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Samsung Galaxy S21 vs S21 Ultra: Wanna Save A Few Bucks?

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

The Galaxy S21 Ultra comes at a higher price, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

It gives you a glass back and better battery life.

Anything else?

The Galaxy S21 Ultra also has a larger (+0.6") display, a telephoto lens (+211 mm), more RAM (12GB vs. 8GB), and Bluetooth 5.2. But with the Galaxy S21, you can get a lightweight body (58 g./2.05 oz less).

Still, you'll have to decide for yourself as they achieved a pretty even score.

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're going off-contract, you'll have to spend approximately $401 more.

Read on to know more about them, how they fare against their competition, and how the industry is scoring their specs.

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Samsung Galaxy S21, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

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Introduction

Both phones were launched by Samsung at the same time: last January.

In this article, we see how the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21 Ultra compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

You'll rarely (if ever) find these two with the same price tag. That is something worth considering when comparing them.

Look out for a "Tek-Score" in every section of this article. For a quicker analysis of how far they are from each other, we'll consider all their specifications. 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

Our Tek-Score is based on a study done by Globalwebindex.com about what people want from their next smartphone. But you'll get a say in the matter by setting it to whatever you like. You can skip to the end, or just keep reading until you get there.

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

Some features are underlined with a red or green progress bar. That's so you can see how they fare against other smartphones at the same price range.

You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, but we've only included smartphones within a 40% price range.

Feel free to click any feature title to check out the top 10 phones for that feature for any budget.

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21 Ultra
Release Date 2021, January 2021, January 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 S21 Ultra 2% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. All in all, there's not much of a difference between the two.

Are you looking for the quickest phone around? The Galaxy S21 is clearly above the average if you consider related priced phones. The average score is 2476, but it got 3113.

We can classify both of them as high-end.

Both share the same SoC (the new Exynos 2100), which means you should expect the same performance.

This also isn't a GPU battle because they all have a Mali-G78 MP14.

Both phones were launched with Android 11 and OneUI OS.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21 Ultra
SoC Exynos 2100 Exynos 2100
Graphics Mali-G78 MP14 Mali-G78 MP14
Geekbench 5 Score 3113
3176
63
OS Android 11 and OneUI Android 11 and OneUI
Tek-Score
7.2
7.3
0.1

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy S21 front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra front transparent png

The Galaxy S21 Ultra has a better display, but it shouldn't be that noticeable.

Would you prefer the 6.8" AMOLED display of the Galaxy S21 Ultra or the smaller 6.2" AMOLED panel of the Galaxy S21? Which one would you choose? Me, I'd go for an AMOLED screen, but a decent LCD can be just as good.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra benefits from a higher resolution, at 1440x3200 pixels, while the Galaxy S21 has 1080x2400 pixels.

No one likes to look at a shattered screen, so I have to put this out: Both have a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus display.

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

If you don't manually set the screen brightness, the Galaxy S21 can do 856 nits, while the Galaxy S21 Ultra can do 167 nits above that.

These two are capable of displaying HDR10+-compatible media.

If high refresh rates are your thing, then these two can do 120hz.

About the Galaxy S21, just know that 86% of its rivals can play HDR content, 91% have an AMOLED screen, and 82% have an Always-On display.

For the Galaxy S21 Ultra, just so you know, 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 S21 Galaxy S21 Ultra
Size 6.2
6.8
0.6
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2400
1440x3200
2016000
Refresh Rate 120hz 120hz 0
Dots per Inch 424.48
516.04
91.56
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 856 nits
1023 nits
167
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
9.2
9.8
0.6
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
9.7
9.9
0.2

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy S21 back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra back transparent png

Be aware that the Galaxy S21's picture quality is, on average, 38 points above its rivals in its class. However, none of these stand out.

Who's gonna win this battle? The Galaxy S21'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 two additional cameras, one 64 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.0, plus a 29mm wide-angle lens. And another with 12 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

Just so you know: You can take a 64 Megapixels photo, zoom in and crop, and 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.

