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OnePlus 8 Pro vs Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: Is the iPhone Good Enough?

author Luis Silva (May 2020 Updated: March 2021)

OnePlus 8 Pro, Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

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Introduction

Are you considering leaving your ecosystem? Is any of these good enough to convince you, or should you take a rain check for now?

Let's find out.

While Apple's iPhone 11 Pro Max hit stores in September of 2019, OnePlus's 8 Pro went on sale in April of 2020.

In this article, we see how the 8 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max 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 iPhone 11 Pro Max?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max may cost you a few bucks more, but it isn't the best of the two.

It features better glass protection and more OS updates (3 additional years). But with the 8 Pro, you can get more internal storage (256GB vs. 64GB).

Anything else?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max also has a cleaner user interface. But the 8 Pro will also give you a higher refresh rate, Always-On, larger (+0.2") display, a telephoto lens (+22 mm), faster-charging speeds (30w vs. 18w), faster wireless charging (30w vs. 5w), reverse wireless charging, more RAM (8GB vs. 4GB), and Bluetooth 5.1.

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're ignoring carrier offers, you can be saving up to around $100, so think about it.

Is it worth getting the 8 Pro in 2021?

The OnePlus 8 Pro is clearly worth buying in 2021, even if there are better phones out there. Sure there are other devices like the Oppo Find X2 Pro, but this one does have good performance, good camera, great battery life, tons of storage, and fast wireless charging.

Is it still worth buying the iPhone 11 Pro Max in 2021?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max continues to be a rock-solid smartphone because of its good performance, good camera, and great battery life. If you can find a great deal, it does make sense in 2021, but you'd be better off with the iPhone 12 Pro Max as a daily driver because it has better performance, more storage, more security updates, better optical zoom, and more RAM.

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These phones have similar prices, but generally, the 8 Pro is more affordable. That is something worth considering when comparing them.

While scrolling down, you'll see a "Tek-Score" for each phone in every section. For a quicker analysis of how far they are from each other, we'll consider all their specifications. We'll also provide a global score for comparison if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

The weight of each section

Our Tek-Score is based on a study done by Globalwebindex.com about the most desired smartphone features by consumers. But you can customize how each section contributes to the global score according to what matters to you. Click here to skip everything or just 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.

Here's our contestant panel: but basically, we include every smartphone within a 20+20% price range, up and down.

Some items are clickable, and they'll get you to the best 10 phones on that for any budget.

Price*
vs.
Device 8 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Release Date 2020, April 2019, September -1y.
OS Updates 2 years 6 years 4y.
Security Updates 3 years 6 years 3y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

Performance-wise, Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) rates the iPhone 11 Pro Max 11% ahead on the multi-core rankings. All in all, there's not much of a difference between the two. The iPhone is a bit more responsive to tasks like rotating the phone to landscape mode because Google does have a hard time optimizing Android.

By the way, you can define both of them as high-end.

Regarding their chipset, while the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max comes with the Apple A13 SoC, the OnePlus 8 Pro has the Snapdragon 865 SoC.

About the graphics: while the first one brings a proprietary Apple GPU, the other has an Adreno 650.

Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 runs out-of-the-box on the 8 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max has iOS 13 at its core.

Performance*
vs.
Features 8 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
SoC Snapdragon 865 Apple A13
Graphics Adreno 650 Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 3092
3435
343
OS Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 iOS 13
Tek-Score
7.2
7.7
0.6

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

OnePlus 8 Pro front transparent png Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max front transparent png

The 8 Pro is the winner here, that's as clear as glass.

The 8 Pro offers a sharp, 6.7-inch AMOLED display that is slightly larger than the 6.5-inch AMOLED panel on the iPhone 11 Pro Max. You'll likely have set your preferences already on the display type and size. AMOLED has perfect contrast and viewing angles, but its whites do hurt the battery life.

The 8 Pro has a higher-resolution 1440x3168 Quad HD display, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max makes do with a 1242x2688 Full HD panel. If you value a clean, almost notch-free screen, then at least you still have a choice here.

It's better to be safe than sorry, so be aware: The 8 Pro is shielded with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The iPhone 11 Pro Max display is preserved with a Corning toughened glass.

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

If you set your brightness to auto, the 8 Pro can do 888 nits, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max can only do 77 nits below that.

The 8 Pro does HDR10+ video, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max has an HDR10 screen.

If you favor smooth scrolling over battery life, the 8 Pro can go up to 90hz.

