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OnePlus 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: How Do They Compare?

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

The price of the Galaxy S20 Plus isn't that much higher, but it also is the better device of the two considering their specs.

It has better glass protection, a better display, water-resistance, and external storage. But the 8 will deliver better battery life.

Anything else?

The Galaxy S20 Plus also gives you a higher refresh rate, larger (+0.2") display, wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (12GB vs. 8GB). But the 8 also features Bluetooth 5.1.

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're not considering going for a carrier subscription, you'll have to spend approximately $119 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 Xiaomi Mi 11, but with the 8, at least you'll get good performance and good battery life.

Is the Galaxy S20 Plus still worth getting in 2021?

Don't let its age scare you. The Galaxy S20 Plus still is a fantastic device as we go thru 2021. I like it for its good camera, good battery life, excellent glass protection, tons of RAM, and 8K recordings. Although you can also check the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Read on to know more about them, how they stack up against their rivals, and what the industry thinks about their specs.

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OnePlus 8, Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

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So you don't really need the ultimate flagship with all those big zoom cameras. But between OnePlus and Samsung, what should you pick?

Let's see if I can help you with that.

In March of 2020, Samsung launched its Galaxy S20 Plus. The 8, however, has seen the light of day one month later.

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

These phones have similar prices, but generally, the 8 is more affordable. That's something you should keep in mind when comparing them.

Down below, there's a "Tek-Score" in every analyzed section of these models. We evaluated every quantifiable specification, so you can better understand the difference between the two. You'll also have a global comparison score if you're interested in other than these two.

The weight of each section

This score is based on research from Globalwebindex.com about what people want from their next smartphone. But you'll get a say in the matter by setting it to what you value. You can check this out now, or just keep reading.

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

Some features have a colored bar next to them. That's to show how they rival its direct competitors.

You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, but basically, we include every smartphone within a 20+20% price range, up and down.

Some items are clickable, and they'll get you to several top 10 tables for up to seven different budgets.

Device 8 Galaxy S20 Plus
Release Date 2020, April 2020, March 0y.
OS Updates 2 years 3 years 1y.
Security Updates 3 years 4 years 1y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

Performance-wise, Geekbench 5 scores the 8 19% ahead in the multi-core ranking. If you're a heavy gamer, think about this. If not, then it isn't a big deal.

One can entitle the 8 as high-end and the Galaxy S20 Plus as a lower high-end device.

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

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

The 8 brings the Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 OS from the factory, and the Galaxy S20 Plus runs on Android 10 and OneUI.

PS: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (with the Adreno 650 GPU) and the Exynos 990 (with the Mali-G77) are market-dependent. Click here for more info.

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

Features 8 Galaxy S20 Plus
SoC Snapdragon 865 Exynos 990
Graphics Adreno 650 Mali-G77 MP11
Geekbench 5 Score 3165
OS Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 Android 10 and OneUI

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

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

The Galaxy S20 Plus has a better display, and you'd be able to tell the difference.

The 8 has a 6.5-inch AMOLED screen, which is slightly smaller than the Galaxy S20 Plus's 6.7-inch AMOLED display. It all comes down to personal preferences for both the display type and size. Do you favor AMOLED screens?

The Galaxy S20 Plus benefits from a higher resolution, at 1440x3200 pixels, while the 8 has 1080x2400 pixels.

Screen bezels are shrinking in size almost every passing day, so be aware: The Galaxy S20 Plus features a previous generation's Gorilla Glass 6 display. The 8 has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

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

When it comes to outdoor visibility, these two go up to about 802 nits.

Both phones support HDR10+-compatible media.

If you favor smooth scrolling over battery life, you should know that the Galaxy S20 Plus does 120hz, and the 8 only does 90hz.

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

Concerning the Galaxy S20 Plus, just so you know, 92% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and all have an AMOLED screen.

Display Density (DPIs)*
Features 8 Galaxy S20 Plus
Size 6.5
Resolution (px) 1080x2400
Refresh Rate 90hz 120hz 30
Dots per Inch 404.89
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 802 nits
797 nits
Sub Tek-Score
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 6

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

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

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus should have an overall better camera.

