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Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Note 20 Ultra: The Older, The Better?

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

You'll spend more on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, but it also has better specs.

It has a better display, better battery life, and more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB).

What else stands out?

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra also gives you a higher refresh rate, larger (+0.8") display, a telephoto lens (+68 mm), faster-charging speeds (25w vs. 15w), and more RAM (12GB vs. 8GB). But the Galaxy S10 adds a lightweight body (51 g./1.80 oz less) and a headphone jack.

But how much more will I have to pay for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra?

If you're going off-contract, you'll have to invest an additional amount close to $496.

Is it worth buying the Galaxy S10 in 2021?

The Galaxy S10 is a pretty decent smartphone in 2021, as it still retains its value. You can also consider other devices like the Galaxy S21, as it has better performance, more security updates, and faster charging.

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

Just because the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was released last year doesn't mean I won't recommend it. I like it for its good camera, good battery life, tons of storage, excellent glass protection, and tons of RAM. But if you've been dreaming about other phones, the Apple iPhone 12 Pro should also be one of them.

Keep reading to learn more about what sets them apart, how they fare against their competition, and how the tech experts evaluate their specs.

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Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

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Introduction

So, how does the classic S10 fare against the Note 20 Ultra?

I'll tell you everything you need to know, whether you're considering an upgrade to one or any of them.

In August of 2020, Samsung launched its Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. 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 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

You'll never find the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra at the price of the Galaxy S10. That's something you should keep in mind when comparing them.

For each featured section, there's a "Tek-Score" for you to check. We even assessed the worth of all specifications to make it easier for you to perceive the difference between them. There's also a global score for you to compare them to other phones if you're interested in other than these two.

The weight of each section

This score is consumer-based from research done by Globalwebindex.com about what people want from their next smartphone. But you can customize how each section contributes to the global score according to what you value. You can skip to the end, but keep reading because there are many things to unveil about these two and their rivals.

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

There's a colored progress bar next to some items. It's for you to know how well they sit side by side with equivalently priced phones.

Here is their competitors' extensive list: but we've only included smartphones within a 40% price range.

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

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy S10 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Release Date 2019, March 2020, August 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?

About performance: Geekbench 5 scores the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 19% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. It's something to consider, but it shouldn't be a deal-breaker.

Be aware that the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra's performance is under the pattern for its price range. While the average sits at 3279, this one is 28% below them.

One can entitle the Galaxy S10 as an upper mid-range and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra more like a lower high-end.

Regarding their chipset, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with the Exynos 990 SoC, the Samsung Galaxy S10 has the Exynos 9820 SoC.

If you play heavy games on your phone, you should know that the former has the past year's Mali-G77 MP11, while the latter has a Mali-G76 MP12.

The Galaxy S10 brings the Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI OS from the factory, and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra runs on Android 10 and OneUI.

PS: Both the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (with the Adreno 640 GPU) and the Exynos 9820 (with the Mali-G76), and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (with the Adreno 650 GPU) and the Exynos 990 (with the Mali-G77) are market-dependent. Click here for more info.

There's a performance increase of about 17% on the 855 for the Galaxy S10 and a considerable performance increase of about 20% on the 865+ for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy S10 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
SoC Exynos 9820 Exynos 990
Graphics Mali-G76 MP12 Mali-G77 MP11
Geekbench 5 Score 2153
2561
408
OS Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI Android 10 and OneUI
Tek-Score
5.6
6.3
0.7

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy S10 front transparent png Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra front transparent png

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has the best screen, but not by a significant margin.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra features a 6.9" AMOLED display, while the Galaxy S10 has a smaller 6.1" AMOLED display. It all comes down to personal preferences for both the display type and size. To me, a 6.3 inches screen is where I draw the line.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra adopts a 1440x3088 Quad HD resolution. The Galaxy S10 features a more modest resolution of 1440x3040 (Quad HD) pixels.

Screen bezels are shrinking in size almost every passing day, so let's get the elephant out of the room. The Galaxy S10 is shielded with a previous generation's Gorilla Glass 6. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra display is preserved with the latest Gorilla Glass Victus.

Good news for those who value an Always-On display: both phones have it.

If you don't manually set the screen brightness, the Galaxy S10 can go up to 820 nits, while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra can do 204 nits above that.

