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Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro vs Mi 10 Ultra: Is The Pro Good Enough?




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Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra

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Luis Silva (December 2020, updated: February 2021)

Introduction

In August of 2020, Xiaomi launched its Mi 10 Ultra. The Mi 10 Pro, however, has seen the light of day in February of 2020.

We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the Mi 10 Pro and the Mi 10 Ultra.

If you have the time, click here to skip the spoilers and continue to the full comparison.




Bottom Line

What is the difference between the Mi 10 Pro and the Mi 10 Ultra?

The Mi 10 Ultra will cost you more, but it doesn't have better specs.

The Mi 10 Pro adds better battery life and more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB).

What else sets them apart?

The Mi 10 Ultra features a higher refresh rate display, faster-charging speeds (120w vs. 50w), and faster wireless charging (50w vs. 30w).

In the end, it's up to you because they ended up with similar rates.


How much more will those additional features cost me?

If you're going off-contract, since it is more affordable, you can end up saving up to about $246.


Is it worth buying the Mi 10 Pro in 2021?

Of course. It absolutely is a high-end smartphone, in my opinion.


Is it worth getting the Mi 10 Ultra in 2021?

Sure. It's one of the best smartphones out there.



The Mi 10 Pro definitely has the Mi 10 Ultra beaten on price. Remember that when you're comparing the two models.

For each featured section, there's a "Tek-Score" for you to check. For a quicker analysis of how far they are from each other, we'll consider all their specifications. We'll also provide a global score for comparison if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

This score is consumer-based from research done by Globalwebindex.com on what features users value on new smartphones.

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

You're going to find a red or green bar next to some features. It's there for you to better understand how they relate to the ones from similarly priced smartphones.

By clicking here: you'll see which ones we've analyzed, but we only include smartphones with price tags from -20% to +20%.

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


Price* vs.
Device Mi 10 Pro Mi 10 Ultra
Release Date 2020, February 2020, August 0y.
OS Updates 1 year 1 year 0y.
Security Updates 4 years 4 years 0y.

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


Performance

There isn't much to see here, as both share the same core: the previous generation Snapdragon 865.

They also share the same graphics chipset: last year's Adreno 650.

As you may have guessed, Geekbench 5 gave these two the same performance. All in all, there's not much of a difference between the two.

You can also count on the Mi 10 Pro to have one of the best performances around if you consider related priced phones. About 27% above.

It's safe to say that both of them can be tagged as high-end.

The Mi 10 Pro features the Android 10 and MIUI 11 OS, while the Mi 10 Ultra comes with Android 10 and MIUI 12.


Performance* vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro Mi 10 Ultra
SoC Snapdragon 865 Snapdragon 865
Graphics Adreno 650 Adreno 650
Geekbench 5 Score 3331
3330
-1
OS Android 10 and MIUI 11 Android 10 and MIUI 12
Tek-Score
7.6
7.6
0.0

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.


Display

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro front transparent png Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra front transparent png

The Mi 10 Pro has a 6.6-inch AMOLED screen, which is slightly smaller than the Mi 10 Ultra's 6.7-inch AMOLED display. 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.

They draw at the number of pixels: 1080x2340 Full HD for both of them.

The Mi 10 Ultra has one disadvantage over almost all of its competitors: It is 25% below the average pixel density.

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

If you're looking for the Always-On-Display feature, rest assured: it's here on both.

If you set these displays for auto-brightness, the Mi 10 Pro can go up to 860 nits, and the Mi 10 Ultra can top at 811 nits.

Both phones can play HDR10+ video formats.

If you're looking for high refresh rate displays, you should know that the Mi 10 Ultra does 120hz, and the Mi 10 Pro only does 90hz.

If you're leaning towards the Mi 10 Pro, you should know that 88% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all of them have an AMOLED screen, and 96% have an Always-On display.

Regarding the Mi 10 Ultra, just so you know, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, 88% have an Always-On display, and 94% of them have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.


Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro Mi 10 Ultra
Size 6.6
6.7
0.1
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
1080x2340
0
Refresh Rate 90hz 120hz 30
Dots per Inch 390.49
384.66
-5.83
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 860 nits
811 nits
-49
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
8.6
8.9
0.3
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
6.6
6.7
0.1

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.


Cameras

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro back transparent png Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra back transparent png

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

As if that wasn't enough, it also has three more sensors: an 8 MP (with f/2.0 and an astounding 94mm telephoto lens), another 12 MP (f/2.0) with a 50mm telephoto lens, and another 20 MP and a 15mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

If you take a 108 Megapixels snapshot, you can zoom in on it and do a crop in the middle to get the same shot you'd get on a 27 Megapixels shooter with 2x optical zoom.

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. Then, if you consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, the final rate goes up to 146 points. If you want to know more about it, 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. Though only 12% of them feature a macro lens.

