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OnePlus 8 Pro vs Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max: Which Is Better?

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OnePlus 8 Pro, Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

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Luis Silva (November 2020, updated: February 2021)


Apple launched its iPhone 12 Pro Max in November of 2020, while OnePlus's 8 Pro arrived at stores in April of 2020.

We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the 8 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

If you have the time, click here to skip the spoilers and continue to the full comparison.

Bottom Line

Is the iPhone 12 Pro Max better than the 8 Pro?

The iPhone 12 Pro Max will cost you more, but it isn't by far the best of the two.

It gives you better performance (+30%), better glass protection, and more OS updates (4 additional years). But the 8 Pro adds more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB).

What else do they have to offer?

The iPhone 12 Pro Max also features a cleaner user interface. But the 8 Pro also features a higher refresh rate, Always-On display, faster wireless charging (30w vs. 15w), reverse wireless charging, more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB), and Bluetooth 5.1.

Still, you'll have to decide for yourself since they got similar rates.

How much more will the 8 Pro cost me?

If you're considering a new and unlocked smartphone, you can spare close to $380. You don't need to pay more to get more.

Is it worth buying the 8 Pro in 2021?

Yes, it is. Just take a look at its performance, and you'll see.

Is the iPhone 12 Pro Max still worth buying in 2021?

Why not? It's currently one of the best in the market.

These two have a considerable price difference between them. Remember that when you're comparing the two models.

Down below, there's a "Tek-Score" in every analyzed section of these models. For a quicker analysis of how far they are from each other, we'll consider all their specifications. You'll find a global score at the end, which can help you compare to other phones if you're curious about other models aside from these two.

We've based our rate on a study from Globalwebindex.com on what buyers are looking for when purchasing a smartphone.

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Some features have a colored bar next to them. That's to show how they rival its direct competitors.

Here is their competitors' full list: but we only include smartphones with price tags from -20% to +20%.

Some features are also shortcuts to the best 10 phones on that for any budget.

Price* vs.
Device 8 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Release Date 2020, April 2020, November 0y.
OS Updates 2 years 6 years 4y.
Security Updates 3 years 6 years 3y.

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


Inside the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the Apple A14 SoC, while on the 8 Pro, there's the Snapdragon 865 chipset.

If you're a gamer, you'll like to know that the former features a proprietary Apple GPU, and the latter has last year's Adreno 650.

When it comes to the performance, Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) rates the iPhone 12 Pro Max 30% ahead of its rival on the multi-core rankings. If you value performance, be aware of that difference, as it will be noticeable daily. 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.

Are you looking for the quickest phone around? The iPhone 12 Pro Max is clearly above the average if you consider related priced phones. While they got a rate of about 3194, it has 4240. That puts it 33% above them.

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

The 8 Pro carries out Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 OS, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max got the iOS 14.1.

Performance* vs.
Features 8 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
SoC Snapdragon 865 Apple A14
Graphics Adreno 650 Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 3255
OS Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 iOS 14.1

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.


OnePlus 8 Pro front transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max front transparent png

They both have a 6.7-inch AMOLED display. There's no general contest here as each user has his personal preferences. Do you favor AMOLED screens?

The 8 Pro adopts a 1440x3168 Quad HD resolution. The iPhone 12 Pro Max features a more modest resolution of 1284x2778 (Full HD) pixels. If you feel the iPhone 12 Pro Max's notch is too large for you, at least the 8 Pro has a tinier notch.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so it's essential to know what kind of glass protection they have. The iPhone 12 Pro Max features the latest Gorilla Glass Victus display. The 8 Pro has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

The Always-On display on the OnePlus 8 Pro alone would most likely make me choose it.

When it comes to outdoor visibility, you can count on the 8 Pro to go up to 888 nits, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max only goes up to 822 nits.

The 8 Pro features an HDR10+ display, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max has an HDR10 screen.

If you're looking for high refresh rate displays, you should know that the 8 Pro can do 90hz.

About the 8 Pro, 89% of its rivals can play HDR content, 96% have an AMOLED screen, and 93% of them have an Always-On display.

