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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs S20 FE: Is the S20 FE Good Enough?

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

You'll spend more on the Galaxy S20 Ultra, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

It features better glass protection, a better display, and a glass back. But the Galaxy S20 FE adds better performance (+22%) and better battery life.

What else sets them apart?

The Galaxy S20 Ultra also gives you a larger (+0.4") display, faster-charging speeds (45w vs. 25w), and more RAM (12GB vs. 6GB). But the Galaxy S20 FE also brings a lightweight body (32 g./1.13 oz less).

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, you'll have to spend approximately $275 more.

Is the Galaxy S20 Ultra still worth buying in 2021?

You shouldn't ignore the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra at all, even in 2021. Sure there are other devices like the Oppo Find X2 Pro, but this one is known for its good camera, good battery life, excellent glass protection, fast charging, and tons of RAM.

Is the Galaxy S20 FE still worth buying in 2021?

Of course, I still recommend the Galaxy S20 FE in 2021. You'll love it for its good performance and good battery life. But don't just ignore the Xiaomi Mi 11.

Read on to learn more about their differences, how they stack up against their rivals, and how the industry is scoring their specs.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

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Introduction

Who wouldn't want to know what Samsung decided to remove from the Galaxy S20 Ultra and what it chose to keep for this S20 FE (also known as S20 Fan Edition or S20 Lite)?

In this article, we'll address not only that, but we'll also see how much does that impact on its global score, and since it has a lower price, it'll be good to have an idea of how well it'll fare against its direct competitors.

Keep in mind that this is the 5G version of the Galaxy S20 FE, and you shouldn't get the 4G version, trust me!

So, let's go!

While Samsung's Galaxy S20 FE hit stores in October of 2020, Samsung's Galaxy S20 Ultra went on sale in March of 2020.

We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the Galaxy S20 Ultra and the Galaxy S20 FE.

The Galaxy S20 FE definitely has the Galaxy S20 Ultra beaten on price. That's something you should keep in mind when comparing them.

You'll also see down below a "Tek-Score" for every section that we analyze. We even assessed the worth of all specifications to make it easier for you to perceive the difference between them. You'll find a global score at the end, which can help you compare to other phones because you'll probably have other phones in mind.

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'll be able to define how the global score is composed based on what you value. Click here to skip everything, or just keep reading until you get there.

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

You'll also see a progress bar underlining some features. That's to show how they sit side by side with equivalently priced phones.

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

You can click on any underlined feature to check our corresponding eight top 10 listings for every budget.

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy S20 Ultra Galaxy S20 FE
Release Date 2020, March 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?

About performance: Geekbench 5 scores the Galaxy S20 FE 22% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. It's something to consider, but it shouldn't be a deal-breaker.

We can classify the Galaxy S20 Ultra as a lower high-end and the Galaxy S20 FE more like high-end.

Regarding their chipset, while the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE comes with the Snapdragon 865 SoC, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has the Exynos 990 SoC.

About the graphics: while the first one brings an Adreno 650, the other has a Mali-G77 MP11.

Both smartphones come equipped with the Android 10 and OneUI OS.

PS: 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.

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

There's a performance increase of about 15% on the 865 for the Galaxy S20 Ultra and a performance decrease of about 15% on the Exynos 990 for the Galaxy S20 FE.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 Ultra Galaxy S20 FE
SoC Exynos 990 Snapdragon 865
Graphics Mali-G77 MP11 Adreno 650
Geekbench 5 Score 2698
3296
598
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 Ultra front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 FE front transparent png

The Galaxy S20 Ultra is the winner here, but this is pretty much a tie.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra has a 6.9-inch AMOLED screen, which is considerably larger than the Galaxy S20 FE's 6.5-inch AMOLED display. Which one would you choose? Me, I'd go for an AMOLED screen, but a decent LCD can be just as good.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra has a higher-resolution 1440x3200 Quad HD display, and the Galaxy S20 FE makes do with a 1080x2400 Full HD panel.

It's better to be safe than sorry, so be aware: The Galaxy S20 FE features a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display. The Galaxy S20 Ultra has a previous generation's Gorilla Glass 6. I was expecting something better from Samsung, at least Gorilla Glass 5, because this is from 2013.

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

If you set these displays for auto-brightness, the Galaxy S20 Ultra will deliver 894 nits, while the Galaxy S20 FE can only do 71 nits below that.

These two can play HDR10+ shootings.

If you favor smooth scrolling over battery life, then these two can do 120hz.

If you're leaning towards the Galaxy S20 Ultra, just know that 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.

