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

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

The iPhone 12 comes at a higher price, but it isn't the smartphone you should pick.

It comes with better performance (+55%) and better battery life. But the Galaxy S20 adds more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB) and external storage.

What else do they have to offer?

With the iPhone 12, you'll also get a cleaner user interface. But the Galaxy S20 will also give you a higher refresh rate, Always-On display, reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (12GB vs. 4GB).

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

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, you should be saving (close to $183), not paying more.

Is the Galaxy S20 still worth buying in 2021?

The Samsung Galaxy S20 is clearly worth buying in 2021, even if there are better phones out there. Of course, you'll also be happy with a device like the iPhone 11 Pro, but we should acknowledge this device, as it has excellent glass protection, tons of RAM, and 8K recordings.

Is it worth buying the iPhone 12 in 2021?

The iPhone 12 remains a great smartphone in part thanks to its good performance, a good camera, and excellent glass protection. If you can find a great deal, it does make sense in 2021, but the iPhone 12 Pro could give you more storage and more RAM.

Just keep reading if you want to know everything about them, how they are any different from their competition, and how the tech experts evaluate their specs.

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Samsung Galaxy S20, Apple iPhone 12

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Introduction

You probably already know who's the winner here, at least specs-wise. There's a winner, alright. But the real question is: by how much?

Let's find that out.

Apple introduced its iPhone 12 model in October of 2020. Meanwhile, Samsung's Galaxy S20 started to sell 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 and the iPhone 12.

These two have a considerable price difference between them. That's something to consider when making a comparison between the two.

While scrolling down, you'll see a "Tek-Score" for each phone in every section. All the specifications were examined to allow you a faster discerning of the variation between the phones. You'll also have a global comparison score if you're interested in other than these two.

The weight of each section

We've based our score on a study from Globalwebindex.com about the most wanted features from people looking to buy new smartphones. But you'll be able to define how the global score is composed based on what matters to you. Click here to skip everything, or just keep reading until you get there.

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

You're going to find a red or green bar next to some features. That's to show how they compare with other smartphones with similar prices.

Here's our contestant panel: 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 several top 10 tables for every spending plan.

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy S20 iPhone 12
Release Date 2020, March 2020, October 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?

Performance-wise, Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) scores the iPhone 12 55% ahead in the multi-core ranking. If you value performance, be aware of that difference, as it will be noticeable daily. You should be aware that apps on iOs usually run smoother because of the optimizations that Apple does.

The iPhone 12 also has a performance above the average by comparing it with other smartphones from this price range. About 36% above.

One can entitle the Galaxy S20 as a lower high-end and the iPhone 12 more like high-end.

Regarding their chipset, while the Apple iPhone 12 comes with the Apple A14 SoC, the Samsung Galaxy S20 has the Exynos 990 SoC.

Now about the graphics chipset, while the former has a proprietary Apple GPU, the latter features a Mali-G77 MP11.

The Galaxy S20 features the Android 10 and OneUI OS, while the iPhone 12 comes with iOS 14.1.

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.

There's a performance increase of about 15% on the 865 for the Galaxy S20.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 iPhone 12
SoC Exynos 990 Apple A14
Graphics Mali-G77 MP11 Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 2631
4067
1436
OS Android 10 and OneUI iOS 14.1
Tek-Score
6.4
8.8
2.4

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

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

The Galaxy S20 has a better display, and it should be noticeable.

The iPhone 12 features a 6.1" AMOLED display, while the Galaxy S20 has a larger 6.2" AMOLED display. It all comes down to personal preferences for both the display type and size. AMOLED has perfect contrast and viewing angles, but its whites do hurt the battery life.

If you prefer a smartphone with a small display, the iPhone 12 is the one. It really is short compared to most similarly priced phones.

If you're looking for the most high-resolution display, the Galaxy S20 is a winner here. If you value a clean, almost notch-free screen, then at least you still have a choice here.

Screen bezels are shrinking in size almost every passing day, so be aware: The Galaxy S20 display is protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass 6. The iPhone 12 with a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

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

If you set your brightness to auto, the Galaxy S20 will reach 814 nits, while the iPhone 12 only does 639 nits.

The Galaxy S20 can do HDR10+, and the iPhone 12 does HDR10.

If high refresh rates are your thing, you can count on the smooth 120hz of the Galaxy S20.

Bearing in mind the Galaxy S20, 88% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and all have an AMOLED screen.

