Home : Smartphones

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE vs Apple iPhone 12 Mini: Is the S20 FE Good Enough?

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

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, Apple iPhone 12 Mini

Photo by themodernuprising on Unsplash

CONTENTS

Click on one of these
shortcuts and then tap
"back" to return here

Introduction

In November of 2020, Apple launched its iPhone 12 Mini. The Galaxy S20 FE, however, has seen the light of day one month sooner.

In this article, we see how the Galaxy S20 FE and the iPhone 12 Mini compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

The Apple iPhone 12 Mini and the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE are about the same price, but you'll usually find the Galaxy S20 FE at a lower price. Keep this in mind when comparing both of them.

Look out for a "Tek-Score" in every section of this article. We even assessed the worth of all specifications to make it easier for you to perceive the difference between them. The global score will help you compare them to other phones if you're curious about other models aside from these two.

The weight of each section

Our Tek-Score is based on a study done by Globalwebindex.com about what people want from their next smartphone. But you'll be able to define how the global score is composed based on what matters to you. You can check this out now, or just keep reading until you get there.

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.

If you click here:, you'll see our list, but basically, we include every smartphone within a 20+20% price range, up and down.

Some features are also shortcuts to our corresponding eight top 10 listings for every budget.

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy S20 FE iPhone 12 Mini
Release Date 2020, October 2020, November 0y.
OS Updates 3 years 6 years 3y.
Security Updates 4 years 6 years 2y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

About performance: Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) scores the iPhone 12 Mini 27% ahead of its rival in the multi-core ranking. The differences are slight but still noteworthy between these two chipsets. The iPhone is a bit more responsive to tasks like rotating the phone to landscape mode because of the optimizations that Apple does.

Are you looking for the quickest phone around? The iPhone 12 Mini is clearly above the average by comparing it with other smartphones from this price range. While they got a score of about 2935, it has 4174. That puts it 42% above them.

By the way, you can define both of them as high-end.

Apple decided to include the Apple A14 processor on its iPhone 12 Mini. In its turn, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE has the previous generation's Snapdragon 865 processor.

Regarding the graphics chipset, the former features a proprietary Apple GPU, and the latter has last year's Adreno 650.

The Galaxy S20 FE brings the Android 10 and OneUI OS from the factory, and the iPhone 12 Mini runs on iOS 14.1.

The 4G variant of the S20 FE comes with the Exynos 990 and the Mali-G77.

There's a performance decrease of about 15% on the Exynos 990 for the Galaxy S20 FE.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 FE iPhone 12 Mini
SoC Snapdragon 865 Apple A14
Graphics Adreno 650 Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 3296
4174
878
OS Android 10 and OneUI iOS 14.1
Tek-Score
7.5
9.0
1.5

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE front transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Mini front transparent png

The Galaxy S20 FE has the best screen, and it should be noticeable. But the iPhone 12 Mini features better glass protection.

The iPhone 12 Mini features a 5.4" AMOLED display, while the Galaxy S20 FE has a larger 6.5" AMOLED display. Which one would you choose? 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 iPhone 12 Mini. It really is short compared to most similarly priced phones.

If you're looking for the most high-resolution display, the Galaxy S20 FE is a winner here. If you fancy edge-to-edge displays, then at least you still have a choice here.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so I have to put this out: The iPhone 12 Mini features the latest Gorilla Glass Victus display. The Galaxy S20 FE has a Corning Gorilla Glass 3. I'm disappointed. I wasn't expecting something from 2013. Gorilla Glass 6 would've been perfect.

There's a phone with an Always-On display here, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.

If you don't manually set the screen brightness, the Galaxy S20 FE will deliver 823 nits, and the iPhone 12 Mini can top at 627 nits.

The Galaxy S20 FE does HDR10+ video, and the iPhone 12 Mini has an HDR10 screen.

If you favor smooth scrolling over battery life, you can count on the smooth 120hz of the Galaxy S20 FE.

