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Samsung Galaxy S10e vs Galaxy S10 vs Galaxy S10 Plus: How they differ?

21 February 2019 5

After a long streak of rumors and leaks the South Korean giant finally took the stage in San Francisco to unveil the much-awaited flagships Galaxy S10 series. As expected the company launched four variants of S10 series including standard S10, S10 Plus, S10e, and the 5G enabled S10 5G. All the latest phones bring overhauled design language and the latest best hardware to be the best premium phones in the market.

As expected being the 10th anniversary S-series phones all the devices are packed with new stylish Dynamic AMOLED display, superb class-leading cameras setup, larger batteries, the latest version of Android OS and much more. All the devices have different goodies to attract buyers. The Galaxy S10e is the cheapest amongst all with the flat display, dual rear cameras, single selfie snapper, and smaller battery cell. The standard Galaxy S10 comes with triple rear cameras, dual curved display, single selfie sensor and a larger battery cell than the predecessor. Being the best amongst all the S10 Plus comes with the largest display, triple rear cameras, dual selfie snapper, a larger battery cell and top of the line model comes with 12GB RAM.

So if you are Samsung fan and looking forward to grabbing any one of the latest Galaxy S-series phones, today we will put all the latest Galaxy S-series phone in head-to-head comparison to know the real differences and similarities between these devices. Without any further delay, let's kickoff with the design of all the phones.

69.9 x 142.2 x 7.9 mm
5.8 inches - 2280x1080 px
70.4 x 149.9 x 8.6 mm
6.1 inches - 3040x1440 px
74.1 x 157.6 x 7.8 mm
6.4 inches - 3040x1440 px
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Design

Last year the Galaxy S9 wasn't a major upgrade over the Galaxy S8 series as far as the design is a concern. This year Samsung completely overhauled the S10 series design. The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus come with a new Dynamic AMOLED display panel with dual curved edges. The Galaxy S10e also comes with Dynamic AMOLED panel, however, the edges are flat.

The punch hole on all the devices is on the top right corner. The only prominent bezel is on the bottom side. The volume controllers and dedicated Bixby is on the left edge whereas the right edge has a power button. All the devices come with an edge-to-edge display with ultra-thin bezels. On the front-facing side, the Galaxy S10 Plus has dual punch holes whereas the other models come with single hole design.

The Galaxy S10e has fingerprint scanner mounted on the right edge whereas the other models come with under-glass Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. The best thing is all the phones retain the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. The chassis on all the phones made up of metal with curved glass covering the rear side. All the phones are IP68 certified which means all the devices can resist against 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage.

The Galaxy S10 dimensions are 149.9 × 70.4 × 7.8 mm, the S10 Plus is taller and wider at 157.6 × 74.1 × 7.8 mm and the S10e is smallest amongst all at 142.2 × 69.9 × 7.9 mm. In terms of weighs the S10 weighs 184g, surprisingly the S10 Plus is lighter at 175g and the S10 is lighter at 150g.

Display

In the display section, Samsung is on top of the game for years. With each new iteration, Samsung fortifies its position further in the display tech. The Galaxy S10 series features new Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O displays. All the devices have a great level of brightness with max brightness of 1200 nits. All the phones come with HDR10+ support so that users can enjoy HIFI content on Netflix and other video services.

The Galaxy S10 is featuring a 6.1-inches display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 3040 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19:9 and the pixels density is 550 pixels-per-inch. The Corning Gorilla Glass 6 is protecting the display. The Galaxy S10+ sports a 6.4-inches display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 3040 pixels. The display aspect ratio remains at 19:9 and the pixels density is 522 pixels-per-inch. It is also protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

The Galaxy S10e features the smallest display of 5.8-inches with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. The display pixels density is 438 pixels-per-inches. It is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Hardware

The best things are despite the fact all the phones fall in the different price categories but the company managed to bring the latest Snapdragon 855 SoC for all US models. The global variant comes with the Exynos 9820 chipset. The new SoC brings improvements in many aspects including graphics, better AI tasks handling, connectivity and much more.

The Galaxy S10e base model comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the top-tier model has 256GB storage. The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus base model has 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The S10 top-tier model has 10GB RAM with 512GB storage whereas the S10 Plus top of the line model has 12GB RAM and whopping 1TB storage. All the devices support memory expansion up to 512GB using MicroSD. The Adreno 640 is on board as GPU on all the phones.

Considering the hardware all the phones will be ultra fast in handling HIFI tasks, games and multi-tasking efficiently. If you are looking for a future proof option it's better to opt S10 Plus with better configurations. In terms of performance, no matter which smartphone you opt all are ultra fast premium devices.

