Samsung has made a tradition of releasing two Galaxy S smartphones every time, but in 2019 we get three: Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10E. (If you count S10 5G coming out in a few months it's actually four.)
How should consumers feel for the new range and find the option best for them? The most important thing to know is that these phones are all very similar in terms of the foundation. Buying the $ 750 Galaxy S10E doesn't mean you sacrifice some of the important improvements and hardware upgrades. But there is benefits to go out and release $ 1000 on S10 Plus.
What do the S10E, S10 and S10 Plus have in common?
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
- Base storage 128 GB
- Expandable microSD storage
- Dynamic AMOLED display with reduced blue light and HDR10 + wide color scale
- Compatible with new faster Wi-Fi 6
- Wireless PowerShare: you can charge other devices by resting them on the rear of the S10
- IP68 water resistance
- Fast wireless charging
Galaxy S10 models also share at least two cameras:
1. Primary Dual Blend (f / 1.5 or f / 2.4) 12 megapixel camera
2. Ultra wide (123 degree field of view) 16 megapixel camera
S10E, S10 and S10 Plus can all record 4K video on both the camera's rear and forward-facing cameras, they all have a "super stable" mode that dramatically stabilizes video clips shot with ultra wide camera, and all three can capture 960 fps super slow-mo video. For still images, Samsung gives them all their Pro Assist AI-based scene reviews, which automatically adjusts the camera settings based on your subject. Like note 9 before it, S10 will also tell when it detects if a picture you just took was blurred or if someone in the shot flashed.
Choose Galaxy S10 if you want the flagship but don't want to pay $ 1000
128GB | 8GB: $ 899.99
6.1 inch Quad HD + curved OLED display | 3 800mAh battery
The Galaxy S10 has all of Samsung's latest technology for a large one. It has a punch camera cut which seems to me much less noticeable than a cut that cuts into the screen. It is powered by the latest generation Snapdragon 855 processor. The screen is Samsung's best OLED panel, and the camera's system includes a trio of rear cameras that basically puts an entire lens package on your phone, including a tele / port lens.
There is also the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor built into the display, which promises to be more accurate than the optical fingerprint sensors we have seen from OnePlus and others. The screen is smaller than S10 Plus, but it is the same resolution and overall quality. S10 also has a much larger battery than last year's S9, so in combination with Android 9 Pies battery-saving tricks, it should take a little longer.
Choose the Galaxy S10 Plus if you want the largest screen and absolute best specifications
128GB | 8GB: $ 999.99
6.4-inch Quad HD + Curved OLED Display | 4.100mAh battery
S10 Plus has a larger screen, larger battery and can be configured with more storage and RAM than the regular S10. It also outputs the S10 5G on storage and memory. This is the phone for spec heads. You can buy it with up to 1 TB of storage and 12 GB of RAM, which should be future-proof for many years to come.
It is available with a ceramic black or white back if you choose the advanced 512GB or 1TB models, which are not offered on the standard S10. S10 Plus also features an RGB front-view camera that enhances portrait images and selfie effects. S10 and S10E can do so via software, but Samsung's own camera page confirms that their "results are varied".
S10 Plus 4,100mAh battery is a higher capacity than Note 9, which was already good, all-day phone. This is the only S10 that I would really consider using Wireless PowerShare as it has got enough juice to upload a friend's phone into a pinch without letting you look for a charger yourself.
Choose Galaxy S10E for the best value and more color options
128GB | 6GB: $ 749.99
5.8-inch Full HD + OLED screen | 3.100mAh battery
As the most affordable phone in Samsung's new range, the Galaxy S10E still offers much of what is best about the pricier units. It has the same Snapdragon 855 processor as standard S10 and S10 Plus. The base model has a little less RAM (6GB), but you can get 8GB if you choose the model with 256GB of storage. Even if you do not interfere, 6GB should be sufficient for this upgrade cycle.
The 5.8-inch screen is the smallest of the bundle, and it releases the resolution a little, but it also means it's easier to handle in one hand. It has all the enhancements to Samsung's latest generation "dynamic" OLED display, such as reduced blue light and an even wider HDR color palette. The screen is flat, unlike the curved S10 and S10 Plus. Apple went with a low-cost (but still high-quality) LCD screen for the iPhone XR, but I think Samsung's S10E might have spent XR in this category.
With the S10E you get the same primary (wide), ultra wide and selfie cameras as on S10. There is no phone camera, but if you are someone who thinks you are taking lots of portrait pictures, this is to think about. And the fingerprint sensor is a traditional capacitive scanner integrated with the switch, so you lose the cool, all-new ultrasound technology, the more premium S10s come.
However, the main page of the S10E is its 3.100mAh battery. Will there be enough juice to carry this high-powered phone through a full day? It's more than the Galaxy S9 had last year, but the S9 was not known for great endurance for a fee.