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OnePlus 7 Pro vs 8 Pro in 2021: Is It Worth The Upgrade?

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OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 8 Pro

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Luis Silva (May 2020, updated: March 2021)

Introduction

Is it time to upgrade yet? Or are you considering both of them?

In April of 2020, OnePlus launched its 8 Pro. The 7 Pro, however, has seen the light of day in May of 2019.

In this article, we see how the 7 Pro and the 8 Pro 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

Which is better, the 8 Pro or the 7 Pro?

The 8 Pro is more expensive than the 7 Pro, but it also has better specs.

It has better performance (+22%), a better display, water-resistance, and more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB).

Anything else?

The 8 Pro also comes with an Always-On display, better peak brightness, wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB), and Bluetooth 5.1.

How much more will those additional features cost me?

If you're ignoring carrier offers, you'll have to invest an additional amount close to $371.

Is the 7 Pro still worth buying in 2021?

No problem. Just take a look at its performance, and you'll see.

Is the 8 Pro still worth getting in 2021?

Absolutely. It's a fantastic smartphone. I have no doubt about it.

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

Down below, there's a "Tek-Score" in every analyzed section of these models. We even assessed the worth of all specifications to make it easier for you to perceive the difference between them. You'll also have a global comparison rate if you aren't sure about these two.

Our Tek-Score is based on a study done by Globalwebindex.com on what buyers are looking for when purchasing a smartphone.

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

You'll also see a progress bar underlining some features. It's there for you to better understand how they fare against other smartphones at the same price range.

If you click here:, you'll see our list, but basically, we include every smartphone within a 20+20% price range, up and down.

Feel free to click any feature title to check out our corresponding eight top 10 listings for every spending plan.

Price* vs.
Device 7 Pro 8 Pro
Release Date 2019, May 2020, April 1y.
OS Updates 2 years 2 years 0y.
Security Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Performance

The OnePlus 8 Pro is available with the previous generation Snapdragon 865 processor, while the OnePlus 7 Pro brings the Snapdragon 855 processor.

Regarding the graphics chipset, the former features last year's Adreno 650, and the latter has an Adreno 640.

As for performance, Geekbench 5 scores the 8 Pro 22% ahead of its sibling on the multi-core rankings. On a day-to-day basis, it won't be that noticeable.

By the way, you can define the 7 Pro as a lower high-end and the 8 Pro as high-end.

The 7 Pro carries out Android 9 (Pie) and OxygenOS 10 OS, while the 8 Pro comes with Android 10 and OxygenOS 10.

Performance* vs.
Features 7 Pro 8 Pro
SoC Snapdragon 855 Snapdragon 865
Graphics Adreno 640 Adreno 650
Geekbench 5 Score 2675
3255
580
OS Android 9 (Pie) and OxygenOS 10 Android 10 and OxygenOS 10
Tek-Score
6.5
7.4
1.0

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.

Display

OnePlus 7 Pro front transparent png OnePlus 8 Pro front transparent png

The 8 Pro features a 6.7" AMOLED display, while the 7 Pro has a smaller 6.6" AMOLED display. To each, it's own. AMOLED has perfect contrast and viewing angles, but its whites do hurt the battery life.

Do you despise small screens? Then, the 7 Pro is the one. It really is enormous compared to most similarly priced phones.

The 8 Pro adopts a 1440x3168 Quad HD resolution. The 7 Pro features a more modest resolution of 1440x3120 (Quad HD) pixels.

It's better to be safe than sorry, so be aware: These displays share a "Corning Gorilla Glass 5" protection.

To me, the OnePlus 8 Pro has one significant advantage here, which is the Always-On-Display.

If you set these displays for auto-brightness, you can count on the 7 Pro to go up to 616 nits, while the 8 Pro can do 272 nits above that.

Both phones do support HDR10+ shootings.

If you favor smooth scrolling over battery life, they can go up to 90hz.

If this is something you value, the 7 Pro is getting outperformed here.

Given the 7 Pro, 92% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 80% of them have an Always-On display. On the contrary, only 20% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate.

Concerning the 8 Pro, 95% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all of them have an AMOLED screen, 90% have an Always-On display, and 86% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features 7 Pro 8 Pro
Size 6.6
6.7
0.1
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1440x3120
1440x3168
69120
Refresh Rate 90hz 90hz 0
Dots per Inch 520.65
519.39
-1.26
Always-On-Display No Yes
Notch No/Clean Hole
Peak Brightness 616 nits
888 nits
272
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
4.1
9.5
5.4
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
5.0
6.9
1.9

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.

Cameras

OnePlus 7 Pro back transparent png OnePlus 8 Pro back transparent png

Who's gonna win this battle? Together, a whopping 48 MP sensor, an aperture of f/1.6, a 27mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization makes up the 7 Pro camera set. Adding to that, you'll still get the ability to record videos at up to 2160p.

It also has a secondary 8 MP camera with an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 78mm telephoto lens. And a third 16 MP (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

If you take a 48 Megapixels snapshot, you can zoom in on it and do a crop in the middle to get the same shot you'd get on a 12 Megapixels shooter with 2x optical zoom.

