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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs S20 FE: Will You Be Downgrading?

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

You'll spend more on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, but it also is the better device of the two considering their specs.

It comes with better glass protection, a better display, a glass back, and more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB). But the Galaxy S20 FE features better performance (+54%).

Are there other things worth mentioning?

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus also comes with a larger (+0.3") display, faster-charging speeds (45w vs. 25w), and more RAM (12GB vs. 6GB). But the Galaxy S20 FE will also give you a higher refresh rate display and a telephoto lens (+24 mm).

How much more are you willing to spend on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus?

If you're ignoring carrier offers, you'll have to invest an additional amount close to $269.

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

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is holding up pretty well in 2021, even more so if you can find it with a great deal. However, you should also consider other phones like the Galaxy S10 Lite because it has better performance and more security updates.

Is it worth buying the Galaxy S20 FE in 2021?

Just because the Galaxy S20 FE was released last year doesn't mean I won't recommend it. Its overall score has not dropped much yet, and it's great for its good performance and good battery life. But keep an eye on the Xiaomi Mi 11 too.

Keep reading to learn more about what sets them apart, how they compare to similarly priced rivals, and how other specialists evaluate them.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

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Introduction

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus and the Galaxy S20 FE have a significant difference between them. That is, of course, if you can get the 5G variant of the S20 FE.

Want to know everything about these two? Then you're in the right place.

Without further ado, let's just start.

Samsung introduced its Galaxy S20 FE model in October of 2020. Meanwhile, Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 Plus started to sell in August of 2019.

Here you can look at the Galaxy Note 10 Plus and the Galaxy S20 FE, compare each other's features, and decide which one is best for you. Let us delve into the finer details.

The price round is no contest. The Galaxy S20 FE sounds like a bargain compared to the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. Keep this in mind when comparing both Galaxys.

While scrolling down, you'll see a "Tek-Score" for each phone in every section. We evaluated every quantifiable specification, so you can better understand the difference between the two. The global score will help you compare them to other phones if you're curious about other models aside from these two.

The weight of each section

This score is based on research from Globalwebindex.com about the most desired smartphone features by consumers. But don't let that daunt you. You can set it based on your personal preferences. Click here to skip everything, 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. It's for you to know how well they fare against other smartphones at the same price range.

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

Feel free to click any feature title to check out the best 10 phones on that for any budget.

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S20 FE
Release Date 2019, August 2020, October 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?

Geekbench 5 scores the Galaxy S20 FE 54% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. If you're a gamer, this should be an easy pick.

It's safe to say that the Galaxy Note 10 Plus can be tagged as an upper mid-range and the Galaxy S20 FE more like high-end.

Regarding their chipset, while the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE comes with the Snapdragon 865 SoC, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus has the Exynos 9825 SoC.

Now about the graphics chipset, while the former has an Adreno 650, the latter features a Mali-G76 MP12.

Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI runs out-of-the-box on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, and the Galaxy S20 FE has Android 10 and OneUI.

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

The 4G variant of the S20 FE comes with the Exynos 990 and the Mali-G77.

There's a performance increase of about 20% on the 855 for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus and a performance decrease of about 15% on the Exynos 990 for the Galaxy S20 FE.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S20 FE
SoC Exynos 9825 Snapdragon 865
Graphics Mali-G76 MP12 Adreno 650
Geekbench 5 Score 2137
3296
1159
OS Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI Android 10 and OneUI
Tek-Score
5.6
7.5
1.9

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 FE front transparent png

They both share the same score, so you can pick any of them.

While the Galaxy S20 FE got a 6.5-inch AMOLED display, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus got a larger AMOLED display with 6.8-inches. There's no general contest here as each user has his personal preferences. AMOLED has perfect contrast and viewing angles, but its whites do hurt the battery life.

If you're trying to keep your phone's display big, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus is the one. Most phones from its price range don't even come close.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus has a higher-resolution 1440x3040 Quad HD display, and the Galaxy S20 FE makes do with a 1080x2400 Full HD panel.

Just a tiny drop may shatter your phone, so be aware: The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is shielded with a previous generation's Gorilla Glass 6. The Galaxy S20 FE display is preserved with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3. I was hoping for a newer version from Samsung. After all, Corning released this version in 2013.

If you value an Always-On display, you'll be glad to find it in both Galaxys.

If you set your brightness to auto, these two go up to about 794 nits.

Usually, devices in this price range rarely stay far from 633 nits, but the Galaxy Note 10 Plus can do 25% above that.

Both phones support HDR10+-compatible media.

