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OnePlus 8 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S20: Which Is Better?

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

The 8 Pro may cost you a few bucks more, but considering its features, it is the best option.

It gives you better battery life and more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB). But the Galaxy S20 will deliver better glass protection and external storage.

Anything else?

The 8 Pro also comes with a larger (+0.5") display, a telephoto lens (+74 mm), faster wireless charging (30w vs. 15w), and Bluetooth 5.1. But the Galaxy S20 also features a higher refresh rate display, a lightweight body (36 g./1.27 oz less), and more RAM (12GB vs. 8GB).

Having said that, none of them truly stood out because they ended up with similar scores.

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

If you're not considering going for a carrier subscription, it should be about $103 more expensive.

Is the 8 Pro still worth getting in 2021?

The 8 Pro isn't the perfect smartphone, but there aren't many better phones for this budget. Sure there are other devices like the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, but this one does have good performance, a good camera, good battery life, tons of storage, and fast wireless charging.

Is it still worth buying the Galaxy S20 in 2021?

If you like Samsung, the Galaxy S20 is a pretty solid choice, even in 2021. You can thank Samsung for its excellent glass protection, tons of RAM, great display, and 8K recordings. Although you can also check the Apple iPhone 12.

Just keep reading if you want to know everything about them, how they stack up against their rivals, and how the tech industry is evaluating their specs.

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Introduction

Samsung launched its Galaxy S20 in March of 2020, while OnePlus's 8 Pro arrived at stores one month later.

We are looking at how the 8 Pro and the Galaxy S20 compare to each other to help you decide which might be the right one for you.

These phones have similar prices, but generally, the Galaxy S20 is more affordable. Keep this in mind when comparing both of them.

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 also have a global comparison score if you're curious about other models aside from these two.

The weight of each section

We've based our score on a study from Globalwebindex.com on what features users value on new smartphones. But you can customize how each section contributes to the global score according to what matters to you. You can check this out now, or just keep reading until you get there.

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

Some features have a colored bar next to them. It's there for you to better understand how they compare with other smartphones with similar prices.

Here's our contestant panel: but we only include smartphones with price tags from -20% to +20%.

Some features are also shortcuts to our corresponding eight top 10 listings for every budget.

Price*
vs.
Device 8 Pro Galaxy S20
Release Date 2020, April 2020, March 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?

Geekbench 5 scores the 8 Pro 18% ahead of its rival in the multi-core ranking. The differences are slight but still noteworthy between these two chipsets.

By the way, you can define the 8 Pro as high-end and the Galaxy S20 as a lower high-end.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 is available with the past generation's Exynos 990 processor, while the OnePlus 8 Pro brings the previous generation's Snapdragon 865 processor.

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

At least you'll get the Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 on the 8 Pro, and the Galaxy S20 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. Click here for more info.

There's a performance increase of about 15% on the 865 for the Galaxy S20.

Performance*
vs.
Features 8 Pro Galaxy S20
SoC Snapdragon 865 Exynos 990
Graphics Adreno 650 Mali-G77 MP11
Geekbench 5 Score 3092
2631
-461
OS Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 Android 10 and OneUI
Tek-Score
7.2
6.4
-0.8

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

OnePlus 8 Pro front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 front transparent png

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

The 8 Pro has a 6.7-inch AMOLED screen, which is considerably larger than the Galaxy S20's 6.2-inch AMOLED display. Which one would you choose? To me, a 6.3 inches screen is where I draw the line.

The Galaxy S20 adopts a 1440x3200 Quad HD resolution. The 8 Pro features a more modest resolution of 1440x3168 (Quad HD) pixels.

No one likes to look at a shattered screen, so it's essential to know what kind of glass protection they have. The 8 Pro display is protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The Galaxy S20 with a Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

There's an Always-On display on both phones. That's a must-have feature for me.

If you set your brightness to auto, the 8 Pro can do 888 nits, while the Galaxy S20 only does 814 nits.

Both phones can play HDR10+ shootings.

If you favor smooth scrolling over battery life, you should pick the Galaxy S20 with its 120hz over the 8 Pro that only has 90hz.

Bearing in mind the 8 Pro, you should know that 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.

Regarding the Galaxy S20, just so you know, 88% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and all have an AMOLED screen.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features 8 Pro Galaxy S20
Size 6.7
6.2
-0.5
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1440x3168
1440x3200
46080
Refresh Rate 90hz 120hz 30
Dots per Inch 519.39
565.98
46.59
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 888 nits
814 nits
-74
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
9.5
9.8
0.3
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Tek-Score
6.9
8.3
1.3

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

OnePlus 8 Pro back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 back transparent png

We can safely state that both phones have similar cameras.

