TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Data comparison: Xiaomi Mi 10 vs. Samsung Galaxy S20
- Design and display: Hertz to Hertz
- Achievement: Snapdragon beats Exynos
- Camera: Quad is better than triple
- Battery and storage: enormous runtime vs. Capacity with limits
- Conclusion: Xiaomi is ahead
The Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is also reaching for an ever larger piece of the cake from the smartphone market in the West. The new Xiaomi Mi 10 is said to stand up to the market leader Samsung. We’ll show you how the Xiaomi Mi 10 performs compared to the Samsung Galaxy S20.
In China, home country, there are already enormous sales figures. Now Xiaomi wants to continue to win the favor of European smartphone users. The Xiaomi Mi 10 is primarily aimed at the premium area. Thus, the Samsung Galaxy S20 is a direct opponent. Which device is technically ahead, the Mi 10 or the Galaxy S20?
Data comparison: Xiaomi Mi 10 vs. Samsung Galaxy S20
The technical data of the Xiaomi Mi 10 and Samsung Galaxy S20 in direct comparison:
|Xiaomi Mi 10||Samsung Galaxy S20|
|Display size technology resolution||6.67 inches AMOLED 2,340 x 1,080 pixels||6.1 inches Dynamic AMOLED 3,200 x 1,440 pixels|
|protection||Gorilla Glass 5||IP68, Gorilla Glass 6|
|processor||Snapdragon 865||Exynos 990|
|random access memory||8 GB||8 GB or 12 GB|
|Storage expandable?||128 GB or 256 GB No||128 GB Yes, up to 1 TB|
|camera Megapixels||Quad camera 108 MP + 13 MP + 2 MP||Triple camera 12 MP + 64 MP + 12 MP|
|battery pack||4,780 mAh||4,000 mAh|
|operating system||Android 10 / MIUI 11||Android 10|
Design and display: Hertz to Hertz
When it comes to integrating the front camera into the display, manufacturers don’t seem to have found the right middle ground yet. Samsung moves the selfie camera from the top right corner to the center of the display on the Galaxy S20. Xiaomi, however, hides the camera in a punch hole in the upper left area of the display.
Visually, both cell phones with the curved screen sides look very similar. The screen of the Xiaomi Mi 10 with 6.67 inches is slightly larger than with the Galaxy S20 with 6.2 inches. The Galaxy S20 display has a resolution of 3,200 x 1,440 pixels to 2,340 x 1,080 pixels higher. In the settings you also switch on the refresh rate of 120 Hertz for a very smooth display. The Xiaomi Mi 10 is a bit behind with a maximum of 90 Hertz, but still shows content more smoothly than on most other current cell phone displays.
Achievement: Snapdragon beats Exynos
Samsung does well with the Exynos 990 in terms of processor performance, but Xiaomi reliably counters with the Snapdragon 865. The Qualcomm chipsets are the current top performers. The maximum clock frequency of 2.73 GHz for the Samsung device contrasts with a maximum of 2.84 GHz for the Mi 10. Both devices have no problems with the playback of complex 3D apps or virtual reality applications. If you want to explore the performance limits in the current smartphone area, you are better off with the Xiaomi Mi 10.
5G is integrated as standard in the Mi 10. If you want to surf the ultra-fast data network with the Samsung Galaxy S20, you have to select the appropriate device variant. The 5G version of the Galaxy S20 has 12 GB of RAM, the standard version has 8 GB like the Xiaomi Mi. This is enough to run your app collection simultaneously via multi-tasking without noticing speed drops.
Camera: Quad is better than triple
The Mi 10 has the edge in camera equipment. Xiaomi uses a quad camera for the Mi 10, while the Galaxy 20 has a triple camera. The main sensor on the Chinese device takes 108 megapixels, the South Korean works with 64 megapixels. The ultra wide-angle sensor delivers 13 megapixels, the macro sensor 2 megapixels and the depth sensor 2 megapixels. The camera of the Samsung Galaxy S20 is equipped with a 64 megapixel telesensor, as well as a 12 megapixel wide-angle sensor and ultra-wide-angle sensor.
While the front camera of the Samsung Galaxy S20 comes with a 10 megapixel lens, the Xiaomi device delivers selfies via a 20 megapixel front camera. The Xiaomi Mi 10 is also stronger in terms of video quality. You take pictures with the Mi 10 in 8K quality. The optical and electronic image stabilization supports smooth shots even without a tripod. With the Galaxy S20 you can record videos with a maximum of 4K. Here, too, AI will help you optimize your recordings.
Battery and storage: enormous runtime vs. Capacity with limits
Although Samsung has already significantly increased the battery in the previous comparison, Xiaomi goes one step further in terms of capacity. The 4,000 mAh on the Galaxy S20 contrast with 4,780 mAh. That should be enough to only have to charge the cell phone after two to three days of normal use. Thanks to the quick charging function with 30 W, the battery of the Xiaomi Mi 10 can be recharged in around an hour. The battery of the Samsung flagship takes a little longer. Here you have to wait around 70 minutes for the full charge.
In the standard versions, the Mi 10 and Galaxy S20 have the same storage space. The premium smartphones deliver 128 GB each for your photos, videos, apps and more. The Mi 10 is also available in a 256 GB version. If you are particularly hungry for data, you should choose the larger version. There is no way to expand the memory of the Xiaomi Mi 10. The situation is different with the Samsung Galaxy S20. If the internal memory approaches its limits, you can equip your cell phone with up to an additional terabyte of memory thanks to the microSD card.
Conclusion: Xiaomi is ahead
Xiaomi is still waiting for a breakthrough in Europe. With the Mi 10, however, the Chinese manufacturer could succeed in becoming a leader in the local smartphone business from an insider tip. The Xiaomi Mi 10 scores in most technical specifications compared to the Samsung Galaxy S20. Only the storage space could be too little for some users. In terms of performance and camera quality, on the other hand, the Galaxy S20 is cut out by the Mi 10.
Here, the Xiaomi device measures itself more with the stronger Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, the camera even takes on the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G. With its good price-performance ratio, the Xiaomi Mi 10 should appeal to many cell phone fans who hold a top-of-the-range model in their hands and do not want to spend too much money.