There's also a 16 MP pop-up selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.0 and a 25 mm wide-angle lens.

DxOMark tested this camera and gave it a rate of 116. If you also consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, the final rate goes up to 130** points. For an in-depth review, click here.

To put things in perspective: all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 84% of them feature Optical Image Stabilization. Nevertheless, only 20% of them feature a macro lens.

The standard camera on the back of the 8 Pro has a whopping 48 MP sensor and a 25mm, f/1.8 aperture, wide-angle lens. It also has two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. When it comes to recording videos, it can do 2160p. And guess what? The 8 Pro has three more cameras: an 8 MP (with f/2.4 plus a 74mm telephoto lens), a second 48 MP (f/2.2) with a 14mm ultra-wide-angle lens, and a third 5 MP that works as a depth sensor. That'll be fun to see on a traditional DSLR!

Do you really need a 48 Megapixels camera? Did you know you can zoom in and crop those photos to simulate optical zoom? That's how you can get a sample with 12 Megapixels and 2x optical zoom, just like the 7 Pro.

On the front, there's an f/2.5 16 MP camera and a 1/3" sensor.

DxOMark's gurus gave this shooter a score of 120. Plus, combining with the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we'll get to the final rate of 133 points. If you want to know more about every tidbit, click here.

Lastly, 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. That said, none of them feature a macro lens.

By DxO's standards, the 7 Pro is also roughly 19% above other smartphones in its class. But you can pick either one.

One can place the 7 Pro as a lower high-end and the 8 Pro more as a high-end.

Something you will definitely enjoy on these cameras is their 3x optical zoom. It enables you to zoom in on the subject without ruining your photos.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, especially for cameras with no zoom and with less than 40MP. These guys recently updated their test protocol, and I need more reviewed devices to fine-tune older scores.

Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera 7 Pro 8 Pro
Megapixels 48
48
0
Aperture 1.6
1.8
0.2
Lens 27mm
25mm
-2
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 2 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 130
133
3

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) 7 Pro 8 Pro vs.
Megapixels 8
8
0
Aperture 2.4
2.4
0.0
Lens 78mm (3x zoom)
74mm (3x zoom)
-4
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 16 48 32
Aperture 2.2 2.2 0.0
Lens 13mm 14mm 1
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels - 5
Aperture - 2.4
Score 14 13 -1
Selfie Camera 7 Pro 8 Pro vs.
Megapixels 0 16
16
Aperture 2.0
2.5
0.5
Lens 25mm -
7 Pro 8 Pro vs.
Tek-Score
7.6
7.8
0.2

Body

The 7 Pro is 162 mm (6.38 inches) tall and 75 mm (2.96 inches) wide. The 8 Pro, on the other hand, is 3 mm taller and 1 mm narrower (about 0.12 inches by 0.04 inches).

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

They both have a beautiful glass body. The 7 Pro is a little bit heavier: About 7 g. (0.25 oz). But because this is a bit relative, the "weight to display size" rate of the 7 Pro is 3.7, meaning it's kind of weighty for its display size. The 8 Pro, on the other hand, has 4.7, so nothing to state here.

You'll also get some color options here. The OnePlus 8 Pro comes in Glacial Green, Onyx Black, and Ultramarine Blue. The OnePlus 7 Pro, in its turn, comes in Mirror Grey, Nebula Blue, and Almond.

These two share the same size, so you can pick any of them.

Does a fingerprint scanner matter to you? Both devices included it.

The 8 Pro 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 7 Pro 8 Pro
Size 162 x 75 x 8 mm
(5.71 x 2.65 x 0.28 in)
165 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.82 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
480
Weight 206 g. (7.27 oz)
199 g. (7.02 oz)
-7
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Mirror Grey, Nebula Blue, and Almond Glacial Green, Onyx Black, and Ultramarine Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 88.01%
89.35%
1.35
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.7 4.7 1.0
Looks 9.1/10
9.1/10
0.0
Waterproof - IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
1.9
7.1
5.2

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

Battery

Looking at these numbers, the OnePlus 8 Pro, with its battery capacity of 4510 mAh, should be a winner, without a doubt. But how would both perform in a real-world scenario? By charging them up and testing them out, this is how the 7 Pro comes out of it:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 83% left.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, the battery charge will be about 66%.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, you'll likely end up with 70% of the battery charge.

And this is where the 8 Pro ends at:

  • 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.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, the battery charge will be about 67%.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, this is where your battery will be: 71%.

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

They can both do 30 watts when charging, so there's nothing to see here.

The 8 Pro also supports wireless charging at 30w.

You can also use the 8 Pro reverse wireless charging to charge any Qi-enabled device up to 3w per hour.

Quick charging is reasonably speedy with the 7 Pro's charger. Other devices from this price-range usually sit at nearly 22w.

The 8 Pro's wireless charging is likewise faster than the traditional 5w. That isn't as frequent on its direct rivals.

