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OnePlus 8 vs Google Pixel 4 in 2021: Which Should You Buy?

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

The 8 may cost you a few bucks more, but it's the best of the two.

You'll get better performance (+46%), better battery life, and more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB). But with the Pixel 4, you can get water-resistance.

Are there other things worth mentioning?

The 8 also comes with a larger (+0.8") display, better outdoor brightness, faster-charging speeds (30w vs. 18w), more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB), and Bluetooth 5.1. But with the Pixel 4, you can also get a cleaner user interface, a telephoto lens (+36 mm), and wireless charging.

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

If you're ignoring carrier offers, it'll cost you around $82 more.

Is the 8 still worth buying in 2021?

The OnePlus 8 is clearly worth buying in 2021, even if there are better phones out there. Of course, you'll also be happy with a device like the Apple iPhone 12, but this one does have good performance and good battery life.

Is the Pixel 4 still worth buying in 2021?

The Pixel 4 isn't the latest release anymore, but you'll still be happy with its good camera. That's why I'll continue to recommend it in 2021, but that doesn't mean a phone like the Samsung Galaxy S21 with better performance, better battery life, more storage, more security updates, faster charging, more RAM, and reverse charging isn't a better choice.

Keep reading for answers to all your questions about their differences, how they fare against their competition, and how the tech industry is evaluating their specs.

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OnePlus 8, Google Pixel 4

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Introduction

It wasn't a hard fight, between their bigger siblings, the 4 XL and the 8 Pro. Will these two make it a tie, or is OnePlus sweeping every Pixel out?

In October of 2019, Google started selling its Pixel 4, while OnePlus's 8 hit the stores in April of 2020.

In this article, we see how the 8 and the Pixel 4 compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

The Google Pixel 4 and the OnePlus 8 are about the same price, but you'll usually find the Pixel 4 at a lower price. Keep this in mind when comparing both of them.

Look out for a "Tek-Score" in every section of this article. We evaluate all quantifiable specifications to help you quickly identify how much they are far apart. There's also a global score for you to compare them to other phones if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

The weight of each section

That score is research-based. It's from Globalwebindex.com on what buyers are looking for when purchasing a smartphone. But you can fine-tune the global score depending on what you value. You can check it out here, but keep reading because there are many things to unveil about these two and their rivals.

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 relate to the ones from similarly priced smartphones.

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

Feel free to click any feature title to check out the best 10 phones on that for every spending plan.

Price*
vs.
Device 8 Pixel 4
Release Date 2020, April 2019, October -1y.
OS Updates 2 years 3 years 1y.
Security Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.

*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 8 was, on average, 46% quicker while finishing its tests. That's something you should be aware of if you favor a snappier device.

We can classify the 8 as high-end and the Pixel 4 more like an upper mid-range.

What about their chipsets? The Google Pixel 4 features the Snapdragon 855 processor and the OnePlus 8, the previous generation's Snapdragon 865 processor.

About the graphics: while the first one brings an Adreno 640, the other has an Adreno 650.

At least you'll get the Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 on the 8, and the Pixel 4 runs on Android 10.

Performance*
vs.
Features 8 Pixel 4
SoC Snapdragon 865 Snapdragon 855
Graphics Adreno 650 Adreno 640
Geekbench 5 Score 3165
2175
-990
OS Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 Android 10
Tek-Score
7.3
5.6
-1.7

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

OnePlus 8 front transparent png Google Pixel 4 front transparent png

The 8 has the best screen, but it shouldn't be that noticeable.

The Pixel 4 features a 5.7" AMOLED display, while the 8 has a larger 6.5" AMOLED display. There's no general contest here as each user has his personal preferences. Me, I'd go for an AMOLED screen, but a decent LCD can be just as good.

Do you despise big screens? Then, the Pixel 4 is the one. It really is short compared to most similarly priced phones.

The display of the 8 has a resolution of 1080x2400 Full HD. The Pixel 4, in its turn, has 1080x2280 Full HD.

No one likes to look at a shattered screen, so let's get the elephant out of the room. Both displays are protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

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

If you're looking for the brightest display, the 8 will reach 802 nits, but the Pixel 4 can go up to 379 nits below that.

Most similarly priced devices only do around 744 nits, but there's a 321 nits gap below that for the Pixel 4.

Be aware that anything less than 500 nits just can't do true HDR, nor is that great on a sunny day. Now about the HDR feature: Are you considering watching HDR content? The 8 does HDR10+, and its competitor can supposedly show HDR videos.

If you value a smooth display, they'll both let you set it to 90hz.

Considering the 8, 88% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 92% have an Always-On display.

Considering the Pixel 4, please be aware that 92% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 77% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features 8 Pixel 4
Size 6.5
5.7
-0.8
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2400
1080x2280
-129600
Refresh Rate 90hz 90hz 0
Dots per Inch 404.89
442.61
37.71
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole -
Peak Brightness 802 nits
423 nits
-379
HDR HDR10+ HDR
Sub Tek-Score
8.7
7.9
-0.8
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
6.7
6.4
-0.3

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

OnePlus 8 back transparent png Google Pixel 4 back transparent png

Overall, I'm sure the Google Pixel 4 has a better camera.

