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Samsung Galaxy A71 vs S10e: Should You Save Some Bucks?

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

The Galaxy S10e is a little bit more expensive, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

It features better performance (+29%), a better display, better cameras, water-resistance, and a glass back. But the Galaxy A71 features better battery life.

What else do they have to offer?

The Galaxy S10e also has better peak brightness, optical image stabilization, a lightweight body (29 g./1.02 oz less), wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging. But the Galaxy A71 will also give you a larger (+0.9") display, more cameras, and faster-charging speeds (25w vs. 15w).

How much more will those additional features cost me?

If you're considering a new and unlocked smartphone, you'll have to invest an additional amount close to $28.

Is it worth buying the Galaxy A71 in 2021?

The Galaxy A71 isn't the perfect smartphone, but there aren't many better phones for this budget. Sure, you can take a peek at other devices like the Google Pixel 4a, but we should praise it because it features good cameras, good battery life, and tons of storage.

Is it worth buying the Galaxy S10e in 2021?

The Galaxy S10e isn't the latest release anymore, but you'll still be happy with its available storage and fast wireless charging. If you can find a great deal, it does make sense in 2021, but a fantastic device like the Galaxy S10 Lite does have better performance, better battery life, more security updates, and faster charging.

Keep reading to learn more about what sets them apart, how they differ from their competition, and how the industry is scoring their specs.

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Samsung Galaxy A71, Samsung Galaxy S10e

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Introduction

Is the A71 a bigger S10e Lite? I leave that to you, but I'm here to help you answer that and any other questions you may have about these two.

While Samsung's Galaxy S10e hit stores in March 2019, Samsung's Galaxy A71 went on sale in January 2020.

Here you can look at the Galaxy A71 and the Galaxy S10e, compare each other's features, and decide which one is best for you. Let us delve into the finer details.

The prices of the Samsung Galaxy S10e and the Samsung Galaxy A71 are similar. Although the Galaxy A71 is cheaper most of the time, aside from promotions that might appear. That is something worth considering when comparing them.

While scrolling down, you'll see a "Tek-Score" for each phone in every section. We evaluated every quantifiable specification, so you can better understand the difference between the two. You'll also have a global comparison score because you'll probably have other phones in mind.

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 customize how each section contributes to the global score according to your personal preferences. You can skip to the end, or just keep reading.

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

You'll also see a progress bar underlining some features. It's for you to know how well they relate to the ones from similarly priced smartphones.

If you click here:, you'll see our list, but we only include smartphones with price tags from -20% to +20%.

Some items are clickable, and they'll get you to several top 10 tables for any budget.

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy A71 Galaxy S10e
Release Date 2020, January 2019, March -1y.
OS Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.
Security Updates 4 years 4 years 0y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

Performance-wise, Geekbench 5 scores the Galaxy S10e 29% ahead in the multi-core ranking. You should notice that it is a bit faster if you test them side by side.

It's safe to say that the Galaxy A71 can be tagged as mid-range and the Galaxy S10e more like an upper mid-range.

What about their chipsets? The Samsung Galaxy S10e features an Exynos 9820 processor and the Samsung Galaxy A71, a Snapdragon 730 processor.

Now about the graphics chipset, while the former has a Mali-G76 MP12, the latter features an Adreno 618.

The Galaxy A71 features the Android 10 and OneUI OS, and the Galaxy S10e has Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI.

PS: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (with the Adreno 640 GPU) and the Exynos 9820 (with the Mali-G76) are market-dependent. Click here for more info.

There's a performance increase of about 17% on the 855 for the Galaxy S10e.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy A71 Galaxy S10e
SoC Snapdragon 730 Exynos 9820
Graphics Adreno 618 Mali-G76 MP12
Geekbench 5 Score 1609
2077
468
OS Android 10 and OneUI Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI
Tek-Score
4.7
5.5
0.8

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy A71 front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S10e front transparent png

The Galaxy S10e has a better display, but not by a significant margin.

