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Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Comparison of the cheap flagships

The Galaxy S20 FE is Samsung's new powerful addition to the S20 range at a lower price. With the 10T series, Xiaomi also offers high-end power for less money. We compare the differences between the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE and the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro for you to help you make your decision.

Unexpectedly, Samsung has added another model to the Galaxy S series with the “Fan Edition” Galaxy S20 FE, which guarantees high-end performance and customized features at a lower price. Xiaomi is also sending a similarly strong competitor into the race in this budget area with the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro. In our comparison you can find out what differences there are between the two top smartphones. The Galaxy S20 FE is available as a 4G and 5G version, we have chosen the 5G version for a fair comparison.

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Data comparison: Samsung Galaxy S20 FE vs. Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

Design and display: battle of display technologies

Viewed from the front, both smartphones look surprisingly similar. Both Samsung and Xiaomi rely on a flat display with a punch-hole recess for the camera and narrow edges on three sides with a slightly thicker chin. Only Xiaomi does not place the camera cutout in the middle, but in the corner. There are also only minor differences in the screen diagonal: The display of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE measures 6.5 inches, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro measures 6.67 inches. Both displays have a Full HD Plus resolution that is almost identical to pixels. It gets interesting as soon as you look at the details: Samsung offers a superior Dynamic AMOLED display with a smooth 120 frames per second. The Mi 10T Pro relies on the somewhat weaker IPS display with LCD technology, but on a super-high refresh rate of 144 Hertz.

There are also parallels in design. Both phones are larger than average. While the 190 gram Galaxy S20 FE is made of plastic, the back of the Mi 10T Pro is made entirely of glass, which is reflected in the weight of 216 grams. When it comes to protection against water, the S20 FE can stand out with an IP 68 certification. Corning Gorilla Glass is used in both devices for greater scratch and breakage protection. Xiaomi has integrated the fingerprint scanner into the power button for quick login, while Samsung hides an optical sensor under the display.

Performance: It's the internal (RAM) values ​​that count

The performance sprint is a head-to-head race. Xiaomi and Samsung have each installed the high-performance Snapdragon 865 processor from Qualcomm in the 5G-capable smartphones, which reaches up to 2.84 GHz and masters every high-performance task with a total of 8 cores. Here the performance is at the same level. However, with 8 GB of RAM, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro can hold its own against the Galaxy S20 FE with 6 GB. In everyday life, however, you should rarely notice the difference. Only if you prefer the cheaper 4G version of the S20 FE will you get a cell phone with a slightly weaker Exynos processor.

Camera: the sensor makes the difference

Samsung installs a triple camera in the S20 FE, which is similar to the standard model of the S20 series. The 12-megapixel main camera with f / 1.8 aperture, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with f / 2.4 aperture and an 8-megapixel zoom camera with f / 2.0 aperture open up a wide range of options in every situation. Xiaomi can set itself apart here in the Mi 10T Pro with a huge 108-megapixel main sensor, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle and a 5-megapixel macro sensor. The high resolution should ensure particularly sharp and detailed images. Even without a real zoom, you can capture small image sections with high quality.

Thanks to the large sensor, Xiaomi also leads in the video category - up to 8K with 30 fps are possible. The Galaxy S20 FE achieves a resolution of up to 4K with 60 frames per second. If you want a very high resolution and 8K video, the Xiaomi mobile phone is the better option. But Samsung's smartphone also shoots pictures and videos at a high level.

On the other hand, you succeed better in high-resolution selfies with the S20 FE thanks to the 32-megapixel front camera. The competition from Xiaomi only installs a 20 megapixel sensor here.

Battery and storage: Bigger and bigger battery

The internal memory leaves few points for criticism. Samsung and Xiaomi offer enough space for your media, games and apps with 128 GB of basic memory. Android uses around 20 GB of this for system files. If you need more space, the memory in the Galaxy S20 FE can optionally be expanded by up to 1 TB with a microSD card. The data memory of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro cannot be expanded, but there is an alternative 256 GB version. If you shoot a lot of videos, the larger basic memory variant is worth considering for space-hungry 8K videos.

In the battery comparison, the Mi 10T Pro, on the other hand, has grown again and has a huge 5,000 mAh of energy. The battery of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE supplies the systems with an equally powerful 4,500 mAh. These values ​​are also necessary for a convincing battery life. he 144 Hz or 120 Hz display requires more energy than normal screens. The difference between the devices shouldn't be big here due to the different refresh rates. Although Xiaomi has a 500 mAh larger battery, it also requires more power for the 144 Hz display. Both smartphones with such a battery pack should easily make it through the day.

If the energy is insufficient, the S20 variant can be recharged quickly either wirelessly via wireless charging or 25-watt fast charging via cable. Accessories also benefit from reverse charging on the back. These features are missing in the Mi 10T Pro, but it charges even faster via a cable connection with 33 watts.

Conclusion: a head-to-head race

Both models focus on different areas, but guarantee you with the high-end processor and sufficient RAM consistently first-class performance in every situation. With the Galaxy S20 FE 5G, Samsung has put together a strong overall package with a particularly good OLED display, more protection from external influences, wireless charging and an established ecosystem that promises 3 years of updates. The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro impresses with a higher quality choice of materials, particularly high-resolution photos and videos and the higher frame rate. In the end, personal preferences determine the choice.