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OnePlus 8 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Which Flagship Should You Pick?

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

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is more expensive than the 8 Pro, but it's the best of the two.

You'll get better glass protection, a better display, and external storage. But the 8 Pro adds better performance (+21%).

What else sets them apart?

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra also has a higher refresh rate, larger (+0.2") display, a telephoto lens (+46 mm), and more RAM (12GB vs. 8GB). But the 8 Pro also adds faster wireless charging (30w vs. 15w) and Bluetooth 5.1.

But how much more will I have to pay for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, it should be about $195 more expensive.

Is it still worth buying the 8 Pro in 2021?

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

Is it worth buying the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in 2021?

Don't let its age scare you. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra still is a fantastic device as we go thru 2021. That's mainly based on its good camera, good battery life, tons of storage, excellent glass protection, and tons of RAM. It doesn't mean you can't take a quick peek at the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, though.

Just keep reading if you want to know everything about them, how they are any different from their competition, and how the tech industry is evaluating their specs.

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So, you're looking for the ultimate android phone.

As a heads-up, they do have a somewhat similar global score, but get ready because this will be anything but a smooth journey.

In August of 2020, Samsung started selling its Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, while OnePlus's 8 Pro hit the 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 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

The 8 Pro definitely has the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra beaten on price. That is something worth considering when comparing them.

For each featured section, there's a "Tek-Score" for you to check. For a quicker analysis of how far they are from each other, we'll consider all their specifications. You'll find a global score at the end, which can help you compare to other phones if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

The weight of each section

This score is consumer-based from research done by Globalwebindex.com about the most desired smartphone features by consumers. But you'll be able to define how the global score is composed based on your personal preferences. Click here to skip everything, or just keep reading.

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

There's a colored progress bar next to some items. It's there for you to better understand how they fare against other smartphones at the same price range.

Here is their competitors' extensive list: but basically, we've excluded every smartphone that's not within a 20% (above or below) price range.

Some items are underlined, and you can tap to access the top 10 phones for that feature for up to seven different budgets.

Device 8 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Release Date 2020, April 2020, August 0y.
OS Updates 2 years 3 years 1y.
Security Updates 3 years 4 years 1y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

About performance: Geekbench 5 scores the 8 Pro 21% ahead of its rival in the multi-core ranking. It's something to consider, but it shouldn't be a deal-breaker.

When it comes to performance, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is way under the average if you consider its rivals. It got a score of 2561, compared to the usual 3279, or close to that.

One can entitle the 8 Pro as high-end and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra as a lower high-end device.

Regarding their chipset, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with the Exynos 990 SoC, the OnePlus 8 Pro has the Snapdragon 865 SoC.

Now about the graphics chipset, while the former has a Mali-G77 MP11, the latter features an Adreno 650.

The 8 Pro features the Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 OS, and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra runs on Android 10 and OneUI.

PS: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (with the Adreno 650 GPU) and the Exynos 990 (with the Mali-G77) are market-dependent.

There's a considerable performance increase of about 20% on the 865+ for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Features 8 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
SoC Snapdragon 865 Exynos 990
Graphics Adreno 650 Mali-G77 MP11
Geekbench 5 Score 3092
OS Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 Android 10 and OneUI

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

OnePlus 8 Pro front transparent png Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra front transparent png

There's no phone to praise here, so none of these stands out.

Would you prefer the 6.9" AMOLED display of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra or the smaller 6.7" AMOLED panel of the 8 Pro? There's no general contest here as each user has his personal preferences. Most people seem to prefer AMOLED for its saturated colors and higher contrast.

If you're looking for the most high-resolution display, the 8 Pro is a winner here.

No one likes to look at a shattered screen, so be aware: The 8 Pro is shielded with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra display is preserved with the latest Gorilla Glass Victus.

One feature that I do value is the Always-On-Display, and they both have it.

When it comes to outdoor visibility, the 8 Pro will reach 888 nits, and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra can top at 1024 nits.

These two can play HDR10+-compatible media.

If you value a smooth display, then the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the winner at 120hz, while the 8 Pro does 90hz.

