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Samsung Galaxy S10, Apple iPhone 12 Mini

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Luis Silva (November 2020, updated: February 2021)


In November of 2020, Apple launched its iPhone 12 Mini. The Galaxy S10, however, has seen the light of day in March of 2019.

In this article, we see how the Galaxy S10 and the iPhone 12 Mini compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

If you have the time, click here to skip the spoilers and continue to the full comparison.

Bottom Line

Which is better?

The iPhone 12 Mini will cost you more, but it isn't the smartphone you should pick.

It has better performance (+94%) and more OS updates (4 additional years). But with the Galaxy S10, you can get more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB) and external storage.

What else sets them apart?

The iPhone 12 Mini also features a cleaner user interface and a lightweight body (22 g./0.78 oz less). But the Galaxy S10 also features an Always-On, larger (+0.7") display, better outdoor brightness, a telephoto lens (+39 mm), reverse wireless charging, more RAM (8GB vs. 4GB), and a headphone jack.

But how much more will I have to pay for the Galaxy S10?

If you're not considering going for a carrier subscription, since it is more affordable, you can end up saving up to about $240.

Is it worth getting the Galaxy S10 in 2021?

Yes, of course. As you're about to see, it still has decent specs.

Is it still worth buying the iPhone 12 Mini in 2021?

Sure. It's one of the best smartphones out there.

The Galaxy S10 definitely has the iPhone 12 Mini beaten on price. Remember that when you're comparing the two models.

Down below, there's a "Tek-Score" in every analyzed section of these models. We evaluate all quantifiable specifications to help you quickly identify how much they are far apart. You'll also have a global comparison rate if you're interested in other than these two.

This score is based on research from Globalwebindex.com about what people want from their next smartphones.

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

Some features are underlined with a red or green progress bar. It's for you to know how well they relate to the ones from similarly priced smartphones.

You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, but essentially, we're ignoring smartphones that are more than 20% cheaper or expensive.

Some items are clickable, and they'll get you to the best 10 phones on that for every budget.

Price* vs.
Device Galaxy S10 iPhone 12 Mini
Release Date 2019, March 2020, November 1y.
OS Updates 3 years 6 years 3y.
Security Updates 3 years 6 years 3y.

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


Regarding their chipset, while the Apple iPhone 12 Mini comes with the Apple A14 SoC, the Samsung Galaxy S10 has the Exynos 9820 SoC.

Regarding the graphics chipset, the former features a proprietary Apple GPU, and the latter has a Mali-G76 MP12.

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android), which measures overall performance, the iPhone 12 Mini was, on average, 94% quicker while finishing its tests. This should be a no-brainer here. iOS is much lighter than Android because Apple did their work to keep it fit.

The iPhone 12 Mini's performance does stand out against similarly priced phones. The average rate is 2861, but it got 4174.

We can label the Galaxy S10 as an upper mid-range and the iPhone 12 Mini as more like high-end.

The Galaxy S10 brings the Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI OS from the factory, and the iPhone 12 Mini got the iOS 14.1.

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 iPhone 12 Mini
SoC Exynos 9820 Apple A14
Graphics Mali-G76 MP12 Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 2153
OS Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI iOS 14.1

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.


Samsung Galaxy S10 front transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Mini front transparent png

The Galaxy S10 has a 6.1-inch AMOLED screen, which is considerably larger than the iPhone 12 Mini's 5.4-inch AMOLED display. It all comes down to personal preferences for both the display type and size. AMOLED has perfect contrast and viewing angles, but its whites do hurt the battery life.

If you're into small displays, stop searching, and just pick the iPhone 12 Mini. Most phones from its price range don't even come close.

The Galaxy S10 adopts a 1440x3040 Quad HD resolution. The iPhone 12 Mini features a more modest resolution of 1080x2340 (Full HD) pixels. If you fancy edge-to-edge displays, the Galaxy S10 isn't perfect, but it's pretty close to that.

The Galaxy S10 also beats most smartphones in its class: Its pixel density evens out at 25% above the rest.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so be aware: The Galaxy S10 has a previous generation Gorilla Glass 6 protection, while the iPhone 12 Mini display has the latest Gorilla Glass Victus.

To me, the Samsung Galaxy S10 has one significant advantage here, which is the Always-On-Display.

When it comes to outdoor visibility, you can count on the Galaxy S10 to go up to 820 nits, while the iPhone 12 Mini only goes up to 627 nits.

Are you considering watching HDR content? The Galaxy S10 does HDR10+, while its rival can display HDR10 content.

Bearing in mind the Galaxy S10, just know that 87% of its rivals can play HDR content, 91% have an AMOLED screen, and 83% of them have an Always-On display.

Considering the iPhone 12 Mini, please be aware that 86% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all of them have an AMOLED screen, and 95% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features Galaxy S10 iPhone 12 Mini
Size 6.1
Resolution (px) 1440x3040
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 551.44
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch Hole Wedge
Peak Brightness 820 nits
627 nits
Sub Tek-Score
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.


