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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite vs Note 10 Plus: Which Fits Your Needs?

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

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus comes at a higher price, but considering its features, it is the one you should pick.

It has better glass protection, a better display, better cameras, water-resistance, a glass back, and more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB).

What else stands out?

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus also comes with faster-charging speeds (45w vs. 25w), wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (12GB vs. 6GB). But with the Galaxy Note 10 Lite, you can get a headphone jack.

How much more will the Galaxy Note 10 Plus cost me?

If you ignore carrier offers, it'll cost you around $524 more.

Is it worth buying the Galaxy Note 10 Lite in 2021?

You shouldn't ignore the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite at all, even in 2021. You can consider the Galaxy S10 Lite, but this one does have good battery life and tons of storage.

Is the Galaxy Note 10 Plus still worth getting in 2021?

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus was indeed released in 2019, but it still stands out, thanks to its good cameras, good battery life, tons of storage, excellent glass protection, and fast charging. It still makes sense in 2021, but you'd be better off with (again) the Galaxy S10 Lite as a daily driver because it has better performance and more security updates.

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

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Introduction

Is the Note 10 Lite good enough, or should you go all the way up to the Plus version?

Let's see.

In August of 2019, Samsung launched its Galaxy Note 10 Plus. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite, however, saw the light of day in January 2020.

In this article, we see how the Galaxy Note 10 Lite and the Galaxy Note 10 Plus compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

You'll never find the Galaxy Note 10 Plus at the price of the Galaxy Note 10 Lite. Keep this in mind when comparing both Galaxys.

Look out for a "Tek-Score" in every section of this article. We evaluated every quantifiable specification, so you can better understand the difference between the two. The global score will help you compare them to other phones because you'll probably have other phones in mind.

The weight of each section

That score is research-based. It's from Globalwebindex.com about what people want from their next smartphone. But don't let that daunt you. You can set it based on what you value. 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.

You'll also see a progress bar underlining some features. It's for you to know how well they fare against other smartphones at the same price range.

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

Feel free to click any feature title to check out the related top 10 listings for every spending plan.

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy Note 10 Lite Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Release Date 2020, January 2019, August -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?

About performance: Geekbench 5 scores the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. All in all, there's not much of a difference between the two.

By the way, you can define both of them as upper mid-range.

What about their chipsets? The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus features an Exynos 9825 processor and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite, an Exynos 9810 processor.

About the graphics: while the first one brings a Mali-G76 MP12, the other has a Mali-G72 MP18.

Android 9.0 (Pie) And One UI runs out-of-the-box on the Galaxy Note 10 Lite, and the Galaxy Note 10 Plus runs on Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI.

PS: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (with the Adreno 640 GPU) and the Exynos 9825 (with the Mali-G76) are market-dependent.

There's a performance increase of about 20% on the 855 for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Lite Galaxy Note 10 Plus
SoC Exynos 9810 Exynos 9825
Graphics Mali-G72 MP18 Mali-G76 MP12
Geekbench 5 Score 2027
2137
110
OS Android 9.0 (Pie) And One UI Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI
Tek-Score
5.4
5.6
0.2

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite front transparent png Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus front transparent png

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is the title-holder here, and it wins by a significant margin.

The Galaxy Note 10 Lite offers a sharp, 6.7-inch AMOLED display slightly smaller than the 6.8-inch AMOLED panel on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. To each, it's own. Me, I'd go for an AMOLED screen, but a decent LCD can be just as good.

If you prefer a smartphone with a big display, there aren't many devices to consider besides the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. Most phones from its price range don't even come close.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus adopts a 1440x3040 Quad HD resolution. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite features a more modest resolution of 1080x2400 (Full HD) pixels.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so be aware: The Galaxy Note 10 Lite is shielded with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus display is preserved with a previous generation's Gorilla Glass 6. I was hoping for a newer version from Samsung. After all, Corning released this version in 2013.

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

If you're looking for the brightest display, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite will reach 622 nits, while the Galaxy Note 10 Plus goes up to 794 nits.

The Galaxy Note 10 Lite does HDR video, while its sibling can display HDR10+ content.

Considering the Galaxy Note 10 Lite, just know that 88% of its rivals can play HDR content, 94% have an AMOLED screen, and 81% have an Always-On display.

For the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, as a reference, 77% of its rivals can play HDR content, 90% have an AMOLED screen, and 80% have an Always-On display. In contrast, only 13% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Lite Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Size 6.7
6.8
0.1
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2400
1440x3040
1785600
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 392.81
494.68
101.87
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 622 nits
794 nits
172
HDR HDR HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
8.0
9.1
1.1
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Tek-Score
4.0
8.0
4.0

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite back transparent png Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus back transparent png

Considering their score, I think that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus has a more dependable camera.

