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Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro vs Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: Should You Try A New OS?

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

The iPhone 11 Pro Max isn't that affordable, but considering its features, its opponent is by far the best option.

It comes with better glass protection, water-resistance, and more OS updates (4 additional years). But the Mi 10 Pro features more internal storage (256GB vs. 64GB).

What else do they have to offer?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max also features a cleaner user interface. But the Mi 10 Pro also adds a higher refresh rate, Always-On display, a telephoto lens (+42 mm), faster-charging speeds (50w vs. 18w), faster wireless charging (30w vs. 5w), reverse wireless charging, more RAM (8GB vs. 4GB), and Bluetooth 5.1.

But how much more will I have to pay for the Mi 10 Pro?

If you're ignoring carrier offers, you should be saving (close to $300), not paying more.

Is it worth buying the Mi 10 Pro in 2021?

Sure, you can look for other devices, but the Mi 10 Pro is an outstanding handset even in 2021. You can go for the Mi 11, but we should acknowledge this device, as it has good performance, a good camera, good battery life, tons of storage, optical zoom, and fast charging.

Is it worth buying the iPhone 11 Pro Max in 2021?

For a phone introduced in 2019, the iPhone 11 Pro Max still has good performance, a good camera, and good battery life. That's why I'll continue to recommend it in 2021, but note that the iPhone 12 Pro Max features better performance, more storage, more security updates, a better optical zoom, and more RAM.

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

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Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

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Introduction

Apple still hasn't a mega-zoom camera-phone, but is the recently arrived Xiaomi's camera-phone up to the Pro Max's camera, or does Apple need to step-up this game?

Apple introduced its iPhone 11 Pro Max model in September of 2019. Meanwhile, Xiaomi's Mi 10 Pro started to sell in February of 2020.

Here you can look at the Mi 10 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, compare each other's features, and decide which one is best for you. Let us delve into the finer details.

These two have a considerable price difference between them. Remember that when you're comparing the two models.

For each featured section, there's a "Tek-Score" for you to check. We evaluated every quantifiable specification, so you can better understand the difference between the two. You'll also have a global comparison score if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

The weight of each section

This score is consumer-based from research done by Globalwebindex.com on what features users value on new smartphones. But you can customize how each section contributes to the global score according 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 have a colored bar next to them. That can help you understand how they compare with other smartphones with similar prices.

You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, but essentially, we're ignoring smartphones that are more than 20% cheaper or expensive.

Some items are underlined, and you can tap to access the top 10 phones for that feature for every spending plan.

Price*
vs.
Device Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Release Date 2020, February 2019, September -1y.
OS Updates 1 year 6 years 5y.
Security Updates 4 years 6 years 2y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

About performance: Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) scores the iPhone 11 Pro Max 3% ahead of its rival in the multi-core ranking. Basically, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Since iPhones run on their own operating system, apps do run quicker because the OS is tailored for its hardware.

We can label both of them as high-end.

Regarding their chipset, while the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max comes with the Apple A13 SoC, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro has the Snapdragon 865 SoC.

Regarding the graphics chipset, the former features a proprietary Apple GPU, and the latter has last year's Adreno 650.

At least you'll get the Android 10 and MIUI 11 on the Mi 10 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max runs on iOS 13.

Performance*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
SoC Snapdragon 865 Apple A13
Graphics Adreno 650 Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 3331
3435
104
OS Android 10 and MIUI 11 iOS 13
Tek-Score
7.6
7.7
0.2

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro front transparent png Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max front transparent png

The Mi 10 Pro has the best screen, and you'd be able to tell the difference.

The Mi 10 Pro offers a sharp, 6.6-inch AMOLED display slightly larger than the 6.5-inch AMOLED panel on the iPhone 11 Pro Max. It all comes down to personal preferences for both the display type and size. To me, a 6.3 inches screen is where I draw the line.

If you're looking for the most high-resolution display, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is a winner here. If you can't get over the iPhone 11 Pro Max's notch, there's one more reason to consider the Mi 10 Pro.

Screen bezels are shrinking in size almost every passing day, so I have to put this out: The Mi 10 Pro is shielded with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The iPhone 11 Pro Max display is preserved with a Corning toughened glass.

There's one additional feature here: the Always-On display on the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro.

If you don't manually set the screen brightness, the Mi 10 Pro will deliver 860 nits, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max can only do 49 nits below that.

The Mi 10 Pro features an HDR10+ display, and its competitor can show HDR10 videos.

If high refresh rates are your thing, you should know that the Mi 10 Pro can do 90hz.

Considering the Mi 10 Pro, you should know that 86% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 95% have an Always-On display.