Who's gonna win this battle? The 8 Pro's primary camera has a whopping 48 Megapixels sensor, with an aperture of f/1.8, a 25mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. Videos on its shooter have a maximum resolution of 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.

Did you know? When cropping a 48 Megapixels photo by zooming in, you can get a sample with 12 Megapixels and 2x optical zoom.

Its selfie camera features a 16 MP sensor with an f/2.5 aperture and a 1/3" sensor.

This camera came out of DXOMARK's labs with a score of 120. And if you take into account the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, you'll end up with a score of 133. For an in-depth review, 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 6% of them feature a macro lens.

With its 12 Megapixels shooter, the Galaxy S20's leading camera has an aperture of f/1.8 and a 26mm, wide-angle lens. You'll be getting one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. You can record videos at 4320p. It also has two extra rear-facing camera lenses. One has 64 Megapixels (with an aperture of f/2.0), and another with 12 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

Did you know? By zooming in and cropping a 64 Megapixels photo, you can get (for example) an additional 2x of optical zoom and a 16 Megapixels sample.

You can get selfies with 10 MP Megapixels. It has a lens with f/2.2 of aperture and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK's experts should just step up and review this camera. Given specs and similar cameras, it'll get close to 120* points. And by adding its wide-angle lens, we end up with a score of 132** points.

Winding it up, if you must 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, only 12% of them feature a macro lens.

One can place these two as high-end.

The 8 Pro has one significant benefit over the Galaxy S20 in that it includes a telephoto lens with an optical zoom of about 3x. It will enable you to get a closer view of the subject before taking your picture.

*The guys over at DXOMARK know how to benchmark these shooters. Too bad some cameras don't have a chance to be tested. So what do I do? I score every camera spec (like sensor size, lenses, and so on) to get a similar global score. Our lastest test on our formula showed a topmost discrepancy of 2 points.

**You should give this score a margin of error of up to 6 points, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They just changed their protocol, and I need more reviewed devices to fine-tune older scores.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera 8 Pro Galaxy S20
Megapixels 48
12
-36
Aperture 1.8
1.8
0.0
Lens 25mm
26mm
1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 1 -1
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 4320 2160
Score 133
132
-1

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) 8 Pro Galaxy S20 vs.
Megapixels 8
64
56
Aperture 2.4
2.0
-0.4
Lens 74mm (3x zoom)
-
Lens Type 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 12 -1
Selfie Camera 8 Pro Galaxy S20 vs.
Megapixels 16
10
-6
Aperture 2.5
2.2
-0.3
Lens - 26mm
8 Pro Galaxy S20 vs.
Tek-Score
7.8
7.8
-0.1

Who has the best frame?

The Galaxy S20 does stand out because of its weight and the number of color options.

The 8 Pro is 6.50 inches (165 mm) tall and 2.92 inches (74 mm) long. Samsung's Galaxy S20 is a bit smaller, precisely 14 mm (0.55 inches), and a bit narrower too, about 5 mm (0.20 inches).

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

The glass rear on these phones makes them feel great on the hand. The Galaxy S20 weighs 163 g. (5.75 oz), while its rival is 36 g. (1.27 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, which means it has an acceptable score for a 6.7 inches screen. The Galaxy S20, on the other hand, has 7.4, which is pretty nice.

You'll also get some color options here. The Samsung Galaxy S20 comes in Cosmic Grey, Cloud Pink, Cloud Blue, Cloud White, and Aura Red. The OnePlus 8 Pro, in its turn, comes in Glacial Green, Onyx Black, and Ultramarine Blue.

If you favor big phones, you should pick the OnePlus 8 Pro. If not, then you should choose the other one.

Is the lack of a fingerprint scanner a deal-breaker to you? They all have one.

You can drop the 8 Pro into the water, up to 1 to 3 meters deep, on par with the Galaxy S20. 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 Galaxy S20
Size 165 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.82 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
151 x 69 x 7 mm
(5.33 x 2.43 x 0.25 in)
-24747
Weight 199 g. (7.02 oz)
163 g. (5.75 oz)
-36
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Glacial Green, Onyx Black, and Ultramarine Blue Cosmic Grey, Cloud Pink, Cloud Blue, Cloud White, and Aura Red
Screen To Body Ratio 89.35%
89.07%
-0.28
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.7 7.4 2.7
Looks 9.1/10
10.0/10
0.8
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
7.1
8.6
1.6

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

Which has the best battery?

The 8 Pro features a 4510 mAh battery, while the Galaxy S20 has 4000 mAh. And by GSMArena's standards, the former is the winner here.

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

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 83% left.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 67% left.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll be with 71%.

