Now that Samsung has released its latest smartphone, the Galaxy S20, it’s time to compare it with the latest from its direct competitor, Apple: the iPhone 11.

Samsung and Apple have been fighting a real smartphone war for years. If they are now caught by a third thief, the Chinese Huawei, the rivalry remains in force. Now that the Apple brand has released its iPhone 11 and the Korean firm has outbid its Galaxy S20, it’s time to compare the two models to find out which one beats the other in terms of technical characteristics. For this duel, we will not take into account the advanced versions of the two smartphones, namely the S20 +, S20 Ultra, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.

Who has the best screen?

Let’s start with the facade! The sinews of war, what you see first when you turn on your smartphone: your screen. 6.2 inches for the S20, 6.1 inches for the iPhone 11. Even though Samsung sees slightly bigger, the difference is far too small to really take into account.

On the other hand, it is on the side of the quality of the image that the gap widens. If at Apple, we find a resolution of 1792 x 828 pixels on an LCD screen, Samsung completely explodes expectations. Its AMOLED touch screen (evolution of the LCD) offers a superb resolution of 3,040 x 1,440 pixels. And it does not stop there. The other flagship argument of the Korean firm is a screen refresh rate of 120 Hz, twice that of other smartphones on the market, for an even smoother image.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 definitely wins.

The three models of the Samsung Galaxy S20 will make the competition blush … © SAMSUNG

A highly contested autonomy

The other very important criterion for smartphone users is the autonomy of the device. It will be very difficult to separate the two models on this criterion. Admittedly, the Samsung Galaxy S20 has a very nice 4000 mAh battery, where the iPhone 11 tops out at 3110 mAh. But that’s not enough to make it a KO Ce win, for the simple reason that the S20’s resolution and screen refresh, stated above, is extremely power-hungry. Samsung has more and consumes more, Apple has less and consumes less. The autonomy of the two competitors is found in the end rather equivalent and quite difficult to really assess.

On the battery side, it is therefore a tie for the Samsung Galaxy S20 and the iPhone 11.

Storage, Ram and Photo: Who Wins?

Let’s consider the more technical criteria: RAM and storage capacity. One will determine the ability of your smartphone not to slow down if it is overworked, the other concerns the amount of files you can store without reaching saturation point.

On the RAM side, the S20 thinks big: 12 GB. A figure, once again, justified by the resolution of the screen and its refreshment which need a lot of RAM. For its part, Apple remains sober: 4 GB. A little light, but not really disabling. Small victory for the Samsung Galaxy S20 on RAM.

Kaiann Drance presents the iPhone 11's dual camera during the Apple keynote in September 2019.
Kaiann Drance presents the iPhone 11’s dual camera during the Apple keynote in September 2019. © APPLE

When it comes to storage capacity, the question is rather thorny. The Galaxy S20, in basic version, arrives with 128 GB of space, while the iPhone 11 will have 64 GB. If at Samsung it is possible to buy an SD card to increase this figure to 1TB, at Apple, you have to opt for a slightly more expensive version with a memory of 256 GB or 512 GB. Once again, small victory for the Samsung Galaxy S20 over RAM.

Finally, on the photo side, Samsung largely outperforms its opponent. The S20 is equipped with a triple lens, one of which is 64 Mpx, whereas the iPhone 11 only has a dual 12 Mpx lens. Apple still manages to make a small difference with its 12 Mpx selfie camera against that of Samsung a bit less powerful with its 10 Mpx. Either way, that doesn’t stop the Samsung Galaxy S20 from winning the battle for the best photo.

What about 5G in all of this?

Finally, last question that will allow us to decide between the Samsung Galaxy S20 and the iPhone 11: which of the two smartphones has already considered the future and is compatible with 5G? On the Apple side, the iPhone 11 will definitely not be compatible with 5G and will remain on a 4G network. For the S20, its basic version is not compatible either. But by adding a few tens of euros, it is possible to obtain a model that can access the ultra-fast network. Once again, a small victory for the Samsung Galaxy S20.

The Samsung Galaxy S20, available from March 13, 2020.
The Samsung Galaxy S20, available from March 13, 2020 © SAMSUNG

Verdict…

So which is better: the Galaxy S20 or the iPhone 11? After going through all these categories, it seems that this is the latest smartphone from Samsung that outperforms its competitor by just a few points. A small victory mainly due to the fact that it is more recent than that of Apple. Obviously, 6 months later, things are slightly better.

But these few improvements are also felt in the price. To get an S20, you will have to spend a little more than for the iPhone 11 released last September. Find the prices of the best smartphones of the two world giants:

It’s up to you to choose which one best suits your uses! As a reminder, pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S20 have been open since February 11, 2020 on SFR, with a pair of Galaxy Buds + as a gift. The smartphone will then be available from March 13, 2020.

Source: The Verge