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Sony Xperia 1 vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: Battle between two splendid flagships

04 March 2019 5

This year MWC was not only full of new foldable smartphones but also big giants like Sony, LG, HMD Global took the stage to unveil their latest flagships. Samsung took the stage in San Francisco on February 20th to unveil its flagship S10 lineup and Galaxy Fold. To celebrate the 10th anniversary this year Samsung launched four variants of S10 series including Galaxy S10, S10 Plus as the successor models whereas the other variants are S10e and S10 5G. The 5G variant is the beast amongst all with the best possible hardware and six cameras on board. The S10e is aimed to attract budget-conscious buyers.

The Galaxy S10 Plus is currently the latest best flagship phone from Samsung currently up for pre-orders. To compete against Samsung's best, the Japanese giant Sony unveiled Xperia 1. The Xperia 1 is quite special for Sony because of having a number of new exciting features which weren't available on Sony flagships so far. With the Xperia 1, Sony introduced a 21:9 aspect ratio, it is significantly taller than any other flagship in the market. It is also the company's first premium phone with triple rear cameras.

However, nothing in everyone's mind is whether all these goodies enough to compete against Samsung's S10 Plus or not? We have to admit both the companies are well known as one of the biggest electronic conglomerates but Samsung flagships are way ahead than any other Android running flagships in the market. Today we will out the Samsung's Galaxy S10 Plus and Xperia 1 in a head-to-head comparison to know the key differences and similarities between the two premium phones. We are hopeful this comparison will help you better understanding which flagship is better in what aspects. Without any further ado, let's kick off with the design.

72 x 167 x 8.2 mm
6.5 inches - 3840x1644 px
74.1 x 157.6 x 7.8 mm
6.4 inches - 3040x1440 px
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Design

One thing is quite evident that both the smartphone manufacturers revamped their design language for 2019 flagships. The Xperia 1 is insanely tall with its 21:9 aspect ratio. Despite being the latest flagship it still retains the prominent bezels at the top and bottom of the display. It's surprising to see Sony retaining the bezels when OEMs are finding new ways to trim the bezels. If you are looking for a phone which can be used easily single handidly, unfortunately, that's not the case with the Xperia 1.

The Xperia 1 edges are flat from the front and rear side. The fingerprint scanner on the Xperia 1 is on the right edge under a dedicated physical button. On the rear side, you will get triple cameras aligned vertically in the center with a tiny LED flashlight right above it.

On the other hand, the Galaxy S10 Plus also brings refereshing design change. The top bezel is replaced with dual punch hole at the top right corner for selfie cameras. The bottom bezel is also further trimmed for the better screen-to-body ratio. The S10 Plus is the company's first flagship with an under-glass ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. The S10 Plus comes with triple cameras setup on the rear side aligned horizontally in the center with LED flashlight and other sensors.

The chassis on both the phones is made up of aluminum with glass covering the front and rear side. The latest Corning Gorilla Glass 6 is protecting the front and rear of both the phones. Both the devices are IP68 certified which means both can resist under 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage.

The Galaxy S10 Plus retains the 3.5mm headphone jack but the Xperia 1 relies on the Type-C connector. The Xperia 1 measurements are 167 x 72 x 8.2mm whereas the S10 Plus is significantly smaller and thinner at 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm. In terms of colors options, the Xperia 1 is available in white, purple, purple and black colors whereas the S10 Plus owners can opt Flamingo Pink, Prism Blue, Black and White colors. You can choose the top of the line variants with Ceramic rear in white and black colors. Now it's up to you whether you prefer the taller Xperia 1 or the Galaxy S10 Plus with the punch-hole design.

Display

The Xperia 1 is the company's first flagship phone with OLED display and 4K screen resolution. The higher screen resolution is certainly an overkill because you can't identify the pixels density with the naked eye. On the other hand, Samsung once again stuck to the Quad HD+ screen resolution. Both the phones have OLED display but there are few more exciting features to stand out amongst the crowd. For years Samsung displays are regarded as the best, same is the case with the S10 Plus.

The Galaxy S10 Plus features a 6.4-inches Dynamic AMOLED display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 3040 pixels. The display pixels density is 522 pixels-per-inch and it also supports HDR10+. In the display section, the Xperia 1 doesn't lag behind as it comes with 6.5-inches display with 4K screen resolution of 1644 x 3840 pixels. The pixels density is 643 pixels-per-inch and also supports HDR10+.

The Xperia 1 Cinematic View display is flat from the edges whereas the Dynamic AMOLED panel of S10 Plus is curved from both the edges. So no matter which smartphone you opt both the devices display panel is worth appreciating.

Hardware

Being the flagship phones both are packed with the latest best possible hardware. The Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 855 chipset is powering both the phones. The S10 Plus global variant comes with the Exynos 9820 SoC.

The Xperia 1 is available only in one configuration with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The top-tier model comes with 256GB storage. It supports memory expansion up to 512GB using MicroSD. The Galaxy S10 Plus base model comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the top of the line mode has 12GB RAM with either 512GB or 1TB storage. It also supports memory expansion via MicroSD up to 512GB.

