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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs S10 Plus: Which Should You Choose?

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

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is more expensive than the Galaxy S10 Plus, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

It comes with better battery life and more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB).

What else sets them apart?

With the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, you'll also get a larger (+0.4") display, faster-charging speeds (45w vs. 15w), and more RAM (12GB vs. 8GB). But the Galaxy S10 Plus features a headphone jack.

How much more will those additional features cost me?

If you're considering a new and unlocked smartphone, it'll cost you around $260 more.

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

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is still one of the best phones you can buy in 2021 (depending on your budget), but given that it's now an older device, you can pick it up even cheaper than it was at launch. You can also consider other devices like the Galaxy S10 Lite, as it has better performance and more security updates.

Is the Galaxy S10 Plus still worth buying in 2021?

The Galaxy S10 Plus remains a great smartphone in part thanks to its good camera, tons of storage, excellent glass protection, and fast wireless charging. It indeed is on the recommended list for 2021, but the OnePlus 8 could give you better performance and faster charging.

Read on to learn more about their differences, how they fare against their competition, and how other specialists evaluate them.

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Introduction

Samsung introduced its Galaxy S10 Plus model in March of 2019. Meanwhile, Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 Plus started to sell in August of 2019.

We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the Galaxy Note 10 Plus and the Galaxy S10 Plus.

The Galaxy S10 Plus definitely has the Galaxy Note 10 Plus beaten on price. 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 even assessed the worth of all specifications to make it easier for you to perceive the difference between them. We'll also provide a global score for comparison 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 don't let that daunt you. You can set it based on what you value. Click here to skip everything, but I encourage you to keep reading.

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

You're going to find a red or green bar next to some features. It's for you to know how well they relate to the ones from similarly priced smartphones.

Here's our contestant panel: but we only include smartphones with price tags from -20% to +20%.

Some items are underlined, and you can tap to access the best 10 phones on that for all budgets.

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S10 Plus
Release Date 2019, August 2019, March 0y.
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?

As for performance, Geekbench 5 scores the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 2% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. Overall, you wouldn't feel that much of a difference between them.

One can entitle both of them as upper mid-range.

Regarding their chipset, while the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus comes with the Exynos 9820 SoC, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus has the Exynos 9825 SoC.

This isn't a GPU battle because they all have a Mali-G76 MP12.

Both phones run on Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI out of the box.

PS: Both the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (with the Adreno 640 GPU) and the Exynos 9825 (with the Mali-G76), and 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 20% on the 855 for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus and a performance increase of about 17% on the 855 for the Galaxy S10 Plus.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S10 Plus
SoC Exynos 9825 Exynos 9820
Graphics Mali-G76 MP12 Mali-G76 MP12
Geekbench 5 Score 2137
2103
-34
OS Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI
Tek-Score
5.6
5.5
-0.1

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus front transparent png

It's a tie, so don't worry about it.

The Galaxy S10 Plus features a 6.4" AMOLED display, while the Galaxy Note 10 Plus has a larger 6.8" AMOLED display. Which one would you choose? Me, I'd go for an AMOLED screen, but a decent LCD can be just as good.

Are you looking for big screens? Then, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus is the one. There are just not that many choices in its class.

Resolution is no contest here. Both have a 1440x3040 Quad HD panel.

No one likes to look at a shattered screen, so let's get the elephant out of the room. Both displays are protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

Good news for those who value an Always-On display: both phones have it.

If you set your brightness to auto, there isn't that much of a difference here. Both can do around 794 nits.

Very few rivals share this maximum brightness. Usually, they stay in the ballpark of 633 nits, while the Galaxy Note 10 Plus can do 25% more.

Both phones support HDR10+-compatible media.

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

Considering the Galaxy S10 Plus, please be aware that 96% of its rivals can play HDR content, 93% have an AMOLED screen, and 78% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S10 Plus
Size 6.8
6.4
-0.4
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1440x3040
1440x3040
0
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 494.68
525.59
30.92
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 794 nits
793 nits
-1
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
9.1
9.1
0.0
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Tek-Score
8.0
8.0
0.0

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus back transparent png

Looking at DXOMARK's ranking, one can conclude that the Galaxy Note 10 Plus is approximately 27 points above other cameras from its price range. However, none of these stand out.

