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Huawei P30 vs Samsung Galaxy S10: Which Should You Pick?

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

The Galaxy S10 will cost you more, but considering its features, it is the best option.

It has better glass protection, a better display, and water-resistance. But the P30 adds better battery life.

Anything else?

The Galaxy S10 also comes with optical image stabilization, wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB). But the P30 also adds a telephoto lens (+28 mm).

But how much more will I have to pay for the Galaxy S10?

If you're not considering going for a carrier subscription, you're going to shell out an extra amount of about $99.

Is the P30 still worth buying in 2021?

Do consider not getting the P30 in 2021. Even if you don't mind the lack of security updates, the Galaxy S21, for example, is a far better option, as it will give you better performance, better cameras, more security updates, more RAM, water resistance, and reverse charging.

Is the Galaxy S10 still worth getting in 2021?

The Galaxy S10 isn't the latest release anymore, but you'll still be happy with its good camera, tons of storage, excellent glass protection, fast wireless charging, and great display. It still makes sense in 2021, but note that (again) the Galaxy S21 features better performance, more security updates, and faster charging.

Read on to know more about them, how they compare to similarly priced rivals, and how the tech industry is evaluating their specs.

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Huawei P30, Samsung Galaxy S10

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Introduction

The P30 and Galaxy S10 started selling in March of 2019.

We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the P30 and the Galaxy S10.

You'll rarely (if ever) find these two with the same price tag. Keep this in mind when comparing both of them.

It's probably a good idea to stay away from the P30 because it will stop receiving security updates in the meantime.

For each featured section, there's a "Tek-Score" for you to check. For a quicker analysis of how far they are from each other, we'll consider all their specifications. There's also a global score for you to compare them to other phones if you're interested in other than these two.

The weight of each section

Our Tek-Score is based on a study done by Globalwebindex.com on what buyers are looking for when purchasing a smartphone. But you'll be able to define how the global score is composed based on your preferences. You can check this out now, or just keep reading.

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 compare with other smartphones with similar prices.

You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, but we've only included smartphones within a 40% price range.

Some items are underlined, and you can tap to access our corresponding eight top 10 listings for every budget.

Price*
vs.
Device P30 Galaxy S10
Release Date 2019, March 2019, March 0y.
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?

About performance: Geekbench 5 scores the P30 12% ahead of its rival in the multi-core ranking. All in all, there's not much of a difference between the two.

It's safe to say that the P30 can be tagged as a lower high-end and the Galaxy S10 more like an upper mid-range.

Inside the Galaxy S10 is the Exynos 9820 SoC, while on the P30, there's the Hisilicon Kirin 980 chipset.

If you're a gamer, you'll like to know that the former features a Mali-G76 MP12, and the latter has a Mali-G76 MP10.

At least you'll get the Android 9 (Pie) and EMUI 10 on the P30, and the Galaxy S10 has 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 P30 Galaxy S10
SoC Hisilicon Kirin 980 Exynos 9820
Graphics Mali-G76 MP10 Mali-G76 MP12
Geekbench 5 Score 2406
2153
-253
OS Android 9 (Pie) and EMUI 10 Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI
Tek-Score
6.0
5.6
-0.4

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Huawei P30 front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S10 front transparent png

The Galaxy S10 is the winner here, and you'd be able to tell the difference.

They both share the same AMOLED display size: 6.1". Which one would you choose? Do you favor AMOLED screens?

The Galaxy S10 adopts a 1440x3040 Quad HD resolution. The P30 features a more modest resolution of 1080x2340 (Full HD) pixels.

Just a tiny drop may shatter your phone, so you need to know about their glass protection. Unfortunately, the P30 doesn't have Gorilla Glass protection, but the Galaxy S10 has a Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

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

If you set your brightness to auto, you can count on the P30 to go up to 635 nits, while the Galaxy S10 goes up to 820 nits.

The P30 features an HDR10 display, and the Galaxy S10 does HDR10+.

About the P30, 96% of its rivals can play HDR content, 89% have an AMOLED screen, and 75% have an Always-On display. On the other hand, only 25% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate.

For the Galaxy S10, 96% of its rivals can play HDR content, 93% have an AMOLED screen, and 78% have an Always-On display. Yet, only 22% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features P30 Galaxy S10
Size 6.1
6.1
0.0
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
1440x3040
1850400
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 422.49
551.44
128.95
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Teardrop Hole
Peak Brightness 635 nits
820 nits
185
HDR HDR10 HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
8.1
9.2
1.1
Protection - Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Tek-Score
2.9
8.0
5.2

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Huawei P30 back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S10 back transparent png

I don't see a meaningful winner in the camera department.

