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Samsung Galaxy S10 vs S10 Lite: Is The S10 Lite Good Enough?

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

The Galaxy S10 won't cost you that much more, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

It gives you better glass protection, a better display, water-resistance, and a glass back. But with the Galaxy S10 Lite, you can get better battery life.

What else sets them apart?

The Galaxy S10 also has a telephoto lens (+40 mm), a lightweight body (29 g./1.02 oz less), wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB), and a headphone jack. But the Galaxy S10 Lite also features a larger (+0.6") display and faster-charging speeds (45w vs. 15w).

How much more will those additional features cost me?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, it should be about $29 more expensive.

Is it still worth buying the Galaxy S10 Lite in 2021?

The Galaxy S10 Lite isn't the perfect smartphone, but there aren't many better phones for this budget. Of course, you'll also be happy with a device like the Galaxy S21, but this one does have good performance, good battery life, tons of storage, and fast charging.

Is it worth buying the Galaxy S10 in 2021?

For a phone introduced in 2019, the Galaxy S10 still has good camera, tons of storage, excellent glass protection, fast wireless charging, and great display. That's why I'll continue to recommend it in 2021, but you'd be better off with (again) the Galaxy S21 as a daily driver because it has better performance, more security updates, and faster charging.

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

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Introduction

Is the Galaxy S10 Lite lite enough for you? Or do you need a smaller and lighter S10?

Let's see if we can get this.

Samsung launched its Galaxy S10 in March of 2019, while Samsung's Galaxy S10 Lite arrived at stores in February of 2020.

In this article, we see how the Galaxy S10 Lite and the Galaxy S10 compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 and the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite are comparable in price. Still, you'll find the Galaxy S10 Lite cheaper most of the time. That is something worth considering when comparing them.

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 curious about other models aside from these two.

The weight of each section

This score is consumer-based from research done by Globalwebindex.com on what features users value on new smartphones. But you can fine-tune the global score depending on what matters to you. You can check it out here, or just keep reading.

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

Some features are underlined with a red or green progress bar. That's to show how they relate to the ones from similarly priced smartphones.

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

Feel free to click any feature title to check out the best 10 phones on that for up to seven different budgets.

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy S10 Lite Galaxy S10
Release Date 2020, February 2019, March -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?

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5, which measures overall performance, the Galaxy S10 Lite was, on average, 18% quicker while finishing its tests. If you're a heavy gamer, think about this. If not, then it isn't a big deal.

We can label the Galaxy S10 Lite as a lower high-end and the Galaxy S10 more like an upper mid-range.

Samsung decided to include the Exynos 9820 processor on its Galaxy S10. In its turn, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite has the Snapdragon 855 processor.

About the graphics: while the first one brings a Mali-G76 MP12, the other has an Adreno 640.

The Galaxy S10 Lite features the Android 10 and OneUI OS, and the Galaxy S10 got the Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI.

PS: 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 17% on the 855 for the Galaxy S10.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy S10 Lite Galaxy S10
SoC Snapdragon 855 Exynos 9820
Graphics Adreno 640 Mali-G76 MP12
Geekbench 5 Score 2535
2153
-382
OS Android 10 and OneUI Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI
Tek-Score
6.2
5.6
-0.6

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S10 front transparent png

The Galaxy S10 is the title-holder here, and the difference is considerable.

While the Galaxy S10 got a 6.1-inch AMOLED display, the Galaxy S10 Lite got a larger AMOLED display with 6.7-inches. To each, it's own. Do you favor AMOLED screens?

Do you despise small screens? Then, stop searching, and just pick the Galaxy S10 Lite. There are just not that many choices in its class.

The Galaxy S10 benefits from a higher resolution, at 1440x3040 pixels, while the Galaxy S10 Lite has 1080x2400 pixels.

Screen bezels are shrinking in size almost every passing day, so I have to put this out: The Galaxy S10 Lite display is protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The Galaxy S10 with a Corning Gorilla Glass 6. I was hoping for a newer version from Samsung. After all, Corning released this version in 2013.

If you're looking for the Always-On-Display feature, rest assured: it's here on both.

When it comes to outdoor visibility, the Galaxy S10 Lite can go up to 705 nits, but the Galaxy S10 can go up to 115 nits above that.

These two can play HDR10+-compatible media.

About the Galaxy S10 Lite, you should know that 86% of its rivals can play HDR content, 90% have an AMOLED screen, and 76% have an Always-On display. On the other hand, only 17% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate.

