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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs Apple iPhone 12 Pro: Apples vs Robots

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

The iPhone 12 Pro may cost you a few bucks more, but considering its features, its opponent is the best option.

It gives you better performance (+90%). But the Galaxy Note 10 Plus will deliver better battery life, more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB), and external storage.

What else do they have to offer?

The iPhone 12 Pro also has a cleaner user interface. But the Galaxy Note 10 Plus also adds an Always-On, larger (+0.7") display, faster-charging speeds (45w vs. 20w), reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (12GB vs. 6GB).

Still, you'll have to decide for yourself as they achieved a pretty even score.

How much more will those additional features cost me?

If you're considering a new and unlocked smartphone, you can spare close to $171. You don't need to pay more to get more.

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

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is a pretty decent smartphone in 2021, especially now that it's cheaper. Nevertheless, you should also check other phones like the Galaxy S10 Lite because it has better performance and more security updates.

Is it still worth buying the iPhone 12 Pro in 2021?

The iPhone 12 Pro was indeed released in 2020, but it still stands out, thanks to its good performance, a good camera, and excellent glass protection. If you can find a great deal, it does make sense in 2021, but note that the iPhone 12 Pro Max features a better optical zoom.

Read on to know more about them, how they rival their competition, and how the industry is scoring their specs.

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Introduction

Apple launched its iPhone 12 Pro in October of 2020, while Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 Plus arrived at stores in August of 2019.

We are looking at how the Galaxy Note 10 Plus and the iPhone 12 Pro compare to each other to help you decide which might be the right one for you.

The prices of the Apple iPhone 12 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus are similar. Although the Galaxy Note 10 Plus is cheaper most of the time, aside from promotions that might appear. That is something worth considering when comparing them.

For each featured section, there's a "Tek-Score" for you to check. We evaluated every quantifiable specification, so you can better understand the difference between the two. You'll find a global score at the end, which can help you compare to other phones if you're interested in other than these two.

The weight of each section

Our Tek-Score is based on a study done by Globalwebindex.com about what people want from their next smartphone. But you can fine-tune the global score depending on what matters to you. You can check it out here, but keep reading because there are many things to unveil about these two and their rivals.

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

You'll also see a progress bar underlining some features. That can help you understand how they rival its direct competitors.

If you click here:, you'll see our list, 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 the related top 10 listings for up to seven different budgets.

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy Note 10 Plus iPhone 12 Pro
Release Date 2019, August 2020, October 1y.
OS Updates 3 years 6 years 3y.
Security Updates 4 years 6 years 2y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

About performance: Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) scores the iPhone 12 Pro 90% ahead of its rival in the multi-core ranking. Do keep this number in mind, so you don't regret it later. Since iPhones run on their own operating system, apps do run quicker because the OS is tailored for its hardware.

Are you looking for the quickest phone around? The iPhone 12 Pro is clearly above the average if you consider related priced phones. While the average sits at 3118, this one is 30% above them.

It's safe to say that the Galaxy Note 10 Plus can be tagged as an upper mid-range and the iPhone 12 Pro more like high-end.

Inside the iPhone 12 Pro is the Apple A14 SoC, while on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, there's the Exynos 9825 chipset.

If you play heavy games on your phone, you should know that the former has a proprietary Apple GPU, while the latter has a Mali-G76 MP12.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus carries out Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI OS, and the iPhone 12 Pro has iOS 14.1.

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 Plus iPhone 12 Pro
SoC Exynos 9825 Apple A14
Graphics Mali-G76 MP12 Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 2137
4056
1919
OS Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI iOS 14.1
Tek-Score
5.6
8.8
3.2

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus front transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Pro front transparent png

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus has a better display, and the difference is considerable.

The iPhone 12 Pro features a 6.1" AMOLED display, while the Galaxy Note 10 Plus has a larger 6.8" AMOLED display. It all comes down to personal preferences for both the display type and size. Do you favor AMOLED screens?

Do you despise big screens? Then, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus is your holy grail. There are just not that many choices in its class.

If you're looking for the most high-resolution display, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus is a winner here. If you value a clean, almost notch-free screen, there's one more reason to consider the Galaxy Note 10 Plus.

No one likes to look at a shattered screen, so let's get the elephant out of the room. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus has a previous generation's Gorilla Glass 6 protection, while the iPhone 12 Pro display has the latest Gorilla Glass Victus.

Unfortunately, only one of them has an Always-On display, and it's the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus.

If you set these displays for auto-brightness, both can do about 794 nits.

Related priced rivals stay in the ballpark of 633 nits, while the Galaxy Note 10 Plus can do 25% more.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus has HDR10+ video support, and the iPhone 12 Pro does HDR10.

