Galaxy S20 vs iPhone 11: Which Base Smartphone Model is Better?

A lot of reliable information has already been leaked about the Galaxy S20 lineup slated to be launched during Samsung’s Unpacked event. The upcoming series is expected to have three models: the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra. We compare the base models of Samsung’s and Apple’s flagship series, the Galaxy S20 and iPhone 11, to see how they fare against each other.

Galaxy S20 vs iPhone 11 Comparison Chart

ModelSamsung Galaxy S20Apple iPhone 11
Galaxy S20iphone 11
PriceComing SoonCheck Price
Display120 Hz Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display60 Hz Liquid Retina HD LCD display
Screen Size6.2″6.1”
Resolution3200 x 1440 pixels1792 x 828 pixels
Pixel Density563 ppi326 PPI
Dimensions152 x 68 x 7.9 mm150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm
Weight164 g194 grams
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 865A13 Bionic chip with
third-generation
Neural Engine
5GYesNo
RAM12GB4GB
Storage128GB, 256GB64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Rear Cameras12MP Wide, 64MP Telephoto, 12MP Ultra-Wide12MP Ultra Wide and Wide
ZoomUp to 3X Optical Zoom and 30X Digital ZoomUp to 2x Optical Zoom and 5x 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
Battery4000mAh3110 mAh
Battery LifeTBAVideo Playback: Up to 17 hours
Video Streaming: Up to 10 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
Purple
Yellow
Green
Black
White
PRODUCT RED

Design

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

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

The Galaxy S20 sports a 6.2-inch display, the smallest screen size among the S20 series to be unveiled by Samsung. The iPhone 11’s 6.1-inch display is slightly smaller. With dimensions of 152 by 68 by 7.9 mm, the S20 is slightly taller but a lot slimmer than the iPhone 11 that measures 150.9 by 75.7 by 8.3 mm.

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If the leaked data is accurate, both these base models will come with an aluminum frame and a glass back design. Their all-screen design got rid of the physical control buttons which can now only be found on the side of the handsets. To achieve their thin bezels, both the Galaxy S20 and iPhone 11 do not have the traditional headphone jack available.

Their rear cameras are both located at the upper left corner, with the S20 sporting one more than the iPhone 11’s dual camera. Unlike the high-end iPhone 11 Pro series, the base model iPhone 11 offers a wide array of vibrant colors such as red, yellow, white, black, green, and purple. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S20 is expected to initially launch three colors: cloud blue, cloud pink, and cosmic gray.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy S20 will have a higher resolution, pixel density, and refresh rate than the Apple iPhone 11.

The Galaxy S20 will have 563 ppi while the iPhone 11 has 326 ppi

Equipped with a 120 Hz Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display, the Galaxy S20 sports the same display as the top-end models from the S20 line-up. This is a significant upgrade from the iPhone 11’s 60 Hz Liquid Retina HD display as it is only an LCD screen. Their pixel density and resolution are also remarkably different. The Galaxy S20’s resolution is 3200 by 1440 pixels with a density of 563 pixels per inch (ppi), whereas the iPhone 11’s pixel density is only 326 ppi for its 1792 by 828-pixel resolution.

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Although Apple devices are consistently very touch-responsive and have smooth panels, the smoothness that a 120 Hz refresh rate can’t be matched by the iPhone 11’s 60 Hz refresh rate. We’ll have to wait and see whether Apple will double its refresh rate once it releases its 2020 iPhone models.

Performance

Both the Galaxy S20 and iPhone 11 are powerful smartphones, but the Galaxy S20 will have the option to support 5G

Expect unrivaled connection speeds with 5G networks

Apple’s custom-built A13 Bionic chip that powers the iPhone 11 was the fastest and most powerful processor when it was launched in the fall of 2019. Although the A13 is still possibly the fastest, the Galaxy S20’s rumored processor may just challenge that. The S20 is anticipated to run on Qualcomm’s latest processor, the Snapdragon 865. It is rumored to be just as fast as Apple’s A13 Bionic chip, but we have yet to find out how the Snapdragon 865 works with Samsung’s software and hardware.