DXOMARK reviewed this camera and gave it 123 points. If you also consider its wide-angle lens, that will go up to 137. For a thorough review, click here.

I hope this helps: all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Though only 18% of them feature a macro lens.

The standard camera on the back of the Galaxy S21 Ultra has a whopping 108 Megapixels sensor and a 24mm, f/1.8 aperture, wide-angle lens. It also has one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. When it comes to recording videos, it can do 4320p. Have you noticed yet? The Galaxy S21 Ultra has another set of three cameras: one with an aperture of f/4.9 and an astounding 240mm telephoto lens in a 10 Megapixels sensor, another with 10 Megapixels (f/2.4) with a 70mm telephoto lens, and finally, one with 12 Megapixels and a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

For your information: If you zoom in and crop a 108 Megapixels photo, you can get a sample with 27 Megapixels and 2x optical zoom.

Samsung included a generous 40 MP (f/2.2) sensor for selfies and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

The guys over at the DXOMARK labs scored this camera with 128 points. And if we consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, this score goes up to 142 points. You can click here to check it out.

Lastly, just so you know, 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.

We can classify these two as high-end.

If you love it, the Galaxy S21 Ultra zoom lens is 138mm above what you usually see on similarly priced devices.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21 Ultra
Megapixels 12
108
96
Aperture 1.8
1.8
0.0
Lens 26mm
24mm
-2
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 4320 4320 0
Score 137
142
5

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 64
10
-54
Aperture 2.0
4.9
2.9
Lens 29mm 240mm (10x zoom)
211
Lens Type Regular Telephoto lens
Megapixels 12 10 -2
Aperture 2.2 2.4 0.2
Lens 13mm 70mm (3x zoom) 57
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Telephoto lens
Megapixels - 12
Aperture - 2.2
Lens - 13mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 14 14 0
Selfie Camera Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 10
40
30
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21 Ultra vs.
Tek-Score
8.1
8.4
0.3

Who has the best frame?

The Galaxy S21 does win some points here, mainly for its weight. But they're not that far apart.

The Galaxy S21 comes at 151x71 mm (5.95x2.80 inches). The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, however, is a bit wider. Precisely 0.16 inches (4 mm) and a bit taller: 0.55 inches (14 mm).

The first has a thickness of 7 mm (0.28 inches), while the second has about 8 mm (0.32 inches).

The Galaxy S21 Ultra also has a glass back, and it looks gorgeous. The Galaxy S21 weighs 169 g. (5.96 oz), while its sibling is 58 g. (2.29 oz) heavier. If you're looking for a lightweight device, the "weight to display size" score of the Galaxy S21 is 6.6, and that's another way of saying a pretty nice weight for its screen size. The Galaxy S21 Ultra, however, has 2.4, which indicates it's oddly heavy.

We do like having some color options. You get Phantom Gray, Phantom Violet, Phantom White, and Phantom Pink in the Galaxy S21. But you can get Phantom Black, Phantom Titanium, Phantom Silver, Phantom Navy, and Phantom Brown with the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

If you favor big phones, you should pick the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. If not, then go for the other one.

Is the lack of a fingerprint scanner a deal-breaker to you? They all have one.

The Galaxy S21 is rated IP68, which means it's water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters, and the same goes for the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Remember that it shouldn't be for over half an hour, in standby mode, so no underwater photos.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21 Ultra
Size 151 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.33 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
165 x 75 x 8 mm
(5.82 x 2.65 x 0.28 in)
23953
Weight 169 g. (5.96 oz)
227 g. (8.01 oz)
58
Build Front glass Front and back glass
Colors Phantom Gray, Phantom Violet, Phantom White, and Phantom Pink Phantom Black, Phantom Titanium, Phantom Silver, Phantom Navy, and Phantom Brown
Screen To Body Ratio 86.57%
90.21%
3.65
Disp.Size To Weight Score 6.6 2.4 -4.1
Looks 6.5/10
10.0/10
3.4
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
7.7
6.5
-1.2

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

Which has the best battery?

