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Xiaomi Mi 9 vs Mi 9 Lite in 2021: Which One Is Better?

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

The Mi 9 is more expensive than the Mi 9 Lite, but considering its features, its sibling is the best option.

It features better performance (+77%) and better glass protection. But with the Mi 9 Lite, you can get external storage.

Anything else?

The Mi 9 also features a telephoto lens (+41 mm) and wireless charging. But the Mi 9 Lite also brings a headphone jack.

Keep in mind that these are both great devices as they achieved a pretty even score.

How much more will those additional features cost me?

If you're ignoring carrier offers, you can spare close to $83. You don't need to pay more to get more.

Is the Mi 9 still worth getting in 2021?

The Mi 9 is a pretty decent smartphone in 2021, even more so if you can find it with a great deal. You can also consider other devices like the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, as it has better performance, more storage, more security updates, a better optical zoom, water resistance, reverse charging, and external storage.

Is the Mi 9 Lite still worth getting in 2021?

The Mi 9 Lite remains a great smartphone in part thanks to its good battery life. It indeed is on the recommended list for 2021, but you'd be better off with the Mi 11 Lite as a daily driver because it has better performance, more storage, more security updates, and faster charging.

Read on to learn more about their differences, how they are any different from their competition, and how the industry is scoring their specs.

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Xiaomi Mi 9, Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite

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While Xiaomi's Mi 9 Lite hit stores in September of 2019, Xiaomi's Mi 9 went on sale in March of 2019.

In this article, we see how the Mi 9 and the Mi 9 Lite compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

You'll rarely (if ever) find these two with the same price tag. Remember that when you're comparing the two models.

You'll also see down below a "Tek-Score" for every section that we analyze. We evaluated every quantifiable specification, so you can better understand the difference between the two. You'll find a global score at the end, which can help you compare to other phones if you aren't sure about these two.

The weight of each section

This score is based on research from Globalwebindex.com on what buyers are looking for when purchasing a smartphone. But don't let that daunt you. You can set it based on what you value. You can check this out now, or just keep reading.

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

You're going to find a red or green bar next to some features. That's to show how 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%.

Feel free to click any feature title to check out several top 10 tables for any budget.

Device Mi 9 Mi 9 Lite
Release Date 2019, March 2019, September 0y.
OS Updates 1 year 1 year 0y.
Security Updates 4 years 4 years 0y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5, which measures overall performance, the Mi 9 was, on average, 77% quicker while finishing its tests. This should be a no-brainer here.

Unfortunately, the Mi 9 Lite isn't that smooth. It actually is below the average for its price range. While they got a score of about 1879, it has 1456. That puts it 29% below them.

One can entitle the Mi 9 as a lower high-end and the Mi 9 Lite as a low to mid-range device.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite is available with the Snapdragon 710 processor, while the Xiaomi Mi 9 brings the Snapdragon 855 processor.

Now about the graphics chipset, while the former has an Adreno 616, the latter features an Adreno 640.

They all were released with the Android 9 (Pie) and MIUI 10 OS.

Features Mi 9 Mi 9 Lite
SoC Snapdragon 855 Snapdragon 710
Graphics Adreno 640 Adreno 616
Geekbench 5 Score 2577
OS Android 9 (Pie) and MIUI 10 Android 9 (Pie) and MIUI 10

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Xiaomi Mi 9 front transparent png Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite front transparent png

There's no phone to praise here, so you can pick any of them.

They both have a 6.3-inch AMOLED display. Which one would you choose? Most people seem to prefer AMOLED for its saturated colors and higher contrast.

These phones also share the same amount of pixels: 1080x2340 Full HD.

Just a tiny drop may shatter your phone, so be aware: The Mi 9 Lite features a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 display. The Mi 9 has a previous generation's Gorilla Glass 6.

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

When it comes to outdoor visibility, both can do about 620 nits.

The Mi 9 can do HDR10, and the Mi 9 Lite does HDR.

If you're leaning towards the Mi 9, you should know that 96% of its rivals can play HDR content, 89% have an AMOLED screen, and 75% have an Always-On display. However, only 25% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate.

Concerning the Mi 9 Lite, 86% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen, and 82% have an Always-On display. Yet, only 9% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate, and only 18% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Display Density (DPIs)*
Features Mi 9 Mi 9 Lite
Size 6.3
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 409.08
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Teardrop Teardrop
Peak Brightness 620 nits
600 nits
Sub Tek-Score
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass 5

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Xiaomi Mi 9 back transparent png Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite back transparent png

Overall, I'm sure the Xiaomi Mi 9 has a better camera.