Bearing in mind the 8 Pro, 95% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all of them have an AMOLED screen, 89% have an Always-On display, and 79% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Compared to the iPhone 11 Pro Max, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, 81% offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better, and 88% of them have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features 8 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Size 6.7
6.5
-0.2
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1440x3168
1242x2688
-1223424
Refresh Rate 90hz 60hz -30
Dots per Inch 519.39
455.55
-63.84
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch Hole Wedge
Peak Brightness 888 nits
811 nits
-77
HDR HDR10+ HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
9.5
3.2
-6.3
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning toughened glass
Tek-Score
6.9
5.9
-1.0

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

OnePlus 8 Pro back transparent png Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max back transparent png

You should note that the iPhone 11 Pro Max is in the neighborhood of 16 points above other cameras at about this price-tag. And between these two, it should be your choice too.

Flip the phones over, let's start the cameras' battle. The 8 Pro has a whopping 48 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/1.8, a 25mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It can record videos at up to 2160p.

OnePlus also included an extra set of three cameras: one with 8 Megapixels (with f/2.4 plus a 74mm telephoto lens), one with 48 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 14mm ultra-wide-angle lens, and one with 5 Megapixels that works as a depth sensor.

For your information: If you zoom in and crop a 48 Megapixels photo, you can get the same shot you'd get on a 12 Megapixels shooter with 2x optical zoom.

With the selfies camera, you get a 16 MP shooter, with an aperture of f/2.5 and a 1/3" sensor.

DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 120. By including the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, you'll end up with a score of 133. For a thorough review, click here.

PS: 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. However, none of them feature a macro lens.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max features a 12 Megapixels (f/1.8) shooter and a 26mm wide-angle lens. You can also count on four flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It also records videos at up to 2160 pixels. It also has a secondary 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.0 plus a 52mm telephoto lens, and an extra 12 Megapixels (f/2.4) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

On the front, there's an f/2.2 12 MP camera and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

The guys over at the DXOMARK labs rated this camera with 132 points. Plus, combining with the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we'll get to the final rate of 143 points. Just click here to read about it.

Lastly, just so you know, 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. That said, none of them feature a macro lens.

If you're not a numbers person, we can tag these two as high-end.

One surprisingly valuable addition to these shooters is the 2x and 3x optical zoom. This gives you an extra bit of freedom when taking your photos.

As a side note, the iPhone 11 Pro Max telephoto lens is 67mm lower than the average within similarly priced rivals.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera 8 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Megapixels 48
12
-36
Aperture 1.8
1.8
0.0
Lens 25mm
26mm
1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 4 2
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 133
143
10

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) 8 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 8
12
4
Aperture 2.4
2.0
-0.4
Lens 74mm (3x zoom)
52mm (2x zoom)
-22
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 48 12 -36
Aperture 2.2 2.4 0.2
Lens 14mm 13mm -1
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 5 -
Aperture 2.4 -
Lens Type Depth Sensor -
Score 13 11 -2
Selfie Camera 8 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 16
12
-4
Aperture 2.5
2.2
-0.3
Lens - 23mm
8 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Tek-Score
7.8
8.4
0.6

Who has the best frame?

The 8 Pro does win some points here, mainly for its weight. But the iPhone 11 Pro Max is also pretty decent.

The 8 Pro is 165 mm (6.50 inches) tall and 74 mm (2.92 inches) wide. The iPhone 11 Pro Max, on the other hand, is 7 mm smaller and 3 mm larger (about 0.28 inches by 0.12 inches).

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

They both have a beautiful glass body. The 8 Pro weighs 199 g. (7.02 oz), while its rival is 27 g. (1.06 oz) heavier. If you're curious, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The 8 Pro got 4.7, showing it has an acceptable score for its screen size. The iPhone 11 Pro Max, however, has 1.7, which indicates it's oddly heavy.

If you like having color options, you can buy the 8 Pro in Glacial Green, Onyx Black, and Ultramarine Blue. The iPhone 11 Pro Max, in its turn, comes in Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green.

They're about the same size, so there's not much to choose from.

Would you like to have a fingerprint scanner? Unfortunately, you can't count on the iPhone 11 Pro Max, but if you're already considering the 8 Pro, then good for you.

You'll still have Face ID on the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Wisely, Apple included a Face ID scanner.

The 8 Pro is rated IP68, which means it's water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters, much like the iPhone 11 Pro Max. But remember: it's for a maximum period of half an hour, in standby mode, so no underwater photos.

Looks*
vs.
Body 8 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Size 165 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.82 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
158 x 77 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.72 x 0.28 in)
-352
Weight 199 g. (7.02 oz)
226 g. (7.97 oz)
27
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Glacial Green, Onyx Black, and Ultramarine Blue Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green
Screen To Body Ratio 89.35%
85.31%
-4.04
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.7 1.7 -3.0
Looks 9.1/10
9.6/10
0.4
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Face ID
Tek-Score
7.1
6.4
-0.7

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

Which has the best battery?