Regarding the iPhone 11 Pro Max, I should say that all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, 78% offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better, and 83% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Size 6.6
6.5
-0.1
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
1242x2688
811296
Refresh Rate 90hz 60hz -30
Dots per Inch 390.49
455.55
65.06
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch Hole Wedge
Peak Brightness 860 nits
811 nits
-49
HDR HDR10+ HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
8.6
3.2
-5.4
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning toughened glass
Tek-Score
6.6
5.9
-0.7

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro back transparent png Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max back transparent png

By DXOMARK's standards, the Mi 10 Pro is also roughly 85% above other smartphones from its price range. But you can pick either one.

Who's gonna win this battle? Xiaomi's Mi 10 Pro can record videos at up to 4320p. It also has a shooter with a whopping 108 Megapixels, an aperture of f/1.7, a 25mm wide-angle lens, three flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization.

It also has three more cameras: one with 8 Megapixels, an aperture of f/2.0 and an astounding 94mm telephoto lens, one with 12 Megapixels (f/2.0) with a 50mm telephoto lens, and another with 20 Megapixels and a 15mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

For your information: If you zoom in and crop a 108 Megapixels photo, you can get (for example) an additional 2x of optical zoom and a 27 Megapixels sample.

The selfie camera is a 20 MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture complemented with a 1/3" sensor.

DXOMARK gave this shooter a score of 130. Then, if you consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it'll get 146 points. For a thorough review, click here.

Before moving on, you'd probably like to know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. However, only 18% of them feature a macro lens.

With its 12 Megapixels shooter, the iPhone 11 Pro Max's leading camera has an aperture of f/1.8 and a 26mm, wide-angle lens. You'll be getting four flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. You can record videos at 2160p. It also has two extra rear-facing camera lenses. One has 12 Megapixels (with an aperture of f/2.0 plus a 52mm telephoto lens), and another with 12 Megapixels (f/2.4) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

You can get selfies with 12 MP Megapixels. It has a lens with f/2.2 of aperture and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

The guys over at the DXOMARK labs scored this camera with 132 points. By considering the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, this score goes up to 143 points. Just click here to read about it.

Winding it up, 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 78% feature a telephoto lens. Moreover, none of them feature a macro lens.

If you're not a numbers person, we can tag these two as high-end.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max has an optical zoom of about 2x, which is good, but nothing like the Mi 10 Pro.

Just in case it's a deciding factor, the iPhone 11 Pro Max zoom lens is 63mm below what you'll commonly find on related-priced phones.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Megapixels 108
12
-96
Aperture 1.7
1.8
0.1
Lens 25mm
26mm
1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 3 4 1
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 4320 2160 -2160
Score 146
143
-3

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 8
12
4
Aperture 2.0
2.0
0.0
Lens 94mm (3.8x zoom)
52mm (2x zoom)
-42
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 12 12 0
Aperture 2.0 2.4 0.4
Lens 50mm (2x zoom) 13mm -37
Lens Type Telephoto lens Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 20 -
Aperture 2.2 -
Lens 15mm -
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle -
Score 16 11 -5
Selfie Camera Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 20
12
-8
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens - 23mm
Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Tek-Score
8.6
8.4
-0.2

Who has the best frame?

If you're still undecided about them, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is a better choice based on its number of color options and water resistance.

The Mi 10 Pro comes at 162x74 mm (6.38x2.92 inches). The iPhone 11 Pro Max is 4 mm smaller and 3 mm wider (about 0.16 by 0.12 inches).

The former has about 9 mm (0.35 inches) of thickness, while the latter has 8 mm (0.32 inches).

All of that goodness is presented in a sleek glass body. The Mi 10 Pro weighs 208 g. (7.34 oz), while the other is 18 g. (0.71 oz) heavier. If you're looking for a lightweight device, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The Mi 10 Pro got 3.5, and that's another way of saying it's kind of weighty for its screen size. The iPhone 11 Pro Max, in its turn, has 1.7, which indicates it's oddly heavy.

You can purchase the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro in Alpine White and Solstice Grey. And you can pick the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max in Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green.

You're out of options in the size domain, so you can pick any of them.

Is the lack of a fingerprint scanner a deal-breaker to you? Unfortunately, you can't count on the iPhone 11 Pro Max, but if you're already considering the Mi 10 Pro, then good for you.

Although a pin isn't the only login option in the iPhone 11 Pro Max. At least, Apple decided to include a Face ID scanner.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is rated IP68, which means it's water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters. That should be for up to 30 minutes, and it's standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.

Looks*
vs.
Body Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Size 162 x 74 x 9 mm
(5.71 x 2.61 x 0.32 in)
158 x 77 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.72 x 0.28 in)
-10564
Weight 208 g. (7.34 oz)
226 g. (7.97 oz)
18
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Alpine White and Solstice Grey Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green
Screen To Body Ratio 89.20%
85.31%
-3.89
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.5 1.7 -1.8
Looks 9.1/10
9.6/10
0.4
Waterproof - IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Face ID
Tek-Score
1.8
6.4
4.6

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

Which has the best battery?

