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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Mi A3: Which One Stands Out?

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

The Redmi Note 8 Pro is a little bit more expensive, but it also has better specs.

Still, you'll be happy with either one.

What else sets them apart?

The Redmi Note 8 Pro gives you a larger (+0.5") display, better outdoor brightness, more RAM (6GB vs. 4GB), and NFC. But the Mi A3 will give you an AMOLED display and a lightweight body (27 g./0.95 oz less).

However, any of them will do because they ended up with similar scores.

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're ignoring carrier offers, it should be about $15 more expensive.

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

The Redmi Note 8 Pro is a pretty decent smartphone in 2021, but given that it's now an older device, you can pick it up even cheaper than it was at launch. You can also consider other devices like the Samsung Galaxy A71, as it has more storage, more security updates, faster charging, and an AMOLED display.

Is it worth buying the Mi A3 in 2021?

The Mi A3 continues to be a rock-solid smartphone because of its good battery life. If you can find a great deal, it does make sense in 2021, but (again) the Samsung Galaxy A71 could give you better performance, better cameras, more storage, more security updates, faster charging, more RAM, and better display.

Read on to know more about them, how they stack up against their rivals, and how other specialists evaluate them.

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Introduction

While Xiaomi's Mi A3 hit stores in July of 2019, Xiaomi's Redmi Note 8 Pro went on sale in September of 2019.

Here you can look at the Redmi Note 8 Pro and the Mi A3, compare each other's features, and decide which one is best for you. Let us delve into the finer details.

The Xiaomi Mi A3 and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro are comparable in price. Still, you'll find the Mi A3 cheaper most of the time. That's something you should keep in mind when comparing them.

While scrolling down, you'll see a "Tek-Score" for each phone in every section. We evaluated every quantifiable specification, so you can better understand the difference between the two. You'll also have a global comparison score if you're interested in other than these two.

The weight of each section

This score is consumer-based from research done by Globalwebindex.com about the most desired smartphone features by consumers. But you'll get a say in the matter by setting it to your personal preferences. You can skip to the end, but I encourage you to keep reading.

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

Some features have a colored bar next to them. That's to show how they sit side by side with equivalently priced phones.

If you click here:, you'll see our list, but basically, we include every smartphone within a 20+20% price range, up and down.

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

Price*
vs.
Device Redmi Note 8 Pro Mi A3
Release Date 2019, September 2019, July 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 for performance, Geekbench 5 scores the Redmi Note 8 Pro 17% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. The differences are slight but still noteworthy between these two chipsets.

We can classify the Redmi Note 8 Pro as mid-range and the Mi A3 as a low to mid-range.

The Xiaomi Mi A3 is available with the Snapdragon 665 processor, while the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro brings the Mediatek Helio G90T processor.

About the graphics: while the first one brings an Adreno 610, the other has a Mali-G76 MC4.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro brings the Android 9 (Pie) and MIUI 11 OS from the factory, and the Mi A3 has Android 9 (Pie) with Android One at its core.

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 8 Pro Mi A3
SoC Mediatek Helio G90T Snapdragon 665
Graphics Mali-G76 MC4 Adreno 610
Geekbench 5 Score 1586
1353
-233
OS Android 9 (Pie) and MIUI 11 Android 9 (Pie) with Android One
Tek-Score
4.6
4.3
-0.4

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro front transparent png Xiaomi Mi A3 front transparent png

The Redmi Note 8 Pro is the winner here, but not by a significant margin.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro offers a sharp, 6.5-inch LCD display considerably larger than the 6.0-inch AMOLED panel on the Mi A3. 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.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro benefits from a higher resolution, at 1080x2340 pixels, while the Mi A3 has 720x1560 pixels.

The Mi A3 sets itself apart from other similarly priced phones: Its low DPI display.

It's better to be safe than sorry, so let's get the elephant out of the room. These displays share a "Corning Gorilla Glass 5" protection.

Unfortunately, there's no Always-On display on any of them. For that, just get the Samsung Galaxy A31 instead.

If you set your brightness to auto, the Redmi Note 8 Pro will reach 630 nits, while the Mi A3 only goes up to 363 nits.

Usually, devices in this price range max at 553 nits, but the Mi A3 can only go 190 nits below that.

If a device can't go over 500 nits, it isn't suitable for HDR content nor to use in direct sunlight visibility. About HDR content: The Redmi Note 8 Pro can play HDR videos.

About the Redmi Note 8 Pro, you should know that 75% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen. At the same time, 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.