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, in its turn, features a whopping 48 MP camera with an f/1.9 aperture and a 25mm, wide-angle lens. Then it has two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It records videos at up to 4320p. These days a single shooter is not enough, nor it's two or three. I guess you need four of them. The second one has 48 MP with an aperture of f/4.1 and an astounding 120mm telephoto lens. The third one has 12 MP (f/2.0) with a 50mm telephoto lens, and the fourth has 20 MP and a 12mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

If you take a 48 Megapixels snapshot, you can zoom in on it and do a crop in the middle to get 2x optical zoom. You'll get a 12 Megapixels photo.

The selfie camera has 20 MP, an f/2.3 aperture, and a 1/3.4" sensor.

On DxOMark's reviewing article, they gave this shooter 136 points. By adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we'll get to the final rate of 154 points. If you want to know more about it, click here.

Furthermore, 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. Additionally, none of them feature a macro lens.

By DxO's standards, the Mi 10 Pro is also roughly 56% above its adversaries for the same budget. Although as of now, it isn't good enough.

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

Just in case it's a deciding factor, the Mi 10 Pro zoom lens is 30mm above what you usually see on similarly priced devices.


Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera Mi 10 Pro Mi 10 Ultra
Megapixels 108
48
-60
Aperture 1.7
1.9
0.2
Lens 25mm
25mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 3 2 -1
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 4320 4320 0
Score 146
154
8

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Mi 10 Pro Mi 10 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 8
48
40
Aperture 2.0
4.1
2.1
Lens 94mm (3.8x zoom)
120mm (4.8x zoom)
26
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 12 12 0
Aperture 2.0 2.0 0.0
Lens 50mm (2x zoom) 50mm (2x zoom) 0
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels - 20
Aperture 2.2 2.2 0.0
Lens 15mm 12mm -3
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 16 18 2

Selfie Camera Mi 10 Pro Mi 10 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 20
20
0
Aperture 2.0
2.3
0.3
Lens - -

Mi 10 Pro Mi 10 Ultra vs.
Tek-Score
8.6
9.1
0.5

Body

They ended up with different widths (74 mm / 2.92 inches vs. 75 mm / 2.96 inches), but they share the same height: 162 mm (6.38 inches).

Both have about the same thickness: 9 mm (0.35 inches).

The glass rear on these phones makes them feel great on the hand. The Mi 10 Pro weighs 208 g. (7.34 oz), while its sibling is 14 g. (0.55 oz) heavier. If you want a big screen in a light phone, the Mi 10 Pro has a "weight to screen size" score of 3.5, meaning it's kind of weighty for its display size. Having said that, the Mi 10 Ultra has 2.6, which suggests it's considerably hefty too.

You can purchase the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro in Alpine White and Solstice Grey. And you can pick the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra in Obsidian Black, Transparent Edition, and Mercury Silver.

Both feature the same size, so you can pick any of them.

What about a fingerprint scanner? Both devices included it.

For an all-weather smartphone, you should check out the competition, like the OnePlus 8 Pro.


Looks* vs.
Body Mi 10 Pro Mi 10 Ultra
Size 162 x 74 x 9 mm
(5.71 x 2.61 x 0.32 in)
162 x 75 x 9 mm
(5.71 x 2.65 x 0.32 in)
1458
Weight 208 g. (7.34 oz)
222 g. (7.83 oz)
14
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Alpine White and Solstice Grey Obsidian Black, Transparent Edition, and Mercury Silver
Screen To Body Ratio 89.20%
90.69%
1.50
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.5 2.6 -1.0
Looks 9.1/10
9.1/10
0.0
Waterproof - -
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
1.8
1.4
-0.4

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

Battery

Can you find a winner just by looking at their battery capacity? Both have about 4500 mAh. But how would both perform in a real-world scenario? If you do a full charge and run these tests, this is how the Mi 10 Pro comes out of it:

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you should have 84% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 71% 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 likely end up with 74% of the battery charge.

And this is how the Mi 10 Ultra handles these tests:

  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 81% left.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll probably have 65% left for the rest of the day.
  • If you do 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll be with 70%.

Have you noticed who the winner is? Yes, it's the Mi 10 Pro.

What's even better, the Mi 10 Pro can also easily defeat most devices. You can check here if it still is on our top 10 for battery life.

Fast-charging's here, and both phones support it. The Mi 10 Ultra can go up to 120w, and the Mi 10 Pro up to 50.

It's good to know that both phones support wireless charging at up to 30w vs. 50w.

Both can charge any QI-enabled gadgets, like smartphones or earbuds.

Fast charging on the Mi 10 Ultra does stand out. Smartphones from this price-range usually stay at around 30w/hour.

The Mi 10 Ultra's wireless charging is likewise faster than the traditional 5w. That's something you rarely see at this price range.


Battery* vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro Mi 10 Ultra
Capacity (mAh) 4500 4500 0
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
81% left
-3
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 71% left
65% left
-6
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
70% left
-4
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.3 3.0 -1.3
Sub Tek-Score
7.6
7.2
-0.4
Fast Charging 50w
120w
70
Wireless Charging 30w
50w
20
Reverse Charging 5w
10w
5
Tek-Score
8.0
9.0
1.0

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.