Who's gonna win this battle? Together, a whopping 48 Megapixels 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 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 2x of optical zoom: by trimming it into a 12 Megapixels photo.

With the selfies camera, you get a 16 MP shooter, 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. If you add its wide-angle lens, that will go up to 122**.

Last (but not least), all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Though only 12% of them feature a macro lens.

With its 12 Megapixels shooter, the Galaxy S20 Plus's leading camera has an aperture of f/1.8 and a 26mm, wide-angle lens. You'll be getting one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. You can record videos at 4320p. It also has a secondary dual-lens camera. One of them features an aperture of f/2.0 and 64 Megapixels, and the other 12 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

Did you know? By zooming in and cropping a 64 Megapixels photo, you can get 2x optical zoom. You'll get a 16 Megapixels photo.

The front-facing camera features a 10 MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK evaluated this camera, and here's the score: 123. By considering its wide-angle lens, we end up with a score of 135** points. For an out-and-out review, check their article.

Lastly, 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. Regardless, only 12% of them feature a macro lens.

One can place the 8 as a lower high-end and the Galaxy S20 Plus in the high-end ballpark.

Have you noticed yet? If you want a telephoto lens, just ignore these two and check the Galaxy S20 FE or the Sony Xperia 1 II instead. Or just forget them because devices like the Oppo Find X2 Pro are at a whole new level.

*DXOMARK is a well-known market reference when it comes to camera benchmarking. Too bad some cameras don't have a chance to be tested. So when I get my hands on one of them, 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 for cameras with no zoom and with less than 40MP. They just revised their formula, and I need more reviewed devices to fine-tune older scores.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera 8 Galaxy S20 Plus
Megapixels 48
Aperture 1.8
Lens 25mm
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 1 -1
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 4320 2160
Score 122

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) 8 Galaxy S20 Plus vs.
Megapixels 16
Aperture 2.2
Lens 14mm -
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle -
Megapixels 2 12 10
Aperture 2.4 2.2 -0.2
Lens - 13mm
Lens Type Macro Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels - 0.3
Lens Type - Depth Sensor
Score 11 12 1
Selfie Camera 8 Galaxy S20 Plus vs.
Megapixels 16
Aperture 2.0
Lens - 26mm
8 Galaxy S20 Plus vs.

Who has the best frame?

The Galaxy S20 Plus does have an advantage here, thanks to its water resistance.

The 8 is 6.30 inches (160 mm) tall and 2.84 inches (72 mm) long. Samsung's Galaxy S20 Plus is a bit taller, precisely 1 mm (0.04 inches), and a bit wider too, about 1 mm (0.04 inches).

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

A front and back glass body does make these phones look premium on your hands. The Galaxy S20 Plus is a little bit heavier: About 8 g. (0.32 oz). 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, and that's another way of saying a pretty nice weight for its screen size. The Galaxy S20 Plus, on the other hand, has 5.9, so nothing to state here.

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

You're out of options in the size domain, so if you want something different, you'll have to find it elsewhere.

Do you value a fingerprint scanner? They all have one.

The Galaxy S20 Plus is resistant to water up to 1 to 3 meters. It should be for less than 30 minutes, and it's freshwater in standby mode only.

Body 8 Galaxy S20 Plus
Size 160 x 72 x 8 mm
(5.64 x 2.54 x 0.28 in)
161 x 73 x 7 mm
(5.68 x 2.58 x 0.25 in)
Weight 180 g. (6.35 oz)
188 g. (6.63 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Onyx Black, Interstellar Glow, Glacial Green, and Polar Silver Cosmic Black, Cloud Blue, Cosmic Grey, Cloud White, and Aura Red
Screen To Body Ratio 88.55%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 6.2 5.9 -0.3
Looks 10.0/10
Waterproof - IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint

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

Which has the best battery?