If you're still not sure about the Mi A3, none of its competitors have over 60hz of refresh rate, nor feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Redmi Note 8 Pro Mi A3
Size 6.5
6.0
-0.5
Screen Type LCD AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
720x1560
-1404000
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 396.49
286.36
-110.14
Always-On-Display No No
Notch Teardrop Teardrop
Peak Brightness 630 nits
363 nits
-267
HDR HDR -
Sub Tek-Score
1.9
1.3
-0.6
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
4.3
4.1
-0.2

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro back transparent png Xiaomi Mi A3 back transparent png

We can safely assume that the Xiaomi Mi A3 has a better shooter.

Let's delve into their cameras. Together, a whopping 64 Megapixels sensor, an aperture of f/1.9, a 26mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, and HDR capabilities makes up the Redmi Note 8 Pro camera set. Adding to that, you'll still get the ability to record videos at up to 2160p.

It also has three more cameras: one with 8 Megapixels, an aperture of f/2.2, plus a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens, one with 2 Megapixels for macros, and another with 2 Megapixels that works as a depth sensor.

Did you know? When cropping a 64 Megapixels photo by zooming in, you can get 2x of optical zoom: by trimming it into a 16 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 83. If you also consider its wide-angle lens, that will go up to 96**. You can check their review if you click here.

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

The Mi A3 features a whopping 48 Megapixels (f/1.8) shooter and a 26mm wide-angle lens. You can also count on one flash LED and HDR capabilities. It also records videos at up to 2160 pixels. It also has two extra rear-facing camera lenses. One has 8 Megapixels (with an aperture of f/2.2 plus a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens), and another with 2 Megapixels that works as a depth sensor.

For your information: If you zoom in and crop a 48 Megapixels photo, you can get 2x optical zoom. You'll get a 12 Megapixels photo.

On the front, there's an f/2.0 32 MP camera 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 I did the maths, and it came out at nearly 97* points. Plus, combining with its wide-angle lens, we end up with a score of 110** points.

Last (but not least), just so you know, all of its rivals have an ultra-wide-angle lens. Still, none of them come with a telephoto lens.

If you prefer, we can grade the Redmi Note 8 Pro as mid-range while the Mi A3 leans towards the upper mid-range.

*The guys over at DXOMARK know how to benchmark these shooters. Too bad some cameras don't have a chance to be tested. That's why when I come across one of them, I score every camera spec (like sensor size, lenses, and so on) to get a similar global score. You should give it a deviation of up to 2 points.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, especially with cameras with less than 40MP and no telephoto lens. These guys recently updated their test protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Redmi Note 8 Pro Mi A3
Megapixels 64
48
-16
Aperture 1.9
1.8
-0.1
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS No No
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 96
110
14

*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Redmi Note 8 Pro Mi A3 vs.
Megapixels 8
8
0
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 13mm 13mm 0
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 2 2 0
Aperture 2.4 2.4 0.0
Megapixels 2 -
Aperture 2.4 -
Lens Type Depth Sensor -
Score 13 13 0
Selfie Camera Redmi Note 8 Pro Mi A3 vs.
Megapixels 20
32
12
Aperture 2.0
2.0
0.0
Lens - 26mm
Redmi Note 8 Pro Mi A3 vs.
Tek-Score
5.6
6.5
0.8

Who has the best frame?

The Mi A3 does stand out because of its weight. But they're not that far apart.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro has a height of 6.34 inches (161 mm) and a width of 2.99 inches (76 mm). The Mi A3 came out 0.32 inches (8 mm) smaller and 0.20 inches (5 mm) narrower.

These two have about the same thickness: 8 mm (0.32 inches).

They both have a beautiful glass body. The Mi A3 weighs 173 g. (6.10 oz), while the other is 27 g. (0.95 oz) heavier. If you're looking for a lightweight device, the "weight to display size" score of the Redmi Note 8 Pro is 4.0, which implies it has an acceptable score for a 6.5 inches display. The Mi A3, in its turn, has 5.3, so nothing to state here.

We do like having some color options. You get Black, Blue, Red, Midnight Blue, Deep Sea Blue, White, Electric Blue, and Twilight Orange in the Redmi Note 8 Pro. But you can get Kind of Gray, More than White, and Not just Blue with the Mi A3.

If the Mi A3 is big enough for you, then excellent. If not, then go for the other one.

Is the lack of a fingerprint scanner a deal-breaker to you? Both phones include one.