The Galaxy A71 offers a sharp, 6.7-inch AMOLED display considerably larger than the 5.8-inch AMOLED panel on the Galaxy S10e. It all comes down to personal preferences for both the display type and size. Me, I'd go for an AMOLED screen, but a decent LCD can be just as good.

If you're into small displays, the Galaxy S10e is the one. It really is short compared to most similarly priced phones.

If you're looking for the most high-resolution display, the Galaxy A71 is a winner here.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so it's essential to know what kind of glass protection they have. The Galaxy A71 display is protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The Galaxy S10e with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5. I was expecting something better from Samsung. At least Gorilla Glass 5, because this is from 2013.

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

If you're looking for the brightest display, the Galaxy A71 can go up to 515 nits, but the Galaxy S10e can go up to 288 nits above that.

If your next device can't do at least 450 nits, it isn't suitable for HDR content nor to use in direct sunlight visibility. About HDR content: The Galaxy S10e is capable of displaying HDR10+ videos.

If you're leaning towards the Galaxy A71, 75% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen, and 79% have an Always-On display. On the contrary, only 17% of them have refresh rates over 60hz, and only 8% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Compared to the Galaxy S10e, just so you know, 93% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 80% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy A71 Galaxy S10e
Size 6.7
5.8
-0.9
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2400
1080x2280
-129600
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 392.81
434.98
42.17
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 515 nits
803 nits
288
HDR - HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
7.8
8.6
0.8
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
4.0
6.6
2.7

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy A71 back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S10e back transparent png

Overall, I'm sure the Samsung Galaxy S10e has a better camera.

Let's delve into their cameras. Together, a whopping 64 Megapixels sensor, an aperture of f/1.8, a 26mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, and HDR capabilities makes up the Galaxy A71 camera set. Adding to that, you'll still get the ability to record videos at up to 2160p.

It also has three more cameras: one with 12 Megapixels, an aperture of f/2.2, plus a 12mm ultra-wide-angle lens, one with 5 Megapixels for macros, and another with 5 Megapixels that works as a depth sensor.

If you take a 64 Megapixels snapshot, you can zoom in on it and crop in the middle to get (for example) an additional 2x of optical zoom and a 16 Megapixels sample.

There's also a generous 32 Mp selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 81. And if you take into account its wide-angle lens, the final score goes up to 93** points. For an in-depth review, click here.

To put things in perspective: 83% of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

On Samsung Galaxy S10e's back is a 12 Megapixels (f/1.5) camera and a 26mm wide-angle lens. Then you'll have one flash LED, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. It can also record videos at up to 2160p. The Galaxy S10e also sports a 16 Megapixels sensor, packed with an f/2.2 lens plus a 12mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

You can find a dual aperture camera on the Galaxy S10e that allows you to choose between f/1.5 or f/2.4.

The selfie camera has 10 Mp, an f/1.9 aperture, and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

We'll have to wait for a camera review from DXOMARK, but based on its specs, you'd find it at nearly 113* points. By adding its wide-angle lens, we end up with a score of 119** points.

Furthermore, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens. Additionally, only 23% of them feature a macro lens.

If you're not a numbers person, we can tag the Galaxy A71 as mid-range and the Galaxy S10e as upper mid-range.

If you're a snapper addict, you'll miss a telephoto lens, so just ignore these two and check the Galaxy Note 10 Lite or the Galaxy S20 FE instead.

The Galaxy S10e's lens does open wide to absorb more light and produce clearer pictures with this lens aperture.

*I do recommend DXOMARK's reviews. Unfortunately, there are lots of good cameras left out of their labs. So when I find one such shooter, I consider every camera spec and give an approximated score. Our lastest test on our formula showed a topmost discrepancy of 2 points.