Bearing in mind the Galaxy S20 FE, 87% of its rivals can play HDR content, 96% have an AMOLED screen, and 91% have an Always-On display.

Compared to the iPhone 12 Mini, as a reference, 92% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 96% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 FE iPhone 12 Mini
Size 6.5
5.4
-1.1
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2400
1080x2340
-64800
Refresh Rate 120hz 60hz -60
Dots per Inch 404.89
477.26
72.37
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch Hole Wedge
Peak Brightness 823 nits
627 nits
-196
HDR HDR10+ HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
9.1
3.1
-6.0
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
4.4
7.6
3.2

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE back transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Mini back transparent png

If you value quality photos, you should know that the Galaxy S20 FE is about 59% above other smartphones for the same budget. Although as of now, it isn't good enough.

Let's delve into their cameras. Samsung's Galaxy S20 FE features a 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/1.8, 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 secondary 8 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.4, plus a 76mm telephoto lens. And a third of 12 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

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

DXOMARK gave this shooter a score of 119. And if you take into account the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, the final score goes up to 131 points. If you want to know more about it, click here.

PS: This Dxo score is for the 4G variant, but this variant should be close enough.

Before moving on, keep in mind that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Nevertheless, only 22% of them feature a macro lens.

The standard camera on the back of the iPhone 12 Mini has a 12 Megapixels sensor and a 26mm, f/1.6 aperture, wide-angle lens. It also has two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. When it comes to recording videos, it can do 2160p. It also has a secondary 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

The front-facing camera features a 12 MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 132. Plus, combining with its wide-angle lens, that score goes up to 139. If you want to know more about every tidbit, check it here.

Last (but not least), just to let you know, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. That said, only 12% of them feature a macro lens.

If you prefer, we can grade these two as high-end.

The Galaxy S20 FE has one significant benefit over the iPhone 12 Mini in that it includes a telephoto lens with an optical zoom of about 3x. This gives you an extra bit of freedom when taking your photos.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy S20 FE iPhone 12 Mini
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.8
1.6
-0.2
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 2 1
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 131
139
8

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy S20 FE iPhone 12 Mini vs.
Megapixels 8
12
4
Aperture 2.4
2.4
0.0
Lens 76mm (3x zoom)
13mm -63
Lens Type Telephoto lens Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 12 -
Aperture 2.2 -
Lens 13mm -
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle -
Score 12 7 -5
Selfie Camera Galaxy S20 FE iPhone 12 Mini vs.
Megapixels 32
12
-20
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 26mm 23mm -3
Galaxy S20 FE iPhone 12 Mini vs.
Tek-Score
7.7
8.2
0.5

Who has the best frame?

I'd go for the iPhone 12 Mini for its weight, glass back, and looks.

The Galaxy S20 FE has a height of 6.26 inches (159 mm) and a width of 2.92 inches (74 mm). The iPhone 12 Mini is 28 mm smaller and 10 mm narrower (about 1.10 by 0.39 inches).

The first has a thickness of 8 mm (0.32 inches), while the second has about 7 mm (0.28 inches). Remember that the iPhone 12 Mini is 27% smaller than most similarly priced devices.

Do you want a front and back glass body? Then the iPhone 12 Mini is the one. It weighs 135 g. (4.76 oz), while the other is 55 g. (1.94 oz) heavier. But because screen size also matters, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The Galaxy S20 FE got a score of 5.0, meaning it has an acceptable score for its display size. The iPhone 12 Mini, in its turn, has 8.6, which suggests exceptional work from Apple.

If you like having color options, you can buy the Galaxy S20 FE in Cloud Lavender, Cloud Navy, Cloud Mint, Cloud Orange, Cloud Red, and Cloud White. The iPhone 12 Mini, in its turn, comes in Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue.

If you like to keep your phones small, consider getting the Apple iPhone 12 Mini. If not, then really consider getting the other one.

What about a fingerprint scanner? The Galaxy S20 FE has one, but the iPhone 12 Mini doesn't.

You'll still get a second-best on the iPhone 12 Mini. Some say Face ID isn't as secure, but it's there for you.

