Apple iPhone 12 vs Samsung Galaxy S20, Which is the Better Smartphone?

Apple iPhone 12 vs Samsung Galaxy S20

With the arrival on the market of the new iPhone 12, the temptations are great to fall for the latest jewel from Apple. But what is it worth against one of its most beloved competitors of the moment, the Samsung Galaxy S20? Here are all the elements to choose well.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphone has been available for a few weeks now. The iPhone 12, for its part, should be offered from October 23. The Samsung device is equipped with a large screen of 6.2 inches against 6.1 for the Apple mobile. Both use AMOLED technology, which is what is currently the best in terms of display. The definition of the Galaxy S20 screen is slightly higher: 1440×3200 pixels against 1170×2532 pixels.

HDR screen vs Dolby Vision

However, while that of the S20 benefits from compatibility with the HDR standard, the screen of the iPhone 12 benefits from Dolby Vision processing. Both are responsible for optimizing the colours and offering intense blacks aided by the OLED panel. Delicate to decide on one or the other of the technologies, but if we had to decide, we would favour the Dolby Vision optimization, especially that not only the screen benefits (Thanks for the series on Netflix!), But also know that the device can capture sequences in Dolby Vision which is extremely rare and, a priori, a guarantee of quality. The other difference between the two screens is the refresh rate which is 120 Hz for the South Korean smartphone against a “classic” 60 Hz for the Apple mobile. The display is, therefore, less fluid on the latter.

A Chip Faster Than Another But..

For the storage capacity, it will depend on your budget, because the two smartphones are offered with 128 or 256 GB although the iPhone 12 is also available in 64 GB version. Note, on the other hand, that the latter cannot support memory card to expand internal space. The S20 can accept up to an additional 1TB. The South Korean mobile power by an Exynos 990 chip which, according to the first test results, seems less efficient than Apple’s latest chip, the A14 Bionic. Despite everything, the S20 can still offer a fluid experience, especially thanks to its 8 or 12 GB RAM, depending on the version. At the same time, the iPhone 12 must be content with 6 GB (which is already a first for the iPhone limited to 4 GB so far).

The Photo Difficult to Decide

The photo part particularly discusses the two smartphones. They each have 3 sensors on the back. The American mobile is equipped with a configuration with three 12 megapixel lenses. The Samsung offers the main module of 64 megapixels and two others of 12 megapixels. A closer look at the technical characteristics of these sensors, Samsung could come out victorious by a short head, but the software processing also does a lot. It can for the iPhone largely or even exceed the qualities offered by the S20. In any case, both should offer photos of a very high level. If you like to zoom, the S20 has 3x optical zoom while it is only 2x on the iPhone 12. But again, be careful with the software processing applied afterwards. Do you swear by video? The iPhone 12 can shoot with Ultra HD 4K definition at 60 frames per second, like the Galaxy S20, but the latter can go further: up to 8K at 24 frames per second if you have an 8K TV.

Autonomy, Recharge Time and Full Connectivity

The battery is perhaps one of the weak points of the iPhone. Indeed, with a capacity of 2815 mAh, less than the previous model, the battery of the American smartphone can only charge at a normal speed where the Galaxy S20 can withstand the 45 Watts charge. Both announce a large autonomy of 2 days. They also benefit from wireless and reverse charging. In terms of connectivity, they are equivalent since they are compatible with 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC. When it comes to design, we leave you to be the judge, since tastes and colours are everyone’s business. Let’s finish these comparisons on the physical characteristics of the two smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S20 weighs 163 grams against 162 grams for the iPhone 12. The latter measures 146.7×71.5×7.4 mm against 151.7×69.1×7.9 mm. The Apple smartphone is, therefore, thinner.


SmartphoneSamsung Galaxy Note 20  iPhone 12
Operating systemAndroid 10IOS 14  
Screen6.7 “, 2400×1080, AMOLED, 393 ppi6.1 Inches, 1170 x 2532 Pixels (~457 PPI) 
CPUExynos 990, 8 cores (2x M5 2.73 GHz + 2x Cortex-A76 2.5 GHz + 4x Cortex-A55 2.0 GHz)Super Retina XDR OLED Capacitive Touchscreen, 16M Colors, Multitouch
Graphic artsMali-G77 MP11  Apple GPU (4-core graphics)  
Persistent memory256 GB64/128/256GB
Communication4G, 3G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, GLONASS, NFC5G (SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave), 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, NFC
Main Camera12 MP, aperture f / 1.8, sensor size 1 / 1.76 “, pixel size 1.8 μm, optical stabilization  Dual Camera: 12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), dual pixel PDAF, OIS + 12 MP, f/2.4, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/3.6″, Quad-LED dual-tone flash   
 Front Camera10 MP, aperture f / 2.2, sensor size 1/32 “, pixel size 1.22 microns  Dual 12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6″ + SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor), HDR, Video ([email protected]/30/60fps, [email protected]/60/120fps, gyro-EIS)  
Battery4300 mAh, non-removable, fast charging 45 WFast charging 18W, 50% in 30 min (advertised), USB Power Delivery 2.0, Qi fast wireless charging 15W  
Weight195 g164 g  

The new Apple iPhone 12 smartphone will be available from October 23 for a suggested price of $1135/Rs.184125 in its 128 GB version while the Samsung Galaxy S20 is displayed at $59/Rs.9571 more, or $1193/Rs.193534 also with the same memory capacity. The 64GB version of the iPhone 12 is priced at $909/Rs.147462 if you don’t need a lot of internal space and prefer cloud storage.

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