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Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Apple iPhone XS: Battle of the beasts

12 March 2019 5

After a long streak of rumors and leaks the South Korean giant Samsung finally wraps off the cover from the much-anticipated flagship Galaxy S10 series. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of S-series Samsung not only revamped the flagships design but also launched four variants. The iterative variants are Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus. To attract budget-conscious customers the company launched Galaxy S10e with toned down hardware. The Galaxy S10 5G comes with 5G support.

Being the standard flagships the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus will have to face stiff competition from already best in the market. The Cupertino giant Apple unveiled their flagships back in September last year but still, the devices are worthy enough to compete against latest flagships. We already put the Galaxy S10 Plus against iPhone XS Max and Galaxy S10e against iPhone XR to know the real strength and weakness of both the phones. Today we will compare the Galaxy S10 against the iPhone XS. Both the phones are standard flagship offering from respective companies.

Both are premium flagship phones with the latest best hardware, cameras, and design. Last year iPhone XS mostly brought hardware upgrades but the design language remains the same as the 10th anniversary iPhones. It will be an interesting battle to see how latest Samsung Galaxy S10 locks horn with Apple's finest iPhone XS. Without any delay, let's kick off with the design as it is first aspect buyers consider before making any choice.

70.4 x 149.9 x 8.6 mm
6.1 inches - 3040x1440 px
70.9 x 143.6 x 7.7 mm
5.8 inches - 2436x1125 px
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Design

To ensure the premium design language Samsung once again opted glass and metal sandwich design language. The chassis is made up of aluminum with glass covering the front and rear side. The front and rear glass are gently curved from the edges. The curved edges make it an easy device to grasp the device single handidly. The Galaxy S10 has a camera hole at the top right corner. On the rear side, you will get triple cameras aligned horizontally in the center with LED flashlight.

Unlike its predecessor, it doesn't have a fingerprint scanner on the rear side instead it comes with an under-glass ultrasonic fingerprint scanner.

The iPhone XS chassis is made up of stainless steel with glass covering the rear and front side. Unlike the Galaxy S10, the iPhone XS edges are flat. The iPhone XS comes with a traditional notch at the top of the display. All other sides have almost zero bezels that's why edge-to-edge display looks quite fantastic. The iPhone XS has dual snappers on the top left corner with LED flashlight. It lacks traditional fingerprint scanner instead the company opted Face ID as the primary biometric feature.

The Galaxy S10 retains the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack but that's not the case with the iPhone XS. 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 dimensions are 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm whereas the iPhone XS is slightly smaller and thinner at 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm. The S10 weighs 157g whereas the iPhone XS is heavier at 177g.

Display

Thanks to the new design trend the Galaxy S10 has a significantly taller display than the Galaxy S10. It features a 6.1-inches Dynamic AMOLED display with curved edges. The Quad HD+ display screen resolution is 1440 x 3040 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19:9 and the pixels density is 550 pixels-per-inches. The display is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 6 and supports HDR10+

The iPhone XS comes with the OLED display panel of 5.8-inches with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1125 x 2436 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19.5:9 and the pixels density is 458 pixels-per-inch. It supports HDR10 and features Scratch-resistant glass as protection against drops. The iPhone XS comes with fabulous edge-to-edge display screen but it's not an easy task to compete against Samsung in the display department.

Samsung's Galaxy S-lineup phones are known for their brightness, vivid colors and superb saturation level and fortunately, the S10 is no exception.

Hardware

Being the flagship phones both the devices are packed with the latest best hardware. The Samsung Galaxy S10 is available in two variants, the US-bound model comes with the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 855 chipset built on the 7nm process whereas the global model comes with the Exynos 9820 SoC built on the 8nm process.

The Galaxy S10 base model comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The top-tier variant comes with 512GB storage. It supports memory expansion up to 512GB via MicroSD. The Adreno 640 is taking care of graphics. The iPhone XS comes with 4GB RAM, the built-in native storage models have either 64GB, 256GB or 512GB storage. It lacks support for memory expansion.

In terms of raw performance both the devices are powerhouses and capable to handle everything you throw at it. As daily driver both have enough power to handle HIFI games, heavy multi-tasking, AR and VR apps.