If you favor smooth scrolling over battery life, the Galaxy S20 FE, with its 120hz screen, is clearly the winner here.

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

Regarding the Galaxy S20 FE, 87% of its rivals can play HDR content, 96% have an AMOLED screen, and 91% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S20 FE
Size 6.8
6.5
-0.3
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1440x3040
1080x2400
-1785600
Refresh Rate 60hz 120hz 60
Dots per Inch 494.68
404.89
-89.78
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 794 nits
823 nits
29
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
9.1
9.1
0.0
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Tek-Score
8.0
4.4
-3.6

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 FE back transparent png

By DXOMARK's standards, the Galaxy S20 FE is also roughly 44 points above its rivals at about this price tag. But you won't find a winner here.

Things are different when it comes to lenses. Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 Plus features a 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/1.5, a 27mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR capabilities, 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.

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. And if you take into account the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, the final score goes up to 130 points. For a thorough review, click here.

Last (but not least), 88% of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

With its 12 Megapixels shooter, the Galaxy S20 FE's leading camera has an aperture of f/1.8 and a 26mm, wide-angle lens. You'll be getting one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. You can record videos at 2160p. It also has a secondary dual-lens camera. One of them features an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 76mm telephoto lens and 8 Megapixels, and the other 12 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

You can get selfies with 32 MP Megapixels. It has a lens with f/2.2 of aperture and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK evaluated this camera, and here's the score: 119. And if we consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that score goes up to 131. Just click here to read about it.

PS: This Dxo score is for the 4G variant, but this variant should be close enough.

Lastly, just to let you know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Additionally, only 22% of them feature a macro lens.

If you're not a numbers person, we can tag the Galaxy Note 10 Plus as a lower high-end and the Galaxy S20 FE in the high-end ballpark.

One surprisingly valuable addition to these shooters is the 3x and 2x optical zoom. This gives you an extra bit of freedom when taking your photos.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus's lens can deliver a shallower depth of field and also avoid blurred pictures thanks to its greater aperture.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S20 FE
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.5
1.8
0.3
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
131
1

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S20 FE vs.
Megapixels 12
8
-4
Aperture 2.1
2.4
0.3
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
76mm (3x zoom)
24
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 16 12 -4
Aperture 2.2 2.2 0.0
Lens 12mm 13mm 1
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 0.3 -
Lens Type Depth Sensor -
Score 12 12 0
Selfie Camera Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S20 FE vs.
Megapixels 10
32
22
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S20 FE vs.
Tek-Score
7.6
7.7
0.1

Who has the best frame?

They're not that far apart, so just pick one.

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 S20 FE, on the other hand, is 3 mm smaller and 3 mm narrower (about 0.12 inches by 0.12 inches).

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

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus has a full glass body, while its sibling has a plastic back. It is 6 g. (0.21 oz) heavier than its sibling, which sits at 190 g. (6.70 oz). If you're looking for a lightweight device, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus has a "weight to screen size" score of 5.3, which means it has an acceptable score for a 6.8 inches screen. Having said that, the Galaxy S20 FE has 5.0, so nothing to state here.

You can have the Galaxy Note 10 Plus in Aura Glow, Aura Black, Aura White, and Aura Blue. And you can compare that with the Cloud Lavender, Cloud Navy, Cloud Mint, Cloud Orange, Cloud Red, and Cloud White, which comes with the Galaxy S20 FE.

If you favor big phones, you should pick the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus. Otherwise, the other one is more or less the same here.

Does a fingerprint scanner matter to you? It doesn't matter because both have one.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is resistant to water up to 1 to 3 meters, much like the Galaxy S20 FE. 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 Note 10 Plus Galaxy S20 FE
Size 162 x 77 x 7 mm
(5.71 x 2.72 x 0.25 in)
159 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.61 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
6810
Weight 196 g. (6.91 oz)
190 g. (6.70 oz)
-6
Build Front and back glass Front glass
Colors Aura Glow, Aura Black, Aura White, and Aura Blue Cloud Lavender, Cloud Navy, Cloud Mint, Cloud Orange, Cloud Red, and Cloud White
Screen To Body Ratio 92.52%
86.69%
-5.83
Disp.Size To Weight Score 5.3 5.0 -0.3
Looks 10.0/10
6.6/10
-3.4
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
7.3
6.8
-0.5

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

Which has the best battery?

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus does have a battery capacity of 4300 mAh versus the 4500 mAh of the Galaxy S20 FE. But by GSMArena's standards, both should theoretically get the same battery life.

