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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 4G vs 5G: Which Is Better?

author Luis Silva (October 2020 Updated: June 2021 - 8 min. reading time)

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 4G, Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

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Introduction

Usually, when a brand releases a 5G version of a given model, it only changes its modem. Sometimes they go as far as changing one feature or two, but Samsung went the extra mile and changed just enough to make each version look like a completely different device. Well, At least they share their looks.

Anyways, traditionally Samsung ships the Snapdragon chipsets to North America and addresses its own Exynos chipsets for the rest of the world. This time though, if you live outside of the US, you can effortlessly get your hands on a Qualcomm powered device. You just have to pick the 5G variant of the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (FE).

Both models were released this October.

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. We'll also provide a global score for comparison because you'll probably have other phones in mind.

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'll get a say in the matter by setting it to your personal preferences. You can go there right now, but I suggest you keep reading to know more about them.

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

There's a colored progress bar next to some items. That's to show how they relate to the ones from similarly priced smartphones.

You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, but basically, we include every smartphone within a 20+20% price range, up and down.

Some items are clickable, and they'll get you to the related top 10 listings for all budgets.

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy S20 FE 4G Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Release Date 2020, October 2020, October 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?

That's right, Samsung insists on shipping their own house-made Exynos 990 SoC, despite the lack of performance compared to the current Snapdragon 865 chipset.

And because the GPU is integrated on the main chip, the 5G variant has the Adreno 650, and the 4G has a Mali-G77.

When it comes to the performance, Geekbench 5 rates the Galaxy S20 FE 5G 21% ahead of its sibling on the multi-core rankings. These differences are slight but still noteworthy.

But do check every section of this article because the 4G variant may indeed have something that you favor.

Both phones run on Android 10 and OneUI out of the box.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 FE 4G Galaxy S20 FE 5G
SoC Exynos 990 Snapdragon 865
Graphics Mali-G77 Adreno 650
Geekbench 5 Score 2718 3296 578
OS Android 10 and OneUI Android 10 and OneUI
Tek-Score
6.5
7.5
1.0

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 4G front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G front transparent png

This is one of those rare sections that Samsung supposedly doesn't change. They do have in common their AMOLED display sizes, at 6.5 inches.

When it comes to the number of pixels, there also isn't a winner here: they have a 1080x2400 Full HD display.

Both also have a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display, which is a bit of a disappointment, but one could argue that Samsung is trying to keep its prices down.

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

They also share their maximum brightness. With around 823 nits, there isn't that much of a difference here.

Both phones do support HDR10+ videos.

If you value a smooth display, they can go up to 120hz.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 FE 4G Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Size 6.5 6.5 0.0
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2400 1080x2400 0
Refresh Rate 120hz 120hz 0
Dots per Inch 404.89 404.89 0.00
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 823 nits 823 nits 0
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
9.1
9.1
0.0
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Tek-Score
4.4
4.4
0.0

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 4G back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G back transparent png

Specs-wise, there isn't much to see here, as both share the same features, except for a very "small" detail.

Samsung included on its Galaxy S20 FE's primary camera a 12 MP sensor, f/1.8 of aperture, a 26 mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. Videos on these shooters have a maximum resolution of 2160p. You'll also find two other cameras, one with 8 MP, an aperture of f/2.4 and a 76 mm telephoto lens, and another with 12 MP and a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

So, what's really the difference here? It's the Image Signal Processing unit (ISP) that's part of every SoC. While Qualcomm uses a Sony ISP, Samsung had to go for an in-house ISP too.

You shouldn't see a significant difference between these two here, but, as with everything in life, each individual has their own preferences.

You can check other details here, on Youtube.

On the selfies domain, you get a generous 32 MP shooter, with an aperture of f/2.2, and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DxOMark just reviewed and rated the 4G variant of this camera with a score of 119. By adding a rate for telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that will go up to 136. To check their review, click here.

One could buy any of these phones on the 3x optical zoom alone. It enables you to zoom in on the subject without ruining your photos.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy S20 FE 4G Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Megapixels 12 12 0
Aperture 1.8 1.8 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 131 131 0

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy S20 FE 4G Galaxy S20 FE 5G vs.
Megapixels 8 8 0
Aperture 2.4 2.4 0.0
Lens 76mm (3x zoom) 76mm (3x zoom) 0
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 12 12 0
Aperture 2.2 2.2 0.0
Lens 13mm 13mm 0
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 12 12 0
Selfie Camera Galaxy S20 FE 4G Galaxy S20 FE 5G vs.
Megapixels 32 32 0
Aperture 2.2 2.2 0.0
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
Galaxy S20 FE 4G Galaxy S20 FE 5G vs.
Tek-Score
7.7
7.7
0.0

Who has the best frame?

Both phones have the same height (159 mm / 6.26 inches), together with the same width (74 mm / 2.92 inches).

Both are 8 mm thicker (about 0.32 inches).

None of them are full glass, but they do feel great on the hand.

Another thing that they have in common is their weight: 190 g. ( oz).

