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OnePlus 8 vs Apple iPhone 12 in 2021: Which Is Better?

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OnePlus 8, Apple iPhone 12

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Luis Silva (October 2020, updated: March 2021)

Introduction

In October of 2020, Apple started selling its iPhone 12, while OnePlus's 8 hit the stores in April of 2020.

Here you can look at the 8 and the iPhone 12, compare each other's features, and decide which one is best for you. Let us delve into the finer details.

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

Bottom Line

Which is better?

The iPhone 12 will cost you more, but considering its features, it is the best option.

You'll get better performance (+22%), better glass protection, and water-resistance. But the 8 features better battery life and more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB).

Anything else?

The iPhone 12 also features a cleaner user interface and wireless charging. But the 8 also adds a higher refresh rate, Always-On, larger (+0.4") display, more RAM (8GB vs. 4GB), and Bluetooth 5.1.

Having said that, none of them truly stood out since their final score is almost the same.

How much more are you willing to spend on the iPhone 12?

If you're ignoring carrier offers, you're going to shell out an extra amount of about $250.

Is the 8 still worth getting in 2021?

Yes, of course. It's a pretty snappy device.

Is it worth getting the iPhone 12 in 2021?

Why not? It's one of the best smartphones out there.

You'll rarely (if ever) find these two with the same price tag. Remember that when you're comparing the two models.

For each featured section, there's a "Tek-Score" for you to check. We evaluate all quantifiable specifications to help you quickly identify how much they are far apart. The global score will help you compare them to other phones if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

Our Tek-Score is based on a study done by Globalwebindex.com on what features users value on new smartphones.

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

Some features have a colored bar next to them. That can help you understand how they sit side by side with equivalently priced phones.

You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, but we only include smartphones with price tags from -20% to +20%.

Some items are underlined, and you can tap to access several top 10 tables for every spending plan.

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

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Performance

The Apple iPhone 12 is available with the Apple A14 processor, while the OnePlus 8 brings the previous generation Snapdragon 865 processor.

Regarding the graphics chipset, the former features a proprietary Apple GPU, and the latter has last year's Adreno 650.

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android), which measures overall performance, the iPhone 12 was, on average, 22% quicker while finishing its tests. It's something to consider, but it shouldn't be a deal-breaker. iOS is much lighter than Android because Apple did their work to keep it fit.

The iPhone 12's performance does stand out if you consider related priced phones. It got a score of 4067, compared to the usual 3040, or close to that.

We can label both of them as high-end.

At least you'll get the Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 on the 8, and the iPhone 12 has iOS 14.1 at its core.

Performance* vs.
Features 8 iPhone 12
SoC Snapdragon 865 Apple A14
Graphics Adreno 650 Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 3321
4067
746
OS Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 iOS 14.1
Tek-Score
7.5
8.8
1.2

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.

Display

OnePlus 8 front transparent png Apple iPhone 12 front transparent png

The 8 has a 6.5-inch AMOLED screen, which is considerably larger than the iPhone 12's 6.1-inch AMOLED display. It all comes down to personal preferences for both the display type and size. Most people seem to prefer AMOLED for its saturated colors and higher contrast.

If you're trying to keep your phone's display small, there aren't many devices to consider besides the iPhone 12. Other similarly priced smartphones just aren't that short.

The iPhone 12 has a higher-resolution 1170x2532 Full HD display, and the 8 makes do with a 1080x2400 Full HD panel. If you value a clean, almost notch-free screen, the 8 isn't perfect, but it's pretty close to that.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so let's get the elephant out of the room. The iPhone 12 features the latest Gorilla Glass Victus display. The 8 has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Unfortunately, only one of them has an Always-On display, and it's the OnePlus 8.

If you set your brightness to auto, the 8 can do 802 nits, while the iPhone 12 only does 639 nits.

The 8 can do HDR10+, and its competitor can show HDR10 videos.

If you value a smooth display, your only option is the 8 with its 90hz screen.

Bearing in mind the 8, you should know that 86% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all of them have an AMOLED screen, and 95% have an Always-On display.

Concerning the iPhone 12, please be aware that 95% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display. Plus, all of them have an AMOLED screen, and 81% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features 8 iPhone 12
Size 6.5
6.1
-0.4
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2400
1170x2532
370440
Refresh Rate 90hz 60hz -30
Dots per Inch 404.89
457.25
52.36
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch Hole Wedge
Peak Brightness 802 nits
639 nits
-163
HDR HDR10+ HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
8.7
2.9
-5.8
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
6.7
7.5
0.8

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.

Cameras

OnePlus 8 back transparent png Apple iPhone 12 back transparent png

Things are different when it comes to lenses. 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 camera set. Adding to that, you'll still get the ability to record videos at up to 2160p.

It also features two auxiliary cameras. One has 16 MP and an aperture of f/2.2 plus a 14mm ultra-wide-angle lens. And another shooter with 2 MP for macros.

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 the same shot you'd get on a 12 Megapixels shooter with 2x optical zoom.

There's also a 16 MP selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.0 and a 1/3" sensor.

