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Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Note 20 Ultra: Which Fits Your Needs?

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

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will cost you more, but considering its features, it is the best option.

It features a better display, better battery life, and more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB).

What else stands out?

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra also gives you a larger (+0.7") display and a telephoto lens (+120 mm). But with the Galaxy S20, you can get a lightweight body (45 g./1.59 oz less).

How much more will those additional features cost me?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, you're going to shell out an extra amount of about $298.

Is it still worth buying the Galaxy S20 in 2021?

You shouldn't ignore the Samsung Galaxy S20 at all, even in 2021. Of course, you'll also be happy with a device like the Apple iPhone 12, but with the Galaxy S20, at least you'll get excellent glass protection, tons of RAM, and 8K recordings.

Is it worth buying the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in 2021?

Don't let its age scare you. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra still is a fantastic device as we go thru 2021. You can thank Samsung for its good camera, good battery life, tons of storage, excellent glass protection, and tons of RAM. Although you can also check the Apple iPhone 12 Pro.

Keep reading to learn more about what sets them apart, how they rival their competition, and how the industry is scoring their specs.

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Samsung Galaxy S20, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

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Introduction

Alright, so you're not a fan of the Galaxy S20 Ultra, and you'd rather pick one of these. But does the Note 20 Ultra worth the extra cash?

Are you considering an upgrade instead?

Either way, let's start.

While Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 Ultra hit stores in August of 2020, Samsung's Galaxy S20 went on sale in March of 2020.

Here you can look at the Galaxy S20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, compare each other's features, and decide which one is best for you. Let us delve into the finer details.

You'll never find the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra at the price of the Galaxy S20. That's something you should keep in mind when comparing them.

Look out for a "Tek-Score" in every section of this article. 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 if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

The weight of each section

This score is based on research from Globalwebindex.com about the most desired smartphone features by consumers. But you can fine-tune the global score depending on whatever you like. You can check this out now, but keep reading because there are many things to unveil about these two and their rivals.

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 compare with other smartphones with similar prices.

Here is their competitors' extensive 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 several top 10 tables for every spending plan.

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy S20 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Release Date 2020, March 2020, August 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 3% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. In real-world usage, the difference between them isn't significant.

Be aware that the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra's performance is under the pattern by comparing it with other smartphones from this price range. About 28% below.

One can entitle 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.

They aren't actually in a dispute about the graphics performance, as they also share 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), and 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 and a considerable performance increase of about 20% on the 865+ for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
SoC Exynos 990 Exynos 990
Graphics Mali-G77 MP11 Mali-G77 MP11
Geekbench 5 Score 2631
2561
-70
OS Android 10 and OneUI Android 10 and OneUI
Tek-Score
6.4
6.3
-0.1

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy S20 front transparent png Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra front transparent png

There isn't a winner here, so you can pick any of them. Although the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has better glass protection.

While the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra got a 6.9-inch AMOLED display, the Galaxy S20 got a smaller AMOLED display with 6.2-inches. It all comes down to personal preferences for both the display type and size. Do you favor AMOLED screens?

The Galaxy S20 benefits from a higher resolution, at 1440x3200 pixels, while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has 1440x3088 pixels.

Screen bezels are shrinking in size almost every passing day, so it's essential to know what kind of glass protection they have. The Galaxy S20 has a previous generation's Gorilla Glass 6 protection, while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra display has the latest Gorilla Glass Victus.

If you value an Always-On display, you'll be glad to find it in both Galaxys.

When it comes to outdoor visibility, the Galaxy S20 can go up to 814 nits, but the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra can go up to 210 nits above that.

These two can play HDR10+-compatible media.

If high refresh rates are your thing, you're lucky because both feature a 120hz screen.

If you're leaning towards the Galaxy S20, just know that 88% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and all have an AMOLED screen.

Compared to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, as a reference, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 80% have an Always-On display and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Size 6.2
6.9
0.7
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1440x3200
1440x3088
-161280
Refresh Rate 120hz 120hz 0
Dots per Inch 565.98
493.80
-72.18
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 814 nits
1024 nits
210
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
9.8
9.8
-0.1
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
8.3
9.9
1.7

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy S20 back transparent png Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra back transparent png

I don't see a meaningful winner in the camera department.

Things are different when it comes to lenses. The Galaxy S20's primary camera has a 12 Megapixels sensor, with an aperture of f/1.8, a 26mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. Videos on its shooter have a maximum resolution of 4320p.

It also has a secondary 64 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.0. And a third of 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 2x of optical zoom: by trimming it into a 16 Megapixels photo.

The selfie camera is a 10 MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture complemented with 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. By including its wide-angle lens, that will go up to 132**.

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. Yet, only 12% of them feature a macro lens.

On the back of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a whopping 108 Megapixels (f/1.8) camera and a 26mm wide-angle lens. Then you'll have one flash LED, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. It can also record videos at up to 4320p. It also has two extra rear-facing camera lenses. One has 12 Megapixels (with an aperture of f/3.0 and an astounding 120mm telephoto lens), and another with 12 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

If you take a 108 Megapixels snapshot, you can zoom in on it and do a crop in the middle to get the same results as you'd get on a 27 Megapixels 2x optical zoom camera.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is also known for its impressive 50x hybrid Space Zoom. In theory, that's a step down from the S20 Ultra 100x, but since it's an "AI-powered" zoom, it shouldn't matter much.

Samsung included the same 10 MP (f/2.2) sensor for selfies and the same 26 mm wide-angle lens.

On DXOMARK's reviewing article, they gave this shooter 122 points. By considering the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we end up with a score of 136 points. Just click here to read about it.

Winding it up, 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 93% feature a telephoto lens. Additionally, none of them feature a macro lens.

