Samsung's S20 Ultra price put to shame by new Snapdragon 865 flagship with 108MP camera


What's on top of the DxO Mark camera scores with a 108MP sensor, records 8K video, has Snapdragon 865 and 5G modem, 12GB RAM, and a 5K battery? No, not the Galaxy S20 Ultra, that one blasts off from $1400, but a phone that costs half that price.

While Xiaomi intended to announce its new Mi 10 series flagships on Unpacked day to juxtapose them directly with Samsung's wares, it held off until today to lift the veil from its next value-for-money warriors that exemplify the CEO's oath to never exceed 5% profit on the quest to expand market share.

The strategy seems to work, as Xiaomi is now the world's fourth-largest phone maker, and a quick look at the new Mi 10 Pro phone that is priced from $700 makes abundantly clear why it has managed to climb in the top three in the span of a year.


Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro specs and 108MP camera features


  • Display: 6.7" FHD+ OLED 90Hz display with 1200 nits peak brightness
  • Processor: Snapdragon 865
  • Memory: 8/12GB RAM, 128/256/512GB storage
  • Primary camera: 108MP, 1/1.33-inch sensor with 25mm-, f/1.69-aperture lens, OIS (25MP output resolution)
  • Short telephoto: 12MP, 2x zoom for portraits, 1/2.6-inch sensor with 50mm, f/2-aperture lens
  • Long telephoto: 8MP, 10x hybrid zoom, 1/4.4-inch sensor with 94mm, f/2-aperture lens, OIS
  • Ultra-wide: 20MP, 1/2.8-inch sensor with 16mm, f/2.2-aperture lens
  • Battery: 4780mAh/4500mAh (Pro), up to 65W charging

That's right, not only does the new Mi 10 family also sport a 108MP camera like on the Galaxy S20 Ultra, albeit in a Tetracell instead of Nonacell virtual pixel configuration, but it also has two telephoto cameras for long and medium range zooming/portraits, shunning complex folded optics altogether. 


The 2x optical magnification with the 12MP sensor is used for portraits, while the 8MP sensor comes with 10x hybrid optical that includes cropping from the large main sensor for lossless zooming. Last but not least, since the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 865 chipset, it can record 8K video at 30fps, but the 4K sample below is more representative of what you would actually do with the 10 Pro on a daily basis:


Last but not least, the large battery comes with a 50W charging abilities which means that you will be able to top the large capacity in under an hour from dead state, a commendable achievement. 

Since the Mi 10 Pro has a 1080p display resolution, it will last as long, and most likely longer on a charge with its 4500mAh battery, compared to the Galaxy S20 Ultra that has a 5000mAh pack but a 1440p display. On top of that, it is able to reverse charge your other wireless gadgets with 10W output, a tad more than Samsung's 9W reverse charge abilities on the S20.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G price and release date


The Mi 10 Pro will be the world's first Snapdragon 865 phone available to buy when it launches tomorrow, February 14. Its price range goes from $715 to $860, depending on the memory and storage amounts, which still puts the tag of the 512-gigger at half the $1600 price that the S20 Ultra commands, and you aren't losing much camera quality in the process. 

Granted, these prices will be slightly higher when the global version is released February 18, but it will still be a bargain compared to the Galaxy S20 range, and the first phone you can get with Qualcomm's latest high-end chipset, albeit not in the US, as relationship with Chinese companies here is a bit complicated at the moment. 

The Mi 10 Pro will only be available in blue and white versions for now, but, knowing the company, more colors and even build materials for the body, are likely to be released soon after the initial launch. Check out Qualcomm waxing poetic about its 5G collab with Xiaomi over the 10 Pro.

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40 Comments

35. shay90

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 04, 2016

In Israel you can buy the S20 ultra for 1000$

33. AlienKiss

Posts: 359; Member since: May 21, 2019

Yeah right.. I really wonder who in their right mind is going to wish for a bad wannabe replica instead of the original? Just wait a few months and you'll afford it. I'd rather get the Note 9 than a xiaomi..

25. BryWeasley

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 03, 2020

The S20 Ultra is $1399, not $1600.

28. Guaire

Posts: 900; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

In my country S20 Ultra is $1027 plus taxes. But taxes are huge so it ends up at $1999. Also Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro is 25% more expensive than China prices. So probably Mi 10 Pro will be ~20-25% cheaper than S20 Ultra rather than 50%. For much better camera experience both hardware and software wise, better display, much better brand recognition, much better after sale support and warranty, higher RAM and SD card support, dust and water resistance etc. that price gap is more than justifiable locally. I think Xiaomi and Samsung fans both feels same about those particular flagships. It's much more expensive than what they are once. Samsung flagships used to be $650, but Xiaomi flagships used to be 320$ at the same time. Some Samsung fans could get Xiaomi, but I think as many Xiaomi fans will look for other alternatives. That could be Xiaomi's own Redmi and Realme.

