Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is a significantly better phone, but the Apple iPhone 11 128GB is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint, we recommend the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Apple iPhone 11 128GB  Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 
Apple iPhone 11 Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
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Excellence Score
89.0
94.8
Value for Money Score
59.1
58.7
Price ₹ 69,499 onwards ₹ 97,900 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Feb, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 13Expected update to next Apple iOS version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.1 inches 6.9 inches
Screen Resolution 828x1792 pixels (~ 324 pixels per inch) 1440x3200 pixels (~ 509 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Display Features LCD, Liquid Retina HD Display, True Tone Display, Wide Colour Display (P3), Fingerprint-resistant Oleophobic Coating, Support for Display of Multiple Languages and Characters Simultaneously Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz Refresh Rate, HDR10+, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.66 GHz 2.73 GHz
Processor Type Hexa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Apple A13 BionicRanked #1 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 990Ranked #5 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Apple GPU Mali-G77 MP11
RAM 4 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port Lightning USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 12MP 108MP + 48MP + 12MP + TOF 3D Camera
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (8K)
Other Camera Features 12MP (Ultrawide): F/2.4 Aperture; 120° Field-of-view; 5P Lens, 12MP (Wide): F/1.8 Aperture; 2x Optical Zoom Out; 5x Digital Zoom; Optical Image stabilization (OIS); 6P Lens, Portrait Mode, Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Panorama, 100% Focus Pixels, Night mode, Auto Adjustments, HDR, Live Photos, Red-eye Correction, Auto Image Stabilization, Burst Mode, Geo-tagging, Video: 2160p@24/30/60fps; 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, Video HDR, Stereo Sound rec., Time-lapse Video, Cinematic Video Stabilization, Continuous Autofocus Video, Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video, Playback Zoom 108MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; PDAF; OIS, 48MP: f/3.6 Aperture; Periscope; 102mm Focal Length; Telephoto; 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF; OIS; 10x Hybrid Optical Zoom, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; Autofocus; Super Steady video, 0.3 MP: TOF 3D Camera, Auto-HDR, Panorama, Video: 4320p@30fps; 2160p@30/60fps; 1080p@30/60/240fps, HDR10+ Video, Dual-video rec., Stereo Sound rec., Gyro-EIS, OIS
Secondary Camera 12MP 40MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Portrait Mode, Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Animoji, Memoji, Video: 2160p@24/30/60fps; 1080p@30/60/120fps, HDR, Cinematic Video Stabilization, Live Photos, Retina Flash, Auto Image Stabilization, Burst mode f/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, PDAF, Dual video call, Auto-HDR, Video: 2160p@30/60fps; 1080p@30fps
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.3 mmMedium 8.8 mmMedium
Weight 194 gmHeavy 222 gmHeavy
Width 75.7 mmOk for one-handed use 76.0 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output Lightning USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 2m for 30 mins) Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3110 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging (50% in 30 min) Yes, 45W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters Video playback: Upto 17 hrs, Video playback (streamed): Upto 10 hrs, Audio playback: Upto 65 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified); Wireless Charging (works with Qi chargers); Siri; NFC; TV Out; Lightning Connector; Wifi Calling; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 Content; AirPlay Mirroring; Photos and Video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later); Video Mirroring and Video Out Support; Dolby Atmos; AirDrop; AirPlay; AirPrint; Control Centre; Handoff; HomeKit; iCloud; iCloud Keychain; Multitasking; Night Shift; Notification Centre; Siri; Spotlight Search; iMovie; Pages; Keynote; Numbers; iTunes U; GarageBand; Apple TV Remote; iTunes Remote; Music Memos, Siri Shortcuts, Measure In-display Supersonic Fingerprint Sensor; Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 6); Samsung DeX (desktop experience support); Bixby; Samsung Pay; Reverse Wireless charging; UFS 3.0 Storage; USB Power Delivery 3.0; 15W Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging; 9W Power bank/Reverse wireless charging; NFC; ANT+ Support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; AKG sound
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Beautiful, premium Apple design, that's similar to the iPhone XR from last year, with a glossy back, except for the new colors, and the new camera module (a frosted glass camera square) at the rear
  • Ergonomically, it's generally a great size and it offers a lovely slim and solid design
  • IP68 water resistance, and more durable glass, compared to last year's iPhones
  • Face ID is now slightly faster, and supports more face angles too - which means you can lean over your iPhone resting on your coffee table, and it will unlock
  • Still packs one of the best IPS displays out there
  • Apple knows how to do software well, and iOS continues to be an intuitive, and smooth experience - plus of course, you get regular, and timely updates
  • Break-neck speeds with the new A13 processor - it's a bit faster in single tasking, and a bigger leap in multitasking, compared to the A12, which already was the fastest mobile chipset around - in simple terms this is the fastest smartphone out there now (along with the iPhone 11 Pro models), and of course runs butter smooth
