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Samsung Galaxy S10e vs S9 Plus: Should You Wait Another Year?

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

You'll spend more on the Galaxy S10e, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

You'll get more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB).

Anything else?

The Galaxy S10e also features a lightweight body (39 g./1.38 oz less), faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w), and reverse wireless charging. But the Galaxy S9 Plus brings a larger (+0.4") display and a telephoto lens (+40 mm).

How much more will those additional features cost me?

If you're considering a new and unlocked smartphone, you'll have to spend approximately $121 more.

Is it worth getting the Galaxy S10e in 2021?

The Galaxy S10e is a pretty decent smartphone in 2021, but given that it's now an older device, you can pick it up even cheaper than it was at launch. Nevertheless, you should also check other phones like the Galaxy S21 because it has better performance, better cameras, more security updates, faster charging, and more RAM.

Is it worth buying the Galaxy S9 Plus in 2021?

Just because the Galaxy S9 Plus was released last year doesn't mean I won't recommend it. Its overall score has not dropped much yet, and it's great for its good performance and a good camera. It doesn't mean you can't take a quick peek at the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite, though.

Read on to know more about them, how they fare against their competition, and what the industry thinks about their specs.

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Samsung Galaxy S10e, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

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Introduction

In March of 2018, Samsung started selling its Galaxy S9 Plus, while Samsung's Galaxy S10e hit the stores one year later.

We are looking at how the Galaxy S10e and the Galaxy S9 Plus compare to each other to help you decide which might be the right one for you.

You'll rarely (if ever) find these two with the same price tag. Remember that when you're comparing the two models.

You'll also see down below a "Tek-Score" for every section that we analyze. We evaluated every quantifiable specification, so you can better understand the difference between the two. We'll also provide a global score for comparison if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

The weight of each section

This score is consumer-based from research done by Globalwebindex.com about the most wanted features from people looking to buy new smartphones. But don't let that daunt you. You can set it based on your personal preferences. Click here to skip everything, but I encourage you to keep reading.

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

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

You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, 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 S10e Galaxy S9 Plus
Release Date 2019, March 2018, March -1y.
OS Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.
Security Updates 4 years 4 years 0y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5, which measures overall performance, the Galaxy S10e was, on average, 8% quicker while finishing its tests. Basically, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

It's safe to say that the Galaxy S10e can be tagged as an upper mid-range.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is available with the Exynos 9810 processor, while the Samsung Galaxy S10e brings the Exynos 9820 processor.

If you're a gamer, you'll like to know that the former features a Mali-G72 MP18, and the latter has a Mali-G76 MP12.

Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI runs out-of-the-box on the Galaxy S10e, and the Galaxy S9 Plus has Android 8 (Oreo) 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 845 (with the Adreno 630 GPU) and the Exynos 9810 (with the Mali-G72) are market-dependent. Click here for more info.

There's a performance increase of about 17% on the 855 for the Galaxy S10e.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy S10e Galaxy S9 Plus
SoC Exynos 9820 Exynos 9810
Graphics Mali-G76 MP12 Mali-G72 MP18
Geekbench 5 Score 2077
1924
-153
OS Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI Android 8 (Oreo) and OneUI
Tek-Score
5.5
5.2
-0.3

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy S10e front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus front transparent png

There isn't a winner here, so you have to decide for yourself.

While the Galaxy S9 Plus got a 6.2-inch AMOLED display, the Galaxy S10e got a smaller AMOLED display with 5.8-inches. Which one would you choose? Me, I'd go for an AMOLED screen, but a decent LCD can be just as good.

Do you despise big screens? Then, the Galaxy S10e is the one. It really is short compared to most similarly priced phones.

The Galaxy S9 Plus adopts a 1440x2960 Quad HD resolution. The Galaxy S10e features a more modest resolution of 1080x2280 (Full HD) pixels.

It's better to be safe than sorry, so be aware: Both have a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 display.

There's an Always-On display on both Galaxys. That's a must-have feature for me.

If you're looking for the brightest display, the Galaxy S10e will deliver 803 nits, but the Galaxy S9 Plus can go up to 145 nits below that.

Are you considering watching HDR content? The Galaxy S10e does HDR10+, and the Galaxy S9 Plus does HDR10.

If you're leaning towards the Galaxy S10e, 96% of its rivals can play HDR content, 92% have an AMOLED screen, and 76% have an Always-On display. But only 24% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate.

