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Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Note 8 Pro: Is It Worth The Upgrade?

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

The Redmi Note 8 Pro isn't that affordable, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

It features better performance (+24%) and better cameras.

What else sets them apart?

The Redmi Note 8 Pro also comes with a larger (+0.2") display, better peak brightness, more cameras, more RAM (6GB vs. 4GB), and NFC.

How much more are you willing to spend on the Redmi Note 8 Pro?

If you're going off-contract, you're going to shell out an extra amount of about $75.

Is the Redmi Note 7 still worth buying in 2021?

The Redmi Note 7 is still one of the best phones you can buy in 2021 (depending on your budget), especially now that it's cheaper. Nevertheless, you should also check other phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite because it has better performance, more storage, more security updates, faster charging, more RAM, an AMOLED display, and 4K video recording.

Is it still worth buying the Redmi Note 8 Pro in 2021?

The Redmi Note 8 Pro remains a great smartphone in part thanks to its good performance, good battery life, and tons of RAM. That's why I'll continue to recommend it in 2021, but the Samsung Galaxy A71 could give you more storage, more security updates, faster charging, and an AMOLED display.

Just keep reading if you want to know everything about them, how they rival their competition, and how the tech experts evaluate their specs.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

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Introduction

Is the Note 8 Pro a worthy upgrade, or should you wait for something better to come along?

On the other hand, if you're upgrading from a previous device, is the Note 7 good enough?

Let's find that out.

While Xiaomi's Redmi Note 8 Pro hit stores in September of 2019, Xiaomi's Redmi Note 7 went on sale in February of 2019.

With this article, you'll be able to compare every feature of the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro. Then, you can decide what model better suits your needs. Let's start.

The Redmi Note 7 definitely has the Redmi Note 8 Pro beaten on price. Keep this in mind when comparing both of them.

Look out for a "Tek-Score" in every section of this article. We evaluated every quantifiable specification, so you can better understand the difference between the two. We'll also provide a global score for comparison if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.

The weight of each section

This score is based on research from Globalwebindex.com about the most wanted features from people looking to buy new smartphones. But you can customize how each section contributes to the global score according to what matters to you. You can go there right now, but keep reading because there are many things to unveil about these two and their rivals.

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 for you to know how well they rival its direct competitors.

Here is their competitors' extensive list: but we've only included smartphones within a 40% price range.

Some items are clickable, and they'll get you to the top 10 phones for that feature for every spending plan.

Price*
vs.
Device Redmi Note 7 Redmi Note 8 Pro
Release Date 2019, February 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 Redmi Note 8 Pro was, on average, 24% quicker while finishing its tests. If you're a heavy gamer, think about this. If not, then it isn't a big deal.

By the way, you can define the Redmi Note 7 as a low to mid-range and the Redmi Note 8 Pro as mid-range.

Regarding their chipset, while the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with the Mediatek Helio G90T SoC, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 has the Snapdragon 660 SoC.

About the graphics: while the first one brings a Mali-G76 MC4, the other has an Adreno 512.

They both feature the Android 9 (Pie) and MIUI 11 OS.

Update: Geekbench just delisted the Redmi Note 8 Pro because they don't trust this score, so you should take it with a grain of salt.

Performance*
vs.
Features Redmi Note 7 Redmi Note 8 Pro
SoC Snapdragon 660 Mediatek Helio G90T
Graphics Adreno 512 Mali-G76 MC4
Geekbench 5 Score 1284 1586
302
OS Android 9 (Pie) and MIUI 11 Android 9 (Pie) and MIUI 11
Tek-Score
4.1
4.6
0.5

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 front transparent png Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro front transparent png

There isn't a winner here, so any of them will do.

The Redmi Note 7 has a 6.3-inch LCD screen, which is slightly smaller than the Redmi Note 8 Pro's 6.5-inch LCD display. It all comes down to personal preferences for both 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.

Screen bezels are shrinking in size almost every passing day, so I have to put this out: Both displays are protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

None of these smartphones support an Always-On display. If it was me, I'd just get the Samsung Galaxy A31 instead.

When it comes to outdoor visibility, the Redmi Note 7 will reach 479 nits, and the Redmi Note 8 Pro can top at 630 nits.

Your next device must go over 500 nits, or else it isn't suitable for HDR content nor to use in direct sunlight visibility. Relating to HDR: The Redmi Note 8 Pro does support HDR video formats.

For the Redmi Note 8 Pro, 75% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen. Although, only 25% of them can play HDR content, and none of them have over 60hz of refresh rate, nor feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Redmi Note 7 Redmi Note 8 Pro
Size 6.3 6.5
0.2
Screen Type LCD LCD
Resolution (px) 1080x2340 1080x2340
0
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 409.08 396.49
-12.59
Always-On-Display No No
Notch Teardrop Teardrop
Peak Brightness 479 nits 630 nits
151
HDR - HDR
Sub Tek-Score
1.8
1.9
0.2
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
4.2
4.3
0.1

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 back transparent png Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro back transparent png

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro should have an overall better camera.

