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Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs Note 9 in 2021: Is It Size Only?

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

The Galaxy Note 9 is more expensive than the Galaxy S9 Plus, but it also has better specs.

It comes with more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB).

Anything else?

The Galaxy Note 9 also gives you a larger (+0.2") display.

In the end, it's up to you because they almost share the same score.

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're not considering going for a carrier subscription, you're going to shell out an extra amount of about $291.

Is it worth getting the Galaxy S9 Plus in 2021?

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 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 Galaxy S20 FE, but we should praise it for its good camera.

Is it still worth buying the Galaxy Note 9 in 2021?

Just because the Galaxy Note 9 was released last year doesn't mean I won't recommend it. That's mainly based on its good camera and tons of storage. But keep an eye on (again) the Galaxy S20 FE too.

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

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Introduction

So, you love big phones, right? Should you go for the Galaxy S9 Plus or the Note 9? Forgive me, but I'm going to be upfront about it: You'd be better served with the Galaxy S10 Plus (check out the Related Comparisons at the end of this article). You'll most likely find it cheaper either.

Nevertheless, you're here for these two, so let's go...

Samsung introduced its Galaxy Note 9 model in August of 2018. Meanwhile, Samsung's Galaxy S9 Plus started to sell in March of 2018.

We are looking at how the Galaxy S9 Plus and the Galaxy Note 9 compare to each other to help you decide which might be the right one for you.

You'll rarely (if ever) find these two with the same price tag. That's something you should keep in mind when comparing them.

You'll also see down below a "Tek-Score" for every section that we analyze. We evaluate all quantifiable specifications to help you quickly identify how much they are far apart. We'll also provide a global score for comparison if you're interested in other than these two.

The weight of each section

This score is consumer-based from research done by Globalwebindex.com about the most desired smartphone features by consumers. But you'll get a say in the matter by setting it to what matters to you. Click here to skip everything, but I encourage you to keep reading.

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

You'll also see a progress bar underlining some features. It's there for you to better understand how they fare against other smartphones at the same price range.

If you click here:, you'll see our list, but basically, we've excluded every smartphone that's not within a 20% (above or below) price range.

You can click on any underlined feature to check several top 10 tables for all budgets.

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy Note 9
Release Date 2018, March 2018, 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?

Wondering who's quicker on Geekbench 5? Well, keep wondering. None of them is. All in all, there's not much of a difference between the two.

Both share the same SoC (the Exynos 9810), which means you should expect the same performance.

They also share the same graphics chipset: a Mali-G72 MP18.

Both smartphones come equipped with the Android 8 (Oreo) and OneUI OS.

PS: Both the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (with the Adreno 630 GPU) and the Exynos 9810 (with the Mali-G72) are market-dependent.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy Note 9
SoC Exynos 9810 Exynos 9810
Graphics Mali-G72 MP18 Mali-G72 MP18
Geekbench 5 Score 1924
1932
8
OS Android 8 (Oreo) and OneUI Android 8 (Oreo) and OneUI
Tek-Score
5.2
5.2
0.0

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus front transparent png Samsung Galaxy Note 9 front transparent png

There's no phone to praise here, so you have to decide for yourself.

The Galaxy S9 Plus offers a sharp, 6.2-inch AMOLED display slightly smaller than the 6.4-inch AMOLED panel on the Galaxy Note 9. To each, it's own. To me, a 6.3 inches screen is where I draw the line.

They draw at the number of pixels: 1440x2960 Quad HD for both Galaxys.

Screen bezels are shrinking in size almost every passing day, so let's get the elephant out of the room. Both displays are protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

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

When it comes to outdoor visibility, both can do about 658 nits.

These two are capable of displaying HDR10 videos.

Bearing in mind the Galaxy S9 Plus, you should know that 78% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen. But only 17% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate, and only 13% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

For the Galaxy Note 9, 78% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and 89% have an AMOLED screen. Instead, only 22% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate, and only 19% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy Note 9
Size 6.2
6.4
0.2
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1440x2960
1440x2960
0
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 530.92
514.33
-16.59
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch - -
Peak Brightness 658 nits
658 nits
0
HDR HDR10 HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
8.4
8.4
0.0
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
6.6
6.6
0.0

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus back transparent png Samsung Galaxy Note 9 back transparent png

In real-world usage, you shouldn't see significant differences between these two cameras.

