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Samsung Galaxy S10e vs iPhone XR: An ultimate tussle

09 March 2019 5

The South Korean giant Samsung recently took the stage in San Francisco to unveil the 10th anniversary Galaxy S-lineup phones. This year to celebrate the 10th anniversary Samsung unveiled four variants of S10 lineup. The Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus are the successor models whereas the Galaxy S10e and S10 5g are the new offerings to target niche customers.

The Galaxy S10 5G is the beast with six cameras, Snapdragon 855 chipset and also features the X50 modem for 5G connectivity. The Galaxy S10e is the toned down variant of S10 and cheapest amongst all with the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC. In terms of design and features the Galaxy S10e emerge as a solid option for those who are not interested in spending a hefty amount instead of looking for a cheaper alternative. Last year Apple introduced three variants of iPhone X series including iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Plus.

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Plus are premium variants whereas the iPhone XR is the cheapest amongst all. It also comes the latest best A12 Bionic chipset like the rest of the models. It costs significantly lower than the other models. For those who are looking for something new in the budget-friendly flagships, the segment will consider both the latest Galaxy S10e and iPhone XR. Both the devices are bringing premium-level hardware at a lower price tag.

To help out our readers we put the latest Galaxy S10e against the iPhone XR to know in detail the differences and similarities between the two phones. This comparison will help you better understanding which smartphone is better in what aspects. Without any further ado, let's kick off with the design.

69.9 x 142.2 x 7.9 mm
5.8 inches - 2280x1080 px
75.7 x 150.9 x 8.3 mm
6.1 inches - 1792x828 px
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The Galaxy S10 and iPhone CR both have aluminum chassis with glass covering the front and rear side. The iPhone XR comes with metal chassis instead of stainless like the other variants of iPhone XS series. The Galaxy S10e comes with Infinity-O punch hole display. The camera hole is on the top right corner and the only prominent bezel is at the bottom.

The display screen-to-body ratio is 93.1% which is significantly higher than most of the latest phones. The display is flat from the edges, unlike the other models. On the rear side, the Galaxy S10e comes with dual snappers aligned horizontally in the center with LED flashlight.

The iPhone XR has an edge-to-edge display with a notch at the top of the display. Like the S10e it also has small bezel lining at the bottom. The notch on the iPhone XR is debatable because many OEMs are now shifting from regular notch instead opting dewdrop notch. On the rear side, the iPhone XR has a single snapper on the top left corner with LED flashlight below it.

The Galaxy S10e fingerprint scanner is on the right edge whereas the iPhone XR rely on the Face ID as the primary biometric option. For connectivity, the Galaxy S10e has the 3.5mm headphone jack whereas the XR doesn't have a headphone jack. Due to the glass on the rear and front both the phones are prone to accidental damages.

The Galaxy S10e is an IP68 certified phone whereas the iPhone XR has IP67 certification. This means the S10e can last under 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes whereas the iPhone XR owners can take up to 1-meter deep water only. The Galaxy S10e dimensions are 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm whereas the iPhone XR is taller, wider and significantly thicker at 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm.

The S10e weighs 150g whereas the iPhone XR is heavier at 194g. In terms of color options, the S10e can be grabbed in White, Black, Blue, and Flamingo Pink whereas the iPhone XR is available in wide range of colors including Red, Yellow, Black, Coral, White and Blue colors. Both the phones are quite stylish in terms of looks, now it's up to customers whether they prefer the notch design or punch-hole design.


Like the other models of S10 series, the Galaxy S10e features Dynamic AMOLED display panel. It doesn't have curved edges instead it has flat edges. The display is of 5.8-inches with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. The display pixels aspect ratio is 19:9 and the pixels density is 435 pixels-per-inch.

The iPhone XR is the Apple's first phone with Liquid Retina LCD display. However, it lacks the vivid colors and deep blacks of the OLED display panel. It sports a 6.1-inches panel with an HD+ screen resolution of 828 x 1792 pixels. The display pixels density is 326 pixels-per-inch. It's quite unfortunate to see Apple sticks to HD+ resolution when OEMs to adopting at least Full HD+ for the mid-range phones.

Samsung displays are always regarded as the best-in-class and the S10e's display is no exception. Another goodie of S10e display is HDR10+ certification.


If you are looking for a powerful phone both the devices are packed with the latest best hardware from respective companies. The Galaxy S10e is running on the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 855 chipset/ Exynos 9820 SoC. Both the chipsets are the latest and most efficient SoCs. The iPhone XR is powered up by the Apple's A12 Bionic chipset.

The Galaxy S10e comes in two configurations. The base model has 6GB RAM with 128GB storage whereas the top-tier model has 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. The iPhone XR is available in three configurations with 3GB RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB models. The built-in storage on the S10e is further expandable via Micro-SD whereas the iPhone XR lacks support for memory expansion.

