After months of rumors, Samsung has unveiled its Galaxy S10 phones. That’s phones plural, with four different models on the way: S10, S10e, S10+, and S10 5G. They’re similar, but they aren’t identical, and those differences will help determine which phone, if any, is right for you. We’ll put each model to the test for a full review closer to their respective launch dates, but for now let’s take a look at the specs to see how they stack up.
|Name||Samsung Galaxy S10E||Samsung Galaxy S10||Samsung Galaxy S10+||Samsung Galaxy S10 5G|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Processor Speed||2.8 GHz||2.8 GHz||2.8 GHz||2.8 GHz|
|Dimensions||5.6 by 2.75 by 0.31 inches||5.9 by 2.77 by 0.31 inches||6.2 by 2.92 by 0.31 inches||6.4 by 3.03 by 0.31 inches|
|Weight||5.3 oz||5.5 oz||6.2 oz||6.98 oz|
|Screen Size||5.8 inches||6.1 inches||6.4 inches||6.7 inches|
|Screen Type||Dynamic AMOLED||Dynamic AMOLED||Dynamic AMOLED||Dynamic AMOLED|
|Screen Resolution||2,280 by 1,080 pixels||2,960 by 1,440 pixels||2,960 by 1,440 pixels||2,960 by 1,440 pixels|
|Camera Resolution||12MP, 16MP Rear/10MP Front-facing||12MP, 12MP, 16MP Rear/10MP Front-facing||12MP, 12MP, 16MP Rear/10MP Front-facing||12MP, 12MP, 16MP Rear/10MP Front-facing|
|Wireless Specification||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax|
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Each Galaxy S10 model differs slightly, but they all share a few notable similarities. All four phones use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, run Android 9.0 Pie, use Samsung’s new Dynamic AMOLED panels (with different screen sizes and resolutions), and support 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax Wi-Fi with 4×4 MIMO and LTE Cat. 20. Those aspects are consistent across the S10, S10e, S10+, and S10 5G.
Galaxy S10: The Standard
The S10 (starting at $ 899.99), without any modifiers after its name, is the standard template for the Galaxy S10 line. It sits squarely in the middle, as the model from which the other three S10 phones extend. It’s a midsize phone with a 6.1-inch Quad HD+ 2,960-by-1,440 curved Dynamic AMOLED screen, measuring 5.9 by 2.8 by 0.3 inches (HWD) and weighing 5.5 ounces. Besides the Snapdragon 855 processor, the S10 has 8GB of RAM, and will be available with 128GB or 512GB of storage. The phone also includes a microSD card slot for up to 512GB of additional storage.
The phone features a triple rear-facing camera system with 12MP sensors attached to telephoto and wide angle lenses and a 16MP sensor under an ultra-wide-angle 123-degree lens. The front-facing camera is a 10MP dual-pixel sensor.
The S10’s battery is 3,400mAh and supports Qi wireless charging with a new trick: Wireless PowerShare. The phone can serve as a portable battery, charging other Qi-compatible devices by resting them on the back of the phone.
Galaxy S10+: Bigger (and Better?)
The S10+ (starting at $ 999.99) is the larger, more phablet-sized version of the S10. It’s 0.3 inches longer and 0.15 inches wider than the S10, and heavier at 6.2 ounces. That’s for the glass-backed version of the phone that shares the same material design as the S10. A ceramic version will also be available, and weigh in at a heftier 7.0 ounces.
It features a bigger 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED screen with the same 2,960-by-1,440 resolution as the S10’s 6.1-inch screen. It starts with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, just like the S10, but it has even higher-capacity options with up to 12GB of RAM and a whopping 1TB of storage.
The rear-facing cameras on the S10+ are the same as on the S10, but the front-facing camera gets an upgrade. In addition to the 10MP dual-pixel selfie camera, the S10+ has an 8MP RGB depth sensor to enhance certain face detection and augmented reality features.
It also has a much larger 4,100mAh battery, but we’ll have to test the phone to see if that translates into longer screen time, or is just a necessity for the larger display.
Galaxy S10e: The Smaller Sibling
The S10e (starting at $ 749.99) is a slightly smaller, less powerful version of the S10. It’s 0.3 inches shorter and a hair narrower, and weighs 0.2 ounces less. These aren’t significant differences in size and weight, but depending on your hand size, it could be just the answer if you want a slightly smaller phone than the standard S10.
It shares the same Snapdragon 855 CPU, but its base model only has 6GB of RAM (an 8GB version will also be available). More importantly, the S10e’s 5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen is only Full HD+ resolution (2,280 by 1,080). That means its isn’t quite as detailed as the screens on the other S10 phones, but the lower resolution could compensate for the fact that it has less memory, since the phone has to push fewer pixels at a time.
The camera is the S10e’s other major compromise. It foregoes the rear-facing 12MP zoom lens entirely, using only the 12MP wide and 16MP ultra-wide lenses. You’ll have to physically get closer to what you’re shooting without that zoom. The front-facing camera is unchanged.
Galaxy S10 5G: Phablet of the Future
The Galaxy S10+ isn’t the biggest phone in the S10 line. That distinction goes to the most advanced and farthest-off model, the S10 5G (pricing not yet announced). As its name indicates, this is the phone that will be able to get on 5G networks when they start rolling out. Be wary of its 5G support, though; the S10 5G doesn’t support all 5G bands carriers plan to adopt, and will be limited to Sprint and Verizon. It’s very clearly an early adopter phone, though it will also support Cat. 20 LTE like the other S10 phones.
The S10 5G is by far the largest of the S10 models, at 6.4 by 3.0 by 0.3 inches and featuring a glass-backed body that weighs almost as much as the ceramic version of the S10+. No ceramic model of the S10 5G will be available, and there won’t be any alternate capacities; it will only come with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and won’t feature a micro SD card slot like the other three phones have.
On the other hand, the S10 5G gets a camera upgrade. It has the same triple rear-facing camera and 10MP dual-pixel selfie camera as the S10 and S10+, but adds a 3D depth sensor to both the front and back camera to expand AR capabilities even more. The phone also has the largest battery of the four, with a 4,500mAh capacity and USB PD3.0 fast-charging support on top of Qi with Wireless PowerShare.
Which Galaxy S10 Is Right for You?
We’ll be able to give a definitive verdict on the different Galaxy S10 models when we get them into PC Labs and put them through their paces, but based on specs, it looks like the standard S10 is the best bet for most people. Unless you really want the ceramic case or the larger screen, the S10+ doesn’t seem to make enough significant changes over the S10 to stand out (at least on paper). The exception is the top-of-the-line model with 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, but at $ 1,599.99 for that version, you would can pick up an S10e for you and a friend. That said, the S10e’s less RAM, lower screen resolution, and lack of a zoom lens seems like too many compromises from the S10 and S10+.
As for the S10 5G, while it’s the biggest phone and the most advanced in terms of network compatibility, its 5G support appears to be too limited, and we have too few details about its pricing and availability. 5G is coming, but you don’t have to rush when more 5G phones will be available later this year.