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OnePlus 8 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: The Flagship Battle

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

You'll spend more on the Galaxy S21 Ultra, but it also has better specs.

It gives you better glass protection, a better display, and more OS updates (2 additional years). But with the 8 Pro, you can get more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB).

Are there other things worth mentioning?

With the Galaxy S21 Ultra, you'll also get a higher refresh rate display, a telephoto lens (+166 mm), more RAM (12GB vs. 8GB), and Bluetooth 5.2. But with the 8 Pro, you can also get faster wireless charging (30w vs. 15w).

In the end, it's up to you since their final score is almost the same.

How much more are you willing to spend on the Galaxy S21 Ultra?

If you're ignoring carrier offers, you'll have to spend approximately $399 more.

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. Of course, you'll also be happy with a device like the Oppo Find X2 Pro, but this one is known for its good performance, a good camera, good battery life, tons of storage, and fast wireless charging.

Keep reading to learn more about what sets them apart, how they stack up against their rivals, and how the tech experts evaluate their specs.

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OnePlus 8 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

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Introduction

Samsung launched its Galaxy S21 Ultra last January, while OnePlus's 8 Pro arrived at stores in April of 2020.

In this article, we see how the 8 Pro and the Galaxy S21 Ultra compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

The price round is no contest. The 8 Pro sounds like a bargain compared to the Galaxy S21 Ultra. That's something to consider when making a comparison between the two.

Look out for a "Tek-Score" in every section of this article. All the specifications were examined to allow you a faster discerning of the variation between the phones. We'll also provide a global score for comparison if you aren't sure about these two.

The weight of each section

We've based our score on a study from Globalwebindex.com on what buyers are looking for when purchasing a smartphone. But you'll be able to define how the global score is composed based on what matters to you. You can go there right now, or just keep reading until you get there.

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

There's a colored progress bar next to some items. That's to show how they rival its direct competitors.

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

Feel free to click any feature title to check out our corresponding eight top 10 listings for every spending plan.

Price*
vs.
Device 8 Pro Galaxy S21 Ultra
Release Date 2020, April 2021, January 1y.
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?

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5, which measures overall performance, the Galaxy S21 Ultra was, on average, 3% quicker while finishing its tests. In real-world usage, the difference between them isn't significant.

One can entitle both of them as high-end.

What about their chipsets? The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra features the new Exynos 2100 processor and the OnePlus 8 Pro, the previous generation's Snapdragon 865 processor.

About the graphics: while the first one brings a Mali-G78 MP14, the other has an Adreno 650.

The 8 Pro carries out Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 OS, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra got the Android 11 and OneUI.

Performance*
vs.
Features 8 Pro Galaxy S21 Ultra
SoC Snapdragon 865 Exynos 2100
Graphics Adreno 650 Mali-G78 MP14
Geekbench 5 Score 3092
3176
84
OS Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 Android 11 and OneUI
Tek-Score
7.2
7.3
0.1

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

OnePlus 8 Pro front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra front transparent png

They ended up with identical scores, so you can pick any of them.

While the Galaxy S21 Ultra got a 6.8-inch AMOLED display, the 8 Pro got a smaller AMOLED display with 6.7-inches. You'll likely have set your preferences already on the display type and size. Do you favor AMOLED screens?

The Galaxy S21 Ultra has a higher-resolution 1440x3200 Quad HD display, and the 8 Pro makes do with a 1440x3168 Quad HD panel.

No one likes to look at a shattered screen, so be aware: The 8 Pro has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, while the Galaxy S21 Ultra display has the latest Gorilla Glass Victus.

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

If you set these displays for auto-brightness, the 8 Pro can do 888 nits, while the Galaxy S21 Ultra can do 135 nits above that.

Both phones support HDR10+ video formats.

If high refresh rates are your thing, the Galaxy S21 Ultra can go up to 120hz and the 8 Pro up to 90hz.

If you're leaning towards 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.

Considering the Galaxy S21 Ultra, please be aware that 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)*
vs.
Features 8 Pro Galaxy S21 Ultra
Size 6.7
6.8
0.1
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1440x3168
1440x3200
46080
Refresh Rate 90hz 120hz 30
Dots per Inch 519.39
516.04
-3.35
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 888 nits
1023 nits
135
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
9.5
9.8
0.3
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
6.9
9.9
3.0

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

OnePlus 8 Pro back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra back transparent png

Looking at DXOMARK's ranking, one can conclude that the 8 Pro is approximately 11 points above other cameras in its class. Although as of now, it isn't good enough.

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 2x of optical zoom: by trimming it into a 12 Megapixels photo.

Want to know about its selfie capabilities? It has a 16 MP (f/2.5) shooter and a 1/3" sensor.

DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 120. If you also consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, you'll end up with a score of 133. For an in-depth review, click here.

