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Samsung Galaxy S20 vs iPhone 11

Samsung has just announced the Galaxy S20 series and it includes the S20, S20 Plus and the S20 Ultra. The S20 is the most affordable of Samsung’s newest flagship models but how does it stand up to Apple’s cheapest new iPhone.

Read on to find out how the Samsung Galaxy S20 stacks up to the Apple iPhone 11.

Samsung Galaxy S20 vs iPhone 11 – At a glance

  • The Samsung Galaxy S20 and the iPhone 11 are the most affordable new flagships from their respective brands
  • The Samsung Galaxy S20 has a 6.2-inch AMOLED display. The iPhone 11 has a 6.1-inch LCD display.
  • The Samsung Galaxy S20 is powered by the Exynos 990 7nm 64-bit octa-core processor, while the iPhone 11 is powered by Apple’s A13 chipset, a 7nm 64-bit hexa-core processor.
  • The Samsung Galaxy S20 has three rear cameras (an ultra wide, wide-angle and a telephoto), while the iPhone 11 has two (an ultra wide and a wide-angle).
  • The Samsung Galaxy S20 can come 5G-enabled, while the iPhone 11 cannot.

Samsung Galaxy S20 vs iPhone 11 – Specs and Camera

The iPhone 11 is powered by Apple’s A13 Bionic chipset, a 7nm 64-bit hexa-core processor, while the Galaxy S20 is fitted with the Exynos 990 7nm 64-bit octa-core processor (outside of the US where it uses a Qualcomm chip). As far as memory is concerned, the Galaxy S20 comes in 8GB and 12GB RAM options, while the iPhone 11 has just 4GB RAM.

However, Apple trumps Samsung when it comes to built-in storage. The Galaxy S20 comes with 128GB storage, while the iPhone 11 has different price tiers for 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models.

You’ll get more bang for your buck with the iPhone 11 too. The 128GB model is about £20 more affordable than an S20 with the same amount of storage and £120 less than the 5G version of the handset.

That said, the S20 is expandable with a MicroSD slot that can fit up to 1TB of additional data. Of course, this does come at an additional cost but it adds a degree of flexibility for avid videographers and users who like to watch movies on-the-go.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 comes with a triple rear camera, while the iPhone 11 only has a double.

The iPhone 11 includes a wide angle (12MP, F1.8, OIS) and an ultra wide sensor (12MP, F 2.4), while the S20 is packed with a wide angle sensor (12MP, F1.8, OIS), an ultra-wide sensor (12MP, F2.2) and has the added perk of a telephoto lens (64MP, F2.0, OIS).

The front cameras are similar spec-wise, with Apple packing a few more megapixels into its sensor. The S20 comes with a 10MP, F2.2 selfie camera, while the iPhone 11 has a 12MP, F2.2 TrueDepth camera.

Samsung was already ahead of Apple with 5G when it released the Galaxy S10 5G last year and Apple failed to follow up with a 5G iPhone 11 and Samsung has decided to continue on this path. The S20 comes in both 5G and regular 4G variations with a £100 price hike for the next-gen speeds.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 vs iPhone 11 – Battery life and charging

The Galaxy S20 is packed with a 4000mAh battery and supports fast-charging up to 25W, while the iPhone 11 can juice up to 50% capacity in 30 minutes with an 18W or above charger.

Both phones also support wireless charging so they’re equally great options if you’re ready to ditch cables for good.

Samsung Galaxy S20 vs iPhone 11 – Look and feel

The Samsung Galaxy S20’s display is every so slightly bigger than the iPhone 11’s at 6.2-inches to iPhone’s 6.1-inches and the resolution is impressive too. The iPhone’s Liquid Retina HD display would likely pale in comparison to the Quad HD AMOLED display, though this might not always be the case.

If you want to take advantage of the S20’s standout 120Hz refresh rate, you’ll need to turn your display down to regular old FHD to avoid putting too much strain on the battery. That said, neither the Quad HD or the super speedy refresh rate are available on the iPhone so either way you’ll have one over on the Apple phone.

The iPhone 11 uses Apple’s TrueDepth camera to secure your phone with Face ID, while Samsung has included a fingerprint sensor hidden beneath the display as well as facial recognition to lock its latest flagship.

Samsung Galaxy S20 vs iPhone 11 – How much do they cost?

To just about everyone’s surprise, Apple has actually released the more affordable phone here.

You can pick up a 64GB iPhone 11 for just £729 – £70 less than the cheapest Galaxy S20. Of course this includes less storage than the S20 but the 128GB iPhone 11 is also less pricey than Samsung’s 128GB equivalent at £779 to the S20’s £799.

If you want a 256GB handset, you can pick up an iPhone 11 for £879, while if your priority is 5G, the 5G S20 is priced at £889 and can be fitted with additional storage with an MicroSD card.

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