Let's delve into their cameras. 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.

You'll also find two other cameras, one with 12 Megapixels, 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.

Its selfie camera features a 10 MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK gave this shooter a score of 118. Then, if you consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, you'll end up with a score of 130. For an in-depth review, click here.

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

The standard camera on the back of the Galaxy S10 Plus has a 12 Megapixels sensor and a 26mm, 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. You'll also get two additional sensors, one with 12 Megapixels, an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 52mm telephoto lens, and another with 16 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 12mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

You'll get a dual aperture shooter on the Galaxy S10+ that allows you to choose between f/1.5 or f/2.4.

You can get selfies with 10 MP Megapixels. It has a lens with f/1.9 of aperture and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

The guys over at the DXOMARK labs scored this camera with 112 points. And if we consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we get a score of 125** points. Just click here to read about it.

Furthermore, if you must know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 81% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Moreover, only 19% of them feature a macro lens.

Considering this score, we can classify these two as lower high-end.

Both phones have something that I truly value in a camera: an optical zoom (of 2x). It will enable you to get a closer view of the subject before taking your picture.

You can easily add dimension to your photos on the Galaxy S10 Plus and produce clearer pictures with this lens aperture.

**You should give this score a margin of error of up to 6 points, at least for phones with no zoom and up to 35 to 40MP. They just revised their formula, and they don't have enough reviews for me to refine the pre-update camera scores.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S10 Plus
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.5
1.5
0.0
Lens 27mm
26mm
-1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 130
125
-5

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S10 Plus vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 2.1
2.4
0.3
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
52mm (2x zoom)
0
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 16 16 0
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 12 13 1
Selfie Camera Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S10 Plus vs.
Megapixels 10
10
0
Aperture 2.2
1.9
-0.3
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S10 Plus vs.
Tek-Score
7.6
7.4
-0.3

Who has the best frame?

The Galaxy S10 Plus does win some points here, mainly for its weight. But I don't see any meaningful winner here.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus has a height of 6.38 inches (162 mm) and a width of 3.03 inches (77 mm). The Galaxy S10 Plus, on the other hand, is 5 mm smaller and 3 mm narrower (about 0.20 inches by 0.12 inches).

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

Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is 21 g. (0.74 oz) heavier than its sibling, which sits at 175 g. (6.17 oz). But because this is a bit relative, I've come up with an adapted "display size to phone weight ratio" score. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus got 5.3, meaning it has an acceptable score for its display size. The Galaxy S10 Plus, on the other hand, has 6.5, which is pretty nice.

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 Galaxy S10 Plus, in its turn, comes in Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Blue, Ceramic Black, Ceramic White, Cardinal Red, and Smoke Blue.

If the Galaxy S10 Plus is big enough for you, then excellent. Otherwise, the other one is more or less the same here.

What about a fingerprint scanner? Both phones have one.

You can drop the Galaxy Note 10 Plus into the water, up to 1 to 3 meters deep, just like the Galaxy S10 Plus. Remember that it shouldn't be for over half an hour, and it's standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S10 Plus
Size 162 x 77 x 7 mm
(5.71 x 2.72 x 0.25 in)
157 x 74 x 7 mm
(5.54 x 2.61 x 0.25 in)
-5992
Weight 196 g. (6.91 oz)
175 g. (6.17 oz)
-21
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Aura Glow, Aura Black, Aura White, and Aura Blue Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Blue, Ceramic Black, Ceramic White, Cardinal Red, and Smoke Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 92.52%
88.00%
-4.53
Disp.Size To Weight Score 5.3 6.5 1.2
Looks 10.0/10
10.0/10
0.0
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
7.3
8.1
0.8

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

Which has the best battery?

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus does have a bigger battery, with 4300 mAh, while the Galaxy S10 Plus only has 4100 mAh. And according to GSMArena's tests, the former is the one that stands out.

If you do a full charge, this is how the Galaxy Note 10 Plus comes out of it:

  • If you do 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, this phone should end up with 68%.
  • 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: 74%.