Both phones support HDR10+-compatible media.

If you value a smooth display, you can count on the smooth 120hz of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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

Concerning the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, please be aware that 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.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy S10 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Size 6.1
6.9
0.8
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1440x3040
1440x3088
69120
Refresh Rate 60hz 120hz 60
Dots per Inch 551.44
493.80
-57.64
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 820 nits
1024 nits
204
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
9.2
9.8
0.6
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
8.0
9.9
1.9

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy S10 back transparent png Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra back transparent png

There isn't much more to say about these cameras. None of them stands out.

Who's gonna win this battle? Together, a 12 Megapixels sensor, an aperture of f/1.5, a 26mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization makes up the Galaxy S10 camera set. Adding to that, you'll still get the ability to record videos at up to 2160p.

There's also one 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.4, plus a 52mm telephoto lens. And another one with 16 Megapixels (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.

With the selfies camera, you get a 10 MP shooter, with an aperture of f/1.9 and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK gave this shooter a score of 116. By including the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, the final score goes up to 129** points. If you click here, you can check what they think of it.

Before moving on, you'd probably like to know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 81% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Nevertheless, only 19% of them feature a macro lens.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, in its turn, features a whopping 108 Megapixels camera with an f/1.8 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 4320p. It also has two extra rear-facing camera lenses. One has 12 Megapixels (with an aperture of f/3.0 and an astounding 120mm telephoto lens), and another 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 (for example) an additional 2x of optical zoom and a 27 Megapixels sample.

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.

You can get selfies with 10 MP Megapixels. It has a lens with f/2.2 of aperture and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK evaluated this camera, and here's the score: 122. And if we consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we end up with a score of 136 points. For an out-and-out review, check their article.

Lastly, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization, and 93% feature a telephoto lens. Moreover, none of them feature a macro lens.

We can classify the Galaxy S10 as a lower high-end while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra leans towards the high-end.

The Galaxy S10 has an optical zoom of about 2x, which is good, but nothing like the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

The Galaxy S10's lens can deliver a shallower depth of field and yield sharper results along the way without introducing camera shake because of its aperture.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, at least for phones with no zoom and up to 35 to 40MP. These guys recently updated their test protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy S10 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Megapixels 12
108
96
Aperture 1.5
1.8
0.3
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 4320 2160
Score 129
136
7

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy S10 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 2.4
3.0
0.6
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
120mm (4.6x zoom)
68
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 16 12 -4
Aperture 2.2 2.2 0.0
Lens 12mm 13mm 1
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 13 14 1
Selfie Camera Galaxy S10 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 10
10
0
Aperture 1.9
2.2
0.3
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
Galaxy S10 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs.
Tek-Score
7.6
8.0
0.4

Who has the best frame?

The Galaxy S10 does win some points here, mainly for its weight and the number of color options.

The Galaxy S10 has a height of 149 mm (5.87 inches) and a width of 70 mm (2.76 inches). The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra came out 0.59 inches (15 mm) taller and 0.28 inches (7 mm) wider.

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

The glass rear on these phones makes them feel great on the hand. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is 51 g. (2.01 oz) heavier than its sibling, which sits at 157 g. (5.54 oz). If you're looking for a lightweight device, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The Galaxy S10 got 7.9, which implies it's one of the lightest phones for a 6.1 inches display. Having said that, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has 4.4, so nothing to state here.

You'll also get some color options here. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes in Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black. The Samsung Galaxy S10, in its turn, comes in Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Blue, Cardinal Red, and Smoke Blue.

If the Galaxy S10 is big enough for you, then excellent. Otherwise, the other is the one.

What about a fingerprint scanner? They all have one.

The Galaxy S10 truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep, on par with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. But remember: it's for a maximum period of half an hour, and it's standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy S10 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Size 149 x 70 x 7 mm
(5.26 x 2.47 x 0.25 in)
164 x 77 x 8 mm
(5.78 x 2.72 x 0.28 in)
28014
Weight 157 g. (5.54 oz)
208 g. (7.34 oz)
51
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 Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black
Screen To Body Ratio 89.05%
93.17%
4.12
Disp.Size To Weight Score 7.9 4.4 -3.5
Looks 10.0/10
9.1/10
-0.8
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
8.9
6.8
-2.1

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

Which has the best battery?

