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Xiaomi Mi 9 vs 9T Pro in 2021: Which Should You Pick?

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

The Mi 9 is a little bit more expensive, but it also is the better device of the two considering their specs.

It features better glass protection. But the Mi 9T Pro adds better battery life.

What else do they have to offer?

The Mi 9 also features wireless charging. But the Mi 9T Pro also adds a headphone jack.

Still, you'll have to decide for yourself since their final score is almost the same.

How much more are you willing to spend on the Mi 9?

If you're going off-contract, you're going to shell out an extra amount of about $15.

Is the Mi 9 still worth getting in 2021?

The Mi 9 is holding up pretty well in 2021, even more so if you can find it with a great deal. That doesn't mean you should ignore other devices like the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE since it has better performance, more storage, more security updates, a better optical zoom, water resistance, reverse charging, and external storage.

Is the Mi 9T Pro still worth buying in 2021?

The Mi 9T Pro remains a great smartphone in part thanks to its good performance, a good camera, good battery life, and fast charging. If you can find a great deal, it does make sense in 2021, but note that the Mi 11 Lite features more storage, more security updates, faster charging, and external storage.

Read on to learn more about their differences, how they stack up against their rivals, and how the industry is scoring their specs.

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Xiaomi Mi 9, Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

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Introduction

These two have a lot in common, including their price. Does that mean there's a reason to pick one instead of the other? And wich one is it?

Let's find that out.

While Xiaomi's Mi 9T Pro hit stores in August of 2019, Xiaomi's Mi 9 went on sale in March of 2019.

We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the Mi 9 and the Mi 9T Pro.

The prices of the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro and the Xiaomi Mi 9 are similar. Although the Mi 9T Pro is cheaper most of the time, aside from promotions that might appear. Remember that when you're comparing the two models.

For each featured section, there's a "Tek-Score" for you to check. We even assessed the worth of all specifications to make it easier for you to perceive the difference between them. There's also a global score for you to compare them to other phones if you aren't sure about these two.

The weight of each section

That score is research-based. It's from Globalwebindex.com on what buyers are looking for when purchasing a smartphone. But you can customize how each section contributes to the global score according to what matters to you. You can check it out here, or just keep reading until you get there.

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

Some features are underlined with a red or green progress bar. That's so you can see how they compare with other smartphones with similar prices.

If you click here:, you'll see our list, but basically, we've excluded every smartphone that's not within a 20% (above or below) price range.

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

Price*
vs.
Device Mi 9 Mi 9T Pro
Release Date 2019, March 2019, August 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?

As you may have guessed, Geekbench 5 gave these two the same performance. Basically, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

The Mi 9T Pro's performance does stand out against similarly priced phones. While they got a score of about 1679, it has 2572. That puts it 53% above them.

By the way, you can define both of them as lower high-end.

Both come with the Snapdragon 855, so this actually isn't a speed race.

If you're a gamer, you don't have much to choose from, as they also share their GPU: an Adreno 640.

Both phones run on Android 9 (Pie) and MIUI 10 out of the box.

Performance*
vs.
Features Mi 9 Mi 9T Pro
SoC Snapdragon 855 Snapdragon 855
Graphics Adreno 640 Adreno 640
Geekbench 5 Score 2577
2572
-5
OS Android 9 (Pie) and MIUI 10 Android 9 (Pie) and MIUI 10
Tek-Score
6.3
6.3
0.0

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Xiaomi Mi 9 front transparent png Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro front transparent png

The Mi 9T Pro's display does stand out, but it shouldn't be that noticeable. But the Mi 9's glass is more resistant to shatter and scratches.

Another thing that they have in common it's their AMOLED display sizes, at 6.3". There's no general contest here as each user has his personal preferences. Do you favor AMOLED screens?

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

It's better to be safe than sorry, so let's get the elephant out of the room. The Mi 9 display is protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass 6. The Mi 9T Pro with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

There's an Always-On display on both phones. That's a must-have feature for me.

When it comes to outdoor visibility, they share a maximum brightness of 620 nits.

Are you considering watching HDR content? The Mi 9 does HDR10, while the Mi 9T Pro does HDR.

About the Mi 9, 96% of its rivals can play HDR content, 89% have an AMOLED screen, and 75% have an Always-On display. On the other hand, only 25% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate.

