After using nearly every smartphone manufactured by both Samsung and Xiaomi I have to say that there’s a lot of difference in both the design and functionality of their devices.
Samsung has been a leader in the electronics market for a long time and this has gradually improved, presenting a challenge to other rival brands. It has been Apple and Samsung dominating the smartphone market for years. However, all that changed when a Chinese brand came into the picture.
Xiaomi presents a real challenge to Samsung as both companies specialize in all types of electronic goods and not only smartphones. The only difference is that Xiaomi develops affordable smartphones that use the latest tech whereas Samsung sells their products at a slightly premium rate that’s not meant for everyone.
Let me take you through a few things that Xiaomi and Samsung have in common and a few things that are unique to each company to determine which is a better choice.
Xiaomi vs Samsung
Xiaomi vs Samsung has been a battle for as long as I can remember and this has led to Xiaomi slowly eating into Samsung’s market.
With high-end phones that run on Android being sold for a fraction of what Samsung retails their smartphones for, Xiaomi has managed to prove to the world that sometimes the best can cost a lot less.
Both Xiaomi and Samsung follow marketing plans that are on either end of the spectrum. While Samsung advertises their products both online and offline, Xiaomi on the other hand focuses more on word of mouth and social media posts.
- Samsung follows a direct approach while marketing their smartphones, they portray their devices as not only status symbols but also smart devices that can add value to your everyday life. This is something Xiaomi does not do, but nevertheless they have managed to gather followers for their products through a compelling base of social media influencers.
- While marketing for sales, one brilliant approach that Xiaomi follows is to initially sell their smartphones through online flash sales. This creates a demand for the smartphone leading to them ultimately selling more than they might have anticipated. This has worked via flash sales on eCommerce sites they’re currently tied up with. Samsung on the other hand willingly spends big bucks on visual and print advertising to have their products sold.
- Samsung phones are priced accordingly to cover what is spent on advertisements, this is the main reason their smartphones are a tad bit pricey. However, Xiaomi is able to price their smartphones at a lower rate for two simple reasons; they don’t spend much on advertising to incur a loss and their smartphones are manufactured locally so their raw materials and components are procured at a cheaper price.
Verdict : Xiaomi wins in terms of the marketing plan they follow and how they’ve managed to achieve so much with such little marketing.
After Sales Support
Xiaomi and Samsung have a quick acting team of professionals who get the job done. From general customer queries to full blown repairs, both companies rank among the top ten in terms of providing after-sales support.
- Xiaomi’s support team ranges from technicians at their service centers to a contact center you can reach over a phone call, chat or email. They normally provide a resolution to tech based queries within 24-48 hours and would have a smartphone serviced within 24 hours. Samsung follows the same approach to providing after-sales support but would have more service centers located in every city.
- In terms of warranty, Xiaomi smartphones come with a 2 year warranty on handset defects and this is applicable on labor and parts. Samsung limits their warranty to one year for their smartphones along with the in-built batteries while it is a maximum of six months for other accessories sold with the smartphone.
- Apart from Authorized service centers, Samsung also has trained professionals based in their Retail stores to assist with any issues you may be facing with your product. On the other hand, Xiaomi does not have physical retail stores to provide in store service. This has created a slight issue for Xiaomi as customers have to solely rely on their Mi Service centers only.
Verdict : Xiaomi dominates in the After-Sales market as they deliver timely service along with a 2 year warranty on their smartphones.
Latest Smartphones in the Market
Over the past few years Xiaomi and Samsung have been competing to manufacture smartphones for everyone and in all price ranges. Samsung initially used to base their smartphones off Apple’s range of iPhones but then Xiaomi came in and did a better job at that. Let’s go over the top 3 pairs of Xiaomi and Samsung smartphones as we cover each budget group.
Xiaomi Mi 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Released a few days apart, the Mi 10 and S20 Ultra run on the powerful Snapdragon 865. Both devices run on an Octa-Core processor and an Adreno 650 GPU for the graphics.
