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Of the three new iPhones Apple announced Tuesday, two of them — the iPhone 11 Pro (starting at $999) and the iPhone 11 Pro Max (starting at $1,099) — break the $1,000 price threshold that Apple itself helped create when it introduced the iPhone X in 2017. Since then, the $1,000 superphone has become the norm for 4G devices, with premium 5G phones like the $1,300 Galaxy S10 5G and Note 10 Plus 5G reaching even higher costs. But what you get for your money doesn’t always line up the same, especially when you compare two phones with the same price.

In the case of the iPhone 11 Pro, its greatest competition are two Samsung phones: the recently-launched Galaxy Note 10 ($949) and March’s Galaxy S10 Plus ($1,000). Staunch iPhone fans, these Samsung devices will hardly matter. Rather, their question will come down to which iPhone 11 model to buy. But if you’re asking which high-end phone gives you the best value for money, the trade-offs are interesting and instructive.

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Keep in mind that we won’t know which phone is “best” until after testing the iPhone 11 Pro and Note 10 or S10 Plus side-by-side. But we do have a pretty good idea how they’ll compete.

If you’re looking for the absolute cheapest premium phone, the regular iPhone 11 (which updates the iPhone XR) starts at $699, and the Galaxy S10E starts at $750. (If you want to get real low, here are the best phones we’ve tried for under $500.)

Galaxy S10 Plus has the largest OLED screen

For a long time, a bigger screen meant a better screen, but that’s an unfair summation now. If you prefer a smaller display, the iPhone 11 Pro’s 5.8-inch screen still gives you plenty of room to run, without the bulk of a bigger phone.

For pixel density, the Galaxy S10 Plus takes the crown, with 522ppi versus the iPhone 11 Pro’s 458ppi and the Note 10’s 401ppi. That said, these differences are usually negligible to the naked eye. What matters most is how brilliant the clarity, how crisp the detail and how legible the words are in bright light.

Color tone is also intangible — some screens look more yellow, and others a harsher blue. We’ll need to compare them side by side in a variety of lighting scenarios to know for sure. For now, let’s call it a draw.

Screen size and resolution

iPhone 11 Pro Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Display size, resolution 5.8-inch OLED Super Retina XDR; 2,436×1,125 pixels 6.3-inch AMOLED; 2,280×1,080 pixels 6.4-inch AMOLED; 3,040×1,440-pixels
Pixel density 458ppi 401 ppi 522ppi

iPhone 11 Pro’s triple camera holds a lot of promise

In an Apple first both the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max get a third camera on the back, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens to go along with the main camera sensor and telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom.

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Both Galaxy phones have this too, plus the ability to seamlessly switch among all three lenses. It’s the image quality we’re unsure about. In our previous photo tests, the Galaxy S10 Plus and iPhone XS each have an advantage, depending on the scene. But the iPhone 11 Pro has new sensors that could change the way that it processes pictures.

We’ll also compare the phones’ dedicated night mode, which Apple glossed over without sharing much about. The S10 Plus and Note use the exact same software and camera lenses.

Front and rear cameras

iPhone 11 Pro Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Camera 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra-wide angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 12-megapixel with Face ID 10-megapixel 10-megapixel, 8-megapixel

Yet there are ways that the iPhone 11 Pro might stand out. Deep Fusion is a new Apple camera feature we’ll see in the future that promises to combine nine photos to make a single composition with great detail and reduced image noise. Apple also will let you start recording video while you’re taking stills, which is the first time we’ve seen this feature on any phone.

Selfies get way more attention, too, with a wide-angle view (the Galaxy phones have this, as well), slow-mo selfies and better 4K video recording. There’s a jump up from 7-megapixel to 12-megapixel as well. While these “slofies” are drawing internet fire, this is a feature I could see Samsung and other rivals adding to their phone within a year.

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Processing power is up in the air

Apple’s chipset is always a little inscrutable. The company compares speed and efficiency compared to the previous models, but it’s tough to weigh one processor — in this case the A13 Bionic chip — with another completely different chipset, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 used in the Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy Note 10.

Based on the iPhone’s 11’s video and photography promises (e.g., 4K video at 60fps, slow-mo selfies and the kind of computational photography you need to process night mode photos) we can guess its chips will be a beast. But so is the Snapdragon 855.

Once again, we’ll have to test everything from gaming silkiness and hard graphics rendering to photo processing speeds and even completing everyday tasks.

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iPhone battery life could give Samsung the chase

Apple has told us just that the iPhone 11’s, Pro’s and Max’s batteries will last up to an hour, four hours and five hours longer than last year’s counterpart phones, respectively. That’s… not very descriptive, considering that everyone uses their phones differently.