Last (but not least), keep in mind 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.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, in its turn, features a whopping 108 Megapixels camera with an f/1.8 aperture and a 24mm, wide-angle lens. Then it has one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It records videos at up to 4320p. And Samsung included six, I mean three more cameras: one with 10 Megapixels (with f/4.9 and an astounding 240mm telephoto lens), one with 10 Megapixels (f/2.4) with a 70mm telephoto lens, and finally, one with 12 Megapixels and a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

For your information: If you zoom in and crop a 108 Megapixels photo, you can get (for example) an additional 2x of optical zoom and a 27 Megapixels sample.

Samsung included a generous 40 MP (f/2.2) sensor for selfies and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 128. And by adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we'll get to the final score of 142 points. You can click here to check it out.

Winding it up, 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. That said, none of them feature a macro lens.

We can classify these two as high-end.

Just because the Galaxy S21 Ultra rules the optical zoom round doesn't mean that the 3x optical zoom of the 8 Pro isn't a great feature.

If you love it, the Galaxy S21 Ultra zoom lens is 138mm above what you'll commonly find on related-priced phones.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera 8 Pro Galaxy S21 Ultra
Megapixels 48
108
60
Aperture 1.8
1.8
0.0
Lens 25mm
24mm
-1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 1 -1
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 4320 2160
Score 133
142
9

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) 8 Pro Galaxy S21 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 8
10
2
Aperture 2.4
4.9
2.5
Lens 74mm (3x zoom)
240mm (10x zoom)
166
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 48 10 -38
Aperture 2.2 2.4 0.2
Lens 14mm 70mm (3x zoom) 56
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Telephoto lens
Megapixels 5 12 7
Aperture 2.4 2.2 -0.2
Lens - 13mm
Lens Type Depth Sensor Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 13 14 1
Selfie Camera 8 Pro Galaxy S21 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 16
40
24
Aperture 2.5
2.2
-0.3
Lens - 26mm
8 Pro Galaxy S21 Ultra vs.
Tek-Score
7.8
8.4
0.5

Who has the best frame?

The 8 Pro does stand out because of its weight. But that doesn't mean the Galaxy S21 Ultra is that bad.

They have precisely the same height: (165 mm / 6.50 inches) but not the same width: 74 mm vs. 75 mm (2.92 inches vs. 2.96 inches).

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

Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. The 8 Pro weighs 199 g. (7.02 oz), while its rival is 28 g. (1.10 oz) heavier. If you're looking for a lightweight device, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The 8 Pro got a score of 4.7, and that's another way of saying it has an acceptable score for its screen size. The Galaxy S21 Ultra, however, has 2.4, which indicates it's oddly heavy.

You can have the 8 Pro in Glacial Green, Onyx Black, and Ultramarine Blue. And you can compare that with the Phantom Black, Phantom Titanium, Phantom Silver, Phantom Navy, and Phantom Brown, which comes with the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

These two share the same size, so you can pick any of them.

Is the lack of a fingerprint scanner a deal-breaker to you? It doesn't matter because both have one.

The 8 Pro is water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters, and the same goes for the Galaxy S21 Ultra. It should be for less than 30 minutes, in standby and freshwater only, so no saltwater or pools here.

Looks*
vs.
Body 8 Pro Galaxy S21 Ultra
Size 165 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.82 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
165 x 75 x 8 mm
(5.82 x 2.65 x 0.28 in)
1320
Weight 199 g. (7.02 oz)
227 g. (8.01 oz)
28
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Glacial Green, Onyx Black, and Ultramarine Blue Phantom Black, Phantom Titanium, Phantom Silver, Phantom Navy, and Phantom Brown
Screen To Body Ratio 89.35%
90.21%
0.86
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.7 2.4 -2.3
Looks 9.1/10
10.0/10
0.8
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
7.1
6.5
-0.6

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

Which has the best battery?

The 8 Pro does have a smaller battery, with 4510 mAh, while the Galaxy S21 Ultra has 5000 mAh. And as claimed by GSMArena, the latter is the one that stands out.

If you charge it up, this is what you'll find out about the 8 Pro:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, 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%.
  • After 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 what you'll get out of the Galaxy S21 Ultra:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 85% of the battery remaining.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, this phone should end up with 72%.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, the phone will have 74% left for the rest of the day.

You should know that the Galaxy S21 Ultra is also beating most smartphones. Just check out our top 10 list of smartphones with the best battery life.

Quickly charging any of them won't be an issue. The 8 Pro supports up to 30w, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra up to 25.

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

Both can charge any QI-enabled gadgets, like smartphones or earbuds.

You'll likewise get quick wireless charging on the 8 Pro. You won't find many phones as fast at about its price.

Battery*
vs.
Features 8 Pro Galaxy S21 Ultra
Capacity (mAh) 4510 5000 490
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
85% left
2
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 67% left
72% left
5
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 71% left
74% left
3
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.5 3.8 0.3
Sub Tek-Score
7.4
7.7
0.3
Fast Charging 30w
25w
-5
Wireless Charging 30w
15w
-15
Reverse Charging 3w
4.5w
1.5
Tek-Score
7.5
7.3
-0.2

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The 8 Pro has about two times more storage.

