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Samsung Galaxy A71 vs S21: Is The S21 That Much Better?

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

The Galaxy S21 will cost you more, but considering its features, it is the one you should pick.

You'll get better performance (+93%), better glass protection, a better display, better cameras, and water-resistance. But the Galaxy A71 will deliver better battery life and external storage.

What else do they have to offer?

With the Galaxy S21, you'll also get a higher refresh rate display, better peak brightness, optical image stabilization, wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB). But the Galaxy A71 also features a larger (+0.5") display and a headphone jack.

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, you're going to shell out an extra amount of about $398.

Is it still worth buying the Galaxy A71 in 2021?

The Samsung Galaxy A71 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 Galaxy Note 10 Plus, but this one does hold a good cameras, good battery life, and tons of storage.

Keep reading for answers to all your questions about their differences, how they stack up against their rivals, and you'll know what the industry thinks about their specs.

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Introduction

Last January, Samsung started selling its Galaxy S21, while Samsung's Galaxy A71 hit the stores one year sooner.

We are looking at how the Galaxy A71 and the Galaxy S21 compare to each other to help you decide which might be the right one for you.

These two have a considerable price difference between them. 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 evaluated every quantifiable specification, so you can better understand the difference between the two. There's also a global score for you to compare them to other phones if you're interested in anything other than these two.

The weight of each section

We've based our score on a study from Globalwebindex.com about the most wanted features from people looking to buy new smartphones. But you'll be able to define how the global score is composed based on your personal preferences. You can skip to the end, but I suggest you keep reading to know more about them.

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

There's a colored progress bar next to some items. That can help you understand how they relate to the ones from similarly priced smartphones.

By clicking here: you'll see which ones we've analyzed, but basically, we've excluded every smartphone that's not within a 20% (above or below) price range.

Some items are underlined, and you can tap to access several top 10 tables for up to seven different budgets.

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21
Release Date 2020, January 2021, January 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 S21 93% ahead in the multi-core ranking. Even if you don't value a smooth device that much, be aware of that difference, as it will be very noticeable.

We can label the Galaxy A71 as mid-range and the Galaxy S21 as a high-end device.

What about their chipsets? The Samsung Galaxy S21 features the new Exynos 2100 processor and the Samsung Galaxy A71, a Snapdragon 730 processor.

Regarding the graphics chipset, the former features this generation's Mali-G78 MP14, and the latter has an Adreno 618.

The Galaxy A71 carries out Android 10 and OneUI OS, and the Galaxy S21 has Android 11 and OneUI.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21
SoC Snapdragon 730 Exynos 2100
Graphics Adreno 618 Mali-G78 MP14
Geekbench 5 Score 1609
3113
1504
OS Android 10 and OneUI Android 11 and OneUI
Tek-Score
4.7
7.2
2.5

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy A71 front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S21 front transparent png

The Galaxy S21 is the title-holder here, and it wins by a significant margin.

The Galaxy S21 features a 6.2" AMOLED display, while the Galaxy A71 has a larger 6.7" AMOLED display. You'll likely have set your preferences already on the display type and size. Me, I'd go for an AMOLED screen, but a decent LCD can be just as good.

They draw at the number of pixels: 1080x2400 Full HD for both Galaxys.

No one likes to look at a shattered screen, so you need to know about their glass protection. The Galaxy A71 display is protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The Galaxy S21 with a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. I was expecting something better from Samsung. At least Gorilla Glass 5, because this is from 2013.

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

If you don't manually set the screen brightness, the Galaxy A71 will deliver 515 nits, while the Galaxy S21 does 856 nits.

Usually, anything below 500 nits can't do true HDR, nor is that great on a sunny day. About HDR content: The Galaxy S21 can play HDR10+-compatible media.

If high refresh rates are your thing, your only option is the Galaxy S21 with its 120hz screen.

Given the Galaxy A71, 75% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen, and 79% have an Always-On display. At the same time, only 17% of them have refresh rates over 60hz, and only 8% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Compared to the Galaxy S21, as a reference, 92% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 88% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21
Size 6.7
6.2
-0.5
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2400
1080x2400
0
Refresh Rate 60hz 120hz 60
Dots per Inch 392.81
424.48
31.68
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 515 nits
856 nits
341
HDR - HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
7.8
9.2
1.4
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
4.0
9.7
5.8

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy A71 back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S21 back transparent png

Looking at DXOMARK's ranking, one can conclude that the Galaxy S21 is approximately 25 points above its rivals in its class. And between these two, it should be your choice too.

