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Xiaomi Mi 9T vs Mi 9T Pro in 2021: Is Affordable Good Enough?

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

You'll spend more on the Mi 9T Pro, but it's the best of the two.

It gives you better performance (+55%), better cameras, and better battery life.

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're considering a new and unlocked smartphone, you'll have to spend approximately $115 more.

Is it worth getting the Mi 9T in 2021?

The Mi 9T is still a great phone, even 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 Mi 11 Lite since it has better performance, more storage, more security updates, faster charging, and external storage.

Is it worth getting the Mi 9T Pro in 2021?

The Mi 9T Pro was indeed released in 2019, but it still stands out, thanks to its good performance, a good camera, good battery life, and fast charging. That's why I'll continue to recommend it in 2021, but you'd be better off with (again) the Mi 11 Lite as a daily driver because it has more storage, more security updates, faster charging, and external storage.

Read on to know more about them, how they compare to similarly priced rivals, and what the industry thinks about their specs.

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Xiaomi Mi 9T, Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

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Introduction

Xiaomi launched its Mi 9T Pro in August of 2019, while Xiaomi's Mi 9T arrived at stores in June of 2019.

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

The Mi 9T definitely has the Mi 9T Pro beaten on price. That's something you should keep in mind when comparing them.

Down below, there's a "Tek-Score" in every analyzed section of these models. We evaluated every quantifiable specification, so you can better understand the difference between the two. The global score will help you 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 features users value on new smartphones. But you'll get a say in the matter by setting it to what matters to you. You can go there right now, but I suggest you keep reading to know more about them.

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

Some features have a colored bar next to them. That's so you can see how they relate to the ones from similarly priced smartphones.

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.

You can click on any underlined feature to check several top 10 tables for any budget.

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

Geekbench 5 scores the Mi 9T Pro 55% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. If you value performance, be aware of that difference, as it will be noticeable daily.

Are you looking for the quickest phone around? The Mi 9T Pro is clearly above the average by comparing it with other smartphones from this price range. About 53% above.

By the way, you can define the Mi 9T as mid-range and the Mi 9T Pro as a lower high-end.

Inside the Mi 9T Pro is the Snapdragon 855 SoC, while on the Mi 9T, there's the Snapdragon 730 chipset.

If you're a gamer, you'll like to know that the former features an Adreno 640, and the latter has an Adreno 618.

Both smartphones come equipped with the Android 9 (Pie) and MIUI 10 OS.

Performance*
vs.
Features Mi 9T Mi 9T Pro
SoC Snapdragon 730 Snapdragon 855
Graphics Adreno 618 Adreno 640
Geekbench 5 Score 1661
2572
911
OS Android 9 (Pie) and MIUI 10 Android 9 (Pie) and MIUI 10
Tek-Score
4.8
6.3
1.5

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

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

There's no phone to praise here, so any of them will do.

Another thing that they have in common it's their AMOLED display sizes, at 6.3". To each, it's own. Do you favor AMOLED screens?

Resolution is no contest here. Both have a 1080x2340 Full HD panel.

Just a tiny drop may shatter your phone, so it's essential to know what kind of glass protection they have. Both have a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 display.

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

If you're looking for the brightest display, there isn't that much of a difference here. Both can do around 646 nits.

Both phones support HDR videos.

Considering the Mi 9T, 86% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen, and 76% have an Always-On display. But none of them have over 60hz of refresh rate, and only 5% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

For the Mi 9T Pro, 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 9T 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 No/Clean No/Clean
Peak Brightness 646 nits
643 nits
-3
HDR HDR HDR
Sub Tek-Score
8.3
8.3
0.0
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
6.5
6.5
0.0

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

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

We can safely assume that the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro has a better shooter.

What about its shooters? The Mi 9T has a whopping 48 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/1.8, a 26mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, and HDR capabilities. It can record videos at up to 2160p.

