Samsung or Xiaomi? Choosing the best smartphones in different price categories

Samsung was one of the pioneers in the smartphone market, which has since expanded so much that many competitors began to step on the heels of the leaders. Although previously the main competition was considered to be between Samsung and Apple, now other players, such as the Chinese company Xiaomi, are entering the arena. Samsung has long been improving its product range, including phones in every price segment, but with the emergence of many Xiaomi models that offer excellent value for money, Samsung faces serious competition in all areas, however, not going to give up.

If earlier the Chinese company was the leader in the family of budget and ultra-budget smartphones, now Xiaomi is actively invading the premium segment, and the South Korean manufacturer, on the contrary, is improving its public sector employees, long established in the line of recognized flagships.

If we talk about the filling used, Samsung mainly uses its own Exynos or Snapdragon chipsets from the recognized leader in this field Qualcomm in its more expensive smartphones. The South Korean giant uses Mediatek processors in budget models. Xiaomi for the most part focuses on Snapdragon – from simple chipsets, to the most modern. Both companies integrate camera sensors made by Sony and Samsung into their smartphones, and in terms of the number of megapixels, Xiaomi models have long been not inferior to Samsung, although the software processing of images is still better than the devices of the Korean manufacturer.

As for the quality of performance and design, here Xiaomi is gradually catching up with Samsung, as well as in terms of pleasant little things, like fast charging. Xiaomi smartphones do not differ in water resistance or dust protection, but they can please with innovative extendable cameras and the fairly frequent presence of a 3.5 mm audio jack. Thus, it is difficult to choose a clear leader among these two brands – here each user will have to independently weigh all the pros and cons of owning a smartphone of a particular brand.

Let's take a closer look at what smartphones both Samsung and Xiaomi can offer in different price categories.

Up to 15,000 rublesGalaxy M21 (about 15,000 rubles)

To get a device in this price category with a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen of 2400 x 1080 and a pixel density of 411 ppi is already a lot. Add here a built-in fingerprint scanner under the screen, albeit slow, and a very capacious 6000 mAh battery that provides up to two days of battery life – well, not bad parameters for a budget smartphone. Do not expect high performance from its Mediatek Helio P65 chipset – the device is clearly not designed for complex graphics games, but it is quite suitable for performing daily tasks.

One of the disadvantages of the Galaxy M21 is the unfortunate material of the plastic case, on which scratches quickly appear. The camera is also not a strong point of the device.

< /p>Galaxy M21 Specifications: Screen: 6.4 inches Super AMOLED, 2400 x 1080SoC: Mediatek Helio P65RAM: 4 GB Internal memory: 64 GB, Expandable Main camera: 48 MP, f / 2.0, ultra-wide-angle 8 MP, f/2.2, auxiliary lens for 5 MP Frontal camera: 20 MP Battery: 6000 mAh Battery: Android 10.0 Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S (about 14800 rubles)

You can choose this device for a number of reasons, and it's not just its attractive price. For this, quite reasonable money, you get a large IPS screen with a surprisingly high pixel density of 395 ppi, a gaming processor with 4 GB of RAM on board and a solid amount of internal memory-64 GB with the possibility of expansion . It is worth noting and capacious(this will not be found in any flagship) a 5020 mAh battery with 18W fast charging, as well as a good set of cameras with a 48 MP main sensor.

If we talk about the cons – this is a plastic frame around the screen and a fairly branded glass without an oleophobic coating.

Features of Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S:Screen: 6.67 inches IPS LCD, 1080 x 2400SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720GRAM: 4 GB Internal Memory: 64 GB, Expandable Main Camera: 48 MP, f/1.8, ultra-wide-angle 8 MP, f/2.2, 5 MP macro camera and 2 MP depth sensor Frontal camera: 16 MP Battery: 5020 mAh, 18 W fast charging Android 10.0, MIUI 11Do 20,000 rubbleGalaxy A51 (about 18,000 rubles)

This smartphone from Samsung has been repeatedly talked about as the leader of the budget line, and he confirms it. Excellent quality Super AMOLED display with a diagonal of 6.5 inches and a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels with the thinnest frames and a sub-screen fingerprint scanner and a neat perforation for a very solid 32-megapixel selfie camera is an undoubted plus. The main camera with the main sensor at 48 MP is also very good for a budget device, and the presence of NFC and fast charging is another item in the list of advantages of the model.

