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Samsung Galaxy S10e vs S10 Plus in 2021: Is It Just Size?

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

The Galaxy S10 Plus is more expensive than the Galaxy S10e, but it's the best of the two.

It has better glass protection and a better display.

Anything else?

The Galaxy S10 Plus also has a larger (+0.6") display, a telephoto lens (+40 mm), and more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB). But with the Galaxy S10e, you can get a lightweight body (25 g./0.88 oz less).

Having said that, none of them truly stood out because they ended up with similar scores.

How much more will the Galaxy S10 Plus cost me?

If you're going off-contract, you'll have to invest an additional amount close to $261.

Is the Galaxy S10e still worth getting in 2021?

The Galaxy S10e is holding up pretty well in 2021, especially now that it's cheaper. Having said that, the Galaxy S10 Lite has better performance, better battery life, more security updates, and faster charging.

Is the Galaxy S10 Plus still worth buying in 2021?

The Galaxy S10 Plus was indeed released in 2019, but it still stands out, thanks to its good camera, tons of storage, excellent glass protection, and fast wireless charging. It still makes sense in 2021, but note that the Galaxy S21 features better performance, more security updates, and faster charging.

Just keep reading if you want to know everything about them, how they are any different from their competition, and how the tech experts evaluate their specs.

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Samsung Galaxy S10e, Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

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Introduction

The Galaxy S10e and the Galaxy S10 Plus were launched in March of 2019.

We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the Galaxy S10e and the Galaxy S10 Plus.

You'll rarely (if ever) find these two with the same price tag. That is something worth considering when comparing them.

Look out for a "Tek-Score" in every section of this article. For a quicker analysis of how far they are from each other, we'll consider all their specifications. The global score will help you compare them to other phones because you'll probably have other phones in mind.

The weight of each section

That score is research-based. It's from Globalwebindex.com on what buyers are looking for when purchasing a smartphone. But don't let that daunt you. You can set it based on your personal preferences. Click here to skip everything, or just keep reading until you get there.

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

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

By clicking here: you'll see which ones we've analyzed, but basically, we include every smartphone within a 20+20% price range, up and down.

Feel free to click any feature title to check out the related top 10 listings for all budgets.

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10 Plus
Release Date 2019, March 2019, March 0y.
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?

As you may have guessed, Geekbench 5 gave these two the same performance. Basically, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

We can classify both of them as upper mid-range.

This isn't a performance contest because the two of them went for the same chipset: the Exynos 9820.

This also isn't a GPU battle because they all have a Mali-G76 MP12.

They both feature the Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI OS.

PS: Both 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 about the Galaxy S10e or click here for more info about the Galaxy S10 Plus.

There's a performance increase of about 17% on the 855 for both of them.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10 Plus
SoC Exynos 9820 Exynos 9820
Graphics Mali-G76 MP12 Mali-G76 MP12
Geekbench 5 Score 2077
2103
26
OS Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI
Tek-Score
5.5
5.5
0.0

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy S10e front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus front transparent png

The Galaxy S10 Plus has the best screen, but the Galaxy S10e is just as good.

The Galaxy S10e has a 5.8-inch AMOLED screen, which is considerably smaller than the Galaxy S10 Plus's 6.4-inch AMOLED display. Which one would you choose? Most people seem to prefer AMOLED for its saturated colors and higher contrast.

If you prefer a smartphone with a small display, the Galaxy S10e is your holy grail. Other similarly priced smartphones just aren't that short.

The Galaxy S10 Plus has a higher-resolution 1440x3040 Quad HD display, and the Galaxy S10e makes do with a 1080x2280 Full HD panel.

It's better to be safe than sorry, so be aware: The Galaxy S10 Plus features a previous generation's Gorilla Glass 6 display. The Galaxy S10e has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

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

When it comes to outdoor visibility, both can do about 803 nits.

Both phones support HDR10+ video formats.

Considering the Galaxy S10e, just know that 96% of its rivals can play HDR content, 92% have an AMOLED screen, and 76% have an Always-On display. On the contrary, only 24% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate.