Let's delve into their cameras. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite's primary camera has a 12 Megapixels sensor, with an aperture of f/1.7, a 27mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. Videos on its shooter have a maximum resolution of 2160p.

There's also one 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.4, plus a 52mm telephoto lens. And another one with 12 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 12mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

Want to know about its selfie capabilities? It has a generous 32 Mp (f/2.2) shooter and a 25 mm wide-angle lens.

As soon as DXOMARK evaluates this camera, I'll update this article, and when they do, I'm sure they'll give it about 98* points. By including the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it'll get 111** points.

PS: all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens. On the other hand, only 25% of them feature a macro lens.

The standard camera on the back of the Galaxy Note 10 Plus has a 12 Megapixels sensor and a 27mm, f/1.5 aperture, wide-angle lens. It also has one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. When it comes to recording videos, it can do 2160p. It also has two extra rear-facing camera lenses. One has 12 Megapixels (with an aperture of f/2.1 plus a 52mm telephoto lens), and another with 16 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 12mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

The Galaxy Note 10+ has a dual aperture camera. You can choose between f/1.5 or f/2.4.

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

On DXOMARK's reviewing article, they gave this shooter 118 points. And by adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that score goes up to 130. Just click here to read about it.

Winding it up, just to let you know, 97% of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

We can classify the Galaxy Note 10 Lite as an upper mid-range and the Galaxy Note 10 Plus more as a lower high-end.

Something you will definitely enjoy on these cameras is their 2x optical zoom. It will enable you to get a closer view of the subject before taking your picture.

You can easily isolate a subject in the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, and yield sharper results along the way without introducing camera shake because of its aperture.

*I do recommend DXOMARK's reviews. Unfortunately, they don't test every smartphone camera out there. So whenever I come across one such camera, I take every hardware specs (like lenses, sensor size, OIS, aperture, and so on) and give a comparable score. Our lastest test on our formula showed a 2 points (more or less) error threshold.

**Consider this as an estimative, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They just revised their formula, and I only have few reviewed devices to deduce a compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy Note 10 Lite Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.7
1.5
-0.2
Lens 27mm
27mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 111
130
19

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy Note 10 Lite Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 2.4
2.1
-0.3
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
52mm (2x zoom)
0
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 12 16 4
Aperture 2.2 2.2 0.0
Lens 12mm 12mm 0
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels - 0.3
Lens Type - Depth Sensor
Score 13 12 -1
Selfie Camera Galaxy Note 10 Lite Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs.
Megapixels 32
10
-22
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 25mm 26mm 1
Galaxy Note 10 Lite Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs.
Tek-Score
6.5
7.6
1.1

Who has the best frame?

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus does win some points here, mainly for its glass back, the number of color options, water resistance, and looks.

The Galaxy Note 10 Lite has a height of 163 mm (6.42 inches) and a width of 76 mm (2.99 inches). The Galaxy Note 10 Plus, on the other hand, is 1 mm smaller and 1 mm wider (about 0.04 inches by 0.04 inches).

They have about the same depth: 8 mm (0.32 inches) vs. 7 mm (0.28 inches).

Do you want a front and back glass body? Then the Galaxy Note 10 Plus is the one. Adding to that, both weigh about the same: 196 g. (6.91 oz). If you're curious, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite got 4.7, meaning it has an acceptable score for its display size. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus, however, has 5.3, so nothing to state here.

If you like having color options, you can buy the Galaxy Note 10 Lite in Aura Glow, Aura Red, and Aura Black. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus, in its turn, comes in Aura Glow, Aura Black, Aura White, and Aura Blue.

They share their size, so there ain't much to see here.

Do you value a fingerprint scanner? Both devices included it.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is rated IP68, which means it's water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters. That should be for up to 30 minutes, on standby, and freshwater only.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy Note 10 Lite Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Size 163 x 76 x 8 mm
(5.75 x 2.68 x 0.28 in)
162 x 77 x 7 mm
(5.71 x 2.72 x 0.25 in)
-11786
Weight 199 g. (7.02 oz)
196 g. (6.91 oz)
-3
Build Front glass Front and back glass
Colors Aura Glow, Aura Red, and Aura Black Aura Glow, Aura Black, Aura White, and Aura Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 87.49%
92.52%
5.04
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.7 5.3 0.6
Looks 5.8/10
10.0/10
4.2
Waterproof - IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
1.4
7.3
5.9

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

Which has the best battery?

The Galaxy Note 10 Lite features a 4500 mAh battery, while the Galaxy Note 10 Plus has 4300 mAh. But by GSMArena's standards, you should get the same battery life with either device.

