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Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Google Pixel 3: An invincible fight

26 March 2019 5

The South Korean giant Samsung is leading in the flagship smartphones market with the success of Galaxy S and Note lineup phones. Ahead of MWC, the company wrapped off the cover from the much-awaited flagship Galaxy S10 series. The S10 lineup is quite important as it will face stiff competition from Chinese OEMs more than ever and also it marks the 10th anniversary of Samsung's most important flagship lineup.

The S10 lineup is completely overhauled to attract buyers who were not happy with the minor upgrades of S9 lineup. The Galaxy S10 brings new design, latest best hardware, giant battery, new UI and solid cameras. However, in the last few years, many OEMs are making strides in the flagship smartphones segment and Google is certainly one of them. So far Google released three flagship phones under the Pixel lineup. The Pixel 3 is currently the latest best standard flagship from Google which will certainly challenge Samsung's Galaxy S10.

The Galaxy S10 is quite interesting phone with tons of exciting features to attract buyers. The Pixel 3 brings top-notch camera setup, stock Android OS and long-lasting battery life. Today we will put the latest Galaxy S10 against the Google Pixel 3 to know in detail the real differences and similarities. Without any further delay, let's kick off with the design differences between the two phones.

70.4 x 149.9 x 8.6 mm
6.1 inches - 3040x1440 px
68.2 x 145.6 x 7.9 mm
5.5 inches - 2160x1080 px
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Design

Last year Samsung didn't bring revolutionary changes in the design department. However this year Samsung completely overhauled the last year's design. The Galaxy S10 chassis is made up of aluminum with glass covering the front and rear side. The company didn't opt the traditional notch design instead of the S10 features a punch-hole camera at the top right corner. On the bottom edge, you will get thin bezel.

The rear side is adorned with triple cameras setup aligned horizontally in the center with dual LED flashlight. It comes with an ultrasonic under-glass fingerprint scanner which is more accurate and fast than the traditional scanner. On the other hand, Google Pixel 3 also features glass and metal sandwich design. Unlike the latest phones the Pixel 3 features thick bezels at the top and bottom of the display. That's why on first look the Pixel 3 looks like a dated phone. The top and bottom bezels have dual front-facing speakers.

On the rear side, the Pixel 3 has a single snapper on the top left corner with LED flashlight. The glass rear on the Pixel 3 comes with a slightly different finish than regular phones in the market. The upper portion comprised of camera setup comes with matte finish whereas the bottom portion with a fingerprint scanner and G branding comes with a glossy finish.

Both the phones are IP68 certified which means both can resist under 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage. The Galaxy S10 retains the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack but unfortunately, that's not the case with the pixel 3.

The Galaxy S10 dimensions are 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm and weigh 157g whereas the Pixel 3 is less tall and wider at 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm. It is also lighter at 148g. The Galaxy S10 is available in a variety of colors to lure customers including Prism green, Prism Blue, Prism White, Prism Black, and flamingo pink. The Pixel 3 can be grabbed in three colors only Not Pink, Just Black and Clearly White.

Display

Both the phones are packed with an OLED display panel which means you don't have to worry about colors accuracy, saturation, and deep blacks. The Galaxy S10 is the Samsung's first phone with dynamic AMOLED display panel of 6.1-inches with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 3040 pixels. The display pixels density is 551 pixels-per-inch. The display aspect ratio is 19:9.

It is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 6. Last but not least it is one of its kind display with HDR10+ support. The company claims the S10 display can reduce blue light exposure up to 42% which is worth appreciating.

The Google Pixel 3 sports a 5.5-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 2:1 and the pixels density is 443 pixels-per-inch. Although the Google Pixel 3 display is good still it can't match the class of Samsung's Dynamic AMOLED panel.

Hardware

Being the latest best the Samsung Galaxy S10 has a significant advantage in the hardware department. The Pixel 3 is almost six months old that's why it is packed with the last year's best hardware. The S10 is powered up by the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820 chipset. The Pixel 3 is running on the Snapdragon 845 SoC.

The Galaxy S10 base model comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the top of the line model has 512GB storage. The Pixel 3 is available only in 4GB RAM configuration with either 64GB or 128GB storage. The Galaxy S10 built-in storage is further expandable via MicroSD card whereas the Pixel 3 lacks support for memory expansion.

The S10 is way better in almost all department including chipset, RAM and storage. Overall in the hardware department, the S10 has an upper hand.