Compared to the Galaxy S10 Plus, please be aware that 96% of its rivals can play HDR content, 93% have an AMOLED screen, and 78% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10 Plus
Size 5.8
6.4
0.6
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2280
1440x3040
1915200
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 434.98
525.59
90.62
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 803 nits
793 nits
-10
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
8.6
9.1
0.5
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Tek-Score
6.6
8.0
1.4

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy S10e back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus back transparent png

Overall, You shouldn't be seeing any difference between these cameras.

Things are different when it comes to lenses. Samsung's Galaxy S10e features a 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/1.5, a 26mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It can record videos at up to 2160p.

You can also count on another 16 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.2, plus a 12mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

You can find a dual aperture camera on the Galaxy S10e 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.

I'm sure the guys at DXOMARK will not look back at this camera, but considering its features, we came to about 113* points. If you add its wide-angle lens, it'll get 119** points.

Last (but not least), 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 76% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Yet, only 20% of them feature a macro lens.

One more thing that the Galaxy S10 Plus and the Galaxy S10e have in common is their 12 Megapixels shooters. You'll also get two additional sensors, one with 12 Megapixels, an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 52mm telephoto lens, and another with 16 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 12mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

You'll get a dual aperture shooter on the Galaxy S10+ that allows you to choose between f/1.5 or f/2.4.

On the front, there's the same f/1.9 10 MP camera and the same 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 112. And if we consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we get a score of 125** points. Just click here to read about it.

Finally, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 81% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Still, only 19% of them feature a macro lens.

If you're not a numbers person, we can tag the Galaxy S10e as an upper mid-range and the Galaxy S10 Plus as lower high-end.

Something I love about the Galaxy S10 Plus is its 2x optical zoom. It enables you to zoom in on the subject without ruining your photos.

The Galaxy S10 Plus's lens does open wide to absorb more light owing to its greater aperture.

*DXOMARK is a world-known reference in the camera benchmarking department. I'd love to see more tests, but some phones are just left out. That's why when I come across one of them, I do my best to get a comparable score by evaluating hardware specs only (sensor size, Aperture, HDR, OIS, Lenses, and so on). As of now, you can expect a borderline margin of error of 2 points.

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

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10 Plus
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.5
1.5
0.0
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 119
125
6

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10 Plus vs.
Megapixels 16
12
-4
Aperture 2.2
2.4
0.2
Lens 12mm 52mm (2x zoom)
40
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Telephoto lens
Megapixels - 16
Aperture - 2.2
Lens - 12mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 6 13 7
Selfie Camera Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10 Plus vs.
Megapixels 10
10
0
Aperture 1.9
1.9
0.0
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10 Plus vs.
Tek-Score
7.0
7.4
0.4

Who has the best frame?

The Galaxy S10e does stand out because of its weight. But the Galaxy S10 Plus is also pretty decent.

The Galaxy S10e is 142 mm (5.59 inches) tall and 69 mm (2.72 inches) wide. The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, however, is a bit wider. Precisely 0.20 inches (5 mm) and a bit taller: 0.59 inches (15 mm).

These two have about the same thickness: 7 mm (0.28 inches). Remember that the Galaxy S10e is approximately 13% smaller than other phones at nearly the same price.

The glass rear on these phones makes them feel great on the hand. The Galaxy S10e weighs 150 g. (5.29 oz), while its sibling is 25 g. (0.99 oz) heavier. But because screen size also matters, the Galaxy S10e has a "weight to screen size" score of 7.8, which implies it's one of the lightest phones for a 5.8 inches display. The Galaxy S10 Plus, however, has 6.5, which is pretty nice.

You'll also get some color options here. The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus comes in Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Blue, Ceramic Black, Ceramic White, Cardinal Red, and Smoke Blue. The Samsung Galaxy S10e, in its turn, comes in Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, and Prism Blue.

If you favor big phones, you should pick the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. If not, then you should choose the other one.

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

You can drop the Galaxy S10e into the water, up to 1 to 3 meters deep, on par with the Galaxy S10 Plus. It should be for less than 30 minutes, in standby mode, so no underwater photos.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10 Plus
Size 142 x 69 x 7 mm
(5.01 x 2.43 x 0.25 in)
157 x 74 x 7 mm
(5.54 x 2.61 x 0.25 in)
12740
Weight 150 g. (5.29 oz)
175 g. (6.17 oz)
25
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, and Prism Blue Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Blue, Ceramic Black, Ceramic White, Cardinal Red, and Smoke Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 85.70%
88.00%
2.30
Disp.Size To Weight Score 7.8 6.5 -1.3
Looks 9.7/10
10.0/10
0.3
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Side-mounted Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
9.2
8.1
-1.1

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

Which has the best battery?

