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Galaxy S20 5G vs iPhone 11 Pro (2020): Which Smartphone Offers Better Value?

Updated 23 March 2020: Samsung’s much-awaited flagship line-up is here: the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra. We compare the entry-level Galaxy S20 against the top-selling Apple iPhone 11 Pro that both have triple cameras. We weigh in on their features to help you determine which smartphone offers better bang for your buck.

Galaxy S20 5G vs iPhone 11 Pro Comparison Chart

ModelSamsung Galaxy S20 5GApple iPhone 11 Pro
Galaxy S20galaxy s20 vs iphone 11 Pro
PriceCheck PriceCheck Price 
Display120 Hz Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Infinity-O Display
60 Hz Super Retina XDR OLED display
Screen Size6.2″5.8”
Resolution3200 x 1440 pixels2436 x 1125 pixels
Pixel Density563 ppi458 ppi
Dimensions151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9mm144 x 71.4 x 8.1 mm
Weight163 grams188 grams
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 865A13 Bionic chip with
third-generation
Neural Engine
5GYesNo
RAM12GB4GB
Storage128GB64GB, 256GB, 512GB
Expandable StorageUp to 1TBNo
Rear Cameras64MP Telephoto, 12MP Wide, 12MP Ultra-Wide12MP Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto
ZoomUp to 3X Optical Zoom and 30X Digital ZoomUp to 2x Optical Zoom and 10x Digital Zoom
Front Cameras10MP12MP Smart HDR
VideoRear: up to 8K 24 fps
Front: up to 4K 60 fps
Rear: Up to 4K at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
Front: Up to 4K at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
Face IDYesYes
Battery4000mAh3,046 mAh
Battery LifeVaries depending on settingsVideo Playback: Up to 18 hours
Video Streaming: Up to 11 hours
Audio Playback: Up to 65 hours
Wireless ChargingCompatibleCompatible
Water ResistanceIP68IP68 
Android VersionAndroid 10.0 One UI 2N/A
ColorsCosmic Grey
Cloud Blue
Cloud Pink
Midnight Green
Silver
Space Gray
Gold

Design

Both look stylish and feature a bright high-definition display, but the Galaxy S20 has a significantly larger display than the iPhone 11 Pro

Samsung’s new S20 (left) and the iPhone 11 Pro (right)

While both the S20 and the 11 Pro look stylish with their minimalist design, their sizes differ. The Galaxy S20 and the iPhone 11 Pro have quite a significant 4-inch screen size difference. Samsung’s flagship S20 comes with a 6.2-inch display, while the shorter 11 Pro sports a 5.8-inch screen. The S20 is a lot taller, with dimensions of 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9mm, but slightly slimmer than the iPhone 11 that measures 144 by 71.4 by 8.1 mm mm. If you prefer a phone that’s easier to hold, the Galaxy S20’s size better fits you.

It is impressive how the Galaxy S20 managed to still be lighter than the iPhone 11 Pro despite having a larger display. Its aluminum frame and glass back design only weigh 163 grams. In comparison, the iPhone 11 Pro, which sports a stainless steel frame and durable glass back design, weighs 188 grams. The weight difference might not be a lot at first glance, but if you use your smartphone for long hours, you will feel the difference.

Both come with an all-screen design where the buttons are only available on the sides of the device. Gone are the traditional headphone jacks as well. While both their rear cameras are housed on the upper left corner, the Galaxy S20’s three cameras are all vertically aligned while the iPhone 11 Pro’s have a triangular placement. As for their colors, the Galaxy S20 will be available in blue, pink, and white, while the iPhone 11 Pro comes in more subdued midnight green, space gray, silver, and gold.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy S20 has higher resolution, pixel density, and refresh rate than the Apple iPhone 11 Pro.

Both the Galaxy S20 (left) and iPhone 11 Pro (right) deliver stunning screen quality, but the S20’s faster refresh rate offers a smoother response

While both the Galaxy S20 and the iPhone 11 Pro have upgraded from LCD displays, the S20 sports an overall better panel. The S20 comes with a 120 Hz Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display while the iPhone 11 Pro a 60 Hz Super Retina XDR OLED display. These are the two major differences between the two: the type of LED used and the refresh rate.

The ‘Infinity-O Dynamic’ and the ‘Super Retina XDR’ attached to their display models are terms coined by Samsung and Apple, respectively. However, it is worth noting that the Galaxy S20’s AMOLED is generally better and newer than the iPhone 11 Pro’s OLED display. In addition, the Galaxy S20 boasts a 120 Hz refresh rate, which gives a smoother response that a 60 Hz refresh rate can’t rival.

Their pixel density and resolution also differ significantly. The Galaxy S20’s resolution is 3200 by 1440 pixels, with a density of 563 pixels per inch (ppi). In contrast, the iPhone 11 Pro’s pixel density is only 458 ppi for its 2436 by 1125 pixel resolution. While the Galaxy’s panel may be better overall, both the S20 and the iPhone 11 Pro deliver crisp and stunning graphics perfect for video playback, streaming, or using graphics-intensive apps.