Bearing in mind the 8 Pro, 94% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, 89% have an Always-On display, and 83% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Concerning the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 80% have an Always-On display and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)*
Features 8 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Size 6.7
Resolution (px) 1440x3168
Refresh Rate 90hz 120hz 30
Dots per Inch 519.39
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 888 nits
1024 nits
Sub Tek-Score
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

OnePlus 8 Pro back transparent png Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra back transparent png

Looking at DXOMARK's ranking, one can conclude that the 8 Pro is approximately 10% above its adversaries for the same budget. But between these two, it doesn't matter.

Let's delve into their cameras. Together, a whopping 48 Megapixels 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.

You'll find three additional shooters: an 8 Megapixels with an aperture of f/2.4, plus a 74mm telephoto lens. Another 48 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 14mm ultra-wide-angle lens. And finally, another 5 Megapixels that works as a depth sensor.

If you take a 48 Megapixels snapshot, you can zoom in on it and do a crop in the middle to 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 (f/2.5) shooter and a 1/3" sensor.

DXOMARK gave this shooter a score of 120. By including the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, you'll end up with a score of 133. For an in-depth review, click here.

To put things in perspective: 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. Though only 6% of them feature a macro lens.

On the back of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a whopping 108 Megapixels (f/1.8) camera and a 26mm wide-angle lens. Then you'll have one flash LED, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. It can also record videos at up to 4320p. You'll also get two additional sensors, one with 12 Megapixels, an aperture of f/3.0 and an astounding 120mm telephoto lens, and another with 12 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

Just so you know: You can take a 108 Megapixels photo, zoom in and crop, and get the same results as you'd get on a 27 Megapixels 2x optical zoom camera.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is also known for its impressive 50x hybrid Space Zoom. In theory, that's a step down from the S20 Ultra 100x, but since it's an "AI-powered" zoom, it shouldn't matter much.

On the front, there's an f/2.2 10 MP camera and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 122. And if we consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that score goes up to 136. If you want to know more about it, check it here.

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, and 93% feature a telephoto lens. Still, none of them feature a macro lens.

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

The 8 Pro still has a pretty decent 3x of optical zoom, but you can't compare it to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera 8 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Megapixels 48
Aperture 1.8
Lens 25mm
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 1 -1
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 4320 2160
Score 133

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) 8 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 8
Aperture 2.4
Lens 74mm (3x zoom)
120mm (4.6x zoom)
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 48 12 -36
Aperture 2.2 2.2 0.0
Lens 14mm 13mm -1
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 5 -
Aperture 2.4 -
Lens Type Depth Sensor -
Score 13 14 1
Selfie Camera 8 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 16
Aperture 2.5
Lens - 26mm
8 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs.

Who has the best frame?

There isn't a clear winner, so just pick one.

The 8 Pro is 6.50 inches (165 mm) tall and 2.92 inches (74 mm) long. Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a bit smaller, precisely 1 mm (0.04 inches), and a bit wider too, about 3 mm (0.12 inches).

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

A front and back glass body does make these phones look premium on your hands. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a little bit heavier: About 9 g. (0.35 oz). If you're curious, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The 8 Pro got 4.7, which means it has an acceptable score for a 6.7 inches screen. In the meantime, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has 4.4, so nothing to state here.

We do like having some color options. You get Glacial Green, Onyx Black, and Ultramarine Blue in the 8 Pro. But you can get Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

If you like having a big phone, you should consider the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. If not, you should check other phones.

What about a fingerprint scanner? Both phones include one.

The 8 Pro is rated IP68, which means it's water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters, identical to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Remember that it shouldn't be for over half an hour, and it's freshwater in standby mode only.

Body 8 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Size 165 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.82 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
164 x 77 x 8 mm
(5.78 x 2.72 x 0.28 in)
Weight 199 g. (7.02 oz)
208 g. (7.34 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Glacial Green, Onyx Black, and Ultramarine Blue Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black
Screen To Body Ratio 89.35%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.7 4.4 -0.3
Looks 9.1/10
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint

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

Which has the best battery?