**This score still needs improvement, especially for cameras with no zoom and with less than 40MP. They just changed their protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy A71 Galaxy S10e
Megapixels 64
12
-52
Aperture 1.8
1.5
-0.3
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS No Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 93
119
26

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy A71 Galaxy S10e vs.
Megapixels 12
16
4
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 12mm 12mm 0
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 5 -
Aperture 2.4 -
Lens 25mm -
Lens Type Macro -
Megapixels 5 -
Aperture 2.2 -
Lens Type Depth Sensor -
Score 12 6 -6
Selfie Camera Galaxy A71 Galaxy S10e vs.
Megapixels 32
10
-22
Aperture 2.2
1.9
-0.3
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
Galaxy A71 Galaxy S10e vs.
Tek-Score
5.5
7.0
1.5

Who has the best frame?

The Galaxy S10e does win some points here, mainly for its weight, glass back, water resistance, and looks.

The Galaxy A71 has a height of 163 mm (6.42 inches) and a width of 76 mm (2.99 inches). The Galaxy S10e came out 0.83 inches (21 mm) smaller and 0.28 inches (7 mm) narrower.

These two have about the same thickness: 7 mm (0.28 inches). You should also know that the Galaxy S10e is approximately 14% smaller than most similarly priced devices.

The Galaxy S10e has a full glass body, and it shows. The Galaxy A71 is 29 g. (1.02 oz) heavier than its sibling, which sits at 150 g. (5.29 oz). If you're looking for a lightweight device, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The Galaxy A71 got a score of 7.0, which suggests a pretty nice weight for a 6.7 inches display. The Galaxy S10e, in its turn, has 7.8, which suggests exceptional work from Samsung.

If you like having color options, you can buy the Galaxy A71 in Prism, Silver, Crush Black, Blue, and Pink. The Galaxy S10e, in its turn, comes in Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, and Prism Blue.

If you like having a big phone, you should consider the Galaxy A71. Otherwise, the other one is the way to go.

Do you value a fingerprint scanner? Both phones include one.

The Galaxy S10e is resistant to water up to 1 to 3 meters. It should be for less than 30 minutes, on standby, and freshwater only.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy A71 Galaxy S10e
Size 163 x 76 x 7 mm
(5.75 x 2.68 x 0.25 in)
142 x 69 x 7 mm
(5.01 x 2.43 x 0.25 in)
-18130
Weight 179 g. (6.31 oz)
150 g. (5.29 oz)
-29
Build Front glass Front and back glass
Colors Prism, Silver, Crush Black, Blue, and Pink Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, and Prism Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 87.49%
85.70%
-1.79
Disp.Size To Weight Score 7.0 7.8 0.8
Looks 6.6/10
9.7/10
3.0
Waterproof - IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Side-mounted Fingerprint
Tek-Score
2.3
9.2
7.0

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

Which has the best battery?

The Galaxy A71 does have a battery capacity of 4500 mAh versus the 3100 mAh of the Galaxy S10e. And according to GSMArena's tests, the former does have better battery life.

That's what you can expect from the Galaxy A71 after charging it up:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll have 84% of the battery remaining.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll probably have 69% left for the rest of the day.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll still get 72% to spend doing other things.

And this is how the Galaxy S10e handles these tests:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 79% left.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 61% left.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 65% of the battery charge.

Battery life on the Galaxy S10e isn't anything to write home about, but Samsung did a great job here if you ask me. Its "battery to device size" rate is 7.7.

For your information, the Galaxy A71 also doesn't have many rivals at any given price range. You can check here if it still is on our top 10 list.

Fast charging's here, and both Galaxys support it. The Galaxy S10e can go up to 15w, and the Galaxy A71 up to 25.

The Galaxy S10e also supports wireless charging at 15w.

The Galaxy S10e can also wirelessly charge other devices at 9w. These additional features do make a difference.

The Galaxy S10e's wireless charging is likewise faster than the traditional 5w. You don't get to see it that much at this price range.

The Snapdragon 855 chipset has another advantage: A battery life boost of about 15% (screen-on-time) if you compare it to the Exynos 9820.