  • iPhones have always been among the top camera phones each year (along with the Pixels, Galaxy Notes, Galaxy S, and Huawei flagships in recent times), and the iPhone 11 continues that traditions bringing in some serious camera improvements to bring at par with the best of the pack
  • The 2 key camera upgrades are a new ultrawide-angle camera and a Night Mode for low-light photography - and both work quite well
  • The ultrawide-angle camera can make for dramatic shots - you get an expanded-view viewfinder that now previews what's outside the shot, which can help you know when to use the ultrawide lens
  • Apple's version of Night mode too is excellent - it works automatically, taking an extra 1 to 3 seconds to capture more light and assemble a picture that ends up almost surreal and richly colored (you will be wowed) - it's as good as the excellent Night modes on the Pixel 3 and the Huawei P30 Pro - the 2 phones that have so far been champions of night photography
  • Later this year, the iPhone 11 will also offer a new Deep Fusion feature to perform pixel-by-pixel photo processing to deliver even more detail and better textures along with less noise - again, you won't need to activate a separate mode
  • it will just kick in when you're indoors and there's a decent amount of light
  • iPhone video cameras have always been fantastic, arguably the best on any smartphone - in the iPhone 11 they have even better stabilization for smoother video, and look better in darker spaces (though the video camera doesn't use Night mode)
  • Front camera is very good too, and is wider-angled this time - it can digitally zoom in or out to accommodate a wider view that includes more people and background
  • The front camera also get a new "slow motion selfie video" feature ("Slofies") - it's a fun feature, to add some drama to selfies
  • Overall, the excellent cameras on the iPhone 11 bring it in the top bracket, on par with the other 2 top camera phones - the Pixel 3 and the Huawei P30 Pro
  • Excellent audio capabilities - Apple has introduced a feature called spatial audio to the iPhone 11 models, which creates a virtual sound stage to make you believe that the sound is coming out of the screen rather than just at the end of the phone and it's actually quite impressive in action - plus, you also get Dolby Atmos support - again, this is one of the best audio setups on any smartphone
  • The new U1 positioning chip inside all of Apple's new iPhones will allow iPhone 11/Pro/Max owners to more easily AirDrop files to each other by pointing their phones at specific people - and many other interesting location based applications could follow soon
  • Very good battery life - improved significantly over the iPhone XR which itself had good battery life - with moderate usage, you should get about 1.5 days of use
  • This year's iPhone 11 is a very well executed refinement over the iPhone XR - it's more durable, faster, has better cameras, better battery life, and on top of it, cheaper than what the iPhone XR cost when it launched - there might not be any stand-out wow upgrade here but it's a very meaningful upgrade in all key areas
  • It's also much better value for money, for most users, compared to the Pro models - it's as good in all key areas - and the things that are skimped on - the telephoto lens, the OLED screen - you won't miss much
  • Top end flagship build quality - the S20 Ultra is a fine piece of hardware that exudes quality and craftsmanship
  • The front looks absolutely gorgeous with an almost edge to edge screen and just a single punch-hole at the top centre - the front glass is slightly less curved along the side edges than previous S series phones
  • The phone is sealed tight and carries an IP68 rating, so you can accidentally dunk it in some water and it’ll survive
  • Stunning 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen that is the best you can buy on any phone right now - the sharpness of the display is simply outstanding with eye-popping clarity
  • The 120Hz refresh rate gives the screen a luscious smoothness that has to be seen to be believed, you’ve got a screen that simply dominates every other panel on the market
  • The screen is also HDR10+ certified, which means the right content will deliver incredible dynamic range - the HDR10 movies on Netflix look really impressive
  • Running the Galaxy S20 Ultra is Samsung's OneUI 2.1 on Android 10 - which, as far as Android UIs go, is one of the most refined, well thought-out experiences
  • Powering the S20 Ultra is the Samsung's own Exynos 990, which is one of the best CPUs available in the market, just a shade behind the Apple's A13 - the phone feels fast all the time, no matter what content or app you throw at the S20 Ultra, it devours the calculations and offers buttery smooth performance
  • The Galaxy S20 Ultra is a camera beast - the camera should be, and is, the number-one selling point for this phone - it’s a monster of an imaging system and is more advanced than just about anything you’ve seen before
  • Samsung gave the Galaxy S20 Ultra an impressive quad-camera system on the rear - the standard lens boasts a 108MP sensor, joined by an ultra wide-angle 12MP camera, an optical telephoto 48MP camera, and a time-of-flight camera to help process depth information
  • The main 108MP sensor is a beast, the base setting uses a process called nona binning to merge nine pixels to take 12MP shots, most standard daytime shots look nearly perfect - you can opt to shoot the full 108MP at any time, the full resolution shots are indeed impressive in their detail and the noise isn’t bad either
  • 48MP telephoto lens is capable of 10x lossless zoom and up to 100x digital zoom - the S20 Ultra’s mix of sophisticated hardware and software deliver a precise images that are much clearer than anything else in the market (though, the 100x zoom is just impractical and shots come out blurry)