Samsung Galaxy S10 back transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Mini back transparent png

Things are different when it comes to lenses. Samsung's Galaxy S10 can record videos at up to 2160p. It also has a shooter with 12 MP, an aperture of f/1.5, a 26mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization.

It also features two auxiliary cameras. One has 12 MP and an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 52mm telephoto lens. And another shooter with 16 MP (f/2.2) with a 12mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

There's a dual aperture shooter on the Galaxy S10 that allows you to choose between f/1.5 or f/2.4.

Its selfie camera features a 10 MP sensor with an f/1.9 aperture and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DxOMark gave this shooter a rate of 116. By including the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it'll get 129** points. You can check their review if you click here.

PS: you should know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 91% of them feature Optical Image Stabilization. Yet, only 13% of them feature a macro lens.

The standard camera on the back of the iPhone 12 Mini has a 12 MP sensor and a 26mm, f/1.6 aperture, wide-angle lens. It also has two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. When it comes to recording videos, it can do 2160p. It also has a secondary 12 MP camera with an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

The front-facing camera features a 12 MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

DxOMark evaluated this camera, and here's the rate: 132. Plus, combining with its wide-angle lens, that score goes up to 139. For an out-and-out review, click here.

Lastly, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. That said, only 9% of them feature a macro lens.

You should note that the Galaxy S10 is in the neighborhood of 46% above other smartphones at about this price-tag. But it isn't the one I'm recommending.

If you're not a numbers person, we can tag the Galaxy S10 as a lower high-end and the iPhone 12 Mini as high-end.

The Galaxy S10 has something neat about its cameras: a 2x optical zoom. It enables you to zoom in on the subject without ruining your photos.

You can easily isolate a subject in the Galaxy S10, owing to its greater aperture.

**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 changed their protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed cameras to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy S10 iPhone 12 Mini
Megapixels 12
Aperture 1.5
Lens 26mm
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 2 1
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 129

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy S10 iPhone 12 Mini vs.
Megapixels 12
Aperture 2.4
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
13mm -39
Lens Type Telephoto lens Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 16 -
Aperture 2.2 -
Lens 12mm -
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle -
Score 13 7 -6

Selfie Camera Galaxy S10 iPhone 12 Mini vs.
Megapixels 10
Aperture 1.9
Lens 26mm 23mm -3

Galaxy S10 iPhone 12 Mini vs.


The Galaxy S10 is 149 mm (5.87 inches) tall and 70 mm (2.76 inches) wide. Apple's iPhone 12 Mini is a bit smaller, precisely 18 mm (0.71 inches), and a bit narrower too, about 6 mm (0.24 inches).

These two have about the same thickness: 7 mm (0.28 inches). Remember that the iPhone 12 Mini is indeed small. About 26% smaller when compared to most phones from this price range.

Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. The Galaxy S10 is a little bit heavier: About 22 g. (0.78 oz). But because screen size also matters, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The Galaxy S10 got 7.9, and that's another way of saying it's one of the lightest phones for its screen size. In the meantime, the iPhone 12 Mini has 8.6, which suggests exceptional work from Apple.

You can have the Galaxy S10 in Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Blue, Cardinal Red, and Smoke Blue. And you can compare that with the Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue, which comes with the iPhone 12 Mini.

If you like to keep your phones small, consider getting the Apple iPhone 12 Mini. If not, then go for the other one.

Is the lack of a fingerprint scanner a deal-breaker to you? There's one under the display of the Galaxy S10 but not on the iPhone 12 Mini.

You can still use biometrics to log in on the iPhone 12 Mini. Some say Face ID isn't as secure, but it's there for you.

You can drop the Galaxy S10 into the water, up to 1 to 3 meters deep, and the same goes for the iPhone 12 Mini. It should be for less than 30 minutes, and it's freshwater in standby mode only.

Looks* vs.
Body Galaxy S10 iPhone 12 Mini
Size 149 x 70 x 7 mm
(5.26 x 2.47 x 0.25 in)
131 x 64 x 7 mm
(4.62 x 2.26 x 0.25 in)
Weight 157 g. (5.54 oz)
135 g. (4.76 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Blue, Cardinal Red, and Smoke Blue Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 89.05%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 7.9 8.6 0.7
Looks 10.0/10
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Face ID

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


Looking at these numbers, the Samsung Galaxy S10, with its battery capacity of 3400 mAh, should be a winner, without a doubt. But are the numbers really that clear? By charging them up and testing them out, this is what you'll find out about the Galaxy S10:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll still have 78% left.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, this phone should end up with 58%.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll be with 62%.

And these are iPhone 12 Mini's patterns:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll end up with 75% of the battery charge.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 59% left.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll be with 59%.

I think this isn't surprising at all, but there's no real difference here.

So, the iPhone 12 Mini doesn't have the best battery life out there, but Apple put some effort into making an overall battery saver device. It got a rate of 9.9 for the "battery to device size" ratio.

One more thing about battery life on the iPhone 12 Mini: it is way below other price-liked phones. That's a step-down of 10% against the typical smartphone.

