y.
OS Updates 2 years 3 years 1y.
Security Updates 2 years 4 years 2y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

Performance-wise, Geekbench 5 scores the Galaxy S20 FE 14% ahead in the multi-core ranking. In real-world usage, the difference between them isn't significant.

The Galaxy S20 FE also has a performance above the average if you consider its rivals. About 53% above.

By the way, you can define the Mate 30 Pro as a lower high-end and the Galaxy S20 FE more like high-end.

Samsung decided to include the previous generation's Snapdragon 865 processor on its Galaxy S20 FE. In its turn, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro has a Hisilicon Kirin 990 processor.

About the graphics: while the first one brings an Adreno 650, the other has a Mali-G76 MP16.

The Mate 30 Pro features the Android 10 and EMUI 10 OS, and the Galaxy S20 FE got the Android 10 and OneUI.

Some users did install the Google Play Store on recent Huawei phones, but please be aware that officially you won't get Google apps, and some essential apps may be missing too on the Mate 30 Pro.

The 4G variant of the S20 FE comes with the Exynos 990 and the Mali-G77.

There's a performance decrease of about 15% on the Exynos 990 for the Galaxy S20 FE.

Performance*
vs.
Features Mate 30 Pro Galaxy S20 FE
SoC Hisilicon Kirin 990 Snapdragon 865
Graphics Mali-G76 MP16 Adreno 650
Geekbench 5 Score 2880
3296
416
OS Android 10 and EMUI 10 Android 10 and OneUI
Tek-Score
6.8
7.5
0.7

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Huawei Mate 30 Pro front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 FE front transparent png

The Galaxy S20 FE is the title-holder here, and it should be noticeable. But you should feel safer with the better glass protection on the Mate 30 Pro.

Both phones have the same AMOLED 6.5-inch display. There's no general contest here as each user has his personal preferences. To me, a 6.3 inches screen is where I draw the line.

The Mate 30 Pro adopts an 1176x2400 Full HD resolution. The Galaxy S20 FE features a more modest resolution of 1080x2400 (Full HD) pixels. If you favor small notches, there's one more reason to consider the Galaxy S20 FE.

Just a tiny drop may shatter your phone, so it's essential to know what kind of glass protection they have. The Galaxy S20 FE features a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display. The Mate 30 Pro has a previous generation's Gorilla Glass 6. I would've like to see a Gorilla Glass 5 or 6 from Samsung because this is 2013's tech.

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

If you don't manually set the screen brightness, you can count on the Mate 30 Pro to go up to 683 nits, but the Galaxy S20 FE can go up to 140 nits above that.

Are you considering watching HDR content? The Mate 30 Pro does HDR10, while the Galaxy S20 FE does HDR10+.

If you favor smooth scrolling over battery life, the Galaxy S20 FE, with its 120hz screen, is clearly the winner here.

Given the Mate 30 Pro, 95% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, 91% have an Always-On display, and 82% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Regarding the Galaxy S20 FE, please be aware that 90% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen, and 77% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Mate 30 Pro Galaxy S20 FE
Size 6.5
6.5
0.0
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1176x2400
1080x2400
-230400
Refresh Rate 60hz 120hz 60
Dots per Inch 411.17
404.89
-6.28
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Wedge Hole
Peak Brightness 683 nits
823 nits
140
HDR HDR10 HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
7.9
9.1
1.2
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Tek-Score
7.6
4.4
-3.2

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Huawei Mate 30 Pro back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 FE back transparent png

By DXOMARK's standards, the Galaxy S20 FE is also roughly 44% above its adversaries for the same budget. Although as of now, it isn't good enough.

Who's gonna win this battle? Together, a whopping 40 Megapixels sensor, an aperture of f/1.6, a 27mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization makes up the Mate 30 Pro camera set. Adding to that, you'll still get the ability to record videos at up to 2160p.

It also has two additional cameras, one 8 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.4, plus an 80mm telephoto lens. And another with 40 Megapixels (f/1.8) with an 18mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

If you take a 40 Megapixels snapshot, you can zoom in on it and crop in the middle to get 2x of optical zoom: by trimming it into a 10 Megapixels photo.

There's also a generous 32 Mp selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.0 and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK tested this camera and gave it a score of 129. If you add the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, the final score goes up to 142** points. You can check their review if you click here.

Last (but not least), all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. On the other hand, only 5% of them feature a macro lens.