Regarding the iPhone 12 Pro Max, as a reference, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 86% of them offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate, have an Always-On display, and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features 8 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Size 6.7
Resolution (px) 1440x3168
Refresh Rate 90hz 60hz -30
Dots per Inch 519.39
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch Hole Wedge
Peak Brightness 888 nits
822 nits
Sub Tek-Score
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.


OnePlus 8 Pro back transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max back transparent png

Let's delve into their cameras. Together, a whopping 48 MP sensor, an aperture of f/1.8, a 25mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization makes up the 8 Pro camera set. Adding to that, you'll still get the ability to record videos at up to 2160p.

As if that wasn't enough, it also has three more sensors: an 8 MP (with f/2.4 plus a 74mm telephoto lens), another 48 MP (f/2.2) with a 14mm ultra-wide-angle lens, and another 5 MP that works as a depth sensor.

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.

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

DxOMark gave this shooter a rate of 120. If you add the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, you'll end up with a score of 133. If you click here, you can check what they think of it.

PS: all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Yet, only 15% of them feature a macro lens.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max features a 12 MP (f/1.6) shooter and a 26mm wide-angle lens. You can also count on two flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It also records videos at up to 2160 pixels. You'll also get two additional sensors, one with 12 MP, an aperture of f/2.2 plus a 65mm telephoto lens, and another with 12 MP (f/2.4) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

You can get selfies with 12 MP Megapixels. It has a lens with f/2.2 of aperture and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

The guys over at the DxOMark labs rated this camera with 138 points. And by adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that score goes up to 150. If you want to know more about every tidbit, click here.

Finally, just so you know, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, feature a telephoto lens, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Moreover, none of them feature a macro lens.

By DxO's standards, the 8 Pro is also roughly 43 points above other cameras with comparable prices. But it isn't the one I'm recommending.

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

One surprisingly valuable addition to these shooters is the 2x and 3x optical zoom. It can save lots of otherwise pixelated photos.

Just in case it's a deciding factor, the iPhone 12 Pro Max zoom lens is 45mm below what you'll commonly find in its class.

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

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) 8 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 8
Aperture 2.4
Lens 74mm (3x zoom)
65mm (2.5x zoom)
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
Score 13 12 -1

Selfie Camera 8 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 16
Aperture 2.5
Lens - 23mm

8 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.


The 8 Pro comes at 165x74 mm (6.50x2.92 inches). The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, however, is a bit larger. Precisely 0.16 inches (4 mm) and a bit smaller: 0.20 inches (5 mm).

The former has about 8 mm (0.32 inches) of thickness, while the latter has 7 mm (0.28 inches).

They both have a beautiful glass body. The 8 Pro weighs 199 g. (7.02 oz), while the other is 29 g. (1.14 oz) heavier. If you want a big screen in a light phone, I've come up with an adapted "display size to phone weight ratio" rate. The 8 Pro got 4.7, meaning it has an acceptable score for its display size. The iPhone 12 Pro Max, however, has 2.1, which indicates it's oddly heavy.

You'll also get some color options here. The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max comes in Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue. The OnePlus 8 Pro, in its turn, comes in Glacial Green, Onyx Black, and Ultramarine Blue.

Does a fingerprint scanner matter to you? Unfortunately, you can't count on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, but if you're already considering the 8 Pro, then good for you.

Although a pin isn't the only login option in the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Wisely, Apple included a Face ID scanner.

The 8 Pro is resistant to water up to 1 to 3 meters, on par with the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Remember that it shouldn't be for over half an hour, and it's standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.

Looks* vs.
Body 8 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Size 165 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.82 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
160 x 78 x 7 mm
(5.64 x 2.75 x 0.25 in)
Weight 199 g. (7.02 oz)
228 g. (8.04 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Glacial Green, Onyx Black, and Ultramarine Blue Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 89.35%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.7 2.1 -2.6
Looks 9.1/10
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Face ID

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


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? If you charge them up and run some tests, this is what the 8 Pro delivers:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 83% of the battery remaining.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 67% left.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll still get 71% to spend doing other things.

And this is how the iPhone 12 Pro Max handles these tests:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 82% of the battery charge.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll still have 67% 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 be with 69%.

