Compare Xiaomi Mi 11 Vs.  Samsung Galaxy S21 5G: The first half of 2021's flagship battle

Compare Xiaomi Mi 11 Vs. Samsung Galaxy S21 5G: The first half of 2021’s flagship battle


Starting the race between high-end smartphones in 2021 are the two names Xiaomi Mi 11 from Xiaomi and Galaxy S21 5G from Samsung. Both smartphones have their own unique features that attract users. Let’s compare the Xiaomi Mi 11 Vs. Samsung Galaxy S21 5G to see which flagship is the ‘true love’ in your heart!

This article is referenced on the ITIGIC and XDA technology pages.

See also: The first impression of Xiaomi Mi 11 International Edition: Unique camera cluster design, powerful SnapDragon 888 chip, impressive photography

Compare Mi 11 Vs. Galaxy S21 5G: The design is groundbreaking

When smartphone designs are in a saturation phase, the two giants Xiaomi and Samsung have created their own highlight for their flagships. And coincidentally, that highlight is located in the unique backside camera cluster. Above Mi 11 we will see a large cluster of 3 square cameras with 2 cameras inspired by the design of a capsule.

The capsule camera cluster is a highlight on the Xiaomi Mi 11.
The capsule camera cluster is a highlight on the Xiaomi Mi 11.

Meanwhile, with the Galaxy S21 5G, the cluster of 3 cameras on the back is arranged along the body and adds a protective metal layer connected from the edge of the device quite fancy. Overall, both of these designs are unique and unmistakably distinct.

The camera cluster is also the highlight on the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G.
The camera cluster is also the highlight on the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G.

The machining material on the two products also has a slight difference. Xiaomi Mi 11 is equipped with a frosted glass back, which limits fingerprints and the surrounding frame is made of solid metal. Meanwhile, the back of the Galaxy S21 5G is completely covered with rough plastic and is surrounded by aluminum.

Although the processing material is different, both products still exude the ‘luxury’ look of high-end phones, but it seems that the glass back on the Xiaomi Mi 11 is easier to satisfy many users.

Compare Mi 11 Vs. Galaxy S21 5G: Is the screen on Xiaomi Mi 11 better?

Both of our flagship products use the familiar punch hole design on Android smartphones. The difference between the two is the camera layout. If Samsung Galaxy S21 5G is arranged in the middle of the screen, Mi 11 chooses to place its camera in the corner of the screen. And of course the hole-punch cameras of the two flagships are made quite neat to optimize the frame for the user.

Although the same AMOLED panel is used and has the same 120 Hz refresh rate, the resolution as well as the size of the two products are markedly different. With the smallest phone in the S series 3 series launched this year, the size of Samsung Galaxy S21 5G is 6.2 inches. Despite the smaller size, but when placed next to Mi 11 with 6.8 inch screen, the two do not seem to have too much difference.

Although there are different sizes, when placed side by side, there is not a big difference.
Although there are different sizes, when placed side by side, there is not a big difference. ITIGIC Sources.

In addition, with 2K resolution, the Mi 11 also offers a better display quality than Full HD resolution on Samsung Galaxy S21 5G too!

Compare Mi 11 Vs. Galaxy S21 5G: The battle between Exynos 2100 and SnapDragon 888

Perhaps the performance determined by the two chips will be one of the factors to consider between the two products above. If Xiaomi continues to choose Qualcomm as the supplier of the SnapDragon 888 chip for its latest flagship product, Samsung will choose ‘homegrown’ with the Exynos 2100 chip. The common feature of these two chips is that produced on a 5 nm process.

Both chipsets are manufactured using a 5nm process.
Both chipsets are manufactured using a 5 nm process.

The Exynos chip is slightly better when it allows frequencies up to 2.91 GHz compared to 2.84 GHz on Qualcomm chipsets. However, Samsung’s ARM Mali-G78 GPU graphics chip is a little less attractive if put on the balance table with the Adreno 660 GPU on the Snapdragon.

In general, chipsets on both products are rated for strong performance at the moment and each chip has its own advantages. So this also seems to be an unequaled battle in terms of performance!

