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Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Google Pixel 5: Is The 5 Good Enough?

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Samsung Galaxy S20, Google Pixel 5

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Luis Silva (November 2020, updated: March 2021)

Introduction

In October of 2020, Google started selling its Pixel 5, while Samsung's Galaxy S20 hit the stores in March of 2020.

We are looking at how the Galaxy S20 and the Pixel 5 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

Is the Galaxy S20 better than the Pixel 5?

The Galaxy S20 won't cost you that much more, but it also is the better device of the two considering their specs.

You'll get better performance (+60%), a glass back, and external storage. But the Pixel 5 will deliver better battery life.

Are there other things worth mentioning?

The Galaxy S20 also has a higher refresh rate, larger (+0.2") display, and more RAM (12GB vs. 8GB). But the Pixel 5 also brings a cleaner user interface.

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

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, it'll cost you around $15 more.

Is the Galaxy S20 still worth getting in 2021?

Yes, it is. Its performance won't disappoint you for sure.

Is the Pixel 5 still worth getting in 2021?

Go for it. It's starting to show its age, but it is still a decent device.

The Google Pixel 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S20 are about the same price, but you'll usually find the Pixel 5 at a lower price. That is something worth considering when comparing them.

You'll also see down below a "Tek-Score" for every section that we analyze. For a quicker analysis of how far they are from each other, we'll consider all their specifications. The global score will help you compare them to other phones if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

That score is research-based. It's from Globalwebindex.com about the most desired smartphone features by consumers.

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

There's a colored progress bar next to some items. It's there for you to better understand how they fare against other smartphones at the same price range.

Here's our contestant panel: but basically, we've excluded every smartphone that's not within a 20% (above or below) price range.

Some items are underlined, and you can tap to access the related top 10 listings for all budgets.

Price* vs.
Device Galaxy S20 Pixel 5
Release Date 2020, March 2020, October 0y.
OS Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.
Security Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Performance

Regarding their chipset, while the Google Pixel 5 comes with the Snapdragon 765 SoC, the Samsung Galaxy S20 has the Exynos 990 SoC.

About the graphics: while the first one brings an Adreno 620, the other has a Mali-G77 MP11.

When it comes to the performance, Geekbench 5 rates the Galaxy S20 60% ahead of its rival on the multi-core rankings. If you forget this number, you'll remember it every single day since day one.

When it comes to performance, the Pixel 5 is way under the average for its price range. It got a score of 1647, compared to the usual 2742, or close to that.

We can classify the Galaxy S20 as a lower high-end and the Pixel 5 as a mid-range device.

At least you'll get the Android 10 and OneUI on the Galaxy S20, and the Pixel 5 has Android 11 at its core.

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 Pixel 5
SoC Exynos 990 Snapdragon 765
Graphics Mali-G77 MP11 Adreno 620
Geekbench 5 Score 2631
1647
-984
OS Android 10 and OneUI Android 11
Tek-Score
6.4
4.7
-1.6

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.

Display

Samsung Galaxy S20 front transparent png Google Pixel 5 front transparent png

The Pixel 5 features a 6.0" AMOLED display, while the Galaxy S20 has a larger 6.2" AMOLED display. To each, it's own. Me, I'd go for an AMOLED screen, but a remarkable LCD is honestly as good.

If you're into small displays, don't waste your time searching for other devices, and go for the Pixel 5. Most phones from its price range don't even come close.

If you're looking for the most high-resolution display, the Galaxy S20 is a winner here.

Screen bezels are shrinking in size almost every passing day, so you need to know about their glass protection. Both have a Corning Gorilla Glass 6 display.

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

When it comes to outdoor visibility, the Galaxy S20 will reach 814 nits, and the Pixel 5 can top at 699 nits.

Both phones can play HDR10+-compatible media.

If high refresh rates are your thing, you should pick the Galaxy S20 with its 120hz over the Pixel 5 with only 90hz.

Considering the Galaxy S20, 90% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and all of them have an AMOLED screen.

Concerning the Pixel 5, as a reference, 89% of its rivals can play HDR content, 96% have an AMOLED screen, and 93% of them have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features Galaxy S20 Pixel 5
Size 6.2
6.0
-0.2
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1440x3200
1080x2340
-2080800
Refresh Rate 120hz 90hz -30
Dots per Inch 565.98
429.53
-136.45
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 814 nits
699 nits
-115
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
9.8
8.7
-1.1
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Tek-Score
8.3
7.9
-0.4

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.

Cameras

Samsung Galaxy S20 back transparent png Google Pixel 5 back transparent png

Let's delve into their cameras. Together, a 12 MP sensor, an aperture of f/1.8, a 26mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization makes up the Galaxy S20 camera set. Adding to that, you'll still get the ability to record videos at up to 4320p.

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

Did you know? When cropping a 64 Megapixels photo by zooming in, you can get (for example) an additional 2x of optical zoom and a 16 Megapixels sample.

Its selfie camera features a 10 MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

I'm hoping we have a review from DxOMark soon, and I'm confident that they'll give it close to 120* points. If you add its wide-angle lens, that will go up to 132**.