There were some shortcomings. These include the outdated Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 9611 processor, the brand-new plastic case, and the lack of an OIS system.

< /p>Galaxy A51 features:Screen: 6.5 inches Super AMOLED, 1080 x 2400SoC: Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 9611RAM: 6 GB Internal memory: 128 GB, Expandable Main Camera: 48 MP, f / 2.0, Ultra-wide-angle 12 MP, f / 2, macro camera 5 MP, depth sensor 5 MP Frontal camera: 32 MP Battery: 4000 mAh, Fast charging 15 WPO: Android 10.0 Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro (about 17,000 rubles)

The reasons why this device is worth paying attention to, not counting the optimal price, this is a very large 6.67-inch IPS LCD display with a high brightness of 450 nits and a pixel density of 395 ppi, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G gaming processor with 6 GB of RAM included, as well as a capacious 5020 mAh battery with support for very fast charging (30 W). The set of cameras will please you with both resolution and functionality – the main sensor at 64 MP is complemented by an ultra-wide-angle module at 8 Mp, a macro camera at 5 MP and a 2-megapixel portrait lens. The presence of an NFC chip can be considered a plus for a budget phone.

Speaking of disadvantages, we should mention the not very successful digital image stabilization of the camera, the presence of a plastic frame around the screen and a considerable weight – 209 g.

Features of Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro:Screen: 6.67 inches IPS LCD, 1080 x 2400SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720GRAM: 6 GB Internal memory: 128 GB, Expandable Main Camera: 64 MP, f/1.8, Ultra-wide-angle 8 MP, f/2.2, Macro camera 5 MP, depth sensor 2 MP Frontal camera: 16 MpBattery: 5020 mAh with 30W fast charging Android 10.0, MIUI 11Do 30,000 rubbleGalaxy A71 (about 28,000 rubles)

The large frameless 6.7-inch Super AMOLED screen of this smartphone immediately attracts attention. But the filling of the device is very decent-the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor in combination with 6 GB of RAM provides good performance, including in games. The device is equipped with a successful set of four cameras – the kit includes, in addition to the main sensor at 64 MP, an ultra-wide-angle at 12 MP, a 5-megapixel macro camera and a portrait lens at 5 MP. The 32 MP front-facing camera is a solid bid from a non-flagship device.

As for the disadvantages – these include a plastic case and the lack of moisture protection.

Galaxy A71 Features:Screen: 6.7 inches Super AMOLEDSoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730RAM: 6 GB Internal memory: 128 GB, expandable Main Camera: 64 MP, f / 1.8, 12 MP ultra-wide angle, 5 MP macro lens, 5 MP depth sensor Front Camera: 32 MpBattery: 4500 with 25 W fast charging Phone: Android 10.0 Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (about 22,000 rubles)

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro – a very profitable purchase in this price category. The smartphone is equipped with a top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and 8 GB of RAM up to, which ensures high performance. The device's bright AMOLED screen supports HDR. As for the cameras, it is worth noting the extendable selfie camera at 20 MP and the main triple with the main sensor at 48 MP, an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom and an ultra-wide-angle lens at 13 MP.The disadvantages of the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro model include the lack of a slot for a memory card and moisture protection, the presence of which in the middle line would make it possible to stand out among competitors.

Features of Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro:Screen: 6.39 inches AMOLED, 1080 x 2340SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855RAM: 8 GB Internal memory: 128 GB, non-expandable Main Camera: 48 MP. f / 1.8 Sony IMX586, ultra-wide-angle 13 MP, f/2.4, telephoto camera 8 mpfrontal camera: extendable, 20 MpBatarea: 4000 mAh, fast charging 27 WPO: Android 10, MIUI 11Do 40,000 rubles Galaxy S10e (about 38,000 rubles)

The simplified last year's flagship is good from all sides and will remain so for quite a long time. It differs from the S10 model with a smaller display (5.8 inches), made using the same new Dynamic AMOLED technology, a slightly simpler main camera (2 lenses – 12 and 16 MP, of which the second is ultra - wide-angle), and a less capacious 3,100 mAh battery. The other filling is the same as that of the S10-a Samsung Exynos 9820 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and 6 GB of RAM. So you get the same performance at a lower price in a comfortable and stylish small case. This also includes IP68-rated dust and moisture protection, fast and wireless two-way charging.