Let's flip the phones over and start the cameras' battle. 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.

Samsung also included an extra set of three cameras: one with 12 Megapixels (with f/2.2, plus a 12mm ultra-wide-angle lens), one with 5 Megapixels for macros, and one 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 the same shot you'd get on a 16 Megapixels shooter with 2x optical zoom.

Its selfie camera features a generous 32 Mp sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK tested this camera and gave it a score of 81. By including its wide-angle lens, it'll get 93** points. If you want to know more about it, click here.

Before moving on, keep in mind that 83% of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

On Samsung Galaxy S21's back is a 12 Megapixels (f/1.8) 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 4320p. You'll also get two additional sensors, one with 64 Megapixels, an aperture of f/2.0 plus a 29mm wide-angle lens, and another with 12 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

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, just like the Galaxy A71's primary camera.

The selfie camera has 10 Mp, an f/2.2 aperture, and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

The guys over at the DXOMARK labs scored this camera with 123 points. By considering its wide-angle lens, we'll get to the final score of 137 points. For an out-and-out review, check their article.

Furthermore, if you must know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Moreover, only 8% of them feature a macro lens.

One can place the Galaxy A71 more as mid-range and the Galaxy S21 more as a high-end.

A telephoto lens would've been a great addition. If you agree with me, you should consider other options like the Galaxy Note 10 Lite or the Galaxy S20 FE. And if you're willing to take it one step further, smartphones like the Galaxy S20 Ultra and the Oppo Find X2 Pro aren't too good to be true anymore.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, at least for phones with no zoom and up to 35 to 40MP. These guys recently updated their test protocol, and I need more reviewed devices to fine-tune older scores.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21
Megapixels 64
12
-52
Aperture 1.8
1.8
0.0
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS No Yes
Video 2160 4320 2160
Score 93
137
44

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21 vs.
Megapixels 12
64
52
Aperture 2.2
2.0
-0.2
Lens 12mm 29mm 17
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Regular
Megapixels 5 12 7
Aperture 2.4 2.2 -0.2
Lens 25mm 13mm -12
Lens Type Macro Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 5 -
Aperture 2.2 -
Lens Type Depth Sensor -
Score 12 14 2
Selfie Camera Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21 vs.
Megapixels 32
10
-22
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21 vs.
Tek-Score
5.5
8.1
2.6

Who has the best frame?

If you're still undecided about them, the Galaxy S21 is a better choice based on its water resistance.

The Galaxy A71 is 6.42 inches (163 mm) tall and 2.99 inches (76 mm) long. The Galaxy S21 is 12 mm smaller and 5 mm narrower (about 0.47 by 0.20 inches).

Both have about the same thickness: 7 mm (0.28 inches).

They both have a plastic back. The Galaxy S21 weighs 169 g. (5.96 oz), while its sibling is 10 g. (0.35 oz) heavier. If you're curious, the Galaxy A71 has a "weight to screen size" score of 7.0, which means a pretty nice weight for a 6.7 inches screen. The Galaxy S21, in its turn, has 6.6, which is pretty nice too.

You'll also get some color options here. The Samsung Galaxy S21 comes in Phantom Gray, Phantom Violet, Phantom White, and Phantom Pink. The Samsung Galaxy A71, in its turn, comes in Prism, Silver, Crush Black, Blue, and Pink.

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

Would you like to have a fingerprint scanner? They all have one.

The Galaxy S21 is water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters. But remember: it's for a maximum period of half an hour, in standby and freshwater only, so no saltwater or pools here.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21
Size 163 x 76 x 7 mm
(5.75 x 2.68 x 0.25 in)
151 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.33 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
-11669
Weight 179 g. (6.31 oz)
169 g. (5.96 oz)
-10
Build Front glass Front glass
Colors Prism, Silver, Crush Black, Blue, and Pink Phantom Gray, Phantom Violet, Phantom White, and Phantom Pink
Screen To Body Ratio 87.49%
86.57%
-0.92
Disp.Size To Weight Score 7.0 6.6 -0.5
Looks 6.6/10
6.5/10
-0.1
Waterproof - IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
2.3
7.7
5.4

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

Which has the best battery?

