Apple has their regular iPhone 11, then two advanced "Pro" models. Samsung went the other way – they have the Galaxy S20 and S20 +, then there is the S20 Ultra. But one thing that these smartphone lines have in common is the flagship of the basic model. How do they compare?
Where the iPhone 11 feels like a true successor to the iPhone X R the Galaxy S20 is much more than a sequel to the S10e. Samsung does not cut corners because this phone is not designed to be affordable. But for the extra costs you get a telephone without compromises. And for the new decade, Samsung seems to be striving to make the very best Android devices.
Instead from a notch you have a perforation hole in which the camera is at the front, what Samsung calls the Infinity-O display. The hole blocks the screen less, so that you can enjoy more of the 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X. It has a higher resolution of 3200 x 1400, is HDR10 + certified and supports up to 120 Hz refresh rate (although this refresh rate is available up to FHD +). There is no doubt that this is the better screen.
The Galaxy S20 has a higher resolution (64 MP) telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom. It is also able to digitally zoom up to 30x, which should be really useful in real life.
Where the iPhone 11 wins
For $ 699, the Apple iPhone 11 is one of the cheapest current generation of iPhones that you have been able to officially purchase from Apple for a while. It is also $ 300 cheaper than the Galaxy S20, which is a huge saving.
With the iPhone 11 you always run the latest version of iOS (including all security patches) for five years after the release of the phone. Compare this with Samsung, which limits updates to two major software versions.
Despite the use of fewer cores (six compared to eight), the Apple A13 Bionic is a more powerful SoC for both CPU and GPU performance – at least, according to most benchmarks. It is also incredibly energy efficient and helps with the fantastic battery life of the iPhone 11.
Biometrics are also better on the iPhone 11. Instead of the mixed results of the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, you have Face ID, one of the best biometric data available on a smartphone.