What about its shooters? The Redmi Note 7 has a whopping 48 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/1.8, a 25mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, and HDR capabilities. It can record videos at up to 1080p.

It also has a secondary 5 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.2, which works as a depth sensor.

Did you know? When cropping a 48 Megapixels photo by zooming in, you can get (for example) an additional 2x of optical zoom and a 12 Megapixels sample.

You should be aware that both the 48 MP shooter and the 5MP depth sensor are market-dependent, so when you buy, make sure that the smartphone is compatible with your carrier.

The selfie camera is a 13 MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture complemented with a 1/3.1" sensor.

I would've loved it if DXOMARK reviewed this camera, but considering its features, we came to about 69* points. And if you take into account its digital zoom abilities, it can go up to 80** points.

The standard camera on the back of the Redmi Note 8 Pro has a whopping 64 Megapixels sensor and a 26mm, f/1.9 aperture, wide-angle lens. It also has one flash LED and HDR capabilities. When it comes to recording videos, it can do 2160p. And guess what? The Redmi Note 8 Pro has three more cameras: an 8 Megapixels (with f/2.2 plus a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens), a second 2 Megapixels for macros, and a third of 2 Megapixels that works as a depth sensor. That'll be fun to see on a traditional DSLR!

Do you really need a 64 Megapixels camera? Did you know you can zoom in and crop those photos to simulate optical zoom? That's how you can get 2x optical zoom. You'll get a 16 Megapixels photo.

Xiaomi included a 20 MP (f/2.0) sensor for selfies and a 1/3" sensor.

DXOMARK evaluated this camera, and here's the score: 83. And if we consider its wide-angle lens, we get a score of 96** points. You can click here to check it out.

Lastly, 75% of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens. Regardless, only 8% of them come with a telephoto lens, and only 25% of them feature a macro lens, and come with Optical Image Stabilization.

Considering this score, we can classify the Redmi Note 7 as a low to mid-range while the Redmi Note 8 Pro leans towards the mid-range.

*I do recommend DXOMARK's reviews. Too bad they don't get a chance to test most of the cameras out there. So when I get my hands on one of them, I try to do my best by giving a similar score based on hardware specs only (OIS, Sensor size, Aperture, Lenses, HDR, and so on). You should give it a 2 points (more or less) error threshold.

**This score still needs improvement, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. These guys recently updated their test protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed cameras to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Redmi Note 7 Redmi Note 8 Pro
Megapixels 48 64
16
Aperture 1.8 1.9
0.1
Lens 25mm 26mm
1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 1 -1
HDR Yes Yes
OIS No No
Video 1080 2160 1080
Score 80 96
16

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Redmi Note 7 Redmi Note 8 Pro vs.
Megapixels 5 8
3
Aperture 2.2 2.2
0.0
Lens - 13mm
Lens Type Depth Sensor Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels - 2
Aperture - 2.4
Megapixels - 2
Aperture - 2.4
Lens Type - Depth Sensor
Score 11 13 2
Selfie Camera Redmi Note 7 Redmi Note 8 Pro vs.
Megapixels 13 20
7
Aperture 2.0 2.0
0.0
Lens - -
Redmi Note 7 Redmi Note 8 Pro vs.
Tek-Score
4.7
5.6
0.9

Who has the best frame?

It's a tie, so any will do.

The Redmi Note 7 comes at 159x75 mm (6.26x2.96 inches). Xiaomi's Redmi Note 8 Pro is a bit taller, precisely 2 mm (0.08 inches), and a bit wider too, about 1 mm (0.04 inches).

When it comes to thickness, there's no difference here: 8 mm (0.32 inches).

All of that goodness is presented in a sleek glass body. The Redmi Note 7 weighs 186 g. (6.56 oz), while its sibling is 14 g. (0.55 oz) heavier. But because screen size also matters, I've come up with an adapted "display size to phone weight ratio" score. The Redmi Note 7 got 4.8, meaning it has an acceptable score for its display size. The Redmi Note 8 Pro, in its turn, has 4.0, so nothing to state here.

You'll also get some color options here. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro comes in Black, Blue, Red, Midnight Blue, Deep Sea Blue, White, Electric Blue, and Twilight Orange. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, in its turn, comes in Blue, Twilight Gold, Black, and White.

You're out of options in the size domain, so there's not much to choose from.

Would you like to have a fingerprint scanner? Both phones have one.

