Apple and Samsung take turns trying to outdo each other with the announcement of every new device. That trend continued earlier this week as Samsung announced the latest models of its flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy. In honor of the 10th anniversary, Samsung decided to go big. Some of the highlights include lots of cameras, an edge-to-edge screen, an in-screen fingerprint reader, the latest Snapdragon processor, and 5G speeds (in a model coming later this year).
The Standard Galaxy S10
While the Galaxy S10 sports 2 rear cameras similar to the iPhone XS, it also includes a new third camera. The standard has been a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens alongside a 12-megapixel telephoto lens allowing for 2x optical zoom. Both lenses offer Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) for clear photos despite shaky hands. The new 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera allows for capturing what’s in front of you without having to back up.
Flip the phone over, and you’ll find a large, curved 6.1-inch screen. Despite that, the overall size of the phone remains relatively small thanks to the slim bezels that surround it. A 10-megapixel front-facing camera hides at the top right corner. Where Apple resorted to a large notch across the top, Samsung only needed a small circle (see photo below). If you’re a fan of unlocking your phone with your face, that feature is noticeably absent on all models.
This model offers 8GB RAM, storage options include 128GB or 512GB, and prices start at $900.
The Larger Galaxy S10+
In response to the iPhone XS Max, the Galaxy S10+ basically offers more of everything found in the S10. The curved screen grows to 6.4 inches. A larger battery offers increased usage before needing to recharge.
The S10+ includes the same cameras as the S10, but also comes with an additional front camera. That extra 8-megapixel camera allows for depth-mode portrait selfies. As seen in the photo above, you have a slightly larger oval cutout to make room for it. Again, you won’t find face unlocking capabilities on this or any Galaxy phone.
With more options available on the S10+, it starts at $1,000 and includes 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage. You can opt for 512GB or 1TB of storage. Both replace the standard Gorilla Glass on the back with a ceramic back. However, only the 1TB model will get you 12GB RAM.
The Entry-Level Galaxy S10E
The Galaxy S10E enters the market as a direct competitor of the iPhone XR. The S10e comes with only the wide and ultra wide cameras but not with the telephoto lens. The screen size is reduced to a 5.8-inch flat screen but still offers a very thin bezel. The in-screen fingerprint reader is replaced by a fingerprint sensor within the power button. While a few features have been removed, it still packs a punch in regards to performance. With a starting price of $750, it’s hard to complain.
The Future Galaxy S10 5G
Think of the Galaxy S10 5G as the S10++. Again, everything gets bigger. You go from a 6.4-inch to 6.7-inch screen. The battery size increases. Base storage goes up to 256GB (but there’s no microSD slot). An additional camera is added to the back and brings the grand total to six cameras. This last camera allows for fancier photos and advanced AR capabilities (still no facial recognition). Finally, you’ll have the privilege of boasting about how fast the internet is on your phone with 5G connection speeds.
This model won’t be available until the 2nd quarter of 2019. Samsung hasn’t released pricing yet, but expect it to run over $1,000.
Additionally, each Galaxy S10 offers a new feature called Wireless PowerShare. You can use your S10 to wirelessly charge any device that supports the Qi standard. Enable the feature, place the phone down on its face, and set the device you need to charge on top. Your phone will charge the other device until its own battery hits 30 percent.
Which One To Buy?
At the end of the day, any of these phones makes for a solid choice. Performance will be virtually identical across all of them. Choosing one comes down to two things: price and the extra features you might want.
If you just need your smartphone to be a smartphone, the S10e has you covered.
Want better photography options and more storage? Opt for the S10 or S10+.
Or maybe you do actually need six cameras, 1TB of storage, and blazing fast network speeds. In that case, wait for the S10 5G.
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