Apple doesn’t share battery capacities the way every other manufacturer does, but CNET runs internal tests to establish a baseline we can use to compare phones. We start at 100% and loop a video in airplane mode (with volume and screen brightness at 50%) until it turns off.

Battery life projection

iPhone 11 Pro (projection based on CNET’s iPhone XS battery drain test) Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Battery live on video loop test 17 hours, 17 minutes 16 hours (tests continue) 21 hours
Battery capacity Unknown 3,500mAh 4,100mAh

We’re still testing the Galaxy Note 10, but so far the phone has an average of 16 hours run time. If that average holds and the iPhone 11 Pro’s battery life lives up to Apple’s claim, it could surpass Samsung’s $950 phone.

Samsung’s storage is way cheaper than iPhone

Apple doesn’t offer expandable storage and Samsung usually does (though the Note 10 is one exception). Apple also starts off the iPhone 11 Pro at 64GB of on-board storage compared to 256GB with the Galaxy Note 10 and 128GB for the cheapest Galaxy S10 Plus configuration.

Compared to the iPhone 11 Pro, Samsung gives you double the storage to buy the base model Galaxy S10 Plus (which also supports a 512GB external storage card), and quadruple the ROM if you buy the Note 10 (again, not to be confused with the $,1099 Note 10 Plus).

You’ll pay $1,149 to jump up to 256GB of storage on the iPhone 11 Pro, which is a $200 surcharge over the Note 10 for the same capacity.

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The Note 10 costs $50 less than the iPhone 11 Pro, but has quadruple the storage.


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Security and software updates: iPhone 11 has the edge

Apple has always had the advantage here, since it can push software and security updates to all its supported phones at the same time. For example, iOS 13 will come to eligible iPhones on Sept. 19.

Meanwhile, most phone-makers take time to get the latest version of Android in line with their proprietary software skins. For example, Google’s Pixel phones are the only ones to sport Android 10 right now. Samsung and others do routinely upgrade their phones with patches, but major OS updates take longer to sync up.

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These Samsung phones can wirelessly charge other devices.


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Extras to push you over the edge

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All have:

  • Water-resistant coatings
  • Fast wired charging
  • Wireless charging

iPhone 11 Pro has:

Note 10 has:

  • Reverse wireless charging, which lets you charge wireless accessories and other phones on the back of the device
  • S Pen stylus, a Samsung power feature unique to the Note line

S10 Plus has:

  • A dedicated headphone jack
  • Expanded storage support

When we’ll have a winner

First we’ll need to review the iPhone 11 Pro, then we’ll need to run some deep comparison tests with the Galaxy S10 Plus and Note 10, starting with the camera.

We’ll get to those as soon as we can. In the meantime, here are the five iPhone 11 camera features we’re looking forward to most and here’s the full spec comparison among all the new iPhone 11 models.

iPhone 11 Pro vs Note 10 vs S10 Plus

iPhone 11 Pro Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Display size, resolution 5.8-inch OLED Super Retina XDR; 2,436×1,125 pixels 6.3-inch AMOLED; 2,280×1,080 pixels 6.4-inch AMOLED; 3,040×1,440-pixels
Pixel density 458ppi 401 ppi 522ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.67×2.81×0.32 in 5.94×2.83×0.31 in 6.20×2.92×0.31 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 144×71.4×8.1 mm 151×71.8×7.9 mm 157.6×74.1×7.8 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.63 oz; 188g 5.93 oz; 168g 6.17 oz.; 175 g
Mobile software iOS 13 Android 9.0 Pie Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI
Camera 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra-wide angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 12-megapixel with Face ID 10-megapixel 10-megapixel, 8-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K
Processor Apple A13 Bionic Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, or Samsung Exynos 9825 Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Storage 64GB, 256GB, 512GB 256GB 128GB, 512GB, 1TB
RAM Not disclosed 8GB 8GB, 12GB
Expandable storage None No Up to 512GB
Battery Not disclosed, but Apple claims it will last up to 4 hours longer than iPhone XS 3,500mAh 4,100mAh
Fingerprint sensor None (Face ID) In-screen In-screen (ultrasonic)
Connector Lightning USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack No No Yes
Special features Water resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging S Pen stylus; Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68) Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Price off-contract (USD) $999 (64GB), $1,149 (256GB), $1,349 (512GB) $949 $1000 (128GB), $1,249 (512GB), $1,599 (1TB)
Price (GBP) £1,049 (64GB), £1,199 (256GB), £1,399 (512GB) £899 £899 (128GB)
Price (AUD) AU$1,749 (64GB), AU$1,999 (256GB), AU$2,349 (512GB) AU$1,499 AU$1,499 (128GB)

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