On Samsung Galaxy S20 FE's back is a 12 Megapixels (f/1.8) camera and a 26mm wide-angle lens. Then you'll have one flash LED, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. It can also record videos at up to 2160p. You'll also get two additional sensors, one with 8 Megapixels, an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 76mm telephoto lens, and another with 12 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

The selfie camera has 32 Mp, an f/2.2 aperture, and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 119. By considering the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we end up with a score of 131 points. For an out-and-out review, check their article.

PS: This Dxo score is for the 4G variant, but this variant should be close enough.

Lastly, just to let you know, 97% of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

We can classify these two as high-end.

One could buy any of these phones on the 3x optical zoom alone. It will enable you to get a closer view of the subject before taking your picture.

**You should give this score a margin of error of up to 6 points, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They moved to a better camera test protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Mate 30 Pro Galaxy S20 FE
Megapixels 40
12
-28
Aperture 1.6
1.8
0.2
Lens 27mm
26mm
-1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 1 -1
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 142
131
-11

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) Mate 30 Pro Galaxy S20 FE vs.
Megapixels 8
8
0
Aperture 2.4
2.4
0.0
Lens 80mm (3x zoom)
76mm (3x zoom)
-4
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 40 12 -28
Aperture 1.8 2.2 0.4
Lens 18mm 13mm -5
Lens Type Wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 13 12 -1
Selfie Camera Mate 30 Pro Galaxy S20 FE vs.
Megapixels 32
32
0
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
Mate 30 Pro Galaxy S20 FE vs.
Tek-Score
8.4
7.7
-0.6

Who has the best frame?

It's a tie, so you can't go wrong here.

The Mate 30 Pro has a height of 6.23 inches (158 mm) and a width of 2.88 inches (73 mm). The Galaxy S20 FE came out 0.04 inches (1 mm) taller and 0.04 inches (1 mm) wider.

Both have about the same thickness: 8 mm (0.32 inches).

The Mate 30 Pro premium glass design clearly makes a stand against its challenger. The Galaxy S20 FE weighs 190 g. (6.70 oz), while the other is 8 g. (0.28 oz) heavier. If you're curious, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The Mate 30 Pro got 4.2, and that's another way of saying it has an acceptable score for its screen size. The Galaxy S20 FE, however, has 5.0, so nothing to state here.

You can have the Mate 30 Pro in Black, Cosmic Purple, Space Silver, and Emerald Green. And you can compare that with the Cloud Lavender, Cloud Navy, Cloud Mint, Cloud Orange, Cloud Red, and Cloud White, which comes with the Galaxy S20 FE.

Does a fingerprint scanner matter to you? They all have one.

You can drop the Mate 30 Pro into the water, up to 1 to 3 meters deep, just like the Galaxy S20 FE. But remember: it's for a maximum period of half an hour, on standby, and freshwater only.

Looks*
vs.
Body Mate 30 Pro Galaxy S20 FE
Size 158 x 73 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.58 x 0.28 in)
159 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.61 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
1856
Weight 198 g. (6.98 oz)
190 g. (6.70 oz)
-8
Build Front and back glass Front glass
Colors Black, Cosmic Purple, Space Silver, and Emerald Green Cloud Lavender, Cloud Navy, Cloud Mint, Cloud Orange, Cloud Red, and Cloud White
Screen To Body Ratio 93.38%
86.69%
-6.69
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.2 5.0 0.9
Looks 10.0/10
6.6/10
-3.4
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint and Face ID Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
7.3
6.8
-0.4

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

Which has the best battery?

Both have about 4500 mAh. And by GSMArena's standards, you should get the same battery life with either device.

This is what the Mate 30 Pro delivers if you do a complete charge:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 83% of the battery charge.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, the battery charge will be about 69%.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 73% left for the rest of the day.

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

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll still have 85% left.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 71% left for the rest of the day.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 74% of the battery charge.

Just be aware that the Galaxy S20 FE also doesn't have many rivals at any given price range. Let's see if it still has a place on our top 10 for battery life.

Fast charging's here, and both phones support it. The Galaxy S20 FE can go up to 25w, and the Mate 30 Pro up to 40.

Both phones support wireless charging at 27w vs. 15w.

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

You'll likewise get quick wireless charging on the Mate 30 Pro. You won't find many phones as fast at about its price.

The 4G variant of the S20 FE also has lower battery efficiency (about 10% less screen-on-time).