The Mi 10 Pro has a 4500 mAh battery, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 3969 mAh. But as reported by GSMArena, you should get the same battery life with either device.

That's what you can expect from the Mi 10 Pro after charging it up:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 84% left.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, the battery charge will be about 71%.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 74% left for the rest of the day.

And these are the results for the iPhone 11 Pro Max:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 83% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll probably have 69% left for the rest of the day.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll still get 73% to spend doing other things.

You should know that the Mi 10 Pro also does overcome pretty much every phone out there. Actually, it may even be on our best-of listing.

Both phones support fast charging. You can charge the Mi 10 Pro at a maximum of 50w/hour and the iPhone 11 Pro Max up to 18w/hour.

It's good to know that both phones support wireless charging at up to 30w vs. 5w.

You can also use the Mi 10 Pro reverse wireless charging to charge any Qi-enabled device up to 5w per hour.

Fast charging on the Mi 10 Pro does stand out. Its competitors can only do about 31w.

Mi 10 Pro's Quick wireless charging is likewise snappy. You won't find many phones as fast at about its price.

Battery*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Capacity (mAh) 4500 3969 -531
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
83% left
-1
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 71% left
69% left
-2
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
73% left
-1
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.3 3.6 -0.7
Sub Tek-Score
7.6
7.5
-0.1
Fast Charging 50w
18w
-32
Wireless Charging 30w
5w
-25
Reverse Charging 5w
No -5
Tek-Score
8.0
6.5
-1.5

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The Mi 10 Pro. Clearly.

The Mi 10 Pro comes equipped with 256GB of integrated storage and 8GB of RAM. There's no extra storage here, but it's OK. Furthermore, other devices from this budget usually have more RAM but less storage. Right now, the average is 143Gb of storage and 8GB of RAM.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max offers 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. It also doesn't have a MicroSD slot. If you're a power user, keep that in mind. Again, you'll most likely get more storage and more RAM on most of its rivals. 9Gb of RAM and 171Gb of storage: that's the average, not the best you can find.

Most people should be OK with only 64 GB of internal storage. However, if you love to have or record tons of videos, you'll find out that 64 GB won't be enough for you.

Storage*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
RAM (GB) 8GB
4GB
-4
Internal (GB) 256GB
64GB
-192
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
8.5
2.8
-5.8

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

I'd go for the Mi 10 Pro if you really value Bluetooth 5.1 and 5G.

You can count on Bluetooth 5.1 on the Mi 10 Pro, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a Bluetooth 5.0 modem on its SoC. Both phones have NFC.

If you love good-old wired headphones, you're out of luck because none of them included a 3.5mm headphone jack. Just skip adapters and get a decent pair of wireless earbuds. You can have it anyway if you're willing to forget about them. The Sony Xperia 1 II can give you a headphone jack.

The Mi 10 Pro has a single network variant: (LTE and) 5G.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Network 5G LTE
Bluetooth 5.1
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
5.1
3.6
-1.5

Which is more affordable?

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro will make all your pennies count, and with the right deal, it can be an impressive finding. The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, on the other hand, is usually more costly, but I'm not here to tell you if it's worth it. Later, if you're considering selling the iPhone, you'll end up paying less for it.

I hope the following tables will help you make a wiser decision.

Here are their recently updated prices:

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

Reference: $600

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Reference: $900

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

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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 Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max VS
Amazon 1.23 0.57 ! -
eBay - 0.56 -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - 0.84 ! -

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Want to know about that global score? Let me point out the average of its competitors. The Mi 10 Pro class is at 6.9, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max 7.5.

Verdict: What Makes the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro Stand Out?

While performance isn't an issue, Apple needs to prove that its hardened glass is an improvement over its competitors, although it has some kind of Gorilla Glass tech.

In the camera department, clearly, there's nothing wrong with iPhone's 2x telephoto camera, but its time to step that up to, at least to a 4x optical zoom telephoto lens.

It's also time to acknowledge the importance of fast charging, and include a fast charger in the box.

The lack of expandable storage is also an issue on the 64GB models, but knowing Apple, that'll never happen.

The 5.1 Bluetooth modem included on the Snapdragon 865 is also a nice addon.

And that's what it takes to make Apple competitive, at least on the hardware side.

Pros Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Always-On-Display Cameras
#4 Cameras Battery Life
#5 Battery Life Fast Charging
#6 Fast Charging Wireless Charging
#7 Wireless Charging Glass Protection
#8 Storage
Cons Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
#1 MicroSD Slot Always-On-Display
#2 Weight MicroSD Slot
#3 3.5mm Jack Weight
#4 Price 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Gaming Score
8.0
6.2
-1.7
Tek-Score
7.37
6.12
-1.25
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.


 Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 
  • 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
    $669
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $539
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $650
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8
    $630
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $509
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $514
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $565
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $500
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $599
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698

 Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $799
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $849
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $919
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $793
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $995
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $997
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $729
  • 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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