The 8 Pro has a 4510 mAh battery, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max has 3969 mAh. But as reported by GSMArena, you should get the same battery life with either device.

This is what the 8 Pro 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 end up with 83% of the battery charge.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll probably have 67% left for the rest of the day.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 71% of the battery charge.

And these are the results for the iPhone 11 Pro Max:

  • 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.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll still have 69% left for the rest of the day.
  • After 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.

If one of these will end up being the one, you'll have quick-charging on your next phone: 30w for the 8 Pro and 18w for the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

There's also wireless charging (30w vs. 5w) in both of them. Cool.

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

8 Pro's Quick wireless charging is likewise snappy. You won't find many phones as fast at about its price.

Battery*
vs.
Features 8 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Capacity (mAh) 4510 3969 -541
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
83% left
0
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 67% left
69% left
2
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 71% left
73% left
2
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.5 3.6 0.1
Sub Tek-Score
7.4
7.5
0.1
Fast Charging 30w
18w
-12
Wireless Charging 30w
5w
-25
Reverse Charging 3w
No -3
Tek-Score
7.5
6.5
-1.0

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

Definitely, the 8 Pro.

The 8 Pro features 256GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM. There's no expandable storage, but I believe you'll manage with only 256GB of storage. Furthermore, other devices from this budget usually have more RAM but less storage. Right now, the average is 131Gb of storage and 9GB of RAM.

On the iPhone 11 Pro Max, you'll find 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. Unfortunately, it also lacks a MicroSD card slot. I guess that's OK as long as you regularly manage your files. Again, chances are that you'll have the majority of its rivals with more RAM and more storage. 10Gb of RAM and 160Gb of storage: that's the average, not the best you can find.

Both phones have more than enough storage and RAM for the average consumer. However, if you can't get enough of the record button, 64 GB will be a problem sooner than later.

Storage*
vs.
Features 8 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
RAM (GB) 8GB
4GB
-4
Internal (GB) 256GB
64GB
-192
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
8.5
2.8
-5.8

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The 8 Pro, as it features Bluetooth 5.1 and 5G.

Each one has its Bluetooth version: The 8 Pro has 5.1, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max has 5.0. As for the NFC chips, both have them.

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. There also are other options out there if you just ignore these two. The Sony Xperia 1 II can help you with that.

You can find the 8 Pro in the (LTE and) 5G variant.

Connectivity
vs.
Features 8 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Network 5G LTE
Bluetooth 5.1
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
5.1
3.6
-1.5

Which is more affordable?

The OnePlus 8 Pro clearly is a good value for its price, but a great deal would make things more interesting. The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, in its turn, isn't that cheap, but I'm not here to tell you if it's worth it. Later, if you're considering selling the iPhone, you'll end up paying less for it.

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

Here are their recently updated prices:

OnePlus 8 Pro

Reference: $800

OnePlus 8 Pro

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Reference: $900

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

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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 8 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max VS
Amazon 0.84 - ! -
eBay 0.94 0.70 -0.24
Best Buy - - -
Walmart 1.03 0.84 ! -

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Want to know about that global rate? Let me point out the average of its competitors. They're at 7.1 (for the 8 Pro) and 7.4 (for the iPhone 11 Pro Max).

Verdict: What Makes the OnePlus 8 Pro Stand Out?

These two share their performance. Apart from that, the OnePlus 8 Pro is a step ahead of the iPhone 11 Pro Max. It has a better display, and at least you know that you're protected with Gorilla Glass 5 (although iPhones do have some kind of Corning Gorilla Glass). It's lighter, and while not having an extraordinary battery life, it charges way faster. It has double the RAM and internal storage, and Bluetooth 5.1.

All in all, I believe that it's price will always be lower, but the iPhone may end up being more future-proof.

Pros 8 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Always-On-Display Cameras
#4 Cameras Battery Life
#5 Battery Life Fast Charging
#6 Fast Charging Wireless Charging
#7 Wireless Charging Glass Protection
#8 Storage
Cons 8 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
#1 MicroSD Slot Always-On-Display
#2 Weight MicroSD Slot
#3 3.5mm Jack Weight
#4 Price 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score 8 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Gaming Score
8.0
6.2
-1.8
Tek-Score
7.52
6.12
-1.40
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 8 Pro 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $699
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $650
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $875
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $925
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $643
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $955
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $799
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $750
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $950
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $849
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $799

 Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $925
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $955
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $799
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $995
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $750
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $950
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $849
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $799
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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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