Galaxy S20 vs iPhone 11 Pro: Which Smartphone Offers Better Value?

Plenty of details have already been leaked on Samsung’s upcoming smartphone series to be unveiled in its Unpacked event. Three models are expected for Samsung’s flagship line-up: the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra. As the S20 is predicted to be at a similar price point as Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro, we weigh in on their features to determine which smartphone offers better bang for your buck.

Galaxy S20 vs iPhone 11 Pro Comparison Chart

ModelSamsung Galaxy S20Apple iPhone 11 Pro
Galaxy S20galaxy s20 vs iphone 11 Pro
PriceComing SoonCheck Price
Display120 Hz Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display60 Hz Super Retina XDR OLED display
Screen Size6.2″5.8”
Resolution3200 x 1440 pixels2436 x 1125 pixels
Pixel Density563 ppi458 ppi
Dimensions152 x 68 x 7.9 mm144 x 71.4 x 8.1 mm
Weight164 grams188 grams
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 865A13 Bionic chip with
third-generation
Neural Engine
5GYesNo
RAM12GB4GB
Storage128GB, 256GB64GB, 256GB, 512GB
Rear Cameras12MP Wide, 64MP Telephoto, 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 Cameras10MP IMX 37412MP Smart HDR
VideoRear: up to 8K 30 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 IDNoYes
Battery4000mAh3,046 mAh
Battery LifeTBAVideo Playback: Up to 18 hours
Video Streaming: Up to 11 hours
Audio Playback: Up to 65 hours
Wireless ChargingTBAYes
Water ResistanceIP68IP68 
Android VersionAndroid 10.0 with One UI 2.0N/A
MicroSDYes, up to 1TBNo
ColorsCosmic Grey
Cloud Blue
Cloud Pink
Midnight Green
Silver
Space Gray
Gold

Design

The Galaxy S20 will have a significantly larger display than the iPhone 11 Pro

Leaked marketing images of the Samsung Galaxy S20 (left) and the iPhone 11 (right)

The Galaxy S20 and 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 handier 11 Pro sports a 5.8-inch screen. The S20 is a lot taller, with dimensions of 152 by 68 by 7.9 mm, but slightly slimmer than the iPhone 11 that measures 144 by 71.4 by 8.1 mm mm.

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It is impressive how the Galaxy S20 managed to still be lighter than the iPhone 11 Pro despite having a larger display. If the leaked information is accurate, the S20, with its aluminum frame and glass back design, will weigh 164 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 S20’s three cameras are all vertically aligned while the 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 will have a 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 will have a higher pixel density

Both the S20 and 11 Pro have upgraded from LCD displays. 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. There are two major differences in 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 S20’s AMOLED is generally better and newer than the 11 Pro’s OLED display. In addition, the S20 boasts a 120 Hz refresh rate which gives a smoother response that a 60 Hz refresh rate can’t rival.

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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). The iPhone 11 Pro’s pixel density is only 458 ppi for its 2436 by 1125 pixel resolution. With that said, both smartphones 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 will have the option to support 5G

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 is expected to power the upcoming Galaxy S20.

The Snapdragon 865 has posted promising benchmark scores using reference devices, but whether it will make the S20 series faster than iPhone 11 Pro series can only be confirmed once the actual handsets are out. The slated S20 will pair its powerful processor with a 12GB RAM, another factor that tops the iPhone 11 Pro’s 4GB RAM. Again, we can only definitively say how well the S20’s impressive specs translate to the real device.

As the Snapdragon 865 is embedded with 5G capabilities, the Galaxy S20 series will be able to support 5G connectivity. Major network carriers in the US will carry the 5G variants, but whether Samsung will release 5G in smaller countries or only roll out 4G LTE models is still unconfirmed. The 4G LTE models will be available at lower price points than the 5G ones.

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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 have better zooming capabilities

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

Both the Galaxy S20 and 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. 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. Its next-generation Snapdragon 865 paved the way for such high-definition, so seeing the actual videos is definitely something to look forward to.

For smartphone users who use the front camera a lot, these handsets’ can capture amazing details through the S20’s 10MP and the 11 Pro’s 12MP front cameras. Apple prides its ‘slofie’ feature, a slow-motion selfie, embedded in its iPhone 11 Pro.

Battery and Additional Features

Both the Galaxy S20 and iPhone 11 Pro are IP68-rated, but the Galaxy S20 will have a 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. As for the actual usage hours, we have to wait once the S20 is out as battery capacity is not only the deciding factor.

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 expected to be water-resistant for up to five meters while the iPhone 11 Pro can be submerged for up to a depth of four meters for a maximum of 30 minutes.

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 is rumored to come in 128GB and 256GB models, with the option for expandable storage of up to 1TB.

Verdict

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

Samsung Galaxy S20

Galaxy S20

Apple iPhone 11 Pro

galaxy s20 vs iphone 11 Pro

If the leaked data on the Galaxy S20’s prices is to be believed, the S20 will set you back around 999 USD while its 4G variants will be available at a lower cost. The iPhone 11 Pro’s 64GB is also priced around the same, maybe cheaper if you have an iPhone device you can trade. Undeniably, both offer top-notch features, but with the Galaxy S20, you can get 5G connectivity, higher-resolution cameras, and more storage space for the same price as the iPhone 11 Pro’s 64GB model.

Make sure to bookmark this page for updates once the Samsung Galaxy S20 officially hits the market.