Galaxy S20 vs iPhone Xs: Will Samsung’s New Phone Have Significant Upgrades?

A great deal of information has been released on Samsung’s flagship smartphone even before its Unpacked event slated in February 2020. The new series is predicted to be dubbed Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra. The Galaxy S20 is the smallest and most affordable of Samsung’s new series. We compile what we know about the S20 to see how it stacks up against the highly-rated, but less expensive Apple iPhone Xs to help you decide if it’s worth upgrading.

Galaxy S20 vs iPhone Xs Comparison Chart

ModelSamsung Galaxy S20Apple iPhone Xs
Galaxy S20galaxy s20 ultra vs iphone x
PriceComing SoonCheck Price
Display120 Hz Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display60 Hz Super Retina HD OLED Display
Screen Size6.2″5.8”
Resolution3200 x 1440 pixels2436 x 1125 pixels
Pixel Density563 ppi458 PPI
Dimensions152 x 68 x 7.9 mm143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm
Weight164 g177 grams
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 865A12 Bionic chip with
second-generation
Neural Engine
5GYesNo
RAM12GB4GB
Storage128GB, 256GB64GB, 256GB, 512GB
Rear Cameras12MP Wide, 64MP Telephoto, 12MP Ultra-WideDual 12MP Wide and Telephoto cameras
ZoomUp to 3X Optical Zoom and 30X Digital ZoomUp to 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 1080p HD at 30 fps or 60 fps
Face IDNoYes
Battery4000mAh2,658mAh
Battery LifeTBAVideo Playback: Up to 14 hours
Audio Playback: Up to 60 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
Silver
Space Gray
Gold

Design

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

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

With a 6.2-inch display size, the Galaxy S20 has the smallest screen size among the S20 series to be unveiled by Samsung. However, it is still slightly bigger than the 5.8” display of the iPhone Xs. At 152 by 68 by 7.9 mm, the S20’s dimensions are also a tad bigger than the Xs that measures 143.6 by 70.9 by 7.7 mm.

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Leaked information on the Galaxy S20 reveals that it will sport a glass back design like the iPhone Xs. However, the S20 is predicted to have an aluminum frame whereas the iPhone Xs is made of stainless steel. They both feature an all-screen design with physical control buttons housed on the side of the device. To keep a slimmer frame, both the Galaxy S20 and iPhone Xs got rid of the traditional audio jack.

On the back of both handsets are their rear cameras located at the upper left corner, with the S20 sporting one more than the iPhone Xs’s dual camera. As for their colors, the iPhone Xs is available in silver, space gray, and gold while the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S20 is expected to come in lighter 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 Xs.

The Galaxy S20 will have 563 PPI while the iPhone Xs has 458 PPI

The soon-to-be-launched Galaxy S20 is equipped with a 120 Hz Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display, a major upgrade from the 60 Hz Super Retina HD OLED Display of the iPhone Xs. Although the ‘Infinity-O Dynamic’ and ‘Super Retina’ are terms coined by Samsung and Apple, respectively, it is worth noting that the AMOLED in the Galaxy S20 is generally better than the OLED found int he iPhone Xs.

While Apple devices consistently have highly responsive and smooth panels, 60 Hz refresh rate simply can’t match the smoothness provided by a 120 Hz refresh rate. Still, the million-to-one contrast ratio offered by the iPhone Xs still makes it a great device for watching videos and playing graphics-intensive games.

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Performance

The Galaxy S20 supports 5G and is remarkably more powerful than the iPhone Xs

Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
Top network providers have started rolling out 5G networks that are expected to be a hundred times faster than 4G

In 2018, Apple unveiled the iPhone Xs equipped with its bespoke A12 Bionic chip and 2nd gen Neural Engine. Processors have seen significant upgrades since. Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S20 is predicted to run on Qualcomm’s latest and most powerful processor, the Snapdragon 865. This processor is rumored to be as fast as Apple’s A13 Bionic chip that powers its flagship iPhone 11 series. The Galaxy S20 is further anticipated to come with a 12GB RAM, a huge leap from the iPhone Xs’s 4GB RAM.

As Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 supports 5G connectivity, the Galaxy S20 and the rest of the S20 handsets on the horizon, is expected to have 5G capabilities as well. It is unsure yet whether Samsung will release 5G models outside of the USA and Europe, but top US carriers will more likely offer the 5G variants.

Apple aficionados will have to wait and see whether the Cupertino-based tech giant will roll out 5G capable iPhones in 2020 as none of the current iPhone devices support 5G.

Cameras

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

Selfie lovers will appreciate the 12MP front camera of the iPhone Xs

Samsung kicks it up a notch with the Galaxy S20 64MP telephoto, 12MP wide, and 12MP ultra-wide rear cameras that can record up to 8K videos at 30 fps. The iPhone Xs comes with 12MP wide and telephoto cameras that can capture up to 4K videos at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps. While the iPhone Xs cameras are capable of up 10x digital zoom, the Galaxy S20 boasts up to 3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom.

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Their front cameras are impressive as well. The Galaxy S20 comes with a 10MP front camera that can record 4K videos at 60 fps. In contrast, the iPhone Xs is equipped with a 12MP front camera that can record up to 1080p HD videos at either 30 fps or 60 fps.

Battery and Additional Features

Both the Galaxy S20 and iPhone Xs are dust and water-resistant, but the Galaxy S20 will have a larger battery capacity

Both the Galaxy S20 and iPhone Xs (in photo) have an IP68 rating

Samsung pairs its powerful processor with a 4000mAh battery so you can keep snapping photos or watching videos for much longer hours using the Galaxy S20. The iPhone Xs is equipped with a 2,658mAh which translates to up to 14 hours of video playback and 60 hours of audio playback. As for the Galaxy S20, we can only confirm the actual hours of usage once the S20 series is launched on February 11th.

The absence of the headphone jack in these smartphones paved the way not just for thinner frames, but for waterproof handsets as well. Both the Galaxy S20 and iPhone Xs have an IP rating of 68, which means they can survive rain, splashes, and dust. However, they can withstand different depth levels. The iPhone Xs can withstand being submerged up to a depth of two meters while the Galaxy S20 is rumored to be water-resistant for up to 5 meters.

Those who store photos and videos on their phones and not on the cloud will benefit from the expandable storage that the Galaxy S20 will have. It is anticipated to have internal storage of up to 256GB and with the option to expand for up to 1TB. In contrast, Apple’s iPhone Xs, just like all the other iPhone devices, does not have a slot for external storage. The iPhone Xs is available in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options.

Verdict

The Galaxy S20’s top-notch features make it worth the price, but the iPhone Xs is still a reliable smartphone if you want to save a smidge

Samsung Galaxy S20

Galaxy S20

Apple iPhone Xs

galaxy s20 ultra vs iphone x

While the official price of the Galaxy S20 has yet to be confirmed, it is estimated that the 5G models will cost around 999 USD. Undoubtedly, the newer Galaxy S20 is more powerful and has better camera features than the iPhone Xs, but the S20’s top-notch features come with a hefty price tag. If you don’t mind owning an iPhone with decent, albeit not as updated, features and save a couple of hundred dollars, the iPhone Xs is still a solid smartphone.

Premium price point aside, the extra camera, faster processor, 5G connectivity, and the option for expandable storage that come with the upcoming Galaxy S20 will still give you your money’s worth.

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