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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs Apple iPhone 12: Which Is Better?

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

The price of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra isn't that much higher, but it also has better specs.

It gives you a better display, better battery life, more internal storage (256GB vs. 64GB), and external storage. But the iPhone 12 will deliver better performance (+59%).

What else do they have to offer?

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra also features a higher refresh rate, Always-On, larger (+0.8") display, better outdoor brightness, a telephoto lens (+107 mm), reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (12GB vs. 4GB). But the iPhone 12 will also give you a cleaner user interface and a lightweight body (44 g./1.55 oz less).

How much more will the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra cost me?

If you're ignoring carrier offers, you'll have to spend approximately $115 more.

Is it worth buying the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in 2021?

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra isn't the perfect smartphone, but there aren't many better phones for this budget. Sure there are other devices like the iPhone 12 Pro, but we should praise it for its good camera, good battery life, tons of storage, excellent glass protection, and tons of RAM.

Is the iPhone 12 still worth getting in 2021?

The iPhone 12 isn't the latest release anymore, but you'll still be happy with its good performance, a good camera, and excellent glass protection. It holds up pretty well in 2021, but you'd be better off with the iPhone 12 Pro Max as a daily driver because it has more storage and more RAM.

Read on to learn more about their differences, how they compare to similarly priced rivals, and what the industry thinks about their specs.

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Introduction

Alright, so you want to know how one of the best Androids fares against the popular iPhone 12?

Welcome. I do have the answers to your questions, so why not start right away?

Apple launched its iPhone 12 in October of 2020, while Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 Ultra arrived at stores in August of 2020.

We are looking at how the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and the iPhone 12 compare to each other to help you decide which might be the right one for you.

The prices of the Apple iPhone 12 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra are similar. Although the iPhone 12 is cheaper most of the time, aside from promotions that might appear. Remember that when you're comparing the two models.

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. 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

We've based our score on a study from Globalwebindex.com about the most desired smartphone features by consumers. But you'll be able to define how the global score is composed based on your personal preferences. You can skip to the end, but I suggest you keep reading to know more about them.

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

Some features are underlined with a red or green progress bar. That's so you can see how they sit side by side with equivalently priced phones.

Here's our contestant panel: but we've only included smartphones within a 40% price range.

Some features are also shortcuts to our corresponding eight top 10 listings for all budgets.

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy Note 20 Ultra iPhone 12
Release Date 2020, August 2020, October 0y.
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?

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android), which measures overall performance, the iPhone 12 was, on average, 59% quicker while finishing its tests. If you're a gamer, this should be an easy pick. The iPhone is a bit more responsive to tasks like rotating the phone to landscape mode because Google does have a hard time optimizing Android.

Unfortunately, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra isn't that smooth. It actually is below the average if you consider related priced phones. The average score is 3279, but it got 2561.

One can entitle the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra as a lower high-end and the iPhone 12 more like high-end.

The Apple iPhone 12 is available with the Apple A14 processor, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra brings the former generation's Exynos 990 processor.

About the graphics: while the first one brings a proprietary Apple GPU, the other has a Mali-G77 MP11.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra carries out Android 10 and OneUI OS, and the iPhone 12 runs on iOS 14.1.

PS: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (with the Adreno 650 GPU) and the Exynos 990 (with the Mali-G77) are market-dependent.

There's a considerable performance increase of about 20% on the 865+ for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 20 Ultra iPhone 12
SoC Exynos 990 Apple A14
Graphics Mali-G77 MP11 Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 2561
4067
1506
OS Android 10 and OneUI iOS 14.1
Tek-Score
6.3
8.8
2.5

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra front transparent png Apple iPhone 12 front transparent png

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the winner here, and it wins by a significant margin.

The iPhone 12 features a 6.1" AMOLED display, while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a larger 6.9" AMOLED display. You'll likely have set your preferences already on the display type and size. To me, a 6.3 inches screen is where I draw the line.

If you're into small displays, stop searching, and just pick the iPhone 12. There are just not that many choices in its class.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra benefits from a higher resolution, at 1440x3088 pixels, while the iPhone 12 has 1170x2532 pixels. If you value a clean, almost notch-free screen, there's one more reason to consider the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

It's better to be safe than sorry, so I have to put this out: Both have a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus display.

There's one additional feature here: the Always-On display on the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

If you set your brightness to auto, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra can do 1024 nits, while the iPhone 12 only goes up to 639 nits.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has HDR10+ video support, and its competitor can show HDR10 videos.

