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Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Samsung Galaxy S10

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Luis Silva (March 2020, updated: February 2021)

Introduction

In March of 2019, Samsung started selling its Galaxy S10, while Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 hit the stores in August of 2019.

We are looking at how the Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy S10 compare to each other to help you decide which might be the right one for you.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 are about the same price, but you'll usually find the Galaxy S10 at a lower price. Keep this in mind when comparing both Galaxys.

Down below, there's a "Tek-Score" in every analyzed section of these models. All the specifications were examined to allow you a faster discerning of the variation between the phones. There's also a global rate for you to compare them to other phones if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

We've based our rate on a study from Globalwebindex.com about the most wanted features from people looking to buy new smartphones.

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

You'll also see a progress bar underlining some features. That's to show how they compare with other smartphones with similar prices.

You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, but basically, we've excluded every smartphone that's not within a 20% (above or below) price range.

Some features are also shortcuts to several top 10 tables for every budget.


Price* vs.
Device Galaxy Note 10 Galaxy S10
Release Date 2019, August 2019, March 0y.
OS Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.
Security Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


Performance

Inside the Galaxy S10 is the Exynos 9820 SoC, while on the Galaxy Note 10, there's the Exynos 9825 chipset.

If you're a gamer, you don't have much to choose from, as they share their GPU: a Mali-G76 MP12.

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5, which measures overall performance, the Galaxy S10 was, on average, 2% quicker while finishing its tests. On daily usage, you wouldn't be able to notice any real differences here.

Unfortunately, the Galaxy Note 10 isn't that smooth. It actually is below the average if you consider its rivals. The average rate is 2707, but it got 2101.

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

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 and a performance increase of about 17% on the 855 for the Galaxy S10.


Performance* vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Galaxy S10
SoC Exynos 9825 Exynos 9820
Graphics Mali-G76 MP12 Mali-G76 MP12
Geekbench 5 Score 2101
2153
52
OS Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI
Tek-Score
5.5
5.6
0.1

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.


Display

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

Would you prefer the 6.1" AMOLED display of the Galaxy S10 or the larger 6.3" AMOLED panel of the Galaxy Note 10? There's no general contest here as each user has his personal preferences. To me, a 6.3 inches screen is where I draw the line.

The Galaxy S10 has a higher-resolution 1440x3040 Quad HD display, and the Galaxy Note 10 makes do with a 1080x2280 Full HD panel.

The Galaxy S10 has one advantage over almost all of its competitors: Its display density is 109 dots per inch above the usual.

It's better to be safe than sorry, so let's get the elephant out of the room. Both are shielded with a previous generation Gorilla Glass 6.

There's an Always-On display on both Galaxys. That's a must-have feature for me.

If you set your brightness to auto, both can do about 800 nits.

Both phones can play HDR10+ videos.

Given the Galaxy Note 10, you should know that 88% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and 92% of them have an AMOLED screen.

Considering the Galaxy S10, please be aware that 87% of its rivals can play HDR content, 91% have an AMOLED screen, and 83% of them have an Always-On display.


Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Galaxy S10
Size 6.3
6.1
-0.2
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2280
1440x3040
1915200
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 400.45
551.44
150.99
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 800 nits
820 nits
20
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
8.3
9.2
0.8
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Tek-Score
7.7
8.0
0.3

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.


Cameras

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

Let's delve into their cameras. Together, a 12 MP sensor, an aperture of f/1.5, a 27mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization makes up the Galaxy Note 10 camera set. Adding to that, you'll still get the ability to record videos at up to 2160p.

You'll also find two other cameras, one with 12 MP, an aperture of f/2.1 plus a 52mm telephoto lens. And another with 16 MP (f/2.2) with a 12mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

The Galaxy Note 10 features a dual aperture camera, which means you can choose between f/1.5 or f/2.4.

The selfie camera is a 10 MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture complemented with a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

I'm sure the guys at DxOMark will not look back at this camera, but we don't need a crystal ball to guess the rate: 114*. And if you take into account the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it'll get 127** points.

To put things in perspective: all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. On the other hand, only 21% of them feature a macro lens.

Adding to its 12 MP shooter, the Galaxy S10's leading camera has an aperture of f/1.5 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. There's also an extra dual sensor with 12 MP (f/2.4 plus a 52mm telephoto lens) and 16 MP (f/2.2) with a 12mm ultra-wide-angle lens, working together to give more freedom when framing shots.

There's 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.

On DxOMark's reviewing article, they gave this shooter 116 points. And if we consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we end up with a rate of 129** points. For an out-and-out review, click here.

Finally, if you must know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 91% of them feature Optical Image Stabilization. Still, only 13% of them feature a macro lens.

At least theoretically, you shouldn't see any difference between these cameras.

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). As soon as you get used to it, you'll know what I mean.