Storage

The Mi 10 Pro has 256GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM. There's no expandable storage, but I believe you'll manage with only 256GB of storage. Be aware that at this price segment, others offer more RAM but less storage. Right now, the average is 150Gb of storage and 8GB of RAM.

On the Mi 10 Ultra, you'll find 128GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM. There's also no extra storage here, but you'll have plenty of room for your files.


Storage* vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro Mi 10 Ultra
RAM (GB) 8GB
8GB
0
Internal (GB) 256GB
128GB
-128
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
8.5
6.0
-2.5

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


Connectivity

Both phones have Bluetooth 5.1, so nothing special here. As for the NFC chips, both have them.

There isn't much to say about the 3.5mm headphone jack, except that it simply isn't here. You can try an adapter if you want, but the wireless buds are the way to go here. Luckily, you can still get it on other phones if you don't mind searching for them. You can get that with the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.

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


Connectivity vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro Mi 10 Ultra
Network 5G 5G
Bluetooth 5.1
5.1
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
5.1
5.1
0.0

Price

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro clearly is a good value for its price, and it can only get better, depending on the place and deals that you'll find. The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra may be costly, but it still may be more valuable.

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

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


I earn a small fee from qualifying purchases. It doesn't affect the price you pay nor my opinions, but it will mean a lot if you click on one of these buttons before purchasing your next phone. You'll be helping to take this to the next level.

Prices on eBay are in $US but Europe-based. You can click to check the prices in your country.

Prices marked with ! are from renewed/refurbished/carrier-locked phones (except eBay prices that, as a last resort, can be from bids or used devices).

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 Mi 10 Ultra VS
Amazon 1.23 0.84 -0.39
eBay - - -
Best Buy - - -
Wallmart - - -

And this is the "The Best Smartphones On A Budget" list.

Are you curious to know what their global score is? First, let me mention the average at their price range. They're in the ballpark of 6.9 for the Mi 10 Pro and 7.3 for the Mi 10 Ultra.


Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

The Mi 10 Ultra should be an improvement over the Mi 10 Pro in every department. Unfortunately, that's not the case. Accordingly to GSMArena, the battery life on the Mi 10 Pro is significantly better, despite having the capacity, the same SoC, and display size. Not only that, but the Mi 10 Pro also starts at 256 GB of storage, while its sibling starts at 128 GB. Aside from that, the Mi 10 Ultra also has better refresh rates, crazy-fast charging speeds (120w vs. 50w), faster wireless charging (50w vs. 30w), and faster reverse charging (10w vs. 5w).


Pros Mi 10 Pro Mi 10 Ultra
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#4 Cameras Cameras
#5 Battery Life Fast Charging
#6 Fast Charging Wireless Charging
#7 Wireless Charging
#8 Storage

Cons Mi 10 Pro Mi 10 Ultra
#1 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#2 Weight Weight
#3 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#4 Price Price

Relative Score* vs.
Global Score Mi 10 Pro Mi 10 Ultra
Gaming Score
8.0
7.8
-0.1
Tek-Score
7.37
7.12
-0.25

*Reference: 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, 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 any of the usual stores.

 Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 
  • Sony


    Xperia 1
    $688

  • Sony


    Xperia 5
    $699

  • Apple


    iPhone X
    $562

  • Apple


    iPhone 11
    $578

  • Apple


    iPhone XS Max
    $620

  • Apple


    iPhone 11 Pro Max
    $580

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 10
    $547

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Plus
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ EX
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ SD
    $493

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 EX
    $684

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 SD
    $649

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20+ SD
    $649

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 SD
    $499

  • OnePlus


    7T Pro
    $549

  • Huawei


    P30 Pro
    $598

  • Google


    Pixel 4 XL
    $609

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20
    $697

  • Huawei


    Mate 20 Pro
    $550

  • Huawei


    P40
    $666

  • OnePlus


    8 Pro
    $599

  • OnePlus


    8
    $630

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE
    $540

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE 4G
    $549

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 FE 5G
    $540

  • Oppo


    Find X2 Neo
    $593

  • Google


    Pixel 5
    $548

  • OnePlus


    8T
    $599

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10
    $529

  • Oppo


    Reno4 Pro
    $594

 Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra 
  • Sony


    Xperia 1
    $688

  • Sony


    Xperia 5
    $699

  • Apple


    iPhone 11 Pro
    $750

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 EX
    $684

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20+ EX
    $749

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 U.EX
    $939

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20
    $697

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 Plus
    $749

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S20 Ultra
    $939

  • Huawei


    Mate 30 Pro
    $849

  • Huawei


    P40 Pro
    $779

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 20 U.
    $995

  • Apple


    iPhone 12
    $799

  • Oppo


    Find X2 Pro
    $950

  • Apple


    iPhone 12 Mini
    $739

  • Sony


    Xperia 1 II
    $821

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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.

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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 mid-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 valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they didn'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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