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Samsung Galaxy S10e vs S10: Is Affordable Good Enough?

author Luis Silva (March 2020 Updated: March 2021)

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Introduction

Samsung's Galaxy S10e and Galaxy S10 started selling in March of 2019.

With this article, you'll be able to compare every feature of the Galaxy S10e and the Galaxy S10. Then, you can decide what model better suits your needs. Let's start.

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

Bottom Line

Which is a better smartphone?

The price of the Galaxy S10 isn't that much higher, but considering its features, it is the best option.

It features better glass protection and a better display.

Anything else?

The Galaxy S10 also gives you a larger (+0.3") display, a telephoto lens (+40 mm), and more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB).

In the end, it's up to you because they ended up with similar rates.

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're not considering going for a carrier subscription, you'll have to spend approximately $71 more.

Is it worth getting the Galaxy S10e in 2021?

Overall, you'll still get a pretty decent smartphone if you go for the Galaxy S10e in 2021, especially now that it's cheaper. That doesn't mean you should ignore other devices like the Galaxy S21 since it has better performance, better cameras, more security updates, faster charging, and more RAM.

Is it worth buying the Galaxy S10 in 2021?

The Galaxy S10 remains a great smartphone in part thanks to its good camera, tons of storage, great glass protection, fast wireless charging, and a below-average weight. It indeed is on the recommended list for 2021, but (again) the Galaxy S21 could give you better performance, more security updates, and faster charging.

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These phones have similar prices, but generally, the Galaxy S10e is more affordable. That's something you should keep in mind when comparing them.

For each featured section, there's a "Tek-Score" for you to check. For a quicker analysis of how far they are from each other, we'll consider all their specifications. You'll also have a global comparison rate if you aren't sure about these two.

The weight of each section

Our Tek-Score is based on a study done by Globalwebindex.com about the most wanted features from people looking to buy 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 until you get there.

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

You'll also see a progress bar underlining some features. It's there for you to better understand how they sit side by side with equivalently priced phones.

You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, but basically, we've excluded every smartphone that's not within a 20% (above or below) price range.

Some items are underlined, and you can tap to access several top 10 tables for every budget.

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10
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?

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5, which measures overall performance, the Galaxy S10 was, on average, 4% quicker while finishing its tests. Basically, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

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

Both come with the Exynos 9820, so this actually isn't a speed race.

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

They all were released with 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.

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

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10
SoC Exynos 9820 Exynos 9820
Graphics Mali-G76 MP12 Mali-G76 MP12
Geekbench 5 Score 2077
2153
76
OS Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI
Tek-Score
5.5
5.6
0.1

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

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

The Galaxy S10 is the title-holder here, but it shouldn't be that noticeable.

While the Galaxy S10 got a 6.1-inch AMOLED display, the Galaxy S10e got a smaller AMOLED display with 5.8-inches. 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.

Do you despise big screens? Then, there aren't many devices to consider besides the Galaxy S10e. Other similarly priced smartphones just aren't that short.

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

The Galaxy S10 sets itself apart from most smartphones in its class: Its high DPI display.

It's better to be safe than sorry, so you need to know about their glass protection. The Galaxy S10e has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, while the Galaxy S10 display has a previous generation Gorilla Glass 6.

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

If you set your brightness to auto, you can count on 803 nits maximum brightness for both Galaxys.

These two can play HDR10+ shootings.

If you're leaning towards any of these, you should know that 96% of its rivals can play HDR content, 92% have an AMOLED screen, and 81% of them have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10
Size 5.8
6.1
0.3
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2280
1440x3040
1915200
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 434.98
551.44
116.47
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 803 nits
820 nits
17
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
8.6
9.2
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 back transparent png

We can safely state that both phones have similar cameras.

Who's gonna win this battle? Samsung's Galaxy S10e can record videos at up to 2160p. It also has a shooter with 12 Megapixels, an aperture of f/1.5, a 26mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization.

It also has another shooter with a 16 Megapixels sensor and 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.

Want to know about its selfie capabilities? It has a 10 MP (f/1.9) shooter and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

I'm sure the guys at DXOMARK will not look back at this camera, but we can place it at around 113* points. If you add its wide-angle lens, you'll end up with a score of 119**.

To put things in perspective: 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 85% of them feature Optical Image Stabilization. Nevertheless, only 15% of them feature a macro lens.

As you're about to see, the Galaxy S10 shares the Galaxy S10e camera setup. It also has a secondary 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 52mm telephoto lens, and an extra 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.

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's gurus gave this shooter a score of 116. And if we consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we'll get to the final rate of 129** points. For an out-and-out review, check their article.

Last (but not least), just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 85% of them feature Optical Image Stabilization. Additionally, only 15% of them feature a macro lens.

One can place the Galaxy S10e as an upper mid-range and the Galaxy S10 in the lower high-end ballpark.

What I really like about the Galaxy S10 is the 2x telephoto lens. This gives you an extra bit of freedom when taking your photos.

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.

*DXOMARK knows how to test these shooters out. Unfortunately, they don't test every smartphone camera out there. So when I get my hands on one of them, I take every hardware specs (like lenses, sensor size, OIS, aperture, and so on) and give a comparable score. This rate should have a maximum of 2 points (up or down) margin of error.