What about its shooters? The P30's primary camera has a whopping 40 Megapixels sensor, with an aperture of f/1.8, a 27mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, and HDR capabilities. Videos on its shooter have a maximum resolution of 2160p.

It also has a secondary 8 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.4, plus an 80mm telephoto lens. And a third of 16 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 17mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

Just so you know: You can take a 40 Megapixels photo, zoom in and crop, and get 2x of optical zoom: by trimming it into a 10 Megapixels photo.

With the selfies camera, you get a generous 32 MP shooter, with an aperture of f/2.0 and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

Unfortunately, DXOMARK hasn't tested this camera, but we don't need a crystal ball to guess the score: 119*. Then, if you consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it can go up to 132** points.

I hope this helps: you should know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 82% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Though only 21% of them feature a macro lens.

The Samsung Galaxy S10, in its turn, features a 12 Megapixels camera with an f/1.5 aperture and a 26mm, wide-angle lens. Then it has one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It records videos at up to 2160p. You'll also get two additional sensors, one with 12 Megapixels, an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 52mm telephoto lens, and another with 16 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 12mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

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.

On DXOMARK's reviewing article, they gave this shooter 116 points. By adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that score goes up to 129**. If you want to know more about it, check it here.

Winding it up, just to let you know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 81% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Moreover, only 19% of them feature a macro lens.

If you're not a numbers person, we can tag the P30 as a high-end and the Galaxy S10 as lower high-end.

Both phones have something that I truly value in a camera: an optical zoom (of 2x and 3x). It enables you to zoom in on the subject without ruining your photos.

Additionally, the P30 telephoto lens is 26mm higher than the average on similarly priced devices.

You can easily add dimension to your photos on the Galaxy S10 and also avoid blurred pictures thanks to its greater aperture.

*The guys over at DXOMARK know how to benchmark these shooters. Unfortunately, they don't test every smartphone camera out there. So when I get my hands on one of them, I consider every camera spec and give an approximated score. Our lastest test on our formula showed a deviation of up to 2 points.

**Consider this as an estimative, at least for phones with no zoom and up to 35 to 40MP. They moved to a new camera test protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera P30 Galaxy S10
Megapixels 40
12
-28
Aperture 1.8
1.5
-0.3
Lens 27mm
26mm
-1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 1 -1
HDR Yes Yes
OIS No Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 132
129
-3

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) P30 Galaxy S10 vs.
Megapixels 8
12
4
Aperture 2.4
2.4
0.0
Lens 80mm (3x zoom)
52mm (2x zoom)
-28
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 16 16 0
Aperture 2.2 2.2 0.0
Lens 17mm 12mm -5
Lens Type Wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 13 13 0
Selfie Camera P30 Galaxy S10 vs.
Megapixels 32
10
-22
Aperture 2.0
1.9
-0.1
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
P30 Galaxy S10 vs.
Tek-Score
7.8
7.6
-0.2

Who has the best frame?

I'd go for the Galaxy S10 for its water resistance.

Both have 149 mm (5.87 inches) of height, but each one has its own width: 71 mm vs. 70 mm (2.80 inches vs. 2.76 inches).

These two have about the same thickness: 7 mm (0.28 inches).

The glass rear on these phones makes them feel great on the hand. The Galaxy S10 weighs 157 g. (5.54 oz), while its rival is 8 g. (0.28 oz) heavier. If you want a big screen in a lightweight phone, the "weight to display size" score of the P30 is 6.7, and that's another way of saying a pretty nice weight for its screen size. The Galaxy S10, on the other hand, has 7.9, which suggests exceptional work from Samsung.

You'll also get some color options here. The Samsung Galaxy S10 comes in Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Blue, Cardinal Red, and Smoke Blue. The Huawei P30, in its turn, comes in Aurora, Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Black, and Pearl White.

Would you like to have a fingerprint scanner? Both phones have one.

The Galaxy S10 is resistant to water up to 1 to 3 meters. That shouldn't last over half an hour, in standby mode, so no underwater photos.

Looks*
vs.
Body P30 Galaxy S10
Size 149 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.26 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
149 x 70 x 7 mm
(5.26 x 2.47 x 0.25 in)
-1043
Weight 165 g. (5.82 oz)
157 g. (5.54 oz)
-8
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Aurora, Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Black, and Pearl White Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Blue, Cardinal Red, and Smoke Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 86.34%
89.05%
2.70
Disp.Size To Weight Score 6.7 7.9 1.2
Looks 9.8/10
10.0/10
0.2
Waterproof - IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
3.5
8.9
5.4

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

Which has the best battery?