At 3100 mAh, the Galaxy S10e is the owner of the smallest battery, while the Galaxy S10 Plus features 4100 mAh. But GSMArena did test them out, and you should get the same battery life with either device.

This is what the Galaxy S10e delivers if you do a complete charge:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 79% of the battery charge.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll probably have 61% left for the rest of the day.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, you'll likely end up with 65% of the battery charge.

And this is how the Galaxy S10 Plus handles these tests:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll end up with 81% of the battery charge.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 65% 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 still get 67% to spend doing other things.

So, you're not considering the Galaxy S10e because of its battery life, but Samsung just showed us how good they can be. It got a rate of 7.7 for the "battery to device size" ratio.

Want fast charging? They can both go up to 15w/hour.

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

Both phones can also use reverse wireless charging to charge any Qi-enabled devices.

Galaxy S10e's Quick wireless charging is likewise snappy. You don't get to see it that much at this price range.

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 S10e Galaxy S10 Plus
Capacity (mAh) 3100 4100 1000
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 79% left
81% left
2
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 61% left
65% left
4
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 65% left
67% left
2
Bat. To Phone Size Score 7.7 4.2 -3.5
Sub Tek-Score
6.8
7.1
0.3
Fast Charging 15w
15w
0
Wireless Charging 15w
15w
0
Reverse Charging 9w
9w
0
Tek-Score
6.8
6.8
0.0

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

They share the same amount of storage.

The Galaxy S10e comes equipped with 128GB of integrated storage and 6GB of RAM. You can add at least 256GB here because if it's too short for you, you can buy a MicroSD card.

In its turn, the Galaxy S10 Plus features 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. If that isn't enough, you can also add a MicroSD card later.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10 Plus
RAM (GB) 6GB
8GB
2
Internal (GB) 128GB
128GB
0
Micro SD microSDXC (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?

They also do have a resemblance here.

Both devices feature the standard Bluetooth 5.0 module. As for the NFC chips, both have them.

Both phones will let you keep your good-old wired headphones. Not bad.

You can connect them to LTE networks. If you'd rather have a smartphone with 5G, you should check other phones like the Galaxy S21 or the Google Pixel 5.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10 Plus
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
Tek-Score
8.5
8.5
0.0

Which is more affordable?

The Samsung Galaxy S10e isn't the cheapest smartphone that you can buy. But that depends on the deals that you can find. The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, in its turn, isn't that cheap, but I'm not here to tell you if it's worth it. Maybe you can get some money back if you end up selling it.

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

Here's what we've found out:

Samsung Galaxy S10e

Reference: $428

Samsung Galaxy S10e

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Reference: $689

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

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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 S10e Galaxy S10 Plus VS
Amazon 1.44 - -
eBay 1.75 1.66 -0.09
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

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Are you also considering other options? The global score can help. But first, let's see where its rivals are. And it isn't that far from 6.4 for both.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

If you're having a hard time picking any of these two, then their size probably doesn't concern you. Which leaves you with this question: Is a telephoto lens that big of a deal?

Apart from that, their difference lies in minor things such as higher DPIs, slightly better battery life, and 2 extra gigabytes of RAM on the S10 Plus.

In the end, you'll also have to consider the price difference between them. If you can find them at the same price (or if that's irrelevant to you), then this is a no-brainer.

As you can see, if you feel you'll have to pick the S10e, you'll still get an astonishing device.

Pros Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10 Plus
#1 AMOLED AMOLED
#2 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#5 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#6 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#7 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#8 Glass Protection
Cons Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10 Plus
#1 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10 Plus
Gaming Score
6.5
6.7
0.2
Tek-Score
7.00
7.21
0.21
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 S10e 
  • 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 S10
    $407
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • 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
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349

 Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $388
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $449
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
    $407
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $479
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $478
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $407
  • 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
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $509
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $514
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $479
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $500
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349
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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

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