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Nokia 9 PureView vs Galaxy S10e: How they differ?

22 March 2019 6

After a long streak of leaks and rumors, HMD Global unveiled the much awaited Penta-camera phone Nokia 9 PureView at the MWC 2019. The device isn't as good as other latest flagships in terms of looks but the company brought one of its kind five rear cameras. The company focused heavily on the Penta- rear cameras that's why it brings a number of special goodies to enhance the user's camera experience.

Another prominent aspect of the Nokia 9 PureView is its pricing which makes it significantly cheaper than most of the latest flagships in the market. The latest premium flagships are around $1000. However, that doesn't mean you can't grab a solid flagship phone around $700. This year Samsung launched four variants of S10 lineup including an entry-level Galaxy S10e.

The Galaxy S10e is the cheapest model amongst all the latest flagship phones from Samsung. However, still, it is packed with the same chipset as the premium models but lags behind in the camera's setup. Above all the S10e is one of the best cheaper option for those who are looking for an affordable flagship phone. Those who are looking to grab a new phone around $700 will consider both S10e and Nokia 9 PureView. Both phones have a lot of similarities and differences.

For sure the first question in everyone's mind is which smartphone amongst the two is better? Today we will put both the phones in head-to-head comparison to help out our readers to decide which aforementioned phone is better in what aspects? Without any further delay, let's kick off with the design.

69.9 x 142.2 x 7.9 mm
5.8 inches - 2280x1080 px
75 x 155 x 8 mm
5.9 inches - 2880x1440 px
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With the Nokia 9 PureView, HMD doesn't follow the latest trend of bezel-less or notch design instead the company relies on the thick bezels at the top and bottom of the display. Due to glass and metal sandwich design, the Nokia 9 PureView doesn't look ugly. Its sleekness and pattern of Penta cameras setup on the rear looks quite fascinating. Like most of the latest phones, it comes with an under-glass fingerprint scanner.

Being the part of S10 lineup the Galaxy S10e features similar design language like the other variants. There are a few key changes which differentiate it from the rest of the models. The first prominent change is it lacks curved front-facing glass instead the users have to rely on the flat display. You will get a punch-hole camera at the top right corner. The chassis is made up of aluminum with glass covering the front and rear side. The glass rear is gently curved so that the device can be grabbed single-handed easily.

Thanks to punch-hole design the S10e screen-to-body ratio is 93.1%. On the rear side, you will get dual snappers and LED flashlight aligned horizontally in the center. Unlike the premium models, it comes with a fingerprint scanner embedded under the physical button on the right edge.

Both the Nokia 9 PureView and S10e are prone to scratches due to glass rear. The Nokia 9 PureView is an IP67 certified whereas the Galaxy S10e is an IP68 certified phone which means it can resist under 0.5 meters deep water more than its counterpart.

The Galaxy S10e retains the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack but that's not the case with the Nokia 9 PureView. The Nokia 9 PureView dimensions are 155 × 75 × 8 mm and weigh 172g. The S10e is less tall, wider and thicker at 142.2 × 69.9 × 7.9 mm. It weighs 150g only. Speaking of the color options, the Nokia 9 PureView is available only in Midnight Blue whereas the S10e can be purchased in White, Black, Flamingo Pink, and Blue colors.


In the display department, the Nokia 9 PureView is featuring a 5.99-inches display. Its a POLED display panel with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 2:1 and the pixels density is 538 pixels-per-inch. It's sharp and quite striking but still, it doesn't match the class of Dynamic AMOLED display panel on the S10e.

The S10e supports a 5.8-inches display panel with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19:9 and the pixels density is 435 pixels-per-inch. Although it lags behind than Nokia 9 PureView in resolution and pixels density it comes with HDR10+ support and also reduces 42% of blue light.

No doubt the Nokia 9 PureView is pretty great but the Dynamic AMOLED panel is certainly the best in the market. So if you are looking for the best the S10e emerge as a better option.


Being the flagship phones both are packed with solid performing hardware. The Galaxy S10e is the cheapest but Samsung still packed it with the latest Octa-core Snapdragon 855 chipset for the US model whereas the global model comes with Exynos 9820 SoC. In terms of RAW power, the S10E is certainly amongst the fastest in the market. Thanks to its sheer power it handles the latest games, heavy multi-tasking tasks quite efficiently.

On the other hand, the Nokia 9 PureView is in development for quite some time that's why HMD global opted the last year's best Snapdragon 845 chipset. Those who are unaware the Nokia 9 PureView is in development for more than six months that's why it is understandable why it isn't packed with the latest best in the hardware department. Still, the Snapdragon 845 SoC is amongst the fastest in the market. You can expect top-notch level performance but not as fast as the S10e.

The Nokia 9 PureView comes in only one configuration with 6GB RAM and 128GB native storage. The S10e is available in two configurations, the base model comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the top-tier model has 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. The Nokia 9 PureView lacks support for memory expansion via MicroSD whereas the S10e supports memory expansion up to 512GB using MicroSD. Overall the S10e is a better option in the hardware department.