Both have about 4510 mAh. And according to GSMArena's tests, there's no real difference between them.

That's what you can expect from the 8 Pro after charging it up:

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

And these are the results for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you should have 83% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • For 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.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, you'll be with 72%.

Fast charging's here, and both phones support it. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra can go up to 25w, and the 8 Pro up to 30.

Both phones support wireless charging at 30w vs. 15w.

These smartphones also support reverse wireless charging to charge Qi-enabled devices.

The 8 Pro's wireless charging is likewise faster than the traditional 5w. That's something you rarely see at this price range.

The Snapdragon 865+ variant also has better battery efficiency, about 7% of additional screen-on-time.

Features 8 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Capacity (mAh) 4510 4500 -10
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
83% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 67% left
69% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 71% left
72% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.5 2.6 -0.9
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 30w
Wireless Charging 30w
Reverse Charging 3w

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

It's a tie.

The 8 Pro comes equipped with 256GB of integrated storage and 8GB of RAM. There's no extra storage here, but it's OK. Be aware that at this price segment, others have more RAM but less storage. They're around 9GB of RAM and 135Gb of storage.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, in its turn, has 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM. If you ever run out of free space, you can add a MicroSD card.

Features 8 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Internal (GB) 256GB
Micro SD No microSDXC (shared SIM slot)

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The 8 Pro, unless you don't care about Bluetooth 5.1.

You can count on Bluetooth 5.1 on the 8 Pro, while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a Bluetooth 5.0 modem on its SoC. You can find NFC on both of them.

About the 3.5mm jack: Now may be the time to consider moving to wireless earbuds. You may go for an adapter as a last resort, but it really isn't the same. You can also check other devices if you're willing to forget about them. The Sony Xperia 1 II can help you with that.

You can find the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in the LTE or (LTE and) 5G variants.

Features 8 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Network 5G 5G (also available in LTE)
Bluetooth 5.1
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No

Which is more affordable?

You can say the 8 Pro is cheap, and in this case, it's also more affordable, but you can make it better if you can find a great deal. The last time we've checked, it was 5% more expensive than the competition at this price segment. Most of them aren't that far from $761. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, on the other hand, is usually more costly, but I believe that it shouldn't come as a surprise at all. Theoretically, you should get more money back if you end up selling it.

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

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

OnePlus 8 Pro

Reference: $800

OnePlus 8 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Reference: $995

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

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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 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra VS
Amazon 0.84 0.73 -0.10
eBay 0.94 0.59 -0.35
Best Buy - 0.77 -
Walmart 1.06 0.81 -0.25

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Are you curious to know what their global score is? Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. They usually sit close to 7.2 (for the 8 Pro) and 7.6 (for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra).

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Stand Out?

The 8 Pro has an advantage on performance, but only because we're comparing it to the Exynos version of the Note 20 Ultra.

In the display department, the Note 20 Pro is the winner, thanks to the Victus, its peak brightness, and its refresh rate.

The cameras should be about the same, except for the zoom lens on the Note 20 Ultra.

There isn't that much worth mentioning when it comes to battery and charging. Just that the 8 Pro can wirelessly charge twice as fast.

If you value RAM over internal storage, then the Note 20 Ultra is the way to go. If it's the other way around, then you should consider the 8 Pro. Although the Note 20 Ultra does allow you to insert a MicroSD card.

If you can get a Note 20 Ultra with a Snapdragon chipset, then do expect a huge improvement over speed and battery life (to say the least).

Pros 8 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
#1 Performance Performance
#3 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#4 Cameras Cameras
#5 Battery Life Battery Life
#6 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#7 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#8 Storage MicroSD Slot
#9 Storage
#10 Glass Protection
Cons 8 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
#1 MicroSD Slot Weight
#2 Weight 3.5mm Jack
#3 3.5mm Jack Price
#4 Price
Relative Score*
Global Score 8 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Gaming Score
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.


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 Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, and Walmart.

 OnePlus 8 Pro 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
  • XiaomirivalMi 11

 Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra

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.


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.



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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