Xiaomi Mi 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Comparison!

by Airyl 516 views0

This year at MWC we saw the advent of foldable phones and the reveal of new flagships. The biggest flagship devices from this event would have to be Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and the Xiaomi Mi 9. These devices and their variants dominated the headlines that weren’t taken by folding phones.

Now that the dust has settled a bit more, let’s take a closer look and compare the two devices. These days there’s never a clear cut winner, but it’ll still be interesting to take a look at how they stack up. The best part however is that we get to see how far both companies have come after all this time.

   

HARDWARE

Xiaomi Mi 9

The Mi 9 is one of the first devices running on the Snapdragon 855 SoC, which means it has the Adreno 640 GPU. This is paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, though there’s no expandable storage. Not even a 3.5mm headphone jack nere.

Up front we’ve got a 6.39″ 2340 x 1080 Samsung AMOLED screen with a waterdrop notch. There’s also multi-functional NFC, dual-frequency GPS and an IR blaster, and HPUE and 4×4 MIMO. We’ve also got an in-screen ultrasonic fingeprint sensor.

Xiaomi claims sound has also been improved with ‘industry’s best linear speaker’, equivalent to 0.9cc large speaker box with deeper bass. Finally, we’ve got a 3,300mAh battery with super-fast 27W wired charging and 20W wireless charging.

 

Samsung Galaxy S10

The Galaxy S10 is ALSO one of the first devices running on the Snapdragon 855 SoC. It gets slightly more RAM at 8GB, and 128GB of internal storage. There’s also expandable storage here, to up to 512GB. Incredibly, there’s also a headphone jack here! Dang!

The S10 is equipped with a 6.1-inch 3040 x 1440 19:9 Dynamic AMOLED+ display, along with that hole punch notch and Gorilla Glass 6 protection. Finally, we’ve got a 3,400mAh battery, but the charging is slower than the Mi 9  at 18W wired, 15W wireless.

There’s also the ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint sensor, which apparently works very well. One other thing to note is that the S10 can also possibly run the Exynos 9820 Octa core processor. This variant has a Mali G-76 GPU and is built on an 8nm process.

 

DESIGN

Xiaomi Mi 9

The Xiaomi Mi 9 is made from glass, with a sheet of 2.5D Gorilla Glass 6 on the back. Over on the front, we’ve got Gorilla Glass 5 covering the device’s 6.4-inch AMOLED screen with a 2340 x 1080 pixel resolution.

The body comes in four different colors, those being black, lavender, blue and transparent. The standard black looks great, but the lavender and blue versions are really stunning.

Additionally, there is a transparent version, just like we saw with the Mi 8 Pro Explorer Edition. Again, you’re not seeing actual components, just representations, but there’s no denying it’s an eye-catching look.

 

Samsung Galaxy S10

The S10 represents the biggest design overhaul we’ve seen for the Galaxy S series in the last few years. We’re still looking at a curved glass sandwich with a metal frame, but the camera module is now horizontal with two extra lenses.

There is no longer a fingerprint sensor on the back. Around the front, the S10 is almost entirely screen with the slimmest of bezels and a hole punch camera at the top right.

Samsung managed to squeeze a 6.1-inch screen into the S10, though it’s still a bit smaller than the Mi 9’s. The S10 also has an IP68 rating, meaning it can be submerged in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes without damage.

 

SOFTWARE AND UPDATES

Xiaomi Mi 9

MIUI comes on almost every Xiaomi phone by default, and it currently sits on its 10th iteration. It’s one of the most popular Android UIs of all time, and for good reason. It’s extremely streamlined, and all its features work very well in day to day use.

MIUI uses a simple, clean and flat design throughout the entire user interface. There’s no app drawer, just like most UIs from China. It’s been going strong for years now, with customisability and stability being two of the main focuses of MIUI.

The biggest selling point of MIUI however are the updates. Unlike pretty much any other company, Xiaomi updates MIUI very frequently. This is fantastic for users, especially since Xiaomi regularly takes user feedback and implements it into updates.

 

Samsung Galaxy S10

Just like the S10’s physical design, the S10 represents the biggest software design overhaul we’ve seen for the Galaxy S series. Replacing the old, dusty TouchWiz UI and the Samsung Experience UI is the brand new One UI.

In terms of UI design, One UI resembles MIUI quite a lot. With a lot of clean and flat colours, it’s a direction with great results. One huge advantage of One UI however is the availability of dark mode, which allows the Galaxy S10 to save battery life.

When it comes to updates however, Samsung really drops the ball. While they’ve been improving as of late, they still don’t have the excellent track record of Xiaomi. Still, One UI in its current state is still a very well designed, and is a very simple to use.

 

CAMERA

Xiaomi Mi 9

This is the first time Xiaomi has used a triple-lens camera on one of its smartphones, and it has gone all-out with the specification. The main lens is Sony’s 48MP IMX586 sensor with an f/1.75 aperture, with pixel binning technology for low light photography.

It’s joined by a 12MP telephoto lens and a 16MP wide-angle lens with a 117-degree field of view. The selfie camera is a 20MP unit, and each camera is enhanced by artificial intelligence. This includes A.I. portrait modes, a night mode, and scene detection.

In terms of reviews, the easiest comparison is to take a look at their DxOmark scores. The Xiaomi Mi9 scores a total of 107, with a 112 for photgraphy and a 99 for video. 

 

Samsung Galaxy S10

The Samsung Galaxy S10 has a triple-lens rear camera, made up of a 12MP f/2.4 telephoto lens with OIS, a 12MP dual-pixel lens which can switch between an aperture of f/1.5 and f/2.4 (both with OIS), and a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle lens with no OIS.

Over on the front there’s a dual front camera setup. The first is a 10MP sensor with 1.22µm pixels, 25mm-equivalent focal length and a f/1.9 aperture. The second is simply an 8MP sensor for depth sensing.

The Galaxy S10 scores a 109 from DxOmark, with a 114 for photography and an unexpected 97 for video. This is quite surprising, seeing how the Mi 9 got a 99 for video.

 

PRICING

Xiaomi Mi 9

At its base model we’re using here, the Xiaomi Mi 9 comes in at 2,999 yuan, just about $445. This isn’t as ridiculously cheap as some previous Mi device have been, but it’s much lower than the standard flagship. Especially next to other Snapdragon 855 phones, the Mi 9 is practically peanuts.

 

Samsung Galaxy S10

The Samsung Galaxy S10 costs muuuch more than the Xiaomi Mi 9. In fact, at $900, it’s practically double the price of the Mi 9. It’s incredible how much companies expect us to pay for flagships these days. It’s why we need companies like Xiaomi and OnePlus to keep things sensible.

 

CONCLUSION

Overall, the Mi 9 vs S10 match up really ends up being a matter of perspective. In terms of sheer value, the Mi 9 is by and far the better option. It has almost the same or sometimes better specs, but at half the price. It’s almost a no brainer on a budget. There’s also the software updates.

On the other hand, the Galaxy S10 has a bunch of smaller advantages that add up to a grander upper hand. It has expandable storage, a 3.5mm headphone jack and more RAM. Whether all these small additions are worth the extra $455 is up to you.