Samsung has introduced four new smartphones today, the Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+, and S10 5G. These devices represent the company’s next-gen flagship offerings, and even though they’re quite similar on both the outside and the inside, there are quite a few differences between them. Not only are these phones different in size, but there are also some design differences included in the mix as well, not to mention that the specs are not identical as well, far from it. There is a reason why the Galaxy S10e is so much more affordable than the rest of the pack, and we’re here to stack them up and see the differences between models.
Similar, But Not Identical Look
All Galaxy S10 series devices are made out of metal and glass, with the exception of the most expensive Galaxy S10+ variant. The top-of-the-line Galaxy S10+ has ceramic on the back, instead of glass. The Galaxy S10e is the only phone in the series that has two cameras on the back, but that’s not all, it’s also the only one to sport a side-facing fingerprint scanner, and a flat display. The Galaxy S10e is also the smallest one in the bunch. This handset features a single camera on the front, the same one as the Galaxy S10, while the Galaxy S10+ and S10 5G sport two front-facing cameras.
The Galaxy S10 and S10+ are extremely similar, they are different in size, but they both ship with three cameras on the back, and both have curved displays. Aside from the number of cameras on the front, these two phones are identical in terms of the design. The back side on all Galaxy S10 phones is curved, and you will not notice a fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S10 and S10+ because it is located under the display on both phones. The Galaxy S10 5G is almost identical to the Galaxy S10+ in terms of the design, but it's a bit larger due to a larger display, and it sports four cameras on the back. Bezels are extremely thin on all Galaxy S10 phones, as you can see, all of them include display camera holes, and a thin “chin” below the display.
CPU, RAM & Storage
This is yet another area where these three devices are quite similar, but not identical, at least not when it comes to RAM and storage. All Galaxy S10 series phones are fueled by the same processor, in Europe and India, the Exynos 9820 fuels Galaxy S10 devices, while the Snapdragon 855 does the same in the US and China. These two chips are the best Samsung and Qualcomm have to offer, respectively.
The Galaxy S10e comes in 6GB and 8GB RAM variants, the Galaxy S10 is available in an 8GB RAM variants, while the Galaxy S10+ ships in 8GB and 12GB RAM variants. The variant of the Galaxy S10+ that comes with 12GB of RAM is actually the ceramic variant of the phone that we’ve mentioned earlier. The Galaxy S10 5G will be available in an 8GB RAM variant only. Two Galaxy S10e variants include 128GB and 256GB of storage, while the Galaxy S10 models ship with 128GB and 512GB of storage, respectively. The Galaxy S10+ variant can be purchased in 128GB, 256GB, and 1TB storage iterations. All iterations also allow you to expand upon their initial storage, all you need is a microSD card.
The Galaxy S10 5G is a bit of a different story, it comes in a 256GB storage variant only, and it does not allow you to expand that storage.
Display, Battery & Camera
The Samsung Galaxy S10e is the smallest Galaxy S10 handset, mainly due to its display size. The device includes a 5.8-inch fullHD+ flat Dynamic AMOLED display. The Galaxy S10, on the other hand, features a 6.1-inch QHD+ curved Dynamic AMOLED panel, while the Galaxy S10+ comes with a 6.4-inch QHD+ curved Dynamic AMOLED display. The Galaxy S10 5G is the largest Galaxy S10 handset around, with its 6.7-inch QHD+ curved Dynamic AMOLED panel.
Battery size is also different across these four devices, the Galaxy S10e includes a 3,100mAh unit, while the Galaxy S10 and S10+ come with 3,400mAh, and 4,100mAh batteries, respectively. The Galaxy S10 5G has the largest battery around, unsurprisingly, as it comes with a 4,500mAh unit. All four batteries are not removable, and all four phones support both fast wired and fast wireless charging, which you can find out more about by checking our announcement and other Galaxy S10-related content.
The Galaxy S10e includes 12-megapixel (f/1.5-2.4 variable aperture, OIS) and 16-megapixel (f/2.2 aperture, ultra wide-angle lens) cameras on the back. The Galaxy S10 and S10+, on the other hand, sport both of those cameras on their backs, with the addition of a third unit, a 12-megapixel (telephoto, f/2.4 aperture, 2x optical zoom) camera. The Galaxy S10 5G combines those three cameras, and adds a fourth one on the back, a 3D Depth sensor (hQVGA).
In terms of front-facing cameras, the Galaxy S10e and S10 are completely identical, both include a 10-megapixel (f/1.9 aperture, Dual Pixel PDAF) unit, while the Galaxy S10+ and S10 5G build upon that, and add a secondary camera, in the Galaxy S10+'s case, an 8-megapixel (f/2.2 aperture, depth sensor) camera, while the Galaxy S10 5G sports a 3D Depth sensor, same as on the back.
Colors & Pricing
The Galaxy S10e & S10 will be available in four colors, at least initially, including Black, Blue, Pink, and White. The Galaxy S10+ will also ship in those colors, but in addition to that, the Ceramic Black and Ceramic White will also be available, though they will be exclusive to the top-of-the-line Galaxy S10+, the one with 12GB of RAM. Availability of specific color variants will be market-dependent, so keep that in mind. We still don't have any info regarding color variants of the Galaxy S10 5G.
The Galaxy S10e pricing will start at $749.99 in the US, while the Galaxy S10 will be available from $899.99. The Galaxy S10+'s pricing kicks off at $999.99, while pricing for the 5G variant is still not known. We do know that the 5G model will be available exclusively through Verizon at first, in the first half of the year, and will later become available on a number of other US carriers. You can get more info in a separate post.