At over USD700, the Samsung Galaxy S20 – one of Samsung’s flagships – is significantly more expensive than the Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro – a long-awaited top-tier device – which costs not more than USD500 on Gearbest. If you’re familiar with the Redmi K30 Pro, you’re probably in for a surprise. True, the Galaxy S20 is more expensive but does it really have that much to offer than the Pocophone? Is Samsung simply selling more of prestige than functionality? These are the questions I will answer in the Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S20 comparison. Do not forget to share this article on your social media.
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One the left side of the ring is the Poco F2 Pro. It’s the natural successor to the Pocophone F1 but given the time-frame between the two devices, it sports a different design and more recent and better specifications than it’s ancestor. Some features however, remain unchanged. Examples are the front-facing camera and the RAM + ROM combo among others.
Probably the most noticeable difference between the Poco F1 and the F2 Pro is the display. While the F1 sports a 6.1-inches U-notched IPS based display, the F2 Pro sports a perfect-view 6.67-inches Super AMOLED based display. While their underlying technologies may not be quickly noticed though, the size and the notch against notchless aren’t features that’ll go unnoticed. Since the F2 Pro’s display is what we call a perfect-view, that simply means the selfie cam is sitting in a motorized box at the phone’s top.
Moving on from the display, you may not feel it but the rear is made of glass – gorilla glass 5 precisely, same as the front. Although you may not feel it, you will definitely see it. The rear is curved at the right and left edges to allow it fit into the palm more easily to avoid sliding off.
There’s not much to see on the F2 Pro’s rear except the quad camera setup and the POCO branding close to the base. The disk shaped around the centered and unusually arranged camera setup though is also another eye-catching design on the rear. But then, we saw something like this on the Infinix Note 7. However, it is pleasing to behold.
This smartphone comes with a 6.67 inches OLED based display which delivers graphics in its crispest form. There’s enough saturation as the display sports a whole lot of 395 pixels per inch density on 1080 x 2400 resolution. It doesn’t disappoint the advertised 500 nits brightness and its maximum auto brightness flocks with the flagships. Brighter than OnePlus 7T and iPhone SE (2020) actually.
The Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro arrives with the latest and most powerful from Qualcomm, The Snapdragon 865. On this chip, it smoothly runs Android 10 along with the Poco launcher based on MIUI 11. No lagging nor dragging. Not on the Snapdragon 865. The SoC features an Octa-Core CPU that consists of 1 kryo 585 gold core running at 2.84GHz, 3 kryo 585 gold cores running at 2.42GHz and another 4 kryo 585 gold cores running at 1.8GHz. All these result in a powerful and seamless processing.
With the Snapdragon 865 on this phone, you either get 6GB of RAM or 8GB of RAM which are paired with 128GB and 256GB of ROM respectively. While the 6GB version settles for the LPDD4X memory and the 8GB model gets the new LPDDR5 memory, you won’t notice any visible difference during your day-to-day activities on this phone. Either you pick the 128GB variant or the 256GB variant though, you won’t be getting any chance to expand the storage as they not support an sdCard.
Xioami did well by fixing a powerful battery for the powerful Qualcomm chip. It comes with a built-in 4,700 mAh Li-Polymer battery; this is an upgraDde compared to the Pocophone F1’s battery which is 4,000 mAh. It sports the quick charge power delivery 3.0 and comes with a 33W charger which tops up the battery in a very short time-span.
In terms of camera, the norm now is 4 lenses; and the Poco F2 Pro doesn’t fall short of this. It boasts a 64MP 1/1.72 inch wide lens as its main camera. This is then supported by a 5MP telephoto lens, a 13MP ultrawide lens and a 2MP depth sensor. The telephoto lens and the depth sensor simply extend the functions of the cameras, the main lens however is well able to capture stunning photos. In theory, this phone is able to capture 8K videos at 24/30 frames per second and 4K videos at 30/60 frames per second and 1080p videos can go as high as 960 frames per second.
The camera sitting in the motorized pop-up is 20MP and it features 2 flash lights on either side of the lens. Takes really nice shots.
This phone offers GSM, HSPA, LTE and 5G network bands. Like many other Xiaomi phones, the F2 Pro provides no support for FM Radio, the microUSB is 2.0 it’s but Type-C reversible connector. The Wi-Fi is 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6 and it also sports NFC and Infrared port.
At the time of writing this article, the Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro starts from USD599 on Amazon while the 8GB RAM version costs a bit higher than that.
