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Android: Galaxy S10 vs. Galaxy S9, S10 Plus, S10E, S10 5G: What’s new and what’s different? – CNET

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Editor’s note, March 13, 2019: Our Galaxy S10 Plus review and our Galaxy S10E review are both now live. Keep reading for more about the Galaxy S10, S10 E, S10 Plus and Galaxy S10 5G. And here’s more about the Galaxy Fold, Samsung’s first foldable phone.  

February was a busy month for Samsung. In addition to giving another sneak peek at its Galaxy Fold foldable phone, the company took the wraps off four(!) Galaxy S10 phones: the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy S10 Plus, the Galaxy S10E and the Galaxy S10 5G. The new family of handsets not only serve as the successors to last year’s popular Galaxy S9 phones, but one of the S10 phones is also compatible with the next generation of mobile network known as 5G.

The main flagship devices are the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus and will go on sale March 8. The S10 features a 6.1-inch display, three rear cameras and a single front-facing camera. The S10 Plus, meanwhile, is a bit larger with a 6.4-inch screen. The bigger display is accommodated with a higher-capacity battery (a 4,100-mAh battery compared to the Galaxy S10’s 3,400-mAh one). It, too, has three rear cameras, but Samsung added a second 8-megapixel front-facing camera. 

Both phones are larger than last year’s Galaxy S9, which had a 5.8-inch screen. The Galaxy S9 also only had a single 12-megapixel rear camera, a Snapdragon 845 processor and less expandable memory (up to 400GB compared to the Galaxy S10s’ 512GB). The Galaxy S9 had a smaller, third memory option too. It had a 64GB tier, while the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus start at 128GB and 512GB, respectively.

New to the Galaxy lineup is the Galaxy S10E. Though it still has a premium $750 price tag, it’s not as expensive as the Galaxy S10 and the S10 Plus. With its 5.8-inch screen it’s slightly smaller than the rest and has a smaller-capacity 3,100-mAh battery. It only has dual rear cameras and, like the Galaxy S10, a single front-facing shooter.

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Lastly, there’s the Galaxy S10 5G. It has a 6.7-inch screen and works on high-speed 5G mobile networks, which will roll out in the US in earnest throughout this year and 2020. It’ll be available exclusively on Verizon first, but T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint are expected to sell it too. On the back is a whopping four-camera setup, which includes a 3D Depth camera.

To see how these phones compare spec-by-spec, check out our chart below.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Samsung Galaxy S10E Samsung Galaxy S10 Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Display size, resolution

5.8-inch; 2,960×1,440 pixels  

5.8-inch AMOLED; 2,280×1,080 pixels 6.1-inch AMOLED; 3,040×1,440 pixels 6.4-inch AMOLED; 3,040×1,440 pixels 6.7-inch AMOLED
Pixel density 

570ppi  

438ppi 550ppi 522ppi 505ppi
Dimensions (inches)

5.81 x 2.70 x 0.33 in. 

5.59 x 2.75 x 0.27 in. 5.9 x 2.77 x 0.31 in. 6.20 x 2.92 x 0.31 in. 6.40 x 3.04 x 0.31 in.
Dimensions (millimeters)

147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm  

142 x 69.9 x 7.9mm 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm 162.6 x 77.1 x 7.94mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 

5.75 oz.; 163g 

5.29 oz.; 150g 5.53 oz.; 157g 6.17 oz.; 175g 6.98 oz.; 198g
Mobile software 

Android 8.0 Oreo  

Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI
Camera 

12-megapixel 

16-megapixel, 12-megapixel 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto), 3D depth (HQVGA)
Front-facing camera 

8-megapixel

10-megapixel 10-megapixel 10-megapixel, 8-megapixel 10-megapixel, 3D depth (HQVGA)
Video capture 

4K 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor (2.8GHz + 1.7GHz octa-core), or Samsung Exynos 9810 (2.7 GHz + 1.7 GHz octa-core)  

Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Storage 

64GB, 128GB, 256GB 

128GB, 256GB 128GB, 512GB 512GB, 1TB 256GB
RAM 

4GB 

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