If high refresh rates are the future, you should know that the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra can do 120hz.

If you're leaning towards the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 80% have an Always-On display and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Concerning the iPhone 12, just so you know, 94% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 78% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 20 Ultra iPhone 12
Size 6.9
6.1
-0.8
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1440x3088
1170x2532
-1484280
Refresh Rate 120hz 60hz -60
Dots per Inch 493.80
457.25
-36.55
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch Hole Wedge
Peak Brightness 1024 nits
639 nits
-385
HDR HDR10+ HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
9.8
2.9
-6.8
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
9.9
7.5
-2.4

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra back transparent png Apple iPhone 12 back transparent png

You should note that the iPhone 12 is in the neighborhood of 22% above other smartphones for the same budget. And it should be your option today.

Things are different when it comes to lenses. Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 Ultra features a whopping 108 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/1.8, a 26mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It can record videos at up to 4320p.

There's also one 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/3.0 and an astounding 120mm telephoto lens. And another one with 12 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

If you take a 108 Megapixels snapshot, you can zoom in on it and do a crop in the middle to get a sample with 27 Megapixels and 2x optical zoom.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is also known for its impressive 50x hybrid Space Zoom. In theory, that's a step down from the S20 Ultra 100x, but since it's an "AI-powered" zoom, it shouldn't matter much.

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

DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 122. If you also consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that will go up to 136. For a thorough review, click here.

Before moving on, all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization, and 93% feature a telephoto lens. However, none of them feature a macro lens.

On the back of the Apple iPhone 12 is a 12 Megapixels (f/1.6) camera and a 26mm wide-angle lens. Then you'll have four flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. It can also record videos at up to 2160p. It also has a secondary 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

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

The guys over at the DXOMARK labs scored this camera with 132 points. By adding its wide-angle lens, we'll get to the final score of 139 points. If you want to know more about every tidbit, check it here.

Winding it up, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Regardless, only 6% of them feature a macro lens.

If you prefer, we can grade these two as high-end.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy Note 20 Ultra iPhone 12
Megapixels 108
12
-96
Aperture 1.8
1.6
-0.2
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 4 3
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 4320 2160 -2160
Score 136
139
3

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy Note 20 Ultra iPhone 12 vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 3.0
2.4
-0.6
Lens 120mm (4.6x zoom)
13mm -107
Lens Type Telephoto lens Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 12 -
Aperture 2.2 -
Lens 13mm -
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle -
Score 14 7 -7
Selfie Camera Galaxy Note 20 Ultra iPhone 12 vs.
Megapixels 10
12
2
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 26mm 23mm -3
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra iPhone 12 vs.
Tek-Score
8.0
8.2
0.2

Who has the best frame?

The iPhone 12 does stand out because of its weight and the number of color options.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a height of 6.46 inches (164 mm) and a width of 3.03 inches (77 mm). The iPhone 12, on the other hand, is 18 mm smaller and 6 mm narrower (about 0.71 inches by 0.24 inches).

The former has about 8 mm (0.32 inches) of thickness, while the latter has 7 mm (0.28 inches).

They both have a beautiful glass body. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is 44 g. (1.55 oz) heavier than the other, weighing about 164 g. (5.78 oz). If you want a big screen in a lightweight phone, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra got 4.4, which implies it has an acceptable score for a 6.9 inches display. Having said that, the iPhone 12 has 6.9, which is pretty nice.

You can have the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black. And you can compare that with the Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue, which comes with the iPhone 12.

If you favor big phones, you should pick the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Otherwise, the other is the one.

Do you value a fingerprint scanner? Unfortunately, you can't count on the iPhone 12, but if you're already considering the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, then good for you.

That doesn't mean you're out of security options on the iPhone 12. Wisely, Apple included a Face ID scanner.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters, on par with the iPhone 12. That should be for up to 30 minutes, in standby and freshwater only, so no saltwater or pools here.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy Note 20 Ultra iPhone 12
Size 164 x 77 x 8 mm
(5.78 x 2.72 x 0.28 in)
146 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.15 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
-28462
Weight 208 g. (7.34 oz)
164 g. (5.78 oz)
-44
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 93.17%
88.18%
-4.98
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.4 6.9 2.5
Looks 9.1/10
10.0/10
0.8
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Face ID
Tek-Score
6.8
8.6
1.8

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

Which has the best battery?

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra does have a battery capacity of 4500 mAh versus the 2815 mAh of the iPhone 12. And GSMArena did test them out, and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra does have an advantage here.