What about its shooters? OnePlus's 8 features a whopping 48 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/1.8, a 25mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It can record videos at up to 2160p.

It also has two additional cameras, one 16 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.2, plus a 14mm ultra-wide-angle lens. And another with 2 Megapixels for macros.

Just so you know: You can take a 48 Megapixels photo, zoom in and crop, and get the same results as you'd get on a 12 Megapixels 2x optical zoom camera.

Its selfie camera features a 16 MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and a 1/3" sensor.

I'm hoping DXOMARK tests this camera out sometime soon, and I'm also expecting a score pretty close to 111*. And if you take into account its wide-angle lens, it'll get 122** points.

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. On the other hand, only 12% of them feature a macro lens.

On the back of the Google Pixel 4 is a 12 Megapixels (f/1.7) camera and a 27mm wide-angle lens. Then you'll have two flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. It can also record videos at up to 2160p. Besides its primary camera, the Pixel 4 also features a 16 Megapixels f/2.4 plus a 50mm telephoto lens.

The front-facing camera features an 8 MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.0 and a 22 mm wide-angle lens.

On DXOMARK's reviewing article, they gave this shooter 120 points. By adding its telephoto lens, we get a score of 130 points. If you want to know more about it, check it here.

Furthermore, just to let you know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 85% feature Optical Image Stabilization. That said, only 15% of them feature a macro lens.

Considering this score, we can classify these two as lower high-end.

What I really like about the Pixel 4 is the 2x telephoto lens. It can save lots of otherwise pixelated photos.

*I do recommend DXOMARK's reviews. Unfortunately, they don't test every smartphone camera out there. So what do I do? I try to do my best by giving a similar score based on hardware specs only (OIS, Sensor size, Aperture, Lenses, HDR, and so on). As of now, you can expect a borderline margin of error of 2 points.

**Consider this as an estimative, especially with cameras with less than 40MP and no telephoto lens. These guys recently updated their test protocol, and I need more reviewed devices to fine-tune older scores.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera 8 Pixel 4
Megapixels 48
12
-36
Aperture 1.8
1.7
-0.1
Lens 25mm
27mm
2
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 2 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 122
130
8

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) 8 Pixel 4 vs.
Megapixels 16
16
0
Aperture 2.2
2.4
0.2
Lens 14mm 50mm (2x zoom)
36
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Telephoto lens
Megapixels 2 -
Aperture 2.4 -
Score 11 10 -1
Selfie Camera 8 Pixel 4 vs.
Megapixels 16
8
-8
Aperture 2.0
2.0
0.0
Lens - 22mm
8 Pixel 4 vs.
Tek-Score
7.2
7.6
0.5

Who has the best frame?

The Pixel 4 does stand out because of its weight and water resistance.

The 8 has a height of 6.30 inches (160 mm) and a width of 2.84 inches (72 mm). The Pixel 4, on the other hand, is 13 mm smaller and 4 mm narrower (about 0.51 inches by 0.16 inches).

When it comes to thickness, there's no difference here: 8 mm (0.32 inches).

A front and back glass body does make these phones look premium on your hands. The Pixel 4 weighs 162 g. (5.71 oz), while its rival is 18 g. (0.63 oz) heavier. If you're curious, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The 8 got a score of 6.2, showing a pretty nice weight for its screen size. The Pixel 4, in its turn, has 5.6, so nothing to state here.

If you like having color options, you can buy the 8 in Onyx Black, Interstellar Glow, Glacial Green, and Polar Silver. The Pixel 4, in its turn, comes in Clearly White, Oh So Orange, and Just Black.

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

Would you like to have a fingerprint scanner? There's one under the display of the 8!

Although a pin isn't the only login option in the Pixel 4. Usually, logging in with a fingerprint scanner is faster, but at least you'll get a Face ID scanner.

The Pixel 4 is rated IP68, which means it's water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters. It should be for less than 30 minutes, on standby, and freshwater only.

Looks*
vs.
Body 8 Pixel 4
Size 160 x 72 x 8 mm
(5.64 x 2.54 x 0.28 in)
147 x 68 x 8 mm
(5.19 x 2.40 x 0.28 in)
-12192
Weight 180 g. (6.35 oz)
162 g. (5.71 oz)
-18
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Onyx Black, Interstellar Glow, Glacial Green, and Polar Silver Clearly White, Oh So Orange, and Just Black
Screen To Body Ratio 88.55%
81.13%
-7.42
Disp.Size To Weight Score 6.2 5.6 -0.6
Looks 10.0/10
7.8/10
-2.2
Waterproof - IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Face ID
Tek-Score
2.9
8.2
5.3

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

Which has the best battery?

The 8 features a 4300 mAh battery, while the Pixel 4 has 2800 mAh. And according to GSMArena's tests, the former does have better battery life.