It's a draw. You shouldn't expect notable differences here.

Both phones support fast-charging. You can charge the 8 Pro at a maximum of 30w/hour and the iPhone 12 Pro Max up to 20w/hour.

If you value wireless charging, they can do 30w vs. 15w. On any of the new iPhone 12 siblings, wireless charging is also magnetic. It's convenient if you're willing to carry another charger.

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 12 Pro Max
Capacity (mAh) 4510 3687 -823
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
82% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 67% left
67% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 71% left
69% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.5 2.6 -0.9
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 30w
Wireless Charging 30w
Reverse Charging 3w
No -3

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.


The 8 Pro has 256GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM. There's no extra storage here, but with that much space, who cares? I should also mention that most rivals have more RAM but less storage. They're around 8GB of RAM and 149Gb of storage.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max, in its turn, has 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. You'll also have a problem if you want to add storage later, but 128GB is more than enough for most people. Again, you can effortlessly get the majority of its rivals with more RAM and more storage. 11Gb/201Gb. That's the average.

Storage* vs.
Features 8 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Internal (GB) 256GB
Micro SD No No

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


You can count on Bluetooth 5.1 on the 8 Pro, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max has a Bluetooth 5.0 modem on its SoC. Both devices feature the standard NFC module.

There isn't much to say about the 3.5mm headphone jack, except that it simply isn't here. You can try an adapter if you want, but the wireless buds are the way to go here. Or you can also check its rivals if you don't care that much about them. You'd have to pick a smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus or the Sony Xperia 1 II.

You can find these two in the (LTE and) 5G variant.

Connectivity vs.
Features 8 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Network 5G 5G
Bluetooth 5.1
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No


The OnePlus 8 Pro clearly is a good value for its price, but a great deal would make things more interesting. Promotions aside, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is more expensive, but I'm not here to tell you if it's worth it. Also, don't forget that, with time, iPhones do hold some of their value.

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

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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 8 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max VS
Amazon 0.82 - ! -
eBay 1.26 0.62 -0.64
Best Buy - 0.67 ! -
Wallmart 1.01 - -

And this is the "The Best Smartphones On A Budget" list.

Are you also considering other options? The global score can help. But first, let's see where its rivals are. They're in the ballpark of 6.9 for the 8 Pro and 7.8 for the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

If you're not planning to sell your phone in a couple of years nor using it for half a decade, then the OnePlus 8 Pro may be a better option. You won't get the performance and the latest ceramic glass shield from Corning, but perhaps features like a higher refresh rate, an Always-on display, or double the storage can convince you. Not only that, but you'll also get faster wireless charging (30w vs. 15w), slow but handy reverse wireless charging, two extra GB of RAM, and Bluetooth 5.1.

Pros 8 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
#1 Performance Performance
#3 Always-On-Display Cameras
#4 Cameras Fast Charging
#5 Battery Life Wireless Charging
#6 Fast Charging Glass Protection
#7 Wireless Charging
#8 Storage

Cons 8 Pro iPhone 12 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 12 Pro Max
Gaming Score

*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.


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.


"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.


"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.



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 8 Pro 
  • Sony

    Xperia 1

  • Sony

    Xperia 5

  • Apple

    iPhone X

  • Apple

    iPhone 11

  • Apple

    iPhone XS Max

  • Apple

    iPhone 11 Pro Max

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 10

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 Plus

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10+ EX

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10+ SD

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 EX

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 SD

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20+ SD

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 SD

  • OnePlus

    7T Pro

  • Huawei

    P30 Pro

  • Google

    Pixel 4 XL

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20

  • Huawei

    Mate 20 Pro

  • Huawei


  • OnePlus


  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10 Pro

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 FE

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 FE 4G

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 FE 5G

  • Oppo

    Find X2 Neo

  • Google

    Pixel 5

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10T Pro

  • OnePlus


  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10

  • Oppo

    Reno4 Pro

 Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max 
  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 U.SD

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 20 U.EX

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 20 U.SD

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 20 U.

  • Apple

    iPhone 12 Pro

  • Huawei

    Mate 40 Pro

  • Oppo

    Find X2 Pro


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.


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.



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.


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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