What about its shooters? The Mi 9 has a whopping 48 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/1.8, a 27mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, and HDR capabilities. It can record videos at up to 2160p.

You'll also find two other cameras, one with 12 Megapixels, an aperture of f/2.2, plus a 54mm telephoto lens. And another with 16 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

For your information: If you zoom in and crop a 48 Megapixels photo, you can get 2x of optical zoom: by trimming it into a 12 Megapixels photo.

Want to know about its selfie capabilities? It has a 20 MP (f/2.0) shooter and a 1/3" sensor.

DXOMARK reviewed this camera and gave it 111 points. And if you take into account the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, you'll end up with a score of 125**. You can check their review if you click here.

Before moving on, you should know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 82% feature Optical Image Stabilization. However, only 21% of them feature a macro lens.

The standard camera on the back of the Mi 9 Lite has a whopping 48 Megapixels sensor and a 25mm, f/1.8 aperture, wide-angle lens. It also has one flash LED and HDR capabilities. When it comes to recording videos, it can do 2160p. There's also an extra dual sensor with 8 Megapixels (f/2.2 plus a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens) and 2 Megapixels that works as a depth sensor, working together to give more freedom when framing shots.

Just so you know: You can take a 48 Megapixels photo, zoom in and crop, and get 2x optical zoom. You'll get a 12 Megapixels photo, just like the Mi 9.

Xiaomi included a generous 32 MP (f/2.0) sensor for selfies and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.

I was curious about what DXOMARK had to say about this camera. They didn't review it yet, but we can place it at about 97* points. By adding its wide-angle lens, we get a score of 110** points.

Winding it up, 86% of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

One can place the Mi 9 more as a lower high-end and the Mi 9 Lite more as an upper mid-range.

What I really like about the Mi 9 is the 2x telephoto lens. This gives you an extra bit of freedom when taking your photos.

*DXOMARK is a well-known market reference when it comes to camera benchmarking. Too bad they don't get a chance to test most of the cameras out there. So whenever I come across one such camera, I take every hardware specs (like lenses, sensor size, OIS, aperture, and so on) and give a comparable score. The last time I've checked this formula, some cameras had a 2 points (more or less) error threshold.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They just changed their protocol, and they don't have enough reviews for me to refine the pre-update camera scores.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera Mi 9 Mi 9 Lite
Megapixels 48
Aperture 1.8
Lens 27mm
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 1 -1
HDR Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 125

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Mi 9 Mi 9 Lite vs.
Megapixels 12
Aperture 2.2
Lens 54mm (2x zoom)
13mm -41
Lens Type Telephoto lens Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 16 2 -14
Aperture 2.2 -
Lens 13mm -
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Depth Sensor
Score 14 13 -1
Selfie Camera Mi 9 Mi 9 Lite vs.
Megapixels 20
Aperture 2.0
Lens - 26mm
Mi 9 Mi 9 Lite vs.

Who has the best frame?

They ended up with the same score, so any will do.

Despite not having the same height, they share their extent: 74 mm (2.92 inches).

They have about the same depth: 7 mm (0.28 inches) vs. 8 mm (0.32 inches).

The glass rear on these phones makes them feel great on the hand. The Mi 9 weighs 173 g. (6.10 oz), while the other is 6 g. (0.24 oz) heavier. But because screen size also matters, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The Mi 9 got 6.4, and that's another way of saying a pretty nice weight for its screen size. In the meantime, the Mi 9 Lite has 5.6, so nothing to state here.

You can purchase the Xiaomi Mi 9 in Lavender Violet, Piano Black, and Ocean Blue. And you can pick the Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite in Pearl White, Onyx Grey, and Aurora Blue.

Do you value a fingerprint scanner? Both devices included it.

If you're looking for some kind of waterproof phone, you should check out the competition, like the Google Pixel 5.

Body Mi 9 Mi 9 Lite
Size 157 x 74 x 7 mm
(5.54 x 2.61 x 0.25 in)
156 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.50 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
Weight 173 g. (6.10 oz)
179 g. (6.31 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Lavender Violet, Piano Black, and Ocean Blue Pearl White, Onyx Grey, and Aurora Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 83.86%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 6.4 5.6 -0.8
Looks 8.4/10
Waterproof - -
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint

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

Which has the best battery?