Given the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, just know that 88% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen, and 79% have an Always-On display. On the contrary, only 8% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate, and only 17% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Compared to the iPhone 12 Pro, just so you know, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, 85% offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better, and 92% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Plus iPhone 12 Pro
Size 6.8
6.1
-0.7
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1440x3040
1170x2532
-1415160
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 494.68
457.25
-37.42
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch Hole Wedge
Peak Brightness 794 nits
802 nits
8
HDR HDR10+ HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
9.1
3.2
-5.9
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
8.0
7.6
-0.4

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus back transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Pro back transparent png

You should note that the Galaxy Note 10 Plus is in the neighborhood of 27 points above its rivals at about this price tag. Although as of now, it isn't good enough.

Things are different when it comes to lenses. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus has a 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/1.5, a 27mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It can record videos at up to 2160p.

It also has two additional cameras, one 12 Megapixels camera 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.

There's also a 10 MP selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK tested this camera and gave it a score of 118. Then, if you consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, you'll end up with a score of 130. If you want to know more about it, click here.

PS: 88% of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

The Apple iPhone 12 Pro, in its turn, features a 12 Megapixels camera with an f/1.6 aperture and a 26mm, wide-angle lens. Then it has four flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It records videos at up to 2160p. It also has a secondary 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.0 plus a 52mm telephoto lens and an extra 12 Megapixels (f/2.4) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

The selfie camera has 12 MP, an f/2.2 aperture, and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 135. And if we consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we'll get to the final score of 147 points. For an out-and-out review, check their article.

Lastly, if you must know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, feature a telephoto lens, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Additionally, none of them feature a macro lens.

If you prefer, we can grade the Galaxy Note 10 Plus as lower high-end and the iPhone 12 Pro in the high-end ballpark.

One could buy any of these phones on the 2x optical zoom alone. It can save lots of otherwise pixelated photos.

Just in case it's a deciding factor, the iPhone 12 Pro zoom lens is 66mm below what you usually see for its price range.

You can easily add dimension to your photos on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus owing to its greater aperture.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy Note 10 Plus iPhone 12 Pro
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.5
1.6
0.1
Lens 27mm
26mm
-1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 4 3
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 130
147
17

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy Note 10 Plus iPhone 12 Pro vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 2.1
2.0
-0.1
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
52mm (2x zoom)
0
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 16 12 -4
Aperture 2.2 2.4 0.2
Lens 12mm 13mm 1
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 0.3 -
Lens Type Depth Sensor Depth Sensor
Score 12 12 0
Selfie Camera Galaxy Note 10 Plus iPhone 12 Pro vs.
Megapixels 10
12
2
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 26mm 23mm -3
Galaxy Note 10 Plus iPhone 12 Pro vs.
Tek-Score
7.6
8.6
1.0

Who has the best frame?

There isn't a clear winner, so there is no wrong choice here.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is 6.38 inches (162 mm) tall and 3.03 inches (77 mm) long. The iPhone 12 Pro came out 0.63 inches (16 mm) smaller and 0.24 inches (6 mm) narrower.

If you're looking for the thinnest phone, you're out of luck. Both have 7 mm (0.28 inches). Be aware that the iPhone 12 Pro is indeed small. About 16% smaller when compared to most phones from this price range.

Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is a little bit heavier: About 7 g. (0.25 oz). But because screen size also matters, I've come up with an adapted "display size to phone weight ratio" score. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus got 5.3, and that's another way of saying it has an acceptable score for its screen size. Having said that, the iPhone 12 Pro has 3.8, which suggests it's considerably hefty.

If you like having color options, you can buy the Galaxy Note 10 Plus in Aura Glow, Aura Black, Aura White, and Aura Blue. The iPhone 12 Pro, in its turn, comes in Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue.

If you like to keep your phones small, consider getting the Apple iPhone 12 Pro. Otherwise, the other is the one.

Would you like to have a fingerprint scanner? The Galaxy Note 10 Plus has one, but the iPhone 12 Pro doesn't.

You can still use biometrics to log in on the iPhone 12 Pro. At least Apple opted for the Face ID sensor instead.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is resistant to water up to 1 to 3 meters, much like the iPhone 12 Pro. That should be for up to 30 minutes, on standby, and freshwater only.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy Note 10 Plus iPhone 12 Pro
Size 162 x 77 x 7 mm
(5.71 x 2.72 x 0.25 in)
146 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.15 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
-14756
Weight 196 g. (6.91 oz)
189 g. (6.67 oz)
-7
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Aura Glow, Aura Black, Aura White, and Aura Blue Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 92.52%
88.18%
-4.34
Disp.Size To Weight Score 5.3 3.8 -1.5
Looks 10.0/10
10.0/10
0.0
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Face ID
Tek-Score
7.3
7.6
0.2

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

Which has the best battery?

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus features a 4300 mAh battery, while the iPhone 12 Pro has 2815 mAh. And as claimed by GSMArena, the winner is the Galaxy Note 10 Plus.

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

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 84% left.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, the battery charge will be about 68%.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, the phone will have 74% left for the rest of the day.

And this is where the iPhone 12 Pro ends at:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 79% of the battery charge.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 63% left.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, this is where your battery will be: 65%.