The Galaxy S10 features quick-charging at up to 15w, but the iPhone 12 Mini does it too, at 20w.

It's good to know that both phones support wireless charging at up to 15w vs. 12w. Apple brought MagSafe from their Macbooks so you can effortlessly charge the new iPhones. That's handy if you do have the charger nearby.

You can also use the Galaxy S10 reverse wireless charging to charge any Qi-enabled device up to 9w per hour.

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 iPhone 12 Mini
Capacity (mAh) 3400 2227 -1173
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 78% left
75% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 58% left
59% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 62% left
59% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.9 9.9 3.9
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 15w
Wireless Charging 15w
Reverse Charging 9w
No -9

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.


The Galaxy S10 has 128GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM. In the worst-case scenario, you'll end up spending a few bucks more because you can add a MicroSD card if you want.

The iPhone 12 Mini, in its turn, has 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. There's no expandable storage here. You may need a good data plan and some cloud storage. Also, you'll get more storage and more RAM on most of its rivals. 9Gb of RAM and 145Gb of storage: that's the average, not the best you can find.

Neither storage nor RAM should be an issue on both phones. However, if you love to store 4k videos, 64 GB may be too short for you.

Storage* vs.
Features Galaxy S10 iPhone 12 Mini
Internal (GB) 128GB
Micro SD microSDXC (shared SIM slot) No

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


Both phones have Bluetooth 5.0, so nothing special here. 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. You may go for an adapter as a last resort on the iPhone 12 Mini, but it really isn't the same.

You can find the Galaxy S10 in the LTE or (LTE and) 5G variants. The 5G variant of the Galaxy S10 has a larger 6.7-inch display, a 0.3MP depth camera, 256GB of storage, a 4500 mAh battery, and fast charging at 25w.

Connectivity vs.
Features Galaxy S10 iPhone 12 Mini
Network LTE (also available in 5G) 5G
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack Yes No


The Samsung Galaxy S10 isn't the cheapest smartphone that you can buy. But with a great deal or a price drop, it can be an impressive finding. The Apple iPhone 12 Mini, on the other hand, is usually more costly, 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 the best prices that we've found:

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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 S10 iPhone 12 Mini VS
Amazon - - ! -
eBay 1.19 0.81 -0.38
Best Buy - - ! -
Wallmart - - -

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

Want to know about that global rate? First, let me mention the average at their price range. It's 6.6 for the Galaxy S10 and 7.0 for the iPhone 12 Mini.

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S10 Stand Out?

The Galaxy S10 is starting to show its age. Still, even the Exynos variant has slightly better battery life than the iPhone 12 Mini. One could argue that's a smaller device, but still... The Mini does have a significant advantage for those that like stunning speeds, but its battery life won't allow you to enjoy it that much. But what else does the Galaxy S10 features? Well, you have a higher maximum outdoor brightness, an Always-on display, a telephoto lens, reverse wireless charging, much more RAM, and much more internal storage. Not only that, but it also has expandable storage and a good-old headphone jack.

Pros Galaxy S10 iPhone 12 Mini
#1 AMOLED Performance
#2 Always-On-Display AMOLED
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#5 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#6 MicroSD Slot Glass Protection
#7 3.5mm Jack
#8 Glass Protection

Cons Galaxy S10 iPhone 12 Mini
#1 Always-On-Display
#2 MicroSD Slot
#3 3.5mm Jack
#4 Price

Relative Score* vs.
Global Score Galaxy S10 iPhone 12 Mini
Gaming Score

*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.


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.


"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.


"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.



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 S10 
  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 8

  • Apple

    iPhone X

  • Apple

    iPhone 11

  • Apple

    iPhone 11 Pro Max

  • Apple

    iPhone XS

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 10

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 Plus

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10e EX

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10+ EX

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10+ SD

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 EX

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 SD

  • OnePlus

    7 Pro

  • OnePlus

    7T Pro

  • Huawei


  • Huawei

    P30 Pro

  • Google

    Pixel 4

  • Huawei

    Mate 20 Pro

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 9

  • Apple

    iPhone SE 2

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 Lite

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 FE

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 FE 4G

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 FE 5G

  • Oppo

    Find X2 Neo

  • Google

    Pixel 5

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10T Pro

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10

  • Oppo

    Reno4 Pro

 Apple iPhone 12 Mini 
  • Sony

    Xperia 1

  • Sony

    Xperia 5

  • Apple

    iPhone 11 Pro

  • Apple

    iPhone XS Max

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 EX

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 SD

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20+ EX

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20+ SD

  • Huawei

    P30 Pro

  • Google

    Pixel 4 XL

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 Plus

  • Huawei

    Mate 30 Pro

  • Huawei

    P40 Pro

  • Huawei


  • OnePlus

    8 Pro

  • OnePlus


  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10 Pro

  • Apple

    iPhone 12

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10 Ultra

  • Oppo

    Find X2 Neo

  • OnePlus


  • Oppo

    Reno4 Pro

  • Sony

    Xperia 1 II


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.


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.



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.


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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