So sánh Mi 11 Vs. Galaxy S21 5G: Camera

The camera system on the Xiaomi Mi 11 includes the main camera with a resolution of 108 MP which is almost ‘swallowing’ the 12 MP resolution available on the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G in terms of parameters. However, Samsung has also shown that it is not an easy competitor to be “bullied” with the 64 MP telephoto camera which is quite “good” for shooting.

Although it does not own any telephoto lenses, but in return Mi 11 is equipped with a 5 MP macro lens, suitable for close-up photography. As for the other wide-angle lens, our two competitors are not too different when Mi 11 uses a 13MP lens, and S21 5G with a 12MP lens. Let’s compare the camera system through a few pictures.

Overall, the photos of Xiaomi Mi 11 and Samsung Galaxy S21 5G when viewed on the phone do not differ too much. The image is still extremely vibrant and catches the eye of the viewer.

Photo taken in bright enough conditions with the main camera of Mi 11 (left) and Galaxy S21 5G (right) if at first glance there is not too much difference.
Photo taken in bright enough conditions with the main camera of Mi 11 (left) and Galaxy S21 5G (right) if at first glance there is not too much difference. Source: XDA.
The image is still incredibly vibrant.  Xiaomi Mi 11 (left) and S21 5G (right).
The image is still incredibly vibrant. Xiaomi Mi 11 (left) and S21 5G (right). Source: XDA.

However, if the larger the image zoom, the Mi 11 has the advantage of sharpness in every image more than the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G. This is also quite understandable because the main lens of Mi 11 has a resolution of up to 108 MP.

If you zoom the image up you will see the difference between the 108 MP lens and the 12 MP lens.  Xiaomi Mi 11 (left) and Galaxy S21 5G (right).
If you zoom the image up you will see the difference between the 108 MP lens and the 12 MP lens. Xiaomi Mi 11 (left) and Galaxy S21 5G (right). Source: XDA.

However, in low light? Will Mi 11 continue to win the S21 5G? In this condition, it seems that the S21 5G has had a ‘flip’. The photo taken from the Samsung flagship looks sharper and the dynamic range is also better. The large resolution lens itself also makes Mi 11 need more light when taking pictures than the S21 5G.

Low-light photos taken in the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G seem sharper.
Low-light photos taken in the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G seem sharper. Mi 11 (left) and Galaxy S21 5G (right). Source: XDA.

The wide-angle camera of S21 5G and Xiaomi Mi 11 is quite balanced, giving equally ‘sparkling’ images.

Both produce beautiful wide-angle shots.  Mi 11 (left) and Galaxy S21 5G (right)
Both produce beautiful wide-angle shots. Mi 11 (left) and Galaxy S21 5G (right). Source: XDA.

So sánh Mi 11 Vs. Galaxy S21 5G: Pin

In terms of usage time, Xiaomi Mi 11 has an advantage over Samsung Galaxy S21 5G. Thanks to the somewhat larger size, the Xiaomi Mi 11 can fit a 4,600 mAh battery. In addition, Mi smartphones also allow users to choose between taking the charger or not.

Meanwhile, with the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G, due to the smaller size, the battery inside is also somewhat ‘modest’, only at 4,000 mAh. And one more sad thing when this year Samsung also decided to remove the included charger for its latest S series products.

Mi 11 is slightly better with 4,600 mAh battery on its products.
Mi 11 is slightly better with 4,600 mAh battery on its products. Techbeezer.

But in general, with the battery on both products is not too ‘excellent’ but still enough to provide a day of use for users.

summary

In general, the battle between the two leading flagships is quite tough today, it is difficult to distinguish between winning and losing. I quite like the new design on this year’s Samsung Galaxy S21 5G and the great camera system on Xiaomi Mi 11.

And you, which team Sam or team Sung do you choose, please leave your comments below!

Source: ITIGIC and XDA.

See also: Samsung Galaxy S21 5G camera review: Western coastal city gleaming with spring through the Galaxy S21 lens

Xiaomi Mi 11

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Display: 6.81 “, Quad HD + (2K +)Chip: Snapdragon 888 octa-coreRAM: 8 GB, Internal memory: 256 GBRear camera: Main 108 MP & Secondary 13 MP, 5 MPFront camera: 20 MPBattery: 4600 mAh, with fast charging

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