Yesterday, Samsung officially released the Galaxy S10 lineup, including three variants Galaxy S10, S10e and S10 Plus. The S10 and S10 Plus are the upgraded versions over the predecessor Galaxy S9 & S9 Plus, while the S10e is the ‘budget’ phone with a lower price.
Since these are the latest flagship smartphone from the biggest brands currently in the smartphone business, they are absolutely great phones. However, choosing the best one is not easy. So, we are here to help you decide which is the best Galaxy S10 for your needs and your budget.
Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E: Display & Design
The main difference among these devices is the screen size as well as their dimensions. Its name already suggests the Galaxy S10 Plus has a bigger than the other phones, whereas the Galaxy S10e sports the smallest display.
The S10e’s dimensions are at142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9mm (weight at150g), which is easy to fit in your pocket. The phone features a 5.8-inch AMOLED display, which is slightly smaller when compared to its siblings. But, nothing turns your nose up at.
The next flagship is the Galaxy S10, which is a little larger when its dimensions are at 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm and weight at 157g. Look at this, you can see that its length it’s not much bigger than the S10e, and is even thinner. In spite of not being much bigger overall, the Galaxy S10 features a noticeably bigger Super AMOLED screen, flaunting at 6.1inches.
The big boy in the new family is the Galaxy S10 Plus, measuring at 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm with a big 6.4-inch screen like the screen size of Galaxy Note 9. Aside from the difference in size, the Galaxy S10 Plus also has the weight difference when weighing 175g. This added heft comes from the higher spec, the more advanced camera, the cooling system, and bigger battery capacity. So, if you’re a fan of the dainty device, you should choose the Plus variant.
Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E: Camera
There’s already a clear progression to the camera on the Galaxy S10 models when which one is the better phone.
The Galaxy S10E is equipped a 16MP ultra-wide lens along with a 12MP stabilized lens on the back and a dual-pixel 10MP front-facing camera. As being set as the ‘budget’ handset of the range, a dual-lens main camera setup and excellent front facing camera is not a bad deal.
On the Galaxy S10, you will get an extra 12MP lens on the back, while stepping up to the Galaxy S10 Plus, there is a bonus second, front-facing camera with 8MP for better live photos. Five lenses splitting between the front and rear for the Galaxy S10 Plus will deliver extremely amazing photos.
If it’s the best camera experience you’re after, we recommend the Galaxy S10 Plus as the phone you should go for – although the other devices can still deliver some pretty great pictures.
Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E: Battery
Similar to the camera, the higher up the S10 variant you go, the larger the battery capacity you have.
The Galaxy S10E only comes with a humble 3,100mAh battery, and the S10 is packing with a 3,400mAh battery, while the S10 is powered by a whopping 4,100mAh battery.
These capacities on the Galaxy S10 lineup are slightly better when competing to other rivals like the iPhone XS Max with a 3,174mAh battery and Pixel 3 XL with 3,430mAh. Each of these phones also comes with the wireless charging as well as wireless power-sharing, letting users use the phone to reverse charge other devices.
Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E: Specifications
Each of the Galaxy S10 variants is equipped by the same chipset in each market, in which they are sold. While Samsung hasn’t announced the chipset yet, in fact, it’s an octa-core SoC. The predecessor on Galaxy devices was already powered by different chipsets in different countries, so the S10 models will absolutely follow suit.
The Galaxy S10 lineup will also come with different memory options for each variant, so you will get a number of choices if you are able to get your head around the various options. The Galaxy S10E is packed with either 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage option, or 8GB and 256GB option.
The Galaxy S10 will be available in 8GB/128GB and 8GB/512GB variants, while the Galaxy S10 Plus will go on sale with three options: 8GB/128GB, 8GB/512GB and 8GB/1TB. Each device still supports a microSD card slot, which can extend up to 512GB.
Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E: Price
In the Galaxy S10 lineup, the S10E will be the most affordable when it just cost $749 / £669, which is about AU$1,050, for the 6GB/128GB variant. Compared to the Apple iPhone XR, which is currently at $799 / £799 / AU$1,299 with the same amount of internal storage, the Galaxy S10E will be a decent saving, especially if you are purchasing the phone in the UK.
With the Galaxy S10, it’s quite a step up when the phone goes on sale at $899 / £799, or around AU$1,250 for the 8GB/128GB variant. That’s the same price with the 128GB Google Pixel 3, another direct competing rival. Meanwhile, the 8GB/512GB model will cost £999, $1,099 which is roughly AU$1,500.
It’s no surprise when the Galaxy S10 Plus will have the highest price tag. The cheapest version with 8GB/128GB costs $999 / £899, or AU$1,400. If you want more storage, you need to spend £1,199 (about $1,560 or AU$2,200) for the 512GB model, or £1,399 (around $1,800 or AU$2,500) for the top 1TB model.
If you want all the benefits of the S10 range without out of money, the S10e is the most ideal choice. Despite having a lower price tag, it still comes with the same design and a monster chipset like its bigger siblings, and even camera too.
The core of the lineup is absolutely the Galaxy S10, with all great features you need for a smartphone. Although it’s a little more expensive over the S10e, you will get a flagship that’s better than most and you can stay with it for a long time.
If money is not your problem, you should consider the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. The phone has a bigger screen, an impressive battery and a crazy number of cameras. All of these factors make it become a luxury phone, allowing you to indulge in all game-playing, photo-taking needs.