34. XyAzario

Posts: 65; Member since: Mar 15, 2019

Do you mind telling us which country this is?

36. Guaire

Posts: 900; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

It's Turkey.

30. Blazers

Posts: 793; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

The $1600 is the price for the 512gb model.

32. ivan.k

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

Read!!!..."hich still puts the tag of the 512-gigger at half the $1600 price that the S20 Ultra commands" The price of the 512GB version (which also has 16GB RAM) is exactly $1600. Check out Samsung.com

24. Skizzo

Posts: 453; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Why are y'all so triggered??? My goodness... No, this phone is NOT the same as the S20 Ultra at half the price, but it's a damn good phone! No, this does not mean that there is no reason to pay more for a Samsung device, but it does put their prices into question a bit, and that's a good thing! Samsung is Samsung; they make top tier products and they charge a premium, because they can, but this does not mean that this phone is anything but amazing at this price, and again, that's a great thing! I love and use Samsung products, but honestly, y'all need to chill a bit with the hate on anything non Samsung. The more products we get like this, the bigger the odds that one day Samsung will be forced to offer their fantastic products that we all love, at slightly more competitive prices to keep people from going elsewhere...and how is that not a great thing for everyone?

29. mackan84

Posts: 716; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

I find it hilarious that the ones who are willing to buy S20 Ultra for $1400 can’t see that this article is meant for someone who wants a smartphone with similar features for $700. It’s not like the ones buying s20 ultra suddenly will change their mind and buy Xiaomi. Still they need to cry like babies when a article is written comparing price vs features.

40. cevon3239

Posts: 208; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

Because the article is a false-positve. The Xiaomi is not the same phone at half the price. He is claiming a $50,000 sports car, that has a fast engine and a good zero to sixty speed time, is somehow equal to a fancier sports car like Ferrari that could cost $150K. Just because they have anything in common, doesn't mean they share any equality. It costs Samsung at least $500 to make the Ultra. If Xiaomi can sell their phone for only $700, then what is it costing them to make it? The iPhone XR is sold for $700, and we know Apple is likely not paying more than $250 in production costs per phone. How is a $250 phone equal to a $500 one? Their is more to the cost than the SoC and the camera. Guess what, the original Dodge Viper SRT 10 and the Dodge Ram 1500 SRT 10, both shared the same V-10 engine. Would anyone argue these two are equal just because you can get one cheaper than the other?

23. marek120

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 13, 2020

So we're back to buying electronics purley on specs.... Ummm ok. I'm going to buy that 2000watt stereo now from Wal-Mart.

22. cevon3239

Posts: 208; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

The iPhone 11 Pro Max with 512GB of storage, has a lesser camera, smaller and lower resolution display, slower charging, slower transfer speed, slower modem, no expandable storage, ugly notch vs a punch-hole, more expensive outside the US, and not many carriers outside the US offer monthly payments; which means coming out of pocket at once for $700 is expensive for the vast majority. Which means this phone will have less sales and the fact it is cheaper will make zero difference. Yes the S20's are expensive, they are also made with 1st party parts which is more expensive then buying parts 3rd party. They are better quality parts too, and you ahve to look at the sofwtare where Samsung's offers better security, and more. The S20's manufacturing price is easily above $500 when you consider the iPhone 11 pro Max price is $490 for Apple to make. When you consider the S20 has more of every above the Pro Max, the Ultra is easily a $550 phone to produce and most oems' jack up the price by 3. No one is making anyone buy an expensive phone. But I want the best and I have zero issue with the price. if you can't afford expensive things, you can't use that as an argument to dismiss the fact that the reason something is expensive is it is suppose to be better and the Ultra has the highest price because there si no better phone you can buy. if it was, it would cost even more. But both Apple and Samsung are getting ridiculous with prices, when you consider they both sell over 200M phones and both make other products. Neither has to charge this much, but it is funny how Apple's pricing is almost NEVER brought up, but Samsung always is. The hate of Samsung on this site is disturbing.

20. cevon3239

Posts: 208; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

First off attacking Samsung and claiming its the same phone at 1/2 the price is simply false. Next, since the phone is not sold in the US, it is pointless to say much in comparison of the two. The phone does not have 95% of the same specs. Is it using the exact same OLED panel the S20's are using? Because if it was, it wouldn't be $700. Is it using UFS 3.1? Does the largest model have a 5000MaH battery? Does it have sdcard support to 1TB? Is it gonna be available in the US? Even if you buy it and bring it here, the phone will only work on GSM carriers and both of them suck. It's really not funny how much you all hate Samsung. All tech is good regardless of brand. If a phone from one brand is cheaper than another, that means the parts inside are cheaper and are not of equal quality. I bet Samsung's 108MP sensors is more expensive vs the one here. You guys are so disingenuous!!!