Compared to the Galaxy S10, as a reference, 96% of its rivals can play HDR content, 93% have an AMOLED screen, and 78% have an Always-On display. Although, only 22% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy S10 Lite Galaxy S10
Size 6.7
6.1
-0.6
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2400
1440x3040
1785600
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 392.81
551.44
158.64
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 705 nits
820 nits
115
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
8.1
9.2
1.0
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Tek-Score
4.1
8.0
4.0

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S10 back transparent png

We can safely state that both phones have similar cameras.

Who's gonna win this battle? The Galaxy S10 Lite has a whopping 48 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.0, a 26mm 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/2.2, plus a 12mm ultra-wide-angle lens. And another with 5 Megapixels for macros.

Just so you know: You can take a 48 Megapixels photo, zoom in and crop, and get (for example) an additional 2x of optical zoom and a 12 Megapixels sample.

There's also a generous 32 MP selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 25 mm wide-angle lens.

I'm hoping DXOMARK tests this camera out sometime soon, and by its specs, I bet it'll get close to 115* points. And if you take into account its wide-angle lens, you'll end up with a score of 127**.

Before moving on, 97% of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens. Though only 17% of them feature a macro lens.

The Samsung Galaxy S10, in its turn, features a 12 Megapixels camera with an f/1.5 aperture and a 26mm, wide-angle lens. Then it has one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It records videos at up to 2160p. There's also an extra dual sensor with 12 Megapixels (f/2.4 plus a 52mm telephoto lens) and 16 Megapixels (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.

DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 116. By considering the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, this score goes up to 129** points. If you want to know more about every tidbit, check it here.

Lastly, just so you 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. That said, only 19% of them feature a macro lens.

One can place these two as lower high-end.

The Galaxy S10 has one significant benefit over the Galaxy S10 Lite in that it includes a telephoto lens with an optical zoom of about 2x. It will enable you to get a closer view of the subject before taking your picture.

The Galaxy S10's lens can be great in low light conditions and yield sharper results along the way without introducing camera shake because of its aperture.

*I do recommend DXOMARK's reviews. 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 maximum of 2 points (up or down) margin of error.

**You should give this score a margin of error of up to 6 points, especially for cameras with no zoom and with less than 40MP. They just revised their formula, and there aren't enough reviewed cameras to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy S10 Lite Galaxy S10
Megapixels 48
12
-36
Aperture 2.0
1.5
-0.5
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
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: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy S10 Lite Galaxy S10 vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 2.2
2.4
0.2
Lens 12mm 52mm (2x zoom)
40
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Telephoto lens
Megapixels 5 16 11
Aperture 2.4 2.2 -0.2
Lens 25mm 12mm -13
Lens Type Macro Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 12 13 1
Selfie Camera Galaxy S10 Lite Galaxy S10 vs.
Megapixels 32
10
-22
Aperture 2.2
1.9
-0.3
Lens 25mm 26mm 1
Galaxy S10 Lite Galaxy S10 vs.
Tek-Score
7.5
7.6
0.1

Who has the best frame?

The Galaxy S10 does have an advantage here, thanks to its weight, glass back, the number of color options, water resistance, and looks.

The Galaxy S10 Lite comes at 162x75 mm (6.38x2.96 inches). The Samsung Galaxy S10, however, is a bit narrower. Precisely 0.20 inches (5 mm) and a bit smaller: 0.51 inches (13 mm).

When it comes to thickness, they're almost equal: 8 mm (0.32 inches) vs. 7 mm (0.28 inches).

The Galaxy S10 has a full glass body, and it shows. The Galaxy S10 Lite is a little bit heavier: About 29 g. (1.02 oz). But because screen size also matters, the Galaxy S10 Lite has a "weight to screen size" score of 6.2, and that's another way of saying 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 S10 Lite in Prism White, Prism Blue, and Prism Black. 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.

If the Galaxy S10 is big enough for you, then excellent. If not, then go for the other one.

What about a fingerprint scanner? It doesn't matter because both have one.

The Galaxy S10 is water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters. Remember that it shouldn't be for over half an hour, in standby and freshwater only, so no saltwater or pools here.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy S10 Lite Galaxy S10
Size 162 x 75 x 8 mm
(5.71 x 2.65 x 0.28 in)
149 x 70 x 7 mm
(5.26 x 2.47 x 0.25 in)
-24190
Weight 186 g. (6.56 oz)
157 g. (5.54 oz)
-29
Build Front glass Front and back glass
Colors Prism White, Prism Blue, and Prism Black Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Blue, Cardinal Red, and Smoke Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 89.20%
89.05%
-0.15
Disp.Size To Weight Score 6.2 7.9 1.7
Looks 5.8/10
10.0/10
4.2
Waterproof - IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
1.8
8.9
7.1

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

Which has the best battery?

At 4500 mAh, the Galaxy S10 Lite is the owner of the biggest battery, while the Galaxy S10 only features 3400 mAh. And GSMArena did test them out, and the former is the winner here.