Specs Nokia 9 PureView Galaxy S10e
Display 5.99-inches 5.8-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2880 pixels 1080 x 2280 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820
Storage 128GB Non-Expandable via MicroSD 128GB, 256GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras 12MP Triple monochrome + 12MP dual RGB 12MP+16MP
Front camera 20MP 10MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No Yes
IP-ratings IP67 IP68
Battery 3,320mAh 3,100mAh
OS Android Pie Android Pie

The Nokia 9 PureView lights are kept on by a 3,320mAh battery cell whereas the S10e comes with slightly smaller battery cell of 3,100mAh. In terms of fast charging, the Nokia 9 PureView comes with QuickCharge 3.0 whereas the S10e stick to older QuickCharge 2.0. Thanks to glass rear both the phones support Qi wireless charging.

The S10e lags behind due to a smaller battery and slower charging tech, however, it comes with energy efficient chipset.


The camera section is certainly one key area where Nokia 9 PureView outshines its competitors at least on paper. The Galaxy S10e has dual rear cameras, the primary sensor is a 12MP module with variable aperture, in the stable lighting condition the aperture is f/2.4 whereas in low-light conditions it automatically turns the aperture to f/2.4. The secondary sensor is ultra-wide angle 16MP module with an f/2.2 aperture. The ultra-wide angle sensor field of view is 123 degrees. The dual rear cameras are AI tuned to fortify the user's camera experience. The dual rear cameras support 4K recording.

The Nokia 9 PureView is a powerhouse in the cameras section. On the rear side, you will get five cameras of 12MP. The first three sensors are monochrome modules whereas the rest of the two are RGB sensors. All the sensors have an f/1.8 aperture. The special aspect is Nokia 9 PureView allows the user to capture shot using five cameras simultaneously.

The Snapdragon 845 chipset is specially modified that's why the Nokia 9 PureView 'Lux capacitor' can handle five sensors raw shots efficiently. The colors accuracy and sharpness level is worth appreciating. Last but not the least the Nokia 9 PureView comes with Pro mode so that camera geeks can capture RAW phones. The best aspect is it comes with Adobe Lightroom app pre-installed so that the users can edit RAW images according to their preference. Up front, the Nokia 9 PureView comes with 20MP module whereas the Galaxy S10e has a 10MP snapper on the front.

Considering the special features and solid cameras setup the Nokia 9 PureView is a clear winner in the cameras section.


As OS the Galaxy S10e is pre-installed with Android Pie straight out of the box with One UI skin over it. The One UI was announced a few months ago as a refined UI specially optimized to use large display phones single handidly. Being a custom UI it brings few bloatware apps but still, it comes with significantly less bloatware than earlier UI versions from Samsung.

On the other hand, the Nokia 9 PureView comes with a stock version of Android OS straight out of the box. It is an Android One phone pre-installed with Android Pie. As far as the updates are a concern the S10e owners will have to wait longer due to custom UI skin whereas the Nokia 9 PureView owners will be amongst the first to receive a new software update. Another important aspect is Nokia 9 PureView will be getting major updates for the next couple of years and software update for the next three years.

Special goodies

Being an Android One phone the Nokia 9 PureView doesn't bring many extra software features. Most changes are focused on the Penta rear cameras setup to enhance the user's capturing the experience. The ability to edit the RAW images using Adobe Lightroom app is certainly quite useful. You can change the depth map of your shot after capturing. It comes with an optical under-glass fingerprint scanner which unfortunately not as efficient as the ultrasonic scanner.

The Galaxy S10e has its own AI Assistant Bixby which can be accessed by pressing the dedicated button on the left edge. Other special goodies include Gear VR support and Wireless PowerShare which allows the user to wirelessly recharge other phones.


The Nokia 9 PureView is released as a limited edition phone from March 3rd. As a launch offer it was up for sale at $599 during the first week and now it can be grabbed at $699. On the other hand, the S10e was released on March 8th at a price tag of $750 for the base model.


Both Nokia 9 PureView and Galaxy S10e are quite attractive options which fall slightly below the flagships. Both the OEMs try to bring a number of special features to attract buyers. The Nokia 9 PureView takes lead in the cameras, software and battery section whereas the Galaxy S10e features more attractive design, better display, powerful hardware, solid cameras, and one-day battery life.

In the pricing department, the S10e is slightly expensive as opposed to Nokia 9 PureView. Overall both the phones are pretty amazing options for those who don't want to spend a hefty amount on their next flagship phone. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding Nokia 9 PureView vs Galaxy S10e in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

(last update 20 March 2020 @ 09:03)



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On the design front, the punch-hole camera looks more to be today's design as compared to what the Nokia 9 PureView has with a speaker grill and comparatively thicker bezel.


Hmm... Comparing the Nokia 9 PureView to the Galaxy S10e? If the comparison is in terms of the camera setup, then I guess it's a no comparison. Nokia has powered the PureView far better.


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