If you charge it up, this is what you'll find out about the Galaxy Note 10 Lite:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll have 83% of the battery remaining.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 69% left.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 70% of the battery charge.

And this is how the Galaxy Note 10 Plus handles these tests:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 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 68%.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll be with 74%.

You should know that the Galaxy Note 10 Plus is also beating most smartphones. You can check here if it still is on our best-of listing.

Fast charging's here, and both Galaxys support it. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus can go up to 45w, and the Galaxy Note 10 Lite up to 25.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus also supports wireless charging at 15w.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus can also wirelessly charge other devices at 9w. These additional features do make a difference.

Quick charging is reasonably speedy with the Galaxy Note 10 Plus's charger. Its competitors usually sit at nearly 24w.

Galaxy Note 10 Plus's Quick wireless charging is likewise snappy. That's something you rarely see at this price range.

Battery*
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Lite Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Capacity (mAh) 4500 4300 -200
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
84% left
1
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 69% left
68% left
-1
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 70% left
74% left
4
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.1 3.3 0.1
Sub Tek-Score
7.4
7.5
0.1
Fast Charging 25w
45w
20
Wireless Charging No 15w
15
Reverse Charging No 9w
9
Tek-Score
6.4
7.6
1.2

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

Definitely, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus.

In terms of RAM, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite brings 6GB. In terms of storage, it has 128GB. It isn't an issue because there's always the MicroSD card expandable storage solution.

On the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, you'll find 256GB of internal storage and 12GB of RAM. You can count on the MicroSD card to save the day. Plus, you'll most likely get less RAM and less storage by picking any rival at that price range. 6Gb of RAM and 102Gb of storage: that's the average, not the best you can find, as you can see here.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Lite Galaxy Note 10 Plus
RAM (GB) 6GB
12GB
6
Internal (GB) 128GB
256GB
128
Micro SD microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot) microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
7.5
10.0
2.5

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

You can only get a headphone jack with the Galaxy Note 10 Lite.

Both devices feature the standard Bluetooth 5.0 module. Both phones also have NFC, so nothing special here.

If you're not ready to jump into the wireless buds wagon, stick with the Galaxy Note 10 Lite for now. Just skip adapters on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus and get a decent pair of wireless earbuds.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is LTE or (LTE and) 5G compatible.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Lite Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Network LTE LTE (also available in 5G)
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack Yes No
Tek-Score
8.5
3.6
-4.9

Which is more affordable?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite may not be the best bang for your buck. But with a great deal or a price drop, it can be an impressive finding. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, on the other hand, is usually more costly, but I think that you can find some additional value in it. Maybe you can get some money back if you end up selling it.

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

Here are the best deals on some major online stores:

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite

Reference: $425

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Reference: $949

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 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 Galaxy Note 10 Lite Galaxy Note 10 Plus VS
Amazon 1.16 0.81 -0.36
eBay 0.83 0.74 -0.09
Best Buy - - -
Walmart 1.28 0.85 -0.43

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Want to know about that global score? For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. They usually sit close to 6.4 (for the Galaxy Note 10 Lite) and 6.1 (for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus).

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Stand Out?

Let me start by saying that if you can get the Snapdragon variant of the S10 Plus, you'll have to add a performance and battery boost to the table.

With that said, these Exynos chipsets have about the same performance, so it's one less thing you have to consider. But just because they share their speed doesn't mean that the Lite has the premium feeling of its higher-priced siblings. In fact, by cutting on build quality (Gorilla Glass 3 and plastic back), cameras, water-resistance, wireless (and reverse) charging, RAM, and storage, this ends up feeling more like a mid-range device. It also is the only Note device that still keeps the headphone jack.

But you can choose to see the glass half-full. After all, its the cheapest device featuring an S Pen.

Pros Galaxy Note 10 Lite Galaxy Note 10 Plus
#1 AMOLED AMOLED
#2 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Battery Life Battery Life
#5 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#6 MicroSD Slot Wireless Charging
#7 3.5mm Jack MicroSD Slot
#8 Storage
#9 Glass Protection
Cons Galaxy Note 10 Lite Galaxy Note 10 Plus
#1 Wireless Charging Weight
#2 Weight 3.5mm Jack
#3 Price Price
#4 Glass Protection
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy Note 10 Lite Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Gaming Score
5.8
7.5
1.7
Tek-Score
5.82
7.65
1.83
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 Note 10 Lite 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $328
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $333
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $424
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $339
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $339
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $379
  • 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
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $348
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $374
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $374
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $341
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A52
    $349
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10 Pro
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A72
    $424

 Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $328
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $333
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
    $280
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
    $290
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $339
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $379
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
    $274
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $379
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $340
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $399
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • RealmerivalXT
    $290
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
    $307
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
    $285
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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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