The Galaxy S20 FE is resistant to water up to 1 to 3 meters, on par with the iPhone 12 Mini. That shouldn't last over half an hour, and it's standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy S20 FE iPhone 12 Mini
Size 159 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.61 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
131 x 64 x 7 mm
(4.62 x 2.26 x 0.25 in)
-35440
Weight 190 g. (6.70 oz)
135 g. (4.76 oz)
-55
Build Front glass Front and back glass
Colors Cloud Lavender, Cloud Navy, Cloud Mint, Cloud Orange, Cloud Red, and Cloud White Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 86.69%
85.38%
-1.32
Disp.Size To Weight Score 5.0 8.6 3.6
Looks 6.6/10
9.6/10
3.0
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Face ID
Tek-Score
6.8
9.9
3.1

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

Which has the best battery?

The Galaxy S20 FE features a 4500 mAh battery, while the iPhone 12 Mini has 2227 mAh. And GSMArena did test them out, and the Galaxy S20 FE does have an advantage here.

If you do a full charge, this is how the Galaxy S20 FE comes out of it:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll end up with 85% of the battery charge.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 71% 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, the phone will have 74% left for the rest of the day.

And these are iPhone 12 Mini's patterns:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 75% of the battery charge.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 59% left.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll still get 59% to spend doing other things.

So, you're not considering the iPhone 12 Mini because of its battery life, but Apple did its job and did it right. That's what a "battery to smartphone size" rate of 9.9 shows.

Clearly, the iPhone 12 Mini's battery capacity is well below what you find on their rivals. These results show that it lasts about 11% less.

For your information, the Galaxy S20 FE also doesn't have many rivals at any given price range. Let's see if it still has a place on our top 10 list with the best battery life.

Both phones support fast charging. You can charge the Galaxy S20 FE at a maximum of 25w/hour and the iPhone 12 Mini up to 20w/hour.

Both phones support wireless charging at 15w vs. 12w. Wireless charging is magnetic on the new iPhones. That's handy if you do have the charger nearby.

A nice add-on to the Galaxy S20 FE is the ability to charge any Qi-enabled gadgets at 4.5w.

The 4G variant of the S20 FE also has lower battery efficiency (about 10% less screen-on-time).

Battery*
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 FE iPhone 12 Mini
Capacity (mAh) 4500 2227 -2273
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 85% left
75% left
-10
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 71% left
59% left
-12
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
59% left
-15
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.1 9.9 4.8
Sub Tek-Score
7.7
6.4
-1.2
Fast Charging 25w
20w
-5
Wireless Charging 15w
12w
-3
Reverse Charging 4.5w
No -4.5
Tek-Score
7.4
6.3
-1.0

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The Galaxy S20 FE. Clearly.

The Galaxy S20 FE has 128GB of internal 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.

The iPhone 12 Mini offers 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. There's no extra storage here. I guess that's OK as long as you regularly manage your files. You may already know, but you can get more RAM and more storage by picking any rival at that price range. 8Gb of RAM and 133Gb of storage: that's the average, not the best you can find.

Neither storage nor RAM should be an issue on both phones. However, if you can't get enough of the record button, you'll find out that 64 GB won't be enough for you.

The 4G variant of the S20 FE may start at 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 FE iPhone 12 Mini
RAM (GB) 6GB
4GB
-2
Internal (GB) 128GB
64GB
-64
Micro SD microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot) No
Tek-Score
7.5
2.8
-4.8

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

They don't stand out on any of these features.

Both devices feature the standard Bluetooth 5.0 module. Both phones also have NFC.

If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. You can buy an adapter, but the wireless buds are your only option. You can also check other devices if you just ignore these two. The Sony Xperia 1 II can help you with that.

You can find the Galaxy S20 FE in the LTE or (LTE and) 5G variants. You can get an Exynos 990 and a Mali-G77 GPU on the 4G variant of the Galaxy S20 FE.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 FE iPhone 12 Mini
Network 5G (also available in LTE) 5G
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
4.6
4.6
0.0

Which is more affordable?

