Samsung Galaxy S10e vs. Xiaomi Mi 9: Which is the best smartphone? – Comparative


Samsung has recently introduced its new Galaxy S10 range with a new, more approachable representative: the Galaxy S10e. However, does he have the shoulders solid enough to compete with the current price / quality champion, the Xiaomi Mi 9? We make them compete to better decide between them.

After years of rumors, Samsung has successfully introduced a new range with three different devices: the Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 +, and Galaxy S10e. The latter has the mission to be the most accessible device of the lot to get to attract those people who do not have an infinite budget.
But these consumers have already been won over by other players, including Xiaomi. The Chinese manufacturer always offers the best data sheets for an amazing price / quality ratio. Its latest, the Xiaomi Mi 9, can hold the high priced premium smartphones without the need to resell a kidney to acquire it.

    
                
    

    
                
    

We duel the two smartphones to determine if you should prefer one or the other, and if their price difference is justified. Let the battle begin !
Compared Datasheets
        Model
                                    Samsung Galaxy S10e
                    
                                        Xiaomi Mi 9
                    
            OS version
                                            
                            Android 9.0
                                                
                            Android 9.0
                Interface
                                            
                            Samsung One UI
                                                
                            MIUI
                Screen size
                                            
                            5.8 inches
                                                
                            6.39 inches
                Definition
                                            
                            2280 x 1080 pixels
                                                
                            2340 x 1080 pixels
                Pixel density
                                            
                            438 dpi
                                                
                            403 dpi
                SoC
                                            
                            Exynos 9820 at 2.7GHz
                                                
                            Snapdragon 855 at 2.84GHz
                Processor (CPU)
                                            
                            ARMv8
                                                
                            ARMv8
                Graphics Chip (GPU)
                                            
                            Mali-G76
                                                
                            Adreno 640
                RAM memory
                                            
                            6 GB
                                                
                            6 GB
                Internal memory (flash)
                                            
                            128 GB, 256 GB
                                                
                            64 GB, 128 GB
                MicroSD
                                            
                            Yes
                                                
                            No
                Camera (backpack)
                                            
                            1:12 Megapixel Sensor, 2: 16 Megapixel Sensor
                                                
                            1:48 megapixel sensor, 2 megapixel sensor
                Camera (front)
                                            
                            10 megapixels
                                                
                            20 megapixels
                Video recording
                                            
                            4K
                                                
                            4K
                Wireless
                                            
                            Yes
                                                
                            Yes
                Bluetooth
                                            
                            5.0 + A2DP + LE
                                                
                            5.0 + A2DP + LE
                networks
                                            
                            LTE, HSPA, GSM
                                                
                            LTE, HSPA, GSM
                Supported bands
                                            
                            2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)
                                                
                            2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)
                SIM
                                            
                            2x nano SIM
                                                
                            2x nano SIM
                NFC
                                            
                            Yes
                                                
                            Yes
                Ports (Inputs / Outputs)
                                            
                            USB Type-C
                                                
                            USB Type-C
                Geolocation
                                            
                            Yes
                                                
                            Yes
                Drums
                                            
                            3100 mAh
                                                
                            3300 mAh
                Dimensions
                                            
                            142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm
                                                
                            157.5 x 74.7 x 7.6 mm
                Weight
                                            
                            150 grams
                                                
                            173 grams
                Colors
                                            
                            Pink, Yellow, White, Blue, Black, Green
                                                
                            Blue, Black, Purple
                Price
                                            
                            759 €
                                                
                            509 €
                
                                    
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                                Design: Xiaomi has the technological lead
The Samsung Galaxy S10e is not as rounded as his brothers and does not take advantage of an "Infinity Display", but is still very good bill. He also to a perforated screen, with a front photo sensor piercing the upper right corner of the phone, he manages to incorporate a very large screen of 5.8 inches in a small template really menu. On its glass back, the double photo sensor does not go too far and the design is successful. We will simply regret its fingerprint sensor located on the edge of the phone and placed a little too high to fall naturally under the thumb to use. At least adapt to it quickly. He is also entitled to a jack.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 is not as compact, but follows the lines expected of a modern smartphone in 2019. If it does not make a hole in its screen, its notch in the shape of a drop of water can better enjoy of his big screen of 6.39 inches. Also in glass, its finishes are just as good. On the back, there is a triple photo sensor that still far exceeds his body, but it has the advantage of being very light. Another advantage: its fingerprint reader is integrated under the screen, making the layout of its buttons remains natural. On the other hand, it does not have a jack.
Difficult to decide one or the other on this ground, since both have their arguments. However, the Xiaomi Mi 9 has the technological advantage missing from the Galaxy S10e with its fingerprint reader under the screen, which is hard to deny.
Screen: Samsung is unbeatable
The Galaxy S10e naturally benefits from Samsung's know-how in AMOLED tiles. The latter benefits from a diagonal of 5.8 inches supporting a maximum definition Full HD +. We will notice for him perfectly natural colors with a temperature of 6500K on average and an excellent brightness measured at 500 cd / m² by our sensors, but up to 700 cd / m².

The Xiaomi Mi 9 also benefits from the expertise of Samsung since it is the Korean that provides him with its OLED panel of 6.39 inches supporting a maximum definition in Full HD +. The default settings give preference to cooler colors, as the majority of the market currently, around 7800K, but everything is adjustable. Its maximum brightness is measured at 448 cd / m², which is very good.
The slab Xiaomi Mi 9 does not demerit, but you can not defeat the number 1 supplier on the market. As always, Samsung creates the best screens for its own devices and the Galaxy S10e naturally benefits.
Software: the attraction of novelty
The Galaxy S10e has the One UI interface, the great redesign of the Samsung experience that started with the Galaxy Note 9 before reaching the two previous generations of smartphone. It's all good: the interface is again very fluid and benefits from features ahead of the next major version of the system including the ability to use a global dark theme across the interface. Alas, Bixby and his button are really points of exasperation for use on this Galaxy S10e and Samsung still does not let the user totally disable his virtual assistant.