Flip the phones over, let's start the cameras' battle. The Galaxy S9 Plus has a 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/1.5, a 26mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It can record videos at up to 2160p.

The Galaxy S9 Plus also packs a secondary camera with 12 Megapixels which has an f/2.4 aperture, plus a 52mm telephoto lens.

The Galaxy S9 plus has a dual aperture camera that allows you to choose between f/1.5 or f/2.4.

With the selfies camera, you get an 8 MP shooter, with an aperture of f/1.7 and a 25 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK reviewed this camera and gave it 97 points. Then, if you consider its telephoto lens, you'll end up with a score of 107**. If you click here, you can check what they think of it.

PS: you should know that 91% of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

As you're about to see below, the Galaxy Note 9 pretty much has the same 12 Megapixels shooter. Its second shooter has a 12 Megapixels sensor with an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 52mm telephoto lens.

The Galaxy Note 9 has a dual aperture camera. You can choose between f/1.5 or f/2.4.

The front-facing camera features the same 8 MP shooter with the same aperture of f/1.7 and the same 25 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK evaluated this camera, and here's the score: 99. And if we consider its telephoto lens, we end up with a score of 109** points. You can click here to check it out.

Finally, just to let you know, 96% of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

One could buy any of these phones on the 2x optical zoom alone. It enables you to zoom in on the subject without ruining your photos.

You can easily isolate a subject in the Galaxy Note 9, and also avoid blurred pictures thanks to its greater aperture.

**This score still needs improvement, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They just changed their protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed cameras to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy Note 9
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.5
1.5
0.0
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 107
109
2

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy Note 9 vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 2.4
2.4
0.0
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
52mm (2x zoom)
0
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Score 10 10 0
Selfie Camera Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy Note 9 vs.
Megapixels 8
8
0
Aperture 1.7
1.7
0.0
Lens 25mm 25mm 0
Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy Note 9 vs.
Tek-Score
6.3
6.4
0.1

Who has the best frame?

They're not that far apart, so you can't go wrong here.

The Galaxy S9 Plus has a height of 6.23 inches (158 mm) and a width of 2.88 inches (73 mm). The Galaxy Note 9 is 3 mm taller and 3 mm wider (about 0.12 by 0.12 inches).

If you're looking for the thinnest phone, you're out of luck. Both have 8 mm (0.32 inches).

They both have a beautiful glass body. The Galaxy Note 9 is a little bit heavier: About 12 g. (0.47 oz). If you want a big screen in a lightweight phone, the Galaxy S9 Plus has a "weight to screen size" score of 4.2, which implies it has an acceptable score for a 6.2 inches display. The Galaxy Note 9, in its turn, has 3.6, which suggests it's considerably hefty.

We do like having some color options. You get Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Coral Blue, Sunrise Gold, Burgundy Red, Lilac Purple, Ice Blue, and Polaris Blue in the Galaxy S9 Plus. But you can get Metallic Copper, Ocean Blue, Lavender Purple, Alpine White, Pure White, and Midnight Black with the Galaxy Note 9.

If you like to keep your phones small, consider getting the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. If not, then the other one may not be a great choice either.

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

The Galaxy S9 Plus is rated IP68, which means it's water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters, just like the Galaxy Note 9. Remember that it shouldn't be for over half an hour, in standby and freshwater only, so no saltwater or pools here.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy Note 9
Size 158 x 73 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.58 x 0.28 in)
161 x 76 x 8 mm
(5.68 x 2.68 x 0.28 in)
5616
Weight 189 g. (6.67 oz)
201 g. (7.09 oz)
12
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Coral Blue, Sunrise Gold, Burgundy Red, Lilac Purple, Ice Blue, and Polaris Blue Metallic Copper, Ocean Blue, Lavender Purple, Alpine White, Pure White, and Midnight Black
Screen To Body Ratio 84.58%
84.96%
0.37
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.2 3.6 -0.6
Looks 9.4/10
9.5/10
0.1
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Fingerprint Fingerprint
Tek-Score
7.5
7.1
-0.4

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

Which has the best battery?

The Galaxy S9 Plus features a 3500 mAh battery, while the Galaxy Note 9 has 4000 mAh. But as reported by GSMArena, there's no real difference between them.