For the iPhone 12, 94% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 78% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 iPhone 12
Size 6.2
6.1
-0.1
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1440x3200
1170x2532
-1645560
Refresh Rate 120hz 60hz -60
Dots per Inch 565.98
457.25
-108.73
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch Hole Wedge
Peak Brightness 814 nits
639 nits
-175
HDR HDR10+ HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
9.8
2.9
-6.9
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
8.3
7.5
-0.8

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

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

Considering their score, I think that the Apple iPhone 12 has a more dependable camera.

Flip the phones over, let's start the cameras' battle. Samsung's Galaxy S20 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.

It also features two auxiliary cameras. One has 64 Megapixels with an aperture of f/2.0. And another shooter with 12 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

Do you really need a 64 Megapixels camera? Did you know you can zoom in and crop those photos to simulate optical zoom? That's how you can get (for example) an additional 2x of optical zoom and a 16 Megapixels sample.

Want to know about its selfie capabilities? It has a 10 MP (f/2.2) shooter and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

I'm hoping DXOMARK tests this camera out sometime soon, and you can expect a score of about 120* when they do it. If you add its wide-angle lens, you'll end up with a score of 132**.

PS: 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. Though only 12% of them feature a macro lens.

On the back of the Apple iPhone 12 is a 12 Megapixels (f/1.6) camera and a 26mm wide-angle lens. Then you'll have four flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. It can also record videos at up to 2160p. The iPhone 12 also sports a 12 Megapixels sensor, packed with an f/2.4 lens plus a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

On the front, there's an f/2.2 12 MP camera and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 132. And if we consider its wide-angle lens, we'll get to the final score of 139 points. Just click here to read about it.

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 6% of them feature a macro lens.

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

If you're a snapper addict, you'll miss a telephoto lens, so none of these will help you. Just pick something like the iPhone 12 Pro instead.

*The guys over at DXOMARK know how to benchmark these shooters. Unfortunately, they don't test every smartphone camera out there. So when I get my hands on one of them, I take every hardware specs (like lenses, sensor size, OIS, aperture, and so on) and give a comparable score. This score should have a maximum of 2 points (up or down) margin of error.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, especially for cameras with no zoom and with less than 40MP. They just changed their protocol, and they don't have enough reviews for me to refine the pre-update camera scores.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy S20 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 4320 2160 -2160
Score 132
139
7

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy S20 iPhone 12 vs.
Megapixels 64
12
-52
Aperture 2.0
2.4
0.4
Lens - 13mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 12 -
Aperture 2.2 -
Lens 13mm -
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle -
Score 12 7 -5
Selfie Camera Galaxy S20 iPhone 12 vs.
Megapixels 10
12
2
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 26mm 23mm -3
Galaxy S20 iPhone 12 vs.
Tek-Score
7.8
8.2
0.4

Who has the best frame?

They ended up with the same score, so any will do.

The Galaxy S20 is 151 mm (5.95 inches) tall and 69 mm (2.72 inches) wide. The iPhone 12 came out 0.20 inches (5 mm) smaller and 0.08 inches (2 mm) wider.

When it comes to thickness, there's no difference here: 7 mm (0.28 inches).

A front and back glass body does make these phones look premium on your hands. I'm hoping you don't mind carrying a phone with about 163 g. (5.75 oz), because they both weigh that. But because this is a bit relative, I've come up with an adapted "display size to phone weight ratio" score. The Galaxy S20 got 7.4, and that's another way of saying a pretty nice weight for its screen size. The iPhone 12, in its turn, has 6.9, which is pretty nice too.

You can have the Galaxy S20 in Cosmic Grey, Cloud Pink, Cloud Blue, Cloud White, and Aura Red. And you can compare that with the Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue, which comes with the iPhone 12.

You're out of options in the size domain, so there ain't much to see here.

Do you value a fingerprint scanner? Unfortunately, you can't count on the iPhone 12, but if you're already considering the Galaxy S20, then good for you.

You'll still get a second-best on the iPhone 12. At least Apple opted for the Face ID sensor instead.

You can drop the Galaxy S20 into the water, up to 1 to 3 meters deep, much like the iPhone 12. It should be for less than 30 minutes, in standby and freshwater only, so no saltwater or pools here.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy S20 iPhone 12
Size 151 x 69 x 7 mm
(5.33 x 2.43 x 0.25 in)
146 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.15 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
-371
Weight 163 g. (5.75 oz)
164 g. (5.78 oz)
1
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Cosmic Grey, Cloud Pink, Cloud Blue, Cloud White, and Aura Red Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 89.07%
88.18%
-0.89
Disp.Size To Weight Score 7.4 6.9 -0.5
Looks 10.0/10
10.0/10
0.0
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Face ID
Tek-Score
8.6
8.6
0.0

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

Which has the best battery?

