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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE vs Apple iPhone 12: Which One Stands Out?




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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, Apple iPhone 12

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Luis Silva (October 2020, updated: February 2021)

Introduction

So you're looking for the best out there but don't want to overspend? You're in the right place. We're about to see what Samsung and Apple can offer for "about" the same price.

The Galaxy S20 FE and iPhone 12 started selling in October of 2020.

We are looking at how the Galaxy S20 FE and the iPhone 12 compare to each other to help you decide which might be the right one for you.

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




Bottom Line

What is the difference between the Galaxy S20 FE and the iPhone 12?

The iPhone 12 comes at a higher price, but it isn't the best of the two.

It has better performance (+23%), better glass protection, a better display, and a glass back. But the Galaxy S20 FE will deliver better battery life, more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB), and external storage.

What else stands out?

With the iPhone 12, you'll also get a cleaner user interface and a lightweight body (26 g./0.92 oz less). But with the Galaxy S20 FE, you can also get a higher refresh rate, Always-On, larger (+0.4") display, a telephoto lens (+63 mm), reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (6GB vs. 4GB).

Keep in mind that these are both great devices since their final score is almost the same.


But how much more will I have to pay for the Galaxy S20 FE?

If you're ignoring carrier offers, you can be saving up to around $200, so think about it.


Is it still worth buying the Galaxy S20 FE in 2021?

Of course. It's a pretty snappy device.


Is it worth getting the iPhone 12 in 2021?

Absolutely. If it's your favorite, don't think twice.



You'll never find the iPhone 12 at the price of the Galaxy S20 FE. That's something to consider when making a comparison between the two.

Look out for a "Tek-Score" in every section of this article. We evaluated every quantifiable specification, so you can better understand the difference between the two. The global score will help you compare them to other phones if you're interested in other than these two.

We've based our rate on a study from Globalwebindex.com about the most wanted features from people looking to buy new smartphones.

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 compare with other smartphones with similar prices.

If you click here:, you'll see our list, but basically, we've excluded every smartphone that's not within a 20% (above or below) price range.

Some features are also shortcuts to several top 10 tables for every spending plan.


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

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


Performance

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

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

Performance-wise, Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) rates the iPhone 12 23% ahead on the multi-core rankings. On a day-to-day basis, it won't be that noticeable. The iPhone is a bit more responsive to tasks like rotating the phone to landscape mode because Apple did their work to keep it fit.

Are you looking for the quickest phone around? The good news is that both clearly are above the average if you consider related priced phones.

One can entitle both of them as high-end.

Android 10 and OneUI runs out-of-the-box on the Galaxy S20 FE, and the iPhone 12 has 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
SoC Snapdragon 865 Apple A14
Graphics Adreno 650 Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 3296
4067
771
OS Android 10 and OneUI iOS 14.1
Tek-Score
7.5
8.8
1.3

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.


Display

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

While the iPhone 12 got a 6.1-inch AMOLED display, the Galaxy S20 FE got a larger AMOLED display with 6.5-inches. You'll likely have set your preferences already on the display type and size. To me, a 6.3 inches screen is where I draw the line.

The iPhone 12 has a higher-resolution 1170x2532 Full HD display, and the Galaxy S20 FE makes do with a 1080x2400 Full HD panel. If you favor small notches, check out the Galaxy S20 FE and its minimal punch hole notch.

It's better to be safe than sorry, so let's get the elephant out of the room. The iPhone 12 has a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus display. The Galaxy S20 FE, in its turn, has a Corning Gorilla Glass 3. I was hoping for a newer version from Samsung. After all, Corning released this version in 2013.

To me, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE has one significant advantage here, which is the Always-On-Display.

When it comes to outdoor visibility, the Galaxy S20 FE will deliver 823 nits, while the iPhone 12 can only do 184 nits below that.

The Galaxy S20 FE does HDR10+ video, while the iPhone 12 does HDR10.

If you value a smooth display, the Galaxy S20 FE, with its 120hz screen, is clearly the winner here.

It goes without saying, the iPhone 12's display does stand out.

Bearing in mind the Galaxy S20 FE, you should know that 86% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and 91% of them have an AMOLED screen.

For the iPhone 12, just so you know, 94% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display. Plus, all of them have an AMOLED screen, and 82% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.


Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features Galaxy S20 FE iPhone 12
Size 6.5
6.1
-0.4
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2400
1170x2532
370440
Refresh Rate 120hz 60hz -60
Dots per Inch 404.89
457.25
52.36
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch Hole Wedge
Peak Brightness 823 nits
639 nits
-184
HDR HDR10+ HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
9.1
2.9
-6.1
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
4.4
7.5
3.1

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.


Cameras

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

Who's gonna win this battle? Samsung's Galaxy S20 FE can record videos at up to 2160p. It also has a shooter with 12 MP, an aperture of f/1.8, a 26mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization.

There's also one 8 MP camera with an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 76mm telephoto lens. And another one with 12 MP (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 tested this camera and gave it a rate of 119. If you also consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it'll get 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.

I hope this helps: you'd probably like to know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. However, only 23% of them feature a macro lens.

The Apple iPhone 12, in its turn, features a 12 MP camera with an f/1.6 aperture and a 26mm, wide-angle lens. Then it has four flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It records videos at up to 2160p. Its second shooter has a 12 MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

Apple included a 12 MP (f/2.2) sensor for selfies and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

DxOMark's gurus gave this shooter a score of 132. And by adding its wide-angle lens, that score goes up to 139. For an out-and-out review, click here.

Last (but not least), 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. Moreover, none of them feature a macro lens.

Looking at DxO's ranking, one can conclude that the Galaxy S20 FE is approximately 40% above other competitors from its price range. Although the iPhone 12 is the clear winner.

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

That's something that I really value on a smartphone: a telephoto lens. The Galaxy S20 FE has it, with a zoom of about 3x. It enables you to zoom in on the subject without ruining your photos.


Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy S20 FE iPhone 12
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.8
1.6
-0.2
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 4 3
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 131
139
8

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy S20 FE iPhone 12 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 vs.
Megapixels 32
12
-20
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 26mm 23mm -3

Galaxy S20 FE iPhone 12 vs.
Tek-Score
7.7
8.2
0.5

Body

The Galaxy S20 FE is 6.26 inches (159 mm) tall and 2.92 inches (74 mm) long. Apple's iPhone 12 is a bit smaller, precisely 13 mm (0.51 inches), and a bit narrower too, about 3 mm (0.12 inches).

When it comes to thickness, they're almost equal: 8 mm (0.32 inches) vs. 7 mm (0.28 inches).

Do you want a front and back glass body? Then the iPhone 12 is the one. The Galaxy S20 FE is 26 g. (0.92 oz) heavier than the other, weighing about 164 g. (5.78 oz). But because screen size also matters, I've come up with an adapted "display size to phone weight ratio" rate. The Galaxy S20 FE got 5.0, which means it has an acceptable score for a 6.5 inches screen. Having said that, the iPhone 12 has 6.9, which is pretty nice.

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, in its turn, comes in Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue.

If you like having a big phone, you should consider the Galaxy S20 FE. Otherwise, the other is the one.

Does a fingerprint scanner matter to you? There's one under the display of the Galaxy S20 FE!

You'll still get a second-best on the iPhone 12. Usually, logging in with a fingerprint scanner is faster, but at least you'll get a Face ID scanner.

The Galaxy S20 FE truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep, and the same goes for the iPhone 12. That shouldn't last over half an hour, and it's freshwater in standby mode only.


Looks* vs.
Body Galaxy S20 FE iPhone 12
Size 159 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.61 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
146 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.15 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
-21566
Weight 190 g. (6.70 oz)
164 g. (5.78 oz)
-26
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%
88.18%
1.49
Disp.Size To Weight Score 5.0 6.9 1.8
Looks 6.6/10
10.0/10
3.4
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Face ID
Tek-Score
6.8
8.6
1.7

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

Battery

Looking at these numbers, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, with its battery capacity of 4500 mAh, should be a winner, without a doubt. But how does that reflect day-to-day usage? If you charge them up and run some tests, this is what the Galaxy S20 FE delivers:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll still have 85% left.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, the battery charge will be about 71%.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, this is where your battery will be: 74%.

And these are iPhone 12's patterns:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll have 79% of the battery remaining.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 64% left for the rest of the day.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 64% of the battery charge.

It may come as no surprise here, but the Galaxy S20 FE wins, hands down.

For your information, the Galaxy S20 FE can also easily defeat most devices. Let's see if it still has a place on our top 10 list.

If one of these will end up being the one, you'll have quick-charging on your next phone: 25w for the Galaxy S20 FE and 20w for the iPhone 12.

Both phones support wireless charging at 15w. On any of the new iPhone 12 siblings, wireless charging is also magnetic. It's convenient if you're willing to carry another charger.