I'm hoping we have a review from DxOMark soon, and you can expect a rate of about 111* when they do it. By including its wide-angle lens, that will go up to 122**.

PS: all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Though only 9% of them feature a macro lens.

The iPhone 12 features a 12 MP (f/1.6) shooter and a 26mm wide-angle lens. You can also count on four flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It also records videos at up to 2160 pixels. It also has a secondary 12 MP camera with an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

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 132 points. By adding its wide-angle lens, that score goes up to 139. If you want to know more about it, click here.

Lastly, just to let 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. Additionally, none of them feature a macro lens.

We can safely state that, in theory, the Apple iPhone 12 has a better camera.

One can place the 8 as a lower high-end and the iPhone 12 more as a high-end.

Have you noticed yet? If you want a telephoto lens, you should consider other options like the Sony Xperia 1 II. Or you can go crazy because smartphones like the Oppo Find X2 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra are much more fun.

*I do recommend DxOMark's reviews. Unfortunately, they don't test every smartphone camera out there. So when I get my hands on one of them, I take every hardware specs (like lenses, sensor size, OIS, aperture, and so on) and give a comparable score. You should give it a 2 points (more or less) error threshold.

**Consider this as an estimative, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They moved to a better camera test protocol, and I need more reviewed devices to fine-tune older scores.

Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera 8 iPhone 12
Megapixels 48
12
-36
Aperture 1.8
1.6
-0.2
Lens 25mm
26mm
1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 4 2
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 122
139
17

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) 8 iPhone 12 vs.
Megapixels 16
12
-4
Aperture 2.2
2.4
0.2
Lens 14mm 13mm -1
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 2 -
Aperture 2.4 -
Score 11 7 -4
Selfie Camera 8 iPhone 12 vs.
Megapixels 16
12
-4
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens - 23mm
8 iPhone 12 vs.
Tek-Score
7.2
8.2
1.0

Body

The 8 has a height of 160 mm (6.30 inches) and a width of 72 mm (2.84 inches). Apple's iPhone 12 is a bit smaller, precisely 14 mm (0.55 inches), and a bit narrower too, about 1 mm (0.04 inches).

They have about the same depth: 8 mm (0.32 inches) vs. 7 mm (0.28 inches).

Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. The iPhone 12 weighs 164 g. (5.78 oz), while its rival is 16 g. (0.56 oz) heavier. If you're curious, I've come up with an adapted "display size to phone weight ratio" rate. The 8 got 6.2, which implies it has a pretty nice weight for a 6.5 inches display. The iPhone 12, in its turn, has 6.9, which is pretty nice too.

If you like having color options, you can buy the 8 in Onyx Black, Interstellar Glow, Glacial Green, and Polar Silver. The iPhone 12, in its turn, comes in Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue.

If the iPhone 12 is big enough for you, then excellent. Otherwise, the other is the one.

Do you value a fingerprint scanner? The 8 included one under the display. Unfortunately, the iPhone 12 doesn't have any.

You can still use biometrics to log in on the iPhone 12. At least Apple opted for the Face ID sensor instead.

The iPhone 12 truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep. That shouldn't last over half an hour, and it's standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.

Looks* vs.
Body 8 iPhone 12
Size 160 x 72 x 8 mm
(5.64 x 2.54 x 0.28 in)
146 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.15 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
-19598
Weight 180 g. (6.35 oz)
164 g. (5.78 oz)
-16
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Onyx Black, Interstellar Glow, Glacial Green, and Polar Silver Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 88.55%
88.18%
-0.36
Disp.Size To Weight Score 6.2 6.9 0.7
Looks 10.0/10
10.0/10
0.0
Waterproof - IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Face ID
Tek-Score
2.9
8.6
5.7

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

Battery

Specs-wise, the OnePlus 8 seems to have an advantage here, without a doubt. 4300 mAh vs. 2815 mAh is a no-brainer. But how does that reflect day-to-day usage? By charging them up and testing them out, this is how the 8 comes out of it:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll end up with 85% of the battery charge.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 71% left.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, this is where your battery will be: 74%.

And this is how the iPhone 12 handles these tests:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll end up with 79% 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 64%.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll still get 64% to spend doing other things.

Have you noticed who the winner is? Yes, it's the 8.

What's even better, the 8 can also easily defeat most devices. You can check here if it still is on our top 10 list.

The 8 features quick-charging at up to 30w, but the iPhone 12 does it too, at 20w.

You can also give the iPhone 12 extra credits for having wireless charging of up to 15w/hour. Apple brought MagSafe from their Macbooks so you can effortlessly charge the new iPhones. It's convenient if you're willing to carry another charger.

Did you know you can reverse wireless charging other phones? Not with these, though, but that's already a reality on the Samsung Galaxy S20 and the Samsung Galaxy S21, for example.

Battery* vs.
Features 8 iPhone 12
Capacity (mAh) 4300 2815 -1485
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 85% left
79% left
-6
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 71% left
64% left
-7
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
64% left
-10
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.6 6.4 0.8
Sub Tek-Score
7.7
6.9
-0.8
Fast Charging 30w
20w
-10
Wireless Charging No 15w
15
Tek-Score
6.7
6.6
-0.1

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Storage

OnePlus put 8GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage on the 8. There's no MicroSD slot, but with that much space, who cares?

