Feb 19, 2020

Samsung Galaxy S20 VS Apple iPhone 11 Pro (Philippines)

The fiercest rivalry between Samsung and Apple is revisited as we compare two of their latest premium iterations – the Galaxy S20 and the iPhone 11 Pro.

Samsung and Apple have always been at each other's throats since time immemorial. For most, this rivalry is fun to watch, but for a select few, this only indicates that both firms are still as unstoppable as they are very much honed in their own expertise.

Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple iPhone 11 Pro

But as Samsung has just debuted its vanilla Galaxy S20 entry, noted enthusiasts in the field were already quick to compare it to Apple's iPhone 11 Pro, one of the ultimate variants of the iPhone 11 series, which was announced in September 2019. This is because both of the phones are priced similarly, but it's also due to their familiar notions on how modern smartphones should be in this era.

In this face-off, we're going to compare the Samsung Galaxy S20 and the iPhone 11 Pro as quickly and in the most necessary aspects as we can.

Samsung Galaxy S20 VS Apple iPhone 11 Pro Comparison

Display

Samsung Galaxy S20

There are a few details that set Samsung and Apple's screens apart. The Galaxy S20 features a screen resolution of 3,200 x 1,440 pixels, while the iPhone 11 Pro comes with 2,436 x 1,125 pixels. Now, while we haven't had the opportunity to set these phones side by side relative to their display resolutions, we bet that the difference is not that significant.

If there is one difference that can be gleaned from the Samsung Galaxy S20 and the iPhone 11 Pro – that is very well the former's support for a 120Hz refresh rate. For instance, the Galaxy S20 allows users to toggle freely between 60Hz and 120Hz options. Meanwhile, Apple's top-of-the-line phones, which include the iPhone 11 Pro, only offer 60Hz.

Ultimately, both the Galaxy S20 and the iPhone 11 Pro use premier OLED iterations, with support for HDR.

Samsung Galaxy S20Apple iPhone 11 Pro
Display Size6.2-inches5.8 inches
ResolutionDynamic AMOLED 2X Quad HD+ 3200 x 1440 pixels 2436 x 1125 pixel (458 ppi) OLED, Super Retina XDR display

Cameras

Apple went with a three-lens design on the iPhone 11 Pro. The camera setup comprises of a 12MP ultrawide lens, a 12MP telephoto camera, and a 12MP wide lens. The company also opted for another 12MP sensor housed in the phone's infamous notch, all equipped with SL 3D used as a depth and biometrics sensor.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro

The Samsung Galaxy S20, on the other hand, boasts a more impressive-looking set of camera specifications on paper. The vanilla S20 comes with two 12MP cameras – a primary sensor and an ultrawide one. It also sports a 3x telephoto lens at 64MP. Additionally, Samsung has added a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor. The phone is also equipped with a 10MP front-facing snapper.

Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Galaxy S20Apple iPhone 11 Pro
Main Camera12MP + 12MP + 64MP12MP + 12MP + 12MP
Front Camera10MP12MP

Performance and OS

Samsung Galaxy S20

In terms of performance, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 system-on-a-chip in the Samsung Galaxy S20 is expected to be about 25-percent faster than 2019's SD855, which is just 60% slower than the latest iPhones relative to single-core benchmarks.

Concerning OS, the Samsung Galaxy S20 boasts the latest One UI 2 based on the latest Android 10.0. The iPhone 11 Pro, on the other hand, launched with iOS 13, which is now upgradeable to iOS 13.3.

RAM, Storage, Battery

The Samsung Galaxy S20 also sports a singular 8GB of RAM and an expandable 128GB of internal storage. Apple, on the other hand, equipped the iPhone 11 Pro with a still mighty 4GB of RAM, with 64GB/256GB/512GB options for its internal storage.

Apple's entry in our comparison also works on a 3,046mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S20 comes with a larger 4,000mAh battery with 25W fast charging.

Still, the performance requirements for specific tasks can vary between Android and iOS devices, so crowning a real winner in this regard is moot.

Pricing

The regular Samsung Galaxy S20 (8GB/128GB) in the Philippines is priced at PHP 49,990. The iPhone 11 Pro, at the time of its local launch, carries a starting price of PHP 67,990.

Verdict

Comparing Android and iOS phones relative to their specifications, benchmarks, or hardware perks has somewhat become of a folly over the years. This very misnomer is perhaps what makes Samsung and Apple formidable rivals even up to now as both come with the very best, right in their kingdoms.

As it is, it is essential to take heed of the importance that genuinely matters when these two powerhouses are compared – the experience. In 2020, the debates surrounding which Galaxy phone is better than an iPhone variant is easily a toil waiting to be served to someone brave or confident enough.

Compare all products in this article

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20 Apple iPhone 11 Pro Apple iPhone 11 Pro
Lowest Price P31,568 P35,000
OS ver Android 10.0; One UI 2 iOS 13
CPU Speed 2x2.73 GHz Mongoose M5 & 2x2.60 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55 (Global), 1x2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 585 (USA) -
Storage 128GB 64GB, 256GB, 512GB
RAM 8GB 4GB
Display Size 6.2 inches 5.8 inches
Resolution Dynamic AMOLED 2X Quad HD+ 3200 x 1440 pixels 2436 x 1125 pixel (458 ppi)
OLED, Super Retina XDR display
Main Camera 12MP + 12MP + 64MP 12MP + 12MP + 12MP
Release date Feb 2020 Sep 2019
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