26. Skizzo

Posts: 453; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

I agree with most of the points you are making, but... "If a phone from one brand is cheaper than another, that means the parts inside are cheaper and are not of equal quality." ...this statement i disagree with to an extent. Not every part is built equally, this is true, and the 108 megapixel sensor in the Samsung phone is very likely better, but many brands charge a premium for similar or even the same parts, just on their brand recognition alone. This is not new. More expensive does not always equate to better quality. It often can, but it is by no means a rule, and it's something that more recognizable brands will often take advantage of.

41. cevon3239

Posts: 208; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

I also agree that yes brands charge far more for their products vs if someone else uses them But also consider this. You can go online yourself, and price buying all the parts yourself, and they will likely cost you more than $500. Yes, in order for a store to make a profit, they have to sell higher then the production costs. Xiaomi is selling stuff for not more then 5% above their cost according to them. Samsung would be limited in how much product it could make if they sold it on retail for 5% above costs. Samsung spends more money than any tech company on R&D. And yes 100%, higher price doesn't mean better quality as other phones prove. But in this case, there is no fine line between the quality of the two phones. The S20 Ultra is a considerably better phone considering its capabilities.

42. cevon3239

Posts: 208; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

If you shop for a laptop with similar specs, and then purchased a digital camera with similar specs as 2 separate devices, it would cost you roughly $1800 out of pocket. Now take those, combine them into a single device that fits in your pocket and the palm of your hand. Laptops costs more than desktops, because taking the same power and making it smaller and more portable is more expensive. So now it's even smaller roughly the size of your hand, am sure its costs even more money to make it smaller. Premium tech is not cheap regardless of brand. And yes bigger brands do slap bigger price tags. They all do it and are never gonna stop. If you want them to stop, then we would basically all have to not buy expensive brand name products. It's not gonna happen so we should just move forward.

19. jyu2848

Posts: 16; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Well looks good but I will not risk my personal info transfer into Chinese gov's servers.

18. Alcyone

Posts: 652; Member since: May 10, 2018

Imo, kool aid needs to be outlawed. Here on PA they drink way, way to much of it. I'm sure they find this amusing and entertaining, however the childish journalism is getting old. When the half baked iPhone arrives, with half the ram, half the camera resolution (if that), and crippled features it'll be revolutionary. The most revolutionary part will be the price (pro), probably costing more than the ultra. Humourous part of all? The same review scale doesn't apply to Apple. Quit your day job, and take the last check from Apple, and get a new suit. Find a desk job away from a field that requires unbiased writing. Btw, give me a warning if you will. Just my opinion. The same as your ridiculous delusional biased opinion.

17. YeahYeah

Posts: 254; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Keep trying phoneArena.. it ain't gonna work.. scared already..

15. Orion78

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

These guys in PhoneArena are so scared of Samsung they are just writing embarrassing articles of negativity. It's so comical. Hey, keep that same energy when the next iPhone comes. You guys aren't convincing anyone.... keep trying.

14. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1191; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Daniel, you forgot to mention how it has also put iPhone 12 Max Pro to the shame, since that's gonna cost as much as S20 Ultra, and still offer less (storage, ram etc). Even though you guys love mentioning iPhone in every freaking article. You guys, here at PA, have no shame or journalistic integrity whatsoever. Now you'll act butthurt like a bunch of snowflakes and start deleting comments. Truly pathetic.

13. Xavier1415

Posts: 240; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

you know its sad cause you think the ppl that come to your site are dumb?like seriously like we are not going to click on the hyperlink YOU put up , click on mobile and lord and behold they don't even have the GS20U phone reviewed yet. but you put down the GS20U Like they did review it smdh. the hate for samsung is just getting disgusting now. oh and IDC about your lil ding system on my profile. ding yaself for this worthless article

10. Xavier1415

Posts: 240; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

they dont even have the phone reviewed yet! and you already putting the phone down? a new low PA a new low smh. click bait.

16. Orion78

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

They're scared of Samsung...plain and simple.

8. Sealblaighter

Posts: 443; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Simply to put. Buy this phone over the S20 Ultra, and you won't be disappointed.

4. Galen20K

Posts: 587; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

considering DXOMark hasn't even gotten their hands on the GS20U, let alone review it, well i will just consider this article clickbait

6. d1g1te

Posts: 82; Member since: Oct 04, 2016

Ultra will have most likely slightly better DXOMark score as well as Huawei P40 PRO, but then for sure not 2x better as Ultra's 2x higher price may suggest.

11. MsPooks

Posts: 369; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Yeah, because the camera is all you're paying 2x for. Derp.

7. d1g1te

Posts: 82; Member since: Oct 04, 2016

In other words Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO is phone for consumers. Samsung S20 Ultra is phone for Samsung shareholders.

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