Battery*
vs.
Features Galaxy A71 Galaxy S10e
Capacity (mAh) 4500 3100 -1400
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
79% left
-5
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 69% left
61% left
-8
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 72% left
65% left
-7
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.5 7.7 4.2
Sub Tek-Score
7.5
6.8
-0.7
Fast Charging 25w
15w
-10
Wireless Charging No 15w
15
Reverse Charging No 9w
9
Tek-Score
6.5
6.8
0.3

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

None of them.

The Galaxy A71 features 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM. In the worst-case scenario, you'll end up spending a few bucks more because if it's too short for you, you can buy a MicroSD card.

The Galaxy S10e, in its turn, also has 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. If that isn't enough, you can add a MicroSD card later.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy A71 Galaxy S10e
RAM (GB) 6GB
6GB
0
Internal (GB) 128GB
128GB
0
Micro SD microSDXC (dedicated slot) microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
7.5
7.5
0.0

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

They also do have a resemblance here.

Both phones have Bluetooth 5.0, so nothing special here. As for the NFC chips, both have them. You should note that the NFC on the Galaxy A71 is version-dependent.

Both phones will let you keep your good-old wired headphones. Not bad.

You can find the Galaxy A71 in the LTE or (LTE and) 5G variants. The 5G variant of the Galaxy A71 has an Exynos 980.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy A71 Galaxy S10e
Network LTE (also available in 5G) LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes (market dependent) Yes
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
Tek-Score
8.5
8.5
0.0

Which is more affordable?

You're likely not considering the Galaxy A71 to make all your pennies count. But that depends on the deals that you can find. Promotions aside, the Galaxy S10e is more expensive, but I believe that it shouldn't come as a surprise at all. At least it may be easier to sell if you consider selling it afterward.

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

Here are the best deals on some major online stores:

Samsung Galaxy A71

Reference: $400

Samsung Galaxy A71

Samsung Galaxy S10e

Reference: $428

Samsung Galaxy S10e

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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 Galaxy A71 Galaxy S10e VS
Amazon 0.99 1.38 0.39
eBay 1.25 1.84 0.59
Best Buy - - -
Walmart 1.52 - -

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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Smartphone Specs Statistics: The State Of The Art (Q1 2021)

Are you curious to know what their global score is? Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. They're in the ballpark of 5.8 for the Galaxy A71 and 6.4 for the Galaxy S10e.

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S10e Stand Out?

By now, it should be self-evident that the A71 is far behind in the middle-range class. If you still have any doubts, again, just check the performance difference between them.

Not only that, but it also has an inferior Gorilla Glass protection, an inferior camera (despite having more shooters), and it misses on the premium back glass.

At least it has better battery life, but it lacks a wireless charging pad. The S10e also allows you to wirelessly charge other devices, and those little gimmicks can actually make a difference.

Pros Galaxy A71 Galaxy S10e
#1 AMOLED AMOLED
#2 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#3 Battery Life Cameras
#4 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#5 MicroSD Slot Wireless Charging
#6 3.5mm Jack MicroSD Slot
#7 3.5mm Jack
Cons Galaxy A71 Galaxy S10e
#1 Wireless Charging
#2 Price
#3 Glass Protection
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy A71 Galaxy S10e
Gaming Score
4.9
6.5
1.5
Tek-Score
5.62
7.00
1.38
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.


 Samsung Galaxy A71 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A50
    $265
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A70
    $270
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $328
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $333
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
    $280
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A40
    $240
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T
    $270
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
    $290
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $339
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • XiaomirivalPocophone F1
    $250
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7 Plus
    $260
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $339
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
    $274
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $340
  • RealmerivalXT
    $290
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7
    $250
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
    $307
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
    $285
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 SE
    $250
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A51
    $239
  • HuaweirivalP40 Lite
    $242
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
    $289
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $341
  • OnePlusrivalNord N10
    $269
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $246
  • XiaomirivalPoco X3 NFC
    $232

 Samsung Galaxy S10e 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $328
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $333
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $424
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $339
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $339
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $408
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $379
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $419
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $429
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $340
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $399
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
    $307
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $358
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $369
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $348
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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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