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

  • 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.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 71% left.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 74% left for the rest of the day.

And these are the results for the Pixel 4:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll end up with 76% of the battery charge.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, the battery charge will be about 56%.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, you'll still get 58% to spend doing other things.

This is one of the Pixel 4's worse features. Way worse than other similarly priced devices. These results show that it lasts about 12% less.

Just be aware that the 8 can also beat almost all devices that we've tested. Actually, it may even be on our top 10 list of smartphones with the best battery life.

Fast charging's here, and both phones support it. The Pixel 4 can go up to 18w, and the 8 up to 30.

If you love wireless charging, the Pixel 4 can charge at 5w/hour.

Did you know you can reverse wireless charging other phones? Not with these, though, but both the Pixel 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S21 feature it.

Battery*
vs.
Features 8 Pixel 4
Capacity (mAh) 4300 2800 -1500
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 85% left
76% left
-9
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 71% left
56% left
-15
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
58% left
-16
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.6 6.3 0.7
Sub Tek-Score
7.7
6.3
-1.3
Fast Charging 30w
18w
-12
Wireless Charging No 5w
5
Tek-Score
6.7
5.7
-0.9

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The 8, for sure.

The 8 comes equipped with 128GB of integrated storage and 8GB of RAM. Unfortunately, OnePlus didn't include a MicroSD slot, but I believe you can manage with just 128GB of storage.

The Pixel 4, in its turn, has 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. You'll also have a problem if you want to add storage later. I guess that's OK as long as you regularly manage your files. Furthermore, chances are that you'll have more RAM and more storage by picking any rival at that price range. 7Gb/138Gb. That's the average.

Storage shouldn't be an issue on any of these phones. However, if you plan to store some movies or record tons of videos, 64 GB will be a problem sooner than later.

Storage*
vs.
Features 8 Pixel 4
RAM (GB) 8GB
6GB
-2
Internal (GB) 128GB
64GB
-64
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
6.0
2.8
-3.3

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The 8 for sure, as it has Bluetooth 5.1 and 5G.

The 8 has Bluetooth 5.1, while the Pixel 4 has Bluetooth 5.0. Both phones have NFC, so nothing special here.

If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. Just skip adapters and get a decent pair of wireless earbuds. Or you can also check its rivals if you're willing to forget about them. Perhaps you don't mind settling with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite or the Sony Xperia 1 II.

The 8 is (LTE and) 5G compatible.

Connectivity
vs.
Features 8 Pixel 4
Network 5G LTE
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 Google Pixel 4 surely wins over its competitor in this round. But if you do search for any deals and price drops, things can get interesting. It currently also is 7% more expensive than the competition at this price segment. They're in the neighborhood of $447. The OnePlus 8 isn't more affordable, but it still may be more valuable. Although, its adversaries in this price range are, on average, 7% cheaper.

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

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Prices marked with ! are from renewed/refurbished/carrier-locked phones (except eBay prices that, as a last resort, can be from bids or used devices).

How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).

Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.

Value for money 8 Pixel 4 VS
Amazon 0.81 1.18 0.37
eBay 0.94 0.96 0.02
Best Buy - - -
Walmart 1.06 1.18 0.13

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Are you curious to know what their global score is? First, let me mention the average at their price range. They're at 6.9 (for the 8) and 6.6 (for the Pixel 4).

Verdict: What Makes the OnePlus 8 Stand Out?

Again, no Snapdragon 855 based device could ever match any newer smartphones with the Snapdragon 865.

And again, if this fight was about performance alone, picking one of these would be much harder.

Luckily, OnePlus made it look like it was easy to win this fight.

The OnePlus 8 is also crushing on battery life. Not only that, but it also charges faster. Unfortunately, you'll lose on the wireless charging.

The 8 also has double the internal storage, 2 extra gigabytes of RAM, and the newer Bluetooth 5.1 version.

That doesn't mean the Pixel 4 is a complete loser. Its camera has 2x of optical zoom, and a least it is considerably lighter.

Don't forget to add the display size to the global score, as that is up to everyone's preferences.

Pros 8 Pixel 4
#1 Performance AMOLED
#2 AMOLED Always-On-Display
#3 Always-On-Display Cameras
#4 Cameras Fast Charging
#5 Battery Life Wireless Charging
#6 Fast Charging
Cons 8 Pixel 4
#1 Wireless Charging MicroSD Slot
#2 MicroSD Slot 3.5mm Jack
#3 3.5mm Jack Price
#4 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score 8 Pixel 4
Gaming Score
7.2
5.4
-1.8
Tek-Score
6.48
5.67
-0.81
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 
  • 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
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $539
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $509
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $514
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $565
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $729
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $599
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698

 Google Pixel 4 
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $388
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $449
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $569
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
    $407
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $479
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $478
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $407
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $399
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $540
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $539
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $429
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $509
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $514
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $565
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $479
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $500
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
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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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