Since 2020, the smartphone test procedure at COMPUTER BILD has been even more detailed and the test table dynamic. This means that grade limits and test grades can change over time. But the newcomers are more exciting.
iPhone 12 family: Apple stays ahead
The iPhone 12 Pro Max has a big impact, but the iPhone 12 mini also holds its own in the test.
With the iPhone 12 Pro, Apple not only takes the top of the best list, but also the best rating given in the test so far! However, this award is no longer exclusive since the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra has been in the game. The iPhone 12 Pro Max also showed no weakness in the laboratory and earned the same grade. The tiny iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 perform only a little weaker, but the competition is extremely strong in this area.
Xiaomi did it!
Only a small part of the current Xiaomi model range: Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, Mi 11, Mi 11 Ultra (from left).
Whether Redmi, Poco or Mi, Xiaomi now populates all price ranges. The Xiaomi Mi 11 failed despite the top speed and top display on the mission "storming the COMPUTER BILD smartphone best list". There was still room for improvement in terms of photo quality and IP certification. This is exactly where the spectacular Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra comes in. As the first Xiaomi, it is really waterproof and collects these points in the test. In addition, thanks to the larger battery, the smartphone lasts longer than the Mi 11. The reward: The massive bolide completes the mobile phone test as the best Android smartphone tested to date and shares 1st place with the iPhones in terms of grade. In fact, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is not yet available and does not appear in the automatic leaderboard without an offer. We are already doing it here and are based on the RRP of 1,199 euros for the order. This puts the Ultra behind the iPhones, which are already cheaper.
OnePlus and Samsung behind!
With the OnePlus 9 (left) and especially the OnePlus 9 Pro, OnePlus ensures strong competition for the top spots on the smartphone leaderboard.
The OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9 convince in the test. It's not quite enough for the sensation, but still that's nothing to worry about. After all, the OnePlus 9 Pro currently shares the second best rating that an Android phone has ever received. The OnePlus 9 is only a bit weaker, but with the high power density that makes up a few places. Samsung's Galaxy S class has been a guarantee for Android top models since 2010 and has ruled at number 1 on the smartphone best list several times in the past. The trio, consisting of the Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra, is strong, but not better than the top iPhones as a result. The grade of the Galaxy S21 Ultra would be enough for 4th place, but the OnePlus 8 Pro and its successor OnePlus 9 Pro come before that because the lower price is decisive for the placement with the same grade. The predecessors Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Plus and their 5G variants (5G was still optional for the S20 and S20 Plus) are not only better placed because of their lower price, but also received a better test rating. After all, the S20 got a draw in the comparison of the iPhone 12 and Galaxy S20.