Concerning the Galaxy S9 Plus, 83% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen, and 78% have an Always-On display. Then again, only 9% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate, and only 17% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy S10e Galaxy S9 Plus
Size 5.8
6.2
0.4
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2280
1440x2960
1800000
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 434.98
530.92
95.94
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole -
Peak Brightness 803 nits
658 nits
-145
HDR HDR10+ HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
8.6
8.4
-0.2
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
6.6
6.6
-0.1

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy S10e back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus back transparent png

We can safely assume that the Samsung Galaxy S10e has a better shooter.

What about its shooters? 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.

It also has a shooter with a 16 Megapixels sensor which has 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.

There's also a 10 MP selfie camera with an aperture of f/1.9 and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

Unfortunately, DXOMARK hasn't tested this camera, but considering its features, we came to about 113* points. If you add its wide-angle lens, you'll end up with a score of 119**.

Before moving on, all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 76% feature Optical Image Stabilization. On the other hand, only 20% of them feature a macro lens.

If you want to compare both 12 Megapixels cameras, you won't find many differences from the Galaxy S10e. The Galaxy S9 Plus also sports a 12 Megapixels sensor, packed with an f/2.4 lens plus a 52mm telephoto lens.

The Galaxy S9 plus has a dual aperture camera that allows you to choose between f/1.5 or f/2.4.

On the front, there's an f/1.7 8 MP camera and a 25 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 97. Plus, combining with its telephoto lens, that score goes up to 107**. Just click here to read about it.

Winding it up, 87% of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

Considering this score, we can classify the Galaxy S10e as an upper mid-range.

The Galaxy S9 Plus has something neat about its cameras: a 2x optical zoom. As soon as you get used to it, you'll know what I mean.

You can easily isolate a subject in the Galaxy S9 Plus, and also avoid blurred pictures thanks to its greater aperture.

*The guys over at DXOMARK know how to benchmark these shooters. Unfortunately, there are lots of good cameras left out of their labs. 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). The last time I've checked this formula, some cameras had a deviation of up to 2 points.

**Consider this as an estimative, at least for phones with no zoom and up to 35 to 40MP. They moved to a better camera test protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy S10e Galaxy S9 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
107
-12

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy S10e Galaxy S9 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
Score 6 10 4
Selfie Camera Galaxy S10e Galaxy S9 Plus vs.
Megapixels 10
8
-2
Aperture 1.9
1.7
-0.2
Lens 26mm 25mm -1
Galaxy S10e Galaxy S9 Plus vs.
Tek-Score
7.0
6.3
-0.7

Who has the best frame?

The Galaxy S10e does have an advantage here, thanks to its weight.

The Galaxy S10e comes at 142x69 mm (5.59x2.72 inches). The Galaxy S9 Plus is 16 mm taller and 4 mm wider (about 0.63 by 0.16 inches).

The first has a thickness of 7 mm (0.28 inches), while the second has about 8 mm (0.32 inches). By doing some math, I found out that the Galaxy S10e is approximately 13% smaller than other phones at nearly the same price.

Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. The Galaxy S10e weighs 150 g. (5.29 oz), while the other is 39 g. (1.54 oz) heavier. If you want a big screen in a lightweight phone, I've come up with an adapted "display size to phone weight ratio" score. The Galaxy S10e got 7.8, which implies it's one of the lightest phones for a 5.8 inches display. Having said that, the Galaxy S9 Plus has 4.2, so nothing to state here.

You can have the Galaxy S10e in Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, and Prism Blue. And you can compare that with the Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Coral Blue, Sunrise Gold, Burgundy Red, Lilac Purple, Ice Blue, and Polaris Blue, which comes with the Galaxy S9 Plus.

If the Galaxy S10e is big enough for you, then excellent. If not, then you should choose the other one.

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

The Galaxy S10e truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep, identical to the Galaxy S9 Plus. But remember: it's for a maximum period of half an hour, in standby and freshwater only, so no saltwater or pools here.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy S10e Galaxy S9 Plus
Size 142 x 69 x 7 mm
(5.01 x 2.43 x 0.25 in)
158 x 73 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.58 x 0.28 in)
23686
Weight 150 g. (5.29 oz)
189 g. (6.67 oz)
39
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, and Prism Blue Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Coral Blue, Sunrise Gold, Burgundy Red, Lilac Purple, Ice Blue, and Polaris Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 85.70%
84.58%
-1.11
Disp.Size To Weight Score 7.8 4.2 -3.6
Looks 9.7/10
9.4/10
-0.3
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Side-mounted Fingerprint Fingerprint
Tek-Score
9.2
7.5
-1.8

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

Which has the best battery?