Performance

Both the Galaxy S20 and iPhone 11 Pro are powerful devices, but the Galaxy S20 has the option to support 5G networks

Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
5G, which stands for Fifth Generation, is expected to have speeds 100 times faster than 4G LTE networks

Powered by Apple’s bespoke A13 Bionic chip, the iPhone 11 Pro was one of the fastest and most powerful smartphones when it was launched in the fall of 2019. In December 2019, Qualcomm released its latest processor, the Snapdragon 865, which powers the Samsung flagship Galaxy S20.

The Snapdragon 865 has posted promising benchmark scores and it delivers and posts impressive speed as evident in the Galaxy S20. The Galaxy S20 pairs its powerful processor with a 12GB RAM, another factor that tops the iPhone 11 Pro’s 4GB RAM. If you play a lot of graphics-heavy games that take a while to load, you notice that the Galaxy S20 loads faster than the iPhone 11 Pro. Even when opening everyday apps like Facebook or Instagram, the S20 works a tad faster than the 11 Pro.

As the Snapdragon 865 is embedded with 5G capabilities, the Galaxy S20 series boasts 5G connectivity which is now offered by major US carriers. This connectivity means HyperFast uploads, video streaming, and gaming. In the meantime, none of the iPhones in the market have 5G capabilities. There have been speculations that Apple will release 5G-capable smartphones in its 2020 event, but Apple aficionados will just have to wait and see.

Cameras

Both the Galaxy S20 and iPhone 11 Pro have three rear cameras, but the S20 has better zooming capabilities and higher resolution telephoto lens

The ultra-wide lens baked in these smartphones lets you capture more scenes at a closer distance.

Both the Galaxy S20 and the iPhone 11 Pro have three rear cameras: wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto. All of the iPhone’s three cameras can take 12MP photos, while the S20 is equipped with 12MP wide and ultra-wide lenses and an impressive 64MP telephoto lens. Samsung claims the S20’s camera is capable of up to 30x digital zoom and up to 3x optical zoom, a bit more than the 11 Pro’s 3x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom.

Their front cameras can record stunning 4K videos for up to 60fps. Even though they sound the same on paper, the iPhone 11 Pro delivers better HDR while the Galaxy S20 has better, smoother stabilization than the iPhone. Where they both do well is in their autofocus as they can detect edges effectively to create beautiful blurred backgrounds.

As for their rear cameras, the iPhone 11 Pro can capture up to 4K videos, whereas the Galaxy S20 can support 8K recording for up to 30 fps. The S20’s next-generation Snapdragon 865 paved the way for such high-definition. However, the S20’s 8K the videos only look great when mounted on a stabilizer or tripod because it can only shoot videos at 24 frames per second.

For smartphone users who use the front camera a lot, these handsets can capture amazing details and vivid colors through the Galaxy S20’s 10MP and the iPhone 11 Pro’s 12MP front cameras. It is worth noting though that when used with their default settings, the Galaxy S20 renders more accurate colors and skin tone than the iPhone 11 Pro. Apple prides its ‘slofie’ feature, a slow-motion selfie, embedded in its iPhone 11 Pro, but the Samsung flagship captures detailed slow-mo videos as well.

Battery and Additional Features

Both the Galaxy S20 and iPhone 11 Pro are IP68-rated, but the Galaxy S20 has larger battery capacity

iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max
The Galaxy S20 and iPhone 11 Pro (in photo) are water and dust resistant.

Apple’s 3,046 mAh battery found in the iPhone 11 Pro translates to 65 hours of audio, 18 hours of video playback, and 11 hours of video streaming. Samsung’s base model in its flagship series will come with a 4000 mAh battery, but the Galaxy S20’s actual hours wasn’t published. If you activate the S20’s 120Hz refresh rate setting, expect shorter usage hours.

IP68-rated, both the S20 and iPhone 11 Pro are waterproof and dust resistant. Even though they have the same IP rating, they can withstand submersion at different depth levels. The Galaxy S20 is water-resistant for up to 1.5 meters of freshwater whereas the iPhone 11 Pro up to a depth of four meters for a maximum of 30 minutes. Both smartphones are not recommended for use for aquatic sports or at the beach.

With high-definition photos and videos come the need for larger storage space. Just like all the other iPhones, the 11 Pro does not have a slot for external storage. It is available in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB models. On the other hand, the Galaxy S20 offers 128GB internal storage and a microSD slot for an expandable storage of up to 1TB.

Verdict

Both the Galaxy S20 and iPhone 11 Pro are significantly powerful devices, but the S20 offers better value for your money

With 5G connectivity, faster processor, better panel, sharper photos and videos, expandable storage and longer battery, the Samsung Galaxy S20 hands-down offers better bang for your buck. The Apple iPhone 11 Pro is still a solid smartphone choice, especially with its better 4K video outputs and smooth interface, but it’s hard to compete with the Galaxy S20’s more updated features and attractive price point.

Last update on 2020-10-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Rhodaline Escala-Phelps
Rhodaline Escala-Phelps

Managing Editor and Team Leader at Compare Before Buying. Writer and researcher passionate about people, product comparisons, culture, and current events.