This is how the Galaxy Note 10 Plus performs after a full charge:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 84% of the battery remaining.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 68% left for the rest of the day.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 74% of the battery charge.

And these are the results for the Galaxy S20 FE:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll still have 85% left.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 71% left for the rest of the day.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 74% of the battery charge.

Just be aware that both of them can also beat almost all devices that we've tested. Let's see if both still have a place on our top 10 list.

Quickly charging any of them won't be an issue. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus supports up to 45w, and the Galaxy S20 FE up to 25.

They all include wireless charging, and they charge at 15w. That's nice.

These phones can also act as wireless power banks to wirelessly charge other devices. Cool, right?

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus does charge quicker. Other devices from this price range rarely exceed 22 watts.

Galaxy S20 FE's Quick wireless charging is likewise snappy. That's uncommon in its class.

The 4G variant of the S20 FE also has lower battery efficiency (about 10% less screen-on-time).

Battery*
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S20 FE
Capacity (mAh) 4300 4500 200
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
85% left
1
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 68% left
71% left
3
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
74% left
0
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.3 5.1 1.8
Sub Tek-Score
7.5
7.7
0.1
Fast Charging 45w
25w
-20
Wireless Charging 15w
15w
0
Reverse Charging 9w
4.5w
-4.5
Tek-Score
7.6
7.4
-0.2

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus, for sure.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus comes equipped with 256GB of integrated storage and 12GB of RAM. You can add at least 256GB here because you can top that with a MicroSD card. I should also mention that most rivals have less RAM and less storage. They have 6GB of RAM and 96Gb of storage on average, but you can find better options.

The Galaxy S20 FE, in its turn, has 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. You can add a MicroSD card if you want.

The 4G variant of the S20 FE may start at 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S20 FE
RAM (GB) 12GB
6GB
-6
Internal (GB) 256GB
128GB
-128
Micro SD microSDXC (shared SIM slot) microSDXC (uses 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 S20 FE for sure, as it has 5G.

When it comes to connectivity, both Galaxys have Bluetooth 5.0. As for the NFC chips, both have them.

Do you still favor wired headphones? None of them will help you with that. You can buy an adapter, but the wireless buds are your only option. There also are other options out there if you're willing to forget about them. Perhaps you don't mind settling with the Galaxy Note 10 Lite.

You can connect the Galaxy Note 10 Plus to LTE or (LTE and) 5G networks. This allows you to get a version of the Galaxy S20 FE with an Exynos 990 and a Mali-G77 GPU.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S20 FE
Network LTE (also available in 5G) 5G (also available in LTE)
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 S20 FE isn't the cheapest smartphone that you can buy. But with a great deal or a price drop, it can be an impressive finding. On the other hand, you'll likely find the Galaxy Note 10 Plus at a higher price range, but I think that you can find some additional value in it. At least it may be easier to sell if you consider selling it afterward.

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

Here are the best prices that we've found:

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Reference: $949

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

Reference: $680

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

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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 S20 FE VS
Amazon - 1.14 -
eBay 1.51 1.14 -0.37
Best Buy - 1.06 -
Walmart 0.92 - -

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The 4G variant of the S20 FE should be about 20% cheaper.

Are you curious to know what their global score is? Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. It's 5.8 for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus and 6.8 for the Galaxy S20 FE.

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

If you have the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, don't think about upgrading it. I know the S20 FE 5G has an incredible performance boost, but I'm not saying the Note 10 Plus is that slow. It isn't.

What about their display? Would you rather have Gorilla Glass 6 or 120hz of refresh rate?

Or their looks? Don't you just love a full glass body?

Aside from that, I don't see the S20 FE as a major upgrade.

But if you're considering both, then I'd just say you should pick the S20 FE and save lots of money in the process.

Pros Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S20 FE
#1 AMOLED Performance
#2 Always-On-Display AMOLED
#3 Cameras Always-On-Display
#4 Battery Life Cameras
#5 Fast Charging Battery Life
#6 Wireless Charging Fast Charging
#7 MicroSD Slot Wireless Charging
#8 Storage MicroSD Slot
#9 Glass Protection
Cons Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S20 FE
#1 Weight Weight
#2 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#3 Price Price
#4 Glass Protection
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy Note 10 Plus Galaxy S20 FE
Gaming Score
7.5
7.5
0.1
Tek-Score
7.65
6.86
-0.79
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 S20 FE 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $699
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
    $579
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $569
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $614
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $704
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $614
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $540
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $598
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $634
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $669
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $539
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
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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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