Compared to the Mi 9T Pro, please be aware that 81% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen, and 76% have an Always-On display. Instead, only 5% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate, and only 14% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Mi 9 Mi 9T Pro
Size 6.3
6.3
0.0
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
1080x2340
0
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 409.08
409.08
0.00
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Teardrop No/Clean
Peak Brightness 620 nits
643 nits
23
HDR HDR10 HDR
Sub Tek-Score
7.9
8.3
0.4
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
7.6
6.5
-1.1

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Xiaomi Mi 9 back transparent png Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro back transparent png

By DXOMARK's standards, the Mi 9T Pro is also roughly 16% above its adversaries at about this price tag. Although as of now, it isn't good enough.

Flip the phones over, let's start the cameras' battle. The Mi 9's primary camera has a whopping 48 Megapixels sensor, with an aperture of f/1.8, a 27mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, and HDR capabilities. Videos on its shooter have a maximum resolution of 2160p.

There's also one 12 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.2, plus a 54mm telephoto lens. And another one with 16 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm 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 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 tested this camera and gave it a score of 111. If you add the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, the final score goes up to 125** points. You can check their review if you click here.

I hope this helps: all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 82% feature Optical Image Stabilization. On the other hand, only 21% of them feature a macro lens.

The Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro, in its turn, features a whopping 48 Megapixels camera with an f/1.8 aperture and a 26mm, wide-angle lens. Then it has two flash LEDs and HDR capabilities. It records videos at up to 2160p. You'll also get two additional sensors, one with 8 Megapixels, an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 53mm telephoto lens, and another with 13 Megapixels (f/2.4) with a 12mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

Did you know? By zooming in and cropping a 48 Megapixels photo, you can get the same results as you'd get on a 12 Megapixels 2x optical zoom camera, just like the Mi 9.

PS: Dxo tested the Chinese variant of this camera. While it should be the same phone (K20 pro), it looks like its score should be about 101 and not 108.

The front-facing camera features a 20 MP pop-up shooter with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 1/3.4" sensor.

DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 104. By considering the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we get a score of 118** points. You can click here to check it out.

Lastly, if you must know, 81% of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

Considering this score, we can classify the Mi 9 as a lower high-end and the Mi 9T Pro in the upper mid-range ballpark.

One could buy any of these phones on the 2x optical zoom alone. It can save lots of otherwise pixelated photos.

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

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Mi 9 Mi 9T Pro
Megapixels 48
48
0
Aperture 1.8
1.8
0.0
Lens 27mm
26mm
-1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 2 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS No No
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 125
118
-7

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Mi 9 Mi 9T Pro vs.
Megapixels 12
8
-4
Aperture 2.2
2.4
0.2
Lens 54mm (2x zoom)
53mm (2x zoom)
-1
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 16 13 -3
Aperture 2.2 2.4 0.2
Lens 13mm 12mm -1
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 14 14 0
Selfie Camera Mi 9 Mi 9T Pro vs.
Megapixels 20
0 -20
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens - -
Mi 9 Mi 9T Pro vs.
Tek-Score
7.4
6.9
-0.4

Who has the best frame?

I'd go for the Mi 9 for its weight. But the Mi 9T Pro is also pretty decent.

You can guess who's taller but not who's wider because that's something they have in common: 74 mm (2.92 inches).

The first has a thickness of 7 mm (0.28 inches), while the second has about 8 mm (0.32 inches).

They both have a beautiful glass body. The Mi 9T Pro is 18 g. (0.71 oz) heavier than the other, weighing about 173 g. (6.10 oz). If you're curious, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The Mi 9 got 6.4, which implies a pretty nice weight for a 6.3 inches display. Having said that, the Mi 9T Pro has 4.3, so nothing to state here.

We do like having some color options. You get Lavender Violet, Piano Black, and Ocean Blue in the Mi 9. But you can get Carbon black, Glacier blue, and Red flame with the Mi 9T Pro.

What about a fingerprint scanner? Both phones include one.

If you'd rather have a water-resistant device, check out the Google Pixel 5.

Looks*
vs.
Body Mi 9 Mi 9T Pro
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)
11026
Weight 173 g. (6.10 oz)
191 g. (6.74 oz)
18
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Lavender Violet, Piano Black, and Ocean Blue Carbon black, Glacier blue, and Red flame
Screen To Body Ratio 83.86%
84.40%
0.54
Disp.Size To Weight Score 6.4 4.3 -2.1
Looks 8.4/10
8.5/10
0.1
Waterproof - -
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
2.9
2.2
-0.7

*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 4000 mAh of the Mi 9T Pro. And as claimed by GSMArena, the Mi 9T Pro does have an advantage here.

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

  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll still have 82% left.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, this phone should end up with 66%.
  • If you do 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 where the Mi 9T Pro ends at:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 85% of the battery charge.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, you'll get down to 71% left.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 1 hour, and playing videos for 3 hours, you'll likely end up with 75% of the battery charge.

