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Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro vs Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max: Which Is Better?

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

The iPhone 12 Pro Max will cost you more, but it also has better specs.

It features better performance (+27%), better glass protection, and water-resistance. But the Mi 10 Pro will deliver better battery life, and more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB).

Anything else?

The iPhone 12 Pro Max also has a cleaner user interface. But with the Mi 10 Pro, you can also get a higher refresh rate, Always-On display, a telephoto lens (+29 mm), faster-charging speeds (50w vs. 20w), faster wireless charging (30w vs. 15w), reverse wireless charging, more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB), and Bluetooth 5.1.

Keep in mind that these are both great devices because they ended up with similar scores.

How much more will those additional features cost me?

If you're ignoring carrier offers, you'll have to invest an additional amount close to $580.

Is it still worth buying the Mi 10 Pro in 2021?

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro isn't the most cutting-edge device in 2021, but it's still a powerful phone. Sure there are other devices like the Mi 11, but we should praise it for its good performance, a good camera, good battery life, tons of storage, optical zoom, and fast charging.

Is the iPhone 12 Pro Max still worth getting in 2021?

The iPhone 12 Pro Max remains a great smartphone in part thanks to its good performance, a good camera, and excellent glass protection. That's why I'll continue to recommend it in 2021, but if you've been dreaming about other phones, the iPhone 12 Pro should also be one of them.

Keep reading for answers to all your questions about their differences, how they are any different from their competition, and what the industry thinks about their specs.

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Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

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Introduction

While Apple's iPhone 12 Pro Max hit stores in November of 2020, Xiaomi's Mi 10 Pro went on sale in February of 2020.

We are looking at how the Mi 10 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max 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 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. There's also a global score for you to compare them to other phones if you're curious about other models aside from these two.

The weight of each section

Our Tek-Score is based on a study 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, or just keep reading until you get there.

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

You'll also see a progress bar underlining some features. It's for you to know how well they relate to the ones from similarly priced smartphones.

Here is their competitors' extensive list: but we only include smartphones with price tags from -20% to +20%.

Some features are also shortcuts to the top 10 phones for that feature for any budget.

Price*
vs.
Device Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Release Date 2020, February 2020, November 0y.
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?

As for performance, Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) scores the iPhone 12 Pro Max 27% ahead of its competitor in the multi-core ranking. On a day-to-day basis, it won't be that noticeable. iOS is much lighter than Android because the OS is tailored for its hardware.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max's performance does stand out if you consider related priced phones. The average score is 3120, but it got 4240.

We can label both of them as high-end.

Regarding their chipset, while the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max comes with the Apple A14 SoC, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro has the Snapdragon 865 SoC.

Now about the graphics chipset, while the former has a proprietary Apple GPU, the latter features an Adreno 650.

At least you'll get the Android 10 and MIUI 11 on the Mi 10 Pro, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max has iOS 14.1 at its core.

Performance*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
SoC Snapdragon 865 Apple A14
Graphics Adreno 650 Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 3331
4240
909
OS Android 10 and MIUI 11 iOS 14.1
Tek-Score
7.6
9.1
1.5

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro front transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max front transparent png

The Mi 10 Pro has the best screen, and it wins by a significant margin. But you should feel safer with the better glass protection on the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Would you prefer the 6.7" AMOLED display of the iPhone 12 Pro Max or the smaller 6.6" AMOLED panel of the Mi 10 Pro? There's no general contest here as each user has his personal preferences. Me, I'd go for an AMOLED screen, but a decent LCD can be just as good.

If you're looking for the most high-resolution display, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is a winner here. If you value a clean, almost notch-free screen, at least the Mi 10 Pro has a tinier notch.

Just a tiny drop may shatter your phone, so let's get the elephant out of the room. The Mi 10 Pro display is protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The iPhone 12 Pro Max with a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

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

When it comes to outdoor visibility, there isn't that much of a difference here. Both can do around 860 nits.

The Mi 10 Pro can do HDR10+, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max does HDR10.

If high refresh rates are your thing, you can count on the smooth 90hz of the Mi 10 Pro.

Given 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.

Concerning the iPhone 12 Pro Max, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, 82% offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate, and 91% have an Always-On display and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Size 6.6
6.7
0.1
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
1284x2778
1039752
Refresh Rate 90hz 60hz -30
Dots per Inch 390.49
456.77
66.29
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch Hole Wedge
Peak Brightness 860 nits
822 nits
-38
HDR HDR10+ HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
8.6
3.2
-5.4
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
6.6
7.6
1.0

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro back transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max back transparent png

Looking at DXOMARK's ranking, one can conclude that the Mi 10 Pro is approximately 85% above its adversaries in its class. But in this case, you must choose the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Flip the phones over, let's start the cameras' battle. The Mi 10 Pro has a whopping 108 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/1.7, a 25mm wide-angle lens, three flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It can record videos at up to 4320p.