Compared to the Galaxy S20 FE, as a reference, 87% of its rivals can play HDR content, 96% have an AMOLED screen, and 91% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 Ultra Galaxy S20 FE
Size 6.9
6.5
-0.4
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1440x3200
1080x2400
-2016000
Refresh Rate 120hz 120hz 0
Dots per Inch 508.56
404.89
-103.67
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 894 nits
823 nits
-71
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
9.8
9.1
-0.8
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Tek-Score
8.3
4.4
-3.9

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 FE back transparent png

Be aware that the Galaxy S20 FE's picture quality is, on average, 59% above its adversaries in its class. Still, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is the title-holder here.

Let's delve into their cameras. The Galaxy S20 Ultra has a whopping 108 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/1.8, a 26mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It can record videos at up to 4320p.

You'll also find two other cameras, one with 48 Megapixels, an aperture of f/3.5 and an astounding 103mm telephoto lens. And another with 12 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

For your information: If you zoom in and crop a 108 Megapixels photo, you can get the same shot you'd get on a 27 Megapixels shooter with 2x optical zoom.

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.

Want to know about its selfie capabilities? It has a generous 40 MP (f/2.2) shooter and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK tested this camera and gave it a score of 128. And if you take into account the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, the final score goes up to 144 points. For an in-depth review, click here.

I hope this helps: you should know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization, and 83% feature a telephoto lens. Though none of them feature a macro lens.

The standard camera on the back of the Galaxy S20 FE has a 12 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 2160p. It also has two extra rear-facing camera lenses. One has 8 Megapixels (with an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 76mm telephoto lens), and another with 12 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

You can get selfies with 32 MP Megapixels. It has a lens with f/2.2 of aperture and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

The guys over at the DXOMARK labs scored this camera with 119 points. And by adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we end up with a score of 131 points. For an out-and-out review, check their article.

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

Furthermore, 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 22% of them feature a macro lens.

Considering this score, we can classify these two as high-end.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra is the king of zoom here, but the Galaxy S20 FE still has a decent 3x optical zoom.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy S20 Ultra Galaxy S20 FE
Megapixels 108
12
-96
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 4320 2160 -2160
Score 144
131
-13

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy S20 Ultra Galaxy S20 FE vs.
Megapixels 48
8
-40
Aperture 3.5
2.4
-1.1
Lens 103mm (4x zoom)
76mm (3x zoom)
-27
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
Megapixels 0.3 -
Lens Type Depth Sensor -
Score 16 12 -4
Selfie Camera Galaxy S20 Ultra Galaxy S20 FE vs.
Megapixels 40
32
-8
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
Galaxy S20 Ultra Galaxy S20 FE vs.
Tek-Score
8.5
7.7
-0.8

Who has the best frame?

They ended up with the same score, so you can't go wrong here.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra comes at 166x76 mm (6.54x2.99 inches). The Galaxy S20 FE is 7 mm smaller and 2 mm narrower (about 0.28 by 0.08 inches).

When it comes to thickness, there's no difference here: 8 mm (0.32 inches).

The glass rear of the Galaxy S20 Ultra makes it feel great on your hands. The Galaxy S20 FE weighs 190 g. (6.70 oz), while the other is 32 g. (1.13 oz) heavier. If you're looking for a lightweight device, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The Galaxy S20 Ultra got 3.1, showing it's kind of weighty for its screen size. The Galaxy S20 FE, however, has 5.0, so nothing to state here.

If you like having color options, you can buy the Galaxy S20 Ultra in Cosmic Grey and Cosmic Black. The Galaxy S20 FE, in its turn, comes in Cloud Lavender, Cloud Navy, Cloud Mint, Cloud Orange, Cloud Red, and Cloud White.

If you like having a big phone, you should consider the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Otherwise, the other one is more or less the same here.

Would you like to have a fingerprint scanner? Both phones include one.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra is water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters, identical to the Galaxy S20 FE. That should be for up to 30 minutes, and it's standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy S20 Ultra Galaxy S20 FE
Size 166 x 76 x 8 mm
(5.86 x 2.68 x 0.28 in)
159 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.61 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
-6800
Weight 222 g. (7.83 oz)
190 g. (6.70 oz)
-32
Build Front and back glass Front glass
Colors Cosmic Grey and Cosmic Black Cloud Lavender, Cloud Navy, Cloud Mint, Cloud Orange, Cloud Red, and Cloud White
Screen To Body Ratio 91.11%
86.69%
-4.42
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.1 5.0 1.9
Looks 9.1/10
6.6/10
-2.6
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
6.4
6.8
0.4

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

Which has the best battery?

