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

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

The price of the 8 isn't that much higher, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

You'll get a better display. But the 7T Pro adds more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB).

What else sets them apart?

The 8 also features an Always-On display, better peak brightness, and Bluetooth 5.1. But the 7T Pro also adds a telephoto lens (+60 mm).

Having said that, none of them truly stood out since they got similar scores.

But how much more will I have to pay for the 8?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, it'll cost you around $70 more.

Is it worth getting the 7T Pro in 2021?

The 7T Pro is still one of the best phones you can buy in 2021 (depending on your budget), and while it isn't the best device out there, at least it's more affordable now. Nevertheless, you should also check other phones like the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE because it has better performance, more security updates, water resistance, reverse charging, and external storage.

Is the 8 still worth buying in 2021?

Don't let its age scare you. The 8 still is a fantastic device as we go thru 2021. You'll love it for its good performance and good battery life. But keep an eye on (again) the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE too.

Keep reading for answers to all your questions about their differences, how they compare to similarly priced rivals, and how the tech industry is evaluating their specs.

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OnePlus 7T Pro, OnePlus 8

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Introduction

So, the OnePlus 8 is pretty much a well-defined step up from the 7 Pro, but what does the 7T Pro has to say about that?

In April of 2020, OnePlus started selling its 8, while OnePlus's 7T Pro hit the stores in October of 2019.

We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the 7T Pro and the 8.

The OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 7T Pro are comparable in price. Still, you'll find the 7T Pro cheaper most of the time. Remember that when you're comparing the two models.

For each featured section, there's a "Tek-Score" for you to check. We evaluate all quantifiable specifications to help you quickly identify how much they are far apart. The global score will help you compare them to other phones if you aren't sure about these two.

The weight of each section

That score is research-based. It's from Globalwebindex.com about what people want from their next smartphone. But you can customize how each section contributes to the global score according to your preferences. Click here to skip everything, but I suggest you keep reading to know more about them.

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

You're going to find a red or green bar next to some features. That can help you understand how they rival its direct competitors.

You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, but basically, we've excluded every smartphone that's not within a 20% (above or below) price range.

Some features are also shortcuts to the best 10 phones on that for every spending plan.

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

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

Geekbench 5 scores the 8 17% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. If you're a heavy gamer, think about this. If not, then it isn't a big deal.

We can classify the 7T Pro as a lower high-end and the 8 as high-end.

What about their chipsets? The OnePlus 8 features the previous generation's Snapdragon 865 processor and the OnePlus 7T Pro, the Snapdragon 855+ processor.

If you play heavy games on your phone, you should know that the former has last year's Adreno 650, while the latter has an Adreno 640.

Both phones run on Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 out of the box.

Performance*
vs.
Features 7T Pro 8
SoC Snapdragon 855+ Snapdragon 865
Graphics Adreno 640 Adreno 650
Geekbench 5 Score 2698
3165
467
OS Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 Android 10 and OxygenOS 10
Tek-Score
6.5
7.3
0.8

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

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

The 8 is the title-holder here, and the difference is considerable.

While the 8 got a 6.5-inch AMOLED display, the 7T Pro got a larger AMOLED display with 6.6-inches. You'll likely have set your preferences already on the display type and size. To me, a 6.3 inches screen is where I draw the line.

The 7T Pro benefits from a higher resolution, at 1440x3120 pixels, while the 8 has 1080x2400 pixels.

It's better to be safe than sorry, so it's essential to know what kind of glass protection they have. Both displays are protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Unfortunately, only one of them has an Always-On display, and it's the OnePlus 8.

If you don't manually set the screen brightness, you can count on the 7T Pro to go up to 600 nits, while the 8 goes up to 802 nits.

Very few rivals share this maximum brightness. Usually, they rarely stay far from 757 nits, but the 7T Pro can only do 21% below that.

Both phones do support HDR10+ videos.

If you're looking for high refresh rate displays, you're lucky because both feature a 90hz screen.

Considering the 7T Pro, 90% of its rivals can play HDR content, and 95% have an AMOLED screen and have an Always-On display.

Considering the 8, as a reference, 88% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 92% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features 7T Pro 8
Size 6.6
6.5
-0.1
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1440x3120
1080x2400
-1900800
Refresh Rate 90hz 90hz 0
Dots per Inch 520.65
404.89
-115.75
Always-On-Display No Yes
Notch No/Clean Hole
Peak Brightness 600 nits
802 nits
202
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
4.1
8.7
4.7
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
5.0
6.7
1.6

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

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

You should get similar performance with these two in the camera domain.

