Galaxy S10 vs S9 vs iPhone XS

It’s the release that many have been waiting for and a milestone for Samsung’s Galaxy range. Finally, Samsung’s Galaxy S10 smartphone is here and the experts from INeedanAnswer are excited to compare it to not only its predecessor, the S9, but also its main rival, Apple’s iPhone XS.

Screen

Samsung’s Infinity Display continues to impress on the S10, as it has done since its introduction on the S8 two years ago. The AMOLED screen is back, but this year there’s something new that we didn’t see with the S9!

Take a closer look at the S10 and you’ll see that the familiar tiny front camera is now punched directly into the screen, gracing the upper right corner of the device. This means that the bezel has been shrunk at the top without having to use a controversial notch, like the iPhone XS. Take on the S10 Plus and you’ll find that the hole is slightly wider to fit two front-facing cameras.

Design

Finally, Samsung is offering consumers a greater choice this year with four different S10 sizes. The S9 only came in 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch options, but the S10 offers:

  • 8-inch S10e
  • 1-inch S10
  • 4-inch S10 Plus
  • 7-inch S10 5G (available later in the year)

Size isn’t everything, but it is important, at least for smartphones. The S10 sports a longer screen than its rival iPhone XS, 6.1-inch vs the XS’ significantly smaller 5.8-inch. Despite the smaller size, the XS uses the same 19.5:9 aspect ratio, but has a lower resolution of 1125 x 2436.

Another big change comes from the fingerprint sensor which moves from the back to the front of the device, albeit beneath the display. This is the case for all above S10 models, except for the S10e. The iPhone XS, however, doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner at all, instead relying on Face ID.

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Performance

In the US the S10’s Qualcomm chipset is upgraded from the S9’s Snapdragon 845 to the new Snapdragon 855, but other markets will have to make do with Samsung’s own Exynos chipset, upgraded this year to the Exynos 9820 for S10.

The S10 Plus has posted a Geekbench 4 score of 10,732, the fastest seen in an Android phone so far. The same test resulted in 8,295 for the S9. While 10,732 is a big leap ahead, it is still not good enough to catch Apple’s iPhone XS which clocked in with 11,420 using its A12 Bionic chipset.

Battery & Charging

The Galaxy S10 comes with a 3,400mAh battery while the iPhone XS offers a relatively meager 2,658mAh. This initially sounds like a big win for the S10, but bear in mind that the screen is a bit larger.

Both phones offer fast charging and wireless charging, but Samsung knocks things up a notch with not only Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, but also Wireless PowerShare, allowing you to wirelessly charge other devices with your S10.

These are both great phones from two great companies that are at the top of their game, but when it comes to being bold and seeking out the new, Samsung’s S10 is definitely in the driving seat. If it’s important for you to show off the latest features to your friends, the S10 is for you.

 

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