**This rate still needs improvement, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They just changed their protocol, and I need more reviewed devices to fine-tune older scores.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10
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
129
10

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10 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 vs.
Megapixels 10
10
0
Aperture 1.9
1.9
0.0
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10 vs.
Tek-Score
7.0
7.6
0.6

Who has the best frame?

They're not that far apart, so you can't go wrong here.

The Galaxy S10e comes at 142x69 mm (5.59x2.72 inches). The Galaxy S10 came out 0.28 inches (7 mm) taller and 0.04 inches (1 mm) larger.

When it comes to thickness, there's no difference here: 7 mm (0.28 inches). In addition to that, the Galaxy S10e is indeed small. About 12% smaller when compared to other phones at nearly the same price.

All of that goodness is presented in a sleek glass body. The Galaxy S10e weighs 150 g. (5.29 oz), while the other is 7 g. (0.28 oz) heavier. If you're curious, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The Galaxy S10e got a score of 7.8, which implies it's one of the lightest phones for a 5.8 inches display. The Galaxy S10, in its turn, has 7.9, which suggests exceptional work from Samsung.

You'll also get some color options here. The Samsung Galaxy S10 comes in Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Blue, 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 like to keep your phones small, consider getting the Samsung Galaxy S10e. If not, then the other one may not be a great choice either.

Would you like to have a fingerprint scanner? Both devices included it.

The Galaxy S10e is water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters, on par with the Galaxy S10. Remember that it shouldn't be for over half an hour, and it's standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10
Size 142 x 69 x 7 mm
(5.01 x 2.43 x 0.25 in)
149 x 70 x 7 mm
(5.26 x 2.47 x 0.25 in)
4424
Weight 150 g. (5.29 oz)
157 g. (5.54 oz)
7
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, Cardinal Red, and Smoke Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 85.70%
89.05%
3.35
Disp.Size To Weight Score 7.8 7.9 0.1
Looks 9.7/10
10.0/10
0.3
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Side-mounted Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
9.2
8.9
-0.3

*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 features 3400 mAh. But according to GSMArena's tests, you shouldn't expect any real contrast here.

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

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 79% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 61% left for the rest of the day.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll be with 65%.

And this is what you'll get out of 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.
  • For 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 still get 62% to spend doing other things.

Battery life on the Galaxy S10e isn't anything to write home about, but Samsung did a great job here if you ask me. Its "battery to device size" rate is 7.7.

The battery life on the Galaxy S10 is worse than other similarly priced devices. These tests show that it lasts up to 8% less.

They can both do 15 watts when charging, so there's nothing to see here.

There's also wireless charging (15w) in both of them. Cool.

You can wirelessly charge any compatible device from these smartphones. How cool is that?

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
Capacity (mAh) 3100 3400 300
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 79% left
78% left
-1
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 61% left
58% left
-3
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 65% left
62% left
-3
Bat. To Phone Size Score 7.7 5.9 -1.7
Sub Tek-Score
6.8
6.6
-0.2
Fast Charging 15w
15w
0
Wireless Charging 15w
15w
0
Reverse Charging 9w
9w
0
Tek-Score
6.8
6.5
-0.3

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

None of them has.

Samsung put 6GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage on the Galaxy S10e. Space won't be 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 also insert a MicroSD card on it.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10
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 don't stand out on any of these features.

Bluetooth 5.0 is here, on both of them. Both phones also have NFC, so nothing special here.

Do you already have a pair of wireless buds? If not, you can skip them (for now).

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 S10e Galaxy S10
Network LTE LTE (also available in 5G)
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 may not be the cheapest phone, but it's cheaper nonetheless. But if you do search for any deals and price drops, things can get interesting. The Samsung Galaxy S10, in its turn, isn't that cheap, but I'm not here to tell you if it's worth it. One can hope that at least it may age better.

Don't worry, because the following tables will help you make up your mind.

Here are the best deals on some major online stores:

Samsung Galaxy S10e

Reference: $428

Samsung Galaxy S10e

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 S10e Galaxy S10 VS
Amazon - 1.20 -
eBay 1.30 1.68 0.38
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

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Are you also considering other options? The global score can help. Let me point out the average of its competitors. And it isn't that far from 6.5 for both.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

Aside from the display size and resolution differences, you'll also get an extra camera.

Does that justify it's price differences? Well, I do value the 2x optical zoom of the Galaxy S10, so that would make it very hard for me to choose between these two. If that's not your case, I'm sure the Galaxy S10e is an excellent choice for you, plus you'll get a bit more juice from its battery.

Pros Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10
#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
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10
Gaming Score
6.5
6.8
0.3
Tek-Score
7.00
7.27
0.27
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
    $369
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $396
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
    $433
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $499
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $499
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $379
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $429
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $499
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $399
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $479
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $429
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $454
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $369
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $401
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $507
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $401
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399

 Samsung Galaxy S10 
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $369
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $396
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $428
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $499
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $499
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $379
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $429
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $499
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $399
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $479
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $429
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $454
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $369
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $401
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $507
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $401
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
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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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