Specs Samsung Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10 Galaxy S10 Plus
Display 5.8-inches 6.1-inches 6.4-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels 1440 x 3040 pixels 1440 x 3040 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820 Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820 Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820
RAM 6GB,8GB 8GB 8GB,12GB RAM
Storage 128GB, 256GB Expandable via hybrid MicroSD 128GB, 512GB Expandable via hybrid MicroSD 128GB, 512GB, 1TB Expandable via hybrid MicroSD
Rear cameras 12MP+16MP 12MP+16MP+12MP 12MP+16MP+12MP
Front camera 10MP 10MP 10MP+8MP
USB Type-C Type-C Type-C
Battery 3,100mAh 3,400mAh 4,100mAh
IP68 Yes Yes Yes
OS Android Pie Android Pie Android Pie
Battery

The Galaxy S10e comes with the smallest battery cell of 3,100mAH due to its smaller size. The standard Galaxy S10 has slightly larger 3,400mAH battery which makes it 400mAh larger than the predecessor. Last but not the least the S10 Plus comes with fairly larger 4,100mAH battery. Unfortunately, Samsung still sticks with the Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0. All the devices come with 18W charging tech when most of the OEMs are opting 30W tech.

Thanks to glass rear all the phones support Qi Wireless charging tech. The company claims the wireless charging is better than the predecessor. Another new features introduced with the S10 lineup is Wireless PowerShare which allows you to recharge reversely another device wirelessly.

Camera

Last year Samsung introduced Galaxy S9 with the primary 12MP sensor. The key aspect of this module was the variable aperture in stable and low-light conditions. This year Samsung stepped up their camera game by opting triple rear cameras for the S10 and S10 Plus whereas the S10e has dual rear cameras. Not just that the company also introduced a number of new features and AI support to better optimize your capturing experience.

The primary sensor on all the devices is a 12MP module with a variable aperture between f/1.5 to f/2.4. This sensor uses f/2.4 aperture in stable lighting conditions whereas in low-light conditions the aperture automatically turns to f/1.5. The secondary sensor on all the phones is 16MP ultra-wide angle module with f/2.2 aperture. This sensor field of view is 123 degrees equivalent to the human eye. The third 12MP telephoto sensor is exclusive for the S10 and S10 Plus. This sensor comes with f/2.4 aperture and optical zoom up to 2z.

Up front, the S10 and S10e rely on the single snapper of 10MP with f/1.9 aperture. The single snapper comes with dual pixels autofocus and it can also record 4K videos. The Galaxy S10 Plus comes with secondary selfie snapper of 8MP depth-sensing module to capture better portrait shots. Overall all the phones are pretty good but the S10 Plus has the best cameras amongst all.

Software

As OS all the phones are pre-installed with the latest Android Pie straight out of the box with One UI skin over it. Due to custom UI skin, you will have to wait longer for the new updates. Being the premium phones the Galaxy S10 series will be getting new major OS updates for the next couple of years and security patches on monthly basis.

Special goodies

The Galaxy S10 lineup exclusive features are Samsung Dex, Samsung Pay, and Bixby AI Assistant. The S10 series is the company's first phone with Wireless PowerShare feature which allows reverse wireless charging. So far Samsung used the optical under-glass fingerprint scanner, the S10 and S10 Plus are the first to have an ultra-sonic fingerprint scanner.

Price

As expected the new lineup also brings a hike in the price tag. The Galaxy S10e base model is available for pre-orders at $750 whereas the S10 and S10 Plus can be purchased at $900 and $1000 respectively. As reported earlier the S10 series goes on pre-order soon after the announcement with a release from March 8th. All the devices support major carriers across the globe. You can purchase the S10 lineup in both locked and unlocked variants.

Conclusion:

The Galaxy S10 series is definitely a refreshing change from Samsung. The company was following the almost similar design from the last couple of years, the S10 lineup brings an alternative to avoid the notch. In the display section, the Dynamic AMOLED panels are better and brighter than the predecessor. In the hardware section, all the phones have the latest best Qualcomm's chipset. All have variants come with different configurations of RAM and storage.

In the camera section, the S10 Plus is best amongst with five cameras setup whereas the S10 has quad cameras setup whereas the S10e has triple cameras setup. As OS all the phones are on the latest version of Android OS. Feel free to share your thoughts regarding the Galaxy S10 vs S10 Plus vs S10e in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons in coming days.

(last update 19 March 2019 @ 12:33)

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