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Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus vs S20 Ultra: Which Fits Your Needs?

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

The Galaxy S20 Ultra is more expensive than the Galaxy S20 Plus, but it also has better specs.

Yet, there's no significant difference between them.

What else stands out?

The Galaxy S20 Ultra comes with a larger (+0.2") display, a telephoto lens (+103 mm), and faster-charging speeds (45w vs. 25w). But the Galaxy S20 Plus will give you a lightweight body (34 g./1.20 oz less).

However, any of them will do since they got similar scores.

How much more will the Galaxy S20 Ultra cost me?

If you're not considering going for a carrier subscription, it should be about $206 more expensive.

Is the Galaxy S20 Plus still worth buying in 2021?

Sure, you can look for other devices, but the Galaxy S20 Plus is an outstanding handset even in 2021. Sure, you can take a peek at other devices like the OnePlus 8 Pro, but this one is known for its good camera, good battery life, excellent glass protection, tons of RAM, and 8K recordings.

Is the Galaxy S20 Ultra still worth getting in 2021?

Don't let its age scare you. The Galaxy S20 Ultra still is a fantastic device as we go thru 2021. You'll love it for its good camera, good battery life, excellent glass protection, fast charging, and tons of RAM. It doesn't mean you can't take a quick peek at the Oppo Find X2 Pro, though.

Just keep reading if you want to know everything about them, how they stack up against their rivals, and how the tech experts evaluate their specs.

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So, is the S20 Plus good enough, or should you just spend a bit more and go for the S20 Ultra? And if you do, what does Samsung offers you in return?

Let's check that out.

These phones were released in March of 2020.

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

You'll never find the Galaxy S20 Ultra at the price of the Galaxy S20 Plus. Keep this in mind when comparing both Galaxys.

While scrolling down, you'll see a "Tek-Score" for each phone in every section. 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 interested in other than these two.

The weight of each section

Our Tek-Score is based on a study done by Globalwebindex.com about the most desired smartphone features by consumers. But you can fine-tune the global score depending on your 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.

You'll also see a progress bar underlining some features. It's there for you to better understand how they relate to the ones from similarly priced smartphones.

By clicking here: you'll see which ones we've analyzed, but basically, we include every smartphone within a 20+20% price range, up and down.

Some items are underlined, and you can tap to access the best 10 phones on that for every spending plan.

Device Galaxy S20 Plus Galaxy S20 Ultra
Release Date 2020, March 2020, March 0y.
OS Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.
Security Updates 4 years 4 years 0y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

Geekbench 5 scores the Galaxy S20 Ultra 2% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. Basically, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

We can classify both of them as lower high-end.

There isn't much to see here, as both share the same core: the past generation's Exynos 990.

Not surprisingly, they also share the same GPU: the past year's Mali-G77 MP11.

Both phones were launched with Android 10 and OneUI OS.

PS: Both the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (with the Adreno 650 GPU) and the Exynos 990 (with the Mali-G77) are market-dependent. Click here for more info about the Galaxy S20 Plus or click here for more info about the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

There's a performance increase of about 15% on the 865 for both of them.

Features Galaxy S20 Plus Galaxy S20 Ultra
SoC Exynos 990 Exynos 990
Graphics Mali-G77 MP11 Mali-G77 MP11
Geekbench 5 Score 2649
OS Android 10 and OneUI Android 10 and OneUI

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra front transparent png

They both share the same score, so none of these stands out.

While the Galaxy S20 Ultra got a 6.9-inch AMOLED display, the Galaxy S20 Plus got a smaller AMOLED display with 6.7-inches. Which one would you choose? Me, I'd go for an AMOLED screen, but a decent LCD can be just as good.

They share their resolution at 1440x3200 Quad HD.

Screens seem to get bigger each year, so be aware: Both feature a previous generation's Gorilla Glass 6 display.

Good news for those who value an Always-On display: both phones have it.

If you set your brightness to auto, the Galaxy S20 Plus will reach 797 nits, while the Galaxy S20 Ultra goes up to 894 nits.

Both phones do support HDR10+ shootings.

If you're looking for high refresh rate displays, they'll both let you set it to 120hz.

If you're leaning towards the Galaxy S20 Plus, you should know that 92% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and all have an AMOLED screen.