For the record, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus can also beat almost all devices that we've tested. Do check our top 10 for battery life.

Quickly charging any of them won't be an issue. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus supports up to 45w, and the iPhone 12 Pro up to 20.

They all include wireless charging, and they charge at 15w. That's nice. On the new iPhones, it's also magnetic. It's convenient if you're willing to carry another charger.

You can wirelessly charge any compatible device from the Galaxy Note 10 Plus at up to 9w.

Quick charging is reasonably speedy with the Galaxy Note 10 Plus's charger. Smartphones from this price range frequently max out at about 22w.

Fast wireless charging on the iPhone 12 Pro is likewise a nice plus. You don't get to see it that much at this price range.

Battery*
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Plus iPhone 12 Pro
Capacity (mAh) 4300 2815 -1485
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
79% left
-5
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 68% left
63% left
-5
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
65% left
-9
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.3 6.4 3.1
Sub Tek-Score
7.5
6.9
-0.6
Fast Charging 45w
20w
-25
Wireless Charging 15w
15w
0
Reverse Charging 9w
No -9
Tek-Score
7.6
6.6
-1.0

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

Definitely, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus.

Samsung put 12GB of RAM and 256GB of built-in storage on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. You can add at least 256GB here because you can top that with a MicroSD card. You should know that at this price level, its rivals have less storage and less RAM. Right now, the average is 96Gb of storage and 6GB of RAM.

On the iPhone 12 Pro, you'll find 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM. There's no extra storage here, but I believe 128GB is enough. Again, chances are that you'll have the majority of its rivals with more RAM and more storage. They'd give you around 187Gb of storage and 10Gb of RAM.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Plus iPhone 12 Pro
RAM (GB) 12GB
6GB
-6
Internal (GB) 256GB
128GB
-128
Micro SD microSDXC (shared SIM slot) No
Tek-Score
10.0
6.0
-4.0

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

You can only get 5G with the iPhone 12 Pro.

Both devices feature the standard Bluetooth 5.0 module. Both phones also have NFC.

There isn't much to say about the 3.5mm headphone jack, except that it simply isn't here. You may go for an adapter as a last resort, but it really isn't the same. Or you can also check its rivals if you don't mind searching for them. Either the Galaxy Note 10 Lite or the Sony Xperia 1 II can give you a headphone jack.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus runs on LTE or (LTE and) 5G networks.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Plus iPhone 12 Pro
Network LTE (also available in 5G) 5G
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
3.6
4.6
1.0

Which is more affordable?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus isn't the cheapest smartphone that you can buy. But if you do search for any deals and price drops, things can get interesting. You can also consider other phones because this one is 4% more expensive than the others in its class. They're usually closer to $314. The Apple iPhone 12 Pro, on the other hand, is usually more costly, 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 the best prices that we've found:

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Reference: $949

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Apple iPhone 12 Pro

Reference: $1,120

Apple iPhone 12 Pro

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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 Plus iPhone 12 Pro VS
Amazon - - ! -
eBay 1.51 0.71 -0.81
Best Buy - 0.74 -
Walmart 0.92 - -

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Are you also considering other options? The global score can help. Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. They're at 5.8 (for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus) and 7.7 (for the iPhone 12 Pro).

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

Let's be honest, this isn't only about speed, and I do love the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, but if you got the Exynos variant, maybe it's time to switch.

The Note 10 Plus does have the perfect Always-on display, with a small notch, losing only to the iPhone 12 Pro in the Gorilla Glass version. But at least in the camera department, the iPhone 12 Pro should be better. It's the battery life that worries me, but if you can get over that, and the fact that you'll lose on RAM and internal storage, then, I'll be a great upgrade.

If you're weighing both, at least try to consider the Snapdragon variant of the Note 10 Plus.

Pros Galaxy Note 10 Plus iPhone 12 Pro
#1 AMOLED Performance
#2 Always-On-Display AMOLED
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Battery Life Fast Charging
#5 Fast Charging Wireless Charging
#6 Wireless Charging Glass Protection
#7 MicroSD Slot
#8 Storage
#9 Glass Protection
Cons Galaxy Note 10 Plus iPhone 12 Pro
#1 Weight Always-On-Display
#2 3.5mm Jack MicroSD Slot
#3 Price Weight
#4 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy Note 10 Plus iPhone 12 Pro
Gaming Score
7.5
6.8
-0.7
Tek-Score
7.65
7.40
-0.25
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 Plus 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A50
    $265
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $269
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $339
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
    $280
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T
    $270
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
    $290
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $388
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $327
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
    $294
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $340
  • RealmerivalXT
    $290
  • OnePlusrival6T
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
    $307
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
    $285
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $365
  • XiaomirivalMi 8
    $265
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A51
    $280
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
    $289
  • HuaweirivalP40 Lite
    $298
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $369
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
    $289
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349

 Apple iPhone 12 Pro 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $900
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $849
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
    $1099
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $919
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $995
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro Max
    $1099
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $997
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $899
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra
    $1079
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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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