The P30 features a 3650 mAh battery, while the Galaxy S10 has 3400 mAh. And by GSMArena's standards, the former does have better battery life.

This is what the P30 delivers if you do a complete charge:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 83% of the battery remaining.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 69% left for the rest of the day.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, you'll be with 71%.

And these are Galaxy S10's patterns:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 78% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, the battery charge will be about 58%.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 62% left for the rest of the day.

Fast charging's here, and both phones support it. The Galaxy S10 can go up to 15w, and the P30 up to 22.

If you really need wireless charging, Galaxy S10 is the one. It can do 15w/hour.

You can also use the Galaxy S10 reverse wireless charging to charge any Qi-enabled device up to 9w per hour.

The Galaxy S10's wireless charging is likewise faster than the traditional 5w. You don't get to see it that much at this price range.

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 P30 Galaxy S10
Capacity (mAh) 3650 3400 -250
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
78% left
-5
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 69% left
58% left
-11
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 71% left
62% left
-9
Bat. To Phone Size Score 7.1 5.9 -1.1
Sub Tek-Score
7.4
6.6
-0.8
Fast Charging 22w
15w
-7
Wireless Charging No 15w
15
Reverse Charging No 9w
9
Tek-Score
6.4
6.5
0.1

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

None of them.

The P30 comes equipped with 128GB of integrated storage and 6GB of RAM. It isn't an issue because you can top that with a Nano Memory card.

In its turn, the Galaxy S10 features 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. If you ever run out of free space, you can add a MicroSD card.

Storage*
vs.
Features P30 Galaxy S10
RAM (GB) 6GB
8GB
2
Internal (GB) 128GB
128GB
0
Micro SD Nano Memory (shared SIM slot) microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
7.5
7.5
0.0

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

There also isn't much to see here.

Both phones have Bluetooth 5.0, so nothing special here. As for the NFC chips, both have them.

The 3.5mm headphone jack is here to stay, at least for these two.

The Galaxy S10 is LTE or (LTE and) 5G compatible. You can pick the Galaxy S10 with 5G with a larger 6.7-inch display, a 4500 mAh battery, a 0.3MP depth camera, 256GB of storage, and fast charging at 25w.

Connectivity
vs.
Features P30 Galaxy S10
Network LTE LTE (also available in 5G)
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
Tek-Score
8.5
8.5
0.0

Which is more affordable?

You're likely not considering the P30 to make all your pennies count. But do search for any deals or price drops before making up your mind. Promotions aside, the Galaxy S10 is more expensive, but I'm not here to tell you if it's worth it. Maybe you can get some 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 P30

Reference: $400

Huawei P30

Samsung Galaxy S10

Reference: $499

Samsung Galaxy S10

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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 P30 Galaxy S10 VS
Amazon 1.24 1.26 0.02
eBay - 1.78 -
Best Buy - - -
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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Smartphone Specs Statistics: The State Of The Art (Q1 2021)

Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. First, let me mention the average at their price range. The P30 class is at 6.5, and the Galaxy S10 6.4.

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S10 Stand Out?

The P30 would've been a perfect match to the Galaxy S10, if only it had decent glass protection. It indeed is way cheaper, but imagine if you break it in a first drop. You'd deeply regret buying it.

Nevertheless, if you like taking chances, or if you are planning extra measures of protection for your new device, the P30 does have a bit more flexibility in its zoom. Unfortunately, it loses on the wireless (and reverse) charging feature.

At this price-point, if it had at least a Gorilla Glass 3 protection, it would probably be the Galaxy S10 biggest rival.

Pros P30 Galaxy S10
#1 Performance AMOLED
#2 AMOLED Always-On-Display
#3 Always-On-Display Cameras
#4 Cameras Fast Charging
#5 Battery Life Wireless Charging
#6 Fast Charging MicroSD Slot
#7 MicroSD Slot 3.5mm Jack
#8 3.5mm Jack Glass Protection
Cons P30 Galaxy S10
#1 Wireless Charging
#2 Glass Protection
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score P30 Galaxy S10
Gaming Score
6.1
6.8
0.7
Tek-Score
6.10
7.27
1.17
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 P30 
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $339
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $327
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $449
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $327
  • 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
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $340
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $399
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $478
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $429
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $365
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $369
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $479
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349

 Samsung Galaxy S10 
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $339
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $327
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $449
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $327
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $399
  • 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
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $340
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $399
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $478
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $429
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $365
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $369
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $479
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $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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