The Galaxy S10e has a 3100 mAh battery, and the Galaxy S9 Plus has a 3500 mAh. But by GSMArena's standards, you should get the same battery life with either device.

If you charge it up, this is what you'll find out about the Galaxy S10e:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 79% of the battery charge.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still 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 still get 65% to spend doing other things.

And this is how the Galaxy S9 Plus handles these tests:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 81% of the battery remaining.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, this phone should end up with 63%.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, you'll likely end up with 69% of the battery charge.

Battery life on the Galaxy S10e isn't anything to write home about, but Samsung did a great job here if you ask me. That's what a "battery to smartphone size" rate of 7.7 shows.

If you're wondering about their charging speeds, these two can charge at 15watts.

It's good to know that both Galaxys support wireless charging at up to 15w vs. 5w.

The Galaxy S10e also supports reverse wireless charging at 9w/hour for Qi-enabled devices.

Fast wireless charging on the Galaxy S10e is likewise a nice plus. That isn't as frequent on its direct rivals.

Warning, some versions of the Galaxy S9 Plus lack wireless charging.

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 S9 Plus
Capacity (mAh) 3100 3500 400
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 79% left
81% left
2
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 61% left
63% left
2
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 65% left
69% left
4
Bat. To Phone Size Score 7.7 4.4 -3.3
Sub Tek-Score
6.8
7.1
0.3
Fast Charging 15w
15w
0
Wireless Charging 15w
5w
-10
Reverse Charging 9w
No -9
Tek-Score
6.8
6.2
-0.6

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

Definitely, the Galaxy S10e.

The Galaxy S10e has 128GB of internal storage and 6GB 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 Galaxy S9 Plus, in its turn, has 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. If that isn't enough, you can also add a MicroSD card later.

Both phones have more than enough storage and RAM for the average consumer. However, if videos or big games are your thing, 64 GB alone won't get you there.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy S10e Galaxy S9 Plus
RAM (GB) 6GB
6GB
0
Internal (GB) 128GB
64GB
-64
Micro SD microSDXC (shared SIM slot) microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
7.5
6.3
-1.3

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

If you still don't know which to pick, you can skip this section.

When it comes to connectivity, both Galaxys have Bluetooth 5.0. 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).

They both run on LTE networks. If you really want to give 5G a try, you may want to check the Galaxy S21 or the Google Pixel 5.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy S10e Galaxy S9 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 S9 Plus 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 Samsung Galaxy S10e, in its turn, isn't that cheap, but that's probably something you already knew. Maybe you can get some money back if you end up selling it.

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

If you're looking for old phones, I do hope you're considering second-hand here.

Here's what we've found out:

Samsung Galaxy S10e

Reference: $428

Samsung Galaxy S10e

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Reference: $307

Samsung Galaxy S9 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).

Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.

Value for money Galaxy S10e Galaxy S9 Plus VS
Amazon 1.44 - -
eBay 1.75 1.67 -0.08
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - 2.40 -

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Want to know about that global score? Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. They usually sit close to 6.4 (for the Galaxy S10e) and 5.8 (for the Galaxy S9 Plus).

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S10e Stand Out?

Picking one of these will ultimately depend on their price because on the specs side, they aren't that different.

When it comes to performance, the Exynos 9820 isn't that much of an upgrade. Displays also aren't that different (if you ignore their size). The S9 Plus doesn't have a notch, but its bezels do highlight that. If you value a telephoto lens, then the S10e, despite having a slightly better camera, isn't for you. The S9 Plus does have an advantage in battery life, but the S10e has faster wireless charging, just like reverse wireless charging. The extra 64GB of storage on the S10e could be a deciding factor, but both have expandable solutions, so 128GB it's something you can live without.

Like I was saying, in the end, it all depends on the prices that you'll eventually find them.

Pros Galaxy S10e Galaxy S9 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
Cons Galaxy S10e Galaxy S9 Plus
#1 Weight
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy S10e Galaxy S9 Plus
Gaming Score
6.5
5.6
-0.9
Tek-Score
7.00
6.36
-0.64
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 S9 Plus 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A50
    $265
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $269
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $339
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
    $280
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T
    $270
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
    $290
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $327
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • XiaomirivalPocophone F1
    $250
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7 Plus
    $260
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $327
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
    $294
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $340
  • RealmerivalXT
    $290
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7
    $250
  • OnePlusrival6T
    $300
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
    $285
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $365
  • XiaomirivalMi 8
    $265
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 SE
    $250
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A51
    $280
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
    $289
  • HuaweirivalP40 Lite
    $298
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
    $289
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • 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

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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