And these are the results for the Galaxy S10 Plus:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll end up with 81% of the battery charge.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 65% left for the rest of the day.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, you'll still get 67% to spend doing other things.

What's even better, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus can also easily defeat most devices. Actually, it may even be on our top 10 for battery life.

If one of these will end up being the one, you'll have quick charging on your next phone: 45w for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus and 15w for the Galaxy S10 Plus.

If you value wireless charging, they can do 15w.

Both can charge any QI-enabled gadgets, like smartphones or earbuds.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus does charge quicker. That's rare because phones from this budget rarely exceed 22 watts.

You'll likewise get quick wireless charging on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. That's something you rarely see 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 Note 10 Plus Galaxy S10 Plus
Capacity (mAh) 4300 4100 -200
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
81% left
-3
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 68% left
65% left
-3
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
67% left
-7
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.3 4.2 0.9
Sub Tek-Score
7.5
7.1
-0.4
Fast Charging 45w
15w
-30
Wireless Charging 15w
15w
0
Reverse Charging 9w
9w
0
Tek-Score
7.6
6.8
-0.7

*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. Space won't be an issue because you can always add a MicroSD card to it. Be aware that at this price segment, others offer less RAM and less storage. They have 6GB of RAM and 96Gb of storage on average, but you can find better options.

In its turn, the Galaxy S10 Plus has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of integrated storage. You can also add a MicroSD card if you want.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S10 Plus
RAM (GB) 12GB
8GB
-4
Internal (GB) 256GB
128GB
-128
Micro SD microSDXC (shared SIM slot) microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
10.0
7.5
-2.5

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The Galaxy S10 Plus, unless you don't care about a headphone jack.

When it comes to connectivity, you can count on the traditional Bluetooth 5.0 chip. Both phones also have NFC.

The Galaxy S10 Plus is the only phone here that still supports the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack. You can try an adapter on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus if you want, but the wireless buds are the way to go here.

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

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S10 Plus
Network LTE (also available in 5G) LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No Yes
Tek-Score
3.6
8.5
4.9

Which is more affordable?

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus may not be the best bang for your buck. That, of course, depends on the place and the deals that you'll eventually find. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, on the other hand, is usually more costly, but I believe that it shouldn't come as a surprise at all. At least, it should be easier to sell it in the future.

Don't worry, because the following tables will help you make up your mind.

Here are the best prices that we've found:

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Reference: $949

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Reference: $689

Samsung Galaxy S10 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 Plus Galaxy S10 Plus VS
Amazon - - -
eBay 1.51 1.66 0.15
Best Buy - - -
Walmart 0.92 - -

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Are you also considering other options? The global score can help. But first, let's see where its rivals are. They usually sit close to 5.8 (for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus) and 6.4 (for the Galaxy S10 Plus).

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

If you'd love to own a monster of a phone, the Galaxy Note 10+ is the one for you. Performance won't be an issue, because it has one of the best processors around (actually both have it). You'll also get a massive 6.8" high-resolution AMOLED display and one of the best cameras around.

Despite its massive size and considerable weight, the Galaxy Note 10+ is somewhat lightweight compared to other direct competitors like the latest iPhones.

256GB of internal storage plus a MicroSD slot makes a killer combination.

The only drawback is the missing 3.5mm jack. Aside from that, it's the perfect Android phone.

If you don't fancy pens and 6.8" is too much for you, the Galaxy S10+ (or even the smaller S10) is also an exceptional device.

Pros Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S10 Plus
#1 AMOLED AMOLED
#2 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Battery Life Fast Charging
#5 Fast Charging Wireless Charging
#6 Wireless Charging MicroSD Slot
#7 MicroSD Slot 3.5mm Jack
#8 Storage Glass Protection
#9 Glass Protection
Cons Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S10 Plus
#1 Weight Price
#2 3.5mm Jack
#3 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S10 Plus
Gaming Score
7.5
6.7
-0.8
Tek-Score
7.65
7.21
-0.44
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

 Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $388
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $449
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
    $407
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $479
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $478
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $407
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $399
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $478
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $429
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $365
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $369
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $509
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $514
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $479
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $500
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349
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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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