In terms of raw performance both the phones have enough juice to handle HIFI games, multi-tasking, AR, VR, and other power requiring tasks. You can perform almost everything with 6 Gigs of RAM but having more on board is always good. Both the phones have 4G LTE connectivity.

Specs Galaxy S10 Plus Xperia 1
Display 6.4-inches 6.5-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 3040 pixels 1644 x 3840 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820 Snapdragon 855
RAM 8GB, 12GB 6GB
Storage 128GB, 512GB and 1TB storage Expandable via MicroSD 128GB, 256GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras 12MP+12MP+12MP 12MP+12MP+16MP
Front camera 10MP+8MP 8MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone Yes No
OS Android Pie Android Pie
IP68 Yes Yes
Battery 4,100mAh 3,100mAh
Camera

Following the latest trend both the phones have triple cameras on the rear side. Both the companies were amongst the last ones to follow the dual rear cameras setup. Its good to see both have jumped into triple cameras bandwagon.

The primary rear snapper on both the phones is a wide-angle 12MP module. The Xperia 1 sensor has a fixed aperture of f/1.6 whereas the S10 Plus comes with a variable aperture between f/1.5 and f/2.4. In low-light conditions, the camera automatically turns the aperture to f/1.5 whereas in stable lighting conditions the aperture is f/2.4. The secondary sensor is a 12MP telephoto module with f/2.4 aperture and optical zoom up to 2x. Both the sensors have optical image stabilization.

The third sensor on both the phones have an ultra-wide-angle module, the Xperia 1 has a 12MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture whereas the S10 Plus has a 16MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture. Up front, the Xperia 1 has an 8MP module with f/2.0 aperture whereas the S10 Plus comes with dual selfie cameras. The primary sensor is a 10MP module with an f/1.9 aperture. The secondary sensor is an 8MP module with an f/2.2 aperture.

Both the companies stepped up their camera game this year. Sony introduces the Cinema Pro app dedicated to capturing cinema standard shots. As per DxoMark, the Galaxy S10 Plus is currently the latest best camera phone in the market with an overall score of 109 points to be on par with Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro. Surprisingly when almost all mid-rangers have facial recognition, Sony Xperia 1 lacks this feature.

Battery

The Xperia 1 lights are kept on by a 3,300mAh battery cell. The battery may not be small if it is powering the phone below 6-inches but considering the Xperia 1 display size and resolution, its quite surprising to see an average battery for a gigantic full with Quad HD+ screen resolution. On the other hand, Samsung packed the S10 Plus with a fairly large 4,100mAh battery cell. Although the S10 Plus isn't a thick phone still it packs an impressive battery cell.

The Xperia 1 lacks the wireless and reverses charging feature. For better battery life it comes with Smart Stamina mode and Battery care features. The Galaxy S10 Plus comes with Quick Charge 2.0+, it supports wireless as well as reverse wireless charging which is worth appreciating. In the battery section, the Galaxy S10 Plus certainly has an upper hand.

Software

As OS both the phones is pre-installed with Android Pie straight out of the box. The Xperia 1 will have thick UI skin over the Android OS, Sony is trimming bloatware with each new version but still, the custom UI has a significant amount of bloatware. On the other hand, Samsung announced One UI a few months ago as specially optimized for one hand usage.

To enhance the video capturing experience the Xperia 1 comes with Cinema Pro app with a number of adjustable features. The 21:9 display is specially optimized for watching video content. Both the phone's owners will have to wait longer for the software updates, however, Samsung phones will receive updates for a longer period.

Price

As far as the pricing is a concern the S10 Plus base model with 128GB storage costs $1,100. It is currently up for pre-orders in the US and many other markets with a release from March 8th. The Xperia 1 will be released for the UK market at a price tag of £849. However, the exact release time is still in the dark and also it won't be widely available like the Galaxy S10 Plus.

Conclusion:

With each new iterations, Samsung polishes the flagship S-series, same is the case with S10 Plus. The newly optimized One UI provides a new look to better handle full front-facing display phones. The Galaxy S10 Plus camera also brings AI scene recognition support to better optimize camera settings according to the scene.

The Galaxy S10 Plus is a superior phone in the design, hardware, software and cameras department. The Xperia 1 comes with a better display, solid cameras, latest hardware, and cheaper pricing as opposed to its competitor. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Xperia 1 vs Galaxy S10 Plus in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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  • The new 21:9 aspect ratio by Sony is so easily noticeable as soon as you see the very first set of the image. Still, need to hear about it more.

      • When the 4K TVs came out, there wasn't sufficient 4K content. Now that there are 8K TVs, there's still not sufficient 8K content. How about the new 21:9 ratio then? Apps will need to be optimized for that ratio?

          • @JustinBroad
            This actually now confuses me more The display of the Galaxy S10 is certainly of top notch quality. But now Sony is also there to fight the leading phone maker strongly.

              • One example is the 21:9 display being optimized for watching video. Which means, there's something more to the aspect ratio than just introducing it for the sake of being different.

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