Both variants come in Cloud Lavender, Cloud Navy, Cloud Mint, Cloud Orange, Cloud Red, and Cloud White.

What about a fingerprint scanner? Both variants included it.

They're also water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters. As long as it's for less than 30 minutes, in standby mode, and freshwater only.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy S20 FE 4G Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Size 159 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.61 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
159 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.61 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
0
Weight 190 g. (6.70 oz) 190 g. (6.70 oz) 0
Build Front glass Front glass
Colors Cloud Lavender, Cloud Navy, Cloud Mint, Cloud Orange, Cloud Red, and Cloud White Cloud Lavender, Cloud Navy, Cloud Mint, Cloud Orange, Cloud Red, and Cloud White
Screen To Body Ratio 86.69% 86.69% 0.00
Disp.Size To Weight Score 5.0 5.0 0.0
Looks 6.6/10 6.6/10 0.0
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
6.8
6.8
0.0

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

Which has the best battery?

At first glance, they seem to have about the same battery life: about 4500 mAh. But since each one has its own chipset, that will also impact their battery life. Want to know how do they perform in a real-world scenario? If you do this experiment after a complete charge, that's what you can expect from the Galaxy S20 FE 4G:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll end up with 84% of battery charge.

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll get down to 69% left.

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, you'll still get 72% to spend doing other things.

And these are Galaxy S20 FE 5G's patterns:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 85% of battery remaining.

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, the battery charge will be at nearly 71%.

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll still get 74% to spend doing other things.

In conclusion, you should get about the same battery life with either device, with the Snapdragon variant giving you roughly an additional 10% of "screen-on" time at the end of the day.

Quickly charging any of them won't be an issue. The Galaxy S20 FE supports up to 25w. You'll also get wireless charging at 15w. Both can charge any QI-enabled gadgets, like smartphones or earbuds.

Battery*
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 FE 4G Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Capacity (mAh) 4500 4500 0
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left 85% left 1
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 69% left 71% left 2
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 72% left 74% left 2
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.8 5.1 0.3
Sub Tek-Score
7.5
7.7
0.2
Fast Charging 25w 25w 0
Wireless Charging 15w 15w 0
Reverse Charging 4.5w 4.5w 0
Tek-Score
7.2
7.4
0.1

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The Galaxy S20 FE 4G supposedly starts at 256GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM, but I've seen a 4G variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Free space won't be an issue here because you can add a MicroSD card if you want.

The Galaxy S20 FE 5G, in its turn, has 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. If you need additional storage, you can also insert a MicroSD card on it.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 FE 4G Galaxy S20 FE 5G
RAM (GB) 8GB 6GB -2
Internal (GB) 256GB 128GB -128
Micro SD microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot) microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
10.0
7.5
-2.5

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

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

If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. Want a piece of advice? Forget about adapters and go for the wireless buds.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 FE 4G Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Network LTE 5G
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
3.6
4.6
1.0

Which is more affordable?

Samsungs may not be the best bang for your buck. That, of course, depends on the place and the deals that you'll eventually find. Still, the 4G variant should be about 15% cheaper.

You can check down below if it really worths the extra cash.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 4G

Reference: $549

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 4G

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

Reference: $697

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

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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 S20 FE 4G Galaxy S20 FE 5G VS
Amazon 1.37 1.14 -0.23
eBay - 1.83 -
Best Buy - 1.14 -
Walmart 1.37 - -

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Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

This isn't our typical comparison article. Still, I had to include it because there are some particular significant differences between these two models. Yes, we should treat them as two distinct models because, well, by now, you should know why.

If you don't really care about performance throttling and battery life and just want to save as much as possible, I guess that the 4G variant is the one for you. Plus, you may be able to get additional RAM and Storage.

At least this year, the new Exynos and Snapdragon variants should have about the same performance.

Anyways, here on TikTekTok, I'm focusing on the 5G variant because it's the one that GsmArena tested for battery life, and I simply subtracted the mentioned 15% to the browsing and video tests to roughly get the 4G data.

Pros Galaxy S20 FE 4G Galaxy S20 FE 5G
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#4 Cameras Cameras
#5 Battery Life Battery Life
#6 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#7 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#8 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#9 Storage
Cons Galaxy S20 FE 4G Galaxy S20 FE 5G
#1 Weight Weight
#2 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#3 Price Price
#4 Glass Protection Glass Protection
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy S20 FE 4G Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Gaming Score
7.9
7.5
-0.4
Tek-Score
7.11
6.86
-0.25
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 S20 FE 4G 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $424
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
    $579
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $578
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
    $499
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $419
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $429
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $543
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $593
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $548
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $611
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $550
  • OnePlusrival8
    $564
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $469
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $468
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594

 Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $328
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $333
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $424
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $339
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $339
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $379
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $408
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $379
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $419
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $429
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $340
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $399
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
    $307
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $358
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $369
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $348
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $374
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $341
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A52
    $349
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10 Pro
    $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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