I hope this helps: keep in mind that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. However, only 5% of them feature a macro lens.

Adding to its 12 MP shooter, the Pixel 5's leading camera has an aperture of f/1.7 and a 27mm, wide-angle lens. You'll be getting one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. You can record videos at 2160p. The Pixel 5 also sports a 16 MP sensor, packed with an f/2.2 lens plus a 17mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

On the front, there's an f/2.0 8 MP camera and a 24 mm wide-angle lens.

On DxOMark's reviewing article, they gave this shooter 129 points. And if we consider its wide-angle lens, that score goes up to 138. You can click here to check it out.

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. Still, only 15% of them feature a macro lens.

At least theoretically, I don't see a meaningful winner in the camera department.

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

If you take optical zoom seriously, just ignore these two and check the Galaxy S10 or the Galaxy Note 10 instead.

*I do recommend DxOMark's reviews. I'd love to see more tests, but some phones are just left out. So when I find one such shooter, I try to do my best by giving a similar score based on hardware specs only (OIS, Sensor size, Aperture, Lenses, HDR, and so on). You should give it a maximum of 2 points (up or down) margin of error.

**This rate still needs improvement, at least for phones with no zoom and up to 35 to 40MP. They just revised their formula, and I still have few reviewed devices to better deduce a compatible rate.

Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy S20 Pixel 5
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.8
1.7
-0.1
Lens 26mm
27mm
1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 4320 2160 -2160
Score 132
138
6

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy S20 Pixel 5 vs.
Megapixels 64
16
-48
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens - 17mm
Lens Type - Wide-Angle
Megapixels 12 -
Aperture 2.2 -
Lens 13mm -
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle -
Score 12 9 -3
Selfie Camera Galaxy S20 Pixel 5 vs.
Megapixels 10
8
-2
Aperture 2.2
2.0
-0.2
Lens 26mm 24mm -2
Galaxy S20 Pixel 5 vs.
Tek-Score
7.8
8.1
0.4

Body

The Galaxy S20 comes at 151x69 mm (5.95x2.72 inches). The Pixel 5 is 7 mm smaller and 1 mm larger (about 0.28 by 0.04 inches).

When it comes to thickness, they're almost equal: 7 mm (0.28 inches) vs. 8 mm (0.32 inches). Be aware that the Pixel 5 is 12% smaller than the average phone for its price segment.

You can choose the Galaxy S20 with a full glass body or the Pixel 5 with an aluminum back. The Galaxy S20 is a little bit heavier: About 12 g. (0.42 oz). But because this is a bit relative, the Galaxy S20 has a "weight to screen size" score of 7.4, showing it has a pretty nice weight for its screen size. In the meantime, the Pixel 5 has 8.4, which suggests exceptional work from Google.

If you like having color options, you can buy the Galaxy S20 in Cosmic Grey, Cloud Pink, Cloud Blue, Cloud White, and Aura Red. The Pixel 5, in its turn, comes in Just Black and Sorta Sage.

Both feature the same size, so I hope you like 6.2/6" phones.

Is the lack of a fingerprint scanner a deal-breaker to you? Both manufacturers included it.

The Galaxy S20 is resistant to water up to 1 to 3 meters, identical to the Pixel 5. It should be for less than 30 minutes, in standby and freshwater only, so no saltwater or pools here.

Looks* vs.
Body Galaxy S20 Pixel 5
Size 151 x 69 x 7 mm
(5.33 x 2.43 x 0.25 in)
144 x 70 x 8 mm
(5.08 x 2.47 x 0.28 in)
7707
Weight 163 g. (5.75 oz)
151 g. (5.33 oz)
-12
Build Front and back glass Front glass and aluminum back
Colors Cosmic Grey, Cloud Pink, Cloud Blue, Cloud White, and Aura Red Just Black and Sorta Sage
Screen To Body Ratio 89.07%
87.67%
-1.40
Disp.Size To Weight Score 7.4 8.4 1.0
Looks 10.0/10
9.1/10
-0.8
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Fingerprint
Tek-Score
8.6
9.1
0.4

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

Battery

In theory, they should have about the same battery life because they have the same capacity: about 4080 mAh. But is that so? This is asking for a thorough test after a full charge. And this is how the Galaxy S20 comes out of it:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 76% of the battery remaining.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 59% left.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, you'll be with 60%.

And this is how the Pixel 5 handles these tests:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 82% of the battery remaining.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 66% left for the rest of the day.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, you'll likely end up with 69% of the battery charge.

It may come as no surprise here, but the Pixel 5 wins, hands down.

Clearly, for it, battery life was a primary concern. Google did a great job here if you ask me. By doing some math, it got a "battery to physical size" rate of 7.9.

Clearly, the Galaxy S20's battery capacity is well below other price-liked phones. It lasts 9% less than the average on these tasks.

If one of these will end up being the one, you'll have quick-charging on your next phone: 25w for the Galaxy S20 and 18w for the Pixel 5.