In its turn, the iPhone 12 features 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. There's also no extra storage here. You may need a good data plan and some cloud storage. Plus, you'll most likely get more storage and more RAM on most of its rivals. They'd give you around 143Gb of storage and 9Gb of RAM.

Neither storage nor RAM should be an issue on both phones. However, if you plan to store some movies or record tons of videos, 64 GB alone won't get you there.

Storage* vs.
Features 8 iPhone 12
RAM (GB) 8GB
4GB
-4
Internal (GB) 128GB
64GB
-64
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
6.0
2.8
-3.3

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

Connectivity

You can count on Bluetooth 5.1 on the 8, while the iPhone 12 has a Bluetooth 5.0 modem on its SoC. Both phones have NFC.

If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. You may go for an adapter as a last resort, but it really isn't the same. There also are other options out there if you're not really leaning towards any of these. You'd have to pick a smartphone like the Sony Xperia 1 II.

They both run on (LTE and) 5G networks.

Connectivity vs.
Features 8 iPhone 12
Network 5G 5G
Bluetooth 5.1
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
5.1
4.6
-0.5

Price

The OnePlus 8 will make all your pennies count, but you should stay on top of any deals or price drops. Who knows what you can find. Promotions aside, the iPhone 12 is more expensive, but that's probably something you already knew. Also, don't forget that, with time, iPhones do hold some of their value.

I hope the following tables will help you make a wiser decision.

Here's what we've found out:

I earn a small fee from qualifying purchases. It doesn't affect the price you pay nor my opinions, but it will mean a lot if you click on one of these buttons before purchasing your next phone. You'll be helping to take this to the next level.

Prices on eBay are in $US but Europe-based. You can click to check the prices in your country.

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 iPhone 12 VS
Amazon 1.04 - ! -
eBay 0.95 0.79 -0.16
Best Buy - 0.85 -
Walmart 1.17 - -

Also, don't forget to check the latest deals from these four stores, and the state of the art on mobile technology, if you don't want to overpay on your next smartphone.


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Want to know about that global rate? But first, let's see where its rivals are. It's 7.0 for the 8 and 7.3 for the iPhone 12.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

I can't believe that the iPhone 12 can beat the OnePlus 8, at least specs-wise. It obviously depends on what you really value on a smartphone, but iPhones do tend to get a bit behind if you go feature by feature.

However, this isn't the case. If you go for the iPhone, you'll get better performance, more updates, better glass protection, better cameras, and a water-resistant device.

The 8, on the other hand, does give you a 90hz display, a smaller notch, double the RAM, double the storage, better battery life, and Bluetooth 5.1.

Pros 8 iPhone 12
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Always-On-Display Cameras
#4 Cameras Fast Charging
#5 Battery Life Wireless Charging
#6 Fast Charging Glass Protection
Cons 8 iPhone 12
#1 Wireless Charging Always-On-Display
#2 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#3 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#4 Price Price
Relative Score* vs.
Global Score 8 iPhone 12
Gaming Score
7.2
6.3
-0.9
Tek-Score
6.53
6.76
0.23

*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.

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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 any of the usual stores.

 OnePlus 8 
  • Sony

    Xperia 1 $688

  • Sony

    Xperia 5 $699

  • Apple

    iPhone X $579

  • Apple

    iPhone 11 $578

  • Apple

    iPhone 11 Pro $750

  • Apple

    iPhone XS Max $595

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 EX $675

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 SD $649

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20+ EX $749

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20+ SD $649

  • Huawei

    P30 Pro $598

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 $697

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 Plus $749

  • Huawei

    Mate 20 Pro $550

  • Huawei

    P40 $666

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10 Pro $600

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 FE $549

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 FE 4G $549

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 FE 5G $549

  • Oppo

    Find X2 Neo $543

  • Oppo

    Find X2 Pro $663

  • Google

    Pixel 5 $599

  • Apple

    iPhone 12 Mini $739

  • OnePlus

    8T $557

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10 $529

  • Oppo

    Reno4 Pro $594

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 $699

 Apple iPhone 12 
  • Sony

    Xperia 1 $688

  • Sony

    Xperia 5 $699

  • Apple

    iPhone 11 Pro $750

  • Apple

    iPhone 11 Pro Max $900

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 EX $675

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 SD $649

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20+ EX $749

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20+ SD $649

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 U.EX $879

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 $697

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 Plus $749

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 Ultra $879

  • Huawei

    Mate 30 Pro $849

  • Huawei

    P40 Pro $769

  • Huawei

    P40 $666

  • OnePlus

    8 Pro $800

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10 Ultra $846

  • Oppo

    Find X2 Pro $663

  • Apple

    iPhone 12 Mini $739

  • Sony

    Xperia 1 II $800

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 $699

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 Plus $799

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 Ultra $895

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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.

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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 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.

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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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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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