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Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs S10: Should You Wait Another Year?

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

The Galaxy S10 will cost you more, but it's the best of the two.

It has better glass protection, a better display, better cameras, and more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB). But the Galaxy S9 Plus features better battery life.

What else stands out?

The Galaxy S10 also has a lightweight body (32 g./1.13 oz less), faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w), reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB).

How much more will the Galaxy S10 cost me?

If you're ignoring carrier offers, it should be about $192 more expensive.

Is it still worth buying the Galaxy S9 Plus in 2021?

Sure, you can look for other devices, but the Galaxy S9 Plus is an outstanding handset even in 2021. Sure there are other devices like the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite, but this one is known for its good performance and a good camera.

Is the Galaxy S10 still worth getting in 2021?

The Galaxy S10 continues to be a rock-solid smartphone because of its good camera, tons of storage, excellent glass protection, fast wireless charging, and great display. It indeed is on the recommended list for 2021, but you'd be better off with the Galaxy S21 as a daily driver because it has better performance, more security updates, and faster charging.

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

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Introduction

In March of 2019, Samsung launched its Galaxy S10. The Galaxy S9 Plus, however, has seen the light of day one year sooner.

Here you can look at the Galaxy S9 Plus and the Galaxy S10, 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 S10 at the price of the Galaxy S9 Plus. That is something worth considering when comparing them.

For each featured section, there's a "Tek-Score" for you to check. All the specifications were examined to allow you a faster discerning of the variation between the phones. You'll find a global score at the end, which can help you compare to other phones because you'll probably have other phones in mind.

The weight of each section

That score is research-based. It's from Globalwebindex.com about the most wanted features from people looking to buy new smartphones. But you can customize how each section contributes to the global score according to your personal preferences. 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 sit side by side with equivalently priced phones.

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.

Some items are clickable, and they'll get you to the related top 10 listings for every budget.

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy S10
Release Date 2018, March 2019, March 1y.
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?

Geekbench 5 scores the Galaxy S10 12% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. Overall, you wouldn't feel that much of a difference between them.

We can label the Galaxy S10 as an upper mid-range.

Inside the Galaxy S10 is the Exynos 9820 SoC, while on the Galaxy S9 Plus, there's the Exynos 9810 chipset.

Now about the graphics chipset, while the former has a Mali-G76 MP12, the latter features a Mali-G72 MP18.

The Galaxy S9 Plus brings the Android 8 (Oreo) and OneUI OS from the factory, and the Galaxy S10 has Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI.

PS: Both the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (with the Adreno 630 GPU) and the Exynos 9810 (with the Mali-G72), and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (with the Adreno 640 GPU) and the Exynos 9820 (with the Mali-G76) are market-dependent. Click here for more info.

There's a performance increase of about 17% on the 855 for the Galaxy S10.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy S10
SoC Exynos 9810 Exynos 9820
Graphics Mali-G72 MP18 Mali-G76 MP12
Geekbench 5 Score 1924
2153
229
OS Android 8 (Oreo) and OneUI Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI
Tek-Score
5.2
5.6
0.4

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S10 front transparent png

The Galaxy S10's display does stand out, but that isn't something to worry about.

While the Galaxy S10 got a 6.1-inch AMOLED display, the Galaxy S9 Plus got a larger AMOLED display with 6.2-inches. You'll likely have set your preferences already on the display type and size. To me, a 6.3 inches screen is where I draw the line.

The Galaxy S10 benefits from a higher resolution, at 1440x3040 pixels, while the Galaxy S9 Plus has 1440x2960 pixels.

Just a tiny drop may shatter your phone, so let's get the elephant out of the room. The Galaxy S9 Plus has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, while the Galaxy S10 display has a previous generation's Gorilla Glass 6.

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

If you set these displays for auto-brightness, the Galaxy S9 Plus can go up to 658 nits, while the Galaxy S10 goes up to 820 nits.

The Galaxy S9 Plus does HDR10 video, while the Galaxy S10 does HDR10+.

