Apple iPhone 11 Pro Vs The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: Battle Of The Flagships

The Cupertino giant finally wraps off the cover from the much-awaited flagship iPhone 11 series. As expected Apple introduced three new variants targeting three different niches of customers. The iPhone 11 will attract entry-level buyers who are not willing to spend a hefty amount. The iPhone 11 Pro is the successor of the iPhone XS whereas the iPhone 11 Pro Max is the direct successor of iPhone XS Max. All new iPhones are bringing incremental changes over the predecessor.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro courtesy Future

Being the latest phones the iPhone 11 lineup will face stiff competition from one of the best Android phones in the market. Today we will find out how the latest iPhone 11 Pro stacks up against the Samsung’s finest Galaxy S10 Plus. Undoubtedly both the phones are good enough to be amongst the best flagships of this year, however, both have different selling aspects.

Our comparison will help out to find the key aspects which differentiates these phones on the basis of design, display, hardware, cameras and much more. Without any further ado, let’s kick off with the design which plays a vital role while purchasing a new phone.


This year Samsung adopted the Infinity O display for the S10 series. The Galaxy S10 Plus brings refreshing change over the predecessor in terms of design. On the other hand that’s not the case with the iPhone 11 Pro. The latest iPhone still resembles the two years old iPhone X. Whether you like it or not but the traditional notch on the iPhones is here to stay. This year once again Apple opted thick bulky notch at the top of the display. The Galaxy S10 Plus has dual selfie snappers at the top right corner.

iPhone 11 Pro courtesy thesun

Finally, Apple introduced a triple camera setup on the rear side. The triple cameras setup is enclosed in a square box at the top left corner. The Galaxy S10 Plus has triple cameras on the rear side aligned horizontally in the center. We had seen a number of phones with triple cameras but the latest iPhone 11 Pro cameras position is a bit awkward.

The iPhone 11 Pro chassis is made up of stainless steel with glass covering the front and rear side. The Galaxy S10 Plus has aluminum chassis with curved glass on the front and rear side. The iPhone 11 Pro comes with a 6.1-inches display whereas the S10 Plus comes with even larger 6.4-inches display.

The iPhone 11 Pro features Face ID as a primary biometric option whereas the S10 Plus comes with an ultrasonic under-glass fingerprint scanner. As far as water and dust resistance is a concern both the phones are IP68 certified. The S10 Plus can resist up to 1.5 meters deep water whereas the iPhone 11 Pro can resist under 4 meters deep water for half an hour.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus courtesy Techradar

The iPhone 11 Pro dimensions are 144 x 71.4 x 8.1 mm and weigh 188g. On the other hand, the S10 Plus measurements are 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm and weigh 175g. The Galaxy S10 Plus retains the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack whereas the iPhone 11 Pro comes with a Lightning port. In terms of color options the iPhone 11 Pro will be available in gold, space gray, silver, and midnight green colors whereas the S10 Plus is widely available in Prism Blue, Black, White, Flamingo Pink, Ceramic Black, and White colors.


Unfortunately, Apple once again opted the bulky notch when Android smartphones manufacturers are shrinking the bezels to provide more display. The iPhone 11 Pro brings a 5.8-inches Super Retina XDR OLED display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1125 x 2436 pixels. The display pixels density is 463 pixels-per-inch.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus courtesy Yugatech

On the other hand, Samsung reduced the top bezel with two Infinity-O holes for selfie cameras. It sports a 6.4-inches Dynamic AMOLED display. The Quad HD+ display screen resolution is 1440 x 3040 pixels with a pixels density of 526 pixels-per-inch. It supports HDR10+ as well. Being the OLED display panels the colors saturation, contrast ratio and deep blacks are equally good on both the phones. However, a larger display with better screen resolution gives the S10 Plus edge here.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus courtesy Techradar


Under the hood, both the phones are packed with the latest hardware available in their respective ecosystem. The iPhone 11 Pro is powered up with the A13 Bionic chipset. According to Apple the new SoC is 20% faster than its predecessor. To better handle AI and AR tasks it comes with a dedicated Neural Processing Engine.