Looks*
vs.
Body Redmi Note 8 Pro Mi A3
Size 161 x 76 x 8 mm
(5.68 x 2.68 x 0.28 in)
153 x 71 x 8 mm
(5.40 x 2.50 x 0.28 in)
-10984
Weight 200 g. (7.05 oz)
173 g. (6.10 oz)
-27
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Black, Blue, Red, Midnight Blue, Deep Sea Blue, White, Electric Blue, and Twilight Orange Kind of Gray, More than White, and Not just Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 84.76%
81.35%
-3.41
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.0 5.3 1.3
Looks 9.4/10 7.8/10 -1.6
Waterproof - -
Biometrics Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
2.1
2.7
0.6

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

Which has the best battery?

The Redmi Note 8 Pro features a 4500 mAh battery, while the Mi A3 has 4030 mAh. But by GSMArena's standards, you shouldn't expect any real contrast here.

If you charge it up, this is what you'll find out about the Redmi Note 8 Pro:

  • From 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll still have 84% left.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, this phone should end up with 70%.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, you'll still get 72% to spend doing other things.

And these are the results for the Mi A3:

  • After 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 1 hour of video playback, you'll have 84% of the battery remaining.
  • By talking for 1 hour, browsing the web for 3 hours, and playing videos for 1 hour, this phone should end up with 68%.
  • For 1 hour of talking, 1 hour of web browsing, and 3 hours of video playback, the phone will have 74% left for the rest of the day.

Just be aware that both of them also don't have many rivals at any given price range. Let's see if both still have a place on our best-of listing.

If you're wondering about their charging speeds, these two can charge at 18watts.

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

Battery*
vs.
Features Redmi Note 8 Pro Mi A3
Capacity (mAh) 4500 4030 -470
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
84% left
0
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 70% left
68% left
-2
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 72% left
74% left
2
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.8 6.7 2.9
Sub Tek-Score
7.5
7.5
0.0
Fast Charging 18w
18w
0
Wireless Charging No No 0
Tek-Score
6.4
6.4
0.0

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

They share the same amount of storage.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes equipped with 64GB of integrated storage and 6GB of RAM. Space won't be an issue because you can top that with a MicroSD card.

The Mi A3 offers 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. You can also add a MicroSD card if you want.

Neither storage nor RAM should be an issue on both phones. However, if videos or big games are your thing, you'll find out that 64 GB won't be enough for you.

Storage*
vs.
Features Redmi Note 8 Pro Mi A3
RAM (GB) 6GB
4GB
-2
Internal (GB) 64GB
64GB
0
Micro SD microSDXC (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?

The Redmi Note 8 Pro for sure, as it has NFC.

When it comes to connectivity, both phones have Bluetooth 5.0. Unfortunately, the Mi A3 lacks an NFC chip.

Do you already have a pair of wireless buds? If not, you can skip them (for now).

These two are LTE compatible.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Redmi Note 8 Pro Mi A3
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes No
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
Tek-Score
8.5
6.4
-2.1

Which is more affordable?

You can say the Mi A3 is cheap, and in this case, it's also more affordable, but a great deal would make things more interesting. Indeed, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro may cost you more, but it still may be more valuable.

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

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

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

Reference: $215

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

Xiaomi Mi A3

Reference: $200

Xiaomi Mi A3

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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 8 Pro Mi A3 VS
Amazon 2.48 - -
eBay 2.06 - -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - 3.28 -

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Are you also considering other options? The global score can help. For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. They're usually close to 5.2 for both of them.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

The A3 is a great device, and the Android One is a plus, but the Note 8 Pro is an overall slightly better smartphone.

You'll get better performance, display (albeit not AMOLED), camera, NFC, but that's pretty much it.

The Note 8 Pro doesn't have any feature that really stands out, that's why I believe that if you do value your pennies, you'll be pretty happy with an A3. It'll most likely have software upgrades for longer too.

Of course, if you value bigger phones, the Note 8 Pro is the only way to go.

Pros Redmi Note 8 Pro Mi A3
#1 Battery Life AMOLED
#2 Fast Charging Cameras
#3 MicroSD Slot Battery Life
#4 3.5mm Jack Fast Charging
#5 Price MicroSD Slot
#6 3.5mm Jack
#7 Price
Cons Redmi Note 8 Pro Mi A3
#1 AMOLED Screen Resolution
#2 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#3 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#4 Weight
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Redmi Note 8 Pro Mi A3
Gaming Score
4.5
4.1
-0.4
Tek-Score
5.45
5.41
-0.04
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 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

 Xiaomi Mi A3 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A70
    $225
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A30
    $220
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A40
    $240
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 8 Pro
    $215
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 8
    $171
  • ApplerivaliPhone 6s
    $199
  • Realmerival5 Pro
    $179
  • GooglerivalPixel 3
    $190
  • OnePlusrival6
    $220
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S8
    $190
  • 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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