Bearing in mind the Galaxy S9 Plus, 83% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen, and 78% have an Always-On display. However, only 9% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate, and only 17% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Concerning the Galaxy S10, as a reference, 96% of its rivals can play HDR content, 93% have an AMOLED screen, and 78% have an Always-On display. Yet, only 22% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy S10
Size 6.2
6.1
-0.1
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1440x2960
1440x3040
115200
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 530.92
551.44
20.53
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch - Hole
Peak Brightness 658 nits
820 nits
162
HDR HDR10 HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
8.4
9.2
0.7
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Tek-Score
6.6
8.0
1.5

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S10 back transparent png

According to DXOMARK team, the Samsung Galaxy S10 clearly has a better camera.

Who's gonna win this battle? Samsung's Galaxy S9 Plus can record videos at up to 2160p. It also has a shooter with 12 Megapixels, an aperture of f/1.5, a 26mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization.

You can also count on another 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.4, 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.

Want to know about its selfie capabilities? It has an 8 MP (f/1.7) shooter and a 25 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 97. By including its telephoto lens, you'll end up with a score of 107**. If you click here, you can check what they think of it.

Before moving on, you should know that 87% of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

There's nothing to compare here. You'll soon find out that both the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S9 Plus have the same 12 Megapixels camera. It also has a secondary dual-lens camera. One of them features an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 52mm telephoto lens and 12 Megapixels, and the other 16 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 12mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

There's a dual aperture shooter on the Galaxy S10 that allows you to choose between f/1.5 or f/2.4.

On the front, there's an f/1.9 10 MP camera and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 116. And if we consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, this score goes up to 129** points. For an out-and-out review, check their article.

Furthermore, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 81% feature Optical Image Stabilization. That said, only 19% of them feature a macro lens.

If you prefer, we can grade the Galaxy S10 as a lower high-end.

One surprisingly valuable addition to these shooters is the 2x optical zoom. This gives you an extra bit of freedom when taking your photos.

The Galaxy S10's lens can deliver a shallower depth of field and also avoid blurred pictures thanks to its greater aperture.

**You should give this score a margin of error of up to 6 points, especially for cameras with no zoom and with less than 40MP. They just revised their formula, and they don't have enough reviews for me to refine the pre-update camera scores.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy S10
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
129
22

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy S10 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
Megapixels - 16
Aperture - 2.2
Lens - 12mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 10 13 3
Selfie Camera Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy S10 vs.
Megapixels 8
10
2
Aperture 1.7
1.9
0.2
Lens 25mm 26mm 1
Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy S10 vs.
Tek-Score
6.3
7.6
1.3

Who has the best frame?

I'd go for the Galaxy S10 for its weight.

The Galaxy S9 Plus comes at 158x73 mm (6.23x2.88 inches). The Galaxy S10 came out 0.35 inches (9 mm) smaller and 0.12 inches (3 mm) narrower.

The former has about 8 mm (0.32 inches) of thickness, while the latter has 7 mm (0.28 inches).

Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. The Galaxy S9 Plus is 32 g. (1.13 oz) heavier than the other, weighing about 157 g. (5.54 oz). If you're curious, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The Galaxy S9 Plus got 4.2, and that's another way of saying it has an acceptable score for its screen size. Having said that, the Galaxy S10 has 7.9, which suggests exceptional work from Samsung.

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 Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Blue, Cardinal Red, and Smoke Blue with the Galaxy S10.

If you like having a big phone, you should consider the Galaxy S9 Plus. Otherwise, the other one is the way to go.

Do you value a fingerprint scanner? Both phones have one.

The Galaxy S9 Plus is rated IP68, which means it's water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters, much like the Galaxy S10. It should be for less than 30 minutes, and it's freshwater in standby mode only.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy S10
Size 158 x 73 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.58 x 0.28 in)
149 x 70 x 7 mm
(5.26 x 2.47 x 0.25 in)
-19262
Weight 189 g. (6.67 oz)
157 g. (5.54 oz)
-32
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 Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Blue, Cardinal Red, and Smoke Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 84.58%
89.05%
4.46
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.2 7.9 3.7
Looks 9.4/10
10.0/10
0.6
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
7.5
8.9
1.5

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

Which has the best battery?