There's also one 8 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.4, plus a 53mm telephoto lens. And another one with 13 Megapixels (f/2.4) with a 12mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

For your information: If you zoom in and crop a 48 Megapixels photo, you can get (for example) an additional 2x of optical zoom and a 12 Megapixels sample.

Its selfie camera features a 20 MP pop-up sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a 1/3.4" sensor.

I would've loved it if DXOMARK reviewed this camera, but by doing some math, it scored 86*. Then, if you consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it can go up to 100** points.

Before moving on, keep in mind that all of its rivals have an ultra-wide-angle lens. Though only 19% of them come with a telephoto lens, and only 24% of them come with Optical Image Stabilization.

As you're about to see below, the Mi 9T Pro pretty much has the same 48 Megapixels shooter. 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 a sample with 12 Megapixels and 2x optical zoom, just like the Mi 9T.

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 the same 20 MP pop-up shooter with the same aperture of f/2.2 and the same 1/3.4" sensor.

DXOMARK evaluated this camera, and here's the score: 104. By adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we end up with a score of 118** points. Just click here to read about it.

Lastly, just to let you know, just like the other device, 81% of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

If you prefer, we can grade the Mi 9T as mid-range and the Mi 9T Pro more as an upper mid-range.

The one thing I love about these cameras is their telephoto zoom of about 2x. As soon as you get used to it, you'll know what I mean.

*DXOMARK knows how to test these shooters out. Unfortunately, they don't test every smartphone camera out there. So when I get my hands on one of them, I do my best to get a comparable score by evaluating hardware specs only (sensor size, Aperture, HDR, OIS, Lenses, and so on). As of now, you can expect a borderline margin of error of 2 points.

**You should give this score a margin of error of up to 6 points, especially for cameras with no zoom and with less than 40MP. 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 9T Mi 9T Pro
Megapixels 48
48
0
Aperture 1.8
1.8
0.0
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 2 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS No No
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 100
118
18

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Mi 9T Mi 9T Pro vs.
Megapixels 8
8
0
Aperture 2.4
2.4
0.0
Lens 53mm (2x zoom)
53mm (2x zoom)
0
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 13 13 0
Aperture 2.4 2.4 0.0
Lens 12mm 12mm 0
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 14 14 0
Selfie Camera Mi 9T Mi 9T Pro vs.
Megapixels 0 0 0
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens - -
Mi 9T Mi 9T Pro vs.
Tek-Score
5.9
6.9
1.1

Who has the best frame?

They ended up with the same score, so you can't go wrong here.

These two also share the same height: 156 mm (6.15 inches), and about the same extent (74 mm / 2.92 inches).

If you're looking for the thinnest phone, you're out of luck. Both have 8 mm (0.32 inches).

They both have a beautiful glass body. Both also have about the same weight: 191 g. (6.74 oz). If you're curious, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The Mi 9T got 4.3, which implies it has an acceptable score for a 6.3 inches display. The Mi 9T Pro, in its turn, also has 4.3, so nothing to state here.

If you like having color options, you can buy any of these in Carbon black, Glacier blue, and Red flame.

Is the lack of a fingerprint scanner a deal-breaker to you? It doesn't matter because both have one.

Looks*
vs.
Body Mi 9T Mi 9T Pro
Size 156 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.50 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
156 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.50 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
0
Weight 191 g. (6.74 oz)
191 g. (6.74 oz)
0
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Carbon black, Glacier blue, and Red flame Carbon black, Glacier blue, and Red flame
Screen To Body Ratio 84.40%
84.40%
0.00
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.3 4.3 0.0
Looks 8.5/10 8.5/10
0.0
Waterproof - -
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
2.2
2.2
0.0

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

Which has the best battery?

They both have a capacity of about 4000 mAh. And according to GSMArena's tests, the winner is the Mi 9T Pro.

If you do a full charge, this is how the Mi 9T comes out of it:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll be at 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 64% left.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 70% left for the rest of the day.

And this is what you'll get out of the Mi 9T Pro:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 85% left.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, the battery charge will be about 71%.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 75% left for the rest of the day.