What's even better, the Mi 9T Pro also does overcome pretty much every phone out there. Do check our top 10 for battery life.

This isn't a competition for charging speeds, as they both do 27w/hour.

You can also give the Mi 9 extra credits for having wireless charging of up to 20w/hour.

Did you know you can reverse wireless charging other phones? Not with these, though, but the Google Pixel 5 has it.

Fast charging is indeed fast with the Mi 9T Pro. Devices with similar prices usually sit at nearly 21w.

The Mi 9's wireless charging is likewise faster than the traditional 5w. That's uncommon in its class.

Battery*
vs.
Features Mi 9 Mi 9T Pro
Capacity (mAh) 3300 4000 700
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 82% left
85% left
3
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 66% left
71% left
5
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 70% left
75% left
5
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.5 5.6 1.1
Sub Tek-Score
7.3
7.7
0.4
Fast Charging 27w
27w
0
Wireless Charging 20w
No -20
Tek-Score
7.1
6.7
-0.3

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

There isn't a winner here.

The Mi 9 features 64GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM. There's no MicroSD slot. This shouldn't be an issue for most of us. You should know that at this price level, its rivals have more storage and more RAM. They average at 7GB of RAM and 126Gb of storage.

In its turn, the Mi 9T Pro features 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. There's also no extra storage here. You may need to regularly move your video files out of your phone.

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.

Alright, external storage isn't an option here, and if you think this won't be enough, perhaps you should go for the Mi 11 Lite or the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE instead.

Storage*
vs.
Features Mi 9 Mi 9T Pro
RAM (GB) 6GB
6GB
0
Internal (GB) 64GB
64GB
0
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
2.8
2.8
0.0

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

I'd go for the Mi 9T Pro if you really value a headphone jack.

Bluetooth 5.0 is here, on both of them. You can also find NFC on both of them.

If you're not ready to jump into the wireless buds wagon, stick with the Mi 9T Pro for now. You may go for an adapter as a last resort on the Mi 9, but it really isn't the same.

These two are LTE compatible. If you want next-gen 5G connectivity, you should look at the Mi 11 Lite or the Google Pixel 5 instead.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Mi 9 Mi 9T Pro
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No Yes
Tek-Score
3.6
8.5
4.9

Which is more affordable?

The Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro offers a lot for the money, but a great deal would make things more interesting. The Xiaomi Mi 9 may be costly, but it doesn't mean it can't be a great deal.

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

Here's what we've found out:

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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 9T Pro VS
Amazon 1.46 - -
eBay - - -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - 1.47 -

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So, what about that global score? We'll get there. But first, let's see where its rivals are. They're at 6.5 (for the Mi 9) and 5.7 (for the Mi 9T Pro).

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

If you like pop-up cameras or if the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack is a deal-breaker to you, then the Mi 9T Pro is the right smartphone for you.

Otherwise, you'll be much happier with the Mi 9. Oddly enough, it even has a better camera (accordingly to DxOMark's gurus). But it's not the cameras alone, as the 9 also has better glass protection (Gorilla Glass 6 vs. 5), it's a lot lighter, and, despite having a slightly worse battery life, it has one of the fastest wireless charging around.

If that isn't enough, then I don't know what is.

Pros Mi 9 Mi 9T Pro
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#4 Cameras Cameras
#5 Fast Charging Battery Life
#6 Wireless Charging Fast Charging
#7 Glass Protection 3.5mm Jack
Cons Mi 9 Mi 9T Pro
#1 MicroSD Slot Wireless Charging
#2 3.5mm Jack MicroSD Slot
#3 Weight
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Mi 9 Mi 9T Pro
Gaming Score
5.9
5.9
0.0
Tek-Score
5.83
5.67
-0.16
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 9 
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $339
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $327
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $449
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $327
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
    $407
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $479
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $434
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $478
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $407
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $340
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $399
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $478
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $429
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $365
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $369
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $479
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349

 Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A50
    $265
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $269
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $339
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
    $280
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A40
    $240
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T
    $270
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $327
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • XiaomirivalPocophone F1
    $250
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7 Plus
    $260
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $327
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
    $294
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $340
  • RealmerivalXT
    $290
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7
    $250
  • OnePlusrival6T
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
    $307
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
    $285
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • XiaomirivalMi 8
    $265
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 SE
    $250
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A51
    $280
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
    $289
  • HuaweirivalP40 Lite
    $298
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
    $289
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
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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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