At 3500 mAh, the Galaxy S9 Plus is the owner of the biggest battery, while the Galaxy S10 only features 3400 mAh. And as reported by GSMArena, the Galaxy S9 Plus does have an advantage here.

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

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 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%.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, you'll still get 69% to spend doing other things.

And these are Galaxy S10's patterns:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll end up with 78% of the battery charge.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 58% left for the rest of the day.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll still get 62% 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 vs. 15w. That's nice.

The Galaxy S10 also supports reverse wireless charging at 9w/hour for Qi-enabled devices.

Quick wireless charging must be one of Galaxy S10's most-loved features. You won't find many phones as fast at about its price.

Warning, some versions of the Galaxy S9 Plus lack wireless charging.

The Snapdragon 855 chipset has another advantage: A battery life boost of about 15% (screen-on-time) if you compare it to the Exynos 9820.

Battery*
vs.
Features Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy S10
Capacity (mAh) 3500 3400 -100
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 81% left
78% left
-3
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 63% left
58% left
-5
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 69% left
62% left
-7
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.4 5.9 1.6
Sub Tek-Score
7.1
6.6
-0.5
Fast Charging 15w
15w
0
Wireless Charging 5w
15w
10
Reverse Charging No 9w
9
Tek-Score
6.2
6.5
0.3

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The Galaxy S10. Clearly.

The Galaxy S9 Plus has 64GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM. Space won't be an issue because there's always the MicroSD card expandable storage solution.

On the Galaxy S10, you'll find 128GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM. If you need additional storage, you can also insert a MicroSD card on it.

Most people should be OK with only 64 GB of internal storage. However, if you love to have or record tons of videos, 64 GB may be too short for you.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy S10
RAM (GB) 6GB
8GB
2
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?

They don't stand out on any of these features.

Bluetooth 5.0 is here, on both of them. Both phones also have NFC.

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

The Galaxy S10 is LTE or (LTE and) 5G compatible. The 5G variant of the Galaxy S10 has a larger 6.7-inch display, a 0.3MP depth camera, 256GB of storage, a 4500 mAh battery, and fast charging at 25w.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy S10
Network LTE LTE (also available in 5G)
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 may not be the cheapest phone, but it's cheaper nonetheless. But do search for any deals or price drops before making up your mind. Promotions aside, the Galaxy S10 is more expensive, 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.

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

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 S10

Reference: $499

Samsung Galaxy S10

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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 S10 VS
Amazon - 1.26 -
eBay 1.67 1.78 0.11
Best Buy - - -
Walmart 2.40 - -

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

Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. They usually sit close to 5.8 (for the Galaxy S9 Plus) and 6.4 (for the Galaxy S10).

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S10 Stand Out?

Performance isn't much of an upgrade.

Unfortunately, it looks like Samsung also wasn't able to get a similar battery life on the S10. That would actually be an upgrade since it's slightly smaller. If you have an S9 Plus, that may be reason enough to make you keep it. Otherwise, the S10 is a better overall device. It has thinner bezels, an ultra-wide-angle lens, it takes way better pictures, it also is considerably lighter, it has a front, under the display fingerprint, faster wireless charging, and reverse charging. Then there's the extra 64Gb of storage and 2GB of RAM.

Now you should do the math and pick what's better for you.

Pros Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy S10
#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
#8 Glass Protection
Cons Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy S10
#1 Weight
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy S10
Gaming Score
5.6
6.8
1.2
Tek-Score
6.36
7.27
0.91
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
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $269
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $339
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
    $280
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T
    $270
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
    $290
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $327
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • XiaomirivalPocophone F1
    $250
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7 Plus
    $260
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $327
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
    $294
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $340
  • RealmerivalXT
    $290
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7
    $250
  • OnePlusrival6T
    $300
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
    $285
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $365
  • XiaomirivalMi 8
    $265
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 SE
    $250
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A51
    $280
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
    $289
  • HuaweirivalP40 Lite
    $298
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
    $289
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349

 Samsung Galaxy S10 
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $339
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $327
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $449
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $327
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $399
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $479
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $478
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $407
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $340
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $399
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $478
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $429
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $365
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $369
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $479
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • 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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