In terms of RAW power both the phones are powerhouses, no matter which smartphone you opt both have enough power to handle AI tasks, HIFI games, and multi-tasking. Both are amongst the most powerful phones in the market, the S0e has an added advantage of memory expansion.

Specs Galaxy S10e iPhone XR
Display 6.1-inches 6.1-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels 828 x 1792 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 855/ Exynos 9820 A12
Storage 128GB, 256GB Expandable via MicroSD 64GB,128GB, 256GB Non-Expandable
Rear camera Dual 12MP 12MP
Front camera 10MP 7MP
USB Type-C Lightning port
Battery 3,400mAh 2,942mAh
IP-ratings IP68 IP67
3.5mm headphone jack Yes No
OS Android Pie iOS 12

The battery cell on both phones is almost similar. The Galaxy S10e comes with a 3,100mAh battery cell. It supports QuickCharge 2.0 for fast charging. It's quite surprising that Samsung yet not ready to switch to faster fast charging. Thanks to the glass rear it supports Qi wireless charging.

The iPhone XR lights are kept on by a 2,942mAh battery cell. It supports fast charger, however, it is shipped with regular 5w charger. You have to spend an extra amount to grab the fast charger. It also supports Qi wireless charging. Another prominent aspect of the Galaxy S10e is Powershare feature which allows the user to reverse charge other phones wirelessly.

On single charge both the devices easily completes the day on moderate usage. However, on hefty usage, you may need to recharge the phone before the end of the day.


Following the latest trend, Samsung packed the Galaxy S10e with dual rear snappers whereas the iPhone XR rely on the single rear snapper. The Galaxy S10e primary rear snapper is a 12MP sensor with variable aperture. On stable lighting condition, the aperture is f/2.4 whereas on low-light condition the aperture automatically turns to f/1.8. The secondary rear snapper is a wide-angle 12MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture and field of view is 123 degrees. Both the sensors are AI tuned and detect scene to optimize the cameras setting. It supports 4K video recording. Up front the selfie snapper is 10MP.

The iPhone XR is the only latest iPhone with single rear snapper. The primary rear snapper is a 12MP module with f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization. Despite being single rear snapper it captures great shots in both low-light and stable light conditions. The best thing is iPhone XR can capture portrait shots with its single rear snapper. Up front, the selfie snapper is 7MP Truedepth sensor which not only captures selfies but also supports 3D facial recognition.

It's too early to predict which phone's camera is better as the S10e is relatively new. Overall both the phones have solid cameras setup.


As OS the Galaxy S10e is pre-installed with Android Pie straight out of the box with One UI skin over it. The iPhone XR was announced with iOS 12. Well, we are not going in the discussion of Android or iOS is better. It's up to you which smartphone OS you prefer.

One of the prominent difference between the two phones is UI skin. The iPhone XR is running on the stock version of OS that's why it will get new software updates at a very rapid speed. On the other hand, the Galaxy S10e owners will have to wait months for the latest major OS update.

Special goodies

Being the flagship phones both are packed with solid cameras and impressive hardware setup. The iPhone XR comes with Face ID which 3D maps the user's face to unlock the device. It is still the most secure facial recognition in the market. The iPhone XR other goodies are Memoji AR and Animoji. The only missed feature in the iPhone XR is 3D Touch.

The Galaxy S10e features AR Emojis and facial recognition. However, it isn't as secure as its counterpart. Apart from Google Assistant, it comes with Bixby assistant. The other goodies are wireless PowerShare and Dex mode. For connectivity, the S10e features Wi-Fi 6 which makes it one of its kind phone.


The iPhone XR base model with 64GB storage costs $750 whereas the Galaxy S10e base model with 128GB storage costs $750. The iPhone XR is widely available across the globe in both locked and unlocked variants. The Galaxy S10e is currently up for pre-orders with a release from March 8. It will take a few more weeks before reaching out to everyone. It will also be available in locked and unlocked models.


Both the Galaxy S10e and iPhone XR are one of the most stylish powerful flagships which fall slightly behind the premium flagships. In the design department, both the phones are quite stylish with glass and metal sandwich design. In the display department, the Galaxy S10e has an upper hand with better screen resolution and pixels density.

The iPhone XR and Galaxy S10e are necks to neck in the hardware and cameras section. Both devices have one-day battery life. There are a few aspects where iPhone XR has an upper hand whereas the S10e takes lead in a few aspects. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Galaxy S10e vs iPhone XR in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

(last update 20 March 2020 @ 09:03)



Samsung Galaxy S10e vs iPhone XR: An ultimate tussle
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To me, something like the cameras is the USP of both devices. It remains to be seen which platform comes up with better goodies in the department.


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