On the right-hand side of the ring, we have the Samsung Galaxy S20. In its lineup, we have about 5 devices in total and they succeed the Galaxy S10 lineup. The S20 was released back in March, and its design is particularly different from that of the S10.
Unlike the Pocophone, this phone is 6.2-inches tall (base to top) and doesn’t sport a perfect view display. While it features a display based on AMOLED, it doesn’t features a perfect view display with the selfie camera in a pop up module like the Pocophone. Instead, it features a punch hole at the center-top which houses the single 10MP selfie cam.
The front and back are made of Corning Gorilla Glass 6 while the frame holding them together is made of aluminium. The dust/water resistance is advertised as IP68 which is up to 1.5m for 30 mins. Compared to the Poco F2 Pro, it has a higher display resolution of 1440 x 3200 pixels with up to 563 pixels per inch density.
Like all Samsung’s flagship since S8, the Galaxy S20 sports a curved edge frontal design; making the display edgeless. Same goes for the rear. The bottom bezel however, is as thin as it can go. Probably the same size as the F2 Pro’s while the top bezel is just not there.
The rear design takes another shape as Samsung shifts the camera array from the center-top to the top-left. Also, it’s now in a vertical lineup, as against the horizontal it used to be. The other notable element on the rear is simply the branding – SAMSUNG – the fingerprint sensor is under the display; like the Pocophone.
There are 2 models of the Galaxy S20 when the question of platform comes to light. The model going to the US and Korean markets sports Qualcomm’s chip – the Snapdragon 865 while the model scheduled for global markets sports the proprietary chip – Exynos 990. However, there has been complaints from users over the efficiency of certain Exynos powered phones. Overall, the Snapdragon model seems to outperform the Exynos model.
The Exynos and the Snapdragon models feature Octa-core (2×2.73 GHz Mongoose M5 & 2×2.50 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55) and Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585) CPUs respectively. The latter has just the same speed with the Poco F2 pro.
The Galaxy S20 comes with 128 gigabyte of internal storage and 8 gigabyte of RAM. The ROM is based on UFS 3.0 technology, much more faster than the UFS 2.1. Seeing that the Poco F2 Pro sports UFS 3.1 however, it may be faster but I doubt you’ll even notice that.
In terms of battery, when compared to Pocophone, the Galaxy S20 brings one with a lower capacity to stage. It sports a 4,000 mAh Li-Po battery which although lasts long falls short of the F2 Pro. The Exynos model may even see a lesser performance. However, it sports a Power delivery 3.0 with 25W fast charge and 15W wireless charging with support for Fats QI and PMA.
As against its predecessor, the S20 adds one more lens to its camera array to make a total of 3 lenses. There is a 12MP wide camera with dual pixel PDAF, another 12MP ultra-wide lens with super steady video and a 64MP telephoto lens with 3x hybrid zoom. Like the F2 Pro, it can record 8K videos at 24 frames per second, and 4K videos at 30/60 frames per second. No mention of a depth sensor but taking bokeh pictures isn’t at all a problem.
For the front-facing camera though, it drops one lens and features a single 10MP wide camera which is capable recording 4K videos at 30/60 frames per second.
This phone sure features 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G. It however, doesn’t support ultra-fast 5G. Instead, it supports the sub-6 5G band used by At&T, T-Mobile and Sprint in the United states. Hence, using it on another carrier may only support up to 4G and leave out 5G.
Other connectivity modules include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, NFC, FM Radio on the Snapdragon model, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS and microUSB 3.2, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector.
On Amazon, this phone goes for about USD 770 at the time of writing this article (approx. price). This makes it USD 171 more expensive than the Pocophone’s 6GB + 128GB variant. The RAM difference may not bring about any noticeable effect in performance. It depends on how often you clear out running apps. Thereby emptying the temporary memory.
Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S20: Who Wins??
Personally, I think I prefer the Poco F2 Pro to the Galaxy S20. Especially the Exynos model. Considering the fact that both phones are on par when it comes to performance the F2 Pro comes with a larger battery and is even cheaper, I’ll simply go for it. This actually does not mean that the Pocophone wins. The Galaxy S20 actually has some features not found on the F2 Pro. This includes a crispier display with higher resolution, dust/water resistance, ANT+, Bixby natural language commands and dictation, wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. These are some of the things one wouldn’t enjoy on the Xiaomi flagship.
In the end, it all comes down to a matter of preference. Truly, the S20 offers some convenience but not everyone can afford that much for the things listed above. They’re simply additions.