In February 2020, the successor to the Samsung Galaxy S10 and major competitor to the iPhone 11 Pro was officially unveiled: the Samsung Galaxy S20. This smartphone is the new flagship against the iPhone 11 Pro. But how does Samsung S20 compare to Apple iPhone 11 Pro? Lets find out.
iPhone 11 Pro vs Galaxy S20
Both Samsung and Apple are still two major leaders in the smartphone market. That is why it is also interesting how the two latest devices of these two smartphone brands relate to each other. In this article we list the main differences and similarities between Apple iPhone 11 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20.
Design: Almost the same size, S20 is slightly narrower and lighter!
In terms of design, the devices are quite similar to their predecessors. The screen of the S20 is somewhat larger than that of the iPhone. The Galaxy S20 has a 6.2-inch screen, while the iPhone 11 Pro has a 5.8-inch screen.
The iPhone 11 Pro is slightly wider, but with a 1.4mm difference, that should actually have no importance. The Galaxy S20 is thus narrower, 0.2mm thinner and 25 grams lighter. In short, the iPhone 11 Pro feels a bit bigger, but it does not feel much difference.
For the rest, relatively few things have changed in terms of design compared to last year. The major external change can be found on both devices on the back in the form of the large camera lens that we find on both the S20 and the 11 Pro. More on that later. Finally, the iPhone 11 Pro is available in the colors Gold, Space Gray, Silver and Midnight Green. The S20 appears in Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink and Cosmic Black.
Screen: S20 has higher resolution and pixel density!
In addition to the Galaxy S20 being 0.4 inches larger, the resolution of the S20 is also considerably higher than the iPhone 11 Pro. The S20 has a resolution of 3200 × 1440, while the iPhone 11 Pro has a resolution of 2436 × 1125. The pixel density is also higher with the Galaxy S20 with 566 ppi versus 458 ppi of the iPhone 11 Pro. An advantage that the S20 has over the iPhone is the 120Hz screen. This faster refresh rate makes smoother animations that make everything feel smoother. Apple also uses this technique on the iPad Pro in the form of ‘ProMotion’, but unfortunately that has not yet made available on the iPhone.
Samsung and Apple both try to fill the screen as much as possible. Since the iPhone X, Apple has been using a notch for this: a cut-out at the top with a front camera lens and Face ID incorporated. Samsung uses a small hole for this, the Infinity O display. The predecessor of the S20 had it on the top right corner, but now it is placed in the top center of the screen.
The S20 also supports facial recognition and also has a fingerprint scanner that is under the screen, the iPhone 11 Pro only has Face ID and does not give the user a choice. Both devices have the same type of screen type. The iPhone 11 Pro has a Super Retina (OLED) screen, and the Galaxy S20 has an Amoled screen.
Specs: iPhone 11 Pro can do more with less!
If you look in depth, there are a lot of differences visible on paper, which are difficult to compare in practice. The internal storage of the entry-level model of the Galaxy S20 is slightly larger at 128GB than the 64GB of the 11 Pro. If you want to pay more, you can buy a model with more memory. The difference between the iPhone and Galaxy has been for years that you can also expand the memory of Samsung’s phone afterwards with a micro-SD memory card. Unfortunately, that is not possible with the iPhone 11 Pro.
The Galaxy S20 has 8GB more RAM than the iPhone and also runs on a different chip. It contains a Samsung Exynos 990 Octa-core chip. The iPhone 11 Pro obviously uses a chip from Apple, namely the A13 chip. It is smaller in size, but still offers better performance. Although the iPhone 11 Pro with 6GB less RAM, tests show that the iPhone still gets better performance with its chip.
The battery of the iPhone 11 Pro does not match that of the Galaxy S20 either. The battery of the iPhone 11 Pro of 3190mAh is lower than the 4000mAh battery of the Galaxy S20. That said, both batteries will easily last one to two days, depending on how much you use your smartphone of course.
Software: iOS lasts longer!
The Galaxy S20 runs on Android 10 with Samsung’s One UI 2.0 shell. Another advantage over many other Android brands is that Samsung regularly provides its smartphones with interim updates and at least two major Android updates.
Apple is known for its long-term support with software and goes well beyond two years. iOS 13 now runs on the iPhone SE , which was released four years ago.
It remains difficult to compare Android with iOS, because both operating systems are very different from each other and have their own advantages and disadvantages. iOS is more secure and reliable because it is a closed system. Android is more open, but users often have to wait months for an update for their specific device to be available. The preference will eventually go to the software you are used to.
Camera: Three lenses provide the same quality
The differences between the specifications of the camera of both devices can be counted on one hand. Still, the Galaxy S20 beats the iPhone 11 Pro camera in terms of resolution. The front camera has a resolution of 10 megapixel, for the iPhone 11 Pro this is 12 megapixel, a small win. On the back, the S20 has a triple lens with a 12, another 12 and a 64 megapixel lens respectively. The iPhone 11 Pro has three 12 megapixel lenses.
The video recording resolution is higher with the Galaxy S20: 4096 × 2160 pixels versus 3840 × 2160 pixels for the iPhone 11 Pro, both at 60 frames per second. In addition, the Galaxy S20 can also film in 8K resolution. The other great asset of the Galaxy S20 is the so-called Space Zoom, which allows the camera to zoom up to 30x. This sounds impressive, but the quality of zoomed photos are a concern because the quality deteriorates and you quickly get a blurred photo.
The two devices are relatively similar to their predecessors and both improve on some of the same points. Depending on the category, there is always a different winner. For example, the Galaxy S20 wins over the iPhone 11 Pro in terms of higher screen resolution and pixel density. The Galaxy S20 also has a stronger battery and a larger storage space for a lower price that you can also expand. That said, the iPhone does more with less in terms of specifications because of the strong A13 chip. Tests have shown that the iPhone is better in terms of chip than the Galaxy.
The cameras of both devices are similar, but the S20 has a higher resolution in terms of video recording. The S20 can also zoom 30 times, but in practice this asset is not as nice as it seems. Both devices shoot photos and videos in 4K quality. Moreover, we have not been able to test the S20 long enough to really keep the images side by side. The question is therefore which operating system you prefer: iOS or Android. In addition, you can already assume that Apple will support the iPhone for longer with new iOS versions than that Samsung does with Android updates. If you look purely at the price, the Galaxy S20 is a bit cheaper than the iPhone 11 Pro.
In my personal opinion, for those who are die hard fan of iOS can go for iPhone 11 Pro and those who doesn’t give preference to iOS can choose Samsung Galaxy S20 without thinking twice.