The S20 is expected to come with a 12GB RAM, another factor that might make it faster than the iPhone 11 that is only equipped with a 4GB RAM. However, we have to wait for the actual handsets to definitively say which device is faster.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 can support 5G, thus the Galaxy S20, and the rest of the upcoming S20 series, is expected to have 5G connectivity. It is unconfirmed whether Samsung will release 5G models outside of the USA and Europe, but major telephone providers will highly likely carry the 5G variants. 4G LTE models will also be available at a lower cost.

Loyal iPhone users will have to keep their eyes peeled on whether Apple will release handsets that support 5G during its 2020 event. Currently, none of the iPhone devices are 5G-capable.

Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy S20 will have three rear cameras while the Apple iPhone 11 only has two.

galaxy s20 vs iphone 11
Both these smartphones’ cameras can produce high-resolution photos with crisp details and blurred backgrounds

The iPhone 11 is equipped with dual 12MP ultra-wide and wide cameras that let you capture more space even from a closer distance. The Galaxy S20 also has 12MP wide and ultra-wide cameras like the iPhone, but it kicks it up a notch with its 64MP telephoto. Its rear camera boasts up to 30x digital zoom and up to 3x optical zoom, while the iPhone 11 is capable of only up to 5x digital zoom and 2x optical zoom.

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Their front cameras can capture 4K videos for up to 60fps. Just the same, the iPhone 11’s rear camera can record 4K videos, whereas the Galaxy S20 can capture stunning 8K videos for up to 30 fps. This means you might not even need a separate digital camera to record ultra-HD videos.

Selfie-loving smartphone users will benefit from these handsets’ high-resolution front cameras. The Galaxy S20 is equipped with a 10MP front camera while the iPhone 11 comes with a 12MP front camera that can do a ‘slofie,’ a slow-motion selfie.

Battery and Additional Features

Both the Galaxy S20 and iPhone 11 are IP68-rated, but the Galaxy S20 will have a larger battery capacity

Both the Galaxy S20 and iPhone 11 (in photo) are dust and water-resistant

For longer usage hours, powerful processors should be paired with a large enough battery capacity. The Galaxy S20 is equipped with a 4000 mAh battery while the iPhone 11 with a slightly smaller 3110 mAh battery. The iPhone 11’s battery translates to up to 65 hours of audio playback, 17 hours of video playback, and 10 hours of video streaming. We will need to wait until the Galaxy S20 hits the market to test the actual usage hours of its battery.

Removing the headphone jack in the Galaxy S20 and iPhone 11 paved the way not just for thinner frames, but for waterproof features as well. IP68-rated, both handsets can withstand splashes, rain, dust, and submersions for up to a certain depth. Despite having the same IP rating, they are designed to survive different depth levels. The iPhone 11 can be submerged for up to a depth of two meters while the Galaxy S20 is expected to be water-resistant for up to 5 meters.

Smartphone users who need a lot of space for their photos and videos will appreciate the Galaxy S20’s optional expandable storage of up to 1TB. If the leaked information is true, this base model will have up to 256GB internal storage. On the other hand, the iPhone 11’s absence external storage slots is consistent with all Apple smartphones. The iPhone 11 comes in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage options.

Verdict

The Galaxy S20 is packed with more features, but the iPhone 11 is still a powerful device that gives overall better value for your money

Samsung Galaxy S20

Galaxy S20

Apple iPhone 11

iphone 11

Leaked information on the Galaxy S20 reveals that the 5G models will cost a hefty 999 USD, with 4G LTE variants a little less expensive. On the other hand, the Apple iPhone 11 starts at 699 USD, even much cheaper if you have an iPhone you can trade. The reliable iPhone 11 runs on a powerful processor and delivers great features for its price. Price tags aside, go for the Galaxy S20 if you’re after an additional camera with higher resolution, expandable storage, longer battery, and want a 5G-compatible device.

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