They all include wireless charging, and they charge at 15w vs. 12w. That's nice.

These smartphones also support reverse wireless charging to charge 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 Pixel 5
Capacity (mAh) 4000 4080 80
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 76% left
82% left
6
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 59% left
66% left
7
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 60% left
69% left
9
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.3 7.9 2.5
Sub Tek-Score
6.5
7.2
0.7
Fast Charging 25w
18w
-7
Wireless Charging 15w
12w
-3
Reverse Charging 9w
5w
-4
Tek-Score
6.5
6.9
0.4

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Storage

The Galaxy S20 features 128GB of internal storage and 12GB of RAM. There's nothing to worry about because you can add a MicroSD card if you want.

In its turn, the Pixel 5 has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of integrated storage. There's no expandable storage here, but 128GB is enough for most of us.

Storage* vs.
Features Galaxy S20 Pixel 5
RAM (GB) 12GB
8GB
-4
Internal (GB) 128GB
128GB
0
Micro SD microSDXC (shared SIM slot) No
Tek-Score
7.5
6.0
-1.5

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

Connectivity

Both devices feature the standard Bluetooth 5.0 module. Both phones also have NFC, so nothing special here.

Do you still favor wired headphones? None of them will help you with that. You can buy an adapter, but the wireless buds are your only option. You can also check other devices if you don't mind searching for them. The Galaxy S10 or the Galaxy S10 Plus can help you with that.

You can connect the Galaxy S20 to LTE or (LTE and) 5G networks. If you'd rather have 12GB of RAM, you should consider the 5G version of the Galaxy S20.

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

Price

The Google Pixel 5 may not be the best bang for your buck. That, of course, depends on the place and the deals that you'll eventually find. The Samsung Galaxy S20, in its turn, isn't that cheap, but I believe that it shouldn't come as a surprise at all. At least it may be easier to sell if you consider selling it afterward.

If you still aren't sure about any of them, let's check how much value you can expect.

Here are the prices that we've come across recently:

Reference: $697

Samsung Galaxy S20

Reference: $682

Google Pixel 5

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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 Pixel 5 VS
Amazon 0.73 0.97 0.24
eBay - 0.85 -
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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So, what about that global rate? We'll get there. For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. The Galaxy S20 class is at 7.1, and the Pixel 5 6.9.

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S20 Stand Out?

Despite having about the same price, these two don't have that much in common.

The S20 does stand out, and it's mainly because of its performance, even if you get the Exynos variant. It also has a higher refresh rate, more dots per inch, a full and gorgeous glass body, 4 extra gigabytes of RAM, and allows you to add external storage.

But if you long for a cleaner user experience and you only care about battery life, the Pixel 5 is a solid choice. It'll also offer you an aluminum back.

Pros Galaxy S20 Pixel 5
#1 Performance AMOLED
#2 AMOLED Always-On-Display
#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 Pixel 5
#1 3.5mm Jack MicroSD Slot
#2 Price 3.5mm Jack
#3 Price
Relative Score* vs.
Global Score Galaxy S20 Pixel 5
Gaming Score
7.7
6.6
-1.1
Tek-Score
7.30
6.78
-0.52

*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 
  • Sony

    Xperia 1 $688

  • Sony

    Xperia 5 $699

  • Apple

    iPhone X $579

  • Apple

    iPhone 11 $578

  • Apple

    iPhone 11 Pro $750

  • Apple

    iPhone XS Max $595

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 EX $675

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 SD $649

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20+ EX $749

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20+ SD $649

  • Huawei

    P30 Pro $598

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 Plus $749

  • Huawei

    P40 Pro $769

  • Huawei

    P40 $666

  • OnePlus

    8 Pro $800

  • OnePlus

    8 $630

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10 Pro $600

  • Apple

    iPhone 12 $799

  • Oppo

    Find X2 Pro $663

  • Google

    Pixel 5 $599

  • Apple

    iPhone 12 Mini $739

  • Oppo

    Reno4 Pro $594

  • Sony

    Xperia 1 II $800

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 $699

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 Plus $799

 Google Pixel 5 
  • Sony

    Xperia 1 $688

  • Sony

    Xperia 5 $699

  • Apple

    iPhone X $579

  • Apple

    iPhone 11 $578

  • Apple

    iPhone XS Max $595

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 $499

  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note 10 $499

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10 Plus $499

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10+ EX $499

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S10+ SD $488

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 EX $675

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 SD $649

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20+ SD $649

  • OnePlus

    7T Pro $499

  • Huawei

    P30 Pro $598

  • Google

    Pixel 4 XL $499

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 $697

  • Huawei

    Mate 20 Pro $550

  • Huawei

    P40 $666

  • OnePlus

    8 $630

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10 Pro $600

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 FE $549

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 FE 4G $549

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S20 FE 5G $549

  • Oppo

    Find X2 Neo $543

  • Oppo

    Find X2 Pro $663

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10T Pro $480

  • OnePlus

    8T $557

  • Xiaomi

    Mi 10 $529

  • Oppo

    Reno4 Pro $594

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S21 $699

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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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