Specs Galaxy S10 Pixel 3
Display 6.1-inches 5.5-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 3040 pixels 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820 Snapdragon 845
RAM 8GB 4GB
Storage 128GB, 512GB Expandable via MicroSD 64GB, 128GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameras 12MP+16MP+12MP 12.2MP
Front camera 10MP Dual 8MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes No
IP68 Yes Yes
Software Android Pie Android Pie
Battery 3,400mAh 2,915mAh
Battery

The Galaxy S10 lights are kept on by a 3,400mAh battery cell whereas the Pixel 3 comes with significantly smaller 2,915mAh battery. Although the S10 has a larger battery cell, it comes with a larger display with Quad HD+ screen resolution. The Pixel 3 battery life is well optimized for more than one-day usage on a single charge. Both the phones support Qi wireless and Qualcomm's Quick charge fast charging.

Another important aspect of S10 is Power Share feature which allows the user to recharge other phones wirelessly.

Camera

The Galaxy S10 is Samsung first flagship with triple rear cameras setup. The primary rear snapper is 12MP with a variable aperture between f/1.5 and f/2.4. In stable lighting condition, the aperture is turned to f/2.4 whereas in the low-light condition the aperture automatically moves to f/1.5. The secondary rear snapper is ultra-wide angle 16MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture. This sensor field of view is 123 degrees to capture wide-angle group shots. Last but not the least you will get a 12MP telephoto module with f/2.4 aperture and optical zoom up to 2x. It supports 4K video recording with HDR10+ support.


Despite having a single rear camera the Pixel 3 is known of its class-leading cameras setup. Google is one of OEM who doesn't rely on the camera hardware instead the company optimize the capturing experience with the help of AI. Thanks to Google AI support the Pixel 3 single rear snapper is well capable to capture great portrait shots. The Pixel 3's primary rear snapper is a 12.2MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture. To ensure great capturing experience in low-light conditions the Pixel 3 comes pre-loaded with Night Sight mode. The Super-Res Zoom features allow the user to capture a long-range shot with AI prowess.

Up front, the Google Pixel 3 has dual 8MP snappers. The secondary selfie snapper is a wide-angle camera sensor to capture wide-angle selfies. The Galaxy S10 rely on the 10MP selfie snapper. The cameras setup on the Galaxy S10 is more versatile but the Pixel 3 outclasses many phones with the multi-cameras setup.

Software

As OS both the phones is pre-installed with Android Pie 9.0 straight out of the box, however, the UI experience is different on both the phones. The Pixel 3 is running on a stock version of Android OS with none bloatware whereas the Galaxy S10 comes with One UI skin. Samsung's UI is specially customized to use large display phone single handidly. The latest custom skin from Samsung comes with much less bloatware as opposed to the earlier version.

As far as the new software updates are a concern, no one in the Android market can match Google's speed of rolling update. The Pixel 3 will be receiving new major and software updates from Google for the next three years. Samsung will roll out new major updates for a couple of years but it will take months before rolling out the update.

Special goodies

With the Pixel 3 series, Google announces a number of software features which are exclusive for the Pixel 3 phone. One of the most striking features is Screen Call which provides call transcript at a real time. There is a Now Playing feature which provides info regarding the played music. Other goodies include AI Camera goodies.

The Galaxy S10 also comes with a number of special features. For instance, the Samsung Dex allows the user to utilize S10 as a desktop. The Power Share feature allows S10 owners to reverse charge other phones wirelessly. The Galaxy S10 cameras setup is also AI optimized to enhance the user's capturing the experience. It comes with dedicated Bixby AI assistant which can be accessed by pressing the physical button on the left edge.

Price

Being the premium flagships both the phones are quite expensive. The Pixel 3 base model with 64GB starts at $800. However, being six months old it can be grabbed at a lower price tag. The Galaxy S10 is more expensive than its predecessor, it starts at $900. It comes with 128GB storage. The S10 is widely available from all major carriers in both locked and unlocked model whereas the Pixel 3 locked model is Verizon exclusive.

Conclusion:

The Galaxy S10 has an added advantage of being the latest premium flagship. It takes lead in the design, display, hardware and battery section. Pixel 3 is a better option on the basis of cameras and software. As far as the pricing is a concern the Pixel 3 can be grabbed at a much cheaper price tag. So if you are looking for more powerful, Stylish phone the Galaxy S10 could be your next flagship companion.

On the other hand, if you want a flagship phone with stock Android OS experience and superb AI-powered camera setup the Pixel 3 is a solid option. The difference in pricing could play a deciding role here. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Galaxy S10 vs Pixel 3 in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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NiranjanKoshit
NiranjanKoshit

In the camera department, the Google Pixel 3 does well with the Night Sight mode. And of course, every Pixel is compatible to receive the first major Android update :cool: :cool:

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