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OnePlus 8 vs 8T In 2021: Should You Save Some Bucks?

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

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Introduction

OnePlus launched its 8T in October of 2020, while OnePlus's 8 arrived at stores in April of 2020.

With this article, you'll be able to compare every feature of the 8 and the 8T. Then, you can decide what model better suits your needs. Let's start.

The OnePlus 8T and the OnePlus 8 are comparable in price. Still, you'll find the 8 cheaper most of the time. That's something to consider when making a comparison between the two.

Down below, there's a "Tek-Score" in every analyzed section of these models. 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 aren't sure about these two.

The weight of each section

This score is consumer-based from research done by Globalwebindex.com on what buyers are looking for when purchasing a smartphone. But you'll get a say in the matter by setting it to your preferences. Click here to skip everything, 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.

You'll also see a progress bar underlining some features. That can help you understand how they compare with other smartphones with similar prices.

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 clickable, and they'll get you to the top 10 phones for that feature for every spending plan.

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

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

Geekbench 5 scores the 8 4% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. All in all, there's not much of a difference between the two.

We can label both of them as high-end.

Both come with the previous generation's Snapdragon 865, so this actually isn't a speed race.

This also isn't a GPU battle because they all have an Adreno 650.

Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 runs out-of-the-box on the 8, and the 8T runs on Android 11 and OxygenOS 11.

Performance*
vs.
Features 8 8T
SoC Snapdragon 865 Snapdragon 865
Graphics Adreno 650 Adreno 650
Geekbench 5 Score 3165
3053
-112
OS Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 Android 11 and OxygenOS 11
Tek-Score
7.3
7.1
-0.2

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

OnePlus 8 front transparent png OnePlus 8T front transparent png

There isn't a winner here, so don't worry about it.

Both phones have the same AMOLED 6.5-inch 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.

Resolution is no contest here. Both have a 1080x2400 Full HD panel.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so you need to know about their glass protection. Both have a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 display.

If you value an Always-On display, you'll be glad to find it in both of them.

If you're looking for the brightest display, there isn't that much of a difference here. Both can do around 802 nits.

Both phones can play HDR10+ video formats.

If you value a smooth display, you should pick the 8T with its 120hz over the 8 that only has 90hz.

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

Compared to the 8T, as a reference, 87% of its rivals can play HDR content, 96% have an AMOLED screen, and 91% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features 8 8T
Size 6.5
6.5
0.0
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2400
1080x2400
0
Refresh Rate 90hz 120hz 30
Dots per Inch 404.89
404.89
0.00
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 802 nits
802 nits
0
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
8.7
9.1
0.3
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
6.7
6.8
0.1

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

OnePlus 8 back transparent png OnePlus 8T back transparent png

Overall, You shouldn't be seeing any difference between these cameras.

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

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

If you take a 48 Megapixels snapshot, you can zoom in on it and do a crop in the middle to get the same results as you'd get on a 12 Megapixels 2x optical zoom camera.

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

I'm expecting a review from DXOMARK anytime now, and when they do, I'm sure they'll give it about 111* points. Then, if you consider its wide-angle lens, it can go up to 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. However, only 12% of them feature a macro lens.

With its whopping 48 Megapixels shooter, the 8T's leading camera has an aperture of f/1.7 and a 26mm, wide-angle lens. You'll be getting two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. You can record videos at 2160p. These days a single shooter is not enough, nor it's two or three. I guess you need four of them. The second one has 16 Megapixels with an aperture of f/2.2 plus a 14mm ultra-wide-angle lens. The third one has 5 Megapixels for macros, and the fourth has 2 Megapixels that works as a depth sensor.

Just so you know: You can take a 48 Megapixels photo, zoom in and crop, and get (for example) an additional 2x of optical zoom and a 12 Megapixels sample, just like the 8.

The front-facing camera features a 16 MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.4 and a 1/3.06" sensor.

The guys over at the DXOMARK labs scored this camera with 115 points. Plus, combining with its wide-angle lens, we'll get to the final score of 124 points. Just click here to read about it.

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, only 17% of them feature a macro lens.

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

If you take optical zoom seriously, you should consider other options like the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.

*DXOMARK is a well-known market reference when it comes to camera benchmarking. Unfortunately, there are lots of good cameras left out of their labs. 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 deviation of up to 2 points.

**Consider this as an estimative, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They just revised their formula, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera 8 8T
Megapixels 48
48
0
Aperture 1.8
1.7
-0.1
Lens 25mm
26mm
1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 2 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 122
124
2

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) 8 8T vs.
Megapixels 16
16
0
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 14mm 14mm 0
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 2 5 3
Aperture 2.4 2.4 0.0
Megapixels - 2
Aperture - 2.4
Lens Type - Depth Sensor
Score 11 9 -2
Selfie Camera 8 8T vs.
Megapixels 16
16
0
Aperture 2.0
2.4
0.4
Lens - -
8 8T vs.
Tek-Score
7.2
7.3
0.1

Who has the best frame?

The 8 does have an advantage here, thanks to its number of color options. But that doesn't make the 8T that much worse.