At 3400 mAh, the Galaxy S10 is the owner of the smallest battery, while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra features 4500 mAh. And GSMArena did test them out, and the winner is the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

This is how the Galaxy S10 performs after a full charge:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll be at 78% of the battery charge.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, the battery charge will be about 58%.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll be with 62%.

And this is where the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra ends at:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 83% of the battery charge.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, the battery charge will be about 69%.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, this is where your battery will be: 72%.

Both phones support fast charging. You can charge the Galaxy S10 at a maximum of 15w/hour and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra up to 25w/hour.

If you value wireless charging, they can do 15w.

These smartphones also support reverse wireless charging to charge Qi-enabled devices.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra's wireless charging is likewise faster than the traditional 5w. You won't find many phones as fast at about its price.

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

Battery*
vs.
Features Galaxy S10 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Capacity (mAh) 3400 4500 1100
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 78% left
83% left
5
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 58% left
69% left
11
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 62% left
72% left
10
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.9 2.6 -3.3
Sub Tek-Score
6.6
7.5
0.9
Fast Charging 15w
25w
10
Wireless Charging 15w
15w
0
Reverse Charging 9w
4.5w
-4.5
Tek-Score
6.5
7.2
0.7

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Clearly.

The Galaxy S10 comes equipped with 128GB of integrated storage and 8GB of RAM. Space won't be an issue because you can top that with a MicroSD card.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra offers 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM. If you need additional storage, you can also insert a MicroSD card on it.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy S10 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
RAM (GB) 8GB
12GB
4
Internal (GB) 128GB
256GB
128
Micro SD microSDXC (shared SIM slot) microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
7.5
10.0
2.5

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The Galaxy S10 is your better option, as it features a headphone jack.

When it comes to connectivity, you can count on the traditional Bluetooth 5.0 chip. 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 Note 20 Ultra, but it really isn't the same.

The Galaxy S10 runs on LTE or (LTE and) 5G networks. 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 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Network LTE (also available in 5G) 5G (also available in LTE)
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack Yes No
Tek-Score
8.5
4.6
-3.8

Which is more affordable?

The Samsung Galaxy S10 may not be the best bang for your buck. But if you do search for any deals and price drops, things can get interesting. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, in its turn, isn't that cheap, but I think that you can find some additional value in it. At least it may be easier to sell if you consider selling it afterward.

Let's see if it really worths it or not.

Here are the best prices that we've found:

Samsung Galaxy S10

Reference: $499

Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Reference: $995

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

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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 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra VS
Amazon 1.26 0.73 -0.53
eBay 1.78 0.59 -1.19
Best Buy - 0.77 -
Walmart - 0.81 -

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Smartphone Specs Statistics: The State Of The Art (Q1 2021)

Want to know about that global score? But first, let's see where its rivals are. They usually sit close to 6.4 (for the Galaxy S10) and 7.6 (for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra).

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

If you're considering an upgrade to a larger display, you should know that it won't feel a full upgrade, at least not with every feature.

You'll lose an "ultra-lightweight" device and the headphone jack. Aside from that, you'll gain on speed, refresh rates, screen brightness, glass protection, on zoom, on battery life (a lot!), on charging speeds, and on RAM.

That alone should be enough to convince you to upgrade. If it's to a Note 20 Ultra or to any other device, it's up to you. Especially if you can't get the Snapdragon variant.

Pros Galaxy S10 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
#1 AMOLED Performance
#2 Always-On-Display AMOLED
#3 Cameras Always-On-Display
#4 Fast Charging Cameras
#5 Wireless Charging Battery Life
#6 MicroSD Slot Fast Charging
#7 3.5mm Jack Wireless Charging
#8 Glass Protection MicroSD Slot
#9 Storage
#10 Glass Protection
Cons Galaxy S10 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
#1 Weight
#2 3.5mm Jack
#3 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy S10 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Gaming Score
6.8
8.4
1.6
Tek-Score
7.27
8.08
0.81
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 
  • 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
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $407
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $340
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $399
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $478
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $429
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $365
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $369
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $479
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349

 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
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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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