For the Galaxy S20 Ultra, as a reference, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 78% have an Always-On display and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)*
Features Galaxy S20 Plus Galaxy S20 Ultra
Size 6.7
Resolution (px) 1440x3200
Refresh Rate 120hz 120hz 0
Dots per Inch 523.74
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 797 nits
894 nits
Sub Tek-Score
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass 6

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra back transparent png

Looking at DXOMARK's ranking, one can conclude that the Galaxy S20 Plus is approximately 24% above other smartphones from its price range. But between these two, it doesn't matter.

Who's gonna win this battle? Samsung's Galaxy S20 Plus can record videos at up to 4320p. It also has a shooter with 12 Megapixels, an aperture of f/1.8, a 26mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization.

You'll also find two other cameras, one with 64 Megapixels, an aperture of f/2.0. And another with 12 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

If you take a 64 Megapixels snapshot, you can zoom in on it and do a crop in the middle to get the same shot you'd get on a 16 Megapixels shooter with 2x optical zoom.

With the selfies camera, you get a 10 MP shooter, with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 123. If you also consider its wide-angle lens, that will go up to 135**. For an in-depth review, click here.

I hope this helps: all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Though only 12% of them feature a macro lens.

The standard camera on the back of the Galaxy S20 Ultra has a whopping 108 Megapixels sensor and a 26mm, f/1.8 aperture, wide-angle lens. It also has one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. When it comes to recording videos, it can do 4320p. It also has a secondary dual-lens camera. One of them features an aperture of f/3.5 and an astounding 103mm telephoto lens and 48 Megapixels, and the other 12 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

Just so you know: You can take a 108 Megapixels photo, zoom in and crop, and get (for example) an additional 2x of optical zoom and a 27 Megapixels sample.

Despite only having an optical zoom of 4x, thanks to its AI, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is also known for its impressive 100x hybrid Space Zoom. While better than a digital zoom, that's still far from a pure optical zoom.

The selfie camera has 40 MP, an f/2.2 aperture, and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 128. By adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we end up with a score of 144 points. If you want to know more about it, check it here.

Lastly, 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, and 83% feature a telephoto lens. Additionally, none of them feature a macro lens.

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

**This score still needs improvement, 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 cameras to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera Galaxy S20 Plus Galaxy S20 Ultra
Megapixels 12
Aperture 1.8
Lens 26mm
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 4320 4320 0
Score 135

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy S20 Plus Galaxy S20 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 64
Aperture 2.0
Lens - 103mm (4x zoom)
Lens Type - 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
Megapixels 0.3 0.3
Lens Type Depth Sensor Depth Sensor
Score 12 16 4
Selfie Camera Galaxy S20 Plus Galaxy S20 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 10
Aperture 2.2
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
Galaxy S20 Plus Galaxy S20 Ultra vs.

Who has the best frame?

The Galaxy S20 Plus does win some points here, mainly for its weight and the number of color options. But the Galaxy S20 Ultra is also pretty decent.

The Galaxy S20 Plus is 161 mm (6.34 inches) tall and 73 mm (2.88 inches) wide. The Galaxy S20 Ultra, on the other hand, is 5 mm taller and 3 mm wider (about 0.20 inches by 0.12 inches).

They have about the same depth: 7 mm (0.28 inches) vs. 8 mm (0.32 inches).

Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. The Galaxy S20 Ultra is a little bit heavier: About 34 g. (1.34 oz). If you're looking for a lightweight device, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The Galaxy S20 Plus got 5.9, which means it has an acceptable score for a 6.7 inches screen. The Galaxy S20 Ultra, however, has 3.1, which suggests it's considerably hefty.

You can purchase the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus in Cosmic Black, Cloud Blue, Cosmic Grey, Cloud White, and Aura Red. And you can pick the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra in Cosmic Grey and Cosmic Black.

If the Galaxy S20 Ultra is small enough for you, that's neat. Otherwise, the other one is more or less the same here.

What about a fingerprint scanner? Both phones have one.

The Galaxy S20 Plus is resistant to water up to 1 to 3 meters, on par with the Galaxy S20 Ultra. It should be for less than 30 minutes, in standby mode, so no underwater photos.

Body Galaxy S20 Plus Galaxy S20 Ultra
Size 161 x 73 x 7 mm
(5.68 x 2.58 x 0.25 in)
166 x 76 x 8 mm
(5.86 x 2.68 x 0.28 in)
Weight 188 g. (6.63 oz)
222 g. (7.83 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Cosmic Black, Cloud Blue, Cosmic Grey, Cloud White, and Aura Red Cosmic Grey and Cosmic Black
Screen To Body Ratio 92.21%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 5.9 3.1 -2.8
Looks 10.0/10
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint

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

Which has the best battery?