They have precisely the same height: (160 mm / 6.30 inches) but not the same width: 72 mm vs. 74 mm (2.84 inches vs. 2.92 inches).

Both are 8 mm thicker (about 0.32 inches).

The glass rear on these phones makes them feel great on the hand. The 8T is a little bit heavier: About 8 g. (0.32 oz). But because this is a bit relative, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The 8 got a score of 6.2, which means a pretty nice weight for a 6.5 inches screen. In the meantime, the 8T has 5.3, so nothing to state here.

You can have the 8 in Onyx Black, Interstellar Glow, Glacial Green, and Polar Silver. And you can compare that with the Aquamarine Green, Cyberpunk 2077 Edition, and Lunar Silver, which comes with the 8T.

Would you like to have a fingerprint scanner? Both phones include one.

For an all-weather smartphone, check out the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.

Looks*
vs.
Body 8 8T
Size 160 x 72 x 8 mm
(5.64 x 2.54 x 0.28 in)
160 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.64 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
2560
Weight 180 g. (6.35 oz)
188 g. (6.63 oz)
8
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Onyx Black, Interstellar Glow, Glacial Green, and Polar Silver Aquamarine Green, Cyberpunk 2077 Edition, and Lunar Silver
Screen To Body Ratio 88.55%
86.15%
-2.39
Disp.Size To Weight Score 6.2 5.3 -0.9
Looks 10.0/10
8.9/10
-1.0
Waterproof - -
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
2.9
2.4
-0.5

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

Which has the best battery?

The 8 features a 4300 mAh battery, while the 8T has 4500 mAh. But as claimed by GSMArena, you should get the same battery life with either device.

If you do a full charge, this is how the 8 comes out of it:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 85% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • From 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, you'll still get 74% to spend doing other things.

And these are 8T's patterns:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 83% of the battery charge.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, this phone should end up with 68%.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, the phone will have 71% left for the rest of the day.

What's even better, the 8 can also easily defeat most devices. Do check our best-of listing.

If one of these will end up being the one, you'll have quick charging on your next phone: 30w for the 8 and 65w for the 8T.

Wireless charging is nowhere to be found. Keep that in mind. There are other phones out there. For instance, you can get the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE instead. What's even better is that it also features reverse wireless charging.

If you fancy quick charges, you can count on the 8T. Other devices from this price range usually sit at nearly 31w.

Battery*
vs.
Features 8 8T
Capacity (mAh) 4300 4500 200
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 85% left
83% left
-2
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 71% left
68% left
-3
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
71% left
-3
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.6 4.3 -1.3
Sub Tek-Score
7.7
7.4
-0.3
Fast Charging 30w
65w
35
Wireless Charging No No 0
Tek-Score
6.7
6.9
0.2

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

They share the same amount of storage.

In terms of RAM, the 8 brings 8GB. In terms of storage, it has 128GB. Unfortunately, OnePlus didn't include a MicroSD slot, but with that much space, who cares?

The 8T also offers 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. Unfortunately, it also lacks a MicroSD card slot, but 128GB is more than enough for most people.

Storage*
vs.
Features 8 8T
RAM (GB) 8GB
8GB
0
Internal (GB) 128GB
128GB
0
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
6.0
6.0
0.0

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

These two do look alike sometimes.

Both phones have Bluetooth 5.1, so nothing special here. As for the NFC chips, both have them.

About the 3.5mm jack: Now may be the time to consider moving to wireless earbuds. You may go for an adapter as a last resort, but it really isn't the same. Luckily, you can still get it on other phones if you don't care that much about them. Perhaps you don't mind settling with the Sony Xperia 1 II.

You can find these two in the (LTE and) 5G variant.

Connectivity
vs.
Features 8 8T
Network 5G 5G
Bluetooth 5.1
5.1
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
5.1
5.1
0.0

Which is more affordable?

The OnePlus 8 definitely has its sibling beaten on price, and with the right deal, it can be an impressive finding. You'll most likely find the OnePlus 8T at a higher price range, but it doesn't mean it can't be a great deal.

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

Here are the best prices that we've found:

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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 8T VS
Amazon 0.81 1.08 0.27
eBay 0.94 0.96 0.01
Best Buy - 1.08 -
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 aren't that far from 6.9 for these two.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

I didn't quite understand why OnePlus came up with two almost identical devices. The 8T does have a display with higher refresh rates, and it does charge faster. About twice as fast. At least until the battery reaches 80% of its total capacity. It also has an additional camera, you might think. But I wouldn't call a depth sensor an actual camera. Still, it's nice to have it.

Anyways, since it still should also have 6 months of additional software updates, I guess it's obvious what device you should pick.

Pros 8 8T
#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
Cons 8 8T
#1 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#2 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#3 3.5mm Jack Weight
#4 Price 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score 8 8T
Gaming Score
7.2
7.5
0.3
Tek-Score
6.48
6.48
0.00
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

 OnePlus 8T 
  • 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
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $539
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8
    $630
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $509
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $514
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $565
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $500
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • 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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