The iPhone 11 Pro will be available in three configurations including 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB. All variants have 6GB of RAM. The Galaxy S10 Plus is running on the Qualcomm’s Octa-core Snapdragon 855 SoC for the US market and Exynos 9820 SoC for the global market. Overall both the phones are sharp and efficient in handling HIFI games and heavy multitasking. In terms of RAW performance, the iPhone 11 Pro certainly has an upper hand.

The Galaxy S10 Plus base model has 8GB RAM with 128GB native storage. The top-tier model comes with 12GB of RAM, you can choose either 512GB or 1TB native storage. It supports memory expansion via MicroSD card but that’s not an option for the iPhone 11 Pro owners.


Like most of the latest phones, the iPhone 11 Pro comes with a triple camera setup on the rear side. The primary snapper on the rear is a 12MP module with f/1.8 aperture. The secondary snapper on the rear is a 12MP telephoto module with f/2.0 aperture and optical image stabilization. Last but not the least the third sensor on the rear is a 12MP ultra wide-angle sensor with f/2.4 aperture and 120 degrees field of view.

All the sensors on the rear are capable of recording 4K videos with cinematic video stabilization and dynamic range. A new image processing system, Deep Fusion is introduced which optimizes the captured images. The camera app interface is also revamped in line to get full use of the triple cameras setup.

iPhone 11 Pro courtesy thesun

The Galaxy S10 Plus was the first Samsung phone with triple rear cameras. The primary sensor on the rear is 12MP module with a variable aperture. In daylight conditions, the aperture is at f/2.4 whereas in the unstable lighting condition the aperture automatically turns to f/1.5. The ultra-wide-angle secondary snapper is of 16MP with f/2.2 aperture, its field of view is 123 degrees. The third sensor on the rear is a telephoto module of 8MP with f/2.4 aperture and optical zoom up to 2x.

Upfront the selfie snapper on the iPhone 11 Pro is TrueDepth 12MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture. It can record 4K videos. The S10 Plus is one of the few premium flagships with dual selfie snappers. The primary sensor is 10MP module with f/1.9 aperture whereas the secondary snapper is an 8MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture. Considering the DxoMark ratings the S10 Plus is amongst the best camera phones with 109 point, although DxoMark ratings aren’t very indicative of real life performance.


Like always Apple didn’t reveal the battery capacity of the new iPhones. However, what we heard so far the iPhone 11 Pro is shipped with almost 15-20% larger battery cell than the predecessor. It can easily last for one day on normal usage. According to Apple, the new iPhone 11 Pro lasts 4 hours more than the predecessor which is certainly a huge bump. Another good thing is it is shipped with fast 18W charger straight out of the box instead of 5W like its predecessor.

Apple claims the new charger can charge up to 50% of battery in just 30 minutes. The iPhone 11 Pro comes with Lightning port whereas the Wall charger has Type-C port. The Galaxy S10 Plus powered on by a 4,100mAh battery cell. The box includes a 20W fast charger, however, you can purchase 45W fast charger separately. Last but not least you will get support for reverse wireless charging which allows charging for other phones with wireless charging support. Both support wireless charging, the iPhone 11 Pro sticks to 7.5W charging whereas the S10 Plus supports 15W charging.


The iPhone 11 Pro is the latest best offering from Apple with refined specs and design. On the S10 Plus is also amongst the best option from Samsung so far this year. However, both the phones don’t bring drastic changes over the predecessor. In the design department, it is up to customers whether they prefer the Infinity-O design of S10 Plus or the bulky notch design of iPhone 11 Pro. In the display section both the phones are almost on the same level except the size and resolution.

The iPhone 11 Pro takes lead in the hardware and software section. As iOS on the iPhone 11 Pro is running on the latest 13th straight out of the box. On the other hand, S10 Plus owners will have to wait for the latest update for months. In the camera section both the devices are powerhouses with great capturing capabilities.

Fahad Mushtaq
Fahad Mushtaq is an avid Android developer with over 5 years experience working on Google Cloud AI and Tensor flow in conjunction with BPM line of products.