The Galaxy S20 Ultra has a 5000 mAh battery, and the Galaxy S20 FE has a 4500 mAh. But GSMArena did test them out, and the winner is the Galaxy S20 FE.

That's what you can expect from the Galaxy S20 Ultra after charging it up:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll have 82% of the battery remaining.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, this phone should end up with 65%.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 70% of the battery charge.

And these are Galaxy S20 FE's patterns:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 85% 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, this phone should end up with 71%.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 74% of the battery charge.

There's a reason the Galaxy S20 Ultra has this battery life, but Samsung didn't try that hard here, judging by other similarly sized devices. That's the conclusion that we take from its "battery to phone size" rate of 2.3.

You should know that the Galaxy S20 FE is also beating most smartphones. Just check out our top 10 for battery life.

If one of these will end up being the one, you'll have quick charging on your next phone: 45w for the Galaxy S20 Ultra and 25w for the Galaxy S20 FE.

Both phones support wireless charging at 15w.

These smartphones also support reverse wireless charging to charge Qi-enabled devices.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra does charge quicker. That's rare because phones from this budget can only do about 39w.

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

Battery*
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 Ultra Galaxy S20 FE
Capacity (mAh) 5000 4500 -500
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 82% left
85% left
3
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 65% left
71% left
6
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 70% left
74% left
4
Bat. To Phone Size Score 2.3 5.1 2.8
Sub Tek-Score
7.2
7.7
0.4
Fast Charging 45w
25w
-20
Wireless Charging 15w
15w
0
Reverse Charging 9w
4.5w
-4.5
Tek-Score
7.2
7.4
0.2

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

It's a tie.

In terms of RAM, the Galaxy S20 Ultra brings 12GB. In terms of storage, it has 128GB. Space won't be an issue because you can always add a MicroSD card to it.

The Galaxy S20 FE offers 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. You can count on the MicroSD card to save the day.

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

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 Ultra Galaxy S20 FE
RAM (GB) 12GB
6GB
-6
Internal (GB) 128GB
128GB
0
Micro SD microSDXC (shared SIM slot) microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
7.5
7.5
0.0

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

They also do have a resemblance here.

Bluetooth 5.0 is here, on both of them. You can also find NFC on both of them.

If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. You can try an adapter if you want, but the wireless buds are the way to go here. Luckily, you can still get it on other phones if you just ignore these two. You'd have to pick a smartphone like the Sony Xperia 1 II.

Both have two network variants: LTE or (LTE and) 5G. If you'd rather have a Mali-G77 GPU and an Exynos 990, you should consider the 4G version of the Galaxy S20 FE.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 Ultra Galaxy S20 FE
Network 5G (also available in LTE) 5G (also available in LTE)
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 if you do search for any deals and price drops, things can get interesting. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, on the other hand, is usually more costly, but I think that you can find some additional value in it. One can hope that at least it may age better.

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

Here's what we've found out:

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Reference: $955

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

Reference: $680

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

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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 Ultra Galaxy S20 FE VS
Amazon 0.53 1.14 0.62
eBay 0.80 1.14 0.34
Best Buy - 1.06 -
Walmart - - -

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

Are you curious to know what their global score is? But first, let's see where its rivals are. They're in the ballpark of 7.5 for the Galaxy S20 Ultra and 6.8 for the Galaxy S20 FE.

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Stand Out?

If you value performance and you're living outside the US, the 5G version of the Galaxy S20 FE will make much more sense to you, even when compared to the S20 Ultra expensive (pun intended).

It also is smaller and lighter while still managing to give you an edge on battery life.

But that's about it. You shouldn't expect any other advantage from the cheapest S20 of its siblings. Which should be what most people want from their devices: The best performance and the best battery life in a relatively lightweight device.

If, on the other hand, you're after the best of the best, then the S20 Ultra can give you a Gorilla Glass 6, a bit more zoom, a gorgeous full glass body, and 12GB of RAM.

What would you pick?

Pros Galaxy S20 Ultra Galaxy S20 FE
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#4 Cameras Cameras
#5 Fast Charging Battery Life
#6 Wireless Charging Fast Charging
#7 MicroSD Slot Wireless Charging
#8 Glass Protection MicroSD Slot
Cons Galaxy S20 Ultra Galaxy S20 FE
#1 Weight Weight
#2 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#3 Price Price
#4 Glass Protection
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy S20 Ultra Galaxy S20 FE
Gaming Score
7.8
7.5
-0.3
Tek-Score
7.38
6.86
-0.52
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 Ultra 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $799
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
    $1049
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $900
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $849
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
    $1099
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $793
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $995
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro Max
    $1099
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $997
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $899
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra
    $1079

 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
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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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