- The Samsung S20 Ultra uses a 6.9” Dynamix AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate whereas the Xiaomi Mi 10 has a slightly smaller screen measuring 6.67”. This Super AMOLED display has a max refresh rate of 90Hz.
- Each device has their own UI; the Samsung uses the One UI based on Android 10 while Mi 10 uses the MIUI UI 12 that’s built around Android 10.
- While looking at the camera setup, the S20 Ultra is equipped with a 108MP Quad-camera array and supports 8K video recording. With a 40MP front facing camera. The Samsung S20 Ultra is a beast when compared to the Mi 10 which has a 108MP Quad-camera setup and 8K recording along with a 20MP front facing camera.
- The main difference is that the camera array is differently set up in both phones.Though they both use the same 108MP Quad set up, the Xiaomi has a 108MP primary lens, 13MP ultra wide lens, 2MP macro lens and another 2MP depth sensor. On the other hand, the reason why the S20 Ultra is better because it uses a 108MP primary lens, a 48MP telephoto lens, 12MP ultra wide super steady lens with a 0.3MP depth sensor.The S20 Ultra is preferred for long range shots while the Xiaomi Mi 10 would be used in close ups and short range photos.
- In terms of battery capacity and charging capabilities, both devices come with Reverse wireless charging, wireless charging and direct fast charging. The S20 Ultra has a larger battery and quicker charging capabilities.
|Xiaomi Mi 10||Samsung S20 Ultra|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865; Octa-Core with Adreno 650||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865; Octa-Core with Adreno 650|
|Display||6.67” Super AMOLED; 90Hz; 1080*2340px||6.9” Dynamic AMOLED; 120Hz; Always-on display; 1440*3200px|
|Operating System||MIUI 12 (Android 10)||One UI 2.5 (Android 10)|
|Camera Setup||108MP wide + 13MP ultra wide + 2MP macro + 2MP depth / 20MP Selfie camera||108MP wide + 48MP periscope telephoto + 12MP ultra wide + 0.3MP depth / 40MP Selfie camera|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 6|
|Battery Capacity||4780mAh Li-Polymer,|
Fast Charging 30W
Fast Wireless Charging 30W
Fast Charging 45W
Fast QiPMA Wireless Charging 15W
Verdict : I’m considering the Mi 10 as the winner between these two simply because there’s a lot in store with Xiaomi’s flagship killer.
Xiaomi Mi 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S10
The Xiaomi Mi 9 and the Galaxy S10 were released on the same day back in 2019, both are still extremely powerful smartphones that are still available today thanks to their dominance in the mid-range market.
- Both the devices are powered by the Snapdragon 855 Octa-Core processor running on Android 9 OS that can be upgraded to Android 10. These models come with the Adreno 640 GPU but the EMEA and LATAM versions of the Galaxy S10 will be equipped with the Mali-G76 MP12 GPU.
- Samsung’s S10 has a slightly smaller 6.1” Dynamic AMOLED display as compared to the Mi 9 that uses a 6.39” Super AMOLED display. Both come with HDR 10+ and have Gorilla Glass 6 protection.
- The overall camera setup on the Mi9 is better than that of the S10. Xiaomi uses a 48MP wide lens while the S10 has a 12MP primary camera. Both smartphones come with an LED Flash and 4K video recording capabilities. The front camera on the Mi 9 is a 20MP wide lens whereas the Galaxy S10 uses a 10MP Dual Pixel wide front camera.
- The batteries are roughly the same wattage however, the Mi9 has better fast charging capabilities. Xiaomi has a 3300mAh Li-Po battery that fast charges at 27W while the S10 has a 3400mAh Li-ion battery which is capable of fast charging at 15W.
