The flagship market in 2020 is getting hotter. Major smartphone brands have already launched their flagship for the year. Still, a few like Apple & Google are yet to come up with their flagships. Whereas talking about the Nepali market, things are not so similar. This year, till now we have been offered a flagship by two OEMs.
Samsung with their Galaxy S20 lineup and Xiaomi with their Mi 10 5G. Samsung launched S20 & S20+ a few months back here in Nepal while their S20 Ultra is coming very soon. Whereas Xiaomi entered the Nepali flagship market after quite some time with their Mi 10 5G on the 30th of May. Today let’s compare Mi 10 5G with Samsung’s Galaxy S20. Though the Mi is 24,000 cheaper than the Samsung counterpart. It’s the closest we can get.
Mi 10 5G vs Samsung Galaxy S20
Mi 10 5G
Dimensions & Weight
151.7×69.1×7.9 mm, 163 g
162×74.8×9 mm,208 g
6.2 inches, QHD+, Dynamic Amoled, 120Hz
6.67 inches, FHD+, S.Amoled, 90Hz
Exynos 990, 2.73Ghz Octa-core
Snapdragon 865, 2.84Ghz Octa-core
8GB+128GB, UFS 3.0
8GB+256GB, UFS 3.0
One UI 2 on top of Android 10
MIUI 11 on top of Android 10
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, Bluetooth 5.1, Dual-band GPS, 5G
(12MP+64MP+12MP) with f/1.8, f/2.0 & f/2.2 respectively & 10MP f/2.2 front camera
Quad Camera (108MP+13MP+2MP+2MP) with f/1.7, f/2.4, f/2.4 & f/2.4 respectively & 20MP f/2.48 front camera
Here Samsung is compact & lighter in comparison to the Mi 10 5G. Samsung also has less curved around the edges than the Mi 10 5G. Both the devices have a punch hole at the top. Samsung went with a center punch hole for asymmetric look whereas Xiaomi has it at the top left corner. Samsung has also covered when it comes to the protection of the device with IP68 rating and Gorilla Glass 6 whereas Xiaomi doesn’t have an IP rating and has an older Gorilla glass 5.
Samsung’s Smartphones are always known for their superior displays. It’s the same in this case too. S20 comes with Dynamic Amoled Display with [email protected]+ resolution and [email protected]+. Whereas the Xiaomi’s Mi 10 5G comes with a larger FHD+ display but the refresh rate is capped at 90hz. That high refresh rate comes with a cut in battery life. So if you are coming with a 60hz display you may see a great change is a 90hz display but not quite much between 90 & 120. What’s your choice, 120hz @FHD+ with not so good battery life of 90hz @FHD+ with a better battery.
Performance & Software
Flagship devices are called flagship because of their performance and the smooth experience they provide. Xiaomi’s Mi 10 5G takes the lead here with its much better Snapdragon 865 SoC along with Adreno 650 GPU. This year Samsung faced a backlash with its Exynos chipset in flagship devices. There is a huge noticeable difference in performance and battery life between Exynos 990 and Snapdragon 865, with the Snapdragon one being better.
Even talking about the Ram & Storage, Mi 10 5G comes with 256GB of internal storage while Galaxy S20 has 128GB. Both devices support UFS 3.0 speeds. If we look at the software side, we get custom skins on top of Android 10. MIUI comes with a lot of customization and features and less bloatware than Samsung. Software preference differs from user to user so I let you decide, which one is better here.
In the camera department, S20 offers a triple camera setup whereas the Mi 10 5G has a quad-camera setup. Here don’t go with numbers. Mi 10 5G might have an edge with its 108MP primary camera but other than that, I don’t think it has something better to offer while comparing it with the Galaxy S20.
Galaxy S20 has a 12MP primary shooter and 64MP telephoto and 12MP Ultrawide. Images from S20 come in typical Samsung fashion with saturated color and great details. The last two sensors in Mi 10 5G are the depth and Micro and at this price, you can’t afford to offer that. Video capabilities are also quite similar in both devices.
As we saw earlier, Mi 10 5G was quite heavier than the Galaxy S20 because it packs a much larger 4780mAh battery than the Galaxy’s 4000mAh. Mi 10 5G has a larger display so a larger battery is a must. Here the battery life basically depends on what settings you are using the device. In Samsung, if you want your device to last longer you can go with 60hz at QHD and in Mi 10 5G you can go with 60hz at FHD+. But what’s the point of getting a device with a higher refresh rate if you’re using it normally. Even at a higher refresh rate both of these devices can easily last a full day for you. They both come with fast charging support but Mi 10 5G again takes a lead here with its 30W fast charging no matter whether you charge it via USB or Xiaomi’s proprietary wireless charger. Whereas with S20 you only get 25W wired and Qi 15W wireless charging. Samsung Galaxy S20 should have gone with 45W charging like its higher variant.
Pricing is always a concern while getting a new device. Mi 10 5G is available in Nepal for a price tag of 89,999 for 8GB+256GB configuration. Whereas for Samsung Galaxy S20 you have to pay 113,999 for an 8GB+128GB after the recent price hike. As there is a price difference of 23,999 between both the devices, you have to make your priorities clear before picking anyone.
Samsung Galaxy S20
Overall better Camera setup
Higher refresh rate display
Gorilla glass 6 & IP rating
4K 60fps recording with the front camera
Not so fast charging
Mi 10 5G
30W wireless charging
108MP Primary camera
Great value for money
No IP rating
No telephoto camera
Both the devices are good in different departments but not perfect. If your priorities are Performance and Battery life go with Mi 10 5G. But if Camera and display are what you care the most then Galaxy S20 will be the better choice. Also, the Mi 10 5G is cheaper than the Galaxy S20. Keeping all this in mind, which one is your choice? Let us know in the comment section below and follow us across all our social media handles to get comparisons like this and tech news ASAP.