From the shortcomings – wide frames around the screen and low battery capacity.

Galaxy S10e Features:Screen: 5.8 inches Dynamic AMOLEDSoC: Samsung Exynos 9820 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 855RAM: 6 GB Internal memory: 128 GB, Expandable Main Camera: 12 MP, f / 1.5, ultra-wide-angle 16 MP, f/2.2 Front camera: 10 MP Battery: 3100 mAh, fast (15 W) and wireless charging Phone: Android 10.0 Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro (about 35,000 rubles)

The top-of-the-line model from Xiaomi offers a stylish and original premium design and high performance – perfect combination for a flagship device. The Super AMOLED screen with a diagonal of 6.67 inches and support for HDR10+ is devoid of a slot, as the device is equipped with a pop-up selfie camera at 20 MP. The main camera unit includes four modules: a 64-megapixel main camera, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel telephoto camera, and an auxiliary 2-megapixel depth sensor. The obvious advantages of the model include a high-end Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 processor, fast built - in memory of the UFS 3.1 standard at 256 GB, 8 GB of RAM and a 4700 mAh battery with 30 W fast charging.There are probably two disadvantages found – the lack of wireless charging, which is available in the flagship competitors, and a slot for memory cards.

Features of Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro:Screen: 6.67 inches Super AMOLED, HDR10+SoC: Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865RAM: 8 GB Internal memory: 128/256 GB, non-expandable Main Camera: 64 MP, f/1.9, Ultra-wide-angle 13 MP, f/2.4, 5 MP telephoto camera, depth of field sensor 2 MP Frontal camera: pop-up 20 MP Battery: 4700mAh with 30% fast charge VtPO: Android 10.0 More than 40,000 rubles Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (about 75,000 rubles)

With this device, you get everything at once-a huge 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen with a resolution of 3040 x 1440 and support for HDR10+, and a high-performance Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9825 chipset,and 12 MB of RAM. All this comes with a 4300 mAh battery with fast and two-way wireless charging and a quad camera module on the 12+16+12 MP + TOF depth sensor, of which the main one provides double optical zoom, and the second-wide-angle shooting. The front camera has a resolution of 10 MP. A clear advantage of the smartphone is the presence of the S-Pen stylus, which allows you to work faster with notes and create sketches.

The disadvantage of this model – no 3.5 mm audio jack.

Features of Samsung Galaxy Note 10+:Screen: 6.8 in. Dynamic AMOLED, 3040 x 1440, HDR10+SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9825RAM: 12 MB Internal memory: 256 GB, expandable Main Camera: 12 MP, Optical zoom (2x), f/1.5, Ultra-wide-angle 16 MP, f/2.2, 12 MP telephoto camera and TOF sensor Frontal Camera: 10 MpBattery: 4300 mAh, fast charging 25W, Wireless 15WPO: Android 10.0 Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro (about 70,000 rubles)

The Mi 10 Pro model belongs to the top line of the premium segment, and the cost of this device, as you can see, goes beyond the standard policy of Xiaomi, aimed at combining high quality performance with affordable prices. Well, the flagship from the Chinese manufacturer has joined the same line with the high-end smartphones of the brands - market leaders.

Its parameters are quite competitive: high-performance top-end Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 processor, 12 MB of RAM, Super AMOLED display, 6.67 inches, 2340 x 1080, with a refresh rate of 90 Hz, a 20 MP front camera, a main pentacamera with an impressive 108 MP main module, a 4500 mAh battery with super-fast charging of 50 W, as well as wireless direct and reverse charging.

One of the disadvantages of the Mi 10 Pro is the lack of an audio jack and a memory card slot.

Features of Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro:Screen: 6.67 inches Super AMOLED, 2340 x 1080, with 90 HZ refresh rate SOC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865RAM: 12 MP Internal Memory: 256 GB, non-expandable Main Camera: 108 MP, f/1.7, Ultra-wide-angle 20 MP, f/2.2, 12 and 8 MP telephoto cameras, TOF sensor Front camera: 20 MP Battery: 4500mAh, 50W fast charging, 30W wireless VtPO: Android 10.0