If you charge it up, this is what you'll find out about the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 83% of the battery remaining.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 69% left for the rest of the day.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, this is where your battery will be: 72%.

And these are iPhone 12's patterns:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you should have 79% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll probably have 64% left for the rest of the day.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 64% of the battery charge.

If one of these will end up being the one, you'll have quick charging on your next phone: 25w for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and 20w for the iPhone 12.

There's also wireless charging (15w) in both of them. Cool. Apple brought MagSafe from their Macbooks so you can effortlessly charge the new iPhones. It's nice but not as good as USB-C charging.

You can also use the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra reverse wireless charging to charge any Qi-enabled device up to 4.5w per hour.

The Snapdragon 865+ variant also has better battery efficiency, about 7% of additional screen-on-time.

Battery*
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 20 Ultra iPhone 12
Capacity (mAh) 4500 2815 -1685
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
79% left
-4
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 69% left
64% left
-5
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 72% left
64% left
-8
Bat. To Phone Size Score 2.6 6.4 3.8
Sub Tek-Score
7.5
6.9
-0.6
Fast Charging 25w
20w
-5
Wireless Charging 15w
15w
0
Reverse Charging 4.5w
No -4.5
Tek-Score
7.2
6.6
-0.6

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, for sure.

Samsung put 12GB of RAM and 256GB of built-in storage on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Space won't be an issue because you can always add a MicroSD card to it.

The iPhone 12 offers 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. It doesn't have a MicroSD slot. You may need a good data plan and some cloud storage. Plus, you'll most likely get more storage and more RAM on most of its rivals. 9Gb for RAM and 146Gb for storage, on average.

Most people should be OK with their internal storage. However, if you love to have or record tons of videos, 64 GB will be a problem sooner than later.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 20 Ultra iPhone 12
RAM (GB) 12GB
4GB
-8
Internal (GB) 256GB
64GB
-192
Micro SD microSDXC (shared SIM slot) No
Tek-Score
10.0
2.8
-7.3

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

These two do look alike sometimes.

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

If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. Just skip adapters and get a decent pair of wireless earbuds. Or you can also check its rivals if you just ignore these two. The Sony Xperia 1 II can give you a headphone jack.

You can connect the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra to LTE or (LTE and) 5G networks.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy Note 20 Ultra iPhone 12
Network 5G (also available in LTE) 5G
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
4.6
4.6
0.0

Which is more affordable?

You're likely not considering the iPhone 12 to make all your pennies count. But with a great deal or a price drop, it can be an impressive finding. The last time we've checked, it was 5% more expensive than the others in its class. You can find them for about $761. On the other hand, you'll likely find the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra at a higher price range, but if it's worth it or not, it's up to you to decide.

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

Here's what we've found out:

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Reference: $995

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Apple iPhone 12

Reference: $880

Apple iPhone 12

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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).

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Value for money Galaxy Note 20 Ultra iPhone 12 VS
Amazon 0.73 - ! -
eBay 0.59 0.83 0.24
Best Buy 0.77 0.85 0.08
Walmart 0.81 - -

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So, what about that global score? We'll get there. For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. It's 7.6 for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and 7.2 for the iPhone 12.

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Stand Out?

It has been known that any iPhone released in the last couple of years can crush any Exynos SoC out there, and between these two, it's no exception.

But if you can see past that, the Note 20 Ultra has the perfect display that features Always-on, an almost-perfect notch, 120hz of adaptive refresh rate, and a wondrous telephoto lens. Note of which are to be seen on the iPhone 12. Not only that, but it also has better battery life, three times more RAM and four times more internal storage, plus the MicroSD slot.

All in all, that's about it.

Pros Galaxy Note 20 Ultra iPhone 12
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Always-On-Display Cameras
#4 Cameras Fast Charging
#5 Battery Life Wireless Charging
#6 Fast Charging Glass Protection
#7 Wireless Charging
#8 MicroSD Slot
#9 Storage
#10 Glass Protection
Cons Galaxy Note 20 Ultra iPhone 12
#1 Weight Always-On-Display
#2 3.5mm Jack MicroSD Slot
#3 Price 3.5mm Jack
#4 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy Note 20 Ultra iPhone 12
Gaming Score
8.4
6.3
-2.1
Tek-Score
8.08
6.76
-1.32
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 20 Ultra 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $799
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
    $1049
  • 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
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • 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

 Apple iPhone 12 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $699
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $900
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $704
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $849
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $919
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $793
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $729
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $899
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698
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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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