  • The S20 Ultra’s 12MP Ultra-wide lens churns out exceptional results, delivering eye-catching shots, even in challenging lighting conditions
  • The low-light shots turn impressive, even in incredibly dark situations, the clarity is quite impressive, and the colours are perfect with little noise - the night mode further improves the quality with brighter and colourful images (though, the Pixel and iPhones still do a slightly better job in low light)
  • The most standout camera feature on the S20 Ultra is Single Take mode - when engaged, Single Take records a 10-second video and snaps multiple images, giving you an entire gallery of options to choose from and share
  • Video recording with the phone looks amazing - it’s sharp, colourful, properly exposed, and on-point when it comes to white balance - video also supports live focus mode, this uses the ToF camera to help judge depth and create a portrait-like effect when capturing video - it is also capable of capturing 8K videos (though, the use case for 8K is very limited)
  • The Galaxy S20 Ultra has improved ten-fold in Live Focus mode - the S20 Ultra captures very realistic photos and is a massive step up from the portrait mode in Samsung’s prior phones (though, iPhone 11 series is still the champ in portrait shots)
  • The 40MP selfie camera does a fine job - you get a worryingly clear view of your pores in good light, and the target resolution dips in low light to keep images clean and bright
  • A pair of USB-C headphones is included in the box
  • Very good stereo speakers
  • Good battery life with the massive 5000 mAh cell, which is the biggest yet in a Galaxy S series device - you will get a comfortable one day of use
  • Sufficient fast charging with the supplied 25W charger (supports upto 45W charging) - it boosts the battery by 50% after just 27 minutes
  • Also supports 15W wireless charging, and it can fill the battery to 50% in just 35 minutes on a charging pad
  • It’s honestly a ridiculous phone, a hyper car of flagship handsets, among sports cars - the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra offers pretty much every feature any phone owner could want - it has a gorgeous screen, classy hardware, wicked performance, good battery life, and capable cameras, if you have the means and the desire to own the most advanced phone on the market - go buy it (though, it’s also huge, heavy, and as pricey as they come)
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The large display notch is still there
  • It's not OLED though, and it's not as high resolution, as the iPhone 11 Pro models (but you will be hard pressed to find much of a difference in everyday use)
  • Siri has generally fallen behind Google Assistant now, in terms of usefulness and intelligence, so iPhones are not the best 'smart assistant' experiences now
  • Only Pro models get the 2x telephoto lens, so there is no optical zoom to be had on the iPhone 11
  • The ultrawide-angle camera doesn’t have Night Mode or OIS
  • While the phone supports fast charging, the included charger is just 5W - you will need to buy a compatible fast charger separately if you want the fast charging goodness
  • Of course, if you are not wedded to the iOS ecosystem, there are a number of Android flagships from Samsung, OnePlus, Google, Huawei, Asus, and Xiaomi - that are worthy competitors
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor is unreliable - it’s slower than other sensors on competition and far less accurate
  • Aesthetically, the S20 Ultra looks dull, the colour selection is particularly disappointing (just grey & black) - the huge camera module doesn't help either
  • It is also enormous and requires two hands to use most of the time - it doesn’t fit well in pockets, despite its slippery surfaces, and more or less requires a case for protection, which will only make it bigger
  • The phone just takes a half a tick longer to grab focus than it should, and when shooting video, it’ll lose focus and have to hunt for it again
  • It also have problems when it sees faces in the frame, it smoothens the skin tones excessively and brightens the whole scene unnecessarily
  • Overall, while Samsung has created flagship lever cameras that compete at the top level and comes out as champs in many situations, they are still slightly behind the iPhone cameras, that are more consistent and don't rely on just numbers, but quality
  • That said, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra isn't the best phone for everyone - a wider majority of people will do just fine with the Samsung Galaxy S20 or Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, you'll get the same fast processor, 120Hz display and improved cameras (minus the powerful zoom)
Expert Reviews
  1. The iPhone 11 is a very thoughtful upgrade over the XR....It has everything new from Apple, but it costs less, and the tradeoffs seem to be just right
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. For the price, the iPhone 11 is a perfectly good phone – and an excellent entry-level point into the Apple ecosystem
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Apple may have skipped flashy extras on this year's phones, but the iPhone 11 is the best midtier model the company's ever made
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The best new iPhone for most people
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A very good phone, even if it’s not a futuristic one
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The iPhone 11 is going to sell really well, and it should, because it’s great - and for people who want the best video and photo options, a better dark mode experience, a brighter screen - the iPhone 11 Pro is there
    techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The iPhone most people should buy
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. This is the one to go for if you want a good value new iPhone
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. There's a lot to like about the iPhone 11
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Slick, capable and drop-dead glorious