You should know that the Mi 9T Pro can also beat almost all devices that we've tested. Let's see if it still has a place on our top 10 list of smartphones with the best battery life.

If one of these will end up being the one, you'll have quick charging on your next phone: 18w for the Mi 9T and 27w for the Mi 9T Pro.

Too bad none of them features wireless charging.

The Mi 9T Pro does charge quicker. Smartphones from this price range rarely exceed 21 watts.

Battery*
vs.
Features Mi 9T Mi 9T Pro
Capacity (mAh) 4000 4000 0
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 82% left
85% left
3
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 64% left
71% left
7
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 70% left
75% left
5
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.7 5.6 0.9
Sub Tek-Score
7.2
7.7
0.5
Fast Charging 18w
27w
9
Wireless Charging No No 0
Tek-Score
6.2
6.7
0.5

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

None of them has.

Xiaomi put 6GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage on the Mi 9T. There's no MicroSD slot. This shouldn't be an issue for most of us.

The Mi 9T Pro also offers 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. There's also no expandable storage here. You may need to regularly move your video files out of your phone.

Storage shouldn't be an issue on any of these phones. However, if you can't get enough of the record button, 64 GB alone won't get you there.

Alright, external storage isn't an option here, and if you think this won't be enough, you should know that there are other options out there, like the Mi 11 Lite or the Samsung Galaxy A31.

Storage*
vs.
Features Mi 9T 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?

These two do look alike sometimes.

Bluetooth 5.0 is here, on both of them. Both phones also have NFC, so nothing special here.

Both phones will let you keep your good-old wired headphones. Not bad.

Both have a single network variant: LTE. If you'd rather have a smartphone with 5G, you should look at the Mi 11 Lite instead.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Mi 9T Mi 9T Pro
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
Tek-Score
8.5
8.5
0.0

Which is more affordable?

The Xiaomi Mi 9T definitely has its sibling beaten on price, but you should stay on top of any deals or price drops. Who knows what you can find. Indeed, the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro may cost you more, but it isn't anything extravagant.

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

Here are the best prices that we've found:

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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 9T Mi 9T Pro VS
Amazon - - -
eBay - - -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart 1.77 1.47 -0.30

Also, don't forget to check the latest deals from these four stores, and the state of the art on mobile technology, if you don't want to overpay on your next smartphone.


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Want to know about that global score? Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. It's 5.4 for the Mi 9T and 5.7 for the Mi 9T Pro.

Verdict: What Makes the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro Stand Out?

After tallying up all the scores, they are about the same here.

The 9T Pro is clearly competing against the big boys from Apple or Samsung, while the 9T is aimed at a more middle-range market, and it shows. That doesn't mean you should ignore the 9T.

The Pro does improve a lot on the performance, but that doesn't mean the 9T is unusable, far from it. Apart from that, you'll get about the same smartphone.

Be aware of the 64Gb, no MicroSD card limitations.

You can also see how energy efficient the 855 is. With the same battery, It'll give you some extra minutes at the end of the day.

Pros Mi 9T Mi 9T Pro
#1 AMOLED Performance
#2 Always-On-Display AMOLED
#3 Fast Charging Always-On-Display
#4 3.5mm Jack Cameras
#5 Battery Life
#6 Fast Charging
#7 3.5mm Jack
Cons Mi 9T Mi 9T Pro
#1 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#2 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#3 Weight Weight
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Mi 9T Mi 9T Pro
Gaming Score
5.5
5.9
0.4
Tek-Score
5.14
5.67
0.53
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 9T 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A50
    $265
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A70
    $225
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $269
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A30
    $220
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
    $280
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A40
    $240
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
    $290
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • XiaomirivalPocophone F1
    $250
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7 Plus
    $260
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
    $294
  • RealmerivalXT
    $290
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7
    $250
  • OnePlusrival6
    $220
  • 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 A31
    $225
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
    $289

 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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