Samsung Galaxy S20 vs iPhone 11 – all the features your Apple handset DOESN'T have

SAMSUNG has officially launched its latest mobile in a bid to take on the iPhone.

But is it worth shelling out for a Galaxy S20 over Apple's latest handset? We've highlighted where the Samsung comes out on top below.

Much like last year's iPhone 11, there are three versions of Samsung's new phone – the Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra.

To keep things simple, I'll be comparing the most expensive phone from each range: The S20 Ultra and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

1. Space Zoom

The Samsung Galaxy S20 boasts a top-of-the-range camera system.

It's capable of up to 100x digital zoom, letting you take close-up shots of distant objects.

To do this, the phone's "Space Zoom" tool uses a mix of AI and the camera's telephoto lens.

It essentially turns your phone into a small pair of binoculars, letting you focus on details the average phone would struggle to see.

The iPhone 11 pro Max also has a telephoto lens loaded into its camera system.

However, it's only capable of up to 10x digital zoom – ten times less than the Samsung.

2. Edge-to-edge display

Samsung's patented Infinity-O display is back, with glass that wraps neatly around the edge of the device.

Its engineers have really squeezed every millimetre they can out of the 6.9in screen, creating an all-screen display.

The only thing interrupting the screen is a small "hole-punch" slot at the top of the display, which is where the selfie camera sits.

The iPhone, on the other hand, sports a large notch across the top of the display.

All recent Apple phones have a "notch", which juts in to the top of the screen and houses the selfie camera and Face ID face-scanning sensors.

It was first added with the iPhone X in 2017. The notch can get in the way of content watch in full-screen mode and also blocks space for a notifications bar.

Apple was widely mocked for the design initially, though the firm was copied by Android rivals soon after.

3. Reverse wireless charging

Like the S10 last year, Samsung has loaded its latest phones with reverse wireless charging technology.

Many modern phones can already charge wirelessly via special charging pads that juice up your battery without the need to plug in.

Reverse wireless charging simply swaps the process around, allowing your phone to become a charging mat for other devices.

While companies like Samsung and Huawei have steamed ahead with the tech, Apple has held off.

The feature was widely rumoured to debut in the iPhone 11 range, but in the end Apple decided against it.

The company is reportedly holding out until the technology is a little more efficient.

Currently, no reverse wireless charging technology is suitable for smartphones, as it simply takes too long.

The tech works a little better with smaller devices, such as smart watches or wireless earphones.

5G internet – what is it?

Here’s what you need to know…

  • 5G is the next generation of mobile phone networks
  • Just like 4G made your mobile internet faster and more reliable compared to 3G, 5G will do the same again
  • Phone networks across the UK are currently scrambling to introduce 5G phone speeds for Brits
  • Typical 4G speeds today will typically fall between 50Mbps and 100Mbps
  • But early 5G speeds will raise this bar to several hundred megabits-per-second
  • And once 5G networks are advanced, you’ll expect to enjoy gigabit-per-second speeds
  • However, you’ll need to upgrade your phone plan to a 5G tariff
  • Also, not all smartphones support 5G internet – they’ll need to have a 5G-ready modem inside
  • We’re only now starting to see 5G smartphones released in 2019 and 2020, so older phones won’t support the new speeds
  • Many top phone makers have committed to making (or already launched) 5G-ready smartphones
  • These include Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus, LG and Oppo

4. 5G connectivity

All three S20 phones can connect to 5G – the next generation of mobile phone networks.

Most of the UK's major networks now offer 5G contracts, though coverage is limited to select towns and cities.

Once connected, you can download an HD movie in seconds.

Apple has so far steered clear of 5G technology, and none of its current roster of phones offer 5G connectivity.

That's widely rumoured to change this year with the release of the iPhone 12.

5. Extra camera lens

The S20 Ultra features a quadruple-camera setup that's up there with the best smartphone snappers in the world.

It offers a 12MP main camera, as well as wide-angle and telephoto lenses.

These are the same lenses featured in the iPhone 11 Pro Max's impressive triple-camera array.

However, the Samsung has one more lens up its sleeve.

This fourth "depth vision" lens judges depth and distance to take your photography "to new levels", according to Samsung.

Apparently, it uses the speed of light to "measure distance, effectively counting the amount of time it takes for a reflected beam of light to return to the camera sensor".

That whole lot of gobbledegook means: It makes your photos look a bit nicer.

If you're tempted, check out our guide to the best Samsung Galaxy S20 deals.

Get £120 cashback on S20 orders with Quidco

Cashback is a solid way to get a deal on the new range – and you can through Carphone Warehouse.

To take advantage and get £120 cashback follow these steps:

  • Sign up to Quidco for FREE here
  • Go to Carphone Warehouse through Quidco
  • Select 'Earn up to £120 cashback'
  • Choose your deal and select 'Get Cashback'

Complete your Carphone Warehouse order and cashback will be tracked to your Quidco account.

Offer end times and terms and conditions may apply, so check before you order.


In other news, you can read our breakdown of the S20 range's release dates, specs and prices here.

We've looked at how the Galaxy S20 lines up against its predecessors, the S10 and S9.

And here are the differences between the S20 and Apple's latest mobile, the iPhone 11.

Are you excited about the new Samsung mobiles? Let us know in the comments!

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