|Xiaomi Mi9||Samsung S10|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855; Octa-Core with Adreno 640||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855; Octa-Core with Adreno 640/Mali-G76 MP12|
|Display||6.39” Super AMOLED; HDR10+; 1080*2340px||6.1” Dynamic AMOLED; HDR10+; Always-on display; 1440*3040px|
|Operating System||MIUI 11 (Android 9)||One UI 2.1 (Android 9)|
|Camera Setup||48MP wide + 12MP telephoto + 16MP ultra wide / 20MP Selfie camera||128MP wide + 12MP telephoto + 16MP ultra wide / 10MP Selfie camera|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 6||Corning Gorilla Glass 6|
|Battery Capacity||3300mAh Li-Polymer,|
Fast Charging 27W
Fast Wireless Charging 20W
Fast Charging 15W
Fast Qi/PMA Wireless Charging 15W
Verdict : A cheaper choice, the Mi9 has a better camera setup, a larger display and quite a premium finish to the body of the smartphone.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy M30
Again, two smartphones that were launched a day apart kicked up quite a storm as they were kind of identical in build and almost the same in terms of hardware used.
- The Note 7 Pro is powered by an Octa-Core Snapdragon 675 with an Adreno 612 GPU while Samsung uses an Octa-Core Exynos 7908 processor with a Mali-G71 MP2 GPU unit. Both devices can be upgraded to Android 10.
- Samsung’s M30 is equipped with a 6.4” Super AMOLED that has a resolution of 1080*2340px whereas the Note 7 Pro has a 6.3” IPS LCD and a resolution of 1080*2340px making the display on the Galaxy M30 far superior than that of the Note 7 Pro.
- While looking at the camera setup, Xiaomi uses a 48MP Dual camera set up while Samsung has a 13MP Triple camera setup. The front facing camera on the Note 7 Pro is a 13MP HDR camera whereas the Galaxy M30 uses a 16MP HDR selfie camera.
- Even the batteries on both the devices are not the same, Samsung has a 5000mAh Li-Polymer battery with 15W Fast charging capabilities and the Note 7 Pro has a 4000mAh battery that fast charges at 18W.
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro||Samsung Galaxy M30|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 675; Octa-Core with Adreno 612||Exynos 7904; Octa-Core with Adreno 640/Mali-G71 MP2|
|Display||6.3” IPS LCD; 1080*2340px||6.4” Super AMOLED; 1080*2340px|
|Operating System||MIUI 11 (Android 9)||One UI 2 (Android 8)|
|Camera Setup||48MP wide + 5MP depth / 13MP Selfie camera||13MP + 5MP ultra wide + 5MP depth / 16MP Selfie camera|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||N/A|
|Battery Capacity||4000mAh Li-Polymer,|
Fast Charging 18W
Fast Charging 15W
Verdict : Around the same price range, the Galaxy M30 has a larger display and battery but lacks the Snapdragon 675. If you’re going for the display and battery then the Galaxy M30 is the right one for you, however if you’re looking for one with a better camera setup has Gorilla glass 5 along with a decent GPU then the Note 7 Pro is the one for you.
From this breakdown of Xiaomi vs Samsung we get to see that both brands are similar in so many ways, this has allowed them to cover all segments in the market. It is evident that Samsung manufactures and sells their phones at a premium as compared to Xiaomi but Samsung still has to work on their marketing strategies in order to be able to reduce the prices of their smartphones.
Xiaomi is ideal for users of all age groups and primarily targets the mid-range sector.
Samsung on the other hand is a premium name making it a status symbol apart from a handy device, this results in slightly higher prices though both smartphone brands use pretty much the same hardware in their smartphones.
Why is Xiaomi cheaper than Samsung?
Xiaomi believes in cost cutting. Unlike their rivals, Xiaomi does not focus on advertisements to drive sales and does not believe in in-store sales. They primarily focus on the eCommerce platforms to sell products for them apart from Social Media influencers who help drive their sales via their respective channels.
Which brand is better Samsung or Redmi?
In terms of overall battery backup and performance, Samsung smartphones are far better than Redmi though the latter is quite cheap when prices are taken into consideration.
Is Xiaomi better than Samsung?
Samsung has been known to copy specs and designs from Apple but were unable to pull it off easily. Xiaomi has been able to manufacture phones with high specs at lower prices making their products more affordable and in ways, better than Samsung.