Looks*
vs.
Body Redmi Note 7 Redmi Note 8 Pro
Size 159 x 75 x 8 mm
(5.61 x 2.65 x 0.28 in)
161 x 76 x 8 mm
(5.68 x 2.68 x 0.28 in)
2488
Weight 186 g. (6.56 oz) 200 g. (7.05 oz)
14
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Blue, Twilight Gold, Black, and White Black, Blue, Red, Midnight Blue, Deep Sea Blue, White, Electric Blue, and Twilight Orange
Screen To Body Ratio 81.70% 84.76%
3.06
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.8 4.0 -0.8
Looks 8.7/10 9.4/10 0.7
Waterproof - -
Biometrics Fingerprint Fingerprint
Tek-Score
2.4
2.1
-0.3

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

Which has the best battery?

The Redmi Note 7 has a 4000 mAh battery, and the Redmi Note 8 Pro has a 4500 mAh. But according to GSMArena's tests, you shouldn't expect any real contrast here.

If you do a full charge, this is how the Redmi Note 7 comes out of it:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll end up with 83% of the battery charge.
  • From 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 69% left for the rest of the day.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 69% left for the rest of the day.

And these are Redmi Note 8 Pro's patterns:

  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 84% of the battery remaining.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 3 hours of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, the battery charge will be about 70%.
  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, this is where your battery will be: 72%.

Just be aware that the Redmi Note 8 Pro can also beat almost all devices that we've tested. You can check here if it still is on our top 10 list.

This isn't a competition for charging speeds, as they both do 18w/hour.

Wireless charging is nowhere to be found. Keep that in mind.

Battery*
vs.
Features Redmi Note 7 Redmi Note 8 Pro
Capacity (mAh) 4000 4500 500
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left 84% left
1
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 69% left 70% left
1
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 69% left 72% left
3
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.1 3.8 -0.4
Sub Tek-Score
7.4
7.5
0.2
Fast Charging 18w 18w
0
Wireless Charging No No 0
Tek-Score
6.3
6.4
0.1

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

They share the same amount of storage.

The Redmi Note 7 comes equipped with 64GB of integrated storage and 4GB of RAM. Space won't be an issue because you can add a MicroSD card if you want.

On the Redmi Note 8 Pro, you'll find 64GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM. If you ever run out of free space, you can add a MicroSD card.

Most people should be OK with their internal storage. However, if you can't get enough of the record button, 64 GB may be too short for you.

Storage*
vs.
Features Redmi Note 7 Redmi Note 8 Pro
RAM (GB) 4GB 6GB
2
Internal (GB) 64GB 64GB
0
Micro SD microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot) microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
6.3
6.3
0.0

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

You can only get NFC with the Redmi Note 8 Pro.

When it comes to connectivity, you can count on the traditional Bluetooth 5.0 chip. Unfortunately, the Redmi Note 7 lacks an NFC chip.

Now a bit of good news: both have a 3.5mm headphone jack.

You can find these two in the LTE variant.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Redmi Note 7 Redmi Note 8 Pro
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
NFC No Yes
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
Tek-Score
6.4
8.5
2.1

Which is more affordable?

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 offers a lot for the money, and with the right deal, it can be an impressive finding. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro does feel more pricey, but it still may be more valuable.

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

Here are their recently updated prices:

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7

Reference: $140

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

Reference: $215

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

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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 Redmi Note 7 Redmi Note 8 Pro VS
Amazon 3.66 2.48 -1.19
eBay - 2.06 -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

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

Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. They usually sit close to 5.1 (for the Redmi Note 7) and 5.2 (for the Redmi Note 8 Pro).

Verdict: What Makes the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Stand Out?

While the Note 7 is still a very nice device, the Note 8 Pro is indeed an overall better smartphone. It all depends on the deals that you find, but if you can get the Note 7 cheap enough, go for it.

Although you should be aware that its performance, while not being that bad, is subpar with most smartphones at its typical price range.

It has an ok camera, but it lacks a telephoto lens. Fortunately, it has 48MP, so you're getting the "second-best" kind of optical zoom.

If you decide to go for the Note 8 Pro, you'll get a pretty decent performance for its price, a better camera with a wide-angle lens, and a pretty decent list of color options. You'll also get a small bonus in that it includes an NFC sensor.

Pros Redmi Note 7 Redmi Note 8 Pro
#1 Battery Life Battery Life
#2 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#3 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#4 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price Price
Cons Redmi Note 7 Redmi Note 8 Pro
#1 AMOLED AMOLED
#2 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#3 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#4 Weight Weight
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Redmi Note 7 Redmi Note 8 Pro
Gaming Score
3.5
4.5
0.9
Tek-Score
5.13
5.45
0.32
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 Redmi Note 7 
  • GooglerivalPixel 2
    $150

 Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A70
    $225
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A30
    $220
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A40
    $240
  • ApplerivaliPhone 6s
    $199
  • XiaomirivalPocophone F1
    $250
  • XiaomirivalMi A3
    $200
  • Realmerival5 Pro
    $179
  • GooglerivalPixel 3
    $190
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7
    $250
  • OnePlusrival6
    $220
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S8
    $190
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 SE
    $250
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A31
    $225
  • OnePlusrivalNord N10
    $188
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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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