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

*DXOMARK is a well-known market reference when it comes to camera benchmarking. Too bad they don't get a chance to test most of the cameras out there. 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). This score should have a maximum of 2 points (up or down) margin of error.

**This score still needs improvement, at least for phones with no zoom and up to 35 to 40MP. They moved to a new camera test protocol, and I only have few reviewed devices to deduce a compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy S20 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Megapixels 12
108
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 4320 0
Score 132
136
4

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy S20 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 64
12
-52
Aperture 2.0
3.0
1.0
Lens - 120mm (4.6x 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
Score 12 14 2
Selfie Camera Galaxy S20 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 10
10
0
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
Galaxy S20 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs.
Tek-Score
7.8
8.0
0.2

Who has the best frame?

If you're still undecided about them, the Galaxy S20 is a better choice based on its weight and the number of color options.

The Galaxy S20 comes at 151x69 mm (5.95x2.72 inches). The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra came out 0.51 inches (13 mm) taller and 0.32 inches (8 mm) wider.

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

A front and back glass body does make these phones look premium on your hands. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is 45 g. (1.77 oz) heavier than the other, weighing about 163 g. (5.75 oz). But because this is a bit relative, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The Galaxy S20 got a score of 7.4, which means a pretty nice weight for a 6.2 inches screen. In the meantime, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has 4.4, so nothing to state here.

You can purchase the Samsung Galaxy S20 in Cosmic Grey, Cloud Pink, Cloud Blue, Cloud White, and Aura Red. And you can pick the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black.

If you like having a big phone, you should consider the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. If not, then you should choose the other one.

Would you like to have a fingerprint scanner? Both devices included it.

The Galaxy S20 truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep, on par with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. That should be for up to 30 minutes, and it's freshwater in standby mode only.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy S20 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Size 151 x 69 x 7 mm
(5.33 x 2.43 x 0.25 in)
164 x 77 x 8 mm
(5.78 x 2.72 x 0.28 in)
28091
Weight 163 g. (5.75 oz)
208 g. (7.34 oz)
45
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Cosmic Grey, Cloud Pink, Cloud Blue, Cloud White, and Aura Red Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black
Screen To Body Ratio 89.07%
93.17%
4.09
Disp.Size To Weight Score 7.4 4.4 -3.0
Looks 10.0/10
9.1/10
-0.8
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
8.6
6.8
-1.8

*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 4500 mAh of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. And as claimed by GSMArena, the latter does have better battery life.

This is how the Galaxy S20 performs after a full charge:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll be at 76% of the battery charge.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 59% left.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 60% left for the rest of the day.

And this is how the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra handles these tests:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll end up with 83% of the battery charge.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, this phone should end up with 69%.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 72% left for the rest of the day.

The battery life on the Galaxy S20 is worse than what you find on their rivals. That's a step-down of 10% against the typical smartphone.

They can both do 25 watts when charging, so there's nothing to see here.

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

Both phones can also use reverse wireless charging to charge any Qi-enabled devices.

The Snapdragon 865+ variant also has better battery efficiency, about 7% of additional screen-on-time.

Battery*
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Capacity (mAh) 4000 4500 500
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 76% left
83% left
7
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 59% left
69% left
10
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 60% left
72% left
12
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.3 2.6 -2.7
Sub Tek-Score
6.5
7.5
1.0
Fast Charging 25w
25w
0
Wireless Charging 15w
15w
0
Reverse Charging 9w
4.5w
-4.5
Tek-Score
6.5
7.2
0.7

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Clearly.

The Galaxy S20 has 128GB of internal storage and 12GB of RAM. Space won't be an issue because you can top that with a MicroSD card.

In its turn, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of integrated storage. If you ever run out of free space, you can also add a MicroSD card.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
RAM (GB) 12GB
12GB
0
Internal (GB) 128GB
256GB
128
Micro SD microSDXC (shared SIM slot) microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
7.5
10.0
2.5

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, unless you don't care about 5G.

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

About the 3.5mm jack: Now may be the time to consider moving to wireless earbuds. You may go for an adapter as a last resort, but it really isn't the same. You can have it anyway if you don't care that much about them. You'd have to pick a smartphone like the Sony Xperia 1 II.

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

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy S20 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Network LTE (also available in 5G) 5G (also available in LTE)
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 surely wins over its sibling in this round. But if you do search for any deals and price drops, things can get interesting. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, on the other hand, is usually more costly, but I'm not here to tell you if it's worth it. Maybe you can get some money back if you end up selling it.

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

Here are the best prices that we've found:

Samsung Galaxy S20

Reference: $697

Samsung Galaxy S20

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Reference: $995

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 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 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra VS
Amazon - 0.73 -
eBay 1.08 0.59 -0.50
Best Buy - 0.77 -
Walmart - 0.81 -

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Smartphone Specs Statistics: The State Of The Art (Q1 2021)

So, what about that global score? We'll get there. But first, let's see where its rivals are. The Galaxy S20 class is at 6.9, and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 7.6.

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Stand Out?

The Note 20 Ultra does stand out. The camera is the most obvious difference, but I'd also gladly get that latest Victus version from Corning.

But that's not all. The Note 20 Ultra can also give you way better battery life, whereas, on storage, it really depends on the version that you'll get. The Snapdragon variant has way better performance and battery life but starts at 128GB of storage.

But what about the Galaxy S20? Well, at least is way lighter.

Pros Galaxy S20 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
#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
#9 Storage
#10 Glass Protection
Cons Galaxy S20 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
#1 3.5mm Jack Weight
#2 Price 3.5mm Jack
#3 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy S20 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Gaming Score
7.7
8.4
0.6
Tek-Score
7.26
8.08
0.82
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

 Samsung Galaxy Note 20 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 Ultra
    $919
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro Max
    $1099
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $997
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $899
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra
    $1079
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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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