At 4500 mAh, the Galaxy S20 Plus is the owner of the smallest battery, while the Galaxy S20 Ultra features 5000 mAh. But as reported by GSMArena, you should get the same battery life with either device.

This is what the Galaxy S20 Plus delivers if you do a complete charge:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 82% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 66% left.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 70% left for the rest of the day.

And this is what you'll get out of the Galaxy S20 Ultra:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 82% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 65% 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 be with 70%.

Alright, that's not a reason to make the Galaxy S20 Ultra shine. Samsung didn't care that much about it. That's the conclusion that we take from its "battery to phone size" rate of 2.3.

The Galaxy S20 Plus features quick charging at up to 25w, but the Galaxy S20 Ultra does it too, at 45w.

If you value wireless charging, they can do 15w.

Both can charge any QI-enabled gadgets, like smartphones or earbuds.

Quick charging is reasonably speedy with the Galaxy S20 Ultra's charger. Other devices from this price range usually sit at nearly 39w.

The Snapdragon 865 also has better battery efficiency (about 10% more screen-on-time) when you compare it to the Exynos 990.

Features Galaxy S20 Plus Galaxy S20 Ultra
Capacity (mAh) 4500 5000 500
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 82% left
82% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 66% left
65% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 70% left
70% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.2 2.3 -1.9
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 25w
Wireless Charging 15w
Reverse Charging 9w

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

They share the same amount of storage.

Samsung put 12GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage on the Galaxy S20 Plus. It isn't an issue because you can add a MicroSD card if you want.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra, in its turn, also has 128GB of storage and 12GB of RAM. You can also add a MicroSD card if you want.

Features Galaxy S20 Plus Galaxy S20 Ultra
Internal (GB) 128GB
Micro SD microSDXC (shared SIM slot) microSDXC (shared SIM slot)

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The Galaxy S20 Ultra is your better option, as it features 5G.

When it comes to connectivity, you can count on the traditional Bluetooth 5.0 chip. Both devices also feature the standard NFC module.

If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. You may go for an adapter as a last resort, but it really isn't the same. There also are other options out there if you don't mind searching for them. The Sony Xperia 1 II can give you a headphone jack.

The Galaxy S20 Plus runs on LTE or (LTE and) 5G networks. This allows you to get a version of the Galaxy S20 Plus with 12GB of RAM.

Features Galaxy S20 Plus Galaxy S20 Ultra
Network LTE (also available in 5G) 5G (also available in LTE)
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No

Which is more affordable?

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus surely wins over its sibling in this round. But do search for any deals or price drops before making up your mind. You can also consider other phones because this one is 8% more expensive than its competitors in this price range. Most of them aren't that far from $687. Promotions aside, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is more expensive, but if it's worth it or not, it's up to you to decide. Maybe you can get some money back if you end up selling it.

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

Here are the best deals on some major online stores:

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

Reference: $749

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Reference: $955

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

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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 Plus Galaxy S20 Ultra VS
Amazon 0.67 0.53 -0.14
eBay 0.99 0.80 -0.19
Best Buy - - -
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.

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Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. But first, let's see where its rivals are. They're in the ballpark of 7.0 for the Galaxy S20 Plus and 7.5 for the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

Alright, so what will you get with that extra bucks?

Obviously, the 4x zoom camera, plus the extra 2x of zoom if you crop those 48MP pictures. And that makes the S20 Ultra cross the 5x of zoom line that most competitors do offer.

Aside from that, and from the faster charing, they are pretty much the same.

The S20 Plus does weight a lot less, so if that's an issue to you, that's something you should consider.

Pros Galaxy S20 Plus Galaxy S20 Ultra
#1 Performance Performance
#3 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#4 Cameras Cameras
#5 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#6 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#7 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#8 Glass Protection Glass Protection
Cons Galaxy S20 Plus Galaxy S20 Ultra
#1 Weight Weight
#2 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#3 Price Price
Relative Score*
Global Score Galaxy S20 Plus Galaxy S20 Ultra
Gaming Score
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.


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.



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 Plus 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
  • OnePlusrival8
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
  • OnePlusrival8T
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 11

 Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra

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.



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.

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