The Galaxy A71 features a 4500 mAh battery, while the Galaxy S21 has 4000 mAh. And according to GSMArena's tests, the former is the one that stands out.

This is how the Galaxy A71 performs after a full charge:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll end up with 84% of the battery charge.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, this phone should end with 69%.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll be with 72%.

And these are the results for the Galaxy S21:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 81% of the battery remaining.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll still have 62% 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 67% to spend doing other things.

For your information, the Galaxy A71 is also beating most smartphones. Let's see if it still has a place on our top 10 list.

Want fast charging? They can both go up to 25w/hour.

If you really need wireless charging, Galaxy S21 is the one. It can do 15w/hour.

The Galaxy S21 also supports reverse wireless charging at 4.5w/hour for Qi-enabled devices.

Battery*
vs.
Features Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21
Capacity (mAh) 4500 4000 -500
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
81% left
-3
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 69% left
62% left
-7
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 72% left
67% left
-5
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.5 6.2 2.7
Sub Tek-Score
7.5
7.0
-0.5
Fast Charging 25w
25w
0
Wireless Charging No 15w
15
Reverse Charging No 4.5w
4.5
Tek-Score
6.5
6.9
0.4

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

It's a tie.

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 you can top that with a MicroSD card.

The Galaxy S21 offers 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. It doesn't have a MicroSD slot, but it won't be an issue for sure.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21
RAM (GB) 6GB
8GB
2
Internal (GB) 128GB
128GB
0
Micro SD microSDXC (dedicated slot) No
Tek-Score
7.5
6.0
-1.5

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

You can only get a headphone jack with the Galaxy A71.

Both phones have Bluetooth 5.0, so nothing special here. Both phones also have NFC. The NFC on the Galaxy A71 is market-dependent, so do your research before you buy it.

At least the Galaxy A71 still features the 3.5mm headphone jack. You can try an adapter on the Galaxy S21 if you want, but the wireless buds are the way to go here.

The Galaxy A71 is LTE or (LTE and) 5G compatible. This allows you to get a version of the Galaxy A71 with an Exynos 980.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21
Network LTE (also available in 5G) 5G
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes (market dependent) Yes
3.5mm jack Yes No
Tek-Score
8.5
4.6
-3.8

Which is more affordable?

The Samsung Galaxy A71 may not be the cheapest phone, but it's cheaper nonetheless. That, of course, depends on the place and the deals that you'll eventually find. Promotions aside, the Galaxy S21 is more expensive, but I'm not here to tell you if it's worth it. At least, it should be easier to sell it in the future.

You can check down below if it worths the extra cash.

Here are the best deals on some major online stores:

Samsung Galaxy A71

Reference: $400

Samsung Galaxy A71

Samsung Galaxy S21

Reference: $798

Samsung Galaxy S21

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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 S21 VS
Amazon 0.99 0.99 0.00
eBay 1.25 1.09 -0.16
Best Buy - 1.06 -
Walmart 1.52 0.99 -0.53

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So, what about that global score? We'll get there. Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. The Galaxy A71 class is at 5.8, and the Galaxy S21 6.9.

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S21 Stand Out?

These two siblings so share the same brand. Aside from that, they don't have that much in common. If you don't care that much about performance and you do fancy a large display, then the Galaxy A71 is a solid choice. You'll also get better battery life, external storage, and a headphone jack.

But if you're willing to pay a bit more, the Galaxy S21 does offer premium performance, much better peak brightness, higher refresh rates, and better glass protection in an overall better display. Not only that, but you'll also get optical image stabilization when filming and better picture quality in a water-resistant chassis. As a bonus, you'll get wireless and reverse wireless charging.

Pros Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21
#1 AMOLED Performance
#2 Always-On-Display AMOLED
#3 Battery Life Always-On-Display
#4 Fast Charging Cameras
#5 MicroSD Slot Fast Charging
#6 3.5mm Jack Wireless Charging
#7 Glass Protection
Cons Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21
#1 Wireless Charging MicroSD Slot
#2 Price 3.5mm Jack
#3 Glass Protection Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21
Gaming Score
4.9
7.6
2.6
Tek-Score
5.62
7.42
1.80
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 S21 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $799
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $699
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
    $579
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $578
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $750
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $671
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $810
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $543
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $593
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $548
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $611
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $671
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $550
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $777
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • OnePlusrival8
    $564
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $749
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $749
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698
  • OnePlusrival9 Pro
    $709
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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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