The Galaxy S10's lens can deliver a shallower depth of field and produce clearer pictures with this lens aperture.

*The guys over at DxOMark know how to benchmark these shooters. Unfortunately, there are lots of good cameras left out of their labs. So what do I do? I take every hardware specs (like lenses, sensor size, OIS, aperture, and so on) and give a comparable score. You should give it a topmost discrepancy of 2 points.

**Consider this as an estimative, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They moved to a new camera test protocol, and they don't have enough reviews for me to refine the pre-update camera rates.


Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy Note 10 Galaxy S10
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 127
129
2

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy Note 10 Galaxy S10 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
Score 13 13 0

Selfie Camera Galaxy Note 10 Galaxy S10 vs.
Megapixels 10
10
0
Aperture 2.2
1.9
-0.3
Lens 26mm 26mm 0

Galaxy Note 10 Galaxy S10 vs.
Tek-Score
7.5
7.6
0.1

Body

The Galaxy Note 10 is 151 mm (5.95 inches) tall and 71 mm (2.80 inches) wide. Samsung's Galaxy S10 is a bit smaller, precisely 2 mm (0.08 inches), and a bit narrower too, about 1 mm (0.04 inches).

Both are 7 mm thicker (about 0.28 inches).

All of that goodness is presented in a sleek glass body. The Galaxy S10 weighs 157 g. (5.54 oz), while the other is 11 g. (0.39 oz) heavier. But because this is a bit relative, I've come up with an adapted "display size to phone weight ratio" rate. The Galaxy Note 10 got 7.1, showing it has a pretty nice weight for its screen size. Having said that, the Galaxy S10 has 7.9, which suggests exceptional work from Samsung.

You can have the Galaxy Note 10 in Aura Glow, Aura Black, Aura White, Aura Pink, and Aura Red. And you can compare that with the Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Blue, Cardinal Red, and Smoke Blue, which comes with the Galaxy S10.

They're about the same size, so there's not much to choose from.

What about a fingerprint scanner? They all have one.

The Galaxy Note 10 is resistant to water up to 1 to 3 meters, just like the Galaxy S10. That should be for up to 30 minutes, and it's freshwater in standby mode only.


Looks* vs.
Body Galaxy Note 10 Galaxy S10
Size 151 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.33 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
149 x 70 x 7 mm
(5.26 x 2.47 x 0.25 in)
-2037
Weight 168 g. (5.93 oz)
157 g. (5.54 oz)
-11
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Aura Glow, Aura Black, Aura White, Aura Pink, and Aura Red Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Blue, Cardinal Red, and Smoke Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 92.40%
89.05%
-3.36
Disp.Size To Weight Score 7.1 7.9 0.8
Looks 10.0/10
10.0/10
0.0
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
8.4
8.9
0.5

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

Battery

When it comes to battery life, in theory, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, with its 3500 mAh of battery capacity, wins over the Samsung Galaxy S10, with only 3400 mAh of battery capacity. But how would both perform in a real-world scenario? If you charge them up and run some tests, this is what you'll find out about the Galaxy Note 10:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 82% of the battery charge.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, the battery charge will be about 66%.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll be with 70%.

And this is how the Galaxy S10 handles these tests:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll end up with 78% of the battery charge.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 58% 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 be with 62%.

Have you noticed who the winner is? Yes, it's the Galaxy Note 10.

This is one of the Galaxy S10's worse features. Way worse than other price-liked phones. These tests show that it lasts up to 9% less.

Both phones support fast-charging. You can charge the Galaxy Note 10 at a maximum of 25w/hour and the Galaxy S10 up to 15w/hour.

There's also wireless charging (12w vs. 15w) in both of them. Cool.

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

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 Galaxy S10
Capacity (mAh) 3500 3400 -100
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 82% left
78% left
-4
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 66% left
58% left
-8
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 70% left
62% left
-8
Bat. To Phone Size Score 6.5 5.9 -0.5
Sub Tek-Score
7.3
6.6
-0.7
Fast Charging 25w
15w
-10
Wireless Charging 12w
15w
3
Reverse Charging 9w
9w
0
Tek-Score
7.2
6.5
-0.6

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.


Storage

The Galaxy Note 10 comes equipped with 256GB of integrated storage and 8GB of RAM. There's no expandable storage, but I believe you'll manage with only 256GB of storage. Also, similarly priced adversaries usually have less storage and less RAM. They're around 8GB of RAM and 149Gb of storage.

The Galaxy S10, in its turn, has 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. If you need additional storage, you can insert a MicroSD card on it.


Storage* vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Galaxy S10
RAM (GB) 8GB
8GB
0
Internal (GB) 256GB
128GB
-128
Micro SD No microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
8.5
7.5
-1.0

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


Connectivity

Bluetooth 5.0 is here, on both of them. As for the NFC chips, both have them.