Specs Galaxy S10 iPhone XS
Display 6.1-inches 5.8-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 3040 pixels 1125 x 2436 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820 A12 Bionic
RAM 8GB 4GB
Storage 128GB, 512GB Expandable via MicroSD 64GB, 256GB, 512GB Non-Expandable
Rear camera 12MP+16MP+12MP Dual 12MP
Front camera 10MP 7MP
USB Type-C Lightning port
IP68 Yes Yes
OS Android Pie with One UI skin iOS 12
Battery 3,400mAh 2,658mAh
Camera

The Galaxy S10 comes with triple sensors on the rear side whereas the iPhone XS has dual rear sensors. The S10's primary rear snapper is 12MP with a variable aperture between f/1.5 and f/2.4. In stable lighting condition, the aperture is f/2.4 whereas in low-light conditions the aperture automatically turns to f/1.5. The secondary sensor is ultra wide angle 16MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The third sensor is a 12MP telephoto module with an f/2.4 aperture. The primary sensor and telephoto module has an optical image stabilization.

The iPhone XS has dual rear snappers, the primary sensor is a wide-angle 12MP module with f/1.8 aperture. The secondary sensor is a 12MP telephoto module with f/2.4 and optical zoom up to 2x. Both the sensors have optical image stabilization.

The telephoto sensor on both the phones has similar specs, however, the iPhone XS main snapper has fixed aperture and also doesn't have a separate ultra wide sensor. Well, the results are not based on a number of sensors rather software and hardware optimizations.

The front-facing selfie snapper on the Galaxy S10 is 7MP with f/2.2 aperture whereas the iPhone XS has 10MP with f/1.9 aperture. Overall both the phones are amongst the best camera performers in the market.

Battery

From the last couple of years since the incident of Galaxy Note 7, Samsung was hesitant in bringing larger battery cell. That is why from the last couple of years Samsung didn't improve battery cell on the S-lineup. Fortunately, the Galaxy S10 comes with a larger battery cell as opposed to its predecessor.

The S10 is packed with a 3,400mAh battery cell whereas the iPhone XS comes with 2,658mAh battery cell. The S10 features significantly larger battery cell but also has Quad HD+ screen resolution. Thanks to glass rear both the phones support wireless charging.

The Galaxy S10 supports Qualcomm's Quick charge 2.0 for fast charging. The iPhone XS also supports fast charging but you will have to spend extra amount to grab the fast charger. The S10 features a new PowerShares feature which allows the device to recharge other phones wirelessly.

Software

Samsung announced the Android Pie based One UI few months ago ahead of S10 series announcement. The new One UI is more refined with less bloatware as opposed to the predecessor. The One UI is specially optimized to use large display phones single handidly as it comes with tons of features on the bottom portion.

The iPhone XS was announced with iOS 12 straight out of the box. The key new features of the latest iOS versions are Screen Time, shortcuts for Siri and Memoji and Digital Health. As far as the upcoming major OS updates are a concern the iPhone XS owners will receive new updates much earlier than the S10 and also Apple is known for supporting older devices for longer period than Samsung.

Price

The Galaxy S10 base model starts at $899 in the US whereas for the UK market it costs £799. The top of the line model with 512GB storage costs £999 which is roughly $1290 at current currency exchange rate. The iPhone XS base model with 64GB storage starts at $999 in the US. In the Uk market, it costs £999. If you opt the 256GB model you will have to pay $1,149 (£1,149).

The top of the line model with 512GB storage can be grabbed at $1,349 (£1,349). The Galaxy S10 is $100 cheaper and also comes with double storage as opposed to Apple iPhone XS. As far as the availability is a concern the iPhone XS is widely available whereas S10 was up for pre-orders and released recently on March 8th in many countries.

Conclusion:

The iPhone XS is the natural competitor of Samsung's Galaxy S10 in the market. Both the phones are the latest best flagship offering, that's why its not an easy task to choose amongst the two. Both have glass and metal sandwich design, however, the finish is different. The Galaxy S10 takes lead in the display, camera and battery section.

On the other hand, the iPhone XS takes lead in software and hardware section and competes well in the cameras and display department. Whether the customers like the notch or punch hole design it's up to them, Same is the case with different OS versions.

Last but not the least the $100 cheaper pricing of S10 could make it more attractive. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding Galaxy S10 vs iPhone XS in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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