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Apple iPhone 11 vs Samsung Galaxy S10e: the battle of the affordable flagships

Apple iPhone 11 vs Samsung Galaxy S10e: the battle of the affordable flagships

Apple vs Samsung is a bit like the Real Madrid vs Barcelona or Liverpool vs Everton of the mobile phone world. While Apple has just officialized its new iPhone, it seemed interesting to us to make a first technical comparison between the two cheapest smartphones in Apple's and Samsung's top-of-the-range series: the iPhone 11 and the Samsung Galaxy S10e.

Last year, Apple made a major change in its iPhone range by launching a new "low-cost" iPhone called the iPhone XR, positioned below its high-end iPhone. The brand has seen that this is now the best-selling model in its catalog worldwide.

Notched versus hole-punched display

In the end, the most important change for the successor of the iPhone XR is its name: iPhone 11. Because aesthetically, the smartphone does not evolve and keeps its 6.1-inch LCD screen (1,792 x 828 pixels). The notch does not change either. The back, however, is no longer plastic, but glass.

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iPhone 11 is available in six colors (including some new ones) / © Apple (Screenshot: AndroidPIT)

The Samsung Galaxy S10e, on the other hand, is a little more modern with a hole-punch on the front display, and still has a fingerprint reader on the side, in addition to facial recognition, and a 3.5mm jack for headphones. However, the smartphone is more compact with its 5.8-inch display that is completely bezel-less. In terms of the screen, the S10e is better, thanks to its OLED panel above the LCD of the Apple mobile, and the definition is also better for the Samsung smartphone.

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A double camera on both phone

Fortunately, like the Galaxy S10e, the iPhone 11 now has two camera modules: a wide-angle (26mm, f/1.8) and a telephoto lens, the latter offering a 2X optical zoom. For the cameras, it is too early to compare quality. However, you should know that both should not disappoint you.

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A wide-angle camera is now available on Apple's affordable iPhone / © Apple (Screenshot: AndroidPIT)

In terms of performance, it's difficult to draw a proper comparison until we get our hands on the iPhone 11. However, given the specs of the iPhone 11 and our test of the Galaxy S10e, we shouldn't notice any real differences in everyday use. However, it is possible that Apple's smartphone may be more powerful in terms of benchmarks, as Apple is known (and rightly so) for its excellent optimization between software and hardware.

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Compact and with a headphone jack / © AndroidPIT

Apple iPhone 11 vs. Samsung Galaxy S10e technical specifications

  Apple iPhone 11 Samsung Galaxy S10e
Dimensions: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm
Weight: 194 g 150 g
Battery size: Sorry, not yet available! 3100 mAh
Screen size: 6.1 in 5.8 in
Display technology: LCD AMOLED
Screen: 1792 x 828 pixels (324 ppi) 2280 x 1080 pixels (438 ppi)
Front camera: 12 megapixels 10 megapixels
Rear camera: 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Flashlight: LED LED
RAM: 4 GB 6 GB
8 GB
Internal storage: 64 GB 128 GB
256 GB
Removable storage: Not available microSD
Chipset: Sorry, not yet available! Samsung Exynos 9820
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Number of cores: 3 8
Max. clock speed: Sorry, not yet available! 2.7 GHz
2.8 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 5.0

iOS vs Android

I will not go into the details here. Both operating systems are stable, efficient and easy to use. Each system has its advantages and disadvantages. An iOS advantage is the delivery of updates, but Samsung is also full of practical features for everyday use. The S10e also offers Bixby and Google Assistant against Siri for iPhone 11. In my opinion, this is the main difference between the two devices and will determine your choice of purchase, if the price is not considered, of course.

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The iPhone 11 is more expensive than the Galaxy S10e / © Apple (Screenshot: AndroidPIT)

Indeed, as always, Apple loses the price battle. The Galaxy S10e has already been available on the market for several months and can be found around $535 (launch price of $750). In comparison, it costs $699 for the iPhone 11. If you want to save money, you know which one to choose.

The final verdict

While waiting for our final review of the iPhone 11, it is difficult to draw a real winner between the two devices in this first comparison. One thing is certain, however: either choice will result in the ownership of a very good smartphone.

Do you think the iPhone 11 looks better than the Galaxy S10e? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments.

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  • I do not get it. First everybody was trying to cram as many features as possible as new as possible in one phone and making top-of-the-range phones a expensive as possible with the aim of making us change a phone every year (and in the process also lower end phones got more expensive). Now that the game is getting old the price war has slowly started and prices are very slowly starting to go down with the same aim of making us change phone as fast as possible. It really does not make any sense. It would be more profitable to sell phones for communications, cameras for photos, laptops or pcs for browsing and working, gaming machines for gaming, smart tvs for watching movies and shows and so on. Not every consumer would buy all these devices but at least some. It would make more sense instead of killing all these markets trying to substitute everything with phones.And good quality, durable devices could fetch higher prices.