If you’ve been holding out on upgrading your Galaxy, there are three powerful new phones to choose from.
The Galaxy S10e is the most affordable and compact of the bunch; the Galaxy S10 is the standard flagship; and the Galaxy S10+ is the biggest and most premium phone in Samsung’s lineup. (We’re talking up to a terabyte of storage.)
These phones have some things in common, including the latest Snapdragon 855 processor, but there are some pretty big differences across the board. Here’s how to choose the right Galaxy S10 for you. Note that we’re not yet including the Galaxy S10 5G in this comparison, but we have the full scoop on that upcoming über flagship.
Galaxy S10e vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Galaxy S10+: Specs Compared
Price and value
The 5.8-inch Galaxy S10e starts at $749 for 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The 6.1-inch Galaxy S10 will run you $899 for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage to start. And the 6.4-inch Galaxy S10+ is priced at $999 for its bigger display with the same 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
We will update this section as we learn more about additional prices for various RAM and storage options.
Design and display size
The Galaxy S10e, S10 and S10+ all
sport Samsung’s new design language, which includes an Infinity O
display. Instead of featuring a notch that hangs from the top of the
screen, there’s a hole punch on the top right side. It’s fairly
unobtrusive, but the S10+ has a wider hole punch to accommodate its two
front cameras, while the other phones have a smaller hole for a single
The key difference between the S10e, S10 and S10+ is size. The Galaxy S10e has a 5.8-inch, full-HD display, which is the same size screen as the iPhone XS. The Galaxy S10 steps up to a 6.1-inch, quad-HD panel, and the Galaxy S10+ packs a 6.4-inch, quad-HD panel. At 6.17 ounces, the Galaxy S10+ is on the hefty side but still a full ounce lighter than the iPhone XS Max (7.34 ounces), which has a slightly bigger 6.5-inch screen.
The screens on all three models benefit from Samsung’s new Dynamic AMOLED technology, which includes dynamic tone mapping for a wider range of color and a reduction in blue light aimed at making it easier
The Galaxy S10 weighs a manageable 5.5 ounces, while the S10e is a remarkably light 5.3 ounces.
The Galaxy S10, S10e, and S10 Plus all come in multiple colors, including Prism Black, Prism White,
The Galaxy S10e will also come in Canary Yellow, but not in the U.S.
For those willing to splurge, the S10+ will come in Ceramic Black and Ceramic White, but those special editions will be available only if you to for the top-end 512GB or 1TB models.
Fingerprint in the screen (but not for S10e)
The Galaxy S10 and S10+ feature a new ultrasonic fingerprint sensor embedded in the display, which should make it a cinch to unlock these phones. Unlike optical sensors, such as that found on the OnePlus 6T, this ultrasonic reader should provide better accuracy and security by creating a 3D contour of your finger.
One of the trade-offs for the cheaper Galaxy S10e is that it lacks an in screen fingerprint reader; instead, Samsung embedded the sensor into the power button on the side of the
As you might expect, the S10e has the fewest cameras, but it’s no slouch. It offers the same 12-megapixel sensor as the S10 and S10+, plus an ultrawide 16-MP camera. And you get Samsung’s improved Scene
The Galaxy S10 and S10+ add a third camera to the back, a 12-MP, f/2.4 lens that enables 2x optical zoom. The S10e has to make do with digital zoom.
On the front, the S10e, S10, and S10+ all share the same 10-MP, ƒ/1.9 lens for selfies, but only the Galaxy S10+ plus packs a secondary depth sensor up front, which enables bokeh in selfies and the ability to colorize a subject while keeping the background black and white.
Specs and performance
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor powers all three of Samsung’s new flagships in the U.S, while Samsung’s own Exynos 9820 will be the CPU elsewhere. Samsung says that built-in AI will predict and prepare for app launches, which should speed up performance, while improved support for the Unity graphics engine should boost gaming performance over previous Galaxy S generations.
Based on our Galaxy S10 benchmark testing, this phone does indeed live up to the hype. It scored 10,732 on Geekbench 4, which is the highest score we’ve ever seen from an Android phone. The iPhone XS is a bit faster in this test, but the S10+ pulled ahead on the 3DMark graphics test.
On the Galaxy S10e, you start with 6GB of RAM but can opt for 8GB, and you can choose from 128GB or 256GB of storage. The Galaxy S10 comes with 8GB of RAM and either 256GB or 512GB of storage. The S10+ tops out at 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage — a
Battery life and PowerShare
No surprise here. The Galaxy S10e has the smallest battery of the bunch at 3,100 mAh but that doesn’t mean it will offer the least battery life; that’s because it also has the smallest screen at 5.8 inches. This capacity
The Galaxy S10 features a generous 3,400 mAh battery, while the
Galaxy S10+ boasts a huge 4,100 mAh battery. By comparison, the Galaxy
S9+ had a 3,500 mAh battery.
All three Galaxy S10 phones offer Samsung’s new PowerShare feature, which allows users to charge other phones or Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds wirelessly. You just place the other handset or buds on the back of the phone.
Given all the differences between the three new models, which version of the S10 should you consider? Here’s how we break it down after seeing
Get the Galaxy S10e if you want a compact phone that’s easy to use with one hand but you don’t want to sacrifice performance or pay a high price. The regular Galaxy S10 is the phone
The Galaxy S10+ is the flagship to buy if you’re willing to splurge on the biggest display and battery possible and a second front camera, plus