That's what you can expect from the Galaxy S9 Plus after charging it up:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll end up with 81% 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 63%.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 69% of the battery charge.

And these are Galaxy Note 9's patterns:

  • 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.
  • From 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 still get 70% to spend doing other things.

They can both do 15 watts when charging, so there's nothing to see here.

They all include wireless charging, and they charge at 5w. That's nice.

Reverse wireless charging is also a thing these days, and both the Galaxy S20 FE and the Google Pixel 5 have it.

You should note that the wireless charging on these phones is version-dependent.

Battery*
vs.
Features Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy Note 9
Capacity (mAh) 3500 4000 500
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 81% left
82% left
1
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 63% left
66% left
3
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 69% left
70% left
1
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.4 3.1 -1.2
Sub Tek-Score
7.1
7.3
0.2
Fast Charging 15w
15w
0
Wireless Charging 5w
5w
0
Tek-Score
6.2
6.3
0.1

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The Galaxy Note 9. Clearly.

Samsung put 6GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage on the Galaxy S9 Plus. You can add at least 256GB here because you can top that with a MicroSD card.

On the Galaxy Note 9, you'll find 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM. If you ever run out of free space, you can also add a MicroSD card.

Most people should be OK with their internal storage. However, if you love to store 4k videos, you'll find out that 64 GB won't be enough for you.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy Note 9
RAM (GB) 6GB
6GB
0
Internal (GB) 64GB
128GB
64
Micro SD microSDXC (shared SIM slot) microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
6.3
7.5
1.3

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

There isn't much to see here.

Both phones have Bluetooth 5.0, so nothing special here. You can also find NFC on both of them.

Do you still favor wired headphones? That's OK because both have a 3.5mm headphone jack.

You can find these two in the LTE variant. If you really want to give 5G a try, you should also check the Galaxy S20 FE or the OnePlus 8T.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy Note 9
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
Tek-Score
8.5
8.5
0.0

Which is more affordable?

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus isn't the cheapest smartphone that you can buy. But do search for any deals or price drops before making up your mind. On the other hand, you'll likely find the Galaxy Note 9 at a higher price range, but I'm not here to tell you if it's worth it. At least, it should be easier to sell it in the future.

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

Remember that old phones are hard to find in pristine new condition.

Here are the best prices that we've found:

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Reference: $307

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Reference: $598

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

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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 S9 Plus Galaxy Note 9 VS
Amazon - 0.86 -
eBay 1.67 - -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart 2.40 1.62 -0.78

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

Are you curious to know what their global score is? Let me point out the average of its competitors. The Galaxy S9 Plus class is at 5.8, and the Galaxy Note 9 6.1.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

Why do we have these two out for sale? Samsung surely knows why, but most likely, they're the only ones.

I don't believe the pen alone or the 0.2 inches of difference between their screen sizes is reason enough for not calling them "two of the same."

At least the Galaxy S9 Plus is slightly lighter. The Galaxy Note 9 does compensate with an extra 128GB of internal storage, but with a microSD card slot, I don't think there's much of a difference there too.

Like I've said in the beginning, I really think you should consider the Galaxy S10 Plus instead.

Pros Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy Note 9
#1 AMOLED AMOLED
#2 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#5 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#6 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#7 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
Cons Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy Note 9
#1 Weight Weight
#2 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy Note 9
Gaming Score
5.6
5.8
0.2
Tek-Score
6.36
6.62
0.26
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 S9 Plus 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A50
    $265
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A70
    $270
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $328
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $333
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
    $280
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T
    $270
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
    $290
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $339
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • XiaomirivalPocophone F1
    $250
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7 Plus
    $260
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $339
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
    $274
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $340
  • RealmerivalXT
    $290
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7
    $250
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
    $285
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $358
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 SE
    $250
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
    $289
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $348
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
    $289
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $341
  • OnePlusrivalNord N10
    $269
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $246
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349

 Samsung Galaxy Note 9 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $328
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $333
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
    $280
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
    $290
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $339
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $379
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
    $274
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $379
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $340
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $399
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • RealmerivalXT
    $290
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
    $307
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
    $285
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $358
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
    $289
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $369
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $348
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $374
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $374
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
    $289
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $341
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349
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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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