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.

Just so you know: You can take a 108 Megapixels photo, zoom in and crop, and get the same results as you'd get on a 27 Megapixels 2x optical zoom camera.

Its selfie camera features a 20 MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and a 1/3" sensor.

DXOMARK reviewed this camera and gave it 130 points. If you add the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that will go up to 146. For a thorough review, click here.

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

With its 12 Megapixels shooter, the iPhone 12 Pro Max's leading camera has an aperture of f/1.6 and a 26mm, wide-angle lens. You'll be getting two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. You can record videos at 2160p. You'll also get two additional sensors, one with 12 Megapixels, an aperture of f/2.2 plus a 65mm telephoto lens, and another with 12 Megapixels (f/2.4) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.

The selfie camera has 12 MP, an f/2.2 aperture, and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.

DXOMARK evaluated this camera, and here's the score: 138. By considering the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we get a score of 150 points. You can click here to check it out.

Last (but not least), if you must know, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, feature a telephoto lens, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Regardless, none of them feature a macro lens.

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

The Mi 10 Pro is the king of zoom here, but the iPhone 12 Pro Max still has a decent 2.5x optical zoom.

As a side note, the iPhone 12 Pro Max telephoto lens is, on average, 53mm lower than what you'd get on similarly priced devices.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Megapixels 108
12
-96
Aperture 1.7
1.6
-0.1
Lens 25mm
26mm
1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 3 2 -1
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 4320 2160 -2160
Score 146
150
4

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 8
12
4
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens 94mm (3.8x zoom)
65mm (2.5x zoom)
-29
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 Depth Sensor
Score 16 12 -4
Selfie Camera Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 20
12
-8
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens - 23mm
Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max vs.
Tek-Score
8.6
8.8
0.2

Who has the best frame?

The iPhone 12 Pro Max does stand out because of its number of color options and water resistance.

The Mi 10 Pro has a height of 6.38 inches (162 mm) and a width of 2.92 inches (74 mm). The iPhone 12 Pro Max came out 0.08 inches (2 mm) smaller and 0.16 inches (4 mm) wider.

The first has a thickness of 9 mm (0.35 inches), while the second has about 7 mm (0.28 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 20 g. (0.79 oz) heavier. If you're curious, the Mi 10 Pro has a "weight to screen size" score of 3.5, showing it's kind of weighty for its screen size. The iPhone 12 Pro Max, on the other hand, has 2.1, which indicates it's oddly heavy.

If you like having color options, you can buy the Mi 10 Pro in Alpine White and Solstice Grey. The iPhone 12 Pro Max, in its turn, comes in Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue.

If you like having a big phone, you should consider the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Otherwise, the other one is more or less the same here.

Does a fingerprint scanner matter to you? The Mi 10 Pro has one, but the iPhone 12 Pro Max doesn't.

You can still use biometrics to log in on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. At least, Apple decided to include a Face ID scanner.

You can drop the iPhone 12 Pro Max into the water, up to 1 to 3 meters deep. 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 12 Pro Max
Size 162 x 74 x 9 mm
(5.71 x 2.61 x 0.32 in)
160 x 78 x 7 mm
(5.64 x 2.75 x 0.25 in)
-20532
Weight 208 g. (7.34 oz)
228 g. (8.04 oz)
20
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Alpine White and Solstice Grey Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 89.20%
88.38%
-0.82
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.5 2.1 -1.4
Looks 9.1/10
10.0/10
0.8
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 12 Pro Max has a 3687 mAh. And according to GSMArena's tests, the former does have better battery life.

If you do a full charge, this is how the Mi 10 Pro comes out of it:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 84% of the battery remaining.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, the battery charge will be about 71%.
  • From 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.

And this is what you'll get out of the iPhone 12 Pro Max:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 82% left.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, the battery charge will be about 67%.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, this is where your battery will be: 69%.

Just be aware that the Mi 10 Pro can also beat almost all devices that we've tested. Just check out our top 10 list with the best battery life.

Fast charging's here, and both phones support it. The iPhone 12 Pro Max can go up to 20w, and the Mi 10 Pro up to 50.