Flip the phones over, let's start the cameras' battle. Together, a whopping 48 Megapixels sensor, an aperture of f/1.6, a 26mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization makes up the 7T Pro camera set. Adding to that, you'll still get the ability to record videos at up to 2160p.

It also features two auxiliary cameras. One has 8 Megapixels with an aperture of f/2.4, plus a 74mm telephoto lens. And another shooter with 16 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

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 (for example) an additional 2x of optical zoom and a 12 Megapixels sample.

Want to know about its selfie capabilities? It has a 16 MP pop-up (f/2.0) shooter and a 25 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK reviewed this camera and gave it 116 points. If you also consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it can go up to 129** points. If you want to know more about it, click here.

Before moving on, you'd probably like to know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Yet, only 19% of them feature a macro lens.

The OnePlus 8, in its turn, features a whopping 48 Megapixels camera with an f/1.8 aperture and a 25mm, wide-angle lens. Then it has two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It records videos at up to 2160p. It also has a secondary dual-lens camera. One of them features an aperture of f/2.2 plus a 14mm ultra-wide-angle lens and 16 Megapixels, and the other 2 Megapixels for macros.

Just so you know: You can take a 48 Megapixels photo, zoom in and crop, and get 2x optical zoom. You'll get a 12 Megapixels photo, just like the 7T Pro.

You can get selfies with 16 MP Megapixels. It has a lens with f/2.0 of aperture and a 1/3" sensor.

This sensor does deserve a review from DXOMARK's team. Knowing them, it'll get about 111* points. Plus, combining with its wide-angle lens, this score goes up to 122** points.

Finally, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Additionally, only 12% of them feature a macro lens.

One can place these two as lower high-end.

What I really like about the 7T Pro is the 2.8x telephoto lens. It enables you to zoom in on the subject without ruining your photos.

*DXOMARK knows how to test these shooters out. Unfortunately, they don't test every smartphone camera out there. So what do I do? I try to do my best by giving a similar score based on hardware specs only (OIS, Sensor size, Aperture, Lenses, HDR, and so on). As of now, you can expect a deviation of up to 2 points.

**Consider this as an estimative, especially with cameras with less than 40MP and no telephoto lens. They moved to a better camera test protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed cameras to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera 7T Pro 8
Megapixels 48
48
0
Aperture 1.6
1.8
0.2
Lens 26mm
25mm
-1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 2 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 129
122
-7

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) 7T Pro 8 vs.
Megapixels 8
16
8
Aperture 2.4
2.2
-0.2
Lens 74mm (2.8x zoom)
14mm -60
Lens Type Telephoto lens Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 16 2 -14
Aperture 2.2 2.4 0.2
Lens 13mm -
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Macro
Score 13 11 -2
Selfie Camera 7T Pro 8 vs.
Megapixels 0 16
16
Aperture 2.0
2.0
0.0
Lens 25mm -
7T Pro 8 vs.
Tek-Score
7.6
7.2
-0.4

Who has the best frame?

The 8 does win some points here, mainly for its weight and the number of color options. But that doesn't make the 7T Pro that much worse.

The 7T Pro is 162 mm (6.38 inches) tall and 75 mm (2.96 inches) wide. OnePlus's 8 is a bit smaller, precisely 2 mm (0.08 inches), and a bit narrower too, about 3 mm (0.12 inches).

Both are 8 mm thicker (about 0.32 inches).

Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. The 8 weighs 180 g. (6.35 oz), while its sibling is 26 g. (0.92 oz) heavier. If you're looking for a lightweight device, the "weight to display size" score of the 7T Pro is 3.7, which implies it's kind of weighty for a 6.6 inches display. The 8, in its turn, has 6.2, which is pretty nice.

We do like having some color options. You get Haze Blue and a unique McLaren Edition in the 7T Pro. But you can get Onyx Black, Interstellar Glow, Glacial Green, and Polar Silver with the 8.

If you like having a big phone, you should consider the 7T Pro. Otherwise, the other one is more or less the same here.

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

If you want waterproofness on your next device, check out the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.

Looks*
vs.
Body 7T Pro 8
Size 162 x 75 x 8 mm
(5.71 x 2.65 x 0.28 in)
160 x 72 x 8 mm
(5.64 x 2.54 x 0.28 in)
-5040
Weight 206 g. (7.27 oz)
180 g. (6.35 oz)
-26
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Haze Blue and a unique McLaren Edition Onyx Black, Interstellar Glow, Glacial Green, and Polar Silver
Screen To Body Ratio 88.01%
88.55%
0.54
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.7 6.2 2.5
Looks 9.1/10
10.0/10
0.8
Waterproof - -
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
1.9
2.9
1.0

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

Which has the best battery?