That's what you can expect from the Galaxy S10 Lite after charging it up:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 85% of the battery charge.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, this phone should end up with 70%.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, you'll still get 74% to spend doing other things.

And this is how the Galaxy S10 handles these tests:

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

For your information, the Galaxy S10 Lite is also beating most smartphones. You can check here if it still is on our top 10 list with the best battery life.

The Galaxy S10 Lite features quick charging at up to 45w, but the Galaxy S10 does it too, at 15w.

If you love wireless charging, the Galaxy S10 can charge at 15w/hour.

The Galaxy S10 can also wirelessly charge other devices at 9w. These additional features do make a difference.

Quick charging is reasonably speedy with the Galaxy S10 Lite's charger. Devices with similar prices can only do about 22w.

You'll likewise get quick wireless charging on the Galaxy S10. You won't find many phones as fast at about its price.

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 S10 Lite Galaxy S10
Capacity (mAh) 4500 3400 -1100
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 85% left
78% left
-7
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 70% left
58% left
-12
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
62% left
-12
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.3 5.9 1.7
Sub Tek-Score
7.6
6.6
-1.0
Fast Charging 45w
15w
-30
Wireless Charging No 15w
15
Reverse Charging No 9w
9
Tek-Score
6.8
6.5
-0.3

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

None of them has.

The Galaxy S10 Lite has 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM. It isn't an issue because you can top that with a MicroSD card.

On the Galaxy S10, you'll find 128GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM. If you need additional storage, you can insert a MicroSD card on it.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy S10 Lite Galaxy S10
RAM (GB) 6GB
8GB
2
Internal (GB) 128GB
128GB
0
Micro SD microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot) microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
7.5
7.5
0.0

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

You can only get a headphone jack with the Galaxy S10.

Both phones have Bluetooth 5.0, so nothing special here. Both phones also have NFC.

If you're not ready to jump into the wireless buds wagon, stick with the Galaxy S10 for now. You may go for an adapter as a last resort on the Galaxy S10 Lite, but it really isn't the same.

You can find the Galaxy S10 in the LTE or (LTE and) 5G variants. This allows you to get a version of the Galaxy S10 with a 0.3MP depth camera, 256GB of storage, a larger 6.7-inch display, a 4500 mAh battery, and fast charging at 25w.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy S10 Lite Galaxy S10
Network LTE LTE (also available in 5G)
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 Lite isn't the cheapest smartphone that you can buy. But that depends on the deals that you can find. If you're going for the Galaxy S10, you'll end up paying a bit more, but I believe that it shouldn't come as a surprise at all. At least it may be easier to sell if you consider selling it afterward.

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

Here are their recently updated prices:

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite

Reference: $470

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite

Samsung Galaxy S10

Reference: $499

Samsung Galaxy S10

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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 S10 Lite Galaxy S10 VS
Amazon 1.73 1.26 -0.46
eBay 1.65 1.78 0.13
Best Buy - - -
Walmart 1.33 - -

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So, what about that global score? We'll get there. But first, let's see where its rivals are. They're at 6.3 (for the Galaxy S10 Lite) and 6.4 (for the Galaxy S10).

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S10 Stand Out?

Being the Galaxy S10 so close to perfection, it's hard to design something even better, probably even for Samsung. Nonetheless, if you value a giant screen, even with a lower resolution than its smaller sibling, or if you just want the juice, even if you can't wirelessly refill it, then the bigger S10 Lite is the Galaxy for you.

Of course, you'd still have to consider the S10 Plus or even the Note family, but at this price range, I think it's fair to say that it's a solid buy.

I just wished the camera was better, but at least, you kinda keep the optical zoom and still get an extra macro sensor.

Pros Galaxy S10 Lite Galaxy S10
#1 Performance AMOLED
#2 AMOLED Always-On-Display
#3 Always-On-Display Cameras
#4 Cameras Fast Charging
#5 Battery Life Wireless Charging
#6 Fast Charging MicroSD Slot
#7 MicroSD Slot 3.5mm Jack
#8 Glass Protection
Cons Galaxy S10 Lite Galaxy S10
#1 Wireless Charging
#2 Weight
#3 3.5mm Jack
#4 Price
#5 Glass Protection
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy S10 Lite Galaxy S10
Gaming Score
6.5
6.8
0.3
Tek-Score
6.04
7.27
1.23
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 S10 Lite 
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $339
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $327
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $327
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
    $407
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
    $294
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $407
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $340
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $399
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • OnePlusrival6T
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
    $307
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $429
  • HuaweirivalP40 Lite
    $298
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $369
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349

 Samsung Galaxy S10 
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $339
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $327
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $449
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $327
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $399
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $479
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $478
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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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