If you value wireless charging, they can do 30w vs. 15w. Apple brought MagSafe from their Macbooks so you can effortlessly charge the new iPhones. That's handy if you do have the charger nearby.

The Mi 10 Pro also supports reverse wireless charging at 5w/hour for Qi-enabled devices.

Quick charging is reasonably speedy with the Mi 10 Pro's charger. Its competitors usually stay at around 31w/hour.

Quick wireless charging must be one of Mi 10 Pro's most-loved features. That's something you rarely see at this price range.

Battery*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Capacity (mAh) 4500 3687 -813
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
82% left
-2
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 71% left
67% left
-4
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
69% left
-5
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.3 2.6 -1.7
Sub Tek-Score
7.6
7.3
-0.4
Fast Charging 50w
20w
-30
Wireless Charging 30w
15w
-15
Reverse Charging 5w
No -5
Tek-Score
8.0
6.7
-1.3

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The Mi 10 Pro has about two times more storage.

Xiaomi put 8GB of RAM and 256GB of built-in storage on the Mi 10 Pro. Memory cards aren't welcome here, but with 256GB of storage, I think it won't make a difference. I should also mention that most rivals deliver more RAM but less storage. Right now, the average is 143Gb of storage and 8GB of RAM.

In its turn, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of integrated storage. It also doesn't have a MicroSD slot, but I believe 128GB is enough. Again, you'll get more storage and more RAM on most of its rivals. 10Gb of RAM and 198Gb of storage: that's the average, not the best you can find.

Storage*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
RAM (GB) 8GB
6GB
-2
Internal (GB) 256GB
128GB
-128
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
8.5
6.0
-2.5

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The Mi 10 Pro, unless you don't care about Bluetooth 5.1.

Each one has its Bluetooth version: The Mi 10 Pro has 5.1, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max has 5.0. 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. There also are other options out there if you're not really leaning towards any of these. You'd have to pick a smartphone like the Sony Xperia 1 II.

These two are (LTE and) 5G compatible.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Network 5G 5G
Bluetooth 5.1
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
5.1
4.6
-0.5

Which is more affordable?

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro definitely has its competitor beaten on price, but a great deal would make things more interesting. Promotions aside, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is more expensive, but if it's worth it or not, it's up to you to decide. Later, if you're considering selling the iPhone, you'll end up paying less for it.

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

Here are the prices that we've come across recently:

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

Reference: $600

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

Reference: $1,180

Apple iPhone 12 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 12 Pro Max VS
Amazon 1.23 - ! -
eBay - 0.68 -
Best Buy - 0.67 ! -
Walmart - - -

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

So, what about that global score? We'll get there. But first, let's see where its rivals are. They're at 6.9 (for the Mi 10 Pro) and 7.8 (for the iPhone 12 Pro Max).

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

The Mi 10 Pro can indeed be a cheaper alternative to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. It isn't water-resistant, it doesn't have its performance (but it shouldn't be a deal-breaker), and it also doesn't have the latest ceramic glass from Corning, but version 5 should be enough too.

Now there are some things that the iPhone 12 Pro Max doesn't have, and one of them may actually end up being a deal-breaker. It doesn't have fast refresh rates nor an Always-on display. Its telephoto lens isn't nearly as good, and it won't charge as fast, but since it has a smaller battery, maybe that's not an issue. Reverse charging can be handy, just like Bluetooth 5.1.

People also usually prefer to have more internal storage and more RAM, but I'm sure the iPhone has enough of them.

Pros Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Always-On-Display Cameras
#4 Cameras Fast Charging
#5 Battery Life Wireless Charging
#6 Fast Charging Glass Protection
#7 Wireless Charging
#8 Storage
Cons Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12 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 12 Pro Max
Gaming Score
8.0
6.9
-1.1
Tek-Score
7.37
7.42
0.05
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 12 Pro Max 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
    $1049
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $900
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
    $1099
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $919
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $995
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $997
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $899
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra
    $1079
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Battery results

The battery score is based on Gsmarena's endurance rating and is taken with a screen brightness of 200 nits and a refresh rate of 60hz.

Assumptions: The display is off during a call, there's a web page refresh every 10 seconds, and the video playback is in Airplane mode.

You can click here for more information about those tests.

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Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mclass-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valclass for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they dclassn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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Nits

With regards to AMOLED screens, sometimes OEMs claim higher maximum brightness. That's because an AMOLED screen can push its brightness progressively higher as its white area gets smaller.

These values are from the lab tests made by GSMArena, and their white test pattern takes up 75% of the physical size of the screen.

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About GeekBench 5

This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.



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