The 7T Pro does have a smaller battery, with 4085 mAh, while the 8 has 4300 mAh. But by GSMArena's standards, both should theoretically get the same battery life.

This is how the 7T Pro performs after a full charge:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 84% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 69% left for the rest of the day.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll still get 73% to spend doing other things.

And these are the results for the 8:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 85% of the battery remaining.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 71% left for the rest of the day.
  • For 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.

What's even better, both of them also don't have many rivals at any given price range. Just check out our top 10 list with the best battery life.

If you thought charging speeds would help you pick one of these, they both do 30w.

Wireless charging is nowhere to be found. Keep that in mind. But if you really want it, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE features wireless charging. It even supports reverse wireless charging too.

Battery*
vs.
Features 7T Pro 8
Capacity (mAh) 4085 4300 215
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
85% left
1
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 4.0 5.6 1.6
Sub Tek-Score
7.5
7.7
0.1
Fast Charging 30w
30w
0
Wireless Charging No No 0
Tek-Score
6.6
6.7
0.1

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

Definitely, the 7T Pro.

OnePlus put 8GB of RAM and 256GB of built-in storage on the 7T Pro. There's no expandable storage, but I believe you can manage with just 256GB of storage. I should also mention that most rivals have less storage but more RAM. They're closer to 146Gb of storage and 8GB of RAM.

The 8 offers 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. There's also no expandable storage here, but I believe 128GB is enough.

Storage*
vs.
Features 7T Pro 8
RAM (GB) 8GB
8GB
0
Internal (GB) 256GB
128GB
-128
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
8.5
6.0
-2.5

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

I'd go for the 8 if you really value Bluetooth 5.1 and 5G.

Surprisingly, there's a difference here: The 7T Pro features Bluetooth 5.0, but the 8 has Bluetooth 5.1. Both phones have NFC.

If you love good-old wired headphones, you're out of luck because none of them included a 3.5mm headphone jack. You can try an adapter if you want, but the wireless buds are the way to go here. You can also check other devices if you're not really leaning towards any of these. You'd have to pick a smartphone like the Sony Xperia 1 II.

The 8 runs on (LTE and) 5G networks.

Connectivity
vs.
Features 7T Pro 8
Network LTE 5G
Bluetooth 5.0
5.1
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
3.6
5.1
1.5

Which is more affordable?

The OnePlus 7T Pro definitely has its sibling beaten on price, and with the right deal, it can be an impressive finding. You'll most likely find the OnePlus 8 at a higher price range, but it doesn't mean it can't be a great deal.

You can check down below if it worths the extra cash.

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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 7T Pro 8 VS
Amazon 1.19 0.81 -0.38
eBay - 0.94 -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart 1.08 1.06 -0.02

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Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. The 7T Pro class is at 6.8, and the 8 6.9.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

Ah-ha! The 7T Pro won't let it go that easy.

You'll probably love it for its storage, and you know what? Despite being somewhat slower, it isn't slow at all, and you can get by another year without the Always-On display and the newer Bluetooth version, you'll get to keep (or win) a great set of cameras.

What's even better, it's price will always be lower.

You'll have to get familiar with a hefty device. Aside from that, there's not much more for you on the OnePlus 8.

Pros 7T Pro 8
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Cameras Always-On-Display
#4 Battery Life Cameras
#5 Fast Charging Battery Life
#6 Storage Fast Charging
Cons 7T Pro 8
#1 Always-On-Display Wireless Charging
#2 Wireless Charging MicroSD Slot
#3 MicroSD Slot 3.5mm Jack
#4 Weight Price
#5 3.5mm Jack
#6 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score 7T Pro 8
Gaming Score
7.6
7.2
-0.4
Tek-Score
6.45
6.48
0.03
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.


 OnePlus 7T Pro 
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
    $579
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $449
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $569
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $479
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $478
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $614
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $614
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $598
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $478
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $634
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $539
  • OnePlusrival8
    $630
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $509
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $514
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $565
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $479
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $500
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $599
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594

 OnePlus 8 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $699
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
    $579
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $569
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $614
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $704
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $614
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $540
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $598
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $634
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $539
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $509
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $514
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $565
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $729
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $599
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698
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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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