And this is how the Galaxy S20 handles these tests:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 76% of the battery remaining.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 59% left for the rest of the day.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 60% left for the rest of the day.

The Galaxy S20's battery is well below what you find on their rivals. These numbers show that it is 10% below the rest.

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 25w for the Galaxy S20.

If you value wireless charging, they can do 30w vs. 15w.

These phones can also act as wireless power banks to wirelessly charge other devices. Cool, right?

You'll likewise get quick wireless charging on the 8 Pro. That's something you rarely see at this price range.

The Snapdragon 865 also has better battery efficiency (about 10% more screen-on-time) when you compare it to the Exynos 990.

Battery*
vs.
Features 8 Pro Galaxy S20
Capacity (mAh) 4510 4000 -510
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
76% left
-7
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 67% left
59% left
-8
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 71% left
60% left
-11
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.5 5.3 1.8
Sub Tek-Score
7.4
6.5
-0.9
Fast Charging 30w
25w
-5
Wireless Charging 30w
15w
-15
Reverse Charging 3w
9w
6
Tek-Score
7.5
6.5
-1.0

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The 8 Pro, for sure.

The 8 Pro comes equipped with 256GB of integrated storage and 8GB of RAM. There's no MicroSD slot, but with 256GB of storage, I think it won't make a difference. I should also mention that most rivals have more RAM but less storage. Right now, the average is 135Gb of storage and 9GB of RAM.

The Galaxy S20, in its turn, has 128GB of storage and 12GB of RAM. If that isn't enough, you can add a MicroSD card later.

Storage*
vs.
Features 8 Pro Galaxy S20
RAM (GB) 8GB
12GB
4
Internal (GB) 256GB
128GB
-128
Micro SD No microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
8.5
7.5
-1.0

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

You can only get Bluetooth 5.1 and 5G with the 8 Pro.

You can count on Bluetooth 5.1 on the 8 Pro, while the Galaxy S20 has a Bluetooth 5.0 modem on its SoC. Both devices feature the standard NFC module.

Do you still favor wired headphones? None of them will help you with that. You can buy an adapter, but the wireless buds are your only option. You can also check other devices if you don't care that much about them. You can get that with the Sony Xperia 1 II.

The Galaxy S20 is LTE or (LTE and) 5G compatible. You can get 12GB of RAM on the 5G variant of the Galaxy S20.

Connectivity
vs.
Features 8 Pro Galaxy S20
Network 5G LTE (also available in 5G)
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 Samsung Galaxy S20 isn't the cheapest smartphone that you can buy. But do search for any deals or price drops before making up your mind. If you're going for the 8 Pro, you'll end up paying a bit more, but if it's worth it or not, it's up to you to decide. Theoretically, you should get more money back if you end up selling it.

Don't worry, because the following tables will help you make up your mind.

Here are their recently updated prices:

OnePlus 8 Pro

Reference: $800

OnePlus 8 Pro

Samsung Galaxy S20

Reference: $697

Samsung Galaxy S20

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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 S20 VS
Amazon 0.84 - -
eBay 0.94 1.08 0.14
Best Buy - - -
Walmart 1.06 - -

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Smartphone Specs Statistics: The State Of The Art (Q1 2021)

Want to know about that global score? But first, let's see where its rivals are. They're in the ballpark of 7.2 for the 8 Pro and 6.9 for the Galaxy S20.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

Actually, these two are quite different.

With the OnePlus 8 Pro, you can get more performance (unless you get the Snapdragon variant of the S20), a fantastic telephoto lens, much better battery life, plus faster wireless charging. In addition to that, you'll get double the internal storage and Bluetooth 5.1.

The Galaxy S20, in its turn, will give you up t 120hz of refresh rate, better glass protection on a much lighter chassis, plus 4 extra GB of RAM and external storage.

In my opinion, the advantages that the 8 Pro offers are much more meaningful, but the S20 is still an amazing device.

Pros 8 Pro Galaxy S20
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#4 Cameras Cameras
#5 Battery Life Fast Charging
#6 Fast Charging Wireless Charging
#7 Wireless Charging MicroSD Slot
#8 Storage Glass Protection
Cons 8 Pro Galaxy S20
#1 MicroSD Slot 3.5mm Jack
#2 Weight Price
#3 3.5mm Jack
#4 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score 8 Pro Galaxy S20
Gaming Score
8.0
7.7
-0.3
Tek-Score
7.52
7.26
-0.26
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 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $799
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $699
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $900
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $704
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $849
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $919
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $793
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $729
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $899
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698

 Samsung Galaxy S20 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $799
  • 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 Plus
    $739
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $539
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $793
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • OnePlusrival8
    $630
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $599
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $565
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $729
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $599
  • 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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