The Galaxy S10 is the only phone here that still supports the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack. Want a piece of advice? Forget about adapters and go for the wireless buds on the Galaxy Note 10.

These two are LTE or (LTE and) 5G compatible. The 5G variant of the Galaxy Note 10 has 12GB of RAM. Similarly, the 5G variant of the Galaxy S10 features a larger 6.7-inch display, a 4500 mAh battery, a 0.3MP depth camera, 256GB of storage, and fast charging at 25w.


Connectivity vs.
Features Galaxy Note 10 Galaxy S10
Network LTE (also available in 5G) LTE (also available in 5G)
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No Yes
Tek-Score
4.6
9.5
4.9

Price

The Samsung Galaxy S10 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, in its turn, isn't that cheap, but I'm not here to tell you if it's worth it. At least, it should be easier to sell it in the future.

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

Here are the prices that we've come across recently:


I earn a small fee from qualifying purchases. It doesn't affect the price you pay nor my opinions, but it will mean a lot if you click on one of these buttons before purchasing your next phone. You'll be helping to take this to the next level.

Prices on eBay are in $US but Europe-based. You can click to check the prices in your country.

Prices marked with ! are from renewed/refurbished/carrier-locked phones (except eBay prices that, as a last resort, can be from bids or used devices).

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 Galaxy S10 VS
Amazon 0.77 - -
eBay 1.33 1.19 -0.14
Best Buy - - -
Wallmart 0.77 - -

And this is the "The Best Smartphones On A Budget" list.

So, what about that global rate? We'll get there. Let me point out the average of its competitors. The Galaxy Note 10 class is at 6.8, and the Galaxy S10 6.6.


Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

Both are exceptional devices, but I'm sure you already know that. If you love to have a pen always available, then the Galaxy Note 10 should be the way to go. If not, despite having the same global score, the Galaxy Note 10 lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, and that may be a deal-breaker to some. I personally don't see the purpose of having the Galaxy S10 when the Galaxy Note 10 is so similar. The Note should've been at least 6.5", but then, it would be the Galaxy 10+ that would become unnecessary.


Pros Galaxy Note 10 Galaxy S10
#1 AMOLED AMOLED
#2 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#5 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#6 Storage MicroSD Slot
#7 Glass Protection 3.5mm Jack
#8 Glass Protection

Cons Galaxy Note 10 Galaxy S10
#1 MicroSD Slot
#2 3.5mm Jack
#3 Price

Relative Score* vs.
Global Score Galaxy Note 10 Galaxy S10
Gaming Score
7.1
6.8
-0.3
Tek-Score
7.31
7.31
0.00

*Reference: 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, 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 any of the usual stores.

 Samsung Galaxy Note 10 
  • Apple


    iPhone X
    $562

  • Apple


    iPhone 11
    $578

  • Apple


    iPhone XS Max
    $620

  • Apple


    iPhone 11 Pro Max
    $580

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Plus
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ EX
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ SD
    $493

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 SD
    $649

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20+ SD
    $649

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 SD
    $499

  • OnePlus


    7T Pro
    $549

  • Huawei


    P30 Pro
    $598

  • Google


    Pixel 4 XL
    $609

  • Huawei


    Mate 20 Pro
    $550

  • Apple


    iPhone SE 2
    $439

  • OnePlus


    8 Pro
    $599

  • OnePlus


    8
    $630

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Lite
    $470

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10 Pro
    $600

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE
    $540

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE 4G
    $549

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE 5G
    $540

  • Oppo


    Find X2 Neo
    $593

  • Google


    Pixel 5
    $548

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10T Pro
    $480

  • OnePlus


    8T
    $599

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10
    $529

  • Oppo


    Reno4 Pro
    $594

 Samsung Galaxy S10 
  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 8
    $424

  • Apple


    iPhone X
    $562

  • Apple


    iPhone 11
    $578

  • Apple


    iPhone 11 Pro Max
    $580

  • Apple


    iPhone XS
    $410

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 10
    $547

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Plus
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10e EX
    $428

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ EX
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ SD
    $493

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 EX
    $429

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 SD
    $499

  • OnePlus


    7 Pro
    $429

  • OnePlus


    7T Pro
    $549

  • Huawei


    P30
    $400

  • Huawei


    P30 Pro
    $598

  • Google


    Pixel 4
    $429

  • Huawei


    Mate 20 Pro
    $550

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 9
    $400

  • Apple


    iPhone SE 2
    $439

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Lite
    $470

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE
    $540

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE 4G
    $549

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE 5G
    $540

  • Oppo


    Find X2 Neo
    $593

  • Google


    Pixel 5
    $548

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10T Pro
    $480

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10
    $529

  • Oppo


    Reno4 Pro
    $594

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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.

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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 mid-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 valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they didn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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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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