The 8 does have a smaller battery, with 4300 mAh, while the Galaxy S20 Plus has 4500 mAh. But by GSMArena's standards, the former is the winner here.

This is what the 8 delivers if you do a complete charge:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 85% of the battery charge.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 71% left for the rest of the day.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll be with 74%.

And this is where the Galaxy S20 Plus ends at:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll end up with 82% of the battery charge.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 66% left for the rest of the day.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll be with 70%.

Just be aware that the 8 can also easily defeat most devices. Do check our best-of listing.

The 8 features quick charging at up to 30w, but the Galaxy S20 Plus does it too, at 25w.

If you love wireless charging, the Galaxy S20 Plus can charge at 15w/hour.

The Galaxy S20 Plus also supports reverse wireless charging at 9w/hour for Qi-enabled devices.

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

Features 8 Galaxy S20 Plus
Capacity (mAh) 4300 4500 200
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 85% left
82% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 71% left
66% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
70% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.6 4.2 -1.4
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 30w
Wireless Charging No 15w
Reverse Charging No 9w

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

They share the same amount of storage.

The 8 features 128GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM. There's no expandable storage, but with 128GB of storage, I think it won't make a difference.

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

Features 8 Galaxy S20 Plus
Internal (GB) 128GB
Micro SD No microSDXC (shared SIM slot)

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The 8 is your better option, as it features Bluetooth 5.1 and 5G.

The 8 has Bluetooth 5.1, while the Galaxy S20 Plus has Bluetooth 5.0. Both phones have NFC.

If you love good-old wired headphones, you're out of luck because none of them included a 3.5mm headphone jack. 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 don't care that much about them. Perhaps you don't mind settling with the Sony Xperia 1 II.

You can find the Galaxy S20 Plus in the LTE or (LTE and) 5G variants. If you'd rather have 12GB of RAM, you should consider the 5G version of the Galaxy S20 Plus.

Features 8 Galaxy S20 Plus
Network 5G LTE (also available in 5G)
Bluetooth 5.1
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No

Which is more affordable?

You can say the 8 is cheap, and in this case, it's also more affordable, but you can make it better if you can find a great deal. Promotions aside, the Galaxy S20 Plus is more expensive, but if it's worth it or not, it's up to you to decide. One can hope that at least it may age better.

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

Here are their recently updated prices:

OnePlus 8

Reference: $630

OnePlus 8

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

Reference: $749

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

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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 Galaxy S20 Plus VS
Amazon 0.81 0.67 -0.15
eBay 0.94 0.99 0.05
Best Buy - - -
Walmart 1.06 - -

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Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. They usually sit close to 6.9 (for the 8) and 7.0 (for the Galaxy S20 Plus).

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus Stand Out?

I guess the real deciding factor here should be the price. But just in case you're not able to save that much if you go for the cheapest device, let me recapitulate the extra tidbits that you'd get if you go for an S20 Plus.

Unless you can get the Snapdragon variant, the S20 Plus will fall short of a flagship experience when compared to the 8, either on performance as well as on battery life.

Having said that, the S20 Plus has a perfect display, although the one on the 8 should really be more than enough.

Then there's the IP68 body on the S20 Plus, along with the wireless and reverse charging, plus the extra 4GB of RAM and the MicroSD slot.

But the main difference here is the camera, primarily picture quality. If you're not worried about that, in the end, it should be all about the price tag.

Pros 8 Galaxy S20 Plus
#1 Performance Performance
#3 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#4 Cameras Cameras
#5 Battery Life Fast Charging
#6 Fast Charging Wireless Charging
#7 MicroSD Slot
#8 Glass Protection
Cons 8 Galaxy S20 Plus
#1 Wireless Charging Weight
#2 MicroSD Slot 3.5mm Jack
#3 3.5mm Jack Price
#4 Price
Relative Score*
Global Score 8 Galaxy S20 Plus
Gaming Score
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.


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.


"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.


"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.



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
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
  • OnePlusrival8T
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 11

 Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
  • OnePlusrival8
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
  • OnePlusrival8T
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 11

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.


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.



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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