Battery* vs.
Features 7 Pro 8 Pro
Capacity (mAh) 4000 4510 510
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
83% left
0
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 66% left
67% left
1
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 70% left
71% left
1
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.7 3.5 -0.1
Sub Tek-Score
7.3
7.4
0.1
Fast Charging 30w
30w
0
Wireless Charging No 30w
30
Reverse Charging No 3w
3
Tek-Score
6.4
7.5
1.1

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Storage

The 7 Pro comes equipped with 128GB of integrated storage and 6GB of RAM. There's no extra storage here, but you wouldn't need that anyway, right?

In its turn, the 8 Pro features 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. Unfortunately, it also lacks a MicroSD card slot, but it won't be an issue for sure. You may already know, but you can get more RAM but less storage by picking any rival at that price range. 9Gb for RAM and 134Gb for storage, on average.

Storage* vs.
Features 7 Pro 8 Pro
RAM (GB) 6GB
8GB
2
Internal (GB) 128GB
256GB
128
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
6.0
8.5
2.5

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

Connectivity

Each one has its Bluetooth version: The 7 Pro has 5.0, and the 8 Pro has 5.1. Both phones have NFC.

If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. You can buy an adapter, but the wireless buds are your only option. Luckily, you can still get it on other phones if you're willing to forget about them. You can get that with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite.

You can connect the 8 Pro to (LTE and) 5G networks.

Connectivity vs.
Features 7 Pro 8 Pro
Network LTE 5G
Bluetooth 5.0
5.1
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
4.6
5.1
0.5

Price

The OnePlus 7 Pro offers a lot for the money, and with the right deal, it can be an impressive finding. The OnePlus 8 Pro does feel more pricey, but it doesn't mean it's overpriced.

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

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

Reference: $429

OnePlus 7 Pro

Reference: $800

OnePlus 8 Pro

I earn a small fee from qualifying purchases. It doesn't affect the price you pay nor my opinions, but it will mean a lot if you click on one of these buttons before purchasing your next phone. You'll be helping to take this to the next level.

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 7 Pro 8 Pro VS
Amazon - 0.82 -
eBay 1.39 0.88 -0.51
Best Buy - - -
Walmart 1.19 1.01 -0.19

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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So, what about that global rate? We'll get there. Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. They're in the ballpark of 6.4 for the 7 Pro and 7.3 for the 8 Pro.

Verdict: What Makes the OnePlus 8 Pro Stand Out?

If you're a performance addict and have a will, you'll most likely find a way. Maybe the long-awaited Always-On display alone would make you choose the 8 Pro or its improved cameras? Perhaps its an increased Bluetooth version?

Either way, I don't think the 8 Pro is a significant improvement over the 7 Pro, but if you're torn between these two, then I'd go for the 8 Pro for its cameras and the future-proof Bluetooth version with its soon-to-be popular LE Audio.

Pros 7 Pro 8 Pro
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Cameras Always-On-Display
#4 Fast Charging Cameras
#5 Battery Life
#6 Fast Charging
#7 Wireless Charging
#8 Storage
Cons 7 Pro 8 Pro
#1 Always-On-Display MicroSD Slot
#2 Wireless Charging Weight
#3 MicroSD Slot 3.5mm Jack
#4 Weight Price
#5 3.5mm Jack
#6 Price
Relative Score* vs.
Global Score 7 Pro 8 Pro
Gaming Score
7.0
8.1
1.1
Tek-Score
5.97
7.57
1.60

*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.

 OnePlus 7 Pro 
  • OnePlus

    7 $388

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 8 $424

  • Apple

    iPhone 8 Plus $390

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10e $349

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 $499

  • Apple

    iPhone XS $410

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 10 $499

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 Plus $499

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10e EX $428

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10e SD $349

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10+ EX $499

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10+ SD $488

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 EX $429

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 SD $390

  • OnePlus

    7T $399

  • OnePlus

    7T Pro $499

  • Huawei

    P30 $400

  • Google

    Pixel 4 $349

  • Google

    Pixel 4 XL $499

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 9 $400

  • Apple

    iPhone SE 2 $429

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 Lite $449

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 10 Lite $369

  • OnePlus

    Nord $410

  • Google

    Pixel 4a $350

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10T Pro $480

  • Samsung

    Galaxy M51 $396

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10 Lite $399

 OnePlus 8 Pro 
  • Sony

    Xperia 1 $688

  • Sony

    Xperia 5 $699

  • Apple

    iPhone 11 Pro $750

  • Apple

    iPhone 11 Pro Max $900

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 EX $675

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 SD $649

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20+ EX $749

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20+ SD $649

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 U.EX $879

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 $697

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 Plus $749

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 Ultra $879

  • Huawei

    Mate 30 Pro $849

  • Huawei

    P40 Pro $769

  • Huawei

    P40 $666

  • Apple

    iPhone 12 $799

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10 Ultra $846

  • Oppo

    Find X2 Pro $663

  • Apple

    iPhone 12 Mini $739

  • Sony

    Xperia 1 II $800

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 $699

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 Plus $799

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 Ultra $895

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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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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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