Battery*
vs.
Features Mate 30 Pro Galaxy S20 FE
Capacity (mAh) 4500 4500 0
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
85% left
2
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 69% left
71% left
2
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 73% left
74% left
1
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.0 5.1 0.1
Sub Tek-Score
7.5
7.7
0.2
Fast Charging 40w
25w
-15
Wireless Charging 27w
15w
-12
Reverse Charging 5w
4.5w
-0.5
Tek-Score
7.7
7.4
-0.3

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

They share the same amount of storage.

The Mate 30 Pro comes equipped with 128GB of integrated storage and 8GB of RAM. There's nothing to worry about because you can top that with a Nano Memory card.

On the Galaxy S20 FE, you'll find 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM. If you ever run out of free space, you can add a MicroSD card.

The 4G variant of the S20 FE may start at 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

Storage*
vs.
Features Mate 30 Pro Galaxy S20 FE
RAM (GB) 8GB
6GB
-2
Internal (GB) 128GB
128GB
0
Micro SD Nano Memory (shared SIM slot) microSDXC (shared slot)
Tek-Score
7.5
7.5
0.0

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The Galaxy S20 FE for sure, as it has 5G.

Surprisingly, they don't share the same Bluetooth version. The Mate 30 Pro got the 5.1, and the Galaxy S20 FE the 5.0. Both phones have NFC.

There isn't much to say about the 3.5mm headphone jack, except that it simply isn't here. You can try an adapter if you want, but the wireless buds are the way to go here. There also are other options out there if you're willing to forget about them. The Sony Xperia 1 II can give you a headphone jack.

The Galaxy S20 FE has two network variants: LTE or (LTE and) 5G. The 4G variant of the Galaxy S20 FE has an Exynos 990 and a Mali-G77 GPU.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Mate 30 Pro Galaxy S20 FE
Network LTE 5G (also available in LTE)
Bluetooth 5.1
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
4.1
4.6
0.5

Which is more affordable?

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE isn't the cheapest smartphone that you can buy. But if you do search for any deals and price drops, things can get interesting. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro, in its turn, isn't that cheap, but I'm not here to tell you if it's worth it. Theoretically, you should get more money back if you end up selling it.

If you still aren't sure about any of them, let's check how much worth you can expect.

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

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Reference: $849

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

Reference: $680

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

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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 Mate 30 Pro Galaxy S20 FE VS
Amazon 0.88 - -
eBay - 1.96 -
Best Buy - 0.98 -
Walmart - - -

Also, don't forget to check the latest deals from these four stores, and the state of the art on mobile technology, if you don't want to overpay on your next smartphone.


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The 4G variant of the S20 FE should be about 20% cheaper.

Want to know about that global score? Let me point out the average of its competitors. They're at 7.3 (for the Mate 30 Pro) and 6.1 (for the Galaxy S20 FE).

Verdict: What Makes the Huawei Mate 30 Pro Stand Out?

The Mate 30 Pro is an astonishing device, despite the lack of Google Apps and Services. These two share the same size. They also have similar battery life, storage, and cameras. Even displays aren't that far off. Refresh rate and notch size are the key differences. I still think that the Mate 30 Pro is the most beautiful device, even with that large dent. Obviously, having a full glass body also helps. Glass protection and faster charging are also two of the Mate 30 Pro strongest suits.

Bluetooth 5.1 is a pleasant addition. Aside from that, they're about the same.

Pros Mate 30 Pro Galaxy S20 FE
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#4 Cameras Cameras
#5 Battery Life Battery Life
#6 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#7 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#8 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#9 Glass Protection
Cons Mate 30 Pro Galaxy S20 FE
#1 Weight Weight
#2 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#3 Price Price
#4 Glass Protection
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Mate 30 Pro Galaxy S20 FE
Gaming Score
6.4
7.5
1.1
Tek-Score
7.45
6.86
-0.59
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.


 Huawei Mate 30 Pro 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $799
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $699
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $899
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $700
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $900
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $749
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $799
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $990
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
    $949
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $799
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $799
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $949
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $890
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $999
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $749
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $949
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698
  • OnePlusrival9 Pro
    $969
  • VivorivalX60 Pro
    $900

 Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $328
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $350
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
    $280
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
    $385
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $379
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $409
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $409
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $379
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $409
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $379
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $300
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • RealmerivalXT
    $290
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $284
  • OnePlusrival6T
    $300
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
    $285
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $367
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A51
    $280
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
    $400
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $349
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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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