You can wirelessly charge any compatible device from the Galaxy S20 FE at up to 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
Capacity (mAh) 4500 2815 -1685
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 85% left
79% left
-6
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 71% left
64% left
-7
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
64% left
-10
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.1 6.4 1.3
Sub Tek-Score
7.7
6.9
-0.8
Fast Charging 25w
20w
-5
Wireless Charging 15w
15w
0
Reverse Charging 4.5w
No -4.5
Tek-Score
7.4
6.6
-0.8

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.


Storage

The Galaxy S20 FE has 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM. You can add at least 256GB here because there's always the MicroSD card expandable storage solution.

The iPhone 12 offers 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. It doesn't have a MicroSD slot. If you're a power user, keep that in mind. You may already know, but you can get more storage and more RAM on most of its rivals. They usually get close to 10Gb of RAM and 139Gb of storage.

Both phones have more than enough storage and RAM for the average consumer. However, if videos or big games are your things, 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
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).


Connectivity

Both phones have Bluetooth 5.0, so nothing special here. Both phones also have NFC, so nothing special here.

If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. Just skip adapters and get a decent pair of wireless earbuds. Or you can also check its rivals if you just ignore these two. You can get that with the Sony Xperia 1 II.

The Galaxy S20 FE runs on LTE or (LTE and) 5G networks. 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
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

Price

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE may not be the best bang for your buck. But if you do search for any deals and price drops, things can get interesting. Promotions aside, the iPhone 12 is more expensive, but if it's worth it or not, it's up to you to decide. At least it may be easier to sell if you consider selling it afterward.

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

Here are the best prices that we've found:


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. 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 VS
Amazon 1.01 - ! -
eBay 1.27 0.77 -0.50
Best Buy 1.06 0.85 -0.21
Wallmart - - -

And this is the "The Best Smartphones On A Budget" list.

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

Are you curious to know what their global score is? For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. The Galaxy S20 FE class is at 6.7, and the iPhone 12 7.2.


Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

If you get the 5G variant of the Galaxy S20 FE, you shouldn't notice any significant performance difference between these two. If Samsung opted to go for the Victus, like its more expensive Note siblings, the S20 FE would've been the clear winner. Still, it has an overall better display, with Always-on, 120hz of refresh rate, and a smaller notch. It also has a better camera, better battery life, and much more storage, including a MicroSD slot. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Still, I think the iPhone 12 wins hands down. The S20 FE doesn't even have a full glass body.


Pros Galaxy S20 FE iPhone 12
#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
#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
Gaming Score
7.5
6.3
-1.2
Tek-Score
6.86
6.76
-0.10

*Reference: 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, 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 any of the usual stores.

 Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 
  • Apple


    iPhone X
    $562

  • Apple


    iPhone 11
    $578

  • Apple


    iPhone XS Max
    $620

  • Apple


    iPhone 11 Pro Max
    $580

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 10
    $547

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Plus
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ EX
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ SD
    $493

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 SD
    $499

  • OnePlus


    7T Pro
    $549

  • Huawei


    P30 Pro
    $598

  • Google


    Pixel 4 XL
    $609

  • Huawei


    Mate 20 Pro
    $550

  • Apple


    iPhone SE 2
    $439

  • OnePlus


    8 Pro
    $599

  • OnePlus


    8
    $630

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Lite
    $470

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10 Pro
    $600

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE 4G
    $549

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE 5G
    $540

  • Oppo


    Find X2 Neo
    $593

  • Google


    Pixel 5
    $548

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10T Pro
    $480

  • OnePlus


    8T
    $599

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10
    $529

  • Oppo


    Reno4 Pro
    $594

 Apple iPhone 12 
  • Sony


    Xperia 1
    $688

  • Sony


    Xperia 5
    $699

  • Apple


    iPhone 11 Pro
    $750

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 EX
    $684

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 SD
    $649

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20+ EX
    $749

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20+ SD
    $649

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 U.EX
    $939

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20
    $697

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 Plus
    $749

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 Ultra
    $939

  • Huawei


    Mate 30 Pro
    $849

  • Huawei


    P40 Pro
    $779

  • Huawei


    P40
    $666

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10 Ultra
    $846

  • Oppo


    Find X2 Pro
    $950

  • Apple


    iPhone 12 Mini
    $739

  • Sony


    Xperia 1 II
    $821

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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.

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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 mid-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 valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they didn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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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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