The Galaxy S20 does have a battery capacity of 4000 mAh versus the 2815 mAh of the iPhone 12. But as claimed by GSMArena, the winner is the iPhone 12.

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

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 76% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll probably have 59% left for the rest of the day.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, this is where your battery will be: 60%.

And these are iPhone 12's patterns:

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

The battery life on the Galaxy S20 is worse than the typical values of its competitors. These numbers show that it is 10% below the rest.

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

There's also wireless charging (15w) in both of them. Cool. Apple brought MagSafe from their Macbooks so you can effortlessly charge the new iPhones. It's nice but not as good as USB-C charging.

The Galaxy S20 also supports reverse wireless charging at 9w/hour for Qi-enabled devices.

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

Battery*
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 iPhone 12
Capacity (mAh) 4000 2815 -1185
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 76% left
79% left
3
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 59% left
64% left
5
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 60% left
64% left
4
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.3 6.4 1.1
Sub Tek-Score
6.5
6.9
0.4
Fast Charging 25w
20w
-5
Wireless Charging 15w
15w
0
Reverse Charging 9w
No -9
Tek-Score
6.5
6.6
0.1

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The Galaxy S20. Twice as much.

The Galaxy S20 comes equipped with 128GB of integrated storage and 12GB of RAM. In the worst-case scenario, you'll end up spending a few bucks more because there's always the MicroSD card expandable storage solution.

The iPhone 12, in its turn, has 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. There's no extra storage here. You may need a good data plan and some cloud storage. You may already know, but you can get the majority of its rivals with more RAM and more storage. They usually get close to 9Gb of RAM and 146Gb of storage.

Most people should be OK with their internal storage. However, if you love to store 4k videos, 64 GB alone won't get you there.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 iPhone 12
RAM (GB) 12GB
4GB
-8
Internal (GB) 128GB
64GB
-64
Micro SD microSDXC (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?

You can only get 5G with the iPhone 12.

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

About the 3.5mm jack: Now may be the time to consider moving to wireless earbuds. Want a piece of advice? Forget about adapters and go for the wireless buds. You can also check other devices if you don't mind searching for them. The Sony Xperia 1 II can give you a headphone jack.

The Galaxy S20 has two network variants: LTE or (LTE and) 5G. The 5G variant of the Galaxy S20 has 12GB of RAM.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 iPhone 12
Network LTE (also available in 5G) 5G
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
3.6
4.6
1.0

Which is more affordable?

The Samsung Galaxy S20 may not be the best bang for your buck. But that depends on the deals that you can find. The Apple iPhone 12, on the other hand, is usually more costly, but if it's worth it or not, it's up to you to decide. At least, it should be easier to sell it in the future.

Let's see if it really worths it or not.

Here are their recently updated prices:

Samsung Galaxy S20

Reference: $697

Samsung Galaxy S20

Apple iPhone 12

Reference: $880

Apple iPhone 12

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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 iPhone 12 VS
Amazon - - ! -
eBay 1.08 0.83 -0.26
Best Buy - 0.85 -
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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So, what about that global score? We'll get there. For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. They usually sit close to 6.9 (for the Galaxy S20) and 7.2 (for the iPhone 12).

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S20 Stand Out?

So, you do get a lot with the Galaxy S20. It's the 120hz of refresh rate, the Always-on infinity-o display, 8 extra Gigabytes of RAM, and 64 additional Gigabytes of storage (plus the MicroSD slot), just to name a few.

But the iPhone 12 does beat its adversary on performance, on battery life, and has the Victus version of the Gorilla Glass protection. You should also add your personal tastes, like looks, platform, brand, and so forth. Apple sure does think that's enough to convince everyone, but what about you?

Pros Galaxy S20 iPhone 12
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Always-On-Display Cameras
#4 Cameras Fast Charging
#5 Fast Charging Wireless Charging
#6 Wireless Charging Glass Protection
#7 MicroSD Slot
#8 Glass Protection
Cons Galaxy S20 iPhone 12
#1 3.5mm Jack Always-On-Display
#2 Price MicroSD Slot
#3 3.5mm Jack
#4 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy S20 iPhone 12
Gaming Score
7.7
6.3
-1.4
Tek-Score
7.26
6.76
-0.50
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 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $799
  • 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 Plus
    $739
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $539
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $793
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • OnePlusrival8
    $630
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $599
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $565
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $729
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $599
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698

 Apple iPhone 12 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $699
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $900
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $704
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $849
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $669
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $919
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $793
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $729
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $899
  • 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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