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE may not be the best bang for your buck. But that depends on the deals that you can find. The Apple iPhone 12 Mini, in its turn, isn't that cheap, but I believe that it shouldn't come as a surprise at all. Theoretically, you should get more money back if you end up selling it.

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

Here are the best prices that we've found:

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

Reference: $680

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

Apple iPhone 12 Mini

Reference: $739

Apple iPhone 12 Mini

I earn a small fee from qualifying purchases. It doesn't affect the price you pay nor my opinions, but it will mean a lot if you click on one of these buttons before purchasing your next phone (or whatever else you end up buying). You'll be helping to take this to the next level.

Prices on eBay are in $US but Europe-based. You can click to check the prices in your country.

Prices marked with ! are from renewed/refurbished/carrier-locked phones (except eBay prices that, as a last resort, can be from bids or used devices).

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 iPhone 12 Mini VS
Amazon 1.14 - ! -
eBay 1.14 0.82 -0.33
Best Buy 1.06 - ! -
Walmart - - -

Also, don't forget to check the latest deals from these four stores, and the state of the art on mobile technology, if you don't want to overpay on your next smartphone.


Related articles:


Best smartphone deals


The Best Unbiased Smartphones For All Budgets


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

The 4G variant of the S20 FE should be about 20% cheaper.

Want to know about that global score? For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. They're in the ballpark of 6.8 for the Galaxy S20 FE and 7.0 for the iPhone 12 Mini.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

Overall, this is a "performance vs. battery life" dispute. The performance on the S20 FE isn't bad at all, but the iPhone 12 Mini wins, hands down. Battery life, on the other hand, is quite bad on the iPhone and one of the best around on the S20 FE.

But there are other minor features at play here. The latter will give you better outdoor brightness, higher refresh rates, an Always-on display, and a telephoto lens. It'll also allow you to wirelessly charge other devices, it has much more internal storage and RAM, and it'll even allow you to add external storage.

But the iPhone 12 Mini brings better glass protection on a lighter body, and it also has a much nicer aluminum back.

Pros Galaxy S20 FE iPhone 12 Mini
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Always-On-Display Cameras
#4 Cameras Fast Charging
#5 Battery Life Wireless Charging
#6 Fast Charging Glass Protection
#7 Wireless Charging
#8 MicroSD Slot
Cons Galaxy S20 FE iPhone 12 Mini
#1 Weight Always-On-Display
#2 3.5mm Jack MicroSD Slot
#3 Price 3.5mm Jack
#4 Glass Protection Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy S20 FE iPhone 12 Mini
Gaming Score
7.5
6.3
-1.2
Tek-Score
6.86
6.84
-0.02
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.

For suggestions and bug reports, click here. Your help is appreciated. Thank you.

If you want to know more about them, click here:

About me

Hello!

My name is Luis Silva, and I have a degree in computer management. Ever since I was a teenager, I've loved everything to do with tech. Music, pictures, video editing, I've done it all! This site is a place for me to share some of the knowledge I have, as well as keep up-to-date with current trends. This is a wonderful place for tech-geeks and everyone else that just want to learn more about tech and smartphones in general.


Keep in touch


pinterest logo Follow us on Pinterest

facebook logo Join our Facebook group







No spam, I promise. You can unsubscribe at any time and I'll never share your email without your permission.



Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Related Comparisons


Apple iPhone 12 Mini Related Comparisons

×

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.

×

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.

×

"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.

×

"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.

×

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 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $699
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
    $579
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $569
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $614
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $704
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $614
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $540
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $598
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $634
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $669
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $539
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8
    $630
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $509
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $514
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $565
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $500
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $599
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698

 Apple iPhone 12 Mini 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $799
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $699
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $614
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $704
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $614
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $849
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $598
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $634
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $793
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • OnePlusrival8
    $630
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $599
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $729
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $599
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698
×

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.

×

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.

×

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.

×

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.



Top 10 Smartphones