OnePlus put 8GB of RAM and 256GB of built-in storage on the 8 Pro. There's no MicroSD slot, but it's OK. I should also mention that most rivals have less storage but more RAM. Right now, the average is 135Gb of storage and 9GB of RAM.

On the Galaxy S21 Ultra, you'll find 128GB of internal storage and 12GB of RAM. You'll also have a problem if you want to add storage later, but 128GB is enough for most of us.

Storage*
vs.
Features 8 Pro Galaxy S21 Ultra
RAM (GB) 8GB
12GB
4
Internal (GB) 256GB
128GB
-128
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
8.5
6.0
-2.5

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

They do have a resemblance here.

Each one has its Bluetooth version: The 8 Pro has 5.1, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra has 5.2. Both devices feature the standard NFC module.

About the 3.5mm jack: Now may be the time to consider moving to wireless earbuds. You can buy an adapter, but the wireless buds are your only option. There also are other options out there if you don't mind searching for them. You can get that with the Sony Xperia 1 II.

Both have a single network variant: (LTE and) 5G.

Connectivity
vs.
Features 8 Pro Galaxy S21 Ultra
Network 5G 5G
Bluetooth 5.1
5.2
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
5.1
5.1
0.0

Which is more affordable?

The OnePlus 8 Pro definitely has its competitor beaten on price, but a great deal would make things more interesting. The last time we've checked, it was 5% more expensive than its competitors in this price range. They're in the neighborhood of $761. Promotions aside, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is more expensive, but if it's worth it or not, it's up to you to decide. Maybe you can get some money back if you end up selling it.

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

Here are the best prices that we've found:

OnePlus 8 Pro

Reference: $800

OnePlus 8 Pro

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Reference: $1,199

Samsung Galaxy S21 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 S21 Ultra VS
Amazon 0.84 0.76 -0.08
eBay 0.94 0.76 -0.18
Best Buy - 0.79 -
Walmart 1.06 0.63 -0.43

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Want to know about that global score? First, let me mention the average at their price range. The 8 Pro class is at 7.2, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra 7.6.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

The 8 Pro should be much more affordable. Not only that, but it also charges wirelessly even faster than a Galaxy S21 on a wired charger. And as a bonus, you'll also get double the internal storage. But the Galaxy S21 Ultra does have a fantastic telephoto lens.

Aside from that, the S21 Ultra is a small improvement over the 8 Pro in select features. It has higher refresh rates (120hz vs 90hz), better glass protection, slightly better display, more OS updates, more RAM (12GB vs. 8GB), and Bluetooth 5.2 instead of 5.1.

Pros 8 Pro Galaxy S21 Ultra
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#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 Glass Protection
Cons 8 Pro Galaxy S21 Ultra
#1 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#2 Weight Weight
#3 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#4 Price Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score 8 Pro Galaxy S21 Ultra
Gaming Score
8.0
8.1
0.1
Tek-Score
7.52
7.55
0.03
Your Score

Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.

Performance 1.9
Display 1.7
Cameras 1.4
Frame 0.9
Battery 1.9
Storage 2.0
Connectivity 0.4
Total Should be 10 or as close as possible: 9.6

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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Tek-Score explained

Every spec has it's own weigh on the global score.

Feature: Value
Battery Life: 1.28
Fast Charging: 0.31
Wireless Charging: 0.19
Reverse Charging: 0.08
Storage: 1.97
Performance: 1.86
Camera: 1.35
Glass protection: 1.08
Weight: 0.35
Waterproof: 0.35
AMOLED: 0.04
Always-On-Display: 0.31
DPI: 0.12
Refresh Rate: 0.04
Nits: 0.04
Notch: 0.04
Bluetooth: 0.08
NFC: 0.12
3.5mm jack: 0.19
Looks: 0.23
Total: 10

But there are a few things that I don't consider, like price, brand value, size, resell value, OS (iOS or Android), user experience, updates, RAM (included on performance), battery to phone size, display size to weight, network (LTE/5G), and biometrics.

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Progress bars explained

#1: A big red progress bar means that this value is way below the average. In this case, it's 28.85MP, and the iPhone XR is 16.85MP below the average.

#2: In this example, the XR is just 0.36mm below the average, that's why the red bar is almost unnoticeable.

#3: On the other hand, the SE 2 is 1.8mm above (hence, the green bar) the 26.2mm of average.

#4: Performance-wise, the SE 2 is well above the average (of 2512) for its price range. That's the reason the green bar is that long.

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"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained

This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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"Battery to device size" ratio explained

This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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Rivals

As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, and Walmart.


 OnePlus 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 S21 Ultra 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $799
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
    $1049
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $900
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $849
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
    $1099
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $919
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $995
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro Max
    $1099
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $899
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra
    $1079
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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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