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A great phone...An excellent camera and strong battery life make this is an easy choice
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. This iPhone could be a winner in India
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A no-brainer for anyone who is looking to upgrade from an older iPhone
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. You cannot go wrong with this one
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. Balances price and experience, perfectly
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. Absolutely superb
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  17. An outstanding value and undoubtedly one of the best phones you can buy
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. This is the iPhone I recommend to everyone right now
    pocketnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. The iPhone 11 remains powerful, with great battery life and a great camera that will maintain your love for the brand and its offerings
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  20. The iPhone 11 takes some of the best technologies of recent phones and combines them into one compelling handset
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. The only iPhone worth buying
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  22. The iPhone 11 is easily the best choice for most people, but if you care about display or design, skip it
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. Gives people what they want: Cameras, battery life and a good price
    cnbc.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. The iPhone 11 finally redeems itself in terms of the camera and is now standing amongst the best performers out there
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. A near-perfect balance of price and features
    t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. The most attractive choice in Apple’s best lineup in years
    arstechnica.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. The new "affordable" model in Apple's iPhone lineup is a worthy successor to the iPhone XR, featuring a new dual camera setup, faster speed, and a lower introductory price
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  28. A superb device...offers the biggest appeal in terms of technology and price point from the 2019 iPhones
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  29. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  30. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  31. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  32. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. At the Ultra's asking price, you deserve to be spoiled, and you deserve to be getting magic, and since that's not the case, so check out the more affordable Galaxy S20s
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The S20 Ultra will likely impress you, especially if you can stomach its price
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Camera is amazing but battery life and design aren't
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. People who care only about getting the best of the best, the S20 Ultra is an excellent device... aside from the cameras
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A phone that's close to perfect
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Samsung has certainly proved that it can make a fast, powerful, imposing phone... but it got caught assuming powerful hardware is enought
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. If you were ever considering switching from a high-end Apple iPhone, now’s the time as the S20 Ultra eclipses every other phone in nearly every power use case
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is a powerful phone with crazy specs... but it's unlikely you'll use its special features on a daily basis
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. It’s the top dog, the king of the hill, the phone to beat
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra is as exciting as it is outrageously expensive
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  11. The Galaxy S20 Ultra is the ultimate phone, if you're willing to pay the ultimate price
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Samsung's biggest and most expensive phone delivers in almost every way
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. Outmuscles just about any other Android phone you care to name
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  14. It’s a powerhouse of a phone, beautifully constructed, with a tremendous display and no shortage of features
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Samsung's Galaxy S20 Ultra is a high-performance phone with a great screen and some of the best battery life we've seen from a Samsung flagship in some years
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  16. The S20 Ultra is Samsung doing what Samsung does best, putting class-leading hardware on devices before anyone else
    gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. The Galaxy S20 Ultra’s five cameras offer about as much fun as you can have shooting with a phone
    wired.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  18. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is full of unmatched hardware innovations... but too pricey to recommend
    pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. If you are a tech enthusiast and have pockets deep enough to wield it, then the S20 Ultra is impossible not to recommend
    t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  25. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  26. gadgets.ndtv.com hands-on Read Review »
  27. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  28. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  29. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »
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