The Mi 9 does have a battery capacity of 3300 mAh versus the 4030 mAh of the Mi 9 Lite. But as claimed by GSMArena, you should get the same battery life with either device.

That's what you can expect from the Mi 9 after charging it up:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll end up with 82% of the battery charge.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll get down to 66% left.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll likely end up with 70% of the battery charge.

And this is what you'll get out of the Mi 9 Lite:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you should have 84% of the battery left for the rest of the day.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, this phone should end up with 70%.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 72% left for the rest of the day.

What's even better, the Mi 9 Lite is also beating most smartphones. Let's see if it still has a place on our top 10 list with the best battery life.

If one of these will end up being the one, you'll have quick charging on your next phone: 27w for the Mi 9 and 18w for the Mi 9 Lite.

The Mi 9 also supports wireless charging at 20w.

What about having reverse wireless charging on your next phone? If you want it, you can try it with the Google Pixel 5, for example.

If you fancy quick charges, you can count on the Mi 9. Other devices from this price range usually stay at around 22w/hour.

Quick wireless charging must be one of Mi 9's most-loved features. You won't find many phones as fast at about its price.

Features Mi 9 Mi 9 Lite
Capacity (mAh) 3300 4030 730
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 82% left
84% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 66% left
70% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 70% left
72% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.5 5.3 0.8
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 27w
Wireless Charging 20w
No -20

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

None of them has.

The Mi 9 comes equipped with 64GB of integrated storage and 6GB of RAM. There's no expandable storage. This shouldn't be an issue for most of us. Furthermore, other devices from this budget usually have more storage and more RAM. They average at 7GB of RAM and 126Gb of storage.

The Mi 9 Lite also offers 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. You can count on the MicroSD card to save the day. Again, chances are that you'll have less RAM but more storage from most of its opponents. 6Gb/105Gb. That's the average.

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.

Features Mi 9 Mi 9 Lite
Internal (GB) 64GB
Micro SD No microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The Mi 9 Lite, unless you don't care about a headphone jack.

Both phones have Bluetooth 5.0, so nothing special here. As for the NFC chips, both have them.

The Mi 9 Lite is the only phone here that still supports the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack. Just skip adapters on the Mi 9 and get a decent pair of wireless earbuds.

Both have a single network variant: LTE. If you want next-gen 5G connectivity, you should look at the Mi 11 Lite or the Google Pixel 5 instead.

Features Mi 9 Mi 9 Lite
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No Yes

Which is more affordable?

The Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite clearly is a good value for its price, and with the right deal, it can be an impressive finding. The Xiaomi Mi 9 isn't more affordable, but it may still be a more reasonable choice.

Let's see if it really worths it or not.

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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 9 Mi 9 Lite VS
Amazon 1.46 1.86 0.41
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Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

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Want to know about that global score? First, let me mention the average at their price range. The Mi 9 class is at 6.5, and the Mi 9 Lite 5.9.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

Overall, these two aren't that far apart. But even if you don't value performance that much, you should be aware that the Mi 9 has a flagship processor. Obviously, performance isn't everything. The Mi 9 Lite has better battery life, should be free from storage issues, and is more user-friendly, as it still has a headphone jack.

Aside from the slightly worse glass protection on the Mi 9 Lite, you shouldn't worry about its displays.

Aside from that, the Mi 9 also has a telephoto lens.

Pros Mi 9 Mi 9 Lite
#1 Performance AMOLED
#2 AMOLED Always-On-Display
#3 Always-On-Display Cameras
#4 Cameras Battery Life
#5 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#6 Wireless Charging MicroSD Slot
#7 Glass Protection 3.5mm Jack
Cons Mi 9 Mi 9 Lite
#1 MicroSD Slot Wireless Charging
#2 3.5mm Jack
Relative Score*
Global Score Mi 9 Mi 9 Lite
Gaming Score
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.


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.


"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.


"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.



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 9 
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
  • OnePlusrival7
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
  • OnePlusrival7T
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP30
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
  • OnePlusrivalNord
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite

 Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A50
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
  • RealmerivalXT
  • OnePlusrival6T
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
  • XiaomirivalMi 8
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A51
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
  • HuaweirivalP40 Lite
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite

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.


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.



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.


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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