The Galaxy S21 does have a battery capacity of 4000 mAh versus the 5000 mAh of the Galaxy S21 Ultra. And as claimed by GSMArena, the latter is the one that stands out.

If you charge it up, this is what you'll find out about the Galaxy S21:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 81% of the battery remaining.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll still have 62% left for the rest of the day.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 67% left for the rest of the day.

And these are Galaxy S21 Ultra's patterns:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll end up with 85% of the battery charge.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 72% left for the rest of the day.
  • 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.

What's even better, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is also beating most smartphones. Just check out our best-of listing.

If you thought charging speeds would help you pick one of these, they both do 25w.

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

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

Battery*
vs.
Features Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21 Ultra
Capacity (mAh) 4000 5000 1000
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 81% left
85% left
4
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 62% left
72% left
10
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 67% left
74% left
7
Bat. To Phone Size Score 6.2 3.8 -2.4
Sub Tek-Score
7.0
7.7
0.7
Fast Charging 25w
25w
0
Wireless Charging 15w
15w
0
Reverse Charging 4.5w
4.5w
0
Tek-Score
6.9
7.3
0.4

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

None of them has.

Samsung put 8GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage on the Galaxy S21. There's no extra storage here, but I believe you can manage with just 128GB of storage.

In its turn, the Galaxy S21 Ultra features 128GB of storage and 12GB of RAM. Unfortunately, it also lacks a MicroSD card slot, but it won't be an issue for sure.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21 Ultra
RAM (GB) 8GB
12GB
4
Internal (GB) 128GB
128GB
0
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
6.0
6.0
0.0

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The Galaxy S21 Ultra is your better option, as it features Bluetooth 5.2.

Surprisingly, there's a difference here: The Galaxy S21 features Bluetooth 5.0, but the Galaxy S21 Ultra has Bluetooth 5.2. You can find NFC on both of them.

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. Luckily, you can still get it on other phones if you don't care that much about them. You'd have to pick a smartphone like the Sony Xperia 1 II.

You can connect them to (LTE and) 5G networks.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21 Ultra
Network 5G 5G
Bluetooth 5.0
5.2
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
4.6
5.1
0.5

Which is more affordable?

The Samsung Galaxy S21 isn't the cheapest smartphone that you can buy. But that depends on the deals that you can find. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, in its turn, isn't that cheap, but I think that you can find some additional value in it. One can hope that at least it may age better.

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

Here are the best prices that we've found:

Samsung Galaxy S21

Reference: $798

Samsung Galaxy S21

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Reference: $1,199

Samsung Galaxy S21 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 S21 Galaxy S21 Ultra VS
Amazon 1.06 0.76 -0.31
eBay 1.48 0.76 -0.73
Best Buy 1.14 0.79 -0.35
Walmart 1.02 0.63 -0.39

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

Want to know about that global score? Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. They usually sit close to 6.6 (for the Galaxy S21) and 7.6 (for the Galaxy S21 Ultra).

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

The Galaxy S21 indeed is much more affordable and lighter, and that's about it.

With the S21 Ultra, Samsung indeed improved almost every feature. It has a larger display with more DPIs, better peak brightness, a fantastic 10x telephoto lens, a glass back, better battery life, 4 extra GB of RAM, and, oddly enough it's the only S21 sibling to feature Bluetooth 5.2. Unfortunately, Samsung missed the chance to add another 128GB of storage, as it did with the oldie Galaxy Note 10.

Pros Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21 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 Glass Protection Wireless Charging
#8 Glass Protection
Cons Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21 Ultra
#1 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#2 3.5mm Jack Weight
#3 Price 3.5mm Jack
#4 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21 Ultra
Gaming Score
7.6
8.1
0.6
Tek-Score
7.42
7.55
0.13
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 S21 
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
    $579
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $449
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $569
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
    $407
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $479
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $478
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $407
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $540
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $598
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $478
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $539
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $429
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $509
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $514
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $565
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $479
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $599
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594

 Samsung Galaxy S21 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
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $995
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro Max
    $1099
  • 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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