On the other hand, the Xiaomi Mi 9 uses MIUI, an interface that is always very graphic, as well as the many customization options it offers. Everything is adjustable with finesse, but it still does not integrate application drawer and is inspired by iOS in its operation. He also has a button dedicated to the AI, the Mi 9 does not force its use and it is possible to totally disable or change it at will. However, it is less troublesome by default, since it uses Google Assistant.
In 2019, hard not to consider One UI which is a really excellent redesign of the Samsung interface. The Xiaomi Mi 9 is not lagging on this point with MIUI 10, but the attraction for novelty and freshness prevails.
Performances: first Snapdragon 855 in France
The Galaxy S10e is equipped with the latest Samsung Exynos 9820 home, a SoC engraved in 8 nm and for the first time (at the manufacturer) a chip dedicated to artificial intelligence. In fact, the SoC coupled to 6 GB of RAM is able to cash all tasks, even the most greedy, but we can not deny a certain tendency to heat a little more than we would like. So, it is not very comfortable on long gaming sessions.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 is the first smartphone available in France to be equipped with the Snapdragon 855, Qualcomm's latest SoC, coupled with 6 GB of RAM. And it feels: its raw performance is beyond anything we had seen so far, for an extremely fluid experience both in everyday life on gourmet 3D titles. Above all, the Xiaomi Mi 9 does not heat quickly and dissipates its heat effectively.
Despite the efforts of Samsung, impossible to defeat the thoroughbred Qualcomm. The Xiaomi Mi 9 wins.
Photo: two philosophies
The small format of Samsung does not benefit unfortunately the same sensors as its big brothers. At the rear, there are two photo sensors: a 12-megapixel main lens with a variable aperture lens of f / 1.5 or f / 2.4 to choose from. Its second 16 megapixel sensor is coupled to an ultra wide-angle lens opening in f / 2.2. The Samsung processing still pushes the contrast of the images, but the smartphone does very well under many conditions. We note some difficulties with strong dynamic ranges and a very pronounced distortion on the ultra wide-angle, and not exactly qualitative night captures, but the result is really very good. At the front, its unique 10 megapixel sensor has a hard time handling backlighting, but it's doing very well. In low light, the smoothing is against very aggressive.

Faced with this is the Xiaomi Mi 9 with its triple photo sensor configuration. The main one is a 48 megapixel lens opening in f / 1.75. It then takes advantage of a 12-megapixel telephoto sensor opening in f / 2.2, to offer a lossless zoom, and a third 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle opening in f / 2.2. Successful goal: the Xiaomi Mi 9 is very versatile and can adapt to many situations and desires very easily with a very good final quality, except in a dark environment where noise and smoothing are still marked. The biggest disappointment is its front 20 megapixel lens sensor opening in f / 2.0, which experiences tremendous difficulty with dynamic ranges and often burns photos.
If the Galaxy S10e offers better quality in more different situations, the Xiaomi Mi 9 does not demerify … and offers a lot more tools to successfully make the exact photo you have in mind. Everything will depend on your preferences in this area: for quality, choose the Galaxy S10e. For versatility, take the Xiaomi Mi 9.
Battery: for fast charging
The Samsung Galaxy S10e is equipped with a small battery of 3100 mAh to match its format. In use, it is relatively disappointing without being problematic: its autonomy is in the low average found in recent months. To keep it a little longer in length, it is at least compatible with a relatively slow 15 W fast charge on this price segment and with fast charging. It can also charge other wireless devices, but its lack of stamina means you can not really enjoy it.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 also has a relatively small battery of 3300 mAh. And as on the Galaxy S10e, it is included in the average observed by taking a day without stress, but without being able to take on the next day. Fortunately, it has a QuickCharge 3.0 charger allowing it to take 45% of battery in 30 minutes, and is even compatible with the Quick Charge 4.0. On the wireless, it is the first smartphone to reach 20 W in charge with a charger owner not supplied, but it is also compatible with the standard Qi.
It is therefore the fast charging that allows the Xiaomi Mi 9 to gain the upper hand over its rival in this category.
Conclusion: which is the best smartphone?
You will have understood throughout this comparison: the Xiaomi Mi 9 and the Galaxy S10e are neck and neck, and often outweigh any category. There is even one where they have a philosophy so different that it is difficult to decide a winner clear and clear: the photo.
However, the fact that they are neck and neck speaks volumes. The Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi claims only 500 euros to get the Xiaomi Mi 9, when his Korean rival Samsung requires 759 euros. If offers are already raining on the latter and make it fall quickly in price, it does not prevent it will have to add a hundred more euros to acquire it.
Given this, it seems inconceivable to recommend the Galaxy S10e at the expense of the Xiaomi Mi 9, which offers as much or more on some points while costing less. Samsung is not unworthy, but you must also know how to listen to his wallet and the reason.
If this comparison was not enough for you, do not hesitate to consult our complete tests of both devices:
index title = "Price and Availability"]Price and availability
The Xiaomi Mi 9 is priced at 499.90 euros for its 6/64 GB version and 529.90 euros for its 6/128 GB version.
Where to buy the Xiaomi Mi 9 at the